Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Just for fun...

I love antique china... white dishes... old platters...  Anything with gorgeous patinas and antique patterns.  I had some fun photographing some new pieces I picked up at an estate sale recently.  

 These little cups are just tiny!  Only about 2.5" tall.  So cute!

I hope you enjoyed these photographs as much as I did!  Thank you for stopping by.  Until next time.

xo Jen

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Handbuilt Toscana Bench

Introducing my hand built version of Pottery Barn's Toscana Bench.  Isn't she lovely!?  I was presented the opportunity to try and match their bench by a client, and I gladly arose to the occasion.  I love to challenge myself and try new things and create beautiful pieces of furniture.  That being said, I did have my moments of tears, and a lot of sweat with this pretty lil bench! {actually not quite so little, stretching a total of 88.5"!!}  I had no building plan to work off of, so I was designing as I made cuts.  This is my favorite piece of furniture I have built to date.  It's quality, and stylish all in one.

 The Toscana Bench flaunts gorgeous mortise and tenon appearing jointery, and support beams that cut into and rest on the leg supports, giving it tons of character.

 Breadboard ends give the bench a farmhouse appeal.
I stained the bench in Minwax Provencial.  I gave it three good thick coats of Deft brush on lacquer in Satin. 

I am so pleased with how this bench turned out.  I will definitely be recreating it again soon!  Thank you to my client for commissioning this lovely piece and giving me the freedom to roll with my creativity!!

I hope you all had a great weekend!  Until next time.

xo Jen

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