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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Refurbished Furniture

CH and I have finished a few pieces and are ready to put them on the market.  I am sharing these today so you can have some more idea of what we do.

This piece came to us looking like a bus ran over it.  It had torn upholstery, gold and dirty brown finish and some very old padding falling out of it.  After we removed all the upholstery stuff; sanded; painted; lacquered; we bought caning material for the back and reupholstered the seat in a beige/white lattice pattern.  Now it is a bit of a French country style.

This piece is made of pine - hard pine.  It was unstained but finished with a poly kind of stuff.  The panels on the doors had paintings of Pennsylvania Dutch characters.  Cute but not for us.  Again, we sanded, painted and lacquered.  I did a picture transfer from our inkjet printer using the freezer paper method.  The picture is of cherry blossoms in different sizes.  I think it is perfect for extra storage in just about any room.

The next two pictures are of a 1930's dresser with the original attached tri-fold mirror.  We found this in the way back of a dark, dirty trailer.  It was a mess.  We cleaned it up and did the sand, paint, lacquer process again.  We decided not to change out the mirror because it gives it a feeling of the age of the piece.  The first picture has the mirror closed while the second picture has the mirror open.  Of course, with the mirror open everyone can see the wall of CH's shop.  Oh well!

We are hoping to get these pieces placed this week.  After all the work it will be good to get them moved on.  What do you think?

Meanwhile .... keep it simple and make it real.



  1. I think they all look wonderful. I especially love the images you put onto the little cupboard doors.
    What kind of paint do you use on your projects?
    I have quite a few pieces of furniture that I am intending to paint for my living room - I was going to try making some chalk paint - any advice as your stuff looks great :)

    1. Thank you. I am glad you like them. We use latex paint - Sherwin Williams or Benjamin More. We do not use flat paint. Using chalk paint is good but it is still best to prep the piece before painting. Waxing after painting is very important because it gives the piece definition and protects the finish. Eventually the wax will wear off and will have to be reapplied. There are thousands of tutorials on the web that can guide you. Please, though, ask me questions any time. Good luck while you go forth and paint.

  2. What transformations, well done to both of you.
    Love from Mum

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    1. Thanks, pal. Do you want to buy it? I'll give you a good price.

  4. it feels good to finish projects...looks like you have been busy

    1. Always busy. We are fortunate to be able to do what we love.