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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Weathered Grey Nightstands Before & After

We love it when great pieces like these 
just turn up at the studio...
we have a fabulous network
 and they know EXACTLY what I love

I know, right?

Made by my favorite manufacturer
White Fine Furniture Co

(sorry, no pics yet of the finished is HUGE
and quite heavy)

Lately, I've been really loving the idea of making pieces
look old and weathered without actually distressing them
and I can't get enough of white and grey

Cage-front nightstands have gotten harder and harder to find!

Instead of our usual fancy finish with gold leaf, etc
we kept these pretty simple
with Snow White from General Finishes

On top of the Snow White, Black glaze, watered down
and heavily wiped back

In insides are fresh and clean with Snow White paint 
and several coats of General Finishes Satin topcoat

The hardware is a custom mixed color using One Step Paint
sealed with Satin topcoat from GF

The coordinating dresser wears the same finish
and turned out lovely

I can visualize this set in an all white bedroom
with touches of grey linen on the bed...

You can find these pieces,
as well as the matching dresser
exclusively at 

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Table for Ten

I love to buy dining sets.
I do not love to paint dining sets.

It's no secret my favorite French Provincial manufacturer
is White Fine Furniture

This set...yeah, it's made by White
Oh happy day!

Sort of makes me hate painting chairs 
and stripping tabletops a LITTLE less

 The table comes with a pair of leaves, and is able to seat 10

That gorgeous stain?
None other than Gel Stain from General Finishes
(available locally at Marcotte's, right next door to 607!)
I sealed the stain with General Finishes Salad Bowl Finish
(food safe)

The chairs had horrible blue fabric...
I'm not a great upholsterer, so I painted both sides of the back
In Amy Howard at Home's One Step Paint in Linen
and only recovered the seats

The upholstery tacks give it a more finished look, I think

and much do you LOVE this fabric?
I have LOTS of it left...looking forward to using it again

You can see this gorgeous table at 607 Vintage Marketplace


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Musical Chairs (and Tables!)

Inevitably, when I price tables and chair independently
the chairs I replace the chairs, 
then the table sells, so I replace the table
and on and on it goes...

This pretty lime washed table sold quickly,
so we replaced it with this sweet grey pedestal table
(also lime washed)

Of course, right after we delivered the table to 607 Vintage Marketplace
the chairs sold!

The pedestal table is really well suited to a breakfast nook
or small dining area
so this time, we went with a pair of great chairs
and priced the set TOGETHER

The chairs are done in the palest grey
and don't you love the grey roses on the cushions?

 I love the unusual shield back shape and curvy feet on these chairs
as well as the large cane...they have a really cool, modern vibe

My In-Laws brought a ton of fabulous antique metal boxes and cans back
from their recent road trip to Ohio

We cleaned them up with some linseed oil, which preserves the patina
while restoring some of the luster

They make quirky cases and display pieces! 
(these may still make their way back to our home!)



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Few of Our Favorite Things

No, I did NOT get a "before"
I know...I'm really terrible about that

close your eyes and visualize very light golden pine...
yep, you've got it. 
Not pretty.

Nothing, of course, that a little paint won't fix!

I call this my FAVORITE THINGS dresser
because I used some of my favorite products to complete it

 I've really come to embrace these dramatic triple mirrors...
they really make a huge statement!
(also, that little sign sums up my life...
it's not perfect, but my hair sure is!)

This is a much better representation of the true color
I used Luxe Grey from Amy Howard at Home's One Step Paint line for the base
(and on the hardware)

The hardware simply received two coats of OSP, wax, and Dust of Ages
Our wax of choice is Carnauba Wax from Real Milk Paint Co

I wanted the body of the dresser to be a bit more dramatic
(not as soft as the hardware)
so I used a custom blend of General Finishes Glazes

I'm crazy about how the glaze settled into the oak, highlighting the grain and the wear marks
(I know they are fabricated to mimic age, but who cares...they looks amazing!)

Here's a run-down of a few of my FAVORITE THINGS:

What are your favorite, "go to" products?


