Monday 31 October 2011

Stereo love :)

I'm finally done...completely in love. 
I found this stereo on kijiji in the late spring/early summer. It's been "almost" done for quite some time. 

This is what I had to start with.
I started with removing the lids, then taping garbage bags over it to protect the inside and back. I wanted to keep that totally original. Then I stripped the top, stained it and put 3 coats of poly on it. 
The base was sanded down, primed and painted, then distressed, and sealed with poly. I also removed that hideous  outdated speaker covers. Replaced them with some I found at
Fabricland. I love them. I often go in there just to see what is new and if I find material I "might" need in the future, well, it doesn't hurt to have extra on hand ;) 
Ready to see the finished product? 

  This sweet piece now sits under the TV in the cottage. I'm sooo so happy with it, and hubby is just as happy. He would love to have more of these sitting around, but seriously, just how many stereo's can you have in one house without looking a bit strange? :)

Sunday 30 October 2011

Tea cart revamped!

So last summer I was cruzin the yard sales in a town close to me and I came across this cute little tea cart. It was solid maple and I just fell in love with it. What a handy little piece of furniture to have around the house for all sorts of things. Could be used as a tea cart, or for holding your books or as a bar when company comes by (ie: party) What about using it to hold all your fine plates in your dining room? or maybe towels in the guest bath? Sooooooo many ways you could use this. I just love it. 
Well it sat and sat and sat till I took it out and decided it was time to DO it. Ever have those projects that you have wonderful intentions for, but just never get around to doing? This was one of mine. 
I'm working really hard lately to get all those projects done and out the door :) 
I thought I had before pics..but I can't seem to locate them on the computer. :( 
ohhh well, enjoy the after pics. 

 Don't you just love all those spindles? I was thinking about adding some lettering, but decided that it was perfect just the way it is. What do you think?


I'm up early I know. I went to check on a few projects I'm just finishing up. And I got to thinking...I know, dangerous to start thinking before 7 am, but that's how I am :) 
How important is it to you to have quality? 
When I buy a piece of furniture I always think about the quality of the piece. I try (and I mean I really try) to buy things that aren't just pretty in my minds eye, but pieces that are built to last. I don't mind if they are damaged, damaged can be fixed or recreated to be something else. 
When a piece begs to be painted, I always sand, used high quality primer and finish it with a high quality varnish. I want my customers to be happy with it for years to come. 
So tell me. Just how important is it to you to have that in the furniture you buy?

Saturday 29 October 2011

Baby blue shelves

Saturday night and I'm just sitting down now. Yes I realize it's almost 10:30 pm. 
I just wanted to share with you my latest project. I posted it online for sale and it sold almost immediately! 
 When I started redoing furniture I was so scared of painting it. I'm getting braver though. I still love refinishing fine furniture that beg me to refinish it, but I'm really loving using colour on smaller pieces. Bare with me as I continue to grow into all of this and thank you to all those who have been braver before me and sharing their expertise online :) 
Here are the shelves. 
Tired, so not saying much tonight, I'll be lucky to get all the pics posted before falling asleep ;)

  I'm so happy with the way this turned out. Yes I did do a happy dance and made my daughter roll her eyes. What's a mom to do? :)

Tuesday 25 October 2011

Red Bedside tables

So it's been a while and I've had a lot of things done and out the door. This makes for very little blogging time :( Yes I know I'm being lazy here. But wait till you see some of my finished projects. 
For tonight I'm just going to show this sweet little set of bedside tables. Simple but fantastic. The woman who bought them is so super happy with them. I'm sorry but I totally forgot to take "before" pictures. So much for hubby buying me that new camera for my birthday (bad me)!