Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Impulse Buy

Pin It
I will admit that I sometimes buy furniture to rehab a bit impulsively.  By that I mean that I know that I will have to store it until close to our next Prairie Market sale or it gets called up to NJ & Co.  And tables are one of those things that it's just not practical to store for too long unless you own your own barn, which, much to my dismay, I don't own!  That's why, of course, I currently have 2 tables.  I seem to have little self-control if I like something...  So, really I just need a barn.  The end.

However, NJ & Co. did request a table so I broke out my favorite one and got it restyled and down to the store.  If you need a new table in your life you need to head down to NJ & Co. right now!!!
Here's the 411 on this piece.
The before:
A bit shabby on the top but solid and nicely built.  There were some burn marks on the top so we opted to go with a painted top.  It also has 3 12 inch leaves, complete with aprons, so it goes from 48 inches to huge very easily!


Here she is all set up in the store with some gorgeous chairs from NJ & Co.(they have 4 if you are interested).  I stayed neutral on this one as it could be great fun to mix and match chairs with her, especially when she is extended for larger gatherings.

Here's the close up with a bit funky lighting it seems (my bad...editing).

The base, as you can see is a split single pedestal base.

I haven't talked a lot about NJ & Co. for a while now.  It is a great boutique, owned by two great women and the Co. is another 4 of us who consign and rent space there with our products.  They carry everything from Home Decor, and Furniture to Jewelry, Purses, and Boutique Clothing.  It's an amazing store and I am so proud to be associated with them!  Please stop by if you are from the Omaha area, or in town visiting, and check it out.  You'll find lots to love I promise.

Have a fantastic week everyone!  It's hump day!

Monday, March 17, 2014

The State of the Workshop

Pin It

It might APPEAR that I have been idle for a whole stinkin' month, but I assure you that is not the case!  Things shift and grind and move around and get painted and delivered and more brought in.  My world goes round and round!  Here's proof!
The Mr.'s gift of a heater out here has kept me purring right along throughout the frigid Winter.  I need to show you a photo of the mondo heater sometime.  It looks like a giant oven coil.  Should I worry?

Anyway, here are a couple of custom finishes from the past month.
This is a huge table top with a couple of prayers stenciled on.  We were not going to be able to recover the stained finish so my client wanted a sage green (ASCP Chateau Gray) top with two of their favorite family meal time prayers.  What a cool idea!  The base is black and it looks fabulous again now.

I also have worked on, and am finishing up 7 pieces that I call PAX.  That's because I started to work over all these pieces when Winter Storm Pax was making his way across the country and leaving another polar vortex in his wake.  Thanks Pax...
These cottage styled 1940-1950's pieces had spent many, many years in a storage building in Florida heat and humidity.  So there were many little things to repair and re glue.  This is piece #5.  All will be painted in ASCP Pure White with very little distressing.  Nice and clean for a new season in their life.  I just love making the old tired pieces look fresh again!  Still working on a bed with a lot of repair work and a mirror that was almost forgotten.

And because the pollen is flying and evidently I should be better about masking up when I sand down furniture tops, I have another sinus infection that is making it hard to get much done.  New meds should be just the trick and I'll be back to my old self soon!  Watch for a couple more reveals this week.  I might even get back into the swing of blogging again.

Have a beautiful week!