Category Archives: Furniture

French Louis-Philippe upright desk/secretary

These upright secretaries produced through the 18th to the 20th century very commonly found in houses. They were typically displaying beautiful mahogany or walnut crotch or flamed veneer patterns, while concealing lemon wood or rosewood or other precious wood on … Continue reading

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Stool painted in faux wood topped by a faux cushion

Stool painted in faux bois, ornate with a faux painted  cushion One of my clients had a black stool called in French an X shaped stool (by reason of its crossed legs)  bringing sturdiness and style to the piece. It … Continue reading

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Giving your dining room table a much-needed make over

There is nothing more rewarding than revamping a piece of furniture covered by a drab, outdated, and damaged painted décor, especially when you can already envision its new appearance. It is also pleasing to give a solid piece of furniture … Continue reading

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Modernizing 1950s Bedroom Furniture

A client of mine inherited family furniture and decided to keep them for sentimental and practical reasons. They certainly were functional and of high quality, but their color was the snag: they were painted in a flamboyant 50’s yellow ornate … Continue reading

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How to Achieve Distressed Gilding

When one says “gilded”, you envision a glossy shiny gold finish. But this is not always so; it is true that straight gilding is done by 1) applying a base coat, 2) brushing size on the piece (glue size is … Continue reading

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