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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