Friday, November 7, 2014

Eastlake Bookcase...NO, we don't paint everything!

We're sort of known for our painted pieces
but did you know we also do complete restorations?
(are you shocked we don't paint EVERYTHING?)

I shouldn't say "we" as I want no part of stripping,sanding, staining...
no thanks!

Ken, however, is THE MAN
when it comes to restoring furniture to it's former glory

This stunning Eastlake bookcase
had sentimental value for our clients...
it's always such a privilege to be entrusted with pieces 
that hold such meaning

I can't locate a "before" shot, 
but it had water damage,
the three piers no longer fit together,
the finish was rough,
the hardware was...actually, I have no words!
And to top it all off, it was no longer level

A challenge, to be sure

If you HATE stripping and sanding like I do
you will find these photos unsettling
(when I think of the HOURS of hand sanding all those nooks and crannies...YIKES)

It's amazing how, 
after removing all the gunky build-up from repeated cleanings and re-staining,
the details come to life!
It's really quite beautiful in this natural state

The necessary repairs were made, the hardware was cleaned, and the pieces were stained
then sealed with a hand rubbed poly finish
(looks and feels like a buffed and waxed finish but more durable)

Seriously, this thing is STUNNING

Ken's sad to part with it...
he says it's been a pleasure to have in the studio

It's ready now to steal the show for another 100 years!

Thanks for stopping by!



We recently went through our existing inventory 
in preparation for the upcoming "busy" season at the store

This adorable dresser was already painted
but it sat, and sat...and SAT
(you can tell how long ago this was...the font is my OLD logo!)

I rarely re-paint pieces,
but quite honestly, I was sick of looking at this 

 It had a lovely metallic finish...nothing really wrong with it,
other than WE STILL OWN IT!

So I took the plunge and re-painted it in a soft shade

Something about this soft Tiffany Blue really brings this sweet piece to life

I think it's PERFECT for a nursery...or in a cottage-y bedroom
Coastal chic, anyone?

Lots of great ways to fit this piece into a design setting

I initially spent MUCH time had painting the original hardware gold...
so I opted to dry-brush a bit of color on the surface
to bring the "fancy factor" down a bit

I don't expect we'll own this piece much longer!


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

New at 607 Vintage Marketplace

Lots of changes recently at 607 Vintage Marketplace
(all good!)
Vendors moving to new digs, holiday merch coming in...

Here's a quick glimpse of our shop within the shop!

 I'm in love with the finish on this sweet little pedestal table...
and at only $399, it's pretty close to perfect!

add this sweet little buffet and it's the ideal grouping for a small holiday gathering

Original paint on this amazing table and chair set...

Farmhouse dressers...perfect for a cottage feel

Need extra storage?  
This vibrant cupboard makes a statement!

Stop by 607 to see all the gorgeous new items! 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fancy Flea and Fried Chicken

My friend Jenni and I hit the road on Friday
for Plant City...Home of Fancy Flea
(and lucky us...also home of Maryland Fried Chicken)

I've avoided going to Fancy Flea the last few years
because it gets SO crowded...
I mean crowded like you can barely walk down the road 
much less actually SEE anything

Because Fancy Flea was a two day event this time,
and day one happened to be Halloween
I figured it wouldn't be too insane

Thankfully, it was not. 

The weather was gorgeous, the crowds were manageable,
and much to my relief, it was NOT a sea of painted furniture
as it has been in the past

There was a lovely assortment of items for sale

See for yourself:

This table made it into the van!

Along with a few dozen of these sweet birdies on salvaged posts

And this clock MIGHT be hanging on my dining room wall  right this very second!

Flatware wind-chimes....

How funky is THIS?  Imagine the salon this dryer chair came out of...! 

Yeah...this is pretty much where I stopped, dropped, and swooned!

Overall, we had a wonderful day
Shopping, chatting with friends, sipping lemonade, 
(there may have been some cupcakes involved)
eyeballing all the eye candy, 
all topped off with fried chicken

ain't NOTHING wrong with a day like that!