Furniture Debut: The Willett

We are heading over the hill towards the weekend which means two big milestones in our household are quickly approaching:  Cassidy’s 21st birthday and Eryn heading off to college. 

I’M.  NOT.  READY.  

- for either one!

The next 8 days are going to be crazy busy and I’m going to post as much as I can but if I don’t get a new post up one morning, just remember that I’m probably off in a corner crying somewhere. 

Before the tantrums and tears, amid all of the excitement begin, I want to reveal another furniture piece.

This is the Willett.

The Willett with no paint.  Just a contrast in stains. 

The Willett because it is was manufactured by the Willett Company out of Kentucky. 



The BEFORE top:



The BEFORE bottom after the top was sanded down.



I painted the knobs with a matte gold and then did a copper Rub N Buff wash to tone them down.  The copper was a nice blend with the tone of the new stained finish.



With the exception of a few scratches here and there, it was in really good shape so I didn’t want to paint it.  However, it just seemed a little dull in its original state.  

The solution?

Dual stains in mahogany and natural.


I discovered that I am missing a handful of pictures that I’ve taken over the last month.  They are not on my camera card or in my files.  So frustrating.  Unfortunately, a few of pictures of this piece are among the missing.  What I had wanted to show you was that after I removed the back panel of the top, the veneer was very brittle and chipping away on the edges. 

To repair it, I used veneer edge banding and opted to leave it natural for a striped effect. 




The enormous dovetail joints are probably my favorite feature and I wanted to make sure they stood out.




This piece sold within 24 hours so I’m on the lookout for something similar to “enhance.”   If you come across one, send it my way!





Okay, now that the reveal is out of the way, it is time to finish up some shopping. 

For birthday.

For dorm.

For sympathy.

Be inspired,


Linking to:



Cowgirl Up! at Crafty Texas Girls
HOme Savvy A To Z
The Southern Institute:Creative Me Monday
Everything Under The Moon – Bedazzle Me Monday
More the Merrier at DIY Home Sweet Home
Get Your Craft On – Today’s Creative Blog
Metamorphosis Monday
Crafts Keep Me Sane at Keeping It Simple
Home Stories A To Z
Time To Shine at Diamond In The Stuff
How To Nest For Less
Thrifty Decor Chick – First Monday of Every Month

TDC Before and After






Tip Junkie handmade projects
Shades Of Amber Chalk Paint Party
A Bowl Full of Lemons
DIY By Design
Trash 2 Treasures at Kammy’s Korner
Project Queen
Tip Junkie
My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia
Elizabeth & Co.
Not Just A Housewife
Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
House of Grace – Twice Owned Tuesday
A Stroll Through Life
Live Laugh Rowe
Embracing Change
Fireflies and Jellybeans
Primitive and Proper
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Restore Interiors
Its Overflowing
domestically speaking: power of paint party
From My Front Porch To Yours
The Brambleberry Cottage
No Minimalist Here – Open House Party
Somewhat Simple
 Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps On The Porch   
My Repurposed Life
beyond the picket fence
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Creek Cottage
Delightful Order
A Glimpse Inside
house of hepworths 
36th avenue
The Rooster And The Hen – First & Third Fridays
Serenity Now
Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence
Frugalicious Fridays at Finding Fabulous
Chic On A Shoestring
Miss Mustard Seed
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Freckled Laundry
Tater Tots and Jello
stuff and nonsense
happy hour projects

Funky Junk Interiors
The DIY Showoff
Be Different Act Normal
My1929Charmer: Sunday Best
Homemaker On A Dime
Sisters of the Wild West – Sister Sunday Link Party
Nifty Thrifty Things
Under The Table And Dreaming
Simply Klassic Home
Southern Hospitality – Thrifty Treasures

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  1. You turned that into something special. Sort of an off beat Frank Lloyd look.


  2. Beautiful, elegant piece, great job!

  3. The wood is gorgeous. Really beautiful job.

  4. What an amazing piece; I love it! You did a fabulous job. I agree; those dovetail joints are quite a feature.

  5. Great job. The wood is stunning.

  6. The Willett turned out looking amazing. That was a very imaginative way to show off its features.

  7. again! you did it AHHHHH-GAIN! you found a stunning piece and knew just how to bring it back to life. i could eat those dovetails their so delish!

    enjoy your last week with you family…. your blog will still be here when you get back!

  8. Again… Again… Again… You never cease to amaze! Love! (Oh! And thanks for the advice. I think you’re right… Humidity. BAH!)

  9. I like that you didn’t paint it and that you kept it naturally beautiful. I love your ceramic owl!!

  10. it’s beautiful- so elegant!
    so where did eryn end up deciding on?

  11. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    You are so good with stains! This is beautiful!

  12. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Happy to feature you at our party this morning! Love having you as a party regular!