Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Dresser Makeover

Hello Friends,
We are less than one week away from the first ever Fletcher Finds and Designs Pop-up Sale! I mentioned the sale in my last post, but I want to give you all the details now:

What: Refurbished furniture, found decor and handmade gift items
Where: 1030 Sanchez Street, San Francisco
When: Saturday 21st, 10am-2pm

And now for the reveal of another item that will be sold at the Pop-up this Saturday. This dresser belonged to my twin brother, Max. You might remember it from this previous post, in which I toured his tiny room.
When he moved to New York over a year ago, he passed this little beauty onto me. It's been sitting in my hallway ever since. I wasn't offended by its look in any way. Black and white is classic. It was just a little boring and needed some schuzzing. I decided to use a favorite color combo of mine, blue and gold.
I used Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in Napoleonic Blue for the dresser, then spray painted the handles with Rust-oleum's Metallic. This rich cobalt blue, paired with glitzy gold gives the piece a mature and elegant feel, like it belongs in a stylish French woman's boudoir.
I had fun styling it with various items from my wedding: the slip that I wore getting ready, the cloth handkerchief that has "something blue", and a photo taken by my brother of my sister and me before walking down the aisle. I also borrowed the gold elephant from my mom's collection. I want it for myself. The standing wood mirror was found at an antique store in Healdsburg. I scored it for about $20 and am in love with it.
You may notice Emily Henderson's book, Styled, in the above shot. She is a favorite designer of mine and her book is full of helpful tidbits, especially about styling a space to tell a story.
If you're interested in making this dresser a part of your home, or just saying "Hi", stop on by this Saturday. I'd love to see you!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Wood Crates as Shelving

I'm excited about this post because I am announcing the first Fletcher Finds and Designs Pop-up! That's right. On Saturday, November 21st, I will be setting up a sidewalk sale filled with re-furbished furniture, knick-knacks and fun finds for your house. My lovely childhood friend, Laura, will be hosting it at her place in Noe Valley. More details to come, but write it in your calendar now and hopefully I'll see you there!
In the next two weeks I will be blogging about some of the pieces you will see at my pop-up, the first being these aged, wood crates.
I spotted these beauties on the street in Alameda. They were in pretty rough shape, with rusty nails popping out and splintering wood; I'll admit, I almost left them for the next furniture schmuck. But I couldn't resist and took them home. The great thing about these is:
1) they were free
2) they didn't require much work
3) they can be used as mobile shelving or storage
When I got them home they needed a good cleaning and sanding. Then I reinforced the crates with some new nails and wood glue and finished by painting them with a coat of polycrylic.
The fabulous thing about these wood crates is that they have many uses. You can use them for storage: housing blankets, records or plants. You can use them as shelves for books, artwork or for your collection of rocks in jars(OK, maybe me and Diane Keaton's character in Something's Gotta Give are the only ones with a collection of rocks, but you never know). I think the styling of these crates should be called, "The Rustic Professor." I used a lot of James' things and tried to set the scene for his ideal afternoon: reading and drinking tea.
If you want this look to be yours, don't forget to come to the Pop-up on November 21st!