Thursday, January 24, 2013

Where Are Your Drawers?

We all need and want a pretty place to store our drawers (and other unmentionables!), right? But what if you have a place to store your drawers, but "pretty" isn't the word you'd use to describe it? What if the word you would use is closer to "boxy", "plain" or "I inherited it"?

If so, we'd like to introduce a few new words into your vocabulary! How about "tres chic", "fabulous" and "ooh la la"? Pull out your dictionary in the near future, look up the phrase "easily transform" and you just may see a picture of a can of CeCe Caldwell Paint! I just can't say how much the consignors at Room With A Past and Paris Flea Market love this paint! For this project, The carved, scrolly lines on the front of each drawer was painted first, with Vintage white, using a brush small enough to fill in all the delicious detail. Then the carved floral motif near the top, the slim molding at the bottom, carved lines of the side panels and the (removed first!) handles were also painted with Vintage White. Then the whole piece was brushed with a recipe of 1/2 Cup Vintage White, 1/2 Cup Seattle Mist and 1/4 Cup Memphis Blue.

Painted by the talented Pam Lawrence!

A small amount of rubbing with a damp rag on some of the painted intricately carved areas results in a BIG impact! Finish with a protective coat of easy to apply Clear Wax, and you're done! In a few easy steps you've got a pretty place to store your drawers. I can only hope what you put in them are just a pretty!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

This Is How A Homie Rolls!

Are you a Homie? You know, the kind of person who goes to watch a movie, and then while sitting in a dark theater instead of watching the actor on the 40 foot screen, you are scanning the furniture in the background scene? If you answered YES!, then you are, my friend,  indeed a Homie. You have trained your eyes to constantly scan the surrounding environment for ideas, techniques, colors, and unconventional items to bring personality into your HOME!

So my next question is...

Have you seen something on the side of the road as you are tootling along in your car and thought "Hey! I could make something with that!"? 

And my final question:  Have you actually hung a U-ie and gone back to pick said item up? 

If you can answer YES! to all three questions, you're gonna love this:

Consignor Karen Berg of Paris Flea Market is not one to pass up an abandoned hunk of wood, no matter what condition it may be in. "What once was lost, now is found" could be her motto. No matter that it was missing drawers that looked like it had its teeth knocked out, and that it wasn't made very well. Under her patient and determined hand, (not to mention a can each of CeCe Caldwell's Smoky Mountain, and Memphis Blue paint), the results are spectacular:

Adding casters, three wood boxes in place of missing drawers and glass knobs, she took it from "" to "Oh WOW!". She also used this opportunity to play around with some different ways to apply the paints, to use a base coat of Aluminum Spray Paint, and a Tobacco Brown tinted glaze. So turn your car around and pick up that treasure you spied! Then for ideas, check out her blog Redoux Interiors for lots more inspiration! 

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

No Time To Be "Board"

What do you do when you work for a small company, want to stay "green" and need some affordable office furniture?  You get creative! That's just what our customer from Room With A Past , Roxanne, and her husband, (who work together for said small company!) did! They recently moved into their own office, and now have a great boardroom space. In looking around for boardroom tables they couldn't find anything that really fit the space or their  personalities. So they decided to create their own table, inspired by what they have seen in Room With A Past as well as vintage fairs and shows, using her incredible find of three vintage doors. For added personality, two of the doors are old apartment doors with the "peep" holes and addresses still attached! The middle door came from a home built in the 40's with 9 panes of glass.

Set up in their garage, Roxanne and her husband were out to create a table that was both re-purposed with vintage flair and had a hip "urban vibe" to it as well. Roxanne took a CeCe Caldwell Paint class held at Paris Flea Market, fell in love with the paint and gained the know-how to complete the task!  Using Vermont Slate to paint the doors and Springhill Green for the trim, all this "new" table needed was a large piece of glass and a custom made vinyl sign bearing the company name and logo as the finishing touch.  The result:


When it was finally completed, it was packed up and assembled at the office in Santa Clara. They were so excited to see it all assembled and set up in its new home. Roxanne tells us, "The table is truly a one-of-a-kind and we loved working on it together. We are looking forward to our next project!".

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