Antique Berkey & Gay Twin Bed – Before and After

I found this bed a number of years ago in one of my favorite junkin’ spots and even though it had some terrible damage to one section, I HAD to have it!  It’s a gorgeous caned piece with lovely trim by Berkey and Gay and is signed.  The condition was really good except for the one spot-a crucial one since one of the fabulous rails has to be inserted there and wood was missing!

Before

Before

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missing wood (and no way to attach the rail and use the bed!)

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the rails!

Fast forward that number of years-we have a partner in the shop who is fabulous with those weird fixes so I turned it over to her and she graciously agreed to fix it and paint it too-thank you, MIss Evie!

She fixed it and told us what we needed to finish repairing it and make it function again-then she painted and painted and painted – using several American Paint Company paints – then waxed it:

the headboard

the headboard

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part of the pretty rail

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inside the foot board – can’t show you the side with the trim

A beautiful set and repair!!

Be sure to click on the pictures and enlarge them for details!

Another General Finishes Piece in Millstone

A terrific neutral color that can stand on its own!  This old buffet was limed oak (another one!) and needed a lot of repair but the price was RIGHT!  Three drawers – one red felt lined – and two cabinet spaces with new glass shelves to replace the old ones that were chippy and rough.  Perfect as a buffet or to house a large television and all its “stuff”.

Repainted original hardware coordinates nicely with the new color

Repainted original hardware coordinates nicely with the new color

General Finishes Millstone

General Finishes Millstone

A Lovely Refurb!

I thought we had taken before pictures but I cannot find them so I apologize.  Think filthy, scratched, flaky finish and the leftovers of furniture stripper on all the surfaces and especially in the grooves!  It wasn’t a pretty picture, believe me!  Hubby filled, sanded and cleaned and then painted it in a lovely custom gray color – voila’ -

Cassard French Provincial tallboy

Cassard French Provincial tallboy

Click on the picture to enlarge it – this one is so very heavy we estimate it at 250 – 300 pounds.  Lovely details, terrific hardware except for the two replacement knobs at the top.

A Queen Size Bed – Finally!

The queen size bed has been the most popular in the country for decades and we have a very hard time finding them.  (At a good price or in a nice style!  Our customers always are asking and we try our best to locate them.  Miss Evie had the good luck to find one recently and painted it in a lovely dark gray color.  Turned out beautifully!!

dark gray paint

Depending on the bedding you choose I think this could be either contemporary  or have a vintage feel.  Crisp white bedding and a beautiful duvet or bright geometric bedding and lots of pillows …  Agree?

A True Salem (OR) Native!

 I found this piece on our local Craigslist, grabbed the hubster and rushed to get it!  There were a few repairs to be made and paint to be applied (ugh – the original painted finish was BAD!), some distressing to be done and a clear coat applied for protection.

Heavy and huge and filthy but signed on the back and bottom of the drawers Calef Bros, Salem, OR.  We couldn’t resist her!  So home she came where she has resided on the back porch for a few weeks.  I needed umph and inspiration (the threat of rains helped with the umph!)

the only before picture I have - sorry!

the only before picture I have – sorry!

After a good cleaning, a lot of sanding, the aforementioned repairs and three coats of paint (APC’s Smoke Signal).  We finished her yesterday and here she is in the kitchen of our shop.

Antique cabinet in APC's Smoke Signal

Antique cabinet in APC’s Smoke Signal

The inside is spacious with 5 shelves and there is a drawer at the bottom

The inside is spacious with 5 shelves and there is a drawer at the bottom

We think she turned out very well but at 77″ she was a little too tall for the space I need filled at home.  Hope to find her a loving new home soon!

Miss Sophia’s Latest Farm House Table

This set is a marriage – there are 6 older chairs and a very cool draw-leaf table with the top dark stained.  The chairs, table legs and apron are painted in APC’s Home Plate, lightly distressed and waxed for protection.

The seats have been recovered in a slightly distressed looking chevron pattern that coordinates beautifully with the top of the table.  LOVE the fabric!!

~SOLD!~

Dark stained top, Home Plate apron, legs and chairs

Dark stained top, Home Plate apron, legs and chairs

Home Plate paint and chevron fabric

Home Plate paint and chevron fabric

Judging by the number of people who have loved this on our Facebook page, this set won’t last long!!  Another home run for Miss Sophia!

1970′s Drexel Makeover

Miss Evie’s mama owned this piece throughout her childhood.  It is heavy as all get out but it is such a quality piece and looks so fresh with GF’s Lamp Black paint and nickel hardware to bring it into the 21st century!

GF's Lamp Black on a vintage Drexel buffet/sideboard

GF’s Lamp Black on a vintage Drexel buffet/sideboard

Perfect as a sideboard or as a television stand!  Hinge one of the drawer fronts to allow access to those things we like tucked away – DVR, receiver, game systems, etc.  Plenty of storage left for games and other necessities!

We warned everyone on both FB and Craigslist to bring strong fellas to load this thing because it is so heavy!  When there are glamour shots available, I will add them.

Just lovely, Miss Evie!!

Before and After

Hubby and I were out doing some junking a couple of weeks ago and came across these pieces in the home of some really nice Hawaii-bound people.  Happy to take them off their hands for their classic style, good condition structurally and a fabulous price.  We knew they were going to need to be refreshed to erase those not-so-nice areas and chips.

Before:

before

before

And after:

the dresser

the dresser

the nightstand

the nightstand

and together

and together

They needed to be totally sanded and some areas filled that had chipped away, but it was well worth the effort it took to refresh them.  Both pieces were originally done in the “Limed Oak” finish popular in the 1950′s so they were due a face-lift!

 I just love the way they turned out!

As I sit here…..

waiting to see if the noise of the construction outside is going to allow me to open the doors today – I just had to share Miss Sophia’s new fall entry design.  ADORE the vintage green gate at the back and all those lovely fall flower colors!

the entry

the entry

closeup of the gate

closeup of the gate

LOVE the shape of this gate and it is vintage – stored in the rafters of a huge garage for years and years!  We simply washed the dirt off it.  Welcome Fall!

Miss Sophia’s Patina Green Table

Love this old round table with its dark stained top and Patina Green base.  Lightly distressed to age it a little, there is no leaf but at 44″ in diameter, there is plenty of room for four – 6 if they are friendly!  The original casters are on the pedestal to make it easy to move (and who doesn’t love old wooden wheels?)

GF's Patina Green pedestal - dark stained top

GF’s Patina Green pedestal – dark stained top