Amy's Upcycles, repurpose, crib to bench, upcycle, Pottstown PA, painted furniture, TCACC
Custom Built

Crib to Storage Bench

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

Amy's Upcycles, repurpose, bed to bench, upcycle, Pottstown PA, painted furniture, TCACC
Custom Built

Bed to Bench Makeover

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

Amy's Upcycles, Pottstown PA, dresser, white dresser, upcycle, refinish, tack, painted furniture
Makeovers

White Paint Creates a Crisp Finish for a No-Cost Treasure

I was contacted recently by a client to paint this dresser to give it a fresh, clean new look. It was in great condition except for a "chunk" broken off of the corner of one of the drawers.  There was a little damage to the top, but nothing that a bit of sanding wouldn't smooth… Continue reading White Paint Creates a Crisp Finish for a No-Cost Treasure

scrap wood projects, lanterns, upcycle
Custom Built

Lanterns From Lumber Scraps

What do you do when life hands you scraps? You build lanterns!! When you do as many projects as I do, you end up with scrap wood.  A LOT of scrap wood.  If I’m not careful, I can become overrun with these little treasures. When I get to the point where I need to reduce… Continue reading Lanterns From Lumber Scraps

Painted Furniture, Amy's Upcycles, Pottstown PA, desk turned kitchen island
Makeovers

Repurposing Furniture: Turning A Desk into a Kitchen Island

Did you ever have a quality piece of furniture that was nice, but just not something you needed?  Consider transforming it into something you will love--and that will fit your lifestyle! This desk is high-quality and extremely well-constructed.  I wanted to take the opportunity to transform it into something completely different.  Considering the size, quality,… Continue reading Repurposing Furniture: Turning A Desk into a Kitchen Island

Amy's Upcycles, Pottstown, PA, refinish, restore, painted furniture, stained furniture, tcacc, upcycle, sentimental
Makeovers

Hoosier Cabinet Revival

I am so pleased that I have been able to revive two Hoosier Cabinets this year alone!  If you're unfamiliar, Hoosier Cabinets were used in the early 1900s before kitchen cabinets were built-in.  They provided storage and a work surface--often including flour sifters within the cabinet. My client contacted me to save this cabinet because… Continue reading Hoosier Cabinet Revival

Makeovers

Combining Paint and Stain on a Single Piece of Furniture Opens Endless Possibilities

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

Amy's Upcycles, Pottstown PA, upcycle, refinish, restore, painted furniture
Makeovers

Mid-Century Modern Refresh

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

amysupcycles, upcycle, dresser, pottstown PA, painted furniture, furniture
Makeovers

Damaged Dresser Gets a Classy Makeover

I was looking through some old pictures recently and came across this makeover from a few years back.  I thought it was a good representation of possibilities.  I still love the soft neutrals and how the hardware POPS! The dresser was in pretty rough shape when I bought it.  There were a lot of scratches (and… Continue reading Damaged Dresser Gets a Classy Makeover

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Positive habits

Well, we have been at this "new normal" for a while now.  I have seen my life change in many ways, as I'm sure everyone has.  Out of curiosity, I recently posed the following question on a social media site (Creating a Cozy Life - Hygge style): What positive habits or routines that you adopted… Continue reading Positive habits