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.