Chair refresh. 

A month ago I was asked if I could reupholster some chairs for a new client. The dining set was her grandmother’s and 100 years old.  She had the chairs reupholstered years ago but it was time for a refresh.

The chairs were going to look awesome with new fabric.  I was looking forward to redoing the chairs.   I picked up the chair seats and had planned on working on them a couple days later.  It was going to be a storm day,  which is a perfect day for reupholstering!  Unfortunately, I started getting sick with a chest infection and was useless for a couple weeks.

So fast forward two weeks and another storm day. (We’ve had a few!!)  I was able to tear off the old fabric and start on reupholstering.  The biggest part of the job was to remove the two layers of fabric and lots of staples and nails.

 

Underneath the fabric, the old padding was in good shape.  The padding was still cushy and wasn’t damaged by liquids.   I covered the seats with two layers of batting.

 

My client found some beautiful teal fabric for a great price.   When I finished the seats I couldn’t wait to reunite them with the frames.  I loved the result and my client and her family did too!

Love this before and after!

It was a simple redo and I got to meet a nice family!  I’m so happy to have been able to refresh her grandmother’s dining set.  A treasure for sure!

Laurena

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Blue Slate side table

I found this side table at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. I couldn’t pass it up.  Great price and loved the shape.

I wanted to use a new paint colour I just bought.   Fat Paint in Blue Slate.   A nice blue grey.

I sanded the top down and stained it with a dark stain.   There must have been a wax or oil applied on the wood, the stain didn’t absorb too much.  But luckily it was a happy accident.  It looked rustic and less orange.  I loved the result.

The stained top with blue slate looked awesome.   Here’s the finished piece!

It didn’t take long to find a home for this one.  One of my lovely cousins grabbed it up.  I love keeping my furniture pieces in the family!

Laurena

Bye bye bunny

In the fall, I worked on 3 pieces for a client.  Two side tables and a pine chest.

One end table would be painted Paris Grey, the other Paloma, both ASCP.  Originally she wanted the table tops to be refinished and stained but the wood  was not great for refinishing.  The tables had great character and would look beautiful painted and updated.  I just simply painted the tables and sealed with Varathane with a satin finish.  And replaced the knobs.

The pine chest looked like it would be an easy redo….but those darn bunnies threw me off!  I sanded down the top and got rid of the tole painted bunny.  There was a clear outline left underneath.  I was skeptical and nervous that stain wouldn’t cover it up.

I used wood conditioner and let it soak for a over 15 minutes.  Then applied two coats of Provincial stain, allowing the first coat to soak in for 15 minutes at least.  My client didn’t want the top to be stained too dark, so the second coat i only left on for less than 10 minutes.  Luckily, after just one coat of stain, the bunny was barely there!  Now after staining and varathane, it’s totally transformed.  The base of the chest was painted in French Linen ASCP.  Love that colour.  Especially with a stained wood top.  Beautiful!

I love all of the finished pieces.   What a difference a little paint makes. Hoping to post more projects I’ve worked on so far this winter.   So stayed tuned in the next couple of days! 
Laurena 

Christmas & my favourite things

Its been awhile since I’ve had a chance to post anything.  I’ve been sporadically working on furniture and projects but haven’t had time to finish any of them!  Oh well, once January comes and the holidays are over I’ll get some things done.

I wanted to share a few things I’ve seen via Pinterest that I love this Christmas…..

This simple & sweet tree.  Love the basket tree stand.

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via The Merry Thought

These painted pallet art pieces.

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via The White Birch Studio (etsy shop)

Scrabble tree art.

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via Thistlewood Farms

Love this entry way.

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via Back Road Sign  (and anything else from her instagram!)

And this one.  That garland!!

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via Just a Girl

And love this simple and cozy home.  I imagine sitting on the couch, drinking wine, reading a book.  Enjoying Christmas!

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via Design Addict Mom

Hope you all have a Merry Christmas!  Thanks for spending 2016 with me.  And see you in the New Year!

Laurena

Summer break & Falling behind

I love working on furniture but I love to enjoy the summer weather more!  And boy, did we have a great summer in Nova Scotia!!    I spent the summertime in Cape Breton, Mahone Bay and around Halifax.  Great beach weather and family time!  If you haven’t been to Nova Scotia, the South Shore and Cape Breton are worth a visit!

I haven’t worked on much furniture since July, so I have quite a bit of work to catch up on.  I still have so many pieces of furniture that I’d like to get finished in the next couple months.  I started a few projects the past week and will be posting them soon.

