End table, light and dark gray with bicycle image, before and after

End Table Transforms from Formal to Freewheeling

Yes, I crack myself up with the puns!  Freewheeling…bicycle…get it??!! Anyway, I had this end table that I received in trade.  It had some cosmetic damage to the top in the way of scratches, and parts of the decorative legs were missing on 3 sides.  Luckily, the missing parts were saved inside one of the… Continue reading End Table Transforms from Formal to Freewheeling

Amy's Upcycles, upcycle, refinish, stain, repurpose, reuse, Pottstown PA, TCACC, table

Playing around with stain

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


Coffee and End Tables Get a Second Life

My client contacted me about refinishing some tables that they had had for a number of years.  These tables were well worn and in need of refinishing.  They were, however, some of the coolest designed tables I have ever worked on.  The doors on the front open and can be used as display space or… Continue reading Coffee and End Tables Get a Second Life

repurposed vanity, painted furniture

Old Vanity Piece Gets Repurposed into Side Table

Sometimes old furniture is not salvageable in its original form. Sometimes it needs to be reimagined into something brand new. This was the case with this old vanity piece.  It was one of two ends to a vanity that held a mirror, and somewhere along the way it became separated from the other parts.  When… Continue reading Old Vanity Piece Gets Repurposed into Side Table


Custom Embellishments

Today I'm going to teach you the method I use to create custom embellishments.  It is a great way to add a 3D element to furniture and let me tell you, the sky is the limit when it comes to design. For this tutorial, I'm going to use a Tree of Life design that I recently… Continue reading Custom Embellishments


Throw back (Tuesday??)

I was scrolling back through the photographs of all the pieces I have refinished, and a couple of oldies but goodies caught my attention. The theme? REPURPOSING!! Making something entirely different out of a common item. Let's take a look at a few of my favorites. First up is this suitcase end table. Hard-sided suitcases… Continue reading Throw back (Tuesday??)