Friday, June 27, 2014

The Annis

The Annis
The Annis came to us from a man trying to clear out his basement.  He no longer needed this "dated" piece and had gotten new ones that matched his style more.

Admittedly, we let this girl sit in the truck under the tonneau cover for a few weeks and then left her again in storage for a few more as we decided what to do with her.  At first, we thought, let's modernize her - get rid of the country dated look and renew her with some flashy paint and some new hardware.  But that didn't seem right.  She might have been a little outdated but she was beautiful just the way she was and would make the most wonderful rustic country piece in anyone's home.

Distressed to perfection!
First, we gave her a good sand and a healthy cleaning.  She had obviously been sitting in storage for even longer
than we had her!  Then, she got the usual treatment of two coats of primer and then three coats of white paint.  We then spent nearly three days distressing her - sanding, wiping, stepping back and pondering, then doing it all over again until she seemed just right.  She isn't a fussy dresser, so we made sure her paint job and her distressing wasn't fussy either and in our honest opinion, she's one of the prettiest pieces we've done so far!

She has a lot of storage - three drawers below and two more hidden inside her cupboard doors.  She's a big dresser, perfect for the clothes horse or the teenage girl looking for a lot of storage space!  She is also unique in her style and stature - not your ordinary highboy at all!
Two hidden drawers

She's a little bit old, a little bit new, a little bit rustic and a little bit country - a perfect addition to any bedroom!

If you are interested in the Annis, please email us at

Delivery is available to Edmonton, Calgary and areas for a $50.00 surcharge.

Friday, May 23, 2014

A Basic Bookshelf

A Basic Bookshelf
 As some of you know, the Sweet Peep has been sick for the past few weeks and during that time of Dora watching, Cherilyn and Teddy arrived at the door carrying this little wonder.  

She wasn't much to look at - just a plain old brown bookshelf with a teensie bit of mid century flair. 

We gave her a quick sand and a good cleaning before covering her in two coats of primer and three coats of white paint, followed by the usual top dress of wax.  

She was still a little on the boring side, so we gave her the tiniest bit of distressing, you know, just to let a bit of her history shine through! 

She isn't a shining star like some of our other upcycles, but what she lacks in style she makes up in hard work ethic! This sweet little bookcase is heavy (solid wood!) and durable and the perfect mini size to go in a reading nook or your little one's space!  

If you are interested in this little bookcase, please email us at:

A Blog Post...Just Paint It!

I'm not going to lie.  I'm a blog addict and I'll admit it.  I wake up in the morning and I check 7 different blogs.  I dread weekends because, God forbid, these bloggers don't post on the weekends.


One of these blogs is called The Handmade Home.  
Want some interior eye candy?  Holy crap.  This is some good stuff. 

Anyways, sometimes I come across an article or blog post that really hits the nail on the head for me:

So many clients of ours come into my house and tell me they're too afraid to paint that "heirloom" piece or that piece that their parents gave them for their wedding or blah, blah, blah.  And what I want to tell them is:

Sure, painting is time consuming, but within a few days, you go from the boring, blah, hated before, to a sensational after that you enjoy just looking at every single day.  

Our house used to be that house - all beige and builder basic with what I call a bunch of "adult" know, big box store furniture with colours like "expresso". 
I hated all of it.  From the get go. 

And then my husband finally said what I'd been thinking the entire time, "Get rid of it, or paint it."  

So I did.  And guess what?  "Adult" furniture...can be AWESOME...especially in colours like, "Nantucket Spray" and "Ocean Pearl".  

So just do it - Go ahead and paint it!!

Friday, May 2, 2014

The Ombre

The Ombre
Another piece of Defehr furniture, this Canadian made, sweet looking mid century modern dresser came to us from a admitted "hoarder" of dressers.  Her mom had been hoarding them for more years than she could remember and one by one, she was talking her mom into selling them.  She told me that she had this dresser when she was a small girl, 30+ years ago! 

Mixed and Distressed
The Ombre was seriously ugly and in pretty rough shape.  First, she got a serious sanding, followed by a 2 layers of primer.  Her body is painted the usual Opal - a mix of the lightest gray and white and her drawers were given the playful ombre effect, using a personal mixture of paints in sea glass colours.  Being mixed gives them a rugged look, not entirely even in colour and with some heavy distressing throughout, the whites, light blues and turquoises mix and mingle, making this piece something very unique.  Her handles are the originals, given a coat of white and turquoise paint.  As time goes on and they begin wear, they will start to fade from white to turquoise to their original dark bronze. 

The Ombre is the perfect, playful statement piece, looking fantastic in a family room holding games and movies and books, or in your little one's room.  A little too short to be a change table, it would be perfect for holding sweet little baby clothes!

If you are interested in the Ombre, please email us at:
Delivery is available to Edmonton, Calgary and areas for a $50.00 surcharge.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Rachelle

The Rachelle
 The Rachelle is a cute little table we found on a whim.  For our own home, we have been searching far and wide for the perfect pedestal table and when we thought one fell through our fingers we decided to buy this one instead.  But, to our excitement, a day later, our original one found it's way back to us and we thought we could spruce up The Rachelle and find her a new home.

