Friday, January 21

winter workshop!

our friends from reclaimed crafts are back with a winter workshop - mondays in february and march!

get creative in the new year! create beautiful, functional items made with vintage, salvaged and reclaimed materials. on tap for this series: reclaiming vintage, wooden croquet sets; decoupaging with recycled maps, books, magazines, calendars and wallpaper; and creating napkin rings from vintage fabric and buttons.

we provide the space, materials, instruction and vibe. bring a friend or two! six, two hour classes, february 7th - march 14th. To check out projects, go to reclaimed crafts northampton. To register and for more info,

Thursday, January 20

dresser lovin'

not even the pepto-pink of this refinishing project could turn me away! the dresser itself had great bones and all in all was in good structural shape.

i wanted to create a finish with a lot of texture while not going too over the top with color.

it was a multi-step process for sure. first i stripped off as much of all that old paint as i could (4 layers!!!) . then i opted for a couple of different colors in the grey and blue family. a little distressing, a lite covering of a dark stain in places to pull it all together and some new brushed metal knobs bring this old piece back to life!

Wednesday, January 19

spool table

this little side table was a labor of love! i've had this collection of old wooden spools kicking around for quite some time (meaning like 8 or so years give or take!). they've been lying around waiting for the perfect project and here it is!

i had the idea and let it just stew for a while as it all came together. i was working in the shop over the weekend and all of the parts presented themselves - as if hitting me over the head and saying "it's time!"

i love the idea of multiples repeating of anything (hence all those random collections that seem to have a way of building up!). it is sort of like a little cityscape of spools resting peacefully under a piece of glass.

Wednesday, January 5

turquoise hutch

this hutch was in desperate need of a real makeover!

voila! i went with a rich turquoise color. i love the juxtaposition of of a bright, rich color against one of these older pieces of furniture.

i wanted to do something different inside instead of painting or adding paper. i had this great piece of vintage printed burlap laying around and the marriage of the two were meant to be.

the details on this piece are fantastic and with the addition of the paint, they really shine!