Thursday, October 2, 2014

For the love of Brass

Happy October

How did that happen? October, already?  Why oh why does summer have to come and leave so quickly?  We had a very busy summer & I cherish the  times I was able to walk away from our  reNEWing projects to spend time with family.
I hope your summer was filled with family, friends & fun!

Now that Fall is officially here it is my hope that I might get to posting a bit more frequently.  I also hope to change up the posting a bit, not sure exactly what or how yet, perhaps inspiration &
helpful DIY how to's  to get you started on your own projects. 
(If anyone has a relaxing beachfront property, where I could collect my thoughts, I could reeeeally use it about now!)
Willing to barter, LOL. 

In the meantime, I'll keep sharing what I know best, our "One of a Kind" furniture & home decor : )

Okay, so it’s no secret that recently I've been a bit obsessed with brass. Simply stated, I can't get enough!  Brass is making a huge comeback and can be found in just about any home decor. It seems that everywhere you look, brass is popping up. I think this is influenced largely by the return of the mid-century modern style and art deco 
influence. Is it a trend?  Perhaps, 
but gold and brass have been around along time and it was just a matter of time before it made its way back. 

Here's  just a few of my favorites 

Even Apple has jumped on the Golden wagon with their new 5S IPhone : ) 

My obsession with the brass tones began about a year ago but what really cinched the deal was a light fixture I saw while watching an episode of "Fixer Upper" on HGTV.  Have you seen the show yet? If you haven't, I strongly encourage you to catch an episode or two or three... (If you enjoy home improvement )

Swooning,  oh yes I am!

For our latest project, we drew Inspiration from Target, especially their color palette : )

However,  it was now time to find the perfect vintage pieces. Our search took a few months but when we found  a vintage Sieling Set, I knew right away they would be perfect.  The number one draw for me was the rarity of the pieces! I also fell in love with the overall designs but those legs, Oh my!
I was pretty excited to have found the perfect pieces to now implement the vision I had swirling around in my head.

Do you see the potential?  Would you have passed on this blonde beauty?

The transformation was even better than what I had envisioned in my head!
Oh how I love when that happens!
We had done it! We had brought this blonde duo's sexy back : ) For some reason.... Justin Timberlakes song played in my head the ENTIRE time we were reNEWing these beauties.  

And here they are....

Now,  Modern & Clean 

Those legs, Yummy! 
Love the three textured drawer fronts too! 
The original brass hardware and leg caps have been cleaned & freshened up.
Just the right amount of Glam! 

As with 90%  of our furniture, after prepping an oil base primer was applied followed by BM Advance paint & polyurethane. 
Iron Mountain by Benjamin Moore is one of those colors that looks different depending on the lighting. In natural light it almost looks like a dark brown with a very slight hint of gray but when exposed to artificial light the color takes on a dark gray tone. Very chameleon like, I love it! 

Not sure about the brass and gold tones yet?
What's not to love about this space? It has the perfect balance of both chrome and brass. 

 Remember whether your style is 
traditional, modern, or eclectic, gold & brass tones always works. Take a close look at your favorite design magazines for inspiration. 

And... just in case you're wondering..... I definitely won't be switching out my bathroom faucets or door handles for gold anytime soon!  
I'm a lover of all metal finishes and I strongly believe when paired right, they can live together harmoniously : ) 

For pricing & Dimensions

 A BIG thank you to everyone who has supported, purchased & encouraged us with your kind words! YOU have made it possible for 
Kenzie Lynn Designs! 
Your business is so greatly appreciated!!!

Thanks for Looking : ) 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Queen Bee Armoire/Secretary

I'm back..... I hope you all had a wonderful summer! I took a little time off  from blogging to take care of the never ending projects we are working on. There's only so many hours in the day, right? 
My goal for the Fall is to make less wordy & more frequent postings!
 Let's see how well that works : /

I know I've had more than a few favorites in the past, however our recently reNEWed Queen Bee Armoire emphatically tops them all!

I instantly fell in love with an Armoire I had seen on Ballard Design about a year ago. I loved everything about the armoire, the color, the old world charm, everything... except the price. With a price of $3999.00 we set out to recreate something similar for a lot less.
Inspiration  photo

Well, it took just about a year to find our perfect piece. And although it's not identical, it had great bones & we new it would work wonderfully for our reNEWing purpose. (I'm actually thrilled that our piece has a built in secretary.)  Unfortunately, the Armoire was in less than perfect condition, it had been converted to a tv cabinet. There were missing drawers which were later found by the original owner (2nd trip back to pick up), missing backboard, cracked top panel & mismatched hinges to name just a few. Most people would have passed on this one but I just couldn't! It had 
everything I had been looking for and with the 
Stanley name, I knew for certain it was a quality piece worth taking on!

