Welcome to my crazy life! I love to refinish and re create on a dime. Join me in this adventure creating beautiful in your home. I live in South Western Ontario, am married to the most amazing man (he has to be amazing to put up with all the "junk" I bring home) Together we have 4 GREAT adult kids, one daughter in law ( I couldn't have asked for a better woman for our son) and I'm Oma to the cutest and brightest little boy. Yes I'm biased!
So when a piece of furniture comes my way, and there is a story behind it I fall in love even more.
As some of you know I've been playing a bit with upholstery. Yes I've done a few pieces but it still intimates me. I would love to redo a set of wing back chairs, but am slightly terrified of ruining them.
So what better way than to jump in and do a couch and chair.
That should be easier right?
So the search began. I wanted something like this...this basic shape.
It didn't take all that long. I found this.
Aren't they pretty?
A bit intimidating..but whats life without stretching yourself a bit.
I bought the chair first. I told the owner I just couldn't do the couch. It would be to much. It's so big! I was terrified.
Then she told me.
This set belonged to her parents. It sat in the "good living room" You know..the room no one was allowed to sit in. (I personally never understood that concept)
He mother passed away and they were in the process of getting rid of things. She loved this set. She didn't want to see it go, but it didn't fit in her house. Her siblings didn't want it, and she was very sad to sell it.
I shared with her my vision. My daughter was with me when I went to pick it up. Just the chair...I asked if she would split the set up, and she agreed.
So the chair came home.
And it was lonely
And I couldn't stop thinking about the couch.
Finally my hubby told me to just go get it.
Lucky for me, she still had the couch.
Thankfully the material scared other would be buyers away.
So it came home...again with the help of our daughter. She is in love with this set.
Then yesterday, I went to the office for the day and I told daughter to rip it apart, never for a moment thinking she would....
She did.......guess I better get this one done.
Ohhh and the woman who sold me the set.....well she is just about as excited to see the finished product as I am.
She was so happy to see me get it over some college kid that would destroy it and leave it on the curb come spring.
Lets hope everyone's trust and faith in me is justified.
I started out with two of these. I have this "place" I like to go to pick up furniture. Close to the cottage there is a retired guy who goes to all kinds of auctions and sales and picks up "stuff" he thinks he can sell for really good prices.
So two weeks ago I picked up these.
Aren't they pretty?
I knew one of them would be mine. I'm now using it as my bedside table at the cottage.
I needed to make it match the one I did for my husband. So now it looks like this.
Once our summer is over and we head to much cooler weather I will be working on our bedroom and taking lots of pictures. But for now, know that it does look wonderful beside my bed. :)
I can't believe that all these details were not destroyed at any point in it's history.
Now for the Harlequin table.
I wanted to keep the integrity of the table but update it. So it too was stripped down, sanded and the taping off began.
This is such a simple but fun pattern to do. You can do so many things and I plan on switching it up for another project later this week.
Finally got it all put together and done.
Glazing and distressing....and it's perfect!
I couldn't be happier.
It's ready to be sold....now to find the perfect home. :)
When you are in a business like mine, your furniture and your style is constantly changing.
Things that you loved 2 years ago may not be what you love today.
Or you still love but want to change all over again.
A couple of years ago I found a set of wing backed chairs. Don't worry, I will post pictures of those another time.
They were in GREAT shape..but not the material I wanted and to be honest I was scared of ripping them apart to experiment on them...so I used them as was.
But lately I've been falling in love with these.
Not these exactly...but this idea. Caned back barrel chairs.
I seriously wanted to try my hand at making one over.
And my search began.
I started online. Kijiji.
Oh my...there were Two in Ontario, and they were so far away I just couldn't justify driving that far.
So I scoured every second hand store I could think of.
Every yard sale...it was always on the top of my list.
And those far away ones online.....well they were also out of my price range.
I was losing hope.
Then we went away to a really big flea market in Midland, Michigan.
After scouring the market for most of the day we started circling back to spots we had seen already.
And there she was.....
My poor husband. I had not shared my desired to redo one of these and he thought I was losing my mind as I quickly rushed over and sat in the chair. (my way of claiming it for myself) I was dumbfounded that no one had snatched this beauty up already. After all it was getting later in the day.
What kind of person would just pass it by?
Oh well, their loss, my gain.
I talked to the owner and made a deal that we were both very thrilled with. So, hubby (bless his heart) picked it up and hauled it to the truck...as I almost floated beside him regaling him with my visions of what it would look like when I was done.
He now agrees with me :)
Ok..so I freely admit my pictures suck. But the chair doesn't.
Hubby was so thrilled with how it turned out that he wanted to get rid of the wing backed chairs and put this in our bedroom (ignore his gym bag...again, I'm not a photographer..lol)
Black distressing and great material...and viola.....we have beauty!
And as often happens...after searching for months and not finding..the flood gates opened and I found two more!
So another one was done to match the one destined for our bedroom
This one was given the same treatment as the other...and now proudly sits on my side of the bedroom :)
And then a 3rd came to me. But I decided to do something a bit different.
I'm not certain which I like more. This one was more of a learning experience for me...and I love that.
I love the colour and the material and don't actually want to see it leave my house...but I'm sure that once I finish it, it will sell quickly. I need to get some edging or whatever you sewers and upholsterers call it..you know that finishing touch thing :)
Around the legs and on the back.
All three are different but equally beautiful :)
Yes the last pic is the worst...but in my defense I took it with my phone just before I loaded them to bring them home.