Tuesday’s Top Find

For the past 2 months I have been on an unexpected, but rather extended break from here. During December, my job at the bookstore was in full holiday retail mode.  It was crazy busy, but I loved it!!  What I didn’t love though, is that it left me with ZERO time for my furniture work.  January has come and gone, and for many reasons, I found myself not at all in my work shop (AKA, my garage!).

However, that is all behind me as I have been happily in my “shop” the past few days, working on a dresser for a client.  It should be finished tomorrow and then will be featured here soon.  But in the meantime, back to my most recent fabulous find.

On Sunday morning I received a text from a fellow furniture flipper who gave me the most fabulous tip:  a solid maple dresser for $5 (you read that correctly — ONLY $5).

$5 Dresser - Before

I love the curves on the 4th drawer!  Mind you, my garage already has quite a queue of furniture pieces, patiently waiting to be rehabbed.  I can barely fit my car in the garage these days.  However, at $5, structurally sound and with only cosmetic problems, I couldn’t pass on this one!

A Vintage Desk with Sage Advice

Hello Faithful Readers:

You may recognize this from a not too long ago posting.  It was originally published on October 29 at the fabulous Marie’s blog, The Interior Frugalista — a terrific guest posting experience for me!  I am now able to publish a “live” posting of the blog here, and so………..once again.


Hello readers of The Interior Frugalista.  My name is Barbara and I live in Sonoma, CA, in the US of A.  I have been following Marie on her fabulous blog for quite some time and I am so thrilled and honored to be one of her guest bloggers.    I have been painting furniture for a few years but only recently took the plunge into furniture rehab blogdom! You can find me at A Green Paintbrush where I chronicle my furniture and paint adventures!!

A few months ago I found this desk on Craig’s List and after working on it, am really happy with its end result!

7 Drawer Desk

But hey, I’m getting ahead of myself here.  Allow me to share with you how I took the desk from this,

7 Drawer Desk

to this.

7 Drawer Desk

The seller told me that he had inherited the vintage desk from his grandmother.  He had a real sentimental attachment to the piece, but now no longer had room for it.  I knew that with some of my paint love, this desk could have a new life for someone else.

The wood had a lot of scratches, but structurally, the desk was stable and sturdy.  The drawers worked perfectly.  To begin with, this desk got a good cleaning to remove the dirt, dust and cobwebs.  I knew that I wanted to keep the top in a restained wood, so out came my power sander to remove the previous old and tired looking wood stain — dust, dust, and more dust!!

7 Drawer Desk

After another cleaning, the fun part could finally begin, i.e., the painting!!

I use chalk paint on my furniture projects and though I’ve read time and time again that no priming is needed, I am just a priming kind of gal.  And so, I began with a coat of Zinsser Bulls Eye 123 shellac/primer.

7 Drawer Desk

Once I had a dry primer base, I was eager to try a new to me shade of color on this piece: Country Chic Paint’s Sage Advice.  I’m a fan of CCP — I love how smoothly it applies.  I ended up giving the desk 2 coats of Sage Advice and with it, I achieved a lovely depth of color.

7 Drawer Desk

After the painting came the finishing details.  For the desk top, I applied General Finishes Gel Stain in Antique Walnut.  I found that only 1 coat of the stain was needed in order to bring out the beauty of the original wood.  The stain was sealed with 2 coats of CCP’s Tough Coat.  Next, the body of the desk was sealed in a coat of Natural Wax, also made by CCP, and then buffed and buffed to a shine (tired arm muscles!!).  I was not a fan of the original “batwing” hardware.  I found these gold plated pulls online at D Lawless Hardware. Once I installed them, I immediately knew that I had added the “piece de resistance” for the desk — I just love what they bring to the overall look.

7 Drawer Desk

7 Drawer Desk

7 Drawer Desk

7 Drawer Desk

I am thrilled with the resulting rehab and new look of this desk.  I hope to find a buyer who will appreciate its beauty and function.

I do believe this desk is ready for its close up, Mr. DeMille!!  A final “glamour” shot:

7 Drawer Desk

Thank you Marie for this very enjoyable time with your readers.





Friday Fotograph: 2016 Calendar

For the past 5 years I have been creating photography calendars from images I have captured.  For my 2016 calendar, I found inspiration rather easily.  My new job at a local bookstore is a very satisfying endeavor and so came the idea of creating various still life images of vintage books.

2016 Calendar - Front 2016 Calendar - Back

The calendar measures 5″ x 7″ and can be ordered online by clicking on the link below. Once on the link, you can then scroll on the page to view the images for each month.  (If you live nearby, you can purchase one directly from me as well.)

2016 Calendar

For that person(s) in your life who loves to read, this would make a perfect holiday gift.

Friday Fotograph

Thus far, I have intended for this weekly series to feature only a vintage-inspired still life image — no text.  However, this week is different and so perhaps a few words are appropriate here.

Fall foliage in the vineyards is in its full glory right now here in Sonoma Valley and I’ve enjoyed trying to capture its radiant beauty. The vines are old, i.e., vintage. So with that in mind, my featured image for this week is a vintage-inspired “still life” landscape located not far from my home.

Fall foliage, landscape, vineyards, trees