Category Archives: Refinishing Furniture

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.

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 :).

So all my fabric arrived…

red or pink?


blue or gray?



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 :).

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 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!


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


Tunisia Chartreuse

Tazo Texture Chartruse


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


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


Summer Soiree Chevron

Summer Soiree Animal Party

Deer Valley Goldenrod Lodge Lattice

Yellow Duck Ticking

Flights of Fancy

Key West

Floored Sandstone


Midwest Modern – Honeycomb

Flights Of Fancy

Daisy Chain Grey Daisy


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


Acree Hvy Basket Lapis

Criss Cross in Navy

Cadence Thai Blue

Blue Duck Ticking


Navy/White Batik

Curly-Q Spring

Adriana Capri Indoor Outdoor


Harmonics Essence in Sunset

IO Cheetah Natural

Giraffe Java Natural

Key West Chocolate



Cheetah Print Earth

Theorique Chocolat


Baldwin – Wisteria

Sudan Sage

August fields Sunrise Grey


Tree Peony HAR Scarlett

Hazelmere 25217 Sage

Dorset Multi

Aria ML Coral

Carone Chestnut

Trieste Watermelon

Lyndora Cr Multi

Serifina Summer

South Hampton – Berry



Harmonics Harmony Sunset

Suzani Jewel

Maldives Lapis

Pheasant Floral

Yellow Floral Linen Look Shirting

Cream Floral Print Linen

Matisse Sprays Apple Green


White Multi Twill

Black Multi Lawn

Sophia Orange

White Stripe Sateen

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 :)

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?)