Monday, December 30, 2013

Tools of the Trade

What is this fun little thing?
Here at Sweet Peep Design Company, we don't mind sharing our secrets.  Though we love what we do, we love to share how we do it so other people will delve into the world of furniture refinishing.

We get questions all the time about the paint we use and the waxes we use but just recently we were gifted a tool that we can't believe we lived without for so long! So we thought we'd share it with you!

The Painter's Pyramid!

This handy dandy little guy is shaped like a pyramid (duh?) and fits under just about anything - you can use it to hold up pretty much anything so you can paint all the way to the tips.  This is usually the biggest problem for us - and as for personal furniture, I know just about everything I've painted for myself has unfinished legs or bottom edges.  Not anymore! (If I get to it?) 

The latest project - with painted legs!
The other thing I have a problem with while painting?  FRAMES.  I have a gallery wall in our staircase that houses over 100 frames.  None of which have very well painted sides.  These little guys hold 'em up easy while painting.  Now maybe my house will start to look like a "painter" lives here.  (Maybe.)

Even better?  They're cheap and you get 10 in a pack!  (I thought 10 was an odd number and then I found out you can lock them together for doing odd shaped stuff.  Sorta brilliant eh?) 

Anyone else think it looks like a piece of cheese?

If you're all about "DIY" check these out for yourself!  You can find them at Lee Valley Tools in Calgary or Edmonton.










Friday, December 27, 2013

Some Photoshop Art

Obviously, we're not doing much for furniture these days over at Sweet Peep Design Co. 
 
If you're from Central Alberta - you'll know why.
 
As for the rest of you - it's really cold here.  And snowy.  I'll be the first to admit, I like the cold and the snow and everything winter but I'm certainly not willing to spend hours outside in the howling wind, sanding a piece of old lead-painted furniture.  Nuh-uh.  Not for me!
 
So, instead I've been staying warm inside and crafting a little bit!
 
My latest project is for one of my closest friends in Canada, a girl named Danielle who I met at a wedding in the Dominican Republic last October.  She and I bonded over terrible birthing stories and our love of naps and squeeze cheese and have been close friends ever since.
 
  For Christmas I wanted to make her something that was personal and sweet and didn't cost an exorbitant amount of money (there I go being cheap again...but we'll call it sentimental in this case.)
 
This is what I ended up with:
(thanks to www.avintageposter.com for the inspiration!)
 


A little inspiration, a few minutes on Photoshop and a cool frame later... 

 
It's a mix of reality (she's a super awesome photographer) and inside joke (because who doesn't want to be a llama?!)  and I really hope she loves it!
 
Like what you see?  Send me an email and I'll send the template to you, or if you ask really nice, I'll make a personalized one just for you!
 
From Central Alberta and looking for a photographer? 
Check Danielle out at www.thisbelovedlife.com.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Party Decorating and Washi Tape

The Sweet Peep celebrated the big 0-2 over last weekend and of course we had a whole super shindig for her, complete with an Epic Play Kitchen (I'll share that later!)  But being the era of Pinterest and Internet One-upedness, it seems that nothing goes untouched when it comes to party decorating.

Being that her birthday is December 14th and smack dab in the middle of the Holiday Season, I've tried really hard to make it all about her...meaning, NO CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS (until after the big day!) and NO RED AND GREEN!  So, her colours this year were hot pink, aqua, bright green and yellow.  A little summery...I realize.

Those are some gooood lookin straws!
As I was decorating the hot pink treats table I ran into a bit of an issue.  I purchased these seriously awesome (great, wonderful, fan-freakin-tastic) paper straws from Target for $1.00 (compare that to Michaels who sell them for $11.99.) and I wanted to showcase them.  So, I went to the go-to product for holding anything: the mason jar. 

But a mason jar is so...clear.  And, while cute, there was nothing "Pinteresty" about it, you know?

