Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Time Worn Series

We did quite a bit of yard saleing last weekend and found ourselves with 10 furniture projects to work on.

Starting early Monday morning, we got to work. After two full days we ended up with these completed projects last night. We didn't really plan it this way to begin with, but it turns out this is a "collection".
We decided to call it "The Time Worn" collection.

I'm linking up to Miss Mustard Seed's Copy Me Challenge.

The projects just sort of j"evolved". If you repurpose furniture finds (and I know a lot of you do) you know what I'm talking about...

You sit and look at the piece and try to figure out what it may want to be in the next life.

What color?
What type of finish?
What feeling do you want it to have?

One of the best things about doing this with a friend that loves it just as much as you do is this--You always come up with ideas that you may not on your own.

We brainstormed.
Feed sack stripes?

Here's the first piece we finished.

Here's the way it started out after a little bit of clean up. Here's a few more BEFORE shots of some of the other pieces...


a couple of mid century modern step tables with great clean lines and wonderful furniture workmanship

and this old sewing cabinet that Diane saw the potential in....

How many of these do you see? Never thinking it could morph into a fabulous entry hall table...

This one was perfect because the top was all one piece without any seams.

Don't pass these up now that you know what you can do with them.

Love the lines on this girl...

We did move these pieces from the dusty garage into the great room for the photos. They just didn't deserve garage "after" shots. : )

I must add a little fact here. Once this piece was in my house, I really wanted to keep it. But, I will be strong and bring it to the store today.

Don't get me wrong--I'll be on the look out for something similar that will stay put in my great room.

Check out the painting that I found at a yard sale for just $10!

I had to include it in the photos, although I haven't hung it yet.
I think this may be "just the right" spot for it.

Here's what became of the mid century modern step tables.

They got the burlap treatment along with a fresh coat of black paint and some stripes and a stencil detail.

Now they don't feel so locked into one style now...Do they?

Yes, we DID have fun staging this piece with some favorite accessories...the hat was an estate sale find on Friday along with this great fishing net.

Here's that sewing table looking so fine as an entry table complete with the wonderful little drawer for your keys.

How adorable is this little chair now sporting anew red finish with stained aging and a little crown in nutmeg? The little stool with a lid that opens was re-done by Diane.

It works perfectly with the chair.

We will rest a little today after we bring these shiny and new pieces to the retail space. We do have a few more pieces to work on before we head up to The Mad Hatter antique show in Spokane on Friday morning (a nice reward after all our work).

I'd love to know what you think of our newest creations.

I'm linking up to these parties:

Stop by and be SO INSPIRED by the oodles of projects featured here:

Blue Cricket Designs Show and Tell

The Power of Paint Party

My Backyard Eden's Make It Yours Wednesday

The Thrifty Home Penny Pinching Party

Cheap Chic Home's Fabric Fun Thursday

Somewhat Simple's Strut Your Stuff Thursday

PS: Santa, if you are listening, I would really LOVE a professional paint sprayer for Christmas--this really is becoming more than just a little hobby for me. Oh, and if the elves aren't too busy, could they help me build a spray booth in my garage? xoxox


  1. I'm in love with your vintage still lives, lovely theme with the clocks! Love the whole deal!

  2. Oh, Cory, you have such vision! Who knew those little step tables could look so up to date? And those clock faces painted (right?) around the knows - genius!

  3. I've never seen anything like this so unique!! Great job!

  4. Absolutely wonderful! You do great work and have a beautiful blog. I am your newest follower~

  5. What a great combination. It all looks so great together on the dresser. Love the clock faces.

  6. Oh what a beautiful collection! I would have never thought to use burlap. You did a great job!

  7. that is awesome! i love that you have done with that dresser. went from plain jane to watch-out jane! hopped over from miss mustard seed!

  8. First dresser I've seen with clock faces. Love it! The vintage camera, hat and glasses pull it all together. Nice work!

  9. That is a great look. I love your creative style!

  10. wow, what a beautiful little table, it can be placed in foyar or also used as a telephone table, very neat looking piece of furniture with small storage capacity for personal use!!

  11. holy crap, you are some kind of genius! these pieces turned out SO great!

  12. I love all of these pieces. I love the staging too...such fun touches. Great finds and great job on the makeovers! They look amazing!

  13. I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from the Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :)

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  14. Hi Cori, I just wanted you to know I featured this post. :)


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