She came to us from a woman and her son who didn't have the time to give the table some new stain and decided to buy a new one instead.  The Rachelle was just taking up space in her small apartment and she wanted it gone.  Before we had even said Yes! she was already taking the bolts out of the legs and knocking it down - washing her hands of it. 
Dark top and glazed curvy legs

The Rachelle is a little different than most tables you see on "shabby chic" furniture sites.  It's not a pedestal, instead holding itself on four sturdy legs.  And it's not quite a "harvest table" in the traditional sense because it is oval.  This isn't your stereotypical table and because of that, she is worth her weight in gold!

Dark glazed legs
We gave her a good sanding, erasing years of water rings and marker stains and gave her a new, shiny coat of stain.  On her legs, we gave them a face lift - applying three coats of chalk paint over their once dingy exterior. Next, to give her some time-worn charm, we decided to give a go at glazing - giving her legs a worn look and a hint of dimension.  Finally, she got a 2 coats of oil-based poly, to make sure she's good and strong through the rest of her years.

This little table is a thing of beauty.  She gives off a hint of refine and a whole lot of rustic and would be perfect in an eat in kitchen or a small dining room.  As of right now, she is without a set of chairs (though we'll be looking!) but would look fantastic with any you might have kicking around. 

If you are interested in the Rachelle, please email

Delivery is available to Edmonton and Calgary areas for a $50.00 surcharge.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Hazel

The Hazel
The Hazel came to us as one of the most non-descript pieces of furniture we had ever seen.  Hidden in a backroom of a college girl's apartment, the Hazel had just been a keeper of clothes, painted in a non-descript black.  She didn't even have any handles or pulls. 

We brought her home, dusted her off and saw that she was indeed a keeper - with a sweet curved waterfall top and a subtle curve through her legs.  All she needed was a bit of paint, a bit of love and a new beginning...

First, we sanded her, starting with thick black paint, uncovering to a navy blue and down to a solid wood beneath.  She had such simple lines that we decided to go a little retro and a little "trendy" with her, painting her a fantastic minty green - a colour made just for her, that reminds us of old furniture one might of found in their grandmother's house.  For a little bit of trend, we gave her new hardware - a perfectly brassy embellishment that would fit in on any decor and design blog these days. 
Brassy handles and mint green paint.
The Hazel gives a sense of whimsy and vintage with lines that would look perfect in any home - from holding linens or craft items or for holding clothes in any room. She's ready for her leading role now...just looking for her story...could your house be where she begins?

If you are interested in the Hazel, please email us at

Delivery is available to Edmonton, Calgary and areas for a $50.00 surcharge. 

Monday, January 6, 2014

The Gentry Set and A Lesson on French Provincial

The genre of "French Provincial" is super popular in the world of design blogs or for people who are just interested in furniture.  Good Luck trying to find an old and dusty piece in central Alberta.  They are scooped up faster than a pregnant lady scoops up cake.  I was lucky enough to find one while in Florida and I truly loved the style.  But hey, so does everybody eh?  That's why, when companies do find them first, refinish them and sell them, they ask dear amounts for them. 

So, I was interested, when I found The Gentry Set, if they were, in fact French Provincial with their curvy legs and scalloped tops.  So I looked it up on good ole Wikepedia. 
French Provincial
Features typically associated with French Provincial furniture include cabriole* legs and simple scalloped carving. Finishes vary though common to all colours is the accumulation of polish or grime in the carving over time resulting in an aged patina and emphasis on the carving regardless of whether the furniture is painted or stained.
So the Gentry Set is, in fact, French Provincial!  And while I always thought this genre was incredibly picky in it's pieces, it, in fact, is not!  So look around your house - got anything with curvy legs and a scalloped top?  Well, polish it up and sell it for a million bucks!  You just might get it...
But, back to the Gentry Set.  I got these from a woman named Tanya who had an incredibly cool accent.  They'd been living in her basement for as long as she had lived in the house, and just wanted them gone.  The moment I saw them, it took me every ounce of self control not to skip back to the truck, clicking my heels.  Seriously.  They are beautiful!

Coffee Table
They started out being a truly outdated honey colour and we went to work stripped them of their old stain.  During the stripping and the sanding, we decided to keep a bit of the old around the edges, just to leave a little of her history in tact and add to the beautiful patina that will most definitely grow with age in your home.  Next, she underwent a series of staining, priming, painting and a thick coat of heavy duty wax to keep her strong under lounging feet, hot mugs of tea and sweating cans of pop.

Side Table (1 of 2)
We made sure to leave her with a touch of her own patina - some staining, scratches and a few potmarks to give her that beautiful unique and rustic look that would look fantastic in any formal dining room or in that very first "bachelorette" apartment!   
Here is your chance to own this popular and beautiful genre of furniture - and not break the bank!

If you are interested in The Gentry set, please email us at

*A cabriole leg is one of (usually) four vertical supports of a piece of furniture shaped in two curves; the upper arc is convex, while lower is concave; the upper curve always bows outward, while the lower curve bows inward.