Amy's Upcycles, painted and stained furniture, Pottstown PA
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

corner shelves, damage, repair, painted furniture, makeover, before and after
Makeovers

The corner shelf that was begging to be beautiful again

When my client contacted me about refinishing this cool corner shelving unit, it seemed pretty straightforward. She requested a combination of paint and stain.  The trick was fixing all of the damage that plagued the shelves.  It had fallen forward at one point and that caused damage throughout the structure of the top.  The fronts… Continue reading The corner shelf that was begging to be beautiful again

cabinet, Amy's Upcycles, painted furniture
Makeovers, Uncategorized

You won’t believe this cabinet makeover

Check out this fantastic little cabinet!  My client was originally going to get rid of it, but at the last minute changed her mind.  I'm so glad she did because by highlighting the unique features of the design, the makeover turned out fantastic! The cabinet was in rough shape but had fantastic features.  Definitely worth… Continue reading You won’t believe this cabinet makeover

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

Antique sewing table adds some entryway flair

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 Antique sewing table adds some entryway flair

one-of-a-kind furniture, upcycle, Amy's Upcycles, painted furniture
Makeovers

One-of-a-Kind Sets You Apart

I recently visited the home of a wonderful couple.  When I walked in the front door, my eye immediately went to a fabulous red high chair in the next room. I was curious because the couple does not have small children, but it was just such a cool piece.  After chatting with them for a… Continue reading One-of-a-Kind Sets You Apart

custom kitchen island, painted furniture, amy's upcycles
Custom Built, Makeovers

How I Transformed a Desk into a Kitchen Island

I acquired this desk through a friend and I just knew it was asking to be special (and for those raised eyebrows, no-I don't hear voices- but the furniture does have a way of communicating with you if you are willing to listen). The desk is very heavy and extremely well-constructed.  What better transformation than to… Continue reading How I Transformed a Desk into a Kitchen Island

scrap wood projects, lanterns, upcycle
Custom Built

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 my stash, I create projects where I can use… Continue reading What do you do when life hands you scraps?

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

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