Monday, July 21, 2014

Green & Brass End Tables

Every piece I makeover, I enjoy.  I have a passion for paints and stains and how some elbow grease, sometimes a lot of it, can totally transform an outdated piece.  If you have toured my house, you know I have a fondness for neutrals, soft blues and navy.  The majority of my clients are the same.  Whites, whites with glazing, creams, grays and walnut stains are popular color choices.  They are all beautiful choices but when I have a client come along that requests a bright color, I get a little extra giddy.  I love painting colors I don't normally use.

The client purchased some end tables I had available for custom color.

She sent me the color she wanted and when I saw it on the computer screen, I knew it was going to be a brighter green but when I saw the paint in person, I was so excited.  It is gorgeous and no one has ever requested a piece this color or anything close to it.

The client also chose to use the original lion head pulls.  They are really neat looking and they are solid brass!  I polished them all to the bright, shiny finish that they should be.  The brass on the green is lovely.

Here is the final look.

How fun!  I can't wait to see them in their new home.  The client promised to send me pictures when she gets everything set up and of course, I promise to share it with y'all!  Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram to see extras and behind the scene pictures.

If you already follow me, you saw this picture yesterday.  This makeover I am obsessed with a little and hopefully will be able to share it with you this week.

 photo Signature_zps5473e161.png

 photo facebooktitanium_zps5bea3338.png  photo pinteresttitanium_zpsb1a8cefb.png  photo bloglovintitanium_zpsafb80549.png  photo googleplustitanium_zps7c045137.png  photo rsstitanium_zps86d5562c.png  photo emailtitanium_zpsf8419ff0.png

Friday, July 18, 2014

Driftwood Finish End Tables

And its Friday already.  Again.  When I was a teacher, Friday meant I had survived another week and summer vacation was that much closer.  Now, Friday means another week has flown by and somehow vanished before I knew it.

Here is what I have been working on this week.

I am finishing up a duck boat dog bed for friends and their new puppy.  It is looking great and I can't wait to share the finished look.  All that is left to do is sew the sheet and pillow cover which I am doing this weekend.

Also, I painted two end tables a custom color for a client.  That reveal will be on Monday but here is the before picture.

There is a pretty end table and dresser in the paint booth now.  The client has chosen a lovely paint design that I haven't done before.  Doing something new and different is always exciting.  I like the challenge.  :)

And speaking of new and different, the end tables I am featuring today were a new finish for me.  The clients:  My brother and sister-in-law.

In December, I refinished a vanity for my brother to give to his girlfriend.  He used it as part of his proposal!  Click here to read about the vanity and the proposal.

They also have a chifferobe that I refinished years ago.  Way before Fisherman's Wife Furniture.  So I don't have any pictures.  Sorry.  The piece wasn't working in our home and I wanted it to stay in the family.  Whitney said she could use it so it now lives in their guest room with the vanity.  Now they are going to have two more Fisherman's Wife Furniture pieces!

They were married in March in a beautiful ceremony.

The Ceremony

Photo Credit:  Flair Photography

Jarrod, Whitney, Me, & Blittle
Photo Credit:  Flair Photography

Aren't they cute?!  Two of my favorite people.  Well, three including Blittle.  ;)

 Anyway, for a gift, I told them I would refinish a piece of furniture.  Whatever they wanted with their choice of finish.  They are updating their living room and decided they wanted to get their two dark and dated end tables made over with a driftwood finish to go with their coastal theme.

I'm not going to lie....I was a nervous about this project.  I have painted worn, gray, driftwood finishes but I have never stained a driftwood finish.  And Whitney didn't want the gray driftwood.  She wanted the more neutral, tan look.  Here is the inspiration picture she sent me.

The end tables were the popular dark, heavy grain pieces with a red tint to them.

She said she wanted to keep a clean look and I tried my best to create her vision.  Here is the final look.

I love the way they turned out.  This is a finish I know I will be using again.  Love it.  I texted her some pictures the other day and here is a small part of the conversation.

BAHAHAHA.  It really could have been a small disaster.   Thank goodness she really likes them....or she is a really good liar.  I kid.  I am pretty sure she really likes them.

I am taking the end tables to them next weekend.  Hopefully I can get a few pictures of them in their new home and will share on Facebook and Instagram!

