Category Archives: Repurposed

My work is on Apartment Therapy!–Custom refinishing

My work is on Apartment Therapy today! Can you believe it? I can’t. Oh my gosh! Seriously, this is so exciting! Remember the custom work I did on the card catalog turned dresser for a nursery. Well, Sophie’s nursery is featured on Apartment Therapy.

Gorgeous finished baby dresser!

Gorgeous finished baby dresser!


Custom work for a nursery!

Congratulations Amanda & Karl on your brand new baby girl! It’s not every day that my work coincides with a client bringing a new life into the world, but when it does, it’s a pretty groovy thing. Getting ready for the arrival of their little bundle, Amanda & Karl prepared an adorable, tranquil space for the baby. The one thing that still needed some finishing touches before the big day, was the baby’s dresser. Amanda & Karl had found a retired card catalog from UW Madison’s Memorial Library. This piece is gorgeous; clean lines, great color, and years of wear that have only added to its charm. The only trouble was that this particular unit was a center piece in a bank of catalogs, which meant that the ends were completely unfinished. Amanda and I discussed her ideas for the piece, and we mulled over some possibilities. Amanda settled on a plan to cap the ends of the card catalog like the ends of an antique dresser. I won’t bore you with details, but the design entails putting a thin plywood finish behind border pieces that frame the end of the piece. Going into this project, I was thinking that I might have gotten in over my head. This was going to require all of my skills as a carpentress, plus a few more that I would pick up along the way. From finding and sourcing the right wood, to matching stains, to piecing it all together miles from my workshop comfort zone, this project was a labor of love. I was happy to get the chance to challenge myself to do something I haven’t done before. I was proud that the card catalog came out as well as it did, and that Amanda and Karl were happy with what we came up with. My plan for this business has always been to take on commissioned work, and that is starting to look like a reality now. So, congrats to you both. Enjoy every moment with your lovely daughter, cherish her, shower her in kisses, and sleep every chance you get! And to you, little baby girl; take it easy on your parents, and if they find you an antique writing desk some day that just needs a little fixing up, have them give me a call : )





Day 16 and counting!

I realize as the sale approaches that I have no idea what I might need to run a sale. I need to compile a list of “must haves for sale day” and gather all those items. The one thing I know I will need is somewhere to stash money during the sale. I figure it will be a more stylish version of the waitressing apron I wore waiting tables in college.

I had no specific ideas for this apron but it was in the back of my mind on our adventure to Chicago. The only thing I knew for certain was that I wanted it to be a repurposed item. We tossed around ideas of all kinds of items I could repurpose, but my favorite was a vintage kitchen apron.  We saw a few aprons in Chicago but in the end didn’t get anything because I didn’t find anything that was really me. I wanted something that screamed “JENN!!” when you saw it. Then I remembered an awesome golden mustard apron I had hidden away in my closet. I LOVE that apron but let’s be serious, I never use it! It has been in that closet forever. It is an awesome apron and has these great flower cutouts.

Off I went to pinterest to see what inspiration I would find. I had a very elaborate plan to create multi-tiered pockets. Honestly, that would have taken me too much time, time that I should be spending on more important things. So, I decided to keep it really simple. The apron was so long that I could fold it up to create a kangaroo pouch. Then I simply added 2 more vertical stitches to create 3 large pockets. It took me literally 15 minutes to create and is completely adorable! Check it out below!



After! SO CUTE!

After! SO CUTE!


Love the flower detail!

Love the flower detail!

Day 28!

This will be short and sweet because I am tired. I just had to share my favorite piece before heading off to bed. It’s a sewing machine table turned mini-bar. Check it out!

Oh look a sewing machine table!

Oh look a sewing machine table! Ho, hum.

No wait, it's a mini-bar!

No wait, it’s a mini-bar! Whoot, whoot!

I love it! Oh and someone needs to teach me how to merge this into one photo side by side! (ahem…little sister 😉 ) Oh, and it isn’t quite done. I need to add the handles to the top because it is a removable serving tray. How awesome is that!



Day 29!

Details, details, details! I love the little details and sometimes I fall in love with a piece just because of those details. I picked up these little gems the other day because I think they are gorgeous! They are the perfect mix of feminine and masculine and they are brass. (Fun fact: I love metal items, almost as much as I love wood!)

I don’t have any idea what I will do with them, but I had to have them. I could save them to use as drawer pulls. However, if you know anything about me, you know I love to repurpose things and these little guys are screaming “repurpose me!”. I don’t know what I will do with them, but I have a few ideas rolling around in my head. I guess you’ll have to come to the market to find out!

Enjoy your weekend, I know I will!

Love the details!

Fits in the palm of my hand!

Fits in the palm of my hand!