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Cypress & Walnut Triangle Side Table

cypress_1_sombSaying that I LOVE this table would be a HUGE understatement! It makes me smile every time I glance at it while sittin’ in my favorite comfy chair… it is my woodporn! The design came about simply cuz I needed a side table to butt up against a living room wall so that my big chair could be angled towards the TV. I knew I wanted to use the gorgeous 1,000 year-old river-reclaimed cypress scraps that were leftover from a project at my day job as a woodworker & the beautiful walnut came from my favorite lumber yard, AdvantageLumber.com‘s Sarasota Location. Tell ’em Toni sent ya when you visit! ;)

Playing with the sticks for the top was a blast! The grain patterns in this piece are just stunning & the river reclaimed cypress has such a warm glow to it! The top was easy enough to make, just biscuit joining & glueing up MANY sticks, but so very time-consuming. The straight aprons were super easy being as they were just mortise and tenon joints, but the oblique half lap joints of the angled apron took a bit more tweaking. cypress_detail_sombI just played around with angles on the bandsaw until I got it just right, or got very lucky, lol! I also tapered the legs on the bandsaw, which was super fast. Um, what else went into constructing this piece? Oh, the shelf! That added a good couple days to the build considering glue up time & chiseling the tenons (two glued & one loose on the acute side of the triangle), but totally worth it. I slathered on some lacquer & that was about it. Time to put my feet up in my favorite chair & stare at my little table! ;D

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Padauk & Ambrosia Maple Coffee Table

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Just got finished with this Padauk & Ambrosia Maple coffee table and I actually remembered to take work pics this time! I made this for my own family’s living room since we’ll be getting reclining couches soon & won’t have room for our former rectangular table… plus, well, I’ll take any excuse to build a piece of furniture for my home! ;) I am currently obsessed with ambrosia & spalting in any species of wood, so right when I saw this maple at AdvantageLumber.com I knew it would be our coffee table’s top! It was a fairly easy build… tapering legs with one of my tapered leg jigs, chiseling mortise and tenon joints, sawing grooves in apron, joining maple with glue & biscuits, adding padauk inlay with CA glue to the top, sand, shellac & semi-gloss spar urethane on Padauk, satin lacquer on the Ambrosia Maple top, and then glue up & screw on top with fasteners.

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Stella… A French Provincial Table Refinish

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Meet Stella. A French Provincial antique table in need of a fresh start. When I spotted her I noticed her gorgeous bones, which happens to be my only prerequisite for refinishing a piece. I happily lugged her home and got to work. Her top was water damaged and dull, so the first thing I did was strip and sand it down to bare veneer. She was looking better already!
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Next up was to apply some fresh lacquer in order to protect it from future damages. Three coats of lacquer and a single cot of wax make for an incredible feel and richness to the wood. After finishing her top it was time to give her base a new paint job. A warm antique white matched her stunning wood grain perfectly. For this piece I whipped up some homemade chalk paint and applied two thick coats, achieving an authentic aged look. When using chalk paint, a layer of furniture wax must be applied in order to seal the dried paint. For this piece I distressed while applying the wax, using 0000 steel wool and an old t-shirt to work the wax into the paint. Twenty minutes after applying the wax I buffed it out, creating an incredibly soft sheen that is comparable to no other furniture finish.

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The bottom shelf remains half-finished for now… I have something brilliant in store for this French Provincial beauty! Stay tuned! ;Dstella_final

 

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Update : Check out this post about how I added character to this piece by decoupaging a vintage map of London to it’s shelf!!

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Wordless Wednesday – Happy Clients Make Me Happy

It is bittersweet to work like crazy on a piece, to put your heart and soul into it… from imagining a concept, to painting it, to sweating in the heat to buff out a waxy glow, to then finally selling it to someone that you hope will appreciate the work that went into it. I have found that perfect bliss by selling my pieces on Etsy and am happy beyond words that the pieces I have passionately refinished find happy new homes through my humble Etsy Shop! On this wordless Wednesday I am grateful for happy clients because they make the furniture refinishing process a joy!!! :D

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Here is my most recent piece that sold on Etsy from which I’m still glowing because of the lovely feedback the buyer gave my shop! I <3 happy clients!!

Chic Antique – A Side Table Refinish in Teal & White

IMG_2582Hello there! I am so happy to share this recent refinish with you! This 1930’s Brandt side table was a wreck when I found it, but after a little tlc she is beautiful once more! For the look of this piece I had a past client’s future nursery in mind & I think it turned out perfectly as a chic side table! To get this look, I started by sanding the wood top and finishing with satin lacquer. I then painted the whole piece in a custom teal I mixed up. I taped off the edge detail along with a square on the shelf, painting that area a lovely white to offset the aqua. After the paint dried I distressed and added Briwax clear wax to give the whole piece a soft glow. My process might take a long time and be labor intensive, but if the end result is as pretty as this then it’s all worth it! Check out my work!
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I really hope this piece finds a loving home! :)))

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Mid Century Modern Ombre Desk Refinish

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Who doesn’t love Mid Century Modern?!! It just has a beautiful & clean look to it that I cannot resist! Therefore, needless to say, I fell head over heels in love with this mid-century desk!! I wanted to keep the finish as simple as it’s beautiful design, so all I did was slap a fresh coat of white paint on it…

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then I jumped on board the ombre train that is such a hit right now and painted the drawer fronts in gradating shades of teal. Finished it off with gloss polycrylic on the white & satin lacquer on the drawers. And there ya have it! A stunning mid century mod beauty updated & ready to be loved for another 50 years!

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Happy weekend to you! I’m off to find my next furniture love!! :D

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Union Jack-Inspired Coffee Table

kateafter3Cheerio! I’ve been so inspired by all the British patterns I’ve seen online that I decided to make a Union Jack-inspired design on this old coffee table, I am part Scottish after all! This table was in baaaaaaaaad shape, way past the point of sanding and bringing the wood back to life = perfect candidate for paint and lacquer! Here’s the step-by-step:

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I started by priming and painting three coats of white on the base which was a very dark stained wood. Kate, let’s call her, was looking happier already! Next, I sanded the top so that it was smooth enough for paint. I taped off the Union Jack pattern, adding one color at a time. Mint, white, and eggplant were refreshing color choices for this piece. After the latex paint dried I added two coats of clear satin lacquer which came out to a beautiful soft sheen. Blimey! Kate’s finished and she’s quite a looker!!

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