union jack

I’ve been wanting to try painting a union jack for a while now. But I just didn’t seem to have the right furniture candidate, or maybe more honestly…the time.  I’ve seen some really cool dressers done, but none of the dressers I’ve picked up seem to have that industrial edge to pull it off.

Then I came across this vintage typewriter table.  I took this picture after my first layer of paint…when the “oh crap, I forgot to take a before shot” hit me.

Union Jack Before

Great metal style with casters and flip down sides.  I decided this was going to be a “jack” if it killed me. Continue reading

new custom makeover

I love a good deal, and in my line of work it’s critical when it comes to upcycling and selling furniture. I need to find good pieces at great prices in order to offer them for sale at a reasonable price for my clients. This is the part where I find myself explaining that shopping really can be “work”. Seriously! Ok, maybe not ALL of it feels like work. 🙂

I pride myself as being a pretty good shopper…but I recognize when I’ve been out matched, and my friend Kelly has some serious skills!  That girl can hunt down a bargain and I love it!! She has picked up several great pieces for me during her expeditions…but when she sent me a picture of this antique dresser she picked up for a steal, I knew she earned her crown.

Kelly before

Such a great vintage piece, but unfortunately someone had put a thick layer of some kind of green-tinted lacquer all over it. Yuk! We could tell there had to be some potential under all of that gunk…and for the price is was worth taking the chance.

I first needed to strip off all of the lacquer. This is a MESSY job, and unfortunately, I’m always surprised how long it takes. The best way I can think of to describe it? Hmmm… kind of like scraping a big wad of gum off the sidewalk on a hot summer day. (It’s glamorous work I do here people)

But with all of that gooey mess comes a amazing sense of satisfaction when you uncover a drawer that can look as pretty as this…

Kelly side closeup

Kelly is going to use this piece as a TV stand in her family room and we wanted to bring in the beautiful shade of blue she is already using as an accent color throughout the rest of the room.

The paint I used is Provence, by Annie Sloan, distressed and finished with a layer of clear wax followed by dark wax detail work. The wood was stripped, sanded and finished in a Dark Walnut stain by Minwax.

I love furniture makeovers…even the “gummy” ones, and I can’t wait to see this sweet little dresser in it’s new home!  Enjoy Kelly!

Kelly fullshot

I’d like to buy a vowel…

It all started with an “E”.

I’ve had this space on the wall next to the dresser buffet in our dining area that has been screaming for something. I’ve looked at all kinds of art options and nothing ever seemed to get me excited enough to pull the trigger and buy it.

Then I came across this…

Letter E

Crazy thing to fall in love with…but I did, and bought it on the spot. We have this coastal look going in our house and I thought this “E” looked like it was just washed in by the tide. It’s a peeling, flakey mess…and I love it.

So I was on the hunt for an “S” and an “A” so I could spell the word “SEA”.  I’ve come across some pretty cool vintage marquee letters out there; but that wasn’t the look I really wanted. So the “E” was stashed in my office where it anxiously waited for the elusive consonant and vowel still needed to make it complete.

I searched ETSY, ebay, you name it. Everything I saw was either too big, too small, too bright or too new. It was becoming a bad case of Goldilocks and I was starting to think of people I know who’s name starts with the letter “E” I could give this thing to.  But just when I wasn’t looking…I saw them. I stopped in one of my favorite spots in Snohomish, Ruffles and Rust Square and there they were. The perfect “S” and a pretty darn good “A”.  The size was perfect and I loved the recycled pieces of tin they were made from. The colors in the “S” work really well, but the “A” may get bumped if I happen to come across a better option. It’s just a little darker than I would prefer. But c’mon, I realize I’m being pretty picky here.

So here is one of my favorite things…all spelled out. Unfortunately this room isn’t ideal for photos, it gets flooded with light and creates crazy shadows, even on a cloudy day like today. But you’ll get the idea  🙂

SEA only

SEA fullshot

beachglassblonde SALE!

Sale TagsIt’s a SALE!!

I love a good sale, and in honor of my new back wall and all of its rusty goodness….all of the furniture in my shop is on sale! WOOHOO! So if you have been eyeing something I’ve posted, it’s time to get your tail down to Home Inspirations at 1502 Hewitt Avenue in Everett before it’s gone!!

Starts Today!!

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custom work

I can’t believe we are in our second week of April! It’s been almost six weeks now since I opened my little shop. In many ways it feels like it has been six months and then when I think about all the plans I still have….I catch myself thinking,  “where did the past six weeks go?”  But I do feel like things are settling in and the crazy factor has decreased significantly. I’m definitely learning along the way…figuring out a balance and what makes sense for me both artistically and business-wise. Unfortunately, those two things don’t always go hand in hand…

Part of that balance is my interior design and custom work.  I really enjoy that side of my craft and want to be sure to carve enough time in my schedule to be able to work with clients independently as well as what I do for my shop.

So today I thought I would share a antique dresser makeover I recently did for a friend. Continue reading