White 4 drawer dresser before and after with floral accents
Makeovers

Floral Accent Dresser

As is common with older furniture, this dresser is very well made.  The only repairs that were necessary were cosmetic from years of use.   I started by filling in deep scratches and giving it a good sanding.  Since I knew I wanted to paint the dresser white, I sealed the entire piece to keep… Continue reading Floral Accent Dresser

Ironing board cabinet with mirror
Custom Built

Ironing Board Cabinet

I hate to iron.  Seriously.   I avoid purchasing items that require ironing.   And if I do happen to  purchase something that I later discover it does require ironing, I won’t wear it because, let’s face it, once I do I will just have to wash it and iron it all over again.  It… Continue reading Ironing Board Cabinet

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

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

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

Custom Built Your Way

One of the great benefits of having furniture custom-built is that you can solve tricky problems in your home by specifying dimensions, colors, and finishes.  My client was looking for a TV console with specific dimensions for her living room.  She sent me a photo from Remodelaholic.com of what she was looking for, and the link… Continue reading Custom Built Your Way

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, upcycle, custom build, deck box, Pottstown PA
Custom Built

When you can’t find want you want, custom-build it!

I know I have talked about necessity being the mother of invention in the past,  but it couldn't have held more true with my last project. I had been searching online for a deck box to store our yard games, grilling necessities, and the like.  I didn't really think I was asking for much.  Just… Continue reading When you can’t find want you want, custom-build it!

Amy's Upcycles, Pottstown PA, Laundry Room Makeover, Upcycle, painted furntiture
Makeovers

Laundry Room Update

If you follow my blog, you know I am always talking about working with what you have and making your house work for you.  My latest home project (yes, this is how I spend my free time) is a perfect example. When we bought our house 4 years ago, it had a pretty laundry room… Continue reading Laundry Room Update