Saturday, November 24, 2012

A thrift store hutch

This is a custom order hutch I recently finished. I found this one at a thrift store that was going out of business. I forgot to get a good "before" picture. So this was the cell pic I sent to my customer. I am always so eager to get started on my piece I forget that detail.
And here she is during and after her transformation.
I removed the back paneling, stapled in some really cute prim fabric and attached new board backing. Installed chicken wire and new knobs. Was a super fun project and I love the transformation. Isn't it amazing what a little paint can do :)
Here are a few little projects I've done in between all the painting... I love to keep busy while I'm waiting for paint, etc. to dry.

 I love playing with burlap. Have a blessed day.  

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A few Before and Afters

I've been having some fun redoing unwanted and once loved random pieces of furniture and giving them new life. Thought I'd share a few things I've done recently.

I actually ended up sanding the top down and also staining the same color as the mirror and didn't snap a picture before she sold.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A dresser redo

I found this dresser on Craigslist. I was in love at first sight. I didn't like her color but had a vision for her. I had several other projects I was working on, so there she sat in my dining room (lime green) waiting for her turn.

I've named her Penelope. I started to name all the pieces I do. I bought her in a bundle. Three dressers for $215. The seller wanted $200 just for her, $30 and $50 for the others. I told her to give me a price for all 3 together. She said $215.... couldn't pass that up.

She is dated 1890 and I loved her character. Here are her before and after pics...

I love her and have decided to give it to my daughter.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Crazy Hens

I have a deep love and passion for history, junk and treasures. I have always collected these pieces of history and displayed them in my home. This love has led to a new venture for me and I am so excited about it.

I went to a vintage sale a few months back. The gal holding the sale and I hit it off right away. We became friends, shared our love for junk and long story short... started a little business together.

Crazy Hens was born.

I LOVE to find treasures and share them with others who are as excited about them as I am. This most recently has also opened the door to custom work. I've painted a few dressers and now have requests to do my work on some gals pieces. How fun is that! I continue to learn each day but strive to stick with what I love and how I love things.

Here is a recent dresser I finished and sold in 10 minutes after posting for sale. Our philosophy is to be affordable. I'm not trying to make a ton of money flipping, but allow a stay home mom on a tight budget to pick up a fun vintage piece and be excited!

Dresser sold for $65.
Here are a few other projects I've done and sold
I am working on a new project I am so excited about. I am off now to start school with the kids and will post pics of the old wardrobe later... Have a blessed day. 

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Habitat rescues nearly done

I finished the antique dresser I picked up from Habitat for $20. Its just waiting for some wooden knobs. I was going to sell her but once that coat of stain went on over the green, I was hooked and in love. Here is a pic of how the dresser looks now....

I'm also just about finished with the cabinet from Habitat. Chicken wire installed and she's just waiting for the old wood to be painted and nailed on the back. Here is what she's lookin like now.

She's almost ready for her new home. Have a great Sunday.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Thrifted pieces getting new life

Been doing some painting on the old cabinet from Habitat and also on 3 bare wood stools I picked up at Goodwill for $5 each.

Here is a picture of the progress on both.

These were so much fun to paint and give personality to.

Once I put a new piece of wood on the back, I'm thinking of placing vintage wallpaper over it to create this look.

This is how she looks so far. I painted several different colors and layers of paint on the body, sanded and stained it. The doors still need to be sanded, etc. But I installed the chicken wire in the doors and put them back on the body because I couldn't wait to get an idea of how it was going to come together.

Enjoy your day!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Habitat for Humanity.....

My new favorite dumpster diving store! Checked out the store near me yesterday and came across this really cool cabinet. As I was purchasing it, the really nice gals who work there mentioned how much they loved the cabinet and asked what I had planned to do with it. After telling them my plans, one gal mentioned that an antique dresser was just dropped off... "What!?" I asked. I gotta see it! Well I brought that home too for just $20. Following is the work in progress. The cabinet was given several coats of blue and green and creamy white today.... and tomorrow I will start to light sand and wax... I plan on removing the thin panels in the door and replacing with chicken wire. Also to replace the paneling on the back and adding wainscot...