Monday, December 29, 2014

The Schumacher Twins



I like these chairs so much I named them.  These were a recent client project.  I have been crushing on this fabric for quite some time now.  It's called Garden of Persia by Schumacher.  I have had the pleasure of working with this particular client several times now.  When she decided on these chairs she wanted a large print in navy and asked if I knew of any that she might like.  This fabric immediately came to mind and she loved it.  Perfect.  




This fabric has a 26" x 44" straight repeat which is crazy large.
(here's the part where I show what a huge fabric geek I have become, I find this stuff extremely interesting to the dismay of my friends and family) I created the image above to show the full 54" width of the fabric so I could convey to you just how hard such a large repeat can be to work with.  The green box above shows the repeat.  There can/will be a lot of waste with a big repeat.  There were only two repeats side by side of the large flower motif.  Luckily that worked out perfectly (it was so close) for the backs of the chairs but not for the seats.  The seat piece of fabric was too large for the big flower to be centered.  The solution was to take the seat portion right smack out of the center of the fabric, shown above by the blue box.  It worked and looks like one really large repeat.


Not that anyone would even notice (or care) unless they really know this fabric.


For the paint finish we decided on Driftwood milk paint by Old Fashion Milk Paint.  Two coats sanded back really highlights the carved details.


On the outside backs is a medium gray linen that compliments the paint finish and doesn't compete with the main fabric.  I think the neutral paint and back fabric really let the bold print be the star, as it should be. 


These are such great chairs, and that fabric is just so striking.  Another one of my favorites.





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Monday, December 8, 2014

Vanity to Two Tone Desk




Here's a piece I finished a few weeks ago.  It belongs to a friend of mine.  It was his grandmothers vanity and he wanted me to restore it so that he could use it as a desk.  He lives in a small space so the size was just right for his needs. 
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A Bold Mid Century Chair Makeover



Half the fun of doing custom work is the story behind each piece.  Recently I reupholstered this Mid Century chair for a very sweet couple.  It was his grandfathers chair.  My client told me his Grandfather had learned the upholstery trade after retiring from the military.  He had his own business for years and had actually reupholstered this very chair.  It still had a tag under the cushion with his business name on it.  It is a special piece to the family and I am thrilled to have been able to bring it back to life for them.


The before was a crunchy avocado crushed velvet with a short skirt and arm covers.  It's funny how old upholstery fabric was so stiff and "crunchy" for lack of a better word.  Modern fabrics are much softer but can still have all the great texture that the old school fabrics had.  My clients love color and selected this vibrant purple. I have used this fabric style several times in different colors. It's very durable with a linen texture to it.  It works great on any style of furniture.  I get it through a wholesale source. 
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Milk Painted Buffet





I have been upholstering like a mad woman.  When I stumbled across this buffet I just had to stop everything and paint it.  My business has changed so much over the past year and upholstery work is what occupies most of my days.  I really enjoy it and am so thankful I can make a living doing something I love but some days I just need to do something different.      


I knew just how I wanted to paint this piece the minute I saw it.  Milk Paint of course.  It is by far my favorite paint to use.  If you've been reading for awhile
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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Victrola to Vanity Cabinet




I have been looking for some sort of cabinet to turn into a vanity for our small guest bathroom for quite some time.  The problem is the space for the vanity is tiny. 






Finally I stumbled onto the perfect piece, an old Victrola. I was missing a few parts but that was just fine with me.   I love the carved detail on the front, the paneled doors and little casters.  I started by removing the top lid, not shown, that was attached with a hinge.  Eventually I plan to add a mirror to it and hang it above the vanity.  Then I took off the back and the insides. 


The turntable came out easily with just a few screws but left a large hole.



My solution was to cut a piece of 3/4" plywood to fit inside the top to cover the holes and add a little more support.  This also helped with another issue which was that the only sink I could find that would fit in the space needed to be raised up just a bit.  I stained the plywood to match and sealed it with several coats of marine varnish.  Once in place I used some silicone around the edges to seal them.  Then I cut the appropriate size hole for the sink drain and faucet.  







