Fabulous French Restoration

Feb12th2018

Some time ago, I picked up a set of five fantastic french chairs that just sang my name….took them home and eyed them over and over thinking of what fabulous things I could do with them. I love to live with items for awhile until one way or another they find a way to communicate what they are wanting me to do…These particular chairs at first glance looked pretty darn good but not 100% by any means. The seats were spring construction and by the way they were sagging I could tell they would need a total overhaul. I opened up the fabric and peaked in and had to laugh at what I saw….there were a total of three springs that were literally standing on end loosely in the cavity. They weren’t even sewn or tied down! So began the long process of tearing off every bit of fabric, removing and tossing the springs and pulling hundreds and hundreds of staples. Down to the bare bones and a couple of nasty blisters later I could start again to examine and think about my plan.

Firstly, a new plywood seat was in order. Unfortunately an easy removable seat was not going to happen…you know, the kind you can screw on and off? This kind of chair had to have the seat cushion connected and upholstered right to the frame. Too bad…my work is cut out for me! So my ever so helpful hubby cut a template using the existing foam inside (which by the way was also crumbling and unusable) and made the five seats lickity split and attached all of them. First I had to reinforce all the legs which were loose and wobbling. Glue, clamping and some good ole PL400 (a construction adhesive) worked like a charm.

Next, I sprayed with a chalk paint color called “driftwood” which I bought in B.C. I wish I could remember the name of the shop but I liked their custom color selection so I bought a jar to try. After two heavy coats and drying time, I applied a mix of clear and dark wax for a base finish look. Then I concentrated more heavily around the perimeter of the backrest of the chair with the dark wax to create a worn look. I almost always clearcoat for protection. Next came a three inch foam seat which all had to be cut out to fit. By now, I had been advertising the chairs and had a lovely lady from Saskatchewan buy all five. She was travelling to Calgary to visit family soon so they were put aside to await her arrival with fabric she wanted to use. It was a tricky order as she was visiting a few days and I had to complete the order for her to take back home on a deadline. The fabric she brought was a pre-washed drop cloth which just thrilled me to bits as for it’s heaviness and it’s fantastic worn french country look. It took me an additional 2 days to upholster all chairs. I sewed a matching trim and added the upholstery tacks. We also added a bit of gold gilding using gold wax on the floral carvings.

Pretty pleased I am with these as was my client! Now to say goodbye to another satisfying project of beauty!

This is how they started. At first glance not too shabby, even the fabric was pretty but they had some hidden surprises! 

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This is the Fabulous Finish!

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See You Next Project! Have a Great Week!

Winter Clearance

Jan22nd2018

Hello friends! I’ve been sorely neglectful at keeping up with my blog again. I must get in the habit of paying more attention and I’m sorry about that…but we can all only do our best and today is a good day as any to jump in and just start! With the new year, I get an urge to purge old stuff that I’m not using and have been packing up and cleaning out those drawers and closets for donation…it’s a good feeling to get through it all and start fresh again. The beehive shop is also cleaning up and clearing out for the new year. Some has already gone but I am still offering several pieces in the store at fantastic bargains. These are some great buys with beautiful finishes I’ve invested in but are passing on at cost. These are just a few of the discounted items so it’s best to come down to the store to see everything!
Reserve your purchase by pressing on the item and then selecting the “Contact Us” button. Please note we cater to the local area only at this time but shipping may be arranged under special circumstances.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me at info@honeybs.com or call 403-870-4694.
In addition to the sale, I have been filling my calendar with custom finishing orders. If you have an old tired piece in need of a makeover, contact me with some photos and an idea of what you are looking to change and I can give an estimate usually immediately.
Cheers and warm wishes through the winter months!
 
 

September Newsletter

Sep1st2017

Greetings!

A warm hello to my followers, friends and new customers!

It’s been a super summer! I hope you’ve all made the most of these beautiful days making memories with family and friends as well as visiting your favourite summer destinations!
 
I’ve had a fabulous summer launching the store, some home events, getting creative with new ideas, visiting with family, working on our home renovations and starting a veggie garden! Murray and I also renewed our wedding vows in Hawaii and adopted a bunny! Plans are being made for the fall season and you may want to know what’s going on at the bee hive!
 

Home Renovations
A common question to me is “how are the renovations going?” I haven’t posted or updated much in social media, but things are moving along! We had to slow down the process since August 2016 but with Fall around the corner we anticipate that we will be able to increase productivity again and work steadily to finish up this amazing project. All is going great and what we have so far has far exceeded my expectations in quality and appearance! As we move forward I will be updating the progress more regularly. The good news is that my shop space is complete and I have a fantastic workspace to enjoy and keep the projects going!
 
Shop News
I have decided for the time being that I will not set up regular shop hours, rather continue to have visitors by appointment. I am very flexible and you can find me most days working on projects at the house. You will likely find me in work clothes and tied back hair but you’re always welcome to stop in. Just notify me by text, phone, email, FB or instagram!
 
 
I am also pleased to give my followers an opportunity to see what items I’ve added to the shop before I pack up and load our trailer for The Prairie Girls Vintage Market on Saturday, September 9th. To view the entire collection, go to www.honeybs.com and check all the categories. I will be adding more pieces daily up until September 8th. There will also be additional pieces only available at the market. So some great surprises are in store! 
 
To inquire on an item, book an appointment and/or make a purchase email me at info@honeybs.com or use the link on the website. Noting the item stock number (HB number) would be most helpful! Items will not be marked sold until payment is received. See below for payment options.
 
Heartfelt thanks for your continued friendship, kindness and encouragement! I am so grateful to be part of creating your beautiful home! Below is the market information once again and please come by and say hello!
 
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