Two-Toned Drexel Campaign End Tables

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brass, wood and white, diy

brass, wood and white, diy



These tables stole my heart from the moment I saw them on Craig's list. You can see the unique beauty and value despite the blue/gray paint. 

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After some research I learned they are quite valuable and not very common. In original condition, they are a rich, warm wood, with gold and black details. It breaks my heart that someone painted over these gorgeous details. 


Scraping off the paint and uncovering this design provides a rush that only fellow furniture lovers and restoration professionals will understand. 


After the paint and stripper were completely removed, sadly, the design did not survive. 



This set was scooped up quickly by a neighbor & friend who happens to have great taste in decor. She fell in love with them at first site too, as they sat in my garage and I showed them off like a proud furniture maniac.  

We discussed a few different options, and she decided a wood, white, and brass combination would fit her home the best. The body was painted a creamy ivory, and the drawer-fronts were given a coat of General Finishes Java Gel Stain.

You can still see a ghost of the former beautiful detail under the stain.


Funny story...those gorgeous legs aren't brass. They're made of wood. I was so preoccupied with how to remove gold spray paint from brass, that I didn't realize they weren't actually made of brass until I tapped them with my fingernail and it didn't make that "ting" of metal. Huh. 

So next time...I will spill my secrets of how I made a tacky, dull, gold spray-paint finish look like beautifully-aged brass. 

Before & after:

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Friday's Furniture Fix #5

What a busy day!

This morning I joined Thrift Score Thursday, and shared some of my favorite finds around our home.

Now it's already time for our weekly furniture party.





My co-hosts for the party:


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I am amazed by the faux crocodile treatment on this dresser by High Style Restyle. I didn't know that could be done, and it looks so good!



Lucy chose this Rast Hack from Bliss Ranch. I could not figure out how on earth that started as a Rast. I had to check it out for myself. Spoiler alert, it really was a Rast, and what an amazing transformation.



This is Carrie's pick, by Larissa at Prodigal Pieces. One word: LOVE



Stacy chose this Aubusson Blue beauty from the ladies at 2 Bees In A Pod:

Nancy picked these chairs, by The Interior Frugalista. She transformed them from dark and heavy, to light & bright. So pretty!



Finally, the piece that received the most clicks is this beautiful green buffet, by Art Is Beauty. I love the arrow hardware. 



Thanks again to everyone who takes the time to link their projects to our party. I have discovered so many talented and creative furniture lovers over the past month!


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Thrift Score Thursday


Welcome to Thrift Score Thursday! 

I am so excited to join these fabulous thrifty bloggers in our shared love of thrifty scores:







 Long ago I fell in love with thrift stores, garage sales, estate sales, Craig's List, roadside throwaways, etc. Spending too much money at an expensive store, on an item made to look like an antique or flea market treasure is silly, right? Why not get the real thing for a fraction of the cost, and enjoy the thrill of the thrift store score!

Our home is decorated with a mix of furniture inherited from my family, thrifty items, antiques, and some newer purchases. Here is a sample of my thrift store makeovers & decor:

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1 - I purchased this frame for .50 at a yard sale when I was in high school. The print was an Ebay find. 
2 - A thrift store brass frame (less than a dollar?) holds my one of three beloved antique Dr. BJ Kendall advertisements. (maiden name = Kendall)
3 - These midcentury chairs were a $30 Craig's List find
4 - A treasure found at the Salvation Army for $20
6 - $30 for this beautiful gold frame at a thrift store. I added the chalk board. 

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Can you believe I scored everything in the image above for under $100? 

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A $30 oak table in our former home, updated & refinished (post coming soon!)




This week I was inspired by and downright jealous of these finds:





Amazing. And I'm off to the thrift store.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Brynne, Cassie, and Trisha, for having me this week!

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Friday's Furniture Fix #4

It has been a busy week here. My Cutting Edge Stencils giveaway is still live! With nine days left, there is time to leave me a comment with your favorite stencil, and follow along on FB and Instagram for a chance to win. Read here for the giveaway details and see how I used the Tribal Arrows stencil in our playroom.





