Thursday, May 30, 2013

Transformation Thursday: Week 4

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Both Nick and I had long weekends and with our big move just days away we used the extra time to finish up our outstanding orders and knock out a few lingering projects!
 
A few weeks ago we purchased this bookcase at auction. It was missing it's shelves and had a few bumps and bruises. Nick had a vision for it (not gonna lie... I didn't!) and scooped it up for a great price. Here's the before picture:
 
 
First things first, we removed the flimsy, vaneer backing, pulled out the drawers and removed the hardware. Poor guy looks naked now!



Next we patched up the holes and dings in the wood. There was once adjustable shelving in this guy, so we had lots of holes to fill with wood putty!


 
There was an amazing Buy-One-Get-One-Free deal on our favorite brand on paint at our local True Value store. So we stocked up! I thought it'd be fun to try out some new colors. This one is "Sea Turtle!"

 
Rather than putting the vaneer covered cardboard backing back on (togue twister!), Nick added a new panelled backing to go with the new shelves. We prestained the wood in Minwax's Dark Walnut before installing.

 
We replaced the hardware, distressed it a little bit, added a few coats of spray on poly and ta-da!







Here's the side by side transformation--
 
            
 
 
 
I was super excited when the piece sold in one day! Such a great feeling.
 
Our "break" officially starts Sunday when we start moving! Not exactly a vacation, but I'll take it.  I'm hoping it won't take us long to get settled and reorganized in our new house/garage. We have big plans for our new 2 car garage, which I'll be sure to share with you later. Thanks for being patient with us and willing to wait a little bit longer on your orders.
 
 
Happy Treasure Hunting,
Ashley 


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

NEW Adirondack Chairs

I've been having a mad case of the summer blues lately! The weather warm and we've been taking full advantage by grilling and eating outside whenever possible. In honor of these warmer months, we've added a new item to our custom made furniture line -- Adirondack chairs!!
 
These babies are made entirely out of cedar, so they will weather and age beautifully in the elements. You won't have to worry about warping, water damge or replacing them each summer - they are built to last! These are a steal at $145 each! Email us againstthegraindesigns@yahoo.com to place your order!
 
 



Happy Treasure Hunting,
Ashley 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Transformation Thursday: Week 3

I am so excited to share our latest "Transformation Thursday" project with you! A while back we scooped up two dressers at our local Goodwill. Remember this beauty that we kept for ourselves? As you can see in our previous post, it's now nice and settled in our master bedroom.


Here's his little sister in all her glory hanging out in Goodwill. Poor thing looked like she'd been mauled by a group of hyper toddlers. She was covered in crayon marks and was missing a few drawer pulls. But, she was solid wood (and super heavy) and all the drawers were in great condition. I loved the mdoern look of the middle, curved drawers - so much potential hiding underneath all that green crayon!


One of our Facebook friend, Kristy, quickly scooped her up and decided to transform this once dresser into an additional storage buffet for her small kitchen. We painted the base True White and added a new farmhouse top, which was stained using Minwax's Dark Walnut.



The addition of some new drawer pulls really pulled everything together!





This dresser has come a LONG way from its original state. I can't wait to see it in Kristy's ktichen!

Happy Treasure Hunting,
Ashley

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Transformation Thursday! Week 2

Welcome back for Week 2 of Transformation Thursdays!
 
This week I am featuring a simple project I did last week to spice up our new half bath! We are prepping for our big move in just a few weeks and I'm getting really excited about decorating the new place. Our current half bath is nothing to write home about... I credit it to the pee colored walls yall know I love hate. So, I thought this would be a cute, cheap and easy way to spice up the wall space in our new half bath!
 
Remember this old guy? Its a vanity we picked up a while back and revamped for a client's daughter's room. We also featured it on our first (and only at the moment!) post of Where are they now? back in April.
 
 
The vanity was rough. Originally purchased for their daughter but the piece never made it out of their garage and was covered in paint, grease, and dust when we took it home. As you can tell the top had seen better days and we ultimately chose to remove it completely. That left me with two small drawers that I wouldn't dare throw away. Thats called hoarding... I'm aware. Fortunately, I stumbled upon them again this past week and had a great idea of how to upcycle them for our new half bath!
 

Rather than use them as traditional drawers, I thought they'd work perfectly as small shadow boxes. They are too small to hold extra TP or soap, but they are the perfect size for a pillar candle. Sold!


I only wanted to repaint the inside of the boxes, so first step - taping off the outside.
 
 
Even though the boxes were already painted white, I decided to hit them with a quick coat of primer. This ensured that my paint stuck (since these little guys aren't real wood) and it took care of any residual smell from its time spent in the garage.
 
 
I then hit it with two coats of my favorite turquoise and waited for it to dry so I could remove the painter's tape.
 
 
And... ta-da! We have some fancy, upcycled shadow boxes!
 
 
 
Such a simple project but I have a feeling they are going to add a little something extra to our new half bath! I'll be posting lots of before/after pictures of our new place and these will definitely be included! So stay tuned!
 
Happy Treasure Hunting,
Ashley
 
 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

NEW Custom Mirrors

We recently did a dresser and mirror revamp for a client's nursery. Remember this beauty?
 
 
The dated dresser came with an equally unappealing mirror. I of course forgot to snap a picture of the mirror before we transformed it, so I'll let you imagine the difference. Basically we built a new, rustic stained frame for her existing mirror.
 
 
After getting such a great response and lots of inquiries for more mirrors on our Facebook page, we decided to make some more! The first one we stained Dark Walnut and used a dry brushing technique to add some turquoise color to it.
 


The second one we stained using Minwax's Special Walnut-- my favorite! 


I was really happy with the look of both mirrors. They are much larger than our client's original mirror and would work great hanging behind a sofa or as a wardrobe mirror. Much prettier than those $5 plastic Walmart ones, right?
 
Since we had such a great response, we're going to add these to our ATG Originals! Whether you have a mirror of your own or would like us to purchase one for you, contact us at againstthegraindesigns@yahoo.com and we can get you a quote! The best part about these - is we can paint or stain them to match the rest of your furniture!!
 
I've already had Nick make me one for our new house. I'll be posting lots of pictures in June of our new place, so stay tuned.
 
 
Happy Treasure Hunting,
Ashley 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Transformation Thursday! Week 1

To spice things up, I thought we'd start Transformation Thusdays! Catchy, right? We'll feature a piece that we've recently revamped and show you all the beautiful details of the before and after. So here's our first one -- a dresser we revamped for a client's nursery.

She inherited the piece from some friends and it was in great condition! Although it wasn't solid wood - there was so much potential.


So, we repainted the base a bright turquoise color and added a new top stained with Minwax's Dark Walnut. The client also opted to replace the hardware - such a simple way to update a dated piece of furniture. Here's how she looks now - such a transformation!













The original dresser also came with a matching mirror that I of course forgot to snap a picture of! The client wanted us to create a rustic, but matching frame for it to go in the nursery as well. Here is what Nick came up with -


 
I can't wait to see the pieces in their new home! Keep you posted...
 
Happy Treasure Hunting,
Ashley