Luckily the only sink that was small enough to fit was also one of the least expensive vessel sinks you can find.  I found it at Lowes.  The faucet I ordered off Amazon. 







I love the little X detail when you open the cabinet.  I painted the cabinet with Milk Paint in the color Luckett's green by Miss Mustard Seed.  I wanted it to chip so I did not use any bonding agent. I sealed the cabinet with MMS wax because I like the low sheen.  The shower in this bathroom never gets used so I am not worried about humidity or splashing water. 

 


Here's the before.  Yellowed pine tongue and groove just like everywhere else had around here.


Doesn't it just fit perfect in that space?  You can see I also painted all the tongue and groove, which is also on the ceiling, white.  The tile is off white so to tie that in I hung an off white  bead board picture frame on the wall and have painted a small cabinet on the opposite wall off white.  I changed out the base molding as well.   I still need to add a little piece to the right of the cabinet though.  Next up is to change out the boring hollow core door with a old solid wood paneled door I got from a friend.  The size is perfect but of course the hinges don't line up so that's why I haven't gotten around to it yet.  Unfortunately I am not going to change the flooring.  There is actually a funny story about why there are two different colored tiles.  It's part of the history of this quirky little place so I will leave it, for now. 



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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Deconstructed Chair



I have been wanting to reupholster a chair in this European Wool Army Blanket for at least six months.  I love the stripe and it's just so cozy.  Finally when I had sorta forgotten all about it, I found the perfect chair. 


 It has very simple lines with the most fabulous chunky legs.


I have also always wanted to do a deconstructed chair.  Once I stripped the old fabric off I knew this chair would be perfect for that as well.  It's very well built and very heavy.  The thick hardwood frame is pretty, if you are into that sort of thing.


I used tons of old school tacks that are exposed to add to the deconstructed look.  I had to be very careful with my cuts around the frame because what is usually hidden is now out there for all to see.



I really enjoyed this project.  It just sort of evolved and all fell into place.  I love it when that happens.  I know it's not every one's cup of tea but as someone reminded me last week, if we all had the same taste it would be a very boring world. ;)
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Prim Cabinet in the Dining Room




I have been thinking for awhile that I wanted to find either a large primitive cabinet for the dining room or maybe build one.  Something that screamed farmhouse with tons of character.  Then I remembered we had this old cabinet in our potting shed.  It is the perfect color green and very rustic.   I told my husband my brilliant idea and he was less then pleased which of course only made it seem like a better idea.   As we were dragging it out of the shed he mentioned several times that he felt we should be taking it to the burn pile and not the house.  Truth is it is in a lot rougher shape than I wanted to admit.  Hardly any rot.  Only the whole bottom of the back and a little on the sides.  I kept thinking it would be okay nothing a little cleaning cant fix.  Before bringing it in I hosed it off and bleach cleaned the inside, then used soap and water on the outside so as not to lose the great patina.


In the house it went.  Immediately I realized, without mentioning it to my hubby, that it's not gonna work.  It's not just the fact that it is rotten and wobbly.  It doesn't work with my wall color.  I decided to just think about it for a few days and see if it grew on me.  It hasn't.  Oh well at least now I know how much I like what was there before.  Which was my little farm house table with the DIY letterpress tray above it.   My husband is going to be so thrilled because just as last weekend I had to have it in the house right now, I need it out immediately.  Back to the potting shed it goes.    


One last thing did you see the antique baby scale sitting on top of the cabinet?  My sister found it for me.  She knows I have been collecting unique old scales.  I love it!  I think it will hang out on top of the little table once the cabinet is gone. 

 

P.S.
Did you see the easter bunny is still hanging out on my living room mantle?  Ha.


