Sneak Peek

Sweet Pickin’s

It’s been a while since I have revealed a new Renewal…other than refinishing this small coffee table, I haven’t had much time to paint furniture.  Not only has real estate been super busy, I have also been spending more time in the saddle of my road bike.  Due to various injuries and inclement weather, it’s been a looooong time since I have had any sort of regularity in my training.  I’m still only putting in around 100 miles per week, and trying to find time to paint, too.  With the onset of Monsoon season here in Denver, the available hours of daylight are limited…short of waking up at 5am to get my rides in, new Renewals are just going to be rolling out a little less frequently.

Another reason for the lack of new reveals is because I have been spending quite a bit of time picking!  Picking is a vital part of having a furniture painting/renewing business…and I love it just as much as I love showing off my latest, beautiful Renewal.  Being a good picker and finding great deals requires some effort…and there are plenty of do’s and don’ts, as well as other tips that I have learned along the way, that I will happily share with all of you in a future post 😉

For now, I’m just going to show off some of my recent finds so that we can all revel in the fantastic history of the items:

Antique Buffet The Apollonia

Starting with these two fantastic, antique buffets.  Later on in this post I’ll show you some progress pictures of the 2nd one.  The first one is currently residing in my own house and is likely going to stay there for quite a while.
Then, I found this beautiful french set with gorgeous veneer inlays from Joerns Bros Furniture company.  My educated guess is that these are from the early 30’s:

Joerns Tallboy Joerns Chest Joerns Headboard

I’m probably going to have the set appraised, and possibly sell it to an antique dealer…I’m not sure I could bring myself to paint those beautiful veneers!  Or, I’ll sell the headboard (I’m just not that into antique beds…even ones as beautiful as this) for more than I bought the entire set for and keep the other two as-is for my future master bedroom.  Clearly, I’m slightly attached to the dressers.  The chest-on-chest has a cedar drawer on the bottom and is just a stunning piece, and the 3-drawer gentleman’s chest comes with the original cuff-links sliding tray and the bottom drawer is sooooo deep.  It’s also the most massive chest of drawers I’ve ever come across; it measures in at almost four and a half feet long and two feet from front to back.  As you’ll see further down, the hoard, at this point, was bulging and overflowing from the garage and there was no way I could just re-stack and leave everything in there, so these two beauties are already moved indoors…the chest-on-chest is in my bedroom and the chest of drawers is serving as the sideboard in my kitchen.

Now, onto everything else.  All of the following is available for customization.  If you are interested in any of them, email me (contact information found at the top) and we can discuss everything.  More photos, as well as more available inventory can be found over on the facebook page, so be sure to check that out, too.

13 drawers!  Another stunning antique French Provincial chest-on-chest. Chicken wire is included :)

13 drawers! Another stunning antique French Provincial chest-on-chest. Chicken wire is included 🙂

Part of a mid-century, french provincial set.

Part of a mid-century, french provincial set.

The mid-century french provincial set.  Beautiful curves on both the chest-on-chest and the triple.  The triple has a gorgeous vanity mirror with rosette detailing.

The mid-century french provincial set. Beautiful curves on both the chest-on-chest and the triple. The triple has a gorgeous vanity mirror with rosette detailing.

Lovely ornate mirror.

Lovely ornate mirror.

Antique farmhouse oak dresser from the turn of the century.

Antique farmhouse oak dresser from the turn of the century.

Lovely scroll posts and cheval pins on the vanity mirror.

Lovely scroll posts and cheval pins on the vanity mirror.

1930's Secretary desk with serpentine front, 4 drawers, and eagle's claw feet.  Beautiful!

1930’s Secretary desk with serpentine front, 4 drawers, and eagle’s claw feet. Beautiful!

Solid maple, vintage buffet.  Available with or without hutch.

Solid maple, vintage buffet. Available with or without hutch.

Wonderful MCM bar cart

Wonderful MCM bar cart

Ice-box reproduction.  Originally a TV armoire. Will soon be a beautiful bar cabinet!

Ice-box reproduction. Originally a TV armoire. Will soon be a beautiful bar cabinet!

1940's telephone table with harp back.  Great condition!

1940’s telephone table with harp back. Great condition!

Great MCM peg leg chest.

Great MCM peg leg chest.

As you can see…I’ve been a very, very busy picker lately!  The downside, if there is one, to all this productive picking is that the Hoard, which was already consuming more than half of my garage and workspace, was swelling and overflowing!  I could barely close the garage door!  What’s not so funny, is that all this picking occurred in two waves and the Hoard outgrew it’s quarters not just once, but twice!  Within the span of one week I had to pull it all out and re-stack it TWICE!

Re-Stack 1Re-Stack #1 was a complete overhaul.  I have a few custom orders coming up for pieces that were all the way in the back…so on the Sunday after the Fourth, I enlisted the help of a few friends, pulled EVERYTHING out, and then spent another hour or two playing Tetris with massive pieces of furniture.  At the end of the day, I had a beautifully stacked Hoard and lots of space to work in, as you can see.

And then came one of the most unexpected and best picking weeks of my life…which led to Re-Stack #2:

Re-Stack 2

In the span of 5 days, I had the wonderful fortune of adding 7 new dressers and a beautiful antique telephone table to my Hoard.  It was all very spontaneous…and I actually felt a little guilty while running around town picking everything up…I simply had NO room for it all.  In fact, I turned down some great pieces, too, because I knew there was just no way I’d find room for them (and while they were good deals, they weren’t smokin’ hot deals like everything else I bought).  After it was all said and done, I convinced the boyfriend to help me out for an hour (he’s not a big fan of manual labor) and we were able to stack a few things higher and higher, move the gorgeous dresser set into my apartment, and make enough space for me to be able to work…on one piece at a time…

And so, finally, after an amazing couple weeks of sweet pickin’…I’ve been able to make some lovely progress on The Apollonia, one of the antique buffets.  I’ll leave you with some progress shots…a full reveal should be up by the end of the weekend or early next week!

The Apollonia The Apollonia

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Snow day in Denver…

And that means the workshop is closed.  Apparently an infamous March blizzard has set its sights on the Front Range and we are expecting a foot of snow in 12 hours.  The good news…it has been really warm which means I don’t have to shovel 200′ of sidewalk today.

Anyways, while trying my best to stay warm, I figured I’d post a little update on what’s going on around the RPhD workshop.  After renewing three dressers in a row, I thought it might be time to add to the inventory of occasional tables seeing as most of them have been sold. Take a gander at The Hartford, Bruno, and Lars.

I love all of these tables and would keep them for myself if only I had the room.  To give a hint of where they are headed: bold black and rich walnut, paint-dipped legs, and shabby chic touches.  Keep an eye out for the reveals.

Also on our plate is a custom order for a very dear friend.  Meet The Vanderpump.

This small, oak, roll-top needed an update.  Is there a more perfect way to update it than glamming it up in HOT PINK and GLITTER?!?  Okay, joking about the glitter.  But boy, I mean girrrl, is it pink!

Have a great week, everyone!  Oh, almost forgot, keep checking out the BetterAfter.net blog!  Lindsey loved The Yorkshire, too, and will be featuring it on the blog sometime soon.

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!

Yorkshire Before 3 Yorkshire Before 1 Yorkshire Before 2

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!