painted furniture, Amy's Upcycles, armoire makeover
Makeovers

What A Little Paint Can Do

Take a look at this before and after transformation! I recently had the opportunity to repaint this armoire for a client.  Just a basic paint job. No repairs, no rebuilding, no stripping/sanding/staining.  Yet it is amazing to me what paint can do. The armoire belonged to the client when she was a child, so it… Continue reading What A Little Paint Can Do

Makeovers

Amazing Desk Transformation

I get so excited when I get to work on gorgeous pieces like this desk.  It is a high-quality piece of furniture and came to me in pretty good condition.  The few areas of damage, however, presented a challenge. The top of the desk had a pretty deep scratch.  While normally it could be easily… Continue reading Amazing Desk Transformation

poster bed, painted furniture
Makeovers, Uncategorized

Poster bed makeover

If I can help someone envision their furniture in a different way, they can fall in love with it all over again. Instead of looking at a bed or dresser and deciding that you want to purchase something new, I want to challenge people to see furniture through the lens of what it could be with… Continue reading Poster bed makeover

repurposed vanity, painted furniture
Makeovers

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

General

Top 5 Ways to Source Furniture for DIY Makeovers

Sourcing furniture for DIY projects can be fun and exhilarating.  Check out my top 5 resources for scoring the best pieces. If you are interested in DIY furniture upcycling, the first obvious step is sourcing your pieces. I have gone through a lot of trial and error to determine the best places to find furniture… Continue reading Top 5 Ways to Source Furniture for DIY Makeovers

refinished furniture, before and after
Makeovers

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

let yourself off the hook
General

Time to Let Ourselves Off the Hook

"There’s nothing here that’s too perfect. And that’s OK. It works with the house." -Carey Vizzi Jacobs, Magnolia Journal, Summer 2017 Have you ever looked around your house and seen everything that was "wrong"?  Do you find yourself apologizing to company about the rug that needs replacing, the table that is showing its age or… Continue reading Time to Let Ourselves Off the Hook

Makeovers

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

Makeovers

The Big (re)Finish

A few weeks ago I posted about the makeover of a gorgeous buffet/hutch (see Beautiful Both Ways). I just had the opportunity to refinish the dining table top in the same room.  The table is solid hickory and beautifully made.  It did have a few rings on it from 30 years of use, and it… Continue reading The Big (re)Finish

Makeovers

The missing link

This project was so much fun! The client contacted me to finish this bookcase to go in her young daughter's bedroom.  The Lilly Pulitzer-style room was bursting with color and accented with navy blue.  She wanted the background of the bookcase to be Benjamin Moore's Hale Navy and wanted a link pattern in gold across the… Continue reading The missing link