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”

Classical Upholstered Armchairs

There is simply something classic and stately about a high-back armchair. However; it loses a little of its stately demeanor after the family cat has used it as a scratching post or the print is a couple of decades out of style. Most of us can relate to furniture in our home being well-loved by a pet or so used that the fabric is wearing thin. With no exception, these chairs had encountered such a fate. But it wasn’t the end of their story!

If you liked my post about the classical bench restoration, you may find it interesting to know that these chairs are sitting in that same room in the same gorgeous house surrounded by water somewhere in Maryland. Continue reading “Classical Upholstered Armchairs”

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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