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Makeovers

Old Dresser Makeover

I have a thing for old dressers.  I love their lines, curves, and style.  I love their quality--even if they are in need of repair. I simply could not pass on this dresser.  The curved top drawer, the detail in the shape and that cool (and somewhat odd) vacuum cleaner stamp on the back of… Continue reading Old Dresser Makeover

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Makeovers

Trestle Desk with Great Bones

I have a garage full of furniture waiting to be transformed into something amazing.  But when a friend sent me pictures of this desk that one of her clients was selling, I had to jump on it.  This trestle desk is so cool, has plenty of workspace and tons of storage.  The finish and hardware,… Continue reading Trestle Desk with Great Bones

Makeovers

Returning Furniture to its Original Finish

Many of the pieces that I make over have elements of paint.  Paint can be used to refresh a dated look, coordinate with a client's style, express creative license or cover damage too extensive to blend into a stained finish.  However, when I client asks me to return a piece to its original finish, there… Continue reading Returning Furniture to its Original Finish

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Work With What You Have

I recently hosted a workshop with Erin Cochran of Revealing Redesign on how to get "unstuck" with your home challenges.  One of the topics we covered with this wonderful group of fun and energetic people (I'm telling you, this group was a hoot!) is working with what you already have.  You may look at some… Continue reading Work With What You Have

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Makeovers

Sentimental Dresser Becomes Beautiful Again

This dresser may go down as one of my all-time favorite makeovers. It was a custom order from a client who wanted me to give it a fresh face. It was a sentimental piece which once belonged to her father-in-law. There were several coats of paint on the entire dresser, and there were two small… Continue reading Sentimental Dresser Becomes Beautiful Again

Makeovers

The Sweetest Story of a Desk Reimagined

I absolutely love the story behind this desk.  My client took over her father's business, and he had taken it over from his father.  This desk was the original desk in her grandfather's office.  You can actually feel the history and sentiment when you look at it.  It was well worn from generations of use.… Continue reading The Sweetest Story of a Desk Reimagined

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Makeovers

Changing the Style of Furniture

Not all upcycled furniture starts out in bad shape.  These nightstands are the perfect example.  They are traditional in design and finish, with modern hardware.  The client was moving to a new home and wanted to update the look.  The nightstands were solid and in excellent condition--they just didn't fit the new decor.   The… Continue reading Changing the Style of Furniture

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Makeovers

Saving Grandma’s Dresser

When a client contacted me to revive her grandmother's dresser, estimated at about 100 years old, I was so excited for the opportunity!  Restoring old, sentimental pieces makes me swoon!!  Upon seeing the dresser in person, I realized it was going to be a big undertaking.  All of the drawers needed to have the bottoms… Continue reading Saving Grandma’s Dresser

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Makeovers

This Armoire Was My Biggest Makeover Yet-Literally!

As many of you who follow me know, I am no stranger to the occasional roadside find.  So when my husband spotted this television armoire with a FREE sign on it, he naturally alerted me to the location.   I couldn't believe my good fortune!  I headed out with my trailer and met my husband at… Continue reading This Armoire Was My Biggest Makeover Yet-Literally!

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Makeovers

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