Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Before And After: Refinished Childs Rocker

I don't very often do strict refinishing of furniture, but when I do...I always end up enjoying it!
I think at the beginning of these refinishing projects, I feel like I maybe won't enjoy it so much as it's all of the 'work' side of things and none of the creative side. 

But then I remember how much I actually enjoy the 'work' side of my job!! ;-)

I find sanding very therapeutic and the staining and sealing parts are fun, plus I like the challenge. Strict refinishing can get a little technical sometimes, hence the challenge, whereas the creative stuff I normally do is more natural and organic and flowy (if that makes sense!) I can 'feel' what needs to be done while I'm working on the creative stuff and refinishing needs to be more planned and strict and each step followed to a T.

They each have their own positives ;-)

My latest refinishing project was this very sweet antique childs rocker, which originated in the U.S and somehow made it's way out here to Oz years ago.
I think it's a beautiful American style - not something that we Aussies see very often, so it was a real pleasure to work on this unique one :-)

Actually, I enjoy all the pieces I work on! They are all a pleasure to work on! I just loved that this one was made in another country...especially one where a lot of my readers are from and a country that I've actually been to! (Hello to those in The States!! :-)

So this is how it started out -

And now after it has had a little repair work done on the wonky seat, its been sanded, and sanded, and sanded, and re-stained in walnut stain, then sealed with satin poly -

Looks ready to face another few decades of little ones rocking away on it!

I must admit I'm feeling a little stressed atm with projects. I have a LOT of them to do and will have our youngest in tow full-time for the next two weeks. Yikes!!
I generally don't work unless I'm child free - I literally cannot wear my 'mum' hat AND my 'work' hat at the same time, it would end in tears. Probably mine. However I may need to break that rule just this once to try and complete some projies...if you have any suggestions on how to paint/sand etc with a four year old...I'd love to hear them!

Have a wonderful rest of the week!!

Courts xx

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Before And After: Two Upholstered Antique Chairs


So it seems my posting-here-once-a-week is going swimmingly so far! Thanks for sticking with me during my blogging slump, I appreciate you coming back to see what I've been up to :-)

Speaking of what I've been up to...

Over winter I tend to have more upholstery projects - which I love because it means I can set up in front of the TV, put on a movie and work away in the warmth. 
I also seem to have an abundance of ottomans/footstools here and they are usually the perfect height to sit a chair on to upholster ;-)
The only down side is the clean up afterwards. Staples everywhere. It's not my favorite part. 

I have two chairs to show you that I reupholstered over winter for clients. 
Unfortunately I must have deleted all my pics of the second chair, so I'm sharing the same pics I posted on Instagram. 

The first one is an antique rocker that my client scored when they bought a farmhouse. It had been sitting unused on the verandah for a while but was still in good nic. 
The colour worked for them so it was a refinish of the timber arms and some new fabric in the same tone. Take a look!

The before -

And a little footstool to match...

This was underneath the old fabric! Pretty cool, right? My client thinks her Grandma might have embroidered it! It was definitely NOT thrown out like most of the 'before' fabrics do ;-)

And the other chair and footstool combo I did started out looking like this -

They weren't bought together and in this before pic, don't go together at all...but now -

Much better!

This one had its ugly, dark stain removed and then was waxed for protection.

And for the upholstery for both of these, I did what I always do, which is to follow along what the previous upholsterer did. I take photos as I'm removing the old fabric - sometimes video too so I can give my future self advice if I'm not going to be working on the chair again in the next couple of days.

Very high tech, I know ;-)

It's been action stations as per normal around here as I work on quite a few pieces at once, plan for my annual market stall in December as well as being a mum, taxi, housekeeper etc as per normal and hectic everyday life.

Some days by the end, I have to take myself out for a walk (I drag Doyle, our dog out too!) just so my frustrations don't cause world war 3 or worse...children in tears.
I always find it's worse during the first few weeks of daylight savings. There is usually a period of adjustment and everyone ends up a bit grumpy by the days end. This year it seems to be dragging on longer.

I always remember an old client from hairdressing days who was a social worker telling me that the busiest time of year for her, with lots and lots of callouts is the days around when daylight savings starts.

Amazing that an hour difference can have such a big impact on our lives!

Anyway...thanks for listening :-)

See you next week,

Courts xx

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Before And After: Retro Side Table


So this little side table could quite easily be mistaken for a brand new one, seeing as it's design is very much on-trend at the moment, but it is most definitely a vintage piece!

It's owner found it hiding underneath a bigger piece of furniture on her way out of a second-hand store and quickly snapped it up (after talking the seller down to $20!) and passed it on to me to re-design for her.

It's quite unique, this one, as it has little wheels on top of each of the four legs so when you press down on the table top, you can rotate the top to face any direction you'd like!

Pretty cool, huh?

It is a very solid piece, so didn't need anything structural done to it, just quite a bit of (gentle) sanding to take the dark stain away. The top is layered ply that was a little fragile in places, hence the gentle sand :-)

After it was painted I waxed with MMS wax and then reluctantly handed it back to its owner.


I do really love this one. 

What do you think?

Could you find a place for this at yours? I'm pretty sure I could find several ;-)

Courts xx

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Before And After: My Fave Yellow Dresser


I'm back, as promised, one week later with my weekly post. Go me!! ;-)

So today's B&A is a dresser in my all-time favourite yellow! Which I cannot remember the name of right this second, I had some left over from the last time I used it so it's not fresh in my brain ;-)

But it looks fantastic, doesn't it?

This is going to be a change table/dresser in the nursery where this chair is also going to live -

and is also the same yellow I did on this dresser a little while ago -

Much better light in that picture!

It's slowly warming up here. Spring has definitely arrived, but bring on summer I say :-)

Here's the before pic of the dresser at it's previous owners -

This one already had been painted so I just went straight over the top with three coats of the yellow and then heavily sanded the whole lot to bring out some detail.
I then waxed the whole thing with Miss Mustard Seed's clear wax which I am in love with!
It is by far the best quality wax I've used and is worth every cent. :-)

We kept the original hardware cause they just work!

All of the bits I've plonked on the top there are vintage finds from either an op shop or a second hand store, except for the lamp which is by Citta design. From Velvet Ark if you're local ;-)

The painting is a favourite of mine and I'm yet to find the perfect place for it. It lives in our office at the moment but in there...I don't really get to look at it much. Which I guess is kinda the point of art. I'm generally just looking at a computer screen when I'm in here! (the office)

See you next week,

Courts xx

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