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'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
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

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

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Yarina

The Yarina
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

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

The Regan

The Regan
This sweet hutch has a long and favoured past - full of great memories and miles traveled.  She started out in New York City, the first piece bought by a pianist, just starting out, making a name for himself in the big city.  There, he met a Canadian girl and decided, smitten, that he would leave his big dream behind for the simple life in Ontario with the girl of his dreams.

Together, they built a home, a family, a life together, and as the years passed, the hutch was used less and less, the dust gathered on her glass shelves, her light burnt out, and finally, they decided to let her go and send her on a new adventure.

The next adventure took her traveling, across the Canadian Prairies to Alberta, where she spent the next few years in a farm house, the pride and joy of another young couple, who placed their fine wedding china upon her glass shelves and nestled their fine dinnerware in her wooden drawers.  But again, the couple built a home, a family and a life together, and the hutch was used less and less.  Dust gathered, her light burnt out and she began to wear, until finally, they decided to let her go and send her on another new adventure.

Finally, she reached a friend of ours, who was starting out on her own as well - this time, the mother of two beautiful children - rambunctious and fun and so, so smart!  And little did she know, as she filled the cabinet with her own finds and treasures, that eventually, she would meet her own Canadian boy, who would love her kids like his own and would love her with the most fierce abandonment one had ever seen.  They moved in together and she brought her hutch.  They married, and had another son, and a fun and spontaneous life and then, they finally built a home.  The hutch wasn't made for this home and was left, but not forgotten in the dusty confines of their old home, perched on top of a hill.  It was then she was ready, to let her hutch go and send her on a new adventure.

That adventure starts with you...

The Regan is HEAVY.  She is a single unit and heavier than any piece we've ever come across.  It took three people to load her in the truck, and three people to get her in the house.

The first thing we did to her was give her a well needed clean.  Then, we gave her a good sand, by hand, which we found was one of the best ways of sanding, if you have the time and the patience to do so.  This piece was so heavy, I (being 8 months pregnant!) couldn't haul her outside to electric sand, she she stayed in and got the sanding block treatment instead.

Next, she got three coats of primer and then three coats of Opal white paint and finally a good sanding, waxing and distressing, to give her the character and maturity that she had gained in all her travels.  We gave her a new back bead board backing, to give her some farmhouse character and painted her handles and knobs - as time goes on, and they are used, they too will begin to wear and distress.

The Regan has a lot of storage - the bottom holds a shelf and three doors to reach it, and three drawers line the top.  2 of her doors open in the hutch to lots of shelf room.  As a bonus, there is also a light (that works!)

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

Delivery is available to Edmonton, Calgary and area for a $75.00 surcharge.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Marvel

The Marvel
The Marvel came from a family who kept him for many years, starting off first as the dresser for a newlywed couple, then as one for twin daughters.  The sentimentality stuck as the girls grew older, and it moved to the basement to hold all their treasures and dolls.  It's last move made it into the garage, to lay forgotten because the girls just weren't ready to get rid of him - but thirty years had passed and it was finally time for him to find a new home.
Red Knobs

His frame was nicked and scraped and covered in stickers - old ones, think "My Pretty Pony" (yeah, the super ugly ones from before "My Little Pony") and He-man and Shira and the legs were extremely wobbly - like a little old man without his cane.  But he had some great Mid Century Modern lines and had great potential.  

We figured we'd do the usual with him, paint his frame white and keep his drawers natural but they were too worn to be completely saved.  He didn't have the lines to be all white and distressed, so we left him in storage for a few months to figure out what to do with him. 

In that time, we found out that Lindsey was pregnant with Peep number 2 - this time a boy.  And we were having a hard time finding anything fun, unique and vintage for his room.  Was everyone having this problem?  Sure enough, we had the perfect piece hiding in the dust.  

Our very good friend Greg loves comic books - so much he bought the Sweet Peep her own set of superhero Little People and somehow conned us into buying her Wonder Woman's invisible jet.  And we thought - what a perfect motif for a little boys room - the Superhero!  So we painted the Marvel a cobalt blue - a hint of the vintage 70's but a whole bunch of punch added to any room.  Seeing that it was quite manly, and it had to be loved by Mommy's and sisters alike, we added fun retro knobs in a crimson red.  The Marvel is the "Superhero" of mid century modern, 9 drawer dressers if we do say so ourselves!

The Marvel is a one of a kind - fixed up and cleaned, primed, painted and waxed to withstand even the hardest wear and tear.  Meant for a little boys bedroom, this piece could also be used for anyone looking for a bold boost of colour!

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

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

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Amy

The Amy
The Amy, is a dresser that might look a tad familiar to Sweet Peep customers - she's the big sister of the Annis!

A woman named Amy asked us on Facebook if we had any matching pieces to the Annis and at the time we didn't.  But a few weekends later - on the same day we dropped the Annis off at her new home, the Sweet Peep and I were at our friend Danielle's house, helping with home renovations, when I heard Danielle yelling from the garage.  She was playing I-spy from the mountains of Ikea boxes and noticed her neighbors had just finished up a garage sale and were packing up a few things into their truck to take to the dump.  And lo and behold, a matching piece to the Annis - just bigger.  

I'm pretty sure the neighbors thought we were crazy - two grown women (one very pregnant!) running across the street, yelling about the dresser.  I may have even said it was a "re-finishers wet dream", in which Danielle smacked me and told me not to embarrass her in front of her new neighbors (sorry Danielle...I'll try and use my filter next time!)  In the long run - we got the Amy in the back of my truck and it was on it's way home with me!
2 hidden drawers

We thought about doing something different with her, but decided, why mess with perfection - the Annis turned out perfect, surely the Amy would too.  So we cleaned her up (she was spider city!) and gave her a good sanding.  After sanding, we noticed she had been very loved and marked up quite a bit.  Usually, we like to leave these scuffs, just to show the history of a piece, but she was a little more worse for wear, so we filled the worst ones and left the others.  Next, we gave her two coats of primer, and three coats of white paint.  We spent the next few days distressing her, until she looked just right - a touch of rustic, a touch of new.

The Amy has 7 drawers (2 small ones hidden by a cupboard door) and a small cupboard.  She'd be perfect in a bedroom or as a entertainment unit in a sweet, rustic family room!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Two nightstands

The Gray
The Harp
On occasion we find ourselves with a few odds and ends - in this case, two nightstands/side tables that don't really match any other pieces but might be absolutely perfect in someone's bedroom or living room!

The Gray was an add on with the custom project we did for Tabatha, and we decided to give it the same sort of paint job - with custom colours and a tiny bit of distressing. She has a small hole in her top drawer at the back, her previous owner saying it was a hole for her cell phone charger to go through so she could store her phone overnight.

The Harp actually came from Tabatha, and she's a real beauty.  She reminds us of old fashioned harp chairs with her fine design in the centre of both drawers.  We painted her a simple white and distressed her just enough to let that harp design jump out.

Either piece is yours for $50.00!