Wednesday, June 30

florida chairs

these two chairs we're nice and sturdy when they came to us. they just needed a little updating....

the before....

and now!

i used a sage paint on the wood plugs to match the piping.

sometimes a little shiny black is just the thing!

Monday, June 28

just a little lovin'

i was seriously in love when i saw this old bottomless box. i have a weakness for just passing by something with so much character, especially if it is something that can hold something else.

i didn't want to completely change it. i don't think it needed it, so i cut off about two inches all the way around that was completely rotted, retooled the dovetails, put it back together and gave it a coat of wax to keep the original patina as intact as possible.

mmm...i just love this old latch!

since i ended up using a new piece of wood for the bottom, i decided to line it with a piece of an old painting on board. a great idea that liz had :)

the before shot on this doesn't quite exist....because, well i just plain forgot to take it. i really love these three new paint colors we recently picked up and just had to see them together on one project.

sometimes you have this vision in your head and you know it will take a while to execute. this sure did, getting in underneath the chair with three different colors, but well worth the payoff!


Thursday, June 24

words & coffee (table)

the before.....

we sanded it down, hammered in 'the summer day' by mary oliver, rubbed black paint in & gave it a coat of furniture wax.

if my house was bigger i'd be trading out my coffee table for this one... i love it.

blue wardrobe

this wardrobe escaped having a before pic taken. just imagine missing veneer, a busted drawer, and general neglect.

but now, mmmmmmmm......
we wanted to do a stencil that showed some of the great veneer detail, but that wasn't a floral (like i always do ;) ) so we used the handle shape as a guide for the stencil.


Wednesday, June 23

white eagle desk and chair!

we are smitten with this little desk and chair!

we came across this old vanity that needed some tlc. we decided to repurpose it as a little desk, a perfect place to sit with your laptop and morning coffee!

we built a drawer out of an old white eagle soda crate side. paired with this chair covered in a coffee bean bag, it's the perfect match. love.

Friday, June 18


you heard me right- i said SALE! we've been working on a bunch of great new projects and our little shop just can't hold them all! so we're having a special sale this friday, saturday and sunday- come on in and take an ADDITIONAL 20% off any SALE item. (instert copy from any dept store add here: ie 'at prices this low, these items won't last!')

this little cutie is one of the new projects we're trying to make room for.

and this little cutie is hard at work waxing the table after sanding.

then, after shopping for fantastic new furniture at the shop, you can head over for some funky home inspiration at the..... Laurel Park Home Tour.
Saturday, June 19, 2 to 4 p.m.

"Come see inside the charming cottages of Laurel Park, a former Methodist
summer camp that's more than 125 years old."

Tickets: $10 per person, sold at the front gate

Please enter Laurel Park through the main entrance on Rt. 5&10 (we're in
Northampton, near the Hatfield town line). You'll be given a sticker to wear
and a map of participating homes for your self-guided tour. House owners
will be on hand with refreshments and to answer questions.
Note: For security, guests must be willing to give their names and

hope you have a great weekend no matter what you do!

Thursday, June 17


summer is here and i needed a water feature! expect more in the coming months- i'm just getting started!

Wednesday, June 16

shop face lift

when i first opened s&b i started to paint the exterior only to find the building deteriorating under the paint. overwhelmed by the prospect of trying to paint and refresh rotten wood on a building i didn't own i decided that painting just the door and sign would do. but a year later that old paint just didn't cut it anymore!

now we are fresh faced and ready for business!

is this entryway irresistible or what?

someday i hope to have a sign on the side of the building as well (above my neighbors look sign) but for now this is it.

our new copper hours sign & claw foot tub door stop. i'm a proud mama.

Monday, June 14

bright remakes!

phew! i had a bit of a busy week last week with a family wedding so i didn't get to share with you these couple of pieces.

sorry there is no before here, but picture a rock maple hutch with that orangey finish you remember your grandparents having. i gave it a good sanding and decided to go with this electric green color. i have been itching for a new bright color for summer and this may be the beginning of a fresh palette!
i found the perfect paper to line the drawer. almost as if i chose the colors around it!

i did remember to take a before of this little side cabinet midway through the sanding process!

a nice regal blue green and it's ready for prime time!


Friday, June 11

arts night out northampton

come join us at sticks and bricks tonight from 5-8 for arts night out!

we're featuring photographs by david m maxwell. with lovely composition, whimsical subject matter and vibrant colors they are easy to look at for a long time.

hope to see you tonight!

Thursday, June 10

copper inlay coffee table

the before.

i've been dreaming about copper inlay for a long time..... to make this coffee table i cut out heavy gauge copper sheet, traced the pattern, routered it out, and epoxyed it in. i'd love to learn how to do metal casting, but for now, this method will have to do.

Wednesday, June 9

a few things

3 little things that have been finished recently....

a wall wine rack... hang your glasses and display your pretty bottles. locally forged wine glass holders mounted to an old ironing board.

mulit-tiered up-cycled plates- perfect for jewlery. hang earrings off the the creamer cup, put studs in the saucer, rings on the bottom plate....

and your extra special jewels in the sugar jar.

old saw blade clock. for more than just the workshop.

Monday, June 7

new artist: edison rex

cloak of seeds

we have another new artist selling their work in the shop and i just love it! prints by maeg yosef aka edison rex. she has a great eye for color and they have just the right amount of whimsy!

hill of hands (this one may be my favorite!)

girls and cats

not only are they beautiful, but they are affordable too! The larger size prints are only $20 while the "teeny tiny print trio" is only $12 (unframed, but they easily fit into standard 2"x3" frames).

perfect gift for a friend or a special treat for yourself. if you don't live locally, i urge you to check out her etsy shop, then swing by her blog to learn more. through a partnership with trees for the future, for each print sold, FIVE trees will be planted. so really, you are doing the globe a favor with each purchase too!

yay for art!

Friday, June 4

hall coat tree

an old screen door. an oak threshold from a burned building. parts of bed posts from two different beds. plumbing knobs from an unused factory. a little copper pipe.

now for that house on the cape.....

have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 3

a hoosier and a cute little dresser

hi there! as liz mentioned yesterday, we have been feverishly working on the shop face lift the past week. i did manage to squeeze in some time to work on a couple pieces though!

first is this hoosier that i just love! i have a soft spot for them. this would make a sweet kitchen island. it even has the original tin bread drawer!

this is technically a commode i think. whatever it was originally used for, it certainly needed a some love. the old faux finishing just had to go!

now its aqua and ready to find a new lease on life!


Wednesday, June 2

golden coffee table

hey all! sorry we took an unannounced break from the blog (insert sheepish look here). we've been giving the shop a much needed face lift. while it's taken much longer than anticipated- it's almost done! yay whooppee!
we'll have some new store front pics later this week hopefully (we're getting a new sign so it's not totally up to us) as well as lots of other great projects that we've been chipping away at slowly. as for today....

the before.

and the after! i'm loving me some gold these days.