Category Archives: Refinishing Furniture

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Chicken Lamp

For my upcoming birthday my mother bought me a chicken lamp I had been eying – I love chickens – both in real life and in ceramic form (see the chickens lined up on top of the cabinet in the background?). Unfortunately this chicken lamp was a bit brown for my taste and the paint finish was chipped – so using the lamps in Ellie’s ‘cougar town’ house as inspiration I gave it two coats of white oil. I even spray painted the finial in gold spray paint – and the result is a mix cheeky glamorous. I have been loving the glow of lamplight in these early dark evenings.

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It has been awhile…


my newest project

As the summer draws to an end my list of projects seems to become more desperate hence I have put blogging on the back burner. So apologies if I made any one worry!

You may look at this buffet and wonder why I bought it – it certainly has a very 90′s color scheme, and someone seems to have given up on searching for replacement hardware … I loved it – it JUST fit into my boyfriend’s dad’s Honda Fit AND was only 2.60 at my favorite junk shop. I just couldn’t resist its clean lines – It took some elbow grease and an eclectic sander and electric planer (which btw is one of my favorite tools), a new coat of paint , new hinges (2 were warped and all of them were painted over) and some new pull handles (1.29 each at Lowes!)

it was originally 5.25! but it was half off due to the end of season sale


one of the first flaws I had to fix both the door had to be planed down, the bent hinges replaced and the piece glued together


the veneer on the top had to be fixed as well – I ended up just scraping the whole thing off after a partial removal-patch job didn’t work so well.


i just love drawer dividers

So here it is folks – the finished product (please be nice and don’t look too hard at the messed up wall or the horrible molding – previous remuddlers were not so kind to the original details in this wing of the house).


p.s- I removed the lacquer from the pulls so they should dull to a classy brass soon :).

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So all my fabric arrived…



red or pink?


brown?


blue or gray?


green?


yellow?


black and white?

…and the decision is still hard! I bought most of the fabric in just one or half yards so I could decide in person but still! I can’t wait to show you some of my other refinishing projects I have been working on – those I actually made a decision :).

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Fabric Possibilities For My Chairs…

I realize that all my posts have been ‘help me decide’ lately – but I have been making so many decisions and processing so many projects that looking at inspiration photos seems, well, uninspiring. I am looking for some fabric to make cushions for my Chinoiserie chairs and below is a collection of really lovely and fun fabric choices that are all available for under 20 dollars per yard (some are 50% off at joannfabrics.com right now).

I thought you guys out there in the blogosphere might enjoy them – also to be fair some of these fabrics are not upholstery material – but I thought I would include them anyways as I am considering making some throw pillows as well…. And if you have any recommendations for me in the process – you know I love them!

GREEN




Sanibel in Apple Green


Kimino Olive White Slub


Python Tendril Green Daffney


Essence in Spa


Essence in Leaf


Coral Cascade in Lime


Essence in Citrine


Ginseng Pine Celery



Tunisa Chartreuse


Daisy Chain Natural Daisy Bouquet


Palm Beach


Snow Flower Aqua Snow Geo


Daisy Chain Kiwi Mosaic


Monaco Green Fern


Deer Valley Azure Lodge Lattice


Positano Moss


Lanterns


Tunisia Chartreuse



Tazo Texture Chartruse

BLACK


Snow Flower Black Snow Geo


Flights Of Fancy


Carrie Espresso White


Canopy Black Linen


Carrie Black White


Accord Black


Tunisa Black White


Black & White Abstract


Black /White Peach Skin


Navy Blue White Shirting


Squares


Chippendale fretwork



Natural Elegance II Bassett Hall Onyx


The Garden lattice Onyx


Lovely Lattice in Caviar


Black Duck Ticking


Canopy Black


Wildthing Oynx


Chevron Black


Ivory / Black Double Knit

YELLOW


Summer Soiree Chevron


Summer Soiree Animal Party


Deer Valley Goldenrod Lodge Lattice


Yellow Duck Ticking


Flights of Fancy


Key West


Floored Sandstone

PINK


Midwest Modern – Honeycomb


Flights Of Fancy


Daisy Chain Grey Daisy

RED


Carrie Lipstick



Traditions Lipstick Red Linen


Canopy Lipstick


Tunisa Lipstick


Large Peony Floral Red


Geranium Floral Ivory


Criss Cross in Cardinal


Coral Cascade in Petal


Madison Lipstick Linen



Floral Lipstick Red Chocolate



Pinking Flower Red


Lodge Lattice Peony


Noveau Bouquet Gold


Avery Texture Tabasco

BLUE



Acree Hvy Basket Lapis



Criss Cross in Navy



Cadence Thai Blue



Blue Duck Ticking


Silhouette


Navy/White Batik


Curly-Q Spring


Adriana Capri Indoor Outdoor

BROWN


Harmonics Essence in Sunset


IO Cheetah Natural


Giraffe Java Natural


Key West Chocolate


Diamante


Luke


Cheetah Print Earth



Theorique Chocolat

GRAY


Baldwin – Wisteria


Sudan Sage


August fields Sunrise Grey

MULTI LUSH CHINTZ


Tree Peony HAR Scarlett


Hazelmere 25217 Sage


Dorset Multi



Aria ML Coral


Carone Chestnut



Trieste Watermelon



Lyndora Cr Multi


Serifina Summer


South Hampton – Berry

MULTI EXOTIC


Rosalinda


Harmonics Harmony Sunset


Suzani Jewel


Maldives Lapis


Pheasant Floral


Yellow Floral Linen Look Shirting


Cream Floral Print Linen


Matisse Sprays Apple Green

MULTI OTHER


White Multi Twill


Black Multi Lawn


Sophia Orange


White Stripe Sateen

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Blue or Red?


Image from House Beautiful


image via Shelter


image via Unknown


Image from Elle Decor


My Chairs

I have Chinoiserie Chippendale faux bamboo chairs that I bought at my favorite junk shop – and although they were originally green I am considering either a hot orange-y red or a royal blue, or maybe a light pink shell. Opinions? I am hoping to use oil paint (I find the finish more even and durable)- Does anyone know where to get oil paint in great colors? I usually mix RustOleum paints to get my own colors, which has led to uneven results – does anyone have a better source?

Sorry about the long absence – late June and early July were busy for me :)

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Opinions needed!!

So this is one of my NYC street finds – it is missing the glass – presumably why it was thrown out originally . I am torn on what to do with it exactly. The room that we are using as our living room right now doesn’t have any windows just doorways to other rooms that have windows so I was hoping that this piece would glam it up/ reflect light in a nice way.

But I need help because I cant make up my mind AT ALL. So please any feedback or ideas is appreciated – I have 4 options here to choose from (please forgive my photo shop silliness). The thing is I love the color of the wood but it does feel a bit dated and since it was free I am not too concerned about ‘ruining’ it. What do you think?

CHOICE 1 buy a new piece of glass – keep old wood color

CHOICE 2 buy a new piece of glass – paint glossy white color

CHOICE 3 buy a new piece of glass that is mirrored – keep old wood color (my least favorite of all of them)

CHOICE 4 buy a new piece of glass that is mirrored – paint wood color ( to gaudy? fresh?)