Friday, July 3, 2015

The Zoe

The Zoe
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 I don't know about you, but when you have 2 sweet peeps, you will do just about anything to get them to sleep.  I was stuck a few Sunday's ago with a whiny 3 1/2 year old and a 7 month old, who I SWEAR has not slept in days and I just couldn't take it anymore.  I packed them in the truck and did what I usually do when I can't take it anymore - I drove. 

And soon, I was driving in complete and beautiful silence.  

It was nearing 4 pm - when, on a Sunday, the garage sales are packing up and quitting for another week, and I saw her - the sweetest little bookshelf.

I made sure my babies were asleep - one drooling, one snoring, and I slipped out of the car, locking it behind me.  I seriously skipped across the street and pounced on that little bookcase.

The owner told me it was once her Grandmother's - a lovely reminder of winter evenings by the fire, snug and cozy in an afghan, drinking hot chocolate and finally being able to slide a story out of the dusty shelves.  When her Grandma was moved to an old folks home, she made sure to save the bookshelf, and it had sat, ever since in her attic, collecting dust and taking up space.  Like I've heard so many times before, "It's time to move on" and here that bookcase was - filled with phantom stories and old memories, sitting alone on a driveway - dejected.

Pistachio stripes
The bookcase was in terrific shape - her color wasn't even that bad!  We gave her a good cleaning and a sanding before priming and painting her in all white.  Suddenly, she was fresh and new, but a little boring.  So we scoured our paint collection and stumbled upon a custom pistachio green - a reminder of the days of yore.  We free handed some stripes on her top to give her a little character, and then distressed her a little bit - giving a little bit of history and patina back to her.  Finally, she was waxed to make her durable under all those sliding pages.

The Zoe is a little thing - perfect for a little girl or boy to put their treasures upon, or even the college student to store their books!

If you are interested in the Zoe, please email us at sweetpeepdesignco@yahoo.com.

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

Monday, June 22, 2015

All Things Pretty Market


If you're in Central Alberta, make sure to stop by and see us at the All Things Pretty Market in September! We'd love to put some faces with the names!  

If there is anything you've been looking for, or a custom piece you would like made, please let us know and we'll make sure to bring it along!

See you there!

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Piper

The Piper
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Once upon a time, this little desk was bright orange and belonged to a little girl who used it as her crafting desk.  The drawers were FULL of glitter and pink heart shaped confetti and there were remnants of purple crayon in the crevices.  The little girl eventually became a young woman, and when she decided to leave for college, her parents decided to part with the desk.

The Piper was in pretty good shape when we got her - just a little dirty and a little outdated.  We gave her a good clean...the shop vac is still covered in pink sparkles and gave her orange wood a heavy sand.  Underneath all the paint and grime we found beautiful solid wood.  So nice in fact, we decided to let it be the star of the show.

We primed her body twice and painted her in white with a little bit of distressing.  As for the top, at first we gave it two coats of a deep custom stain and covered her with a layer of poly.  Unfortunately, as mishaps usually do in this business, the top got a little damaged during another furniture move.  The poly began to peel, much to our horror and despair.

Luckily, peeling poly is a child's dream come true, and during a play session with the neighbors, the Sweet Peep and her two friends Logan and Sarah stripped the whole thing down for me!  (I'm pretty sure Sarah is going to follow in my refinishing footsteps!  But at 2 1/2 she's got a few more years to go before I can truly hire her for duty!)

To even out the few stubborn pieces left, we gave the top a good sand and instantly fell in love with its new, worn patina.  So instead of restaining, we left her as is - our own little chapter to the crafty life of the Piper.  This time, we gave her a coat of oil-based poly - this time it's sure to stay put!

This sweet little desk would be the perfect place for a little one color and glitter on, or for a teen to finish their homework and surf the web.  She isn't so large that she'd take up a huge footprint, but instead the perfect size for any bedroom or play space!

If you are interested in the Piper, please email us at sweetpeepdesignco@yahoo.com.

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


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Kit

The Kit
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The Kit was named after one of Lindsey's best childhood friend's aunts.  Aunt Kit is a retired school teacher from the East Coast who now lives on Cape Cod.  She's one of those fabulous women who have found their stride in retirement - saving dolphins, taking pictures and running marathons, all the while, joined by her husband Jerry and their dog Casey.

Like her namesake, the Kit had beautiful lines and when we got her she was a little rugged (just like the Cape Cod sea in winter!) and lots of fun (just like Aunt Kit!)  To add to it, the colour we found was an Oops colour - just sitting there - a gallon for $9.00 and it was the same colour as I remember the Cape Cod sea when I would visit in the summertime as a child.

The Kit was a little worse for wear (not so much like her namesake!) and needed a heavy duty amount of repair to her sides and her drawer slides.  With a little elbow grease and a ton of sanding, this girl went from a wallflower, sitting under her umbrella, wearing a cover up and reading a book on the beach, to the girl of the hour, fun and smiling and flaunting her wonderful self!

