East Goes West Gathering Vintage Furniture from NYC to San Diego

Hey Yall,

We have moved to sunny San Diego! 2018 was a busy year here at Refurbished with Love. I was transforming furniture for clients in California, New Jersey and New York! Finally, after a busy year and a lot of thought we have moved our family full time to San Diego. We were very sad to leave Hoboken, the little square mile city, but we are also very excited for what our new chapter brings. Hoboken was a wonderful time for me and RWL. My little refurbishing business went from in my kitchen of a 4 story walk up to an artist studio in a historic Hoboken warehouse. I made some of the best clients on the east coast. I was very lucky to create a clientele that wanted my eye, vision and style for their refurbishing needs. I will miss all my wonder clients, friends and family and pray for the same luck in San Diego. I will say working in weather will be easier!

Miss yall!



Removing Paint from Leather

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. 

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Tropical Feel In Winter... Refurbished Wooden Chair with Cece Caldwell's Paint

**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. 

first coat of Jersey Tomato Red

first coat 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."


Splash of Color with Marquee Letters

**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!

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Country Living Fair 2015 Rhineback, NY with Country Living Magazine

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!




My Dream Studio Space Designed with Chairish.com

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!

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Country Living Fair 2014 Rhinebeck, NY

The Country Living Magazine Fair is by far one of the best fairs in the Northeast, and this year I was finally able to go! Held for the second year in a row in Rhinebeck, NY, fans of Country Living saw the pages of the magazine come to life with three days of shopping, cooking, crafting and DIY demonstrations. The fair also featured antique appraisals and locally sourced, artisanal food in a fun, festival atmosphere. 

As this was my first time attending the fair, I want to say a big THANK YOU to Hometalk for my VIP 3-day pass! I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of merchandise and variety of vendors. There was everything you could imagine: vintage furniture, home decor items, antiques, paint, rugs, lighting, clothes… and at all price points! I will admit I was afraid of falling in love with everything expensive and over-budget, but there was a lot that was very reasonable. I just need a bigger house! (The key word being “house” and a not small Hoboken apartment…)

Here are a few gems I found...

I wish I could have purchased more items like these chairs and almost everything at this booth, but I controlled myself and my wallet. 

As I was walking around I stumbled across Mrs. Re-Purpose herself, Cari Cucksey from HGTV’s Cash & Cari!! I was super excited to visit her booth because this weekend she launched her own stain and paint collection, RePurpose Chroma Color and Tinted Tincture. Best of all, Cari was there giving demonstrations and tips on how to use her new line of colors! What could be better than a lesson from the lady herself?!

Of course I picked up some stain… Azurite Blue to be exact. I can't wait to start using it! I plan on staining the wine crates I bought at the fair. 

Thank you again, Hometalk and Country Living Magazine for giving two Refurbished with Love fans VIP 3-day passes to the fair! Your lucky winners scored major deals and packed their car to the rim with vintage fabric curtains, large decorative coral, framed art and wine crate boxes. Stay tuned for how I give these finds a new life!

Country Living Fair 2014 Chance to Win Tickets

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.

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Country Living Magazine Fair!

See y'all there! 

New Website Is Finally Here! USE THIS FOR NOW ON

I have wanted to create a website for Refurbished with Love for a long time. I am the first to admit I am not the best at keeping up with blog posts or putting together content like some of the other bloggers I read. I admire these ladies, the way they pump out daily posts and are so organized - it's great.  Honestly, because I don't have the time to blog more, I've known for a while that a website is what I need to showcase my work. But funding the design and build of a great website design has always been an obstacle. A custom-made website can be pretty expensive when you are watching every penny. I will be very candid with you: I am a one- woman show. Refurbished With Love is literally just me - no intern, apprentice, helper or anything. I watch every penny that comes in and every penny that goes out. I re-use as much as I can and take advantage of every last drop. Also, because I am growing a business and doing it all on my own, I usually can find 100 other things on which to spend my custom website money.

Finally one day, an old client of mine asked me, "Why don't you make one yourself? There are a ton of videos out there and so many sites. Just teach yourself." So I did and I am pretty proud of myself! I will say I'm very computer savvy and have been since my PR days, but the thought of tackling a website on my own scared me. That is, until I came across Squarespace! This site is amazing, reasonably priced and the help line is awesome! 

