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a new seat for the “bamboo” chairs

A few weeks ago, I traded for some furniture and ended up with these two faux bamboo chairs as a part of the deal.  They are very unique chairs and I felt immediately drawn to them, but they were problematic.  The caned seat on one of them was entirely punched through and the other one was damaged and sagging. I moved them to the to-do stash and put them out of mind for a while.  As I've shared  (read more …)

the rebuilt industrial cart

I hope you had a good weekend!  And happy Mother's Day to all of the moms out there.  We finally saw the sun in our part of the world, which was nice after a week of gray skies and rain.  I'm hoping it gets all of the rain out of its system, so it's nice and dry for Lucketts.  I know it doesn't work that way, but still... As I said we would, my mom and I worked on in the studio on Saturday.  We  (read more …)

slipcovered wing chair & grain sack ottoman

This poor hand-me-down wing chair has been hanging out in my stash for months.  I tend to procrastinate when it comes to slipcovers and upholstery, if you haven't figured that out, yet. I can do it, but it's not my favorite thing.  I do it just because I like the end result and I have a hard time turning down a piece that just needs a little cosmetic love. So, I gave myself a few pep-talks and  (read more …)

antique iron bed makeover & a mattress in a box

I acquired this sweet full-sized antique iron bed frame from a reader/customer a few weeks ago.  I have sold a few beds in the past, but they are tough to style without a mattress and don't usually sell fast or for very much. This year, for the Lucketts Spring Market, I decided to go all out on styling a bed to sell.  (And, if it doesn't sell, we have a perfect napping spot in the  (read more …)

milk-painted wash stand

I was done buying furniture, but my friend Traer offered this old wash stand to me at such a great price that I couldn't refuse.  It's sort of like fitting in dessert after a big dinner.  It's just a little piece of furniture, so we can find room for it! The finish was pretty messed up and it was dirty and lost its luster, so painting it was an obvious solution. This was another tag-team  (read more …)

the antique display case makeover

A large part of finding "good stuff" at antique stores and junk shops, is taking the time to really look through each booth and, in some cases, to dig around.  I know when I hit antique stores that I will usually end up needing a good hand-washing and a change of clothes when I'm done with the place! This cool, really old wood and glass display case was literally buried.  It had another cabinet  (read more …)

cleaning cart turned garden cart

Before I get into today's post, I am so excited to share that I will be a speaker at The Sage Farm Antiques Autumn Spectacular in Rochester, New Hampshire, October 7-9, 2016. You can get more details on the Sage Farm Antiques event's page. I'll share more details when we get closer to the event, but I'm excited to see New Hampshire for the first time and visit with some of my New England  (read more …)

the garde manger (aka pie safe)

When it comes to paint, sometimes I just can't help myself.  Something comes into my possession and I just know it will look better painted.  I think it's partly because I'm a paint enthusiast, but partly because the designer in me wants to put my stamp on everything.  That can be an asset, but it can also work against me when it comes to taking on a mountain of work that one person cannot  (read more …)