So I pulled out the Washi Tape.  For those of you who don't know what "Washi Tape" is (I'm looking at you Mom), it's pretty much really pretty scotch tape that you can pull off things really easily.  For those of you who want a history lesson, washi is a Japanese word for, well, Japanese paper.  And it's usually made from bamboo, the bark from a bunch of Japanese trees and even things like rice and hemp.  It's used to make origami paper, clothing and religious vestments and now, fancy, expensive, blogworthy tape. 

But it this case, we'll stick with pretty scotch tape OK?

I found this Washi Tape at Walmart for $2.97 (compared to Michaels who sell it for $8.99) and it was the perfect shade of bright (non Christmasy!) green and it came in a fun striped pattern.  I snatched it up and used it for everything from little flags on the cupcakes to embelishments on white Ikea frames. 

As for the mason jar?  I wrapped two strips of it around the centre and with some pink yarn I had over from another project, I wrapped that around the centre a few times and hot glued it at the back.  Finally, I took an embellishment flower (from Michaels...70% off because it was in their Christmas stock...but it's pink...) and glued it right in the centre. 

Voila!  Easiest, cutest, Pinterestastic Mason Jar Straw Holder. 

And, you know, while I was doing all this creative stuff for a bunch of two year olds, I kept asking myself  WHY?  Two year olds don't care.  Well.  I had numerous compliments on my straw holder. 
Made the 2 weeks of late night crafting totally worth it. 

Friday, December 6, 2013

The Reta

The Reta
Sold
The Reta came to us from a little house in the middle of Lacombe and we bought her for a song. She doesn't have the lines and the romantic curves that most hutches have - she was truly a diamond in the rough!

The Reta once belonged to a sweet old woman who housed her fine china perched upon the shelves.  We aren't sure what happened to the sweet old woman, just that she was 92 and her home was steeped in memories and heavy old furniture.  Her daughter's family was in the midst of revitalizing the small house, making it into something new and modern and they felt they should part ways with most of the beautiful furniture within its aged walls. 

The Reta is of midcentury modern design - meaning straight lines and simple craft.  Instead of having heavy doors, she has glass sliding panels (not shown in picture, but will be included!) and instead of being tall and intricate, she is small, simple and compact.  

As part of our "Design Dilemma" series, we got a lot of really fantastic ideas about this hutch - ranging from painting only the handles to framing it all in black to painting the whole thing. We decided to give her a good paint after cleaning her up and realizing she didn't have the same spice as some of the other hutches we found on the internet.

Handles
After giving this girl a light sand, we primed her with 2 coats and then painted her in "Maine Lobster", a pretty red that wasn't too bright but didn't have a brick tone to it. To finish her off, we covered her in a tinted wax that gives her a slight antique look and gives her a little bit of a rustic vibe. We decided not to distress her since she had a modern element to her and distressing didn't seem to fit. The one thing everyone seemed to agree on with this hutch was the need for new handles, but after the red was painted, these handles screamed to be put back on after a coat of paint. The new oil rubbed bronze pulls now pop against her new paint - the perfect accessories to the perfect outfit!

Tons of storage!
This poppy hutch is the perfect addition to any home - used here at the Sweet Peep Home as a bar for an American Thanksgiving feast, she would also be great for a mail center in the front foyer, or as her previous owner used her as, a place to put all your fine china in your rustic, modern dining room!
 
If you are interested in the Reta, please email us at: sweetpeepdesignco@yahoo.com.

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

Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Colour Red

My Dad and I.
I've been thinking about the colour red lately. 

Three years ago this morning, my Dad died.  He had a "cardiac event" and fell off a ladder while decorating for Christmas.  He was only 63. 

I learned how to paint from my Dad.  We were the house who always had a different colour front door.  It went from black, to red, to green, to red and those are the only colours I remember.  But I remember helping him paint it every time. 

He also spray painted the dying cedar trees in the front garden green since he didn't want to buy new ones.  See, the front of our house was always in the shade.  Those cedars were forever in season after that. 

I also learned how to thrift from my Dad.  He decided once, that the pine and broken white tiled kitchen table just wasn't going to cut it anymore.  I don't know where he found them, but he found two cement blocks (cool looking ones) and a huge glass table top and decided to put them together.  I helped him paint those cement blocks out on the back deck one day.  Just him and I.

