Tips for removing paint from leather furniture... Here is another RWL refurbishing tip! Removing paint from leather! Recently, I was refurbishing two antique mahogany end tables with leather tops. The tables needed a furniture facelift, because many many years ago my client's mother painted them a dark avocado green. We think maybe she was fed up with the worn out leather that's why she painted it.Read More
**Though I have received compensation for this post these opinions and creations are my own.**
Recently, I had a client with an old wooden chair they loved, but I was in need of some serious TLC. They contacted me about refurbishing their chair, because they loved what I did with the Nursery Changing Table I did many years ago. I have recreated this look a few times and this time I had the perfect color in mind Cece Caldwell's Paint Jersey Tomato. It is the perfect base for the old barn door look. First, I sanded the whole chair to remove the old finish, but remember you can't sand to hard because you do not want to remove the age. Then it was time to paint, I applied three coats of Jersey Tomato Red.
Then I go back and fill in the dents and add texture with black and white paint.
My client choose cushions with a pretty palm tree design and even though was sunny when I was taking this picture, it was super cold out. I love the tropical feel in winter!
Cece Caldwell's Jersey Tomato is a vibrant red, it can be used like this or on it's own. Either way it is a stunning color.
Until next time!
***Though I have received compensation for this post, these projects, opinions and creations are my own, I have not been paid to publish positive comments. I am a brand rep for Cece Caldwell's Paints and have used their product for this latest creation! For this project I used Mustard Yellow, Sedona Red, Silver Fog and Metallic Cooper Wax. I AM DISCLOSING THIS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION’S 16 CFR, PART 255: “GUIDES CONCERNING THE USE OF ENDORSEMENTS AND TESTIMONIALS IN ADVERTISING."
**Though I have received compensation for this post these opinions and creations are my own.**
Research has said bright colors can make you happy, therefore why not have a splash of color in every home. I rent my apartment and a big problem for renters is how to decorate. Sometimes we are not allowed to paint or hang things on your wall! Well in my apartment I can paint, but I have those old popcorn walls and I do not like they never look good painted. Therefore, I decorate using home decor items with color, lots of color!Read More
Where can you find a cast iron horse head, industrial swivel leather stools, Mrs. Cash & Cari herself and a table in the shape of any state you want? Well at the Country Living Fair in Rhineback, NY June 5-7! Country Living Magazine hosts one of the best antique/shopping fairs in the U.S. with four major stops this year in Atlanta, Nashville, Columbus, OH and now Rhineback. The Rhineback fair is estimated to bring in over 20,000 visitor for all over the country and believe me as a huge fan and attendee they aren't joking.
I was lucky enough to spend two full days at the Country Living Fair last year and this year I will be doing the same! But don't worry if you can only come for one day that is not a bad thing, there is plenty to do and you can definitely see lots in one day. I just like to take my time and do more than one lap, (more like 5 laps, 5 fresh lemonades, 2 ice cream cones and 1 fried chicken).
With over 200 vendors guests will also have access to cooking, crafting and DIY demonstrations, will be able to sample locally-sourced, artisanal food and can shop the Specialty Food Market and Country Living General Store. Trust me Country Living fans you will not be disappointed! Here is I am last year picking up tinted stain from the DIY demo with Cari Cucksey.
To enter to win tickets you must follow me on Instagram: 1) like the post, 2) comment #CLFair2015 and 3) tag a friend who loves the Country Living Fair just as much as you! Please only tag one friend per comment. For a bonus chance share this photo on your feed and tag @refurbishedwithlove!
Good Luck! Count down begins only 11 more days!
As many of you know I am a lover of vintage things! Recently, I was given a box full of vintage Christmas ornaments and now I can't wait for next Christmas. I am known to pick up vintage furniture off the streets of Hoboken and carry it to my studio. Any time a client asks for furniture advice I always say "the older the better!" Don't get me wrong, I love a good HomeGoods deal, the style of Restoration Hardware or Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams, but nothing beats a fabulous vintage furniture find in my book.
