Sunday, June 26, 2016

Vintage Phone Bench Restoration

I love this bench. Seriously. Even before I made it Bloom. I still had some lovey feelings for it. I love the curves and the floral carving in the chair back. I love the little side desk with additional storage. I love that it is naturally distressing in some parts and how it looked even better when I added some "faux" distressing of my own. It is just the most perfect little accent piece I think I have ever come upon. Let me show you how it looked when it came to my garage:


Now, I know what you're thinking. Leopard print fabric? What the what??? Let me tell you guys... that's not even fabric. Whoever had the priveledge of owning this adorable little bench actually used a leopard print TOWEL to cover it's adorable little seat! Once I got that odd choice of decorative seat fabric off, the bench looked a million times better. I decided on a crisp, sage green for the wood which I lightly distressed once the paint had time to cure. A few coats of clear wax added just the right amount of sheen to the finish. Danielle recovered the seat in a gorgeous, script fabric that added just the right amount of elegant, vintage charm.

I am in love! The finished piece is probably one of my favorite projects yet. Take a look!







So purdy. Though it pains me to part with it, this piece is available for purchase locally. Contact us at Bloom8281@gmail.com. Thanks so much for reading today!


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Unique Chairside Table with Lamp

This unique piece was given to me by a friend who was clearing out his garage and came upon this table with a lamp built into it. I can honestly say I've never seen anything like it and wasn't sure exactly the direction to go at first, but after keeping it in my garage for a little while, I became inspired when my daughter mentioned how small the table was and how it would be perfect for a child to use. I decided then and there to create something fit for a princess bedroom! Let's take a look at the Before pic:


You can see how difficult it was to imagine something sweet and pretty when looking at the Before pic, right? I decided on a pretty pink from Benjamin Moore called "Rhododendron". It reminds me of pink taffy. Because the drawer had been warped from moisture damage, it was sanded down and covered in a delicate script fabric, complete with a gold, crown graphic, for an added "royal" touch. The old, dated lampshade was switched out for an elegant, modern lampshade in a complementary script fabric. I also tossed the scuffed drawer pull and added two clear knobs for a final, feminine touch. The end result is pink, princess charm:




This adorable table is part of our Purchase Locally collection and if you would like information on how to purchase, please contact us at Bloom8281@gmail.com.

Thanks so much for reading!










UPDATE: This piece has been sold. But don't be sad! We have many other wonderful items available for purchase! Contact us to learn more!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Quick Piano Bench Redo

My mom purchased this piano bench a few weeks after moving into her first home. She found it at a garage sale and decided to fix it up, paint it and use it as a cute end table in her brand-new living room. When she decided it was time for the bench to move on and offered it to me, I was eager to put my own creative spin on it. Let's take a look at the before picture:


After cleaning and prepping the piece, 2 coats of Benjamin Moore's Urbane Bronze was applied via HVLP paint sprayer. We love the rich, brown and gold tones in this graphite-based color. After letting the paint cure for 24 hours, a stencil design was applied to the bench top in BM's Dove White. The entire piece was finished in clear wax.

Let's take a look at the finished piece:




I love the unique look of the Urbane Bronze paired with the bright white stencil design. I'm sure this piano bench would fit nicely into a new home and now that this piece is part of our Purchase Locally collection, it should be able to do just that in the near future. For more information on how to purchase this Restored Piano Bench and other fine furniture, contact us at Bloom8281@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page.

Thanks for reading today!




Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Antique Settee Refinish

When a friend found this antique settee sitting outside on the curb and sent a picture over I had to have it!  Once it arrived I realized that it had been rained on, well loved and a cat had definitely snuggled up on it a few times, but the shape and style were right up my alley.

Before



Once all of the fabric, padding and wood veneer was removed and I could get a good look at this well made piece of furniture I was glad it ended up in my collection.  
A lot of repairs needed to be made to the woodwork (i.e. arms held together by duct tape) and the under webbing/straps had to all be removed and replaced.  But, the biggest part of the transformation would be choosing a paint color and fabric that would really make this piece pop.




After

A beautiful gray patterned fabric was chosen and custom piping was added to the piece.  While a rich gold metallic finish really helped to accentuate the beautiful lines and detail.







This antique settee is a perfect example of something that was once considered trash and with a little love was able to Bloom.  

Interested in purchasing this piece? This and many other furniture pieces that we have refinished are available for sale locally, contact us for more details.


P.S. Please let us know what you think in the comments section below :)



Monday, June 6, 2016

Client Project: Vintage Pie Safe Restoration

A client came to Bloom. with a very interesting restoration project to kick off our Summer season and we are so excited to share it with you today! Long before the invention of refrigerators, pie safes were used to store bread, meat and other perishables to protect them from insects and vermin. Most commonly they were made of wood, with two hinged doors on the front and ventilated with screens. Our client purchased her vintage pie safe from a market in Northern Michigan and had long used it as a decor piece in her den, to store vintage plates and bowls. She liked the distressed look but decided she wanted the piece to better incorporate with her current decor theme. She asked Bloom. to color match the pie safe to a beautiful hutch in her den and we happily took on the project!

Let's take a look at the Before Pics:







Our client requested a color match using this beautiful hutch in her den:


We suggested multiple coats of Hemp Oil to the interior shelves to bring out the original luster and color of the wood as well as a dark wax overlay to finish the exterior. The end result is vintage charm and a beautifully restored pie safe our client can continue to enjoy for many years to come. Take a look:

















Thank you so much for reading today! We hope you're enjoying the start of summer as much as we are!