Empathy and Calm Seas for a baby's room.

Hi there!

Have you heard the birds chirping away recently?? I think they know something we don't . . . maybe spring really is just around the corner?!?

When I think of spring I think of flowers blooming and bright beautiful colours - you know, like the soft & pretty 'Calm Seas' of this restyled secretary desk:

I really love how this piece turned out! My client was looking for a pop of colour and a statement piece to add to her nursery - and I think we found it! 

We even added a little sunshine inside this sweet secretary by painting out the inside in 'Empathy', a rich and soft beautiful yellow!

I often get asked if I bother painting out the inside of my restyled furniture . . . my decision usually hinges on 3 questions:

1. What condition is the interior in? (good, bad, ugly??)

2. Where did this piece come from? (passed down from grandma? online score? side of the road find?)

3. What is this piece going to be used for? 

The answer to whether or not I paint out the inside of a piece lies in the answers to those three questions. This secretary was a great online purchase that was going to be used in a baby's room . . . so we painted the inside.

We even painted out the inside and outside of all the drawers - what a nice finishing touch!

Oooh! Don't even get me started on this hardware!! Hammered gold knobs?!? Yes pls!

(we still have some of these available at the studio if you feel the urge to add some bling to your things)

Looking for more inspiration? Stop by our studio to see what we're working on!

2001 Thickson Rd. South, Studio 18 Whitby ON

(the studio faces Wentworth St on the North side)

We are open Wed-Fri, noon to 5pm and saturdays noon to 4pm.

What'cha Workin' on Wednesday?!?

Aloha!

I'm not sure why I just said that, lol!

Anyhow, it's Wednesday, so let's take a look at what'cha been workin' on!

First up this week is a super creative dresser restyle using van Gogh paint, Mode Podge and a whole lotta Calvin and Hobbes

Andrea took her love of these comic book characters to a whole new level with this dresser! The framework was painted overall using 'And Your Little Dog Too', which is a gorgeous vibrant red from the van Gogh collection, and the drawers and top were completely Modge Podged with a collage of Calvin and Hobbes. So creative!

Andrea is also a photographer - can you tell from these great detail shots??

What an awesome project! Thanks so much for sharing this with us Andrea! 

To check out some of Andrea's photography work you can pop over to her website here, or her Facebook page here!

And here's one last look - with the 'before' as well.

Next up this week is a beautiful secretary desk restyled by Belinda. This dresser was also painted using van Gogh paint, but this time in 'River Tides' which is one of my signature custom colours! I also love the painted hardware - what a gorgeous combination!

Belinda didn't have a  picture of her desk before she painted it (probably too excited to get started on her project as I often am, lol)! However she was able to find this picture that she swears is almost identical to what her desk looked like before . . .

Thanks for sharing Belinda - you did a fantastic job!

Speaking of van Gogh custom colours at Mango Reclaimed, this next dresser was painted in 'Calm Sea's', which is another one of my signature colours! I just love this somehow both soft and vibrant sweet green - it looks gorgeous with yellows or rich blues.

This piece was painted by some good friends of mine at Stan Portley's, over in London. Thanks for sharing!!

As always, thank YOU for sharing your projects with me - I love showing off all your hard work and creativity!

If you have restyled something in your home using products from Mango Reclaimed and want to be featured on What'cha workin' on Wednesday?!?, please e-mail your before and after pictures to [email protected].

Looking forward to hearing from you! 

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What'cha Workin' on Wednesday?!?

Happy Wednesday friends! Today is the day that I get to share the fun projects that you have been working on! Spring must be around the corner (right?!?), as I'm seeing a trend in whites and fresh spring greens . . .

Check out this absolutely adorable cabinet painted in van Gogh's 'Calm Seas' by Amy!

Amy attended a workshop at Mango Reclaimed recently and with her new found confidence and painting skills restyled this fantastic cabinet. Not only did she tackily this restyle herself -  but she did it while looking after her 18 month old twins! Wowsa! That's incredible!

This cabinet is a great size and has some great character, but looked quite dark and dated before the restyle. Here's a peak at the cabinet before.

Thanks for sharing Amy - you did a fantastic job!

Speaking of fresh restyles . . . check out this coffee table restyled using van Gogh's 'Morning Mist' by Andrea:

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Now admittedly, Andrea sent me these pictures a while ago. Somehow they got lost in the shuffle, but I'm so glad I found them so I can finally share! I love the pop of colour from the fresh new hardware too. Do you notice a green and white trend happening???

Here is a look at the dark (and very heavy) coffee table before:

Thanks for sharing Andrea - you did a great job! Sorry it took me so long to share this!

Last up today but definitely not least is this fabulous (green and white) corner cabinet painted by Karey:

I'm told this cabinet was a 'side of the road' rescue. Can you believe someone was just going to throw this gem out? A little TLC and an awesome paint job and this cabinet looks better than new! I love it! Thank you for sharing (and rescuing this cabinet) Karey!

Oops! Here's a peak at the cabinet in its salvaged state:

And as always, thank YOU for sharing your projects with me - I love showing off all your hard work and creativity!

If you have restyled something in your home using products from Mango Reclaimed and want to be featured on What'cha workin' on Wednesday?!?, please e-mail your before and after pictures to [email protected]. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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