Once I started creating I couldn't stop. I was changing fonts, spacing, colors, layouts, all sorts of things until I was 100% happy! So welcome to my digital baby, RefurbishedwithLove.com! Ta-da! Here you can find a portfolio of my past work, read testimonials from a few of my amazing clients and keep up with my blog. 

I hope to expand my business through the website and blog, and welcome your comments, questions and ideas. Enjoy the new site!

To see the latest things I am working on and my creative process follow me on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/refurbishedwithlove and my instagram Refubished with Love. 


Some Two Tone Action on a Buffet and Dining Room Table Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

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

buffet after

close up on side

close up on distressing detail

lightly distressed

Good luck and I would be happy for you to share any project you have done like this.

Sometimes Things Need a Change... Table Transformation for the Second Time with Annie Sloan Paris Grey

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 

Etsy Store/Refurbished with Love

 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

Annie Sloan Paris Grey

. 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

Graphics Fairy

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!

A Dull Buffet Table Transformed into an Eye Catching Table

This beautiful table was a major score for my client. She inherited the table when she moved into her college apartment. The old renters didn't want it and left it behind. Talk about one man's trash is another woman's treasure!

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 before
The table had some watermarks and scratches I needed to remove. That's when she contacted me. Together we decided on this beautiful Greek blue from Annie Sloan with dark wax. One thing I love about Annie Sloan paint is by adding dark wax you can completely change the color. 

table after

table leaf after

table top

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.

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Let me help you Refurbish your furniture with Love!

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.

Send me an email with a picture of the furniture you want to refurbish along with your contact information, then we can discuss your new Refurbished with Love item!

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Recent Refurbished Projects:

Five Drawer Tall Dresser: Approximately 20 years old with a broken base board, drawer guide, drawer corner and deep scratches to surface.
Dresser Before
Dresser After

handle and distressing detail
handle and distressing close up

Different Ways to Showcase Favorite Quotes

I love inspirational quotes and phrases. In fact, I have two Pinterest boards dedicated to them, Makes Me Smile and Things I should have Said.  Eventually when I have more time, I want to make a few posters/signs for my study.  Here are some of my favorites quotes:

Another favorite is a quote by Albert Einstein "Creativity is contagious pass it on".  This will definitely be on a sign in my studio. But for now I knew it would be a great way to spice up this old big bird yellow tray I found. 

tray before

First, I started by painting the tray with Annie Sloan Original color chalk paint.  (Please ignore the coors light box, it is holding cut pieces of wood.)  

tray with one coat of paint

Then, I sketched out a chevron pattern and painted it with a color mixture I came up with. Once the design was set I painted over my vinyl stencil quote I made using my Silhouette Cameo. After everything was painted and touched up I brushed with tray with Annie Sloan clear wax to give it a protective coat. 

tray after

I absolutely love the way it came out and the tray sold very quickly at the festival last Sunday. To see more items from the festival check out my facebook page.

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.

I had more signs at the festival, but as usual I forgot to take pictures. I need to put someone in charge of getting pictures for me because I always forget. Where is my photographer best friend, Jessica when I need her! To see Jessica's work visit her site here.

Remember friends BE CREATIVE!

A Dish Towel with a Special Meaning and a ReStyled ReUsed Crate

Since Earth Day was Monday, I wanted to share ways in which I ReUse old materials or find new ways to use everyday items.  Last September, I visited New Hope, PA for the first time and while shopping around in Peddlers Village I found this adorable dish towel.
dish towel before
You can buy your own here.

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.

crate before
 (Don't worry my fur baby was out of the way for the cutting.)

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!

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Big Day for Refurbished with Love!

February was a busy month for Refurbished with Love! Lots of reupholstering and a DIY article, "Vase Into Lamp" in Hoboken Digest Magazine.  Doing the article was lots of fun and it turned out beautiful!!

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.

lamp article

DIY, transform a vase into a lamp, step by step instructions:

Step 1: Picking out your vase
I suggest purchasing a vase from your local discount home furnishing store.  A few tips to remember when selecting your vase; make sure the bottom of the vase is not too thick (the thicker the bottom the longer it will take to drill your hole). Also, turn the vase upside down and make sure it is sturdy enough to hold a lampshade. Finally, try to select a vase that is the same thickness from top to bottom. These types of vases tend to be sturdier when flipped upside down.  