That table was awesome. It was totally modern in our totally traditional home.  Better yet, if you dropped a piece of bacon on it, the dogs would go nuts trying to get at it.  I'm pretty sure my Mom hated that table because the underside was always schmagged with nose goo.

The last time I talked to my Dad was November 24, 2010.  He told me about a puppy mill that had been found near their town in Florida, and how all the dogs escaped.  Malteses and Shitzhus running rampant on the streets.  My Dad was pretty excited about it.  I was pretty excited about it.  Then, he told me, that no matter what I wanted to do with my life, he'd be proud.

I think he knew...I think I knew. 

Why am I telling you this?  A bunch of strangers who like my furniture, and friends and family who know this story already?  Because you find inspiration everywhere.  Because it's the huge things - the worst things in the world, that inspire you to do something better.  To do something that makes you happy.  Mine happens to be old furniture. 

After humming and hawing and pondering everyone's (awesome!) ideas, I decided to paint our next piece red.  She has her own story which I'll tell you in another post.  But with every dip of the brush and every roll of the roller, she was infused with my story too.  A story that I won't soon forget - full of paint and sunny days, the smell of damp moss and dead cedar trees, a story of freedom puppies and an immense fear of ladders. 

I've been thinking about the colour red lately because it was my dad's favourite colour.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Design Dilemma

We got this awesome mid century modern hutch for a song...


It was a case of being at the right place at the right time and we snatched it up. 


Here's our dilemma:



www.thriftcore.com
www.departmentchicago.com
 Notice the common theme?
 
NONE OF THEM ARE PAINTED?
 
Albeit, this is no Heywood-Wakefield.  It's a Defehr...not quite the same esteem.  So it's not like we'd be ruining a piece of furniture history if we painted it. 
 
 What would you do??? 

 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Amber

The Amber
Sold
This rustic little buffet caught our eye in a uniform of country green.  She was hiding out in a laundry room, another one of those "when I get to it" sort of projects that never got done.  She came to us with broken wooden knobs and a scrapbook picture taped to her back - rough and ragged and looking for a second chance!

First, we gave her a good sanding, and realized the lovely green paint was probably a chalk or milk paint and as we neared her raw wood surface we also figured out she was beautiful pine - with a beautiful pine aroma to go with it.  This was probably one of my more enjoyable sanding jobs! 

Chippy Green and Hammered Gate Pulls
We didn't want to fully hide her pretty green past, so instead we used three coats of white paint and distressed her generously, letting that green peak out, boasting her history.  Then, we gave her a two coats of wax to make her strong and durable for all those Christmas buffet dishes you might put upon her! 


Instead of going the glamourous route with crystal knobs, we decided to play up her rusticness and simplicity with hammered black gate pulls - reminiscent of the kind you might find on an old fashioned barn or shed turned play house. 

The Amber is unlike many of the pieces you might find at Sweet Peep.  She isn't all about her delicate lady-like curves or her mid century legs - she's about what you expect to find here in Central Alberta - rustic, hardy and a whole lot of beautiful if you're willing to look just beyond the surface.  She would fit in perfectly in any country dining room or in any home looking for just a touch of rustic!

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

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

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Amanda

The Amanda came to us from a good friend of ours who has been purging the things in her house.  It had been passed down through her family and she decided to part with it, since it didn't fit in with the modern aesthetic of her home and with a awesome fiance and an active son, a rambunctious dog and a friendly cat, it's delicate, feminine lines certainly seemed misplaced!  So instead of forgetting about it, and let it gather dust in the garage, she let us have it with a promise that we'd do something splendid with it!   What is one person's trash, is another's treasure and we gladly took this sweet girl in.  We don't really know her history, but we do know she is solid oak and fantastically made!

