Dining Table and Chairs

A few weeks ago I posted about a chair that I refinished for a client, click Dining Chair to read about it! My client was unsure with imagining how her dining set was going to look refinished so I offered to start with one chair to show her. Well, her dining table and chairs are complete! After dropping off the dining set on Friday she also gave me the matching hutch to officially complete this set! Stay tuned in to that lovely transformation!

Refinished in Sherwin-Williams Greek Villa and lightly stained in brown. The top of the table is stained in Wood Classics Armoire Hickory. The two drawer handles revamped in black. Chairs reupholstered in Joann’s Fabric a grey vinyl.

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Dining Table

Occasionally, I will receive pieces that my clients gave their all into refinishing, to only stop because the realization of the amount of work that is involved sets in, well, that and life. Don’t stress!! I am here for you!! Let me take on your project- this is what I do!!

About ninety percent of my work is custom base. I am so blessed to have your support and word of mouth.

My client brought me a dining table that has significant meaning to her. A special friend in her life gave her this table knowing she would get more use out of it. She started to strip her table but then “life” happens. Usually projects take longer then the good old 5 min YouTube tutorial. We can get discouraged real quick. After sitting in her garage for months, she reached out to me.

Refinished in Sherwin-Williams Ivory Lace and lightly glazed in a dark grey. The top is stained in Wood Classics, Weathered Teak.

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Farmhouse Table and Bench

While I don’t build exciting things- I can finish them in a professional finish for you! That’s exactly what my client had me do. Her husband and a family friend built two baby gates and a farmhouse table and bench for their new home. Click here to see the gates that we finished for her a couple weeks ago: Baby Gates.

Stained in a custom grey stain that I made up for my client based on her insprational photos from Pinterest and our conversations.

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1920’s Library Card Catalog

Worth the wait, wouldn’t you agree!? My first piece to the new year! Meeep!!! I want to start off by saying, I believe that every furniture refinisher out there wants to be able to say they refinished or restored an antique library card catalog storage cabinet, at least once. Secondly, I think it’s safe to assume that everybody wishes they owned one! I can check off one of those things! I completely swooned when I got my hands on this old fellow. He belonged to my great-grandfather and it was used to store his nick knacks and small tools in his garage. I am not sure how he encountered such a piece but let me just say- he used it for all its possibilities. After his passing in 2011 my mother held on to this lovely old gem, stored away in her garage, waiting for a Second Chance.

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The first thing I do when receiving a piece underway in the makeover process is take all the hardware off. Of course, this piece was an emotional experience for me. All the tags had my great grandfather’s hand writing on them. A little part of him was still here.

I giggled at my self a few times when I was stripping the paint away that he applied by hand and I would bet with some old paint he had stashed somewhere wanting a change, thinking to myself, I bet if he were here he would have said to me “Geez great grand-daughter, if I knew you would be knee-deep in toxic liquid, breathing in fumes, and scrubbing until your fingers were numb I wouldn’t have painted that darn thing”. But I know now that he would be so proud of how this piece looks today.

Stripping away all the old paint, my mother and I agreed to restore the base. The wood grain was in beautiful shape, apart from some cracks and missing pieces. I didn’t want to fill in certain flaws as it’s part of his charm and character. I stained the body and drawer faces using Minwax Early American.

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Using four colors we enhanced only 20 of the 45 drawers for an artistic pop of color touch. My mom chose to use Sherwin-Williams Butternut, Rookwood Terra Cotta, Haven and Riverway.

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I distressed the drawers that had color on them for the final vintage worn look. I am so proud of how this 1920’s Yawman & Erbe MFG. CO. Rochester N.Y. 45 drawer Library, Apothecary, Antique Industrial Card File turned out!! The card file has four sections: Top section with a brass plate identifying the manufacture (hidden behind paint in the before photo). Three sections with 15 card files each. Three boxes were built to replace the missing ones, two broken faces were repaired and four new catalog hardware was added to complete this restoration project!

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-Rebecca

Art Deco Vanity

I love these waterfall furniture pieces. This piece belongs to my Aunt. She had purchased this art deco vanity some time ago back in California at an antique shop. Finally ready to give her a Second Chance she decided on the classic stain and paint combo!

Refinished in Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black and distressed.  The top veneer on this vanity is stained in Dark Walnut. We updated the pulls with antique gold glass knobs from Hobby Lobby. I removed the back middle part where the mirror connected; as my Aunt didn’t want to use the original mirror. I think she looks fantastic!

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Dining Table

My clients’ parents had many memories around this dining table for years. Family dinners, holiday parties and much more! So when age, water damage and normal ware and tear got the best of this old gal, they turned to me to have her refinished. Now she can give many more happy times to a wonderful loving group of people!

Refinished in Sherwin-Williams Toasty and glazed in Tricorn Black. The underside is finished as well for those times the table leafs are down giving full beauty to this antique. Top stained in Chestnut.

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