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!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Cass

The Cass
The Cass is another custom piece we've been working on over the past few weeks.  It was scouted out for us by our friend Shawna in Blackfalds.  We couldn't pass this awesome little mid century piece up!

We had another customer, a woman named Tabatha who was interested in the Ombre but decided it was the wrong size - so when Cass showed up in our inbox, with the perfect dimensions, we knew this was the dresser for Tabatha!

We had Tabatha over and she decided she still wanted the Ombre look but with subtle grays - perfect for her 5 year old stepson's room!  We ended up giving this cute little dresser a revamp with 2 coats of primer, a coat of white around it's frame and then a custom mix of grays for each of the drawers.  After a bit of snafu with some local county maps as liners for the drawers, we ended up giving the inside of each drawer 4 coats of white paint to polish them up!  After seeing another project of ours, Tabatha  also decided she wanted a bit of distress job on the entire dresser, so we took parts down to the white base and some parts all the way down to the beautiful aged wood.

What we love about this dresser is that it's not only made for a little boy's room - it can grow into adolescence and teenage-hood with him and venture out of the room when he decides on something else - Tabatha made the perfect colour selections for a timeless and vintage piece!

We hope you and your son love it Tabatha!

Interested in a custom piece?  Shoot us an email to with what you're looking for and we'll keep an eye out for it!  It might take a few days, or in some cases, a few months (does ANYONE have a chunky desk?!) but we'll find the perfect piece for you eventually - and we'll do it up right - for a reasonable price!

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.