As we all try to navigate this challenge new reality, we are spending a lot more time at home. We are working, learning, and even shopping from home now more than ever. With all the extra time and demands now placed on our homes, it only makes sense to want to make that space feel… Continue reading What Adds Comfort to Your Home?
A client recently contacted me about building a large, rustic, farm-style dining table, and two matching benches. She wanted a place for her kids and their friends to gather, as well as a place to host family dinners. She was hoping to seat 10 people. After measurements and calculations, we ended up deciding on a… Continue reading A Farm Table for Gathering
One of my favorite things about working with furniture is to be able to take a piece that no longer serves a purpose for the family and reinvent it into something sentimental, beautiful, and useful. My client held on to the crib she used for her children (it does not get more sentimental than that!!)… Continue reading Crib to Storage Bench
I have seen posts over the years of people turning beds into benches but had never had the opportunity to convert one myself. That is, until now!! My client had her childhood twin size bed which held sentimental value but she didn't have a use for it as a bed. We discussed options and decided… Continue reading Bed to Bench Makeover
I know I have talked about necessity being the mother of invention in the past, but it couldn't have held more true with my last project. I had been searching online for a deck box to store our yard games, grilling necessities, and the like. I didn't really think I was asking for much. Just… Continue reading When you can’t find want you want, custom-build it!
I get a lot of feedback in my day to day conversations about why people are hesitant to have their furniture refinished or painted. Some people strongly believe that you should never paint “good wood”. Others think that a particular piece is too damaged to be salvaged. Still, others are just creatively stuck. They are… Continue reading Combining Paint and Stain on a Single Piece of Furniture Opens Endless Possibilities
I LOVE a good restoration challenge. When my client originally contacted me, she was interested in having the tops of her bedroom set (two dressers and a nightstand) refinished. She had originally purchased this Heywood-Wakefield set from her grandfather's furniture store, so they hold sentimental value. They had significant wear, but not uncommon for pieces… Continue reading Mid-Century Modern Refresh
I was reviewing some pieces that I refinished a few years back, and this sideboard always remains one of my favorites. My client is an author and photographer with an eye for art and design. Her choice of color for this sideboard was both bold and perfect! The sideboard was a piece that had been… Continue reading Adding Style and Sophistication with a Bold Paint Color
I've been experimenting with unconventional use of stain on furniture. A few weeks ago I posted a blog called Pent Up Creativity about a table that I had done to resemble a seascape. This time I decided to play with a combination of stain and paint. When I first saw this table, I was drawn… Continue reading Playing around with stain
We needed a sofa table to go in our newly refinished basement. But what do you do when shopping is not an option? You build from scraps! Sure, you could order online, but with furniture that gets dicey. Plus, this way you get EXACTLY what you want. Size, color, finish...all custom made. I do have to… Continue reading These Days, Necessity Truly Is the Mother of Invention