Archive for the ‘Transformations’ Category

Dining Chair Redeux

Oct29th2015

I found these dining chairs in the summer and have been working on them when I have the time out at the acreage. The nice thing is having the space to work on these projects without having to clean and up and put away every day, I can just leave as is until I next get to them without infringing on any space while we make a mess throughout the house. So I finally got them all finished up after a few months only to have fallen in love with them and trying to think of ways to use them in my home….maybe the craft room? However, with that beautiful white fabric, may be susceptible to dusty hands!  I decided to keep for now and see how the house comes together and if there’s a place for them. If not, they will go up onto the website or be included in a Spring sale. These were tough…lots ‘n lots of staples to pull, gluing and tightening, painting a few layers of cream with antique glazing, then the task of upholstering by myself in a nice heavy linen/cotton french fabric. It was well worth the effort as they’ve come out beautifully.

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Quality Control for Shabby Chic

Jul20th2015

Good day everyone! I wanted to talk about QUALITY for a moment regarding SHABBY CHIC furniture! I was shopping recently in the U.S. and brought back a number of items I found from the trip. I just love looking for new projects and sometimes I purchase stuff that is in relatively good shape but not quite up to the standards I put on myself and the pieces I refinish. Now sometimes the price reflects the quality of the item and there is a fair price on it. Other times, I notice that there are a lot of expensive items put out there that just fall short of what I would put in my house as far as quality goes.

I ALWAYS use one guideline for myself, and that is if I won’t put it in my house, why would you want to put it in yours? After refinishing this particular project I thought it would be good to reveal what exactly I do with my projects to have them qualify to the standards I set.

The item has to be CLEAN: no cobwebs, dust, grime, rust, cup rings or any kind of grit or dirt. The item is STURDY: no wobbles, weak spots, or shortcut fixes that will eventually weaken and break. If painted, I do a process that ensures that there will be NO CHIPPING. I sand all pieces thoroughly to assist the paint to adhere to the surface. In most cases it is PRIMED. I sand between each paint coat so you get a nice smooth finish. Plus I CLEARCOAT every painted piece with a satin finish to protect from scratching and powdering off. The UNDERSIDE of any one piece whether it’s a chair, vanity, sideboard, table, etc. is well done so that if you flip it over, the bottom surface doesn’t look like an unsightly mess. If the piece is UPHOLSTERED, I make a judgement as to the difficulty of the item and whether I can upholster it myself. This saves a lot of money as you know upholstery can be quite expensive! If I can’t do a particular project myself, I hire a professional. Again, I won’t put out anything that is a COMPROMISE to quality. I do not mark up any upholstery expenses (I do the drop off, pickup and fabric choice at no charge for my time). I truly believe in passing on every penny of savings onto the customer wherever possible.

Here is an example of a vanity I purchased that was already done in a shabby chic finish. Upon close inspection, I found it was lumpy (dirt had not been cleaned off), the paint was peeling (no primer was used), it smelled (like a barn!), the mirror was unusable (deteriorated), the underside had cobwebs and grime…so you can see it was not even close to a pristine piece of furniture…I took this piece and put it through a proper, detailed refinishing process so that it is now 100%, right down to replacing the mirror and painting the insides of the drawers.

I hope this post helps you understand the steps taken to bring you the best product possible! I take a lot of pride in my ability to always bring you the best of what I do, complete with a GUARANTEE of quality.

BEFORE refinishing (looks ok doesn’t it? But I guarantee when you get it home, all the issues I listed out above will rear their ugly heads!

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AFTER refinishing:

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Swooning….

Jun30th2015

K…I’m excited, but a tad bit sad to have finished these french chairs. I love, love, love them but I have no use or space or purpose for them (if I were to keep). Therefore I put them up “In the Store” so someone else can enjoy. The trouble is there is three of them! But then I was thinking that it isn’t so bad at all. Imagine a little tea table with yourself and two of your best gal pals sitting around sipping a glass of wine or lemonade. How often do you really have four people sitting around a table? So, I would say a set of three is simply perfect! Honestly…I do have a fourth chair that is almost exactly the same but has no floral crown on the backrest. I’m going to jazz it up after I repair it (the seat is ripped) just so you know a fourth lonely little chair is also waiting to be adopted!

This is what they looked like “before”

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and after!

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Here’s that fourth chair that wants to march to it’s own band…watch to see it’s transformation!

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