A little bit chippy!
We tried something a little different with the Amanda with regards to her paint treatment.  We love to try new kinds of paint, and decided to try Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint
I'm not going to pretend that I loved this paint. Maybe it was because of the colour we used (Linen) and the wood we used it over (an orangey oak) but it took us nearly six coats before it even began to cover the wood. By that point, I had had enough and used my regular Behr for the last coat, which finished it off nicely. The paint was nice for the fact that it did absorb into the wood fairly well, and instead of covering all the beautiful grain of the wood, it showcased it (you'll notice that on the bottom shelf). Will I use it again? Well...yes...because I have an entire bag of it and it's waay to expensive to let go to waste. Will I ever buy it again? Probably not. Though, the "Bonding Agent" is pretty awesome and I will probably buy that again. 
  
Lovely, scrolley glass
After the paint job, the Amanda got a heavy distressing - with her dainty french curves, she deserved something to really show them off - and finally a double coat of wax to make her strong and durable.

The Amanda would make a beautiful addition to any formal living room or dining room or would be perfect in any feminine home! 


If you are interested in The Amanda, please email us at sweetpeepdesignco@yahoo.com.

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


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Taylor

The Taylor
Sold
The Taylor started out as a personal dresser for the Sweet Peep's "Big Girl Room" but, as anyone can guess with a business like this, pieces of furniture get used and thrown around like tissue paper and as soon as she was in, she was out again! 

We got this sweet little highboy from a family who was ready to grow up.  It was given to a little girl named Taylor when she was born in 1999.  It was handcrafted solidly with the love of her Uncle as the glue.  But like any girl, Taylor grew up.  And her sweet baby dresser was thrown the wayside and instead of little sleepers and cute little dresses, she needed room for leggings, an extensive jean collection and an ever growing supply of sweaters.  So we rescued the dresser and gave her new life. 

Chalkboard drawers -
 add your own touch!
Once covered in stickers and an array of teenage signatures, we gave the Taylor a good sanding, followed by four coats of primer and three coats of white paint.  Wanting to try something different, we tried the newest trend in furniture painting, and painted her with a grain sack design.  (Teddy, one of the Sweet Peep Brawn, calls them "Camaro Stripes".  To each his own!)  But we thought we'd try something a little different, and made the black stripes with chalkboard paint, giving any child, teenager or adult the space they need to label what is hidden
within the drawers!
Handpainted with a touch of imperfection
The stripes on the Taylor are meant to be a little messy and rugged - handpainted and done without trying to be completely perfect and after all was said and done, she was given a heavy distressing.  Finally, she was waxed and buffed to give her a strong and durable finish.

This sweet little dresser would be the perfect fit in any bedroom - rustic, rugged and beautiful in shape - what a lovely piece to grow into! 

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

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

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

What ever happened to that afghan?

Take a moment to close your eyes and remember when you were just a kid and you went to visit Grandma's house. You spent the entire day outside, among the grass and trees, the wind blowing the sweet smell of falling leaves through your hair, the soft buzzing of mosquitoes and bumble bees in your ear and the roughness of tree bark under your nail bitten fingertips.  As the sun begins to go down, Grandma would call you in through the shadows, just a silhouette against the bright, warm light of the kitchen.  Inside would be hot cocoa, steaming swirls above a mountain of whipping cream, soft just baked cookies, the chocolate chips oozing rivers of sweet goo on your fingers and a soft afghan, ready to engulf you in it's warmth as you sat, sleep eyed, toes tucked beneath you, reliving the adventures of the day.

Now here's a question...

What ever happened to that afghan? 

The Sweet Peep and I have been scouring the countryside of Alberta and what we've found are those afghans, living in baskets in the back of closets, for sale at estate sales, sitting sadly forgotten in thrift shops.  Some soft, some a little scratchy, but all of them with that tell tale sign of memories almost forgotten from those sunny days at Grandmas. 

They come in all shapes and sizes and they are all vintage.  As more come available, we will add them to our shop page. 

 



 












Shipping is available.  Email us at sweetpeepdesignco@yahoo.com if you are interested, and we will get the price to you!

 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Christina


The Christina is a perfect representation of the Mid Century Modern style of furniture. 

