A Hand-Crafted Empire Secretary Dresser/Desk

Hey friends,

It’s early at the Tate home as I type. I’m sitting with an open laptop, a eucalyptus spearmint candle lit, the cool fall air blowing in from the north, and a box of Puffs VICKS-infused tissues by my side (these are heavenly by the way). Between the bipolar weather and absolutely overdoing it; my body has officially shut down for the weekend. Closed-for-business. Sneezing, coughing, and lots of ickiness in the nose region are my sidekicks for this cloudy day.

I must confess that building a business has me feeling both exhilarated and exhausted. Mentally and physically energized and drained. I’m constantly burning the candle at both ends, and today I just ran out of gas.

And you know what? No one is mad about it. No one is making me work. That work-horse that never lets me stop is actually just my pride -so I’m giving myself a break. Sometimes we have to let go in order to slow down and just enjoy life.

This cold has thrown a wrench into my weekend retreat plans with some incredible friends, and my marathon training. Who wants to run 14 miles with a sore throat? But in a way, it feels like a blessing in disguise. I haven’t spent a weekend at home with no plans or taking care of someone since the beginning of August (in the midst of moving, working, and a trip to TX -so possibly even before then). So if anyone is looking for me, you can find me snuggled on the couch, just being present in my home. I may possibly go buy some mums for my front porch, binge watch a show on Netflix, and actually finish a project or two around here for my sanity.

And on that note, I finally have time to share one of the many projects which had my attention this summer/early fall. This hand-made Empire Secretary Dresser. Absolutely a work of art with stunning hand-detailed craftsmanship and beautiful solid wood. Take a look.

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Antique Oak Dresser with Ornate Mirror

Looking back at the before pictures of this antique dresser has really encouraged me this morning! It’s easy to forget the transformation when I’ve been looking at the finished product in my studio the last couple of weeks. Continue reading “Antique Oak Dresser with Ornate Mirror”

Vintage Empire Dresser Meets Mint Chocolate Chip

When I stepped back from my glaze work (the brown finish) on this dresser, my stomach began to growl. I think the chocolaty-brown glaze over my Persian Blue milk paint turned this piece into a green mint-chocolate-chip dream and it made me have nothing but ice cream on my brain.

I’m joking.

Kind of.

I scored this piece off a Facebook garage sale group from a kind man who owns a moving company. When I saw his photo, I was hoping to restore it with a dark java stain, but I ended up painting it because the veneer wasn’t in the best of shape (this is what happens when you buy furniture in the dark).

-Funny side note, I picked this dresser up at 9:00 p.m., but right before that my GPS led me to  his neighbor’s home. When I asked his neighbors how much I owed them for the dresser, they looked at me like I was a CRAZY woman. -_-

So, I really did want to restore it originally. But once I looked at the piece in the light, I realized it wasn’t going to happen. Sometimes, it’s okay when our ideas crash around us; because the challenge the crash creates makes us dig a little deeper into our creativity to find a solution. Which I did!

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