Now that Fall is here, I will get to work on more furniture.  I have a small pine chest and two side tables to redo for a client.  The transformations will be simple but will make such a huge difference once they are done!  A little paint and stain does wonders!

Now, I must plan a visit to a winery and apple picking!  I love Fall!

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Boxwood antique desk

I picked up this flip top desk a few weeks ago.  I loved the shape of it and how versatile it could be.  It’d be a perfect for an entry way, hiding things away or for use as a desk in a living room.

Right away I knew I wanted to paint it Boxwood MMS milk paint.  I love that colour and have only used it on my shutters I painted last fall.  It’s such a beautiful green.  And I’ve been itching to paint with milk paint lately.  I’ve been doing a lot of things with AS Chalk Paint.  I love that paint but it doesn’t give the same look as milk paint does.

Here’s some hints with mixing milk paint.

I grabbed all the supplies needed: milk paint, extra bond, water, plastic jar, whisk, and a measuring cup.  Side note, I don’t have running water at my work shop so I bring water in jugs and hot water in a thermos.

I measured out the milk paint powder with the measuring cup.  Before adding water I used the whisk to break up the chunks in the powder.  It will make it easier to mix with the water and have less clumps.

Now the powder is finer…

I added the same amount of water as milk paint powder.  And stirred with a whisk until well mixed and no clumps.  If it’s too watery add a little more milk paint .  If it’s too thick, add water.  It should be similar to milk.

I then added the extra bond, (same amount as water) and stirred well.  I allowed the milk paint to sit before painting.  It allows the paint to thicken up and make sure all of the colour to be absorbed.

While the paint sat, I prepped the desk for painting.   I lightly sanded and scuffed up the piece, just to give the paint something to hold onto.  Then cleaned up the sand dust and allowed the desk to dry.

After one coat of paint, the piece may look a little ‘wonky’ and imperfect.  But after two coats, it looks beautiful!  Trust me, don’t let the first coat of milk paint scare you away.    Adding the extra bond allowed the milk paint to bond well to the desk .  There wasn’t much chipping.  If you want chipping and more of a surprise in the result, skip using the extra bond.

After the paint dried, I lightly distressed and waxed it.  Here it is…

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I love this colour. It turned out slightly different than when I used it on my wooden shutters.  But it’s lovely all the same!

Hope the quick tips on milk paint helped.  Milk paint has scared me before but I love using it now.  Such a fun process. And so many beautiful colours to choose from or create yourself.

Laurena

Coastal Blue Desk

I received another furniture donation!  My lovely cousin was getting rid of a couple items from her house and she sent me a message asking if I wanted them.  There was a desk that had great potential, so of course I couldn’t refuse!   Luckily they live just a stone’s throw from my workshop so her husband dropped it off.   Side note: I can’t wait to trade in my Corolla for a hatchback car. Sigh.  Next year for sure!

The desk needed a little bit of repair.  There was some veneer missing on the bottom and I had to fix up the joints to make it more stable.  After a bit of wood filling and sanding the table was ready to paint!

I knew I wanted to use General Finishes Milk Paint, but what colour?  I hadn’t used Lamp Black or Costal Blue in awhile, so I hummed and hawed over the choices.  I chose Coastal Blue.  Love this colour.   One coat of general finishes milk paint does amazing things.  I only needed to do a quick second coat and it was looking good.

I painted two coats of the blue and painted inside the drawers.  I stopped there.  Something was missing.   I loved the navy colour,  but the desk needed something else.  Maybe I’m used to doing two toned style with a wood top.  The desk needed something to make it pop.  I looked for inspiration on Pinterest.   Looked around for stencils I could use.  And finally thought, painting a union jack on the top would be perfect.  Penny and I painted a coffee table long ago and it turned out lovely!

Since I had the paint colours on hand, I was going with the traditional union jack colours.   Red, white and blue.   After looking at a picture of the union jack flag on my phone, I planned what stripe width would work on the desk top.  Using a measuring tape and ruler square I found the center of the desk, and I taped out the middle and diagonal stripes.  I painted the inside of the tape white (after removing some of the tape).   Once dry, I taped out the areas for the red stripes and painted those.

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Once everything was painted and dry, I distressed the desk to make it look more of a weathered flag.  Then sealed with varathane.

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The knob choice was difficult.  I didn’t have many matching knobs (lots of pairs but not 3 of them). I chose three knobs that were creamy white, similar to the Antique white used in the stripes.  Love how they look against the navy blue.

Here is the final product!

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I love how it looks now!   I decided to go with the imperfections of the desk by distressing it. The desk is perfectly imperfect now! 😉

Hopefully it will find a new home soon.

Laurena