The Christina
SOLD

Mid Century Modern, a design well ahead of its time, began after World War ll and continued into the 1960′s.  It was all about simplicity, clean, organic lines and quality construction.  The Christina has tags on her back that date her to 1968 - the tail end of the Mid Century Modern style, before it turned mainstream.

Her top was scuffed and scraped and faded and couldn't be restored without destroying all her dignity, so we gave her a coat or primer, 3 coats of white paint and 3 coats of wax to make her durable.  We also gave her a tiny bit of distressing, just to give her a little bit of character.  Her drawers were left as it, since they are such a beautiful colour and have such a wonderful patina.  And those handles...no other handles would have suited her so perfectly!  We just gave her drawers a little TLC, with a good washing, oiling and finally waxing to leave her shiny and feeling new!  Finally, her legs were a bit wobbly thanks to a little doctoring by her previous owners.  We stabilized her by putting her back the way she should of been - relying on the quality construction that has seen her through the past 45 years. 

The Christina would make the perfect credenza or console, or, as we thought, perfect for the "Man" Cave.  Not too shabby chic for him, but just enough for her.  And with those long, lean, modern but vintage lines, she is perfect for any space you put her in!

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

If interested, please email us at: sweetpeepdesignco@yahoo.com.
 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Sweet Peep Baby Quilts

Check out a little sneak peak into the new items we are preparing for our winter shop!
 


Sweet Peep Baby Quilts are made from soft, prewashed cotton in a variety of different colours and patterns, guaranteed to match any nursery!  They are filled with a polyester batting, not too thick for easy snuggling, but thick enough to keep your baby warm!  These quilts are tried and tested, not only by the Sweet Peep herself, but by kids across the US and Canada!
 

For quick selection, after October 15 we will have a few quilts packed and ready for $40.00 each.  Keep an eye out on the Shop Sweet Peep page for more information and designs.  Quilts will be added as finished. Or, if you are interested in something a little more personal, just shoot us an email with your colours and theme and we'll see what we can do for you.  (Price will vary by size and fabric!)  Made to order quilts will take about three weeks to finish and, for the Christmas rush, please inquire before November 1st, so we can finish it in time!! 


We try to design our quilts with use in mind.
Meaning - they aren't so precious that Mom will never use them and they're cozy and comfy enough for snuggle after snuggle!



Monday, September 30, 2013

Some Upcycling around the Blogosphere!

Here are just a few of the awesome upcycles in blogland these days:

Entryway Table Makeover - thehouseofsmiths.com
www.thehouseofsmiths.com
Shelley at The House of Smiths has some of the most inspiring and best home design I've seen!  Cozy AND dog AND kid friendly!!  Plus, she doesn't spend a fortune to get her house that way! 
Check out Shelley's post about upcycling and the pieces she's given a new life HERE!


thrift store cabinet makeover centsational girl
www.centsationalgirl.com

While Kate at Centsational Girl has a design sense that surpasses mine in the "mature and sophisticated" department, she proves that even sophistication can be second hand.  Check out Kate's post about her $10 thrift store find HERE!



www.inthefunlane.com
Holly at In The Fun Lane is a fellow Albertan and one of my biggest inspirations.  Because of her blog, I tried a white couch.  (That couch now has a gray cover...Holly can pull off white...Lindsey can NOT!)  She used to have a furniture restore company but now restores houses instead!  Her whole blog is a beautiful example of upcycling, HERE is a prime example! 



And of course, I want to add some of the awesome upcycling companies in Alberta - all of these ladies are in Central Alberta!  Who knew we had such talent!?

www.rusticbarnyard.com
Heidi at the Rustic Barnyard, stationed out of Mirror, AB has some pretty amazing stuff!  She's figured out the secret of Chalk Paint and even holds classes to teach you how to use it (hmm...maybe I should take this course someday?!) 



www.walnutgroveinteriors.com
Laurie at Walnut Grove Interiors lives in the same town as I do and I adore what she does!  Check out her website and see what she has for sale - She's got a knack for the beautiful and unique!