Therefore, when I was given the opportunity to create my dream studio space furnished with vintage treasures from Chairish I was super excited! But you know me, I can't leave something just as it is; I always have to put my RWL furniture facelift on it! To find more vintage furniture look here and start decorating!Read More
I am as happy as a kid in a candy store, but my candy store is filled with delicious vintage furniture, chairs, tables, milk jugs, apple crates, mason jars, paints, pillows and so much more!! It's the Country Living Fair 2014 in Rhinebeck, NY June 6-8th! Doors open at 10am, but not for my ticket winners!!
I have always wanted to go, but it's also around the time of year I go home to visit family. Well not this year! It's 7 days before my birthday! What an awesome present...Thank you Country Living Magazine that's so sweet of you!
But okay seriously, this fair is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. It's three full days at the Duchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY! See the pages of Country Living magazine come to life, with shopping, cooking, crafting, DIY demonstrations, as well as antique appraisals, and locally-sourced, artisanal food, in a fun, festival atmosphere.
Today on my Instagram account I am giving away 2 three day passes that grant you early admission AND the opportunity to meet the Country Living editors, as well as special guests, including:
Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, “The Fabulous Beekman Boys”
Cari Cucksey, star of HGTV’s Cash & Cari
Kelsey Nixon, star of Cooking Channel’s Kelsey’s Essentials
Michael Devine, entertaining and design expert
Designers Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel dePedro Cunningham of Tilton Fenwick
Also, did you know Cari Cuskey has designed her own paints and stains! Awesome!! I can't wait to see this stuff!
For those that don't win tickets don't worry you can purchase tickets starting at $13 at www.stellashows.com. Admission is $13 in advance and $16 at the door; three-day weekend passes are available for $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
For more info and a list of all the special guests check out http://www.countryliving.com/cl-fair/country-living-fair-rhinebeck.
More important links:
Country Living Magazine Fair!
See y'all there!
A popular trend in furniture is two-tone. This can be accomplished in a couple ways, one by using two different paint colors or with what I have done, one part stained wood and one part painted wood.
I love this look on furniture. I have seen it done a few ways, one leaving the drawers stained and the body painted, or the reverse the drawers painted and the body stained or how I did it, the top stained and the body painted.
Lucky for me I was able to work on a project like this while in Houston over Thanksgiving. Here is the before of the buffet. I think it was beautiful to begin with, but my client wanted a Refurbished with Love furniture facelift.
buffet table before
The buffet was a rich dark walnut color.
For those of you who would like to try this, I came have a couple of tips that should help you if you decided to venture out and create your own two tone piece of furniture.
Some helpful tips: Make sure the pieces that are stained wood are rich with color and unscratched. So take the extra time to sand out all dings and blemishes.
Also, do your painting first! This way if you make any mistakes or get paint on areas you wanted stained, simply sand them out. Remember painters tape is our friend!
Finally, before you begin staining the wood cover the painted areas with plastic. Take that extra time, because if stain splashes on to the painted parts it does not come out.
Once you are done hopefully you will have a piece of furniture you love. And I do love this one!
refurbished top after
close up on side
close up on distressing detail
Good luck and I would be happy for you to share any project you have done like this.
Sometimes now matter how much you fight it things need to change. For me that was the case with this antigue 1950's end table. Many people have a hard time admitting when things need to change or do not sell because of it's look. Therefore, I decided to share my story with you, because after all I can't the only one facing this dilemma.
I originally picked up this table at an estate sale in New Jersey. After refurbishing it, it quickly became a popular item. It was a big favorite in my
and a favorite at all my festivals. But for some reason it was not SELLING! After all that is my goal, to refurbish furniture and sell the pieces to new happy home.
Here is what the table looked like when I bought it. It was in need of a furniture facelift and I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Or at least so I thought I did.
end table before
Here is the table after my first attempt refurbishing it.
end table after the first attempt of refurbishing
I wanted to give it an antique look keeping with the design of the table and wanted to add a pull to the draw.
close up on the table top
Well after a year of siting in my home, I decided it was time for a change! I was very reluctant to change it because, one, I worked hard on it the first time and two because that would require more time in my already busy schedule. But lets face it, it wasn't selling and even though I was being stubborn I knew what I needed to do.