She underwent a lot of sanding and a good cleaning, followed by three coats of primer and three coats of possibly the most awesome paint we've ever used!  Finally, she went through another sanding, to distress her in the best possible way, like a piece of driftwood knocked by the waves.  Her coat is soft and smooth and covered in two coats of wax to make her strong.

Her hardware came from another new piece we found on our adventures, and they fit her perfectly - the ideal mix of daintiness and strength.  They were the crowning touch to this awesome little dresser.

This piece is a little smaller than most 6 drawer dressers, but would work wonderfully as a space saving addition to any bedroom or nursery!

If you are interested in the Kit, please email us at sweetpeepdesignco@yahoo.com.

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




Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Patch and a Giveaway!

If anyone is from Central Alberta, you know all about the oil patch and how there are about a zillion layoffs going on right now.  At first, I thought, whatever...diesel and gas prices are down, my family isn't affected, we're in furniture and agriculture...it's not that bad, right?  Except these things play out in mysterious ways.
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Turns out, I am affected.

Because people can't buy furniture when they don't have any money.

So, the house now looks like either a storage room (on messy house days) or a furniture store (on clean house days...those don't really happen very often though.)

So, what does one do when her husband says, "No more furniture in the house!"?

Why, she crafts of course!

But I'll be perfectly honest...Mr. Sweet Peep has also said, "No more signs in the house!" 

 So that's where you come in!

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Monday, February 16, 2015

The Cooke

The Cooke
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Named after an old friend from the East Coast, the Cooke is just like her namesake - a piece of raw beauty - rough and tumble, passionate and hardy with a little bit of whimsy mixed in. 

We decided to go full nautical with this little hutch, with navy paint, white shelves and distressed star knobs. The Cooke is a little rustic - a piece you might have found in an old cottage kitchen or on a sailboat on the water.  She is made of solid pine and instead of hiding her flaws and beauty, we let them show through three coats of navy paint.  The stripes and knots of her wood shine proudly and with wear and tear she will only look better and better!  Inside we coated her shelves with two coats of primer and three coats of white paint, followed by two coats of wax to make her hardy.  We left the inside of her drawers raw and unfinished - a little bit of her old personality waiting to surprise!  Her back was once an old piece of wood, but we exchanged it for crisp white beadboard - the perfect backdrop to whatever you display upon her shelves. 

Floridian Knobs
The knobs we used on the Cooke were the jumping off point for her transformation.  Found in a small town in Florida, these little knobs were looking for the perfect piece to accompany.  We jumped when we found the Cooke and knew they were all meant to be together! 

This sweet hutch is a little bit old and a little bit new, with little details between, bringing the whole thing together to be perfect in a small cottage kitchen, or even better as a decorative piece in a nursery - with perfect storage for all your little sailor's needs! 

If you are interested in the Cooke, please email us at sweetpeepdesignco@yahoo.com.

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


Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Yarina


The Yarina
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This vintage piece came to us from a girl who had just graduated college - embarking on a new adventure, with a new job and a new home and a sweet boyfriend going along for the ride.  With the opening of a new chapter, she decided to purge the old out of her life - starting with this awesome 7 drawered dresser.

She started out with shiny black paint that really took away from her sweet lines, so with a new tool that Mr. Sweet Peep left out at the shop (an orbital sander!) we stripped her of all the camouflage that was hiding the beautiful solid wood beneath.  Sanding with such a powerful tool left the shop smelling sweetly of pine wood - one of my favourite parts of this little hobby!

Next, we brought her home and coated her with three coats of primer, to cover what was left of her black coat.  Then, we gave her four coats of our usual Opal white.  Finally, we gave her a good sand and distressing.  The best part?  As we sanded her, the black began to show, leaving her top with subtle and beautiful striations.

A little bit of bling!
Like her namesake, we felt this pretty girl needed a little bit of bling to make her a little more unique, so we added large crystal knobs, giving her a mix of sophistication and down home country.

Lastly, when we picked up the old girl, we were warned that the drawers hang when you open them too far, so we fixed the metal drawer slides, so they were sturdy once again, all except for one, whose slide was forgotten and lost sometime in her history.  Instead of replacing it, we chalked it up to her age and thought it gave her a bit of character - that one drawer, that opens a little too far - lending a tiny scraping whisper to the ambiance of the room.

Her lines reminded us of the old dresser in a grandmother's house - you know the one, when you open the drawers, dust motes float gently in the rays of sunlight like little fairies and the sweet smell of your grandma's old perfume wafts out  The one that reminds you of the days when you were a child, so excited to be sleeping over because she let you eat popcorn at midnight and chocolate cereal for breakfast.

The Yarina is a sweet dresser that could house clothing or linens, crafts or even be set up as an entertainment unit - a piece that would be perfect in any room of your home!

If you are interested in the Yarina, please email us at sweetpeepdesignco@yahoo.com.

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