coastal style by AMY GREENE OF BRADENTON FLORIDA
I had the sweet pleasure of meeting Amy when we were both Artisan's at The Treasure Chest in Bradenton last year. I was immediately captured with her beautiful Spirit and fun quarkiness, which shows through in her pieces. Check out how she totally repurposed this chest below. You will also notice that her love for all things coastal show through in all her pieces. She is also a fabulous cabinet refinisher and would love to chat with you about transforming your kitchen or bathroom.
Nancy: How long have you been repurposing furniture?
Amy: About ten years, but I’ve only discovered chalk paint in the last year. It makes this so much easier!
Nancy: How would you describe your style?
Amy: Coastal. I like anything that looks as if it belongs in a beach house.
Nancy: What are your favorite pieces to repurpose?
Amy: Dressers. They’re so versatile. They’re not just for clothes! China cabinets are fun, too.
Nancy: What’s your favorite piece you ever created?
Amy: Probably the entertainment center I made out of an old dresser…or maybe the quilt box/tv stand I made for my sister and painted sea turtles on the front. Or maybe the 1930’s Lane cedar chest with the waterfall top… It’s hard to say, because it’s so much fun to see the transformation.
Nancy: Where do you get most of your pieces?
Amy: Thrift shops and yard sales. I’ve found a few on the side of the road, but I don’t pick up much that way. I once stopped to look at a gorgeous dresser being thrown out – it was a marked Henry Link Bali Hai, one of the few originals I’ve seen. I was going to take it until someone came out of the house to tell me the furniture was infested with bedbugs! (Yes, they can get into wood) So, be cautious about those roadside finds…
Nancy: What’s your favorite color?
Amy: Green. Just about any shade. But I love working with blues, too, because they look so “beachy”.
Nancy: What supplies can you just not live without?
Amy: Good, quality paintbrushes. Annie Sloan Wax. And now, Poppie’s Paint Powder. I’m hooked.
Nancy: Wax or Poly?
Amy: Depends on the use of the piece. I use wax on most furniture, but I have used poly on surfaces like kitchen tables that get a lot of “wet” use. If it’s going outside, definitely poly, because wax won’t hold up in the heat. I prefer water-based poly, too. It dries much faster and is easier to apply.
Nancy: Do you have any words of wisdom for Poppie’s Folks that are just getting started repurposing?
Amy: Pick pieces carefully. Check drawer slides, hardware, and stability. You don’t want to have to do a lot of repairs. Definitely look behind drawers, inside, and underneath for any sign of bugs. (In addition to the bedbug warning - I’ve also found roaches hiding in furniture from garage sales and thrift shops!) Most of all, pick pieces you love and have fun with it!
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I am the Founder and Creative Entrepreneur of Poppie's. I am a Wife to Poppie, Mother and Artist. I create masterpieces by turning broken into Beautiful through a process I call ReHeirlooming. " It doesn't matter how broken you are, what really matters is how you put the pieces back together" .