I decided to paint it my favorite color
. I also envisioned adding an old French wine typography to the top and finally finishing the whole thing with dark wax. It took me a while to decide on a label, mainly because
has so many great ones to chose from. In the end I chose this one:
You can find a link to her stuff
, she also has some good tutorials for first timers. Once I got two coats of paint on the table, I added the typography.
transferring the image
table paint in paris grey
After I transferred the image I loved it even more! I instantly knew this baby would sell!
table after with dark wax and french label added
close up on table top
Thankfully as I suspected this table was a huge hit and sold with an hour of opening. Two woman were actually trying to take it from each other! Needless to say it went to a happy home and I was happy it sold.
So moral of the story... change is good!
Like most of us who live in small spaces all furniture most be functional as well as beautiful. For my client this table was absolutely functional, but it did not fit her decor. Here was the table before.
|table leaf after|
Here is the table painted with Greek blue before the dark wax.
|table before dark wax is added|
She also admired furniture with lace and doily detail. I found this beautiful lace and stenciled it randomly on the top.
|here is how i put the stencil on|
|after all stencils added|
|table before dark wax|
For the lace stencil I used Martha Stewart's silver metallic paint. I love how it has a simmer to it. I have used this paint before on a barstool and it is beautiful with or with dark wax.
Do you have a piece of furniture you love, but it needs a furniture face lift? Did you pick up a piece of furniture at a thrift store or flea market, but don't have the time to refurbish or the know how? Did you inherit your grandmother's table, but don't know what to do with it or where to put it? Let me help you refurbish that piece of furniture and we can turn it into a stunning focal point for any room.
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|handle and distressing detail|
|handle and distressing close up|
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|tray with one coat of paint|
Another way I showcase quotes are with my refurbished wood pallet signs. Here is second look at one of my favorite signs I have made.
|dish towel before|
The phrase "Love You More" has a special place in my heart which made me love this dish towel. Instantly I knew I had to buy it, but also knew it would not stay a dish towel for long. I was going to turn it into a pillow for my couch.
After some easy sewing I made this!
|dish towel turned pillow|
Not your average dish towel anymore!
Also on Earth Day, here at RWL I did my part to recycle. I love old wood. I am that crazy lady stalking construction workers asking if I can take their old wood (that they are throwing away). I also like the distressed wood on shipping pallet/crates. So many times you can find me taking old crates right from the trash. Why do I like this things you may ask? I like them because the wood is aged just right for making vintage signs or building coat racks.
So I did just that on Monday. Along with my fur baby and my trusty orbital jigsaw (by the way I love this thing). I sat outside in the beautiful New Jersey weather and started cutting away at the old pallet.
The wood I cut on Monday will be used to make new signs for my upcoming festival, but here you can see an example of how I use this type of wood.
I ReStyled and ReUsed a different pallet for my "Nothing Makes Sense But Us" sign.
|wooden pallet after|
Who would have guessed this wood was covered in dirt and on the side of the road.
I will have more signs like this at the Hoboken Spring Art & Music Festival May 5th.
Happy Earth Day!
I originally found this candle hurricane at HomeGoods. It had a leather scrap secured around the top which was easy to remove. Also, I love the Mercury Glass.
Here are my step my step directions on how to make your own DIY Vase Into a Lamp.
Please let me know if you make and a lamp and how it turns out!
Check back for pictures of the chairs.
In theory, I like the idea of chalk paint but on the hand, it is very expensive. Since I was not comfortable paying $30 for paint, I started researching recipes on how to make my own. I found a couple great recipes one on the blog Elizabeth and Co. and the other at I Heart Nap Time blog.
Below is the guinea pig an old Ikea desk. Typically, I steer clear of Ikea furniture but the desk fits perfectly in my clients small Hoboken apartment. They wanted the desk to painted navy with gold highlights and were totally open to me trying chalk paint.
|close up on leg detail and upholstered stool|
|close up on desk top|
Next time I want to try I Heart Nap Time's recipe. I wonder if using a smaller amount of plaster of paris will make the paint last longer.
It turns out their dining set had a matching china cabinet in decent condition which I used as a guide to match the new stain for the set. Since the table top had a layer of wood veneer, I chose to use new a product to refurbish it, a gel stain by Minwax.
|table and chairs after|
|table top before|
|table top before|
|table top after|
|close up on stud detailing|
Overall I do not think I would use a gel stain again, however I was very please with the final outcome. This was a big project for my small work space, but definitely a fun one to transform.
I am now pleased to say, seating for six is now available at the Hoboken brownstone of Kelly and Rainer.