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A Kitchen Reborn Continued

With the addition of their new bar, my client’s kitchen table and chairs were too large for their new space.  As I regularly attend estate sales, visit thrift stores and yard sales, I’m always on the look out for some wonderful piece of furniture.  It was at an estate sale that I found the perfect table and chair set for their kitchen.  The photo below was taken at the estate sale.

Many of you know that I love the french provincial style, since it can have so many different looks.  My clients trust my judgement (definitely an honor) so I purchased the set.  The table needed to be round rather than oval to fit in the kitchen, but this round top wasn’t large enough to accommodate 5 people.

We purchased a larger wood table top, which my client affixed it to the original table base.  The base was painted black and distressed to match the bar.  Three coats of a dark walnut stain with polyurethane were applied;  I love the look of the table.

The chairs were finished before I tackled the table.  All were cleaned, sanded and primed and you can see at the difference between the chair’s original color compared to the primed chairs.

Here’s a look at the kitchen chair before and after.

The chairs were painted the same color as the cabinets.  I didn’t distress them like the cabinets nor use the same brown glaze. The metallic coffee glaze was a better match for the seat cushion fabric.

The table is the perfect size for this space.

Their large kitchen window had a honeycomb blind, which was a stark look for the room.  I added a pair of curtains, customized by sewing a band of the kitchen chair fabric and some decorative trim to them.

Here’s is a better view of the curtains.

My clients trusted me to purchase artwork for their home, which includes three pieces in the kitchen.  I fell in love with this still-life of a purple chair, loving how the black frame looks with the bar.

In addition to the still-life, decanter bottles were added displayed on a decorative round plate.  A  salad size plate with a french advertisement for champagne also adds some whimsy.

Two smaller prints were hung on the opposite side of the curtains, which also have black frames.

During one of my estate sales, I found a cubby with an upholstered cushion that would fit perfectly in the space right by their garage door.  They keep their soda cans, shoes and coats in this area and I thought the cubby would add to some order as well as a place to put on their shoes.

Here is the cubby in actual use.

During a vintage shopping hunt, I found two rugs for the family.  One is by the kitchen sink, which pulls in the sage walls as well as the blue of the living room while continuing the back up color of black.

My clients are amazing cooks (I’ve sampled a few of their delicious pasta dishes and baked confections) and this is the perfect space for them to enjoy cooking and dining.  I’m thrilled and honored to have been able to play a  role in the design of this space.


Refreshing a Dining Room Table

We all have pieces of furniture that are in great shape but they don’t excite us anymore.  They may be outdated,  the wrong style or a plethora of other reasons.  My clients had a dining room table that was in perfect shape but they didn’t like the color of the stain.

before sanding table

I sanded the entire top of the table to expose the bare wood.  After cleaning the wood shavings, I applied a wood conditioner so that the stain would absorb evenly across the table.  At least in theory, that’s what is supposed to happen.

dark walnut

The table’s previous stain color was slightly red and my clients wanted a dark walnut stain to balance with their darker wood floors.  I applied dark walnut Danish Oil and immediately noticed that there were a few places that the stain wouldn’t absorb.  That had never happened to me before.

side shot dark walnut

My research indicated that stain not absorbing in certain areas of wood wasn’t unusual.  However, the research didn’t offer any grand breaking ideas on how to rectify the problem.  I tried adding more Danish Oil to these spots, but since it didn’t absorb the first time, it also didn’t absorb the second time.  I re-sanded these spots, followed by the Danish Oil.  That didn’t work either.  I was miffed.

dark walnut

I suggested that my clients take the table home and see if the “spotty” spots stood out.  I am delighted to report that these areas aren’t noticeable.  They have already hosted Easter dinner around the table and I’m sure it will see many more important occasions.

Entry Way Table Update

My client wanted her entry way table to get an updated look.  Specifically, she wanted it painted gray with a crocodile pattern on top.  It certainly would be a dramatically different look for this piece.

