Bookcase with storage before and after
Makeovers

Whimsical Book Case

This bookcase was a roadside find of my friend Tom.  He is an excellent scout of cool, quality furniture that just has some aesthetic issues.  This bookcase didn’t disappoint.  It is well constructed and has sliding doors at the bottom for storage.  It is also a hideous shade of green-gold.  It actually looked kinda like… Continue reading Whimsical Book Case

Painted antique storage cabinet with shelf
Makeovers

Unique Details–and Unique Challenges

I'm always excited to work on furniture with unique details, and this was no exception. It did, however, come with some unique challenges as well.  The client asked for this beautiful cabinet to be stripped and refinished to what was likely its original stain color. When the client dropped off the piece, she said she… Continue reading Unique Details–and Unique Challenges

Completed trestle style dining table with pecan stain and painted white base.
Custom Built

Trestle-Style Dining Table

If you follow my blog, you know that I have built many farm-style dining tables over the years.  So when I received a request for a trestle dining table, I was excited for the challenge!  I had never built a trestle base before, and I think it is such a fantastic style. The base is… Continue reading Trestle-Style Dining Table

Makeovers

A Desk that Would Make Mom Proud

My client reached out to me to update a beautiful desk that was her mom's.  This desk is a perfect example of taking an important piece of furniture and making it fit your lifestyle.  The desk was in great shape except for a few natural scratches and dings. She originally asked me to paint the… Continue reading A Desk that Would Make Mom Proud

bathroom renovation, before and after pictures, Amy's Upcycles
Makeovers

Reflecting on Renovations

I recently came across this blog post from our master bathroom renovation.  I wanted to share how a little creativity and some leftover materials can go a long, long way.  Here is the before picture. I knew the "feeling" that I was after for the room.  Let's call it spa meets rustic.  I'm over the… Continue reading Reflecting on Renovations

crib, bench, repurpose
Custom Built, Makeovers

A New Spin on Repurposing a Crib into a Bench

I received a lot of positive feedback on my previous crib-to-bench and bed-to-bench repurposing projects.  As a result, I had another client reach out and ask me to do the same for her crib.  The part I love most about repurposing is that each project--while similar in concept--is completely different in execution and final results.… Continue reading A New Spin on Repurposing a Crib into a Bench

General

Creating a More Abundant Life at Home

We are all certainly aware that we are spending time at home more than ever these days.  I just rewatched this video from my very gifted friend Erin Cochran from Revealing Redesign.  In this video, she talks about creating a more abundant life at home.  As our perspectives and situations have changed so drastically in the… Continue reading Creating a More Abundant Life at Home

Amy's Upcycles, refinish, tv stand, cabinet, Pottstown, PA TCACC
Makeovers

When Mother Nature Doesn’t Cooperate

My client contacted me to refinish this small cabinet that holds his television.  He wanted it refinished in a golden oak stain to match the rest of his furniture. When he dropped it off to my shop, there were a few surprises.  It seems that someone had attempted to strip it down but, well, let's… Continue reading When Mother Nature Doesn’t Cooperate

Amy's Upcycles, upcycle, furniture, painted furniture, Pottstown PA, TCACC
General

What Adds Comfort to Your Home?

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?

Amy's Upcycles, upcycle, custom built, dining table, farm style, farm table, TCACC, Pottstown, PA, Custom built
Custom Built

A Farm Table for Gathering

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