Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Waterfall Buffet



 I am sure that many of you are familiar with  Waterfall furniture that was big from 1920's through the 1940's.  It can be found at just about any antique mall or antique store in every state. This stuff was big, back in its day. Now, I am generally not a big fan of Waterfall furniture in its natural state, but I have seen some great rehabs that have caused me to take a second look at waterfall furniture.  I acquired this buffet from a neighbor and of course I had to try and take a stab at a waterfall rehab.

Here she is in the sanding phase all dusty and in pieces.


There were some finishing issues with the top of the piece, but all the doors and drawers were in pretty good shape.  I love painted furniture, but I try to refrain from painting to much, because sometimes you loose all the natural beauty of color and grain patterns that wood tends to offer.  With that in mind, I decided that a two tone affect would offer the best of both worlds.  Here is the finished product.





Here is the before and after one more time.





I am pleased to announce that I am going to be renting a booth at the Midway Antique Mall and this piece will be available for purchase.

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Backyard Makeover

We recently just finished up a little project in our back yard and I am pleased to say that we are finally finished. Here is a before of what used to be under our deck.


Ok, so this was in the beginning phase of the process, and it took forever!  We had to dig out under the deck and remove approximately 6 -8 inches of soil.  This is the only part that we undertook ourselves and it was back breaking fun.  My husband did most of the work himself, but my father in-law helped out a bit and I did my share of time back there as well.   Because we have stairs that lead into our back yard, we couldn't use a wheel barrel and we had to carry 5 gallon buckets filled with mud, up the stairs and too a trailer.  It took 4 trailer loads before we had it all removed. UGGHHH!

Here is a picture of the notorious stairs that we had to schlep buckets of dirt up, all the while trying to keep the dog at bay.  Good times.

So we hired some friends to put in the patio and they did a great job.  Here is the final product.

It looks so much better! Now I can look out at the rest of my yard and enjoy a cocktail on my swing!





 Or just enjoy the deck itself. 

Goodbye mud, 

Hello shaded patio!
Just in time for SUMMER!

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Albatross in the Dinning Room

Welcome to my dinnning room.  I redid this room the summer before last.  It was originally army green and so dark.  I lightened it up with a calming beige!  I know, beige.   I am usually one for color in my rooms, since it is the cheapest way to breath new life into a room, but not here.


I found this fabric that I loved and made curtains, a table runner and recovered seats on two chairs with it.  I was compelled to use as much of that fabric as I could.

This is a piece that I found at an antique mall.  It's original finish was not black  and it needed a little TLC.

And here is our little wine center, although we really don't drink that much wine.


And here is the albatross in the room...



It needs a little something.  I am toying with painting it and of course my first choice was Black.  For some reason I seem to only use two colors in a room. I need to branch out a little and thought this might be a good place to introduce a little color.  However, the realistic side of me says that black goes with everything and it might be easier to repaint the room rather than the piano! 


You can see that the finish on this old gal has had better days.  I picked her off of Craigslist for around $150.00 and you can tell. 

The piece still plays really well, despite her cosmetic flaws.  She could use a tuning though. 



I would love feedback from anyone who has painted a piano or has any ideas for colors.  Please let me know what you think!