Monday, December 10, 2012

Cara's Dresser

This was a commission piece, which I just fell in love with!  Cara looked through my portfolio, told me which pieces she liked, and what colors she wanted and this was the result.  Isn't it beautiful?

The drawers are painted in my favorite white, BEHR's Magnolia Blossom.  Then lightly distressed and finished off with a very slightly tinted wax.

The body and the knobs are a teal color that was probably the prettiest oops color I've ever picked up.  I had a gallon of it, but when that's gone I'll likely have to go have it color matched I love it so much.

On the two small top drawers I used some classic glass knobs.  

The top was stripped and stained with a single application of Minwax's Dark Walnut, which showed up lighter than normal on this piece, but I liked it.  Of course I finished it off with some tinted wax and gave it a good buffing to get that aged gleam we all love so much.

If you are interested in commissioning a piece of furniture, email me at applehouserevival @ gmail . com


I will be sharing at:
The Dedicated House's: Make it Pretty Monday 
Elizabeth and Co.'s: Be Inspired

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


I love it when someone sees one of my pieces and proclaims it "just exactly what I've been looking for!"

That happened twice last weekend at my last show of the year (thank goodness!)

Since I'm busy recuperating from a flu/cold double whammy, two HUGE shows, and trying to get this family in the Christmas spirit, I thought I'd show them to you together.

The first is this cute chest of basket drawers.  It actually went to live in our cute local fabric store, 3 Layer Quilts to store their scraps.  Perfect, right?

The second is this vintage office chair.  Everything about this chair was still perfect.  Its wheels still rolled smoothly, its turning mechanisms still worked, it just needed a little help in the looks department.  A nice couple knew it would go perfectly at their solid old roll top desk.

I have three other pieces ready to show you, plus pictures from the last two shows, so I'll be back sooner than later.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Little Purple Table

Until I painted Julie's Desk, I have never painted a piece of furniture purple. I enjoyed it so much I decided I needed to do another piece. I had recently picked up this small side table with violin shaped sides. I used the same color as on Julie's desk, however this time I alternated it with a white wash.

Aren't the legs a lovely shape?

I painted the top white and applied a graphic of a French letter with the cancellation stamp.  

The graphic came from The Graphics Fairy.   I printed it backwards on my laser printer and then used nail polish remover to transfer it to to the table.

While I was at it, I also painted a purple frame to match the table.  The bird also came from The Graphics Fairy.


This little purple table is for sale.   See my Portfolio and Available page for details.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Julie's Desk

My cousin, Julie, has recently taken the exciting step of becoming her own boss! If you live in the Portland area and need someone to talk to, I would highly recommend Five Seeds Counseling.

Julie wanted her office to be comfortable and home like.  She asked for my help.  The first thing she needed was a desk.  She brought me this darling.  Someone had done a hack job of trying to restore her.

After some love and attention, you can see that she is a new girl.


The colors in Julie's office are a pale sage green, various creams, and this beautiful plum color.  Isn't it fantastic?  And isn't that hardware amazing?  It isn't the original hardware.  At least the person who tried to refinish her first gave her some pretty jewelry. 

The body is a creamy white with a pale wheat color glaze.

Some strategic distressing, a coat of dark wax, both inside and out, and she is now the most charming secretary in the building! 

The next time I am at Julie's office I will take my camera and show you the rest of her office.  It is a beautiful room.


I am sharing at:
French Country Cottages: Feathered Nest Friday 
Primitive and Proper's: Piece of Word Wednesday

Sunday, October 21, 2012


Eliza is an petite antique rocker that I acquired from a lovely family in Verboort who had loved her for a long time, but needed to find her a new home.

Isn't she beautiful!

She still had remains of her original finish.  Even after I carefully sanded her down there were crackled areas of old finish.  It is just lovely.

I gave her a good coat of clear wax, which made her beautiful wood grain pop right back to life.  She was so dry I actually had to wax her twice.  I've never had to do that before.  Isn't the wood stunning?

I had some vintage upholstery fabric in my collection and knew it would be perfect for her.  She had been re-covered sometime in the 80's with a Native American inspired tapestry fabric.  It did not suite her at all.   However, the same person who had chosen the fabric had done an excellent job restoring the structure of her seat.

After digging many a staple out of her, I gave her a pretty new dover and she was once again restored to her natural beauty!

Let's have one more look at her.  I placed the Dahlia on her to give you some reference.  She is small woman's rocker.  At 5'7" I am too tall to truly enjoy rocking on her, but she is so beautiful, I would happily keep her around just to look at!


