Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Thrill of the Hunt!

Thrift Store Treasures!
What an awesome day today was! The sun was shining brightly and the temperature was above freezing. Whoo hoo! There's another winter storm on the way tonight, but that's another story. Today we (my husband and I) planned (I planned and sprung it on him) to hit the thrift stores for furniture shopping. We got a bit of a late start, and I was worried all the bargains would be gone. The first stop was slim pickings, but I did manage to find a few items. We went to another store and hit the jackpot! My heart was beating a mile a minute hoping that I would get to the treasures before someone else snatched them up. I couldn't believe that people weren't fighting over this stuff, but hey to each their own. I'll be adding these to my Upcoming Projects tab. Below are photos of what I found (please excuse the background mess -- my house is full of booth items at the moment):

Solid wood end table. Manufactured by Mersman.

Odds and ends for photo shoots and/or decorating the booth.

Love the pink! It was made in Italy and hand painted.
There is a small surface crack, but it was too pretty to pass by.

This is a candlestick holder.
I plan to paint it and give it a shabby chic look.
An assortment of framed prints. This is what I was really looking for.
They are needed to give some color to the plain
white walls in the booth (not allowed to paint the walls).

Reminds me of summer!

A pair of fruit prints. Peaches and pears.
Early 1900's vanity! We took the mirror off to move it.
It is so pretty and elegant. My husband spotted this one!
Here's the mirror to the vanity. Well the mirror is long gone,
but I will have another one made.
Either that or I will leave it off and turn the vanity into a desk.
Three Forever Stamps were inside one of the vanity's drawers.
A wood framed mirror! I love this one; keep reading and
 I will reveal why it's extra special!
Aren't the details pretty? I'm not sure what colors I will paint it.
This is why the mirror is so special!
No you are not seeing double, so don't adjust your monitor.
I bought one mirror last week and found the match to the pair today!
Talk about luck! Another lady at the check out line said she almost bought the mirror
but didn't because she wanted a pair. I invited her to watch my blog :-)

Friday, February 20, 2015

Depression Era China Cabinet

I finally finished the china cabinet that I mentioned in a previous post. Actually it was finished a couple of weeks ago, but I just got around to taking photos today. This is the china cabinet that has been parked in my entryway for over a year, and I am so happy to finally have this project finished!


Various photos of "before".

The stamp reads, "BASSETT FURN CO
520 CHINA"
The china cabinet was manufactured by The Bassett Furniture Company and is marked "520 China". My guess is it is circa early 1900's (1920's or early 1930's). The piece overall is sturdy and in good working order. Other than the beautiful veneer on the drawer front, the remaining veneer was in poor condition. Most of the decorative trim had broken pieces. When I purchased the cabinet the glass was cracked, so I had a local glass company install new glass. 

The veneer on the drawer was beautiful,
but most of the moulding was broken.
Sample of the condition the veneer was in.
Normally I make all repairs, paint, and then distress and age the piece. But this time I decided to work with the imperfections. So I focused on only making the absolutely necessary repairs such as removing the loose veneer. I made repairs to some of the broken decorative trim and left some broken pieces as-is. So instead of trying to make it look shiny new, I think the overall feel of the final finish is a well-loved older piece of furniture.


The color scheme I chose is Napoleonic Blue and Cream with accents in Graphite (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint products).I sanded the entire piece (interior and exterior) then added a lightly distressed finish and an antique glaze.  Subtle highlights of gold were added to the decorative trim and hardware. I love how these colors contrast with each other! Overall I think the final piece has a regal stature but with an added cottage charm. 

Lots of storage!
After: Drawer
Beautiful curves.
Bold yet curvy.

The china used in the "after" photos is from the same era as the cabinet. It's a 12-piece set and I think it gives a good representation of how much storage the china cabinet offers. 

Hardware after.
Close up of decorative trim. 
Subtle highlights include accents in gold.
The barrel top is painted in Graphite.
Top shelf.
More storage.
Additional storage in drawer.
Regal with cottage charm.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Lovely Dresser and Nightstand

This set includes a 5-drawer dresser and a 2-drawer nightstand. The details of the furniture were somewhat hidden by the original dark finish, in fact I didn't notice all the details myself until I actually started working on them. For instance, I initially planned to replace the hardware on the top three drawers of the dresser, but as I was removing the hardware I began to notice the lovely details. So I decided to keep the original hardware and moved forward with the project.


We had a couple of days of above normal temperatures (unbelievable in February!) so I was in a hurry to get outside to work on refinishing both pieces. I was in so much of a hurry that I almost forgot to take "before" pictures. So I snapped a few shots just before I got to work.

Before - drawers
Before - dresser
Before - nightstand
Ready for a new look! The snow is melting :-)
Structurally both pieces are in great condition and neither required any repairs. There were some rough spots on the tops of each piece, so I used my orbital sander to smooth out the finish, and scrubbed off layers of dirt and grime prior to painting. 


I added light to medium distressing throughout to accentuate the details and to give the set an heirloom look. The new finish reminds me of a set that might have been passed down from generation to generation. They are finished in Old White which is an ivory-ish white that works wonderfully with a variety of color schemes. The set would work well for any age group. In fact, it would be an extremely economical choice for a newborn, as the classic finish on the furniture would last through the teen years and into adulthood. Alternatively, I think it would also make a great fit for a guest room needing storage. Which is exactly where this set will go if they don't sell -- my guestroom! But I plan to take the set to the booth in the next week or so to see if they sell first before keeping them to myself. I'll leave you with photos of both the nightstand and dresser. Enjoy the weekend and I hope you have a happy Valentine's Day. 


Two drawers

Close up of hardware

So curvy and elegant.


Five drawers.
Lovely details on drawers.

Close up of hardware.
Plenty of storage.
So pretty!