On to the Furniture Party!

Welcome back to this week's Furniture Fix! We are so pleased that you shared your hard work and beautiful pieces with us again. Meet my co-hosts for this weekly party:


Lucy from Patina Paradise                                                    FB  /  Instagram  /  Pinterest  /  Twitter
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Nancy from Slightly Coastal                                              FB  /  Instagram  /  Pinterest  /  Twitter
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This week I fell in love with this beautiful turquoise dresser by DD's Cottage and Design. Few things in furniture painting & restoration grab at my heart like a natural, stained top on a beautifully painted piece. Especially when the top looks perfectly aged and loved as the one below. The knobs, the delicate stencil, the boxwood wreath...it's just perfect. *sigh*



Lucy chose this rustic storage cupboard from Scavenger Chic. Another great project by Joan! She puts so much work into each piece. This one is barely recognizable from the original. 




Carrie selected this Rast hack from Dandelion Patina. Don't we all love a good Rast hack? I wonder if that term has made it into the Oxford Dictionary yet.





Stacy chose this deep navy blue secretary by Thistle Key Lane. Navy blue is such a classic choice. 




Nancy picked this stunning turquoise chair from Redo It Yourself Inspirations, which looks like something right out of the Sundance Catalog. 





And finally, this gorgeous turquoise bedroom set from Prodigal Pieces was the most-clicked image. 




Did you notice a common color this week? Four of the six pieces are in the turquoise family. I guess we love a good dose of turquoise. 


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Progress In The Playroom and a Giveaway

I just keep plugging away in the playroom. Last week I painted this room Annapolis Gray to match the rest of the house. Over the weekend I added this adorable stencil to the wall behind the TV. 

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One project at a time, this room is coming together.

Updated chairs...

Massive chalkboard wall...

I updated this dresser in gray...

Did you notice I already changed my mind and replaced the gray on the dresser with green? When I painted the walls gray, the dresser blended into the walls. I chose this vintage-inspired shade of green because it stands out against the wall color without being too loud, but appropriately colorful for a kids' space. I think this is a great color on a midcentury piece.

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When Cutting Edge Stencils contacted me for a product review and giveaway, I was ready to go. I already knew this wall in the playroom was perfect for a full wall stencil. 

I chose the Tribal Arrows stencil. I wanted something modern, simple, and minimal, to go with the midcentury feel of the kids' playroom. Maybe I'm trying to (subconsciously) encourage simplicity and neatness. That's hilarious! They make messes faster than I can possibly keep up!

In addition to the stencil, I laid out the paint, brush, tape to secure the stencil to the wall, and the level. I use two heavy duty paper bowls: one holds the main paint supply, and the other is used to blot the excess paint from the brush before stenciling. The level clips to the top of the stencil so you can be sure you're keeping a nice straight line.


Incidentally, I used leftover paint from the chalkboard wall to paint the black arrows. Free and easy. 



This full wall design went up so quickly! It was easy to work with once I got the hang of it. For me, the small brush worked better than the foam roller. Due to the shape of the arrow stencil, the long lines pull apart. The foam roller created a messy, smudgy line, even with minimal paint on the foam. The small brush creates a perfect crisp line, and I felt like I had more control. I figured out a way to hold the stencil steady between my fingers to keep it from pulling apart, then blotted away.


For a full tutorial video and better tips than I can offer, visit Cutting Edge Stencils on YouTube.



I love how it turned out. I adore the modern pattern, and simple colors. 

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I'm excited to host my first giveaway, and what a wonderful company to start with! 

Cutting Edge Stencils is happy to give one of my readers a stencil of your choice, up to a value of $50, with free shipping, open to US residents only.  

Tell me in my comments which stencil you would choose, then follow 58 Water Street on Facebook and Instagram, by using the Rafflecopter tool below. 



*disclaimer: I was not paid for this post, but I did receive free product to review. All opinions are my own. 
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