Under The Oak Tree Furnishings
 New to the business, Ashley and her Mom from Under The Oak Tree Furnishings also live in Sylvan Lake and just relocated from Ontario!  They have a fantastic eye  and are unpredictable in their design, which makes for some seriously beautiful stuff! 

 

A lot of upcyclers haven't started up a blog or a website yet, but definitely have made their presence of social media!  Check out a couple of them on facebook!


Furniture Reborn Red Deer
Furniture Reborn Red Deer



Mended Wing
Mended Wing


If you've got time, check all these bloggers and vendors out! 
You won't be disappointed!






Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Custom Work

Custom desk for a little girls room
 
 
 
 
 
We've been a little busy at Sweet Peep with a custom project for Leslie and her daughter!  A sweet little desk, dressed in white with secret pops of colour in her drawers and on her pullout writing board.  Hope you love it!!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Why Upcycle?

The Andrea.  Perfectly Imperfect.
Awhile back, when we were selling "The Andrea" we had a customer come take a look at her and noticed she had a chip in her drawer.  They decided to pass on the piece because of that chip, telling us that they "wanted something perfect."  Luckily, the woman who bought "The Andrea" liked the chip - thinking it added to the Andrea's appeal...it gave the little dresser some interest.  Those are the customers we like - the ones who appreciate the history of old furniture. 

Since then, the question has been bouncing around in my brain:

Why Upcycle? 

For me, when I start something, I dive in head first.  For instance, I'm a vegetarian.  I cut out meat cold turkey, when, during a Sorority event in University, my friend Dave, mooed at me when I was eating some hamburger.  And his moo was so lifelike, I quit meat all together, in that single moment.  That was almost 14 years ago.  I dove in head first, without the facts.  But, as time went on, I researched it, and found, through a lot of studying, that indeed, me being a vegetarian was my small way of saving something I love.

The Penelope.  Ugly?  YES.  Potential?  DOUBLE YES!
As for "Upcycling"?  I started this business because I wanted to make cool, beautiful furniture for an affordable price, and maybe make a little money while I did it.  I dove in head first, my house quickly turning into a graveyard for old, unloved furniture.  But wait...graveyard is the wrong word.  Furniture doesn't come here to die.  It comes here to live again!  I started to research upcycling and what I learned is that Upcycling is an even greener version of recycling.  By Upcycling, your not filling up landfills or recycling plants with garbage.  There's no real energy or resources that go into upcycling like there is in recycling.  There's just a bit of creativity, a bit of sweat equity and a bit of paint.  You take up no space but your own and you find a new purpose for unwanted items and you make them beautiful and useable again. 

Check out this awesome site about Upcycling and the cool things you can do with just a little imagination! www.upcyclethat.com.

The Clarissa before she got her second chance!
There's something about old furniture.  It's beautiful and it's way more well constructed than the stuff you find out there now.  I won't lie...I love me some Ikea.  Especially the cinnamon buns...but...well, don't get me started on Ikea furniture.  Old furniture has memories and history seeped into every crack, every chip and every scratch and it's mostly for that, that Sweet Peep Design Co. does what it does.  Instead of filling your home with all the "new" and "perfect" stuff that you can get from big box stores, why not fill your home with unique, one of a kind pieces that have stood the test of time? 

Are you an upcycler or do you have your own company that upcycles?  Let us know or send us a picture of your last project at sweetpeepdesignco@yahoo.com or in the comments below.  Let's spread the word! 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Nicole

The Nicole
SOLD
We found this little dresser sitting front and center at the local thrift shop.  I left my friend Nicole and our two babies to guard it as I scoured the store for something to throw a SOLD sign on it.  I wasn't giving this thing up!

Solid wood?
CHECK!
Dovetail joints?
CHECK!
Awesome condition? 
CHECK!

We're not sure the history of it, but The Nicole is very well constructed.  We gave her a good sand, followed by two coats of primer.  Not sure what to do with her colours, we decided that we hadn't tried our hand at a "boy" type of dresser, so we made her up with three coats of navy blue on her drawers and three coats of white on the rest of her.  Her feet are navy blue dipped and her handles were painted white.  They looked like knots to us and that went well with the nautical vibe she was giving off.  Finally, she was given a coat of poly to make her shiny and new!