Before Photo

This table had quite a bit going on with the mural painting on the front, a border on the top plus different color legs.  Painting it one color would change the entire feel of the table.

full shot

The feature of this table’s makeover is the crocodile pattern on top.  To achieve this look, I applied a plaster paint through the crocodile stencil, painted it the same gray color as the rest of the table and finally glazed the top to more fully illuminate the pattern.

crocodile top

I’ve think it might be interesting to apply the crocodile pattern on the drawers and cabinet doors too.

looking down at knobs

I pleased with the great texture of the table top.

crocodile top

My client entertained the idea of having silver nail head trim on the edge of the table top but decided against it.

front full shot

My client has been out of town and hasn’t seen the table in person and I’m eager to hear her thoughts on the table’s dramatic change.

Wrecked Hips and Kitchen Tables

Wrecked Hips Make Silent Lips

I haven’t written a new post due to a surprising hip injury and subsequent surgery this past summer.  I play tennis a few times a week and take long walks with friends so I never anticipated that I would get a stress fracture in my left hip.  Surgery was strongly encouraged and I was in the OR the day the stress fracture was discovered.  During my six week check-up, I was told that I have another “issue” in my hip.  An extra hole was drilled in my bone when a “nail/rod” was hammered into my hip and attached with two screws.  It appears the extra hole has been expanding.   I had been so excited to finally be able to walk without the aid of a walker or crutches but it was short-lived when my quad in my left leg started to ache and I once again needed the aid of a crutch to walk.

I have been painting during this time but my recent “issue” has caused me to curtail all of my projects until the end of the month when I will get another X-ray.  Cross your fingers that the “issue” has healed itself so I can return to physical therapy and get back on the tennis court.  I will confess that I have recently painted and recovered a chair  because my client’s husband also had hip surgery and has been in the hospital for the past three weeks.  I just couldn’t say no.

Staining a Kitchen Table

One of the projects I completed after my hip surgery was this kitchen table.  Last year I sold a wrought iron full size bed frame that I had during college to a lovely young lady and her mother.  Genuinely gentle and kind people.  A few weeks ago I was asked to re-stain the top of their kitchen table, matching it as close as possible to the leaf and leg.  Here one side has an application of stain while the other side has been stripped and sanded.

half and half

I stained the table top at least four times and although the top isn’t quite as dark as the leaf, it’s pretty darn close.   Then came 4 applications of polyurethane.

table leaf leg

The best reward is when my client tells me how appreciative they are for bringing their furniture back to life.

table leaf

Painting a Kitchen Table

Almost as soon as I finished one pedestal table, another client brought her oak pedestal to be painted.  As usual I didn’t remember to take a before photo until I was nearly done priming the table.table partial paint

My client choose a lovely green gray for the table and leaf.  I both sprayed and hand painted the table after first cleaning and sanding it.  I was going to glaze the table but while the details on the legs and base would have been illuminated, the top just looked flat.  So I opted to leave the piece unglazed.

just table

table top

I love how color changes with light, going from gray to green.

overview table chairs

The table will be used in the kitchen with black painted chairs, which will look great.  I just happened to have two black chairs in my garage that I used for the photo shoot.

table with black chairs

I hope my client sends me a photo of her kitchen with the newly painted table and her black chairs.  I love seeing furniture I’ve redone in their homes.

Pedestal Table with Four Leaves

It has been my delight to paint a few pieces for a local designer’s customers.  I painted this lovely pedestal table for her client, who wanted the table painted to better compliment her new home.

full view outside

The table will largely be used as a game table but will be handy for overflow when the client needs a larger table.  It has four leaves that are stored in a small crate.



I was able to spray the leaves and table when the temperatures turned more balmy.  Spraying a table or chairs makes painting  easier (the legs can be very challenging), but cleaning the sprayer is anything but easy.


I really love the color.

table top

This table will has many more years of serving this client’s family whether as a game table, dining room table or however else they’d like to use it.

table legs


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