Hello, friends! Happy February. Spring is just around the corner and that makes us smile!
We are truly excited about this makeover. It is definitely one of our favorites to date.
We found this beauty last year at a local Goodwill store.
We paid a bit more for her than we usually like to pay but it was in excellent condition and just needed a little TLC.
So we cleaned it up and gave it a good sanding. Here it is all ready for it’s makeover.
We chose to paint this piece with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Typewriter Black (in the winter months, we paint inside and prefer to use natural, no to low VOC products whenever we can.)
We were also lucky enough to have Derrick from D Lawless Hardware supply us with these beautiful milk glass knobs. Thank you, Derrick! We thought they would pair perfectly with the vintage style of the piece as well as the black paint.
We mixed the paint with a bonding agent so the paint would not chip. We love us some chippy, just not on this particular piece. Once the paint had dried we sanded the entire piece and finished it with hemp oil. We lightly distressed the edges and other areas that would naturally wear over time.
We stained the wood top using General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain and sealed it with Miss Mustard Seed’s Antiquing Wax.
And here it is….
We decided every desk needs a great chair so we dug this out from our hoard (let’s call it what it is) and gave it a makeover. It is finished the same as the desk/vanity. We replaced all of the foam and batting and covered it with a timeless, classic ticking fabric.
We added welting to the seat edge to give it a finished look.
We lined the drawers with a coordinating fabric.
This piece has such beautiful detail!
The hardware just adds to the classic look we were hoping for.
Love those little feet!
The wood grain is just beautiful!
As always we hope you like this piece as much as we do!
We swiped up this little stool as soon as we found it. It is sturdy, solid and so versatile. We think it would make a great step stool, footrest, or even use it as a riser on a countertop or tablescape.
We chose to paint this piece with General Finishes Milk Paint in Driftwood. A versatile color for a versatile piece!
We lightly distressed the stool and finished it with a couple coats of clear and dark wax.
When we found this dresser it was in need of a little TLC. It had been painted to look like wood. We usually shy away from projects that have been previously painted because they are so much more work, we’ve learned the hard way.
Other than having been painted before this one was in pretty good shape. So we decided to take the chance and go for it. And boy, are we glad we did!
After removing all of the old paint, we repaired any of the damaged veneer and did some minor repairs to the drawers. We then painted it in our signature diy chalk paint using Behr Swiss Coffee.
We painted the original hardware and gave the entire piece a light distressing.
We lined the dovetail drawers with a beautiful coordinating fabric.
We completed the piece by painting the back for a finished look and sealing the entire piece with General Finishes Flat Out Flat. We love this product, it gives us the protection we need and the matte finish we desire.
We love a good barn sale! That’s where we found this bread box and while it was certainly past its hay day we just knew it could be beautiful once more!
We wanted this piece to retain its classic and simple charm so we updated it with our signature Behr Swiss Coffee chalk paint. Then to add a nice sheen we topped it off with Winter White glaze by General Finishes.
After the base was down we put on our thinking caps and found inspiration in Rae Dunn. The pottery collection is just our style with its clean lines.
To continue with our Rae Dunn vibe we left this piece neat and tidy with no distressing. A final layer of clear wax and we were done!
Could not be happier with how this piece turned out! Made new again from a dusty barn this bread box will be the perfect addition to any kitchen or pantry.
We upcycled this darling little wood table by painting it with milk paint. We used a 50/50 blend of Oyster White & Snow White by The Old-Fashioned Milk Paint Co. We didn’t get too much chipping on this one. You just never know what you’re going to get when working with milk paint. Kind of makes it exciting! We finished the piece by sealing it with hemp oil.
If you are looking for a unique, one of a kind piece this might just be it!
We painted the inside of the drawers with General Finishes Lamp Black. We didn’t want chippy paint inside the drawers and thought it would add a nice contrast.
The drawers just hang from these rails.
This is a stable little table measuring 23”W x 14”D x 27”H
This custom cabinet features an old salvaged window. The interior has been painted with General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint. The exterior is painted with General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint. We then lightly distressed the exterior and sealed it with antique wax by Miss Mustard Seed.
We are absolutely in love with this piece. One of the many reasons we love what we do is researching and learning the history of our pieces. This piece has an old worn label on the back that reads “Phoenix Chair Co. Sheboygan, Wis. USA”.
We found this article from the Chicago Tribune with a brief synopsis of the company’s history.
Phoenix Chair Co., which claimed to be “the largest chair factory in the world under one roof,” has an interesting history. It was formed in 1875 by a group of local businessmen concerned about the loss of jobs after a fire consumed Crocker and Bliss, then one of two industrial plants in the city at the time.
Rising from the ashes of such destruction, they named the new company Phoenix, after the mythical bird that rises from the ashes to start another life. Within a few years, it was selling more than 10,000 chairs in more than 400 styles every month. By 1888, it employed 400.
Phoenix was known for making everyday household furniture that its catalog said would attract “unusual attention wherever it is shown.”
The company continued to grow and, in 1942, it was chosen by the United States government to make furniture for federal housing projects. Ironically, it was a fire in 1962 that leveled the plant that led to Phoenix’s closing in 1964.
Isn’t that interesting?! We wish we could find more information on the piece itself. Nonetheless, it is beautiful and we are thrilled to give it a new life.
It was in very good shape when we found it. It just needed a little TLC. We started by lightly sanding the entire piece and staining it with General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain. We then removed the back which had been previously covered in fabric, very pretty at one time but it needed a little updating. We decided to replace it with beadboard painted with General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint. We thought the color would offset & compliment the dark wood & give the hutch a nice clean backdrop.
We finished by sealing the stained wood with hemp oil and dark wax.
Phoenix Chair Co. Hutch
Isn’t that gate leg amazing?! We had so much fun reviving this old piece.
We are calling this one ”Barn Table” because, well, we found it in a barn. We are just clever like that! When we found this table it was missing it’s top & was looking kind of sad but we just knew it had potential. Look at that detail!
We started by giving the table a good scrubbing and sanding. Knowing we wanted to stain the new top we used a piece of premium plywood. We stained the new top and drawer front with General Finishes Java Gel Stain. The rest of the table was painted with General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint. This is our favorite black paint. The color is just so rich & beautiful! Once everything was dry, we lightly distressed the entire table. We love the way distressing brings out all of the details. Finally, we finished this piece with General Finishes Flat Out Flat Top Coat. We wanted more of a matte finish for this piece and Flat Out Flat is the perfect choice for us!