The Nicole would be perfect as a change table in a little boys nursery or as a dresser in your childs room.  Her playful handles and fun paint job lend themselves to an awesome mix of playful and mature - the perfect mix for your home! 

If you are interested in The Nicole, please email us at sweetpeepdesignco@yahoo.com.

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

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Bentley

The Bentley
SOLD
We ventured to the very tiny town of Bentley for this cute little organ bench.  I instantly fell in love with, not only the town of Bentley, but the little old man that helped us put this bench into the back of my truck.  He was moving from his home of 49 years - a home he had helped build with his own hands.  It had a garden to die for, framed by an immaculate grouping of purple pansies - 160 tulips planted that spring, 120 at least would spring up the next season and an entire wall of sweet peas.  He offered me a bouquet, saying that if you cut a sweet pea, a dozen more will grow in it's place.  This little old man, with his white beard said he was going to "bawl like a baby" when he had to move.  He was certain his wife was fine with it.  He, on the other hand was not. 

So with him in mind, we took apart this little organ bench and gave it the proper treatment.  Each piece was individually sanded and primed, then painted with three coats of white.  Finally, it was given the stripe treatment in navy blue, giving it a touch of masculine to it's dainty feminine lines.

At first we were going to upholster it and sell it as a bench, but I remembered that he had used it as a table to put pictures of his daughters and their childen...a wedding picture or two and a couple of graduations.  It's the perfect perch for both memories and your keys at the front door.  Or...if you wish,  a nice little seat in front of your organ or if you have a pub style dining room table, the height offers the perfect place to sit and eat!

But that's not all - the top opens on easy hinges to offer a spot to store whatever you need to.  Rogue magazines or a telephone book...piano or organ music...or if you use it at the table, a place to stash extra placemats or even the utensils of schoolwork.

If you are interested in The Bentley, please contact us at sweetpeepdesignco@yahoo.com.


Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Lucille


The Lucille
SOLD
Popular since the beginning of the 1900's, telephone tables make a perfect spot to sit and talk on the phone.  Of course, in their height of popularity, this seat was particularly important because the phones were of the rotary kind and needed a place to rest.  

These days, phone tables are more popular as a conversation piece in a home, a quaint little seat by the front door with a perfect little tabletop for your keys, mail or other odds and ends. 
 
Cushion Fabric
The Lucille is a sweet little table, painted white with a coat of blue underneath, that peaks through the tiniest bit of distressing.  Her cushion, once mustard yellow, was given a new life in a durable outfit of seafoam green paisley.  The Lucille has been waxed to keep her durable for everyday use!

If interested in the Lucille, please contact us at sweetpeepdesignco@yahoo.com.

The Cabana


The Cabana
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This little table was made from a company called Defehr Furniture out of Winnipeg, Manitoba.  She was screaming for a makeover and we were looking to do something a little beachy - something a little more than just our usual white.  And then we had that aha! moment and went with the cabana stripe. 

This table is an odd size but would be good for so many different things!
 
 
- 21 inches tall, so a little tall for a coffee table (unless, as furniture etiquette goes, you entertain a lot, then 21 inches is the perfect height for guests to rest their drink.)

- 17 inches wide, so it make for an oddly shaped side table, unless you have a rather deep couch.

But it's a beauty nonetheless and with a handy shelf, perfect for setting magazines, books or games upon. 

It's also the perfect height for toddlers to play on...just saying...
 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Rustic Inspiration for the Sally

A little bit of inspiration for the Sally...because dreaming of something beautiful is much more fun than the last hour spent pulling out industrial size staples...
 
Thanks Jenn, Whitney and Mary for the inspiration pics and ideas!


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www.sundancecatalog.com
www.551eastdesign.blogspot.ca


And of course, a gigantic thank you to Pinterest for giving us all the ability to find such inspiration so easily!  I know all these items are on Pinterest, and because of the many pinnings of them, I can't find their original sources.  So, if you find them, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due!!