What’s new in the workshop?

Farmhouse Cottage Glass-fronted TV Cabinet

We just wrapped up a solid wood glass fronted 2-door cabinet, finished in a creamy Old White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, hand waxed with a Special Walnut refinished top.

IMG_3586.jpgThis piece would be perfect under a TV or in a living room or hallway for extra storage and display.  Use baskets to conceal things, or take advantage of the glass to show off a collection.  Digital Electronics work behind this glass with remote sensors, so it can house your cable box, etc.  2 adjustable shelves included.  37.25 W” x 24.5 D x 29.5″ H


Its the perfect time to upgrade your space as it stays cold and you’ll be indoors all winter. Take this home and make your space lovely!



Some sweet little nightstands

We have been busy on client work this past month, but we have a few refinished pieces coming out of the shop ready for sale.

We loved when you weighed in on color choices for this refresh and delivered a great updated classic look for this pair of nightstands.


These would be wonderful to update a bedroom or to use as substantial end tables with storage.  $150 for the pair or $85 individually.




Art Deco Waterfall Dresser – Before & After

This wild beauty was too good to pass up.  I’ve never seen or worked with this style before.  The piece was in rough shape and the drawers all needed rebuilding.  Unfortunately, a lot of the original veneer on the drawer fronts was chipped beyond repair, but a glazed milk paint finish and drawing out the details on the veneer that was salvaged made for a stunning finish.  This is truly a unique piece now residing in Blue Hill!


I used Fjord Blue General Finishes Milk Paint with General Finishes Pitch Black Glaze Effects, hand applied an selectively removed for a deep cobalt, almost dark denim-washed look.  Vintage Art Deco drawer pulls got a copper paint treatment and the waterfall top, tiger grain detail and inlaid stripe received 4 coats of gloss poly.

Pictures don’t do this one justice!



Antique 2-over-2 curved dresser – Before & After

Things in the shop have been very busy getting to an exciting deadline of meeting a new homeowner just after closing to help bring her vision to life for this new space in Blue Hill.  We have been collaborating for weeks and will be making 3 separate deliveries to outfit this family retreat and rental property with refinished pieces as well as customizing some built-ins and shelving to maximize the functionality of the new space.  Expect more to come on seeing how this bright, cheerful space comes to life over the next few months.

I saw this dresser on a local buy/sell group and before I could do anything, I was writing to claim it.  I love the curved details and the functionality of the size.  I picked it up to find a gorgeous solid wood antique that had been refinished multiple times with the most recent, many coats of cream colored paint with a brown glaze effect to look similar to woodgrain.  It looks like wood from a photo, but up close, its just watery-looking brown paint. Yikes.


I restored the drawers to natural grain and stained in Early American and highlighted their beauty with a French Linen gray Annie Sloan Chalk paint job, hand waxed with 3 coats of soft wax, buffed to a shine for a durable finish for this home.  The drawer interiors received an Old White Annie Sloan Chalk paint job finished with poly for durability.  I LOVE it and so did the owner!

See the progression of removing all of the previous finishes.  It was worth it to reveal this pieces original beauty.




Coastal Credenza – Before & After

When we posted our original few pieces, we got a wonderful reaction and began working to source some clients early on in the wait list.  What has been particularly fun for me is that working directly with clients to meet their exact furniture needs, we can better customize a piece, color and finish depending on what room and function it will serve.

This coastal credenza transformation will be headed to its new family in Brunswick shortly.  It will be in a family room and serve as an updated sleeker toy and personal item storage solution.  This had to be a sturdy solid durable piece, prepared to hold heavy toys and books.  The metal slides on the drawer fronts will give it just that.  The client shared her wall color and we happen to have the same wall color in our living room, so I chose the perfect warm gray to complement and toned up the weathering to bring out more browns in the stain so the entire piece didn’t look washed out.  The hardware needed a refresh in darkened bronze and now this piece is ready to have a new life.





The blog has been a little quiet lately, because we are excitedly working on a number of pieces to outfit and entire cottage in Blue Hill.  Its been a ton of work and incredibly fun to work on many pieces for many rooms that will all complement each other for a bright, cheerful and sophisticated artists.  Stay tuned!

We LOVE taking specific orders for people and are working with a few of you, but please reach out if you have something in mind.  We are booking into December, but can have your pieces done in time for Holiday celebrations.  Email at brightworkmaine @ gmail.com


Pumpkin Pine and Pitch Black Table – just in time for Halloween

img_3487-2I had a lot of fun with this piece!  Its an antique and had some dark stain and thick gloss lacquer over it hiding the true beauty of the original knotty pine.   I sanded it down to the original wood and used a pumpkin pine stain and satin finish.  There is a small drawer, which got an antiqued gold bamboo handle.  For the base, I wanted to challenge myself with authentic materials so used the powder-form Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Pitch Black.  The distressing on the piece brings out the age, despite the refresh and 4 coats of wax buffed in by hand gives a smooth soft finish.

Check out the before (mostly ‘before’, this was after a little sanding):


Dimensions are 30″ x 20″ Oval Top, 27″ Height.

FOR SALE: $120


Farmhouse Armoire – Before & After

Our second piece is ready to head out of the shop this week!   We chose a warm rustic finish on this large functional armoire with antique white milk paint, light distressing and ceramic hardware.  We crowned it with a dark walnut-stained cap which sets off the milky-white finish.  The beauty is really in the details on this one and the look and feel is velvety smooth and will really stand out as a unique piece.


I love this piece and see it as perfect storage in a bedroom or guest room.  We’d be happy to customize the interior further and add a hanging rail for clothing above while you can store extra linens below.


We’ve held off on final finish to customize to your liking.  I’m ready to give it an authentic wax coat to highlight the details, but we can also use a very durable satin poly finish if you are interested in using this piece in a more high traffic area.


Check out these details!

Coastal Dresser – Before & After

We’ve got our first piece up for sale.  This wonderfully functional dresser got a high quality blue-grey paint treatment with satin finish, while the top and box drawers were aged with a warm weathered gray stain that fits into many homes.  Everything inch has been sanded and finished to a smooth touch and we completed it with some tin cup pulls.  We sourced 3 perfect sized sea grass baskets for the shelves to maximize storage and this one is ready for its new home. Dimensions are: 66″ long, 19″ deep and 37″ high.

Contact us at brightworkmaine@gmail.com for pricing!



For the kids!

2 new pieces hit the workshop floor and we would LOVE to customize these for holiday gifts!  Both are very vintage and solidly-constructed to last multiple lifetimes.  I can wood burn a name, stencil in a custom design, or just work with the stain/paint color combination that would work for you.

Toy chest measures 30.5″ long and 16″5 inches wide.

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Stool is 17.5″ in height.



Let us customize for your kiddo!


A coastal dresser with TONS of functionality

We saw this piece on a local sale site and I immediately jumped at the chance to bring it into the workshop.  It was beat up but we took it down to raw wood and came up with a plan to restore it.



We have a similar style long dresser in our nursery and the combination of deep drawers, quick access bins and shelves for baskets makes this a really functional piece that works in a bedroom or living room.


The finish scheme we came up with for this is a classic grey-blue base with a warm weathered grey top and drawers.  The right side will get weathered gray baskets and the center drawers will be accented with antique cast iron cup pulls.

We have a plan to have both this dresser and the farmhouse armoir done for this weekend.  Let us know if you want to come take a look!




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