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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Introducing the Modern Cottage Company

I mentioned a few weeks ago that some changes had happened with where I sell my furniture creations.  I thought I would show you were I ended up.  It's funny I feel like I have talked about it a million times but then I realize that I did on facebook & Instagram but not here.   I know not everyone who reads my blog follows me on other social media and even if you do you might have missed it.  I wouldn't want that cause your gonna love it.   Before I show ya here's some background in case you forgot.   For just over a year now I have been consigning my pieces with Alison, owner of The Modern Cottage Company, at a store she was a co owner of.   Recently she decided to open her own store and I am so happy to have come along for the ride.  I adore Alison.  She has been so encouraging and supportive of me.  Always acting as if every piece I bring to the store is gold.  Dontcha just love people like that?  It's inspiring to be around people who are not only passionate about what they do but want others to succeed just as much as they want it for themselves.  She has worked hard to build her business and brand and it is a joy to see her dream realized. 

Two other fabulous gals are also consigning their pieces at the shoppe,  Amanda of Ferpie and Fray and Devon of Bride on a Bike.   Both are insanely talented furniture painters among other things and I learn so much from them.   I could go on and on about these girls but I think you get the picture.  I heart them.

Okay, on to the store and some photos.  Most of these photos I borrowed from The Modern Cottage Company and Bride on a Bike so photo credit goes to them.  The store has been open a few weeks so many things are sold.  If you are local and see something you like check The Modern Cottage Company's facebook for availability. 


Green Buffet by Ferpie & Fray, Pink Chair by Me.

The storefront is adorable.   It is located in Historic Old Town Tacoma a block up from the waterfront.

Here's the view out the back window.


It's an amazing location.  Trains go by throughout the day and you can smell the bay.  I love that smell it reminds me of good times on the water.  It also reminds me of high school because we used to come here to cruise ;) 


I love the window display areas.  This is my Hot pink tweed wing back, I loved that chair.  It sold to a sweet gal who now has three of my chairs and soon to be two ottomans ;).


When you first walk into the shoppe you run smack dab into Devon from Bride on a Bike's cart.  It is a constantly changing source of awesomeness.  Devon is known for her fabulous picking skills.

 Marigold Dresser by Bride on a Bike, Table by The Modern Cottage Company, 
Love Marquee by Mike's Marquee's (he's Amanda of Ferpie and Fray's hubby) , Chairs by me


Lets just look at those chairs again since they are mine and I like this photo ;).  Did you see the built ins??  The wood has a gorgeous patina.  They, as well as the wood floors and crisp white walls really compliment the painted pieces. 

Cottage furniture by The Modern Cottage Co, Drawer Cabinet by Bride on a Bike.

I love the way the store is always beautifully staged.  Alison is constantly moving things around and it is a gift to be able to bring my pieces in and know she will find the perfect spot to show them off.  Everyones pieces are mixed together based on color story and what looks best together.  

I Love Junk Marquee by Mike's Marquees, Table by The Modern Cottage Co, 
Vanity by Me.

My one painted piece in the shop that isn't a chair is the hot pink vanity with rustic wood top.   

The Marquee signs are made by Mike's Marquees.  He also makes speakers out of old suitcases.  You should go check them out here.  The sound is awesome and they are just so cool.  There is one in the store and we have played lots of 80's pop music on it.   Shout out to Pandora's Paula Abdul station.

Buffet and Vanity by Ferpie and Fray, Dresser by Bride on a Bike, Chairs by Me.

I wish I had a better close up of Ferpie and Fray's work.  She does just the right amount of distressing on her pieces.  Click here to see what I mean.


 Buffet and Dresser by Modern Cottage Company


fun finds by Bride on a Bike


I asked Alison to describe her store and she said " It's a little bit Cottage, a little bit Farmhouse, and a little bit Modern all pulled together with color, attention to detail, and the love of anything antique."

 Buffet by Ferpie and Fray, Table by The Modern Cottage Company

 Tables and Desk by The Modern Cottage Company

dresser by Bride on a Bike

Shelf and Buffet by The Modern Cottage Company

 Primitive Cabinet by The Modern Cottage Company,

It's my happy place away from home.  I take no credit for how amazing the store looks I am just proud of my friend and wanted to share.  I hope you enjoyed the tour.  If you are local you should definitely stop by, you will be inspired.  If you'd like more info and to follow along with the stores progress check it out on The Modern Cottage Company facebook page.

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