Teak Dining Room Set Updated

My client has had this set for probably 30 years.  Made of fine quality teak from Sweden, it still has beautiful lines but the finish had turned orange and dry over time.  The upholstery also needed changed.

I stained it to a rich brown, top coated and re-upholstered the chairs. I think it's a big improvement and will be stylish for years to come.

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Adding an Antique Silver Finish to a Dated Mirror

Occasionally I work with decorators who are into reviving pieces that their clients already own.  This was the case with this pretty mirror.  It was beautiful in the dark finish but didn't coordinate with the new design for a powder room.

This was a multi step process that included paint, pearl silver glaze and topcoat.

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Adding Color to a Stained Table!


A young couple brought me this simple wood dining set to brighten up.  Solid wood, it has good lines but they wanted to add color to their new condo eating area.  I really get excited when clients want to use color and not just black or white to their homes!!

They sent me a sample of the teal green they had in mind for the table top.  All the legs were painted white and also the tops of the matching benches.  They will use those as accents in other spaces.  

Cleaning, sanding, priming and topcoating (x4!) made them bright and durable for years to come.  I asked them to send me the "after" picture when it was in their home.

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I love that they mixed it up with these unique chairs for great contrast! This picture came with a kind "thanks! we love it."

1938 Vintage Philco Console Radio - Restored to it's Former Glory

I had the pleasure of restoring the cabinet of this vintage Philco Console Radio.  After a little research, I discovered it was made in 1938.  Model 38-4XX.  It belongs to the daughter of the original owner and she had it in her garage for years.  As with most vintage items, it takes the children a few decades to appreciate these old things.  Her plan is to put it in her foyer.  Although it is not in working condition, the cabinet is beautiful and will create a conversation!

Because it had been stored for years, there was paint and assorted stains on the cabinet.  I had hoped to clean the cloth covering the speaker but it was disintegrated.  I opted to change the material in a complementary shade.

This piece took lots of cleaning, sanding, staining, and top coating to restore it to it's former glory!

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Jenny Lind Rocker - Curbside Rescue!

A neighbor and friend called me late one night to tell me about a rocker in our neighbor's trash.  I have no shame about these things so I immediately ran up the street to retrieve it!  I told her we would talk later about who should have it.

The next day she came and I convinced her it could be fixed.  Nothing that a good scrubbing, wood glue, clamps and paint couldn't fix.  Sure she was leery but I had other people lined up to take it!  It is a good, heavy, solid wood piece that still is sold at many stores.

It was moldy, dirty, and falling apart.  I love a challenge!  She left the color up to me so I had some Country Grey chalk paint in my stash that is a very good neutral. Instead of wax, I used a poly topcoat so it could be used inside or out.

I would have kept it myself but my house is full and she is happy!

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