Hello 2015! I’m excited about this coming year and all of the possibilities it holds. I am going to take a few posts to soak in 2014 before diving in, though.
Furniture makeovers are my favorite, so I thought I would share my favorite pieces that I painted and upholstered over the past year…
I was totally in love with this cabinet painted in Eulalie’s Sky…
It was a dark green when I bought it off Craig’s List. Using two colors of paint and finishing with some light distressing brought out all of the charming details. This piece had great bones and they just needed to be highlighted.
Most of my favorite pieces are blue, of course, but I love this dresser painted in Boxwood layered over Lucketts Green…
This piece wore green well and chipped in just the right way in all the right places. I love it when furniture helps me along!
I painted this old, empire dresser in a custom-mixed blue…
Again, it just chipped in all the right places that brought out the uniqueness of the shape. It was really hard not to keep that one!
And these were hard to give up as well, but how many French chairs can one have in a house, really. Wait, don’t answer that. Let’s just pretend there is a limit and I have reached it, so I needed to sell these. I affectionately referred to them as the French Twins.
I rest easy, though, because they went to a Lucketts regular and are in the company of several other Miss Mustard Seed originals and antique finds.
I love how things just came together in this French chair…
I found the grain sack and the chair both in a local antique shop and they seemed to belong together. The wood frame was beautiful, but the previous upholstery made the chair look a little stuffy and too serious for my taste. I love how it turned out.
I have to include the hand painted Bavarian bed in this roundup. This is one of the toughest pieces I’ve ever sold, but I’ve learned over the years that there is joy in passing pieces along to others who will treasure them and that makes it easier.
Another hand painted piece I really loved was this empire buffet I painted in a soft, faded style. The light top was a total departure for me and it dramatically changed the look of the piece. I love that this formerly heavy piece ended up looking light an airy.
I think hand painted pieces find a soft spot with me, because I spend more time with them. For that reason, this one made my list as well. I painted this two-tone blue empire with a folk-art inspired tree that is playful, but still grown up enough to be used in any room in the house.
Now, we get to one that I did keep…
I knew this primitive hutch found on Craig’s List was a special one. It was almost perfect, but the blue was a little bright, so I gently painted it over, retaining the wear.
Lastly, I love how this jelly primitive jelly cupboard turned out. It was another piece I painted in two-tone (Flow Blue over Artissimo). This was a really old piece, so milk paint seemed to suit it.
Now that I have the studio, which means more space, I am hoping to work on more furniture this year. Painting, upholstering, sewing slipcovers, sanding, refinishing…it really is like therapy for me. I put on some good music and get lost in the brush strokes and my thoughts. It reminds me that I love what I do and am blessed to be able to do it for a living.
Did your favorite piece make the list?