Amy's Upcycles, painted and stained furniture, Pottstown PA
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The beauty of a paint and stain combination

In speaking to clients and potential clients, I get a lot of information about why people are hesitant to have their furniture refinished.  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 having… Continue reading The beauty of a paint and stain combination

refinished furniture, before and after
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Vintage Dresser Makeover

This gorgeous little dresser got a fresh face with some refinishing and a little paint. When a client contacted me with a picture of this little vintage dresser I absolutely swooned! Look at the lines and the details!  Granted, it was showing its age a bit, but it was clear that with a makeover it… Continue reading Vintage Dresser Makeover

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A Challenging Little Bugger

I had in my mind that this dresser/nightstand combo would be a pretty simple makeover.  Shame on me for making that assumption!  I knew that the leg on the dresser was broken, but I wasn't concerned because I fix that kind of thing all the time. When I started in on the repairs for the… Continue reading A Challenging Little Bugger

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A Fresher Dresser

I was given this dresser by a family member.  I absolutely fell in love with the style and lines of this piece.  The problem was that it was falling apart.  As you can see in the before picture, the bottom was falling out, and most of the drawer slides had come apart.  Structurally, it needed… Continue reading A Fresher Dresser

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The Right Kind of Distressed

This dresser is the perfect example of why I love to do what I do.  When I picked up this piece, it was in ROUGH shape.  The finish was chipped, stained and dirty, and half of the drawers wouldn't open.  I knew it was a good sign, however, when I was super heavy.  When I… Continue reading The Right Kind of Distressed

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Mid-Century Modern

This week's project is a perfect example of how very specific period pieces can be updated to look fresh and modern while staying true to their style.  I was contacted by a client who had inherited this fantastic mid-century modern dresser and nightstand.       They loved the look but recognized that it needed… Continue reading Mid-Century Modern

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Old Reliable

Didn't everyone (over 40) have a dresser like this somewhere in their house when they were growing up?   The old reliable, brown, sturdy, dresser with the laminate top.  I think they only manufactured one style of drawer pull hardware during this period as well!  This dresser was in great shape--it was just dated. Laminate… Continue reading Old Reliable

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Updated for Sweet Girls

The client wanted this tall dresser upcycled to something that her young daughters could use to store crayons, Play-Doh and craft supplies.  She found different elements that she liked from several pieces of furniture, so the task was to put them all together into the perfect piece for the girls. The number one priority was… Continue reading Updated for Sweet Girls

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The Little Dresser that Could…

This gorgeous dresser was given to me and I couldn't wait to get started.   There were a number of obstacles that needed to be overcome, but considering the lines and styling of this dresser, I knew I had to make it work.  For starters, the back of the dresser was damaged and wet, as… Continue reading The Little Dresser that Could…

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Sad to Sophisticated

Dressers seem to be in demand these days, so when I came across this one on Marketplace, I grabbed it.  It was in pretty rough shape.  There were a lot of scratches (and carvings) on the sides and drawer faces, and several of the drawer runners were either off or missing entirely (notice the uneven alignment… Continue reading Sad to Sophisticated