Monthly Archives: October 2012

Dumpster Diving Discoveries II


Hello all! Hope everyone is having a great week. Today is my Friday! Tomorrow morning my husband and I are flying to Fort Lauderdale to witness our great friends, Joe and Tisha get married. I am so incredibly excited for them, one of the most fantastic couples that deserves every happiness in the world!!

Before I go, I wanted to share this awesome dresser turned entertainment center. Do you all remember that grey dresser I had brought to the spring flea? Heres some photos to help jog your memory…


Everything about this dresser was perfect for Kayla, except the color. She was looking for something in an antique white and that could have space for her cable box. I told her that we could make that top row of drawers a shelf. I wasn’t entirely sure if we could take out the supports so I warned her of that…Turns out, it wasn’t a problem! Check out the transformation





I just love the change! Who knew that lonely dresser on the sidewalk would turn out to be such a wonderful entertainment center! Don’t worry, I made a hole in the back so that cords could easily connect the cable box to the tv without showing.

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Childhood Dresser all Grown Up


Hi everyone out there! Just wanted to post a project I recently finished. I have been so busy I have not been good about taking before pictures! I will need to work on that but in the meantime here is a glance of an adorable dresser. A client had given it to me when I had dropped off her dresser and said she wanted it to look antique as it was a dresser from her husbands childhood. It had huge wooden handles and had experienced lots of love. It just needed a face lift!






Kicked over some stain…Whoops!


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One Foot in the Door


You can ask just about anyone I have talked to in the past three days about how proud I am of the front door I worked on this week. I met Monica at a Bad Girl Ventures class where we were discussing marketing. I picked her brain for about 30 minutes and gave her my card (as I usually do, self promoting!). I had written her a thank you letter and within a day she had responded to me! She lives in German Village (for those of you that don’t live or haven’t been to Columbus, OH, it is a historic part of town with houses that date back in the 1800s) and had a project for me! I went to her house to meet with her and thats when she showed me…the door. It was clearly caked on with layers and layers of paint and not the most handsome door I have ever seen either. She requested that we bring it back to its original wood. I didn’t make her any promises, since I couldn’t tell what was going on under the paint, but I told her I was up for the challenge.

At 8:45 am on a crisp Monday morning, Carl picked me up and we headed to Monica’s house. We got the door down and assessed the situation. So many ways we could attack this beast.


After much debate, Carl and I decided stripping it would be the most effective way. We lathered that sucker with stripper and waited…and waited…and waited…


Finally after over an hour we started scraping off the paint. I counted at least 7 layers but there could very well have been more. See that ornate detail? It was quite a process to get the paint out of those little crevises. After hours of working, we got the door naked!!!


What a difference!!! As soon as I saw that beautiful wood I fell in love! I couldn’t believe anyone would want to cover that up. Since there was a warm red coming out of the wood, we decided to enhance it with a redwood stain. Here is the final look, which I am obsessed with.


It has been restored to its original look and it makes the house pop. I hope that Monica is as happy with the door as I am!! Just to reiterate the drastic change here is a side by side before and after.


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Rock and Roll top desk


Todays featured piece is one that I have loved since the moment I saw it. Jayne from Nieman Bates had sent me home with 3 pieces of furniture to refinish and I only brought her 2. That is because my dear friend Darla was in need of a roll top desk, and Jayne had the exact one that fit her needs. It was beautiful even though it had a big gash in the roll top that needed to be patched up.





Darla had seen the buffet I had just done and said that she wanted a matte black with a distressed around the edges look. I didn’t use the same paint as last time. This time, the paint was even more flat which gave it a greyish, metal look. I fell in love and so did Darla when she saw it!!!







It fit perfectly in her entryway at her house and is there for every visitor to see on their way in! 


I am off to finish a german village (really old) door that we started yesterday. I can’t wait to share the process with you all!! Until then, please feel free to contact me if you have any furniture needs

Second Helping Buffet


I have been having the best time running Columbus Furniture Revival. Every day I experience something new with furniture restoration. Next week we are working on a front door! I can’t wait to restore it back to its original form. But until then, there’s lots of other pieces that need to be worked on that I can’t wait to share with you!!!

Last Friday we delivered a gorgeous buffet. When we picked it up it needed some rejuvenation. The owner said that he wanted it to have a matte black look and slightly distressed. I was very excited to achieve this look, which is so very in right now ( I am doing a desk that will be a similar look).








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Hope everyone has a great week and I will be posting again soon!