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Bennett – A restored mid-century modern office desk

Drumroll please… introducing “Bennett.”

Remember a week or so ago, I picked this little guy up at Goodwill? Let me remind you…

Yes, Goodwill is a bit messy!

I used a homemade chalk paint recipe out of Behr Midnight Dream. Like I said before, I have plans to complete a more thorough chalk paint comparison in the future. I’ll keep you posted. I don’t really have enough info for a thorough analysis yet.

After two coats of the blue, I distressed, applied Annie Sloan clear wax, then taped off the white stripes. I used Behr Off White for the stripes.

After distressing and waxing again, I added the AS dark wax to age it up a bit. That’s when the piece really popped!

I kept the original brass hardware and just polished it up a bit.

I’m really happy with the results. Perfect for a boy’s room or even a bachelor pad! He looks rich and sophisticated.
Bennett has already found a home. He was sold before I had a chance to place the ad. And the best part is that he is staying in the family, so I can visit him anytime I want!
Lots of love,
Mary
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Hunting & gathering

This morning I had a small window of time before my daughter’s dance class to go out thrift shopping and try to pickup some furniture to refinish. You see, I’m currently sold out. All the pieces that I’ve done to this point have sold — yay! This is so very exciting, but at the same time I need to get to work. Are you curious to see what I found this morning?

At my first stop I struck out. This happens sometimes, but don’t let that discourage you. On my second attempt I snagged two of these nightstands for only $6.50 a piece! Not sure what to do with them yet, but I’m sure it will come to me.

I was drawn to the nice shape and the hardware. The drawers are also dovetail and you can tell that it’s a better quality piece. Now I just have to pick the perfect finish!

Next stop, I found this Mid-Century Modern desk for only $10. You can’t see in the photo, but it has the pencil legs that I really love. It’s extra long but has a short depth, which helps with functionality.

This is going to be fun! I’m thinking more bold and retro for these color selections. 
Lots of love,
Mary

A pedi & a project

This is what I’m doing this evening :)

A much needed pedi for a worn-out mommy! As I near the end of my second trimester, I’m starting to feel more tired. I actually had to take a nap today! Well, it was a forced nap — but a nap nonetheless. You see, I couldn’t find my car keys for the life of me and the paint for my next project was in the car. I was planning on painting during Gabby’s naptime, but after a half-hour of searching for the keys I gave up and “closed my eyes for just a minute” on the sofa.
Anyway, this is the piece I’m working on.

It’s a vintage porch swing with the most beautiful wooden slats. I picked this up for $20 off of Craigslist around eight months ago. The wood will be stained and finished, and the metal frame will be painted. I can’t wait to show you the finished product!

In other news, I’ve been pulling out all my Christmas decor from the garage and the house is just about done now. I have a few Christmas craft projects to show you as soon as I get everything in place. Yay!

Lots of love,
Mary

Ammo crates!

A few months ago, I scored the biggest truck load of goods from Craigslist ever recorded in history. Introducing the vintage ammo crates:

I was so excited! Can you believe the old owners were trying to get rid of them as firewood?!?! I can’t even imagine the sight of one of these beauties burning. I can hardly wait to make something with them, but that will have to wait for now since I don’t yet own a power saw of any kind. I’m thinking that I could make a sofa table or maybe a side table on casters.

I’ve stacked them three-high to use as a side table for now. And the rest have been posted to Craigslist here for sale (saving some for myself of course).

I just love the weathered wood. And the stamped marking on the side is perfection!

They even have a sturdy lid with lots of storage room. Surprisingly, the internal wood was preserved well due to cardboard pieces that were left inside.

Thanks for joining me! Stay tuned, tomorrow is the big reveal for the buffet and hutch set I’ve been working on. I still need a name for the piece, but I’m sure it will come to me once I get the hardware on and start taking photos.

Lots of love,
Mary

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Sneak peek!

Is it Thursday already? Oh my word, this week has flown by! Maybe it’s because I’ve had my nose stuck to the computer screen all week — or maybe it’s because I keep thinking about all of my to-do’s before incoming house guests, vacation in two weeks, and Thanksgiving just around the corner!

