blast from the past.

I was going through some old photo files the other day.  A couple of things struck me.  The first was just how long I’ve been doing furniture make-overs.  I started in the 90’s when shabby chic was at its height.  How is it even possible that this was more than 20 years ago?  Have I really been doing this that long?  Crazy!

Next, I was reminded of some really fun pieces I had done.  So I decided to share some of them with you.  I don’t have extensive before and after photo shoots of any of these.  Most of them were just photographed for a Carriage House sale ad.  So, no judgments about the quality of my photos, ok?

Let’s start back in 2008.  Look!  The photo cottage exterior was barn red back then.  And I painted this fab potting bench and used a rusty old child’s shovel as the drawer pull.  I was using a lot of vintage tablecloths to reupholster chairs back then.  I was also doing a fair amount of decoupage (on the bucket under the chair, the galvanized pot under the bench).  If memory serves, I believe my fab customer Jenny bought this potting bench.  Am I right Jenny?  Do you still have it?

blast 2008

In addition to containers, I also decoupaged on furniture.  Many of my favorite pieces back then were decoupaged.  Like this desk.

Black desk with decoupaged book pages

Here is a close up of the drawer.  Those black swirly bits are rub-ons.

Decoupaged book pages on drawer

In 2009, I painted this gorgeous white buffet.

white buffet

Fast forward to 2012.  The always classic Union Jack dresser.  This was the first one I ever did, and honestly, I think the best.  I’ve struggled with getting them right every since.  Maybe it was just beginners luck.

blast 2012

I’ve always been a fan of both white and aqua.  So fresh and lovely.  That little aqua and white table originally belonged to my grandparents.  I kept in my own home for a long time, but it was time to say goodbye to it.  So I gave it a darling makeover and sent it on its way.  That sleigh bed was one of my favorite pieces too.  How fantastic would that be in a young girl’s room.  Actually, that is where it ended up.  I remember the woman who bought it was going to put it in her daughter’s room.  I wonder if she still has it.

blast white and aqua

This darling little aqua and white nightstand was one of my faves.  I’m quite sure that it was originally half of a vanity/dressing table that someone took apart.

1914 nightstand

When it comes to the Carriage House sale, I am not the only one coming up with fabulous furniture.  Sue occasionally knocks one or two out of the park herself.  This was one of my favorite pieces that she did.  Isn’t it deliciously chippy and fabulous?  It sold in about 2 seconds flat!

blast Sue's cupboard

So, there you have it, a little walk down memory lane.  Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

6 thoughts on “blast from the past.

  1. The dresser with the union jack is totally wonderful. I have such an appreciation for what you do. The potting bench with shovel handle fab. So you have had that paint brush in your hand for some time now. I think technique can be learned its the creative edge that in the end makes or breaks the piece. It seems like you hang with a posse of that type. Very lucky gal.


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