I’m so excited about the transformations that are taking place around my house lately.
Ever since we moved to Arizona 6 years ago, my goal has been to create a coastal cottage atmosphere in my Southwest desert home. You may think that’s crazy and out of place, but my heart just feels at home in the cozy comfort of pale blues, greens and lots of white. I love the unpretentious air of painted furniture, yard sale finds, slipcovers and piles of throw pillows. I want my guests to feel like they can kick off their shoes and put their feet up from the moment they walk in the door.
My inspiration comes from the cottage that my aunt owns on the shores of Lake Erie near Vermilion, Ohio. This precious place is where we spent countless happy-go-lucky days swimming, spitting watermelon seeds and searching for Easter eggs. It’s a source of joy in my memory bank and I long to create the same atmosphere in my home even though we’re miles and miles from the nearest lake.
So, it’s with that in mind that I’ve been dreaming of painting some of the furniture that I’ve had for many years. The pieces were acquired in a different era, when darker colors filled my home. Now, even though I love the pieces, they needed a face-lift. It’s been on my To-Do list for years, but because of the time involved, it never quite rose to the top of my priorities for one reason or another.
That’s why I was thrilled when my sister, Sharon told me that she and her boyfriend, Craig were starting a business of refinishing furniture. Craig has been doing furniture refinishing for many years, so it was a natural progression to open his own shop. These are the pieces I had them start with, for me.
Unfortunately, I forgot to take a “before” photo of this cabinet, but this little slice from another photo gives you an idea of the original colors. The body was a forest green and the top was a deep red. Terry bought the piece (with beautiful hand carved wood front) for me years ago when I pointed it out at a craft fair. In recent years I was using it to store VHS video tapes, so it was a bit outdated, both inside and out. I still love it, but wanted a lighter version.
The other pieces were 2 vintage school chairs that I picked up at a swap meet in Ohio.
I decided on a palette of pale colors that can be moved throughout the house when I feel like mixing things up, which I often do.
The cabinet sports two subtle tones of sage green and the chairs are a pale buttery yellow. An added bonus is their use of eco-friendly paints, stains and materials. Low-VOC paint, etc.
Of course, Craig did a gorgeous and thorough job on the inside of the cabinet as well. When I re-loaded the cabinet I updated the contents too, with some of my placemats and napkins, so it’s more practical and user friendly since it sits in the dining room.
If you need any furniture painted or refinished, or are looking for some gorgeous pieces that they’ve already “Re-imagined” check them out. Below is a link to their Facebook page and contact info as well. They can also re-create new pieces from a combination of partially damaged old pieces. Check out their pics on their FB page.