Step 2: Set Up    
Before you begin, it is best to prep your workspace. Here are the materials you will need: (Left to Right)

-Measuring cup (1 cup) filled with cold water and one ice cube
-Emery cloth sand paper
-A vase or candle hurricane (used here) to act as the base of your lamp.
-Small hand towel
-Permanent marker
-Cutting board (sturdy surface)
-Lamp rewiring kit (you can find one at your local hardware store): On/Off socket, cord
-Cork adhesive backing
-Electric Drill with a ½ diamond drill bit
-Wire strippers
-Screw driver

On my workspace, I use my wooden cutting board and a dishtowel to keep my vase from slipping off. Keep in mind, little pieces of glass will break off and the towel underneath keeps your workspace neat.

Step 3: Getting Started
Once your area is setup, use your ruler to mark the center of the vase bottom.  Using a permanent marker draw a large circle, this will be the area where you drill your hole.

Before you begin drilling, pour water on the underside of the vase, this will help keep your drill bit cool. You do not want it to overheat, because this can wear out the bit. If the surface cannot hold water pour it over your drill bit as you are drilling, keeping the surface wet.

Step 4: Scoring the Glass
Start with your drill as parallel as possible to the vase.  Drill slowly and do not use too much pressure or you may break the vase.  Hold the drill in place, it will move around a lot, but you are trying to break through the hardened glaze surface.  Once you have started drilling you want to create a mark similar to this one. Think of this as scoring your glass. 

Step 5: Drilling 
Move your drill into a perpendicular position with your surface. Drill slowly and with a firm grip. Soon you will feel the glass break as you break through to the other side. This step will take about 15 minutes depending on the thickness of your vase.   

You will also need to drill an additional hole towards the bottom of the vase for the cord to run through. 

Step 6: Sanding
Now using a piece of emery cloth sand paper, sand the inside of each hole which will dull the edges. Be very careful, the glass is very sharp!   

Step 7: Wiring Your Lamp
Now that the hard part is done, you can now wire your lamp. Using the cord included in your lamp kit, feed the cord through the bottom hole into the candle stick/pipe included in the kit. You will need about 6 inches of cord at the top of your vase.

Before you push the stick through the top hole, screw on the washer and a nut to the pipe. (double check that both are larger than the top hole).  Pull your pipe and cord through the top and screw on an additional washer and nut larger than the hole (these will help secure the pipe to the vase).

Next, pull the two strands of cord through the socket base and screw the base onto the pipe. Using the two strands of cord, tie an ‘underwriters’ knot. You will need to determine which wire is the ‘hot’/positive wire (this wire is smooth and has no ridges.) Loosen the brass screw on the lamp socket. Using the positive wire, wrap it around the brass screw firmly securing it against the socket without leaving any wires sticking out. Tighten the screw to hold the wire in place.  You will need to do the same to the ribbed wire and the stainless steel screw.  

Resemble the socket by pinching the socket shell back onto the socket base. Screw on the power knob and test your lamp. 

Step 8: Finish
Once your lamp is working properly, apply the adhesive cork backing to the bottom of the vase to protect your furniture’s surface (you can also use felt fabric.)

Finally find an amazing place for your new lamp!

Please let me know if you make and a lamp and how it turns out!

Check back for pictures of the chairs.

I made my own chalk paint!

Recently, I have wanted to explore using chalk paint on furniture. Fortunately for me I had a client send me their desk and stool which was the perfect candiate to test out this paint. For those of you who are not familiar with chalk paint, it is a fast drying paint mixture that creates a 'chalk-like' matte finish. It is a popular paint and said to be easy to use when creating a shabby chic look or when distressing furniture.

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.

desk before

Chalk paint has a great deal of benefits.  It is the best type of paint to use on furniture that cannot be sanded or furniture you do not intend to strip. Also, it is extremely durable. I ended up using the Elizabeth and Co. recipe.  Overall I was very pleased with the mixture, however, it dries out quickly therefore I suggest making small batches of paint.

desk after

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.

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