In any case, I wanted to share with you a little sneak peek at the next furniture piece I’ll be working on. Meet the unnamed:

I picked this bad boy up from Goodwill about six months ago. My husband thought I was crazy! But it does need a lot of work. The wooden top is torn to pieces and needs to be filled in in some spots. I paid a little more on this one than I would normally allow myself, but I just fell in love with the shape and the geometrical design. It looks like a modern twist on an Old English piece. Very heavy and very substantial! Check it out — it comes with a hutch, too!

Here’s my dilemma: what do I do to it? I’ve been going back and forth on what color(s) to use. Originally, I thought that I would just whitewash it in a black so that you could still see some of the wood. Then I would think to apply a paper design on top to accent. But the more I look at it, the more I think it’s a little too heavy and too dark. Should I brighten it up a bit? I could either use a very thin whitewash solution (in white opposed to the black) and do something to show the detail, or I could go bold with a bright color. It may just come to me as I go.

What do you think?

Lots of love,
Mary

Chloe – A Vintage Drexel Heritage Desk

My newest piece is a vintage Drexel Heritage desk. I had been looking for one of these for a while and just about flipped when I saw it at one of my local thrift stores. If you haven’t noticed already, I like to name my furniture pieces. I feel it helps bring out the personality of the piece and describes its styling in a very special way.

And yes, I do know how to paint other colors besides ones from the blue family…but this one just screamed “Duck Egg Blue,” so what else was I to do? No other color would do it justice with its brass hardware and contemporary styling.

So I started painting and then remembered that I needed to take a ‘before pic.’ The base was already started so I snapped a quick photo of the drawer. Use your imagination, if you will.

To my surprise, under the top middle drawer were markings that read “ET CETERA BY DREXEL 973”. Drexel Heritage is a high-end, very sought-after furniture company that makes some truly beautiful pieces. I looked it up online and found that they still carry their Et Cetera collection today. I wasn’t able to date the piece to any particular period, but I can tell that it’s an older piece. If you have any information regarding the period of this desk, I would be very interested to know.

The painting process was as follows: two coats of AS Chalk Paint in “Duck Egg Blue” – very, very lightly distressed with an ultra-fine sanding block. Then finished with a coat of AS Clear Wax. Two coats of wax on the top to protect from any future wear and tear.

The brass hardware and fixtures needed to be polished, so I used the following solution: 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1 tsp. salt, then enough flour to make a paste. Thickly brush the paste onto the hardware and let sit for 10 minutes. Then scrub with a toothbrush and rinse. You will be amazed how the build-up just melts off. Finally, polish with a dry rag. I have heard that others use ketchup to polish with a rag, but that didn’t work for me.

I LOVE how she turned out! This piece is the perfect blend of Vintage and Modern. I love her shape, I love the brass hardware, and I love the color that complements so well.

I have posted Chloe for sale on Craigslist here.
**Update: The desk is now SOLD!**

Lots of love,
Mary

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Vintage Piano Find

Happy Halloween! Or what’s left of it.

Hope you all had a wonderful time tonight with the ones you love. My little Tinkerbell and Snow White were a blast and their little personalities were just shining tonight. What a special time to remember! I’ll share a few photos tomorrow once I get everything uploaded.

Switching gears…

So today I thought I would feature one of my favorite finds. You never know what you can snag up on Craigslist, at garage sales, or in thrift stores. And if you’re not a thrifter, I encourage you to go. It can be a ton of fun and definitely one of my favorite things to do.

This piano was a find from Craigslist and it cost me ONLY $40! That included the wonderfully generous sellers who actually delivered the piano to our home. (Piano moving companies would cost $100+ for this task.)

I was immediately drawn to the detail on the face of the piano and the architecture of the legs. After doing a little research, we have dated this piece to be between 1900 and 1910. It was not considered a high-end piano for that time period. Nonetheless, it is extremely heavy and sturdy.
The previous owners sanded it down in hopes to refinish the wood, but I like it just as is. There is just something about the unfinished wood that still shows so much detail and beauty. It looks like something you would see in a Restoration Hardware catalog. 
Unfortunately, it’s unplayable and most likely has to be rebuilt on the inside. But I didn’t buy it as an instrument — although we would love to get it fixed up someday and have our children take lessons. I bought it as a piece of art.
I love how the keys are broken and worn. I love the scratches and dings. I love how it looks strong and masculine yet elegant at the same time.
I hope I have inspired you to do some hunting of your own.
Lots of Love,

Mary

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