And so it began... 

Our Stanley Armoire was going to get the Royal makeover.  If only I would have known just how much stinking labor was going to be involved. Nah... I still would have reNEWed it! 
 Thankfully...  I had the help of my son & husband, I knew with their help, we could turn our tattered Armoire into a spectacular "one of a kind"  piece by Kenzie Lynn Designs.

As with 90% of our reNEWed furniture we did the necessary prepping (sanding), applied a oil based primer, followed by two coats of paint & three coats of polyurethane. 
(This particular piece was also glazed, the outside in a gray wash using paint and the inside a warm stain, to tone down the turquoise.)
Before & After Glazing (photo not showing exact color)

Here's our Royal Treatment checklist : ) 
(Not in any particular order) 

And if you've been following me long enough, you know I'm a sucker for details and this one oozes with them! 
Beadboard back, chicken wire, large crown moulding, turned legs, curved doors & Yummy hardware.

A great statement piece for any room! 
Dining or Kitchen for dishes & glassware.
 Living room for books, mail etc.
Master Bedroom  for extra bedding & towels.
 Guest or craft room for scrapbooking & quilting.
What a wonderful way to display heirloom quilts or fabrics!

As with all our reNEWed furniture, expect some imperfections, after all, they have all been previously loved.

For Pricing & Dimensions

**We're also finishing up on a Shabby Chic'd Coffee table we'll be posting tomorrow.

Thanks for Looking : )

Monday, July 14, 2014

" Getting Ready to be reNEWed"

Happy Monday : )

We're back, after taking a week off of all Social Media outlets including ours! 
Wow, keeping up with all that, can be daunting & also very time consuming! (We've also been super busy with something we hope to be sharing very soon !!!) 

If you're like me, you browse Social Media for one specific reason and an hour or two later you've been sidetracked in a dozens different directions!
(And all I really, really want to do is paint and make pretty furniture : )

Oh well!

The last month or so we've been busier than usual helping clients with some of our 
  "Getting Ready to be reNEWed" furniture.

What is our "Getting Ready to be reNEWed"? 

 It's a little corner on our blog where we post 
photos of our recent finds & treasures.  A 
little bit of everything... antique, vintage, and some pieces with just good bones! 
You might say it's our holding area : ) 
It gives us a little time to envision the piece(s) and also gives you the opportunity to have us customize the furniture however YOU may envision it. You decide what the finished piece will look like after the reNEWing process by your choice of paint color, glazing, distressing & fabric.

If you've been following us here on our blog or on our Facebook page, you just may have noticed that some of our "Sold furniture" never quite makes it onto our  "Getting Ready to be reNEWed"  

Why is that?
1. We have either been on the hunt for a particular furniture item that we already have a vision for


2. We find a specific items that fits the need of someone who had previously contacted us.

So you've seen a particular furniture pieces you think you may like? 

Now what? 

 That's when the fun begins and also a barrage of emails. Well, may be not a barrage but at the very least a dozen or so. 

If you know how you would like the item reNEWed, great!  However, if you are like many others and have a hard time visualizing, we will happily help you through the process.
 All we need from you, is a few photos of your space where the furniture piece will go. And it's also very helpful to get any photos you may have saved from favorite websites ie; Pinterest, Houzz etc. The more photos we have... the better sense we'll have on your decorating style.

Here's two recent pieces we finished customizing for clients. It just so happens, both dressers will be used as changing tables in the nursery.

One for a precious baby girl

The other for a baby boy destined for adventure : )

And just a few of the custom projects we're working on now...

1. Dining table with customers own base added to one of our table tops.  
2. Antique shield back chairs 
3. Antique desk 

*We typically will have our "Getting Ready to be reNEWed" furniture listed a few weeks before we begin the reNEWing process.
Although a few have been in the holding area for sometime.... due to the extensive prepping that will need to be done (stripping) Ugh!!!

*We encourage you to come take a look at the furniture before the reNEWing begins. We want you to know exactly what you're getting and be 100% thrilled with the finished product!
And for those coming from the city (80% of our clientele) think of it as a beautiful drive out to the country.

And, don't forget to check out all of our recent finds, here's the link : )

If  we've inspired you in the slightest way to take on your own project we would love to hear from you and photos are a bonus!

Have a great week & 
Thanks for Looking : )