Month: February 2013

Sneak Peek: The Yorkshire

Now that we got our week of skiing and chasing powder out of our systems, I have been back in the workshop as much as possible.  In case you didn’t know, RPhD is not my full time gig.  While I have often dreamed of recycling and renewing enough furniture to open our very own RPhD boutique, at this point in time I remain a sensible artist and work full time as realtor.  Interior design and remodeling both furniture and houses is a huge passion of mine, one that I support and fuel by carrying that passion over into my real estate career.  When previewing and showing potential homes to clients I often find myself daydreaming about all the renovations I would do if I were to buy the house I’m showing…and then I remember why I am there in the first place!  Seriously though, I love the world of real estate AND I love grinding away in the workshop turning the old and tired pieces of furniture from our inventory into show-stopping, beautiful works of art.  They really go hand in hand…but for time.  Which brings me to my point…

I try and find as much time as possible to work in the RPhD workshop without it distracting me from growing my real estate business.  Sometimes that means I can churn out 2-4 renewals per week (ha! like that’s ever happened, no, seriously…) and most times it means I can churn out 1 renewal every other week or so.  This week I was well on my way to presenting you with TWO renewals.  In a week!  And then Mother Nature had other plans…

So, without further ado, here is a look at the “before” of our latest Renewal.  Come back when the weather dries up and warms up to see the final reveal!

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This french style, 9-drawer dresser has beautiful shape and detailing.  It’s days as a stained-wood, beauty though, were numbered.  Like most mid-century built furniture, this well-constructed dresser, while made of solid wood, utilizes veneers.  Years of abuse and misuse really took their toll on the veneer.  I spent a good amount of time making repairs and sanding (carefully, so as not to sand right through the veneer) so that there was a smooth finish to work with.

I can’t wait to reveal the finished product; it has been through quite the transformation!

RPhD has been featured on Better After!

Super exciting news everyone!  One of our favorite blogs to browse late at night when winding down from a busy day is the BetterAfter blog that Lindsey puts together for everyone’s enjoyment.  She usually features unique and generally awesome remodels of furniture, kitchens, bathrooms…basically anything related to house and home.  If you’ve never checked it out before, definitely head over there and take some time to look around.

Pelham follows BetterAfter regularly, both for personal enjoyment, as well as a source of inspiration. Afterall, all artists and designers need inspiration.  It is also a good way for RPhD to get a pulse on what is current/the latest trends/what colors people are loving this year, etc.

Anywho, Lindsey saw pictures of Old Red and loved what she saw…enough to feature the dresser on the blog…a pretty significant honor considering she must receive thousands of pictures of people’s remodeling handiwork and only posts 2 updates per day.

Click here to go over to Better After and see the post she made about us!

Old Red

We are so excited to share this latest Renewal with you.  It is one of our favorite Renewals in the entirety of Pelham’s history of upcycling old, discarded furniture. When we found this little dresser it was in rough shape.  While it is hard to tell in the before pictures, I assure you, this dresser was absolutely caked in paint.  It was like someone let a 5 year old put icing on the cake.  The previous owners had painted this flat and dark red over EVERYTHING.  The keyholes, the top, and the knobs too!

Pelham knew immediately that he was going to have to pull out the heavy duty varnish stripper for this one.  He started with the top and the drawer fronts.  When he started stripping the top, he realized that the red was not the only coat of paint…no, no, no, no, no…there were FIVE different colors of paint before he finally found the absolutely beautiful wood grain hiding underneath it all.

It was after he stripped the top that he knew where Old Red wanted to go (Pelham works organically, letting each piece of furniture determine it’s own Renewal and lead him in the right direction…this is why our Renewals often look very different from one another).  Old Red, she wanted her old layers to be peeled back, left in place to tell her long, difficult history.  So, Pelham obliged her and used a weathering technique to make the newly exposed wood grain top and drawers look their age.  The outcome is absolutely stunning!  Don’t you think?

In the playful nature of this charming dresser, we are offering you the option to customize the knob configuration.  Choose any from the pictures, let us know, and we will have them installed and ready prior to pick-up or delivery.

Our particular preference would be for the distressed yellow knobs on top, with the burlap knobs in the middle, and the green, glazed, ceramic knobs on the bottom drawer.  The burlap just ties in well with the rustic and shabby feel of Old Red, the yellow gives it that eye-grabbing pop, and the green ceramics add a touch of class to the aging beauty.

This item is located in downtown Denver.  We can deliver to all Denver County zip codes, or the item can be picked up from our workshop in Congress Park.

Please contact us by sending an email to with all questions and any interest in purchasing Old Red or any of our other Renewals.  Thanks.

The Coloradan-SOLD!!!

This OOAK (one-of-a-kind) beauty was inspired by vintage art posters that used standard block lettering to arrange well-known NYC subway station names against a black background.  Pelham, being a lover of all things Colorado, knew he wanted to create a piece that paid homage to this wonderful home state of his.  What better way to do it than replicating subway art???

Starting with a list of some of his favorite places in Colorado, Pelham sketched out a handful of different layouts before finally going with this one:

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What do you think?  Is your favorite Colorado destination/landmark included?  There are so many wonderful places in Colorado…it just wasn’t possible to include them all.

This beautiful, 6-drawer,  tall-boy had seen much better days when we acquired it.  With the loving touch of the orbital sander, some skilled woodwork, and the labor of a paintbrush, the transformation was complete!  The lettering was all done in a whitewash technique so that the original wood grain could peek through.  The black is a deep, graphite color created by mixing two different paint colors and some homemade chalk paint.  And the drawers’ insides were updated with a wonderful mint green color that reminds us of one of Colorado’s many alpine meadows in mid-summer.

We were hoping to hold on to The Coloradan for a while, and use it as much needed storage in our library/home office….though, when we posted pictures of the Renewal on facebook, a friend of ours saw it and just had to have it, making us an offer we couldn’t refuse.

Speaking of Facebook, please visit our Facebook page here and support us by “liking” us.  The RPhD Facebook page is routinely updated with our inventory and other fun and interesting RPhD news.

If you absolutely love this Renewal and would love to have something similar in your home, please contact us at and we will be happy to discuss our custom options with you!