The One That Got Away

For over 30 years I’ve had a “thing” for quarter-sawn or tiger oak furniture.  Over those three decades I have stripped and restored many a piece so when hubby sent me the picture of the estate sale find he purchased this past weekend I was excited!


Before – check out that lower shelf!

Unfortunately, it was not quarter-sawn oak – it was flame painted grain – a lost art and one that I cannot duplicate.  Still, a cute shape with interesting instructions on how to attach the legs on an old sticker underneath.  So a new coat of paint it was…



Very cute and perfectly usable and that’s what we do, after all, recycle old furniture.  If you have ever wondered what things look like before here is a terrific example!

A New Green Cabinet

This cabinet was the source of some consternation when it came to replacing, revamping and removing a bad latch.  A simple hook and eye is the answer it seems!  A fresh coat of GREEN paint and she is ready for decades more of service.

We see her not only in a kitchen, but perhaps in a great room for terrific storage, full of towels and beauty items in a bathroom, in a craft room for major storage, etc.

Love those little screened doors!

Love those little screened doors!

and opened to show you the interior:

Great storage inside!

Great storage inside!

We LOVE her!!!


it sure doesn’t seem like it has been almost 2 weeks since I last posted.  Sorry-things do get a bit hurried over the holidays, don’t they?

We promise to do better in the New Year-see you after January 1st!!

More Dressers in the shop

Miss Evie and Miss Sophia have been  really busy getting these new pieces ready for the shop.  We sold several dressers and other pieces last week so there were some holes!

Miss Sophia did 3!


Dark brown glaze over a gorgeous red

A beautiful dresser in APC's Smoke Signal

A beautiful dresser in APC’s Smoke Signal

The third is done in lovely coral!

The third is done in lovely coral!

and here is Miss Evie’s second dresser/buffet in less than two weeks:

APC's Freedom Road and the natural stain on the drawers and doors.

APC’s Freedom Road and the natural stain on the drawers and doors.

Lovely, aren’t they?

From start to finish – new life for an old piece!

Miss Evie has been busy the last couple of day and she surely has a lovely piece to show for it!


From start to finish:

Before – an old shop project perhaps

and the finished product!  Painted in American Paint Company’s Freedom Road with fabulous new knobs!

Freshly painted in APC's Freedom Road with new knobs

Freshly painted in APC’s Freedom Road with new knobs

LOVELY knobs!

LOVELY knobs!

Terrific as a small dresser or a larger night stand!!

December – Already??

Okay, older people always said that as you age the years go by faster and faster.  Have to tell you they are absolutely correct!  This year has just flown – seems like it was just Christmas and here it comes again!

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Vintage Christmas Postcards are always so very festive!  My supply this year is rather low so I will have to hunt for more in the New Year!!