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

Builder grade oak vanity before
Makeovers

Bathroom Vanity Makeover

It’s not often I get to work on bathroom vanities.  While I don’t do work on-site, I was able to refinish this vanity for my client because they removed it during demo of their bathroom and will reinstall it once I’m finished. The cabinet (pictured here on its back in the workshop) is oak and… Continue reading Bathroom Vanity Makeover

Hoosier cabinet before and after
Makeovers

Half of a Hoosier Cabinet for the Laundry Room

This little cutie was saved from a dumpster by the keen eye of one of my clients.  It is the bottom half of a Hoosier cabinet (the top was no longer with it), but my client's vision was to use it in her laundry room.  The enamel top and plentiful storage lend themselves perfectly to… Continue reading Half of a Hoosier Cabinet for the Laundry Room

Makeovers

A Sunny Little Dresser Makeover

What is better than a gorgeous dresser makeover?  A dresser makeover in a sunny yellow tone!  My client salvaged this dresser and will be using it in her foyer. She wanted a pop of color to break up an otherwise neutral palette.  I love the color she selected--it is a gorgeous, buttery yellow. This dresser… Continue reading A Sunny Little Dresser Makeover

Vintage tricycle before and after
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Not Normally In My Wheelhouse (Pun Intended)

I hesitated in posting this project on my blog because it is not within my normal realm of refinishing furniture.  It is, however, a very sentimental story and you know how I'm a sucker for sentimentality!  A wonderful client of mine asked me to refinish her childhood tricycle so that she could give it to… Continue reading Not Normally In My Wheelhouse (Pun Intended)

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

Martha Washington sewing/knitting table, painted furniture, Amy's Upcycles, upcycle
Makeovers

Sewing Table Repurposed into an Entry Table

I absolutely love these Martha Washington sewing/knitting tables.  I think they are so quirky and fun as entry tables.  This one, however, came to me in pretty rough shape.  The drawers were in pieces (puzzles anyone?) and the bottoms of the storage areas were in bad shape. Obviously, repairs were the place to start.  I… Continue reading Sewing Table Repurposed into an Entry Table

Hoosier Cabinet, Amy's Upcycles, upcycles, refinish, repurpose, customize, painted furniture, Pottstown, PA, TCACC
Makeovers

Walking Down Memory Lane with the Hoosier Cabinet

I was looking through pictures of my work and came across this beauty!  I wanted to highlight this piece because it is the perfect example of taking something old but amazing and making it work for you and your lifestyle. My client was given this cabinet and it was in pretty rough condition.  Although the… Continue reading Walking Down Memory Lane with the Hoosier Cabinet

Trivets on board over utility sink
Custom Built

Problem Solver #3

I’m not sure if you can relate, but when you have pets in the household, guarding your food can be a full-time job.  Baked goods that are cooling can be swiped (or licked) before you can even turn around. I have always wanted to be able to eat dinner and relax without having to worry… Continue reading Problem Solver #3

Custom Built

Problem Solver #2

Admittedly, having a business built around upcycling can lead to a little bit of a storage problem, and one of the challenges I face is what to do with leftover cuts of wood.  The words “you never know what this could be the perfect solution for” go through my head more often than it should.… Continue reading Problem Solver #2