WARMING UP WHITE- shabby chic coffee table

The weather today is rainy and curling up in a furry blanket would be wonderful,
but as every other day there is much to do. We delivered a large dresser into town last
night and had the honour of touring a large 1912 apartment in the midst of renovations.

That is one perk I never considered when I started up cycling furniture.
I have seen the inside of some wonderful homes around Vancouver, but when you started
to venture into the heart of downtown you get to see some magical history in the buildings.
Imagine the carved details of this love seat frame built into the walls and trim of a home.

Back in the country my latest endeavor is a provincial coffee table
with another wonderful french graphic.

I don't do too many coffee tables but my mother had a hand in bringing this one to me
so I couldn't refuse. Could I?

Before you leave ...

take a quick look at some of the new hardware available in the Etsy Shop .

There are 1000's of pieces of up-cycled hardware to choose from at 
firstfinds hardware store

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GOLDEN ERA DEJA VU - night stands

Déjà vu, from French, literally "already seen"
You maybe thinking you have already seen these night stands
Even thinking it was just a few days ago
Well the truth is I found another perfect set on our thrift shop hop
and came home to work on them right away.
So yes you are seeing something very similar again but with their own magic.
I'm calling this set *The Golden Era Pair*
because of the warm caramel color showing through
from the maple colonial finish, and a hint of gold edging on the kick.
In person they are rich like honey!
The hardware is from the twenties, and unfortunately I didn't have matching swing handles
for the bottom drawers but you barely notice.
They have been painted with 50% Old White & 50% Pure White.
I get asked a lot which ASCP white color I use most of and the answer is ....
I use them both equally.

 In the olden days, you know before ASCP I used a custom mixed creamy white color
that could be used in both pure white decorating and off white decorating.
Mixing the 2 ASCP whites at 50% achieves that same perfect mix.

So if you can't decide which white is for you, try mixing them.


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HELLO BIRDIE - hand made clock

I built this clock from scrap wood and used parts from a broken thrift store clock.

Every time I started to work on this clock I ran into another issue.
I had to let the wood acclimatize, drilling out a washer, figure out the batteries
I was using were almost dead, to deciding to re-painting over the first image I didn't like.

There are all sorts of bird images on the internet to take inspiration from and work
with so keep looking till you find the one that makes you happy. In the end I'm over
joyed with this handsome cutie that I hand painted in Emperors Silk.
Not every projects works the first, second, or even third time I try it but I'm always up for the challenge. Think about this simple little clock and the weeks of trouble I had before giving
up on a project, rethink it, walk away if need be, but make sure to try again. 
P.S. I will not be teaching you how to build a clock!
I do not have enough experience or patience for it.

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ARLENE's - bedside cabinets

These bedside tables are going on my list of all time favorite redos.
 I've been on a mission to find bedside tables to work with, I didn't realize I had to go to Mission to
find them. Mission is a town about 40 minutes away from us and we just don't get over there enough.
George stopped in to this tiny out of the way thrift store called Arlene's.
We got to know the owner of this charming shop at the auction we all used to attend.
Sounds like she has had to make the decision to close her doors in a month.
We will be stopping in there this Saturday with our next scheduled THRIFT SHOP HOP.
Anyone interested in joining us for the day send me a email ASAP for details.
I was able to coordinate the circle motif in the bottom applique all the way up through
to the drawer handles, using some of my favorite antique hardware pieces.
I finally got to use my tiny set of legs that cost me a fortune
and the perfect sized yard sale kitchen cabinet doors.
They have been painted in Old White, distressed, and waxed.


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THE POWER OF PAINT - pink striped dresser

This dresser use to be in a man's garage,
storing tools and other greasy manly things.
This makeover reminders us of how powerful
paint and color can be.

Check out the Before and After below

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RICH ESPRESSO FINISH - black and white paris dresser

Richer than black, warmer than ebony, it's ESPRESSO!
and I'm not talking about coffee ladies.
I painted the top of this Paris rue dresser with one coat of ASCP Graphite over a medium colored
wood finish. Graphite is a dark charcoal color but is too flat on it's own.
Once the paint dried I applied a liberal layer or 2 of ASCP dark wax.
Above you can see the upper edge has dark wax on it and the lower edges is just raw graphite paint.
I took a dozen photos to show you this and it's still iffy whether you can see the difference perfectly.
The dark wax takes a long time to dry if you want it to be rich and heavy. I let it dry for several days,
 buffing occasionally then adding a coat of clear wax to give it a nice shine.

These handles are done the same way as the Etsy hardware.

I added some well placed graphics to the drawers.
*Well placed* is an interesting term considering I tried several different ideas,
in several different locations, sanding away the mistakes in between attempts.

These graphics were drawn and filled in with black paint pens. 

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I'm re-sharing this post with more building details for
others who want to re purpose their own ammo boxes.
I got my ammo box after George couldn't resist bidding on it at an auction.
Thank you honey ... now what am I going to do with this?
After a year passed and I thought about it long and hard,
I ended up combining it with a saw horse into a 2 sided sofa table.
George also picked up the sawhorse along his travels,
again Thank you honey ... but what am I gonna do with this thing?
The ammo box was turned upside down and the top of the sawhorse was secured
with screws and some wood bracing inside the underside.
I took the door / lid right off and used it as the bottom shelf between the legs.
I reused the door hinges to secure the shelf to the legs.
Of course there were only 2 hinges so they got installed at the back so you could see them,
and the front was screwed directly to the legs.
I left the original latch and rope handles to add to the rustic and original charm.
I used a light white wash so all the stamped labelling could still be seen throughout the piece.
It is not shocking from a distance but can be read up close.
This re-purposed ammo box table found a lovely new home as an entry table.

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MAKE YOUR OWN STENCILS - sheet music dresser

I have a trick for you to make custom stencils, any size, shape, and inexpensively.

I don't have time to run to the craft store or wait for an order to come in the mail and because I
work on larger projects I like to be able to make my own stencils to fit the right size of my projects.


** I print out a simple graphic on regular paper the size I need.
** Then I cover the front and back of the paper with strips of clear packing tape.
(This makes my stencil thicker and paint resistant.)
**The final step is to cut my stencil out with a shape knife and get to work.


I recently used these fancy Fleur de lis stencils to finish off a sheet music dresser I did.


Be sure to stop in to see what's new in shabby chic white hardware available at firstfinds.
The Etsy shop is filled with all sorts of vintage hardware.
There is over 1000 pieces of used hardware to choose from



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