I found this side board at one of my favorite estate sales, Overbrook Estates. They gather up stuff from lots of different estates and bring it to one warehouse location. I decided to get a little fancy with this one!
I painted the whole thing in a pale grayish blue and then highlighted some of the details with a warm platinum metallic paint. I painted the drawers and inside parts of contrasting orangy-red. A little distressing, an antiquing glaze and new drawer pulls and she is ready to go. Find her at Orange in Carytown!
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It’s hard for me to pass up a yard sale, even when I am traveling! I got this little cutie when I was in Blacksburg a couple weeks ago. I didn’t mean to go shopping for furniture but this yard sale was literally in the yard of my hotel! I couldn’t resist.
I think this piece was meant to be a vanity but it would also work as a small desk. Now at RVA Antiques!
I have been working on so much furniture, I haven’t spent much time blogging. So I am posting another round up of all my projects from the last month or so.
Here I am in my new shed workspace.
I loved the feet on this tv stand, and it already had a nice distressed paint job so I just decoupaged some paper on the doors.
This is a chair my paint techniques for furniture students collaborated on at Vis Arts.
I rescued this desk from the alley of my old hood (I found Michael Jackson stickers in the drawers!)
I gave this cabinet a super chippy finish to match it’s age.
I taught another class at the Visual Arts Center and my students painted this chair.
So May was my first month at RVA Antiques and I have been painting like a mad woman. I have been burning through the stocked up furniture projects and haven’t had any time to blog about it. So I decided to do a big before and after post of all my projects from the last month.
I also want to tell you, if you live in RVA, you need to go to RVA Antiques. It is seriously cute, filled with cool vintage, antiques and hand made stuff. And the prices are very affordable. If you go out on a Saturday you can hit the Lakeside farmers market, too – just across the parking lot!
And this Saturday would be the day to go because RVA Antiques is having their first Vintage Market!
Now for the furniture!
I don’t have a before for this chair but I love this anchor fabric!
I did both these dressers with Miss Mustard seed Boxwood Milk Paint, possibly my favorite color paint ever!
So come check out my space at RVA Antiques (and all the other awesome stuff they have there!) My booth is a work in progress – I just switched to a bigger space and don’t really have any walls yet but it’s getting there!
The kitchen is done! It has been done for a couple of weeks but I have been getting everything moved back in, putting on drawer pulls and assembling chairs and stools.
I still haven’t finished the island. It still needs some trim around the bottom and an antiquing glaze over the green paint – but we are almost there!
Just so you can recall how bad it was before:
And now the beautiful afters!
Our kitchen is starting to come together and I am so excited. This will be the last post before the big reveal but I wanted to show you that we now have walls and a ceiling:
And a floor with radiant heat underneath:
We Even have cabinets!
We have gotten lots of things in giant boxes:
And we have had the giant dumpsters of trash taken away:
We have drank lots of the delicious beer our contractor brews:
We got a sparkly countertop delivered:
And sealed butcher block:
It has been a bit of a marathon but we are almost done! Really, the dishwasher and cooktop are going in today! I still need to show you the custom island and my zinc covered countertop DIY but enough sneak peaks for today. We are all exhausted, especially our awesome contractor.
And this is what Ollie thinks about it all:
So much has been happening in the kitchen but most of it is behind the scenes kind of stuff. The floor has been leveled and we have sub-floor! And lights have been installed – lots and lots of lights! The hanging lightbulbs are markers for where the pendants will eventually go. We have a garage full of new appliances and the cabinets are getting delivered Monday! Walls and ceilings started going up yesterday and we should have a slate tile floor before the end of the week!!
There were a couple major problems we had to deal with once we found out what was behind the faux brick wall and soffit. We really wanted the soffit to become much shorter so it didn’t feel like it was diving the room in half. We were hoping we would only find the stove vent in there but no such luck. There were some radiator pipes and a giant cast iron waste pipe in our way. There was talk of leaving things where they were and just building a box around it but we ended up moving everything out of the way so we could have the kitchen the way we really want it. This also involved building a new support beam across the kitchen where the soffit had been. This is not the glamorous part of kitchen renovation but it is usually the reality. Some unforeseen problem that puts you over budget and behind schedule!
Speaking of unforeseen problems, we had a major one a couple of weeks ago. One Saturday I was home alone with the kids and every time I walked past our newly installed hot water heater it would sound like water was running through it. I didn’t think much of it at first because I have never had the water heater in my living space and I don’t really know what kind of sounds they make. Anyway, after an afternoon at the Children’s Museum we came home to find the water heater still making that sound and I started to worry. When my husband got home I asked him about it and then we went into the kitchen to check progress and to see how much water was under the house. (The floor was still pulled up in the kitchen and with all the snow melting there had been an inch or two of water under the house.)
Holy cow, there was like 8″ of water under the house. And it was about 9:30 on Saturday night!! We texted our contractor, called a friend for advice, tried to find the main water shut off to the house and freaked out! In our search for the main water shut off we stumbled across a huge water leak. Water was shooting out of the crawl space under the mud room.
Our contractor saved the day! He showed up after 10 on Saturday night and shut off the water at the street. Then he crawled into the freezing cold, swimming pool of a crawl space and found the culprit – an old copper pipe had burst – totally un-related to the kitchen reno, by the way. He helped calm down my total freak out (it was not pretty) and promised to return the next morning.
So Sunday morning, at 7 am, which was really 6 am because it was time change day – our amazing contractor showed up to fix the pipe. And unbelievably he brought us coffee and croissants – he even remembered I only drink decaf! I am super impressed!
So after he fixed the pipe he went and got a pump and pumped all the water out from under the house (sigh of relief!) So once again, if you are in RVA and need a contractor I would recommend Russell Bell – RVA Fixer. He is awesome! You can find him on Twitter @farmerrussell