I hope everyone has a great weekend.  Check back Monday to see a fun and bright makeover!

 photo Signature_zps5473e161.png
 photo facebooktitanium_zps5bea3338.png  photo pinteresttitanium_zpsb1a8cefb.png  photo bloglovintitanium_zpsafb80549.png  photo googleplustitanium_zps7c045137.png  photo rsstitanium_zps86d5562c.png  photo emailtitanium_zpsf8419ff0.png

Sunday - That DIY Party (DIY Show Off)

Monday - Inspire Me Monday (Sand & Sisal,  My Uncommon Slice of SuburbiaDomestically SpeakingSweet C’s Designs)  Made by you Monday (Skip To My Lou)

Tuesday - Twirl and Take a Bow (House on the Way, Déjà Vue Designs, All Things Heart and Home,

Wednesday:Wow Us Wednesday (Savvy Southern Style), Inspire Me Wednesday (Seven Thirty ThreeHappiness is Homemade)

Thursday: What To Do Weekends (Crafts ala Mode ), Friday Favorites Link Party  (I’m Not a Trophy Wife),  Thursday S.T.Y.L.E. Linky Party (A Prudent LifeLife in VelvetWell-Groomed HomeAddicted 2 DIY),  The Best DIY Party at the Handmade Hangout (A Glimpse Inside, Christina’s AdventuresFrom Gardners to BergersRedoux InteriorsToo Much Time on My Hands), Inspire Me Please, (Liz Marie Blog) Catch as Catch Can (My Repurposed Life)

Friday:  Best DIY Projects and Recipes Party (The Idea Room30 Handmade DaysWhipperberry, The 36th Avenue), Furniture Feature Friday (Miss Mustard Seed),  Anything Goes (Bacon Time),  Be. You. Tiful Link Party (Chic California), Creativity Unleashed (Practically FunctionalShaken TogetherOne Project CloserThe Bold Abode)  Fabulously Creative Friday (Jennifer Rizzo Blog)  Anonymous Weekend Party (Remodelaholic) Little Friday Link Up (The Grits Blog,  Living Lavender, Fleurty and Fit)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The New Orleans Trip & Flip

I finally get to tell y'all about the New Orleans trip I took back in June.  It was so good to go back.  As much as I was ready to move back to Texas, New Orleans  has a special place in my heart and will always be one of my favorite places to visit.

Do y'all remember the story of my first customer?  If not, read about it here.  Nothing better than meeting friends on Craigslist!  Well, Regan is having a baby and asked me to help with the dresser for the nursery!  Of course I wanted to help!  The paint sprayer and sanders took their first flight.

Some highlights from the trip:

While I was there, I ate some of my favorite foods, which my taste buds miss but my pants do not.

Regan and I went shopping around on Saturday and found these random and hilarious but inappropriate vintage, metal signs as well as a gorgeous the same store.  I have been searching for an old ring with filigree and/or milgrain details or with an art deco feel.  Many rings now are made to look antique or vintage but I want one that actually is.  

BAHAHA.  We laughed a little too long about these.  They were in a nice resale shop and were an unexpected find. 

And no, I did not buy them.  But I might have thought about it.

Love this ring.  No, I didn't buy it either but I did realize my hands are starting to look like old lady hands.  Eeek.

I also went to the Bruno Mars concert and it was AMAZING.  Loved him.  Loved him.  Loved him.

The dog wanted to ride on my shoulders while we were in the car.  That was a first for me.

Things I don't have pictures of is seeing many friends at girls' night and visiting my friend that just had a baby.  She was only a few weeks old when I was in town and I got to steal some precious new born snuggles.  It was good to see everyone.  The weekend was full of laughs and memories but lets not forget, I was there to work.  

My flight left Houston at 8, I landed in New Orleans around 9 and was working on the dresser by 10. It was a busy, busy day. 

My home for the weekend.  Isn't Regan's house gorgeous?!?!?!

I stayed in the guest room that has the furniture she bought from me.  :)   See it here.

The nursery dresser she found on Craigslist but the color wasn't working with the room's theme.

Here are the before pictures of the dresser.

The dresser was in great shape and the perfect size but the wrong color.  She decided to go with a dark navy and to update the hardware. 

My New Orleans work space.

I was only in New Orleans for a few days so I wasn't able to see the final look in person.  Regan sent me a few pictures of the dresser with it's new hardware, in it's new home.  They did not find out the baby's gender so she went with a neutral, pale blue nursery that I am in love with.  It is a mix of traditional and modern with tons of personal touches.    

I made this door table for Regan's nursery a while back and it is perfect for the space.

Its perfect. Regan and Don are going to be amazing parents and I can't wait to meet baby bear. He or she has a beautiful room to grow up in.  Only a few more weeks and the baby will be here!  

 photo Signature_zps5473e161.png

 photo facebooktitanium_zps5bea3338.png  photo pinteresttitanium_zpsb1a8cefb.png  photo bloglovintitanium_zpsafb80549.png  photo googleplustitanium_zps7c045137.png  photo rsstitanium_zps86d5562c.png  photo emailtitanium_zpsf8419ff0.png