End table, light and dark gray with bicycle image, before and after
Makeovers

End Table Transforms from Formal to Freewheeling

Yes, I crack myself up with the puns!  Freewheeling…bicycle…get it??!! Anyway, I had this end table that I received in trade.  It had some cosmetic damage to the top in the way of scratches, and parts of the decorative legs were missing on 3 sides.  Luckily, the missing parts were saved inside one of the… Continue reading End Table Transforms from Formal to Freewheeling

Potting bench before and after
Makeovers

Rustic Inheritance Turns Functional for the Kitchen

This piece belonged my my client’s mother in law.  We are unsure if it originally functioned as a dry sink or a potting bench, but either way, it is a great sentimental piece that she wanted to use in her kitchen. She chose a silvery-gray color to blend with her kitchen counters.  After completing the… Continue reading Rustic Inheritance Turns Functional for the Kitchen

Upcycled church pew before and after
Makeovers

Pew Gets a Fresh Makeover

Not all makeovers need to be drastic to be effective.  When my client sent me a photo of this pew, I thought it was gorgeous.  I mean, it has tons of character, it’s 8 feet long and it has been lovingly worn over the years.  My client was looking to “crisp it up” for a… Continue reading Pew Gets a Fresh Makeover

Vertical Garden -Cedar planters mounted vertically to the side of the house
Custom Built

Vertical Garden

I absolutely love living on a wooded lot.  Every day our backyard looks like a Disney movie with deer, rabbits, groundhogs, wild turkeys, and even the occasional skunk.  The downside to all of this activity is that having a garden is virtually impossible—at least if I want to be the one eating the fruits of… Continue reading Vertical Garden

Black distressed hutch, before and after
Custom Built

Creative Storage Solution

My client originally contacted me to build storage cabinets to flank her distressed black buffet and hutch.  She does not have enough storage for pantry items and needed a solution.  We discussed options back and forth and never really could come up with an option that would give her what she needed without taking away… Continue reading Creative Storage Solution

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

white buffet, lilac and lace co
Makeovers

Sentimental Setting

A lot of my refinishing projects focus on sentiment.  This project has a different twist because the finished piece is designed to create a feel.  This piece belongs to Lilac and Lace -- a company that rents out furniture for events.  So sentiment comes in the form of creating a wonderful backdrop for a memorable event.… Continue reading Sentimental Setting

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