Eliza is for sale.  Find pricing and dimensions on my Portfolio and Available Page.

 I will be sharing at:
Primitive & Proper's: Piece of Work Wednesday

Monday, October 15, 2012

Button, Button who has the Button (Table)

This fun side or occasional table was a lot of fun to do, and a lot more work than I was anticipating.  It took a LONG time to glue all those buttons on there!

First I started by painting the table in a pretty cream color, then distressing it and rubbing it all over with a dark stain.

Next I purchased buttons in a particular color way and then dyed them to give them a bit of age and patina.  It would have been fun to do this with vintage buttons, but it would have been far too expensive, and would have taken me even longer to find the buttons.  I had to buy three packages of buttons.  Unfortunately, the first Michael's I went only had one.  I found another at another Michael's location, and then continued to look when ever I was nearby, but they never got another package in the same color way in for weeks and weeks.  Finally, I found the third package at a Michael's in Utah while I was there visiting and brought it back with me!

The last step was to use a product called Envirotex Lite from a company called Environmental Technologies to pour an epoxy finish over the buttons.  I got it at my local Ace Hardware, but you can find it on Amazon. 

If you decide to try this, be sure to follow the instructions.  You can only pour 1/8 of an inch at a time, so I had to pour it on in three coats.

The finish is VERY durable and feels nice and smooth.  I have had so many people touch it and be surprised that it isn't glass or plexiglass. 

It was a lot of fun to work on.  However, next time I think I will chose something a bit bigger than tiny buttons.


The Button Table is for sale.  See my Portfolio and Available page for pricing and dimensions.

 I'm sharing at:
Elizabeth & Co.'s: Be Inspired 
Primitive & Proper's: Piece of Work Wednesday 

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Wyatt - A masculine dresser

It isn't often that one of my pieces feels masculine to me, but this dresser speaks to me like a proud and trail worn cowboy.

Instead of distressing this piece with a sander, I used a paint scraper and scraped away the parts I wanted gone.

This piece came to me with the top and the sides all ready sanded down most of the way.  I smoothed them out a bit more and used Minwax's Provincial to stain them.

The knobs are reminiscent of wagon wheels.  Perfect!


Wyatt is for sale.  See my Portfolio/ Available page for details.

I will have Wyatt with me at The 3 Hens Vintage Goods Sale this coming Saturday!


I will be sharing at 
A Dedicated House's Make Me Pretty Monday

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Jane's Trunk

I'm gearing up for a show in October that I am very excited about.  3 Hens Vintage Goods Sale is holding their debut event Octover 6th, and Apple House Revival will be there!  I've been painting and picking like a mad woman.  I hope to see you there!

Now, onto this cheery yet sturdy trunk I picked up last week.

She is constructed of plywood and had been serviceable in  a very utilitarian way.  I was thinking she would have made an excellent tack box.

However, it was time for her to move out of the barn and into the farmhouse!  A coat of cheery yellow was just the thing she needed!

A coat of dark wax and a good buffing made her gleam.

Isn't that rounded top charming, and it holds a surprise inside, a little cubby perfect for keeping track of dog leashes or flip flops!

I debated about if I should paint the inside or not, but eventually decided to just give it a good scrubbing, rubbed her down with vinegar, and laid down some pretty liner in the bottom.  I like that you can see the scrapes and scruffs she accumulated through her years of service.

She is ready to make her way home.


Jane's Trunk is for sale.  Please visit my Portfolio and Available page for pricing.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Mary Ann's Rocking Chair

I have never met anyone who loves to rock babies as much as my mom.  She has a nack for getting fussy babies to settle down on her shoulder and then it's just a matter of time until she has them fast asleep.

Personally, I have a great big overstuffed rocking chair in my nursery.  My mom likes the old wooden rockers.  Maybe it's their gentle creak, creak, creak that the newer glider style rockers don't have that melts those babies like butter.  

The cushion on this rocker has springs in it and is very comfortable.  I recovered it in our favorite, never fail, work horse, natural drop cloth fabric.

The body is hard wood.  Someone had attempted to refinish it before me.  It was yet another case of the stain and poly in one gone wrong.  I tried to sand it down, but it was impossible to get between the slats with a sander and I couldn't get enough pressure there with a sanding block or sponge, so paint it had to be.

The first coat is a pale gray, followed by the teal and them highlights in a happy yellow.  It was all distressed very well and then finished off with a dark wax.


Mary Ann's Rocking Chair is for sale.  Please see my Portfolio and Available page for details. 
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