Showing posts with label vintage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vintage. Show all posts

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.


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.


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, November 2, 2015

Client Project: Dining Table Restoration

This dining table was in very good shape when it came to Bloom. from a new client. There were minor imperfections from simple wear and tear and just a few discolorations in finish. When our client expressed the need for a clean up and inquired as to how we could bring back the table's original luster and shine, we immediately suggested hemp oil. Hemp oil is a fantastic way to restore color and sheen to wood without heavy chemicals or stains. Our client happily agreed and handed over her table for some much-needed restoration. Let's take a look at the befores:

After a thorough cleanup with mineral spirits and some light sanding, the table was rubbed with the hemp oil from top to bottom. After some curing time, the table was then given a gorgeous, buttery sheen using a "wet-sanding" technique with fine grit sandpaper and hemp oil. A semi-gloss poly was applied to the table top for added protection. We think the piece can really shine now and hope our client thinks so too! Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Love that beautiful color and shine! Thanks for reading!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Client Project: Restored Vintage Buffet

This gorgeous vintage Buffet came to Bloom. through a previous client referral and interestingly enough, was inspired by a previous piece that is actually part of our Purchase Locally Collection. You can learn more about that piece, a cool vintage waterfall dresser, here. The client loved the look of that particular piece so much that they approached Bloom. to apply the same technique on this unique vintage buffet.

Let's take a look at the Befores:

This piece required a bit of repair work, including re-applying a few pieces of moulding and securing the top of the buffet to the base. In keeping with the theme of the waterfall dresser, the shell of the buffet was thoroughly cleaned and then sprayed in a matte, water-based navy blue paint via HVLP sprayer. The drawer and cabinet door fronts were sanded down and re-stained in a deep espresso. The entire piece was then finished in a clear wax. New, glass hardware accented the doors nicely while the drawer hardware was restored to it's original luster and sealed in a clear coat of enamel. The end result is eclectic charm:

Let us know what you think in the comments below! 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Client Project: Restored Vintage Dollhouse

A client recently approached Bloom. to help restore one of her favorite childhood treasures, a stunning vintage dollhouse. The story behind the piece goes something like this: When our client was a little girl, she would drive with her father down to his workshop in Detroit, and on the way they would pass a little house with rows of unique, hand-crafted dollhouses on the front lawn. The girl would look excitedly out the window each time they drove by the house, hoping to catch a glimpse of each and every wonderfully inviting creation. One day, her father approached the man who owned the house and all of the tiny crafted pieces and asked him to make a special house just for his little girl. It was big enough to hold all kinds of dolls and had pretty window sills and a big, front door complete with knob and knocker. And on the front of the house, was a delicately chiseled, "M" for the little girl's name.

Years later, when the little girl had grown and created a beautiful family of her own, she still had that amazing dollhouse and wanted to brighten it up so she could share it with her own little ones. And when she asked Bloom. to help her, we were beyond excited!

Let's take a look at the Befores:

The client asked for a crisp, white finish and a red door. We suggested gray shutters and window trim to finish off the look. The exterior paint was applied using an HVLP paint sprayer while the door and trim were hand-painted. What was achieved is simple, timeless whimsy:

We just love happy endings, don't you?