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bed foundation, the other mural & a slipped wing chair

As I was putting together the low profile foundation we used on the full-sized antique iron bed, I had a fleeting thought that I should take pictures of the process.  My thought that no one would really be interested in the foundation was totally wrong!  Most of the comments I received on the bed were asking about the foundation, so I thought I would share a bit more about it. I have worked with  (read more …)

the 9 x 20 landscape mural

When I'm getting ready for an antique market, most of the things my team and I work on are profit-earning projects.  They are things I plan to sell. There are other things that we work on just because they make me satisfied as a business owner and designer.  They are things that make for better display, better pictures, better shopping experience for customers, etc. They are things like branded  (read more …)

antique haul for the Lucketts Spring Market

One thing that I love about what I do and being "the boss" is that I can (most of the time) chose to do the kind of work that suits my mood on any particular day.  Last Friday, I was in a get-out-of-the-studio mood, so I decided to do some more shopping for the upcoming Lucketts Spring Market (May 20-22, 2016.) My mom and I set out for a newly opened store about 25 minutes away and hit another  (read more …)

running a creative business | brand refresh

Sometimes, when I'm in furniture-makeover-Lucketts-mode, I feel like I stop "talking" on this blog as much as I usually do.  Most posts evolve into "I did this and then this and then that..." and those posts are easy to write, so I settle into them.  We all love before and afters, but it's nice to have a little variety and I need to slow down and share more details on the hows and whys.  So, I  (read more …)

all the pretty things

There have been so many things coming into the studio lately that it's been impossible for me to photograph each one, so I thought I would go around the "Lucketts staging area" and snap a few pictures. I found this old lineberry cart on Craigslist, of all places!  We just cleaned it up and applied a coat of Hemp Oil to bring out the richness of the wood. You can also see some of the beautiful  (read more …)

shoe cart reproduction

In case you missed them over the weekend, I listed a few more antique hemp sheets in the online shop!   So, remember this antique shoe cart I found and sold last fall?   It was such a neat piece and so functional to use for retail display.  It's lightweight, the shelves are removable (and can be configured in a variety of ways), and it can easily nestle over a dresser, so it doesn't take a up  (read more …)

the zinc-topped table goes home…

I'm starting to wonder what I posted about before I had all of these furniture makeovers... Today, we'll take a break from the before & afters and I'll tell a little story about a table with rickety, uneven legs. He had one thing that made him really special, though - something that kept him from being a run-of-the-mill old table.  He wore a zinc top that had a perfect patina. The problem  (read more …)

controlling the studio chaos…

As you may have guessed from all of the furniture reveal posts lately (and there are still more to come), the studio is getting pretty full!  We have a lot of space (about 2500 square feet), but we have "areas" for different tasks...shipping, storage, sewing, a counter and our desks, workshop area, and a work/staging/photography area. I just realized as I'm typing this out that I should do a  (read more …)