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Monday, November 20, 2017

Friends Befores & Afters Part III

Good morning! This is part three of our series of before and after furniture projects from the D. Lawless Hardware Friends group. I've got five more people to feature with their work. First though I want to remind everyone that will will be closed Thursday - Sunday for the holiday. But, we will return CYBER MONDAY WITH FREE SHIPPING ON EVERY ORDER! Sorry, but I have to exclude the HI, AK, and Canadian customers unless I figure something out. That is just too big a money loser for us to ship that far.

Here's how that goes: "Free shipping for everyone!" Canadian customer "I'll take 20 of your bulkiest item and I live by the North Pole!"  Haha, sorry guys!

First up is a lovely project from Renee using our restoration hardware collection. Renee cheats and switches out the furniture. She expects me to believe this is the same dresser. I'll humor her! She runs the page The Painted Home.

dresser before

dresser after

Next up are a couple of nice projects from Melissa of Vintage Keiralie. Melissa used these bail pulls on both of these projects I believe. Or at least one anyways, I see so much hardware...Melissa is a recent acquaintance of mine and I couldn't be happier to be allowed to post some of her work!

vanity before

vanity after photo

Dresser before

black dresser after

And now introducing my number one contributor! Tommye run ReDesigned by Doherty and she REALLY redesigns stuff. Hard to believe she started with the same piece on some of these! The first project is the perfect example. I don't know how she thought to do this with an old (sewing?) table
 but it's so cool! When Tommye does a piece, it's not just painting it up, it's totally rethinking how the piece will be used and figuring out how to get the best out of it like the last one where she chopped it in half!

sewing table makeover

sewing table after

card catalog before

card catalog after

old desk before

desk turned into nightstands

Elizabeth Burns of Elizabeth Burns Designs has been a long time contributor to our website and I know for a fact that her beautiful photos have helped us sell a lot more of the pieces she uses. In particular these first brass drop pulls really got a boost from this gorgeous before and after!

Elizabeth Burns Design | Pink and Gold Dresser Before

Elizabeth Burns Design | Pink and Gold Dresser After


After w/ Country Store Collection Cup Pulls

And finally, Jessica from Parish Line Pieces turned this old junker into a work of art using some of our unfinished wood pulls. This project is gorgeous and reminds me that we really need to start carrying some more of the unfinished wood pulls so that people have more options to perfectly customize and get the pulls that look perfect with the piece. This is great detail with the pulls and I'm adding them to the product page soon. I also like how she ditched the old doors and left it open for storage. Thanks for that Jessica!

dresser before

dresser after

That's it for Part III, don't forget to look at the rest of the series and also join our mailing list below for deals and more great customer projects!

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Friends Befores & Afters

I don't always get the before pictures from people, but recently I got a couple which spurred me to ask the group for some before and afters and now this is going to be a five+ part series apparently!  It's really fun to see people turn so many pieces of essentially junk to beautiful pieces for the home. It's a true talent to have the vision to look at junk and imagine what it could be with work.

So, I have added work to the series in pretty much the order in came in. Except a few people that submitted multiple projects got shuffled around.

First up is my new acquaintance and friend Re-Luv'd Furniture submitted these before and afters of a dresser she recently finished using D. Lawless Hardware and General Finishes Paint. Looks great and she chose the perfect hardware!

before and after dresser makeover

after shot of made over dresser

Sue at The Browsing Butterfly was actually the second before and after I got in a row which is what spurred me to ask for more. She did a wonderful job on a dresser I'm sure many people would have tossed. I really love the way the venetian bronze hardware matches the top stain and mustard yellow paint job. Awesome result!

ugly dresser before

beautiful dresser after

When Colleen from Painted Gem Creations sent in these befores I couldn't for the life of me think of what project she had posted that even resembled the bones of this piece. It's in such bad shape I couldn't believe it was the beauty in white below using some of our drop pulls!

before - damaged top

before - ruined paint job

After makeover - beautiful in white

Business partner Amanda at Pendulum Designs & Restorations sent in a nice before and after of a wood stained wash stand. This post is also the perfect example of a before and after of staging and photography. Everything looks great on top of the makeover too!

wash stand before

wash stand after

I get a ton of work and photos from Lee Ann at Creative Moments so I'm using her as the anchor for this post. She is quite the productive person and always has something in the works it appears. She not only has her Facebook page but also a blog, Creative Moments, she keeps running because she is a glutton for punishment!! Keep scrolling 'cause I saved the best for last!!

big dresser before

big dresser after

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Fantastic Friend Furniture Flips!!

I couldn't think of another F that made any sense...well I could...but it wasn't appropriate for a business blog...:)

My peeps in the friends group have done it again! I can see their positive effects on our business day after day as the orders from recommendations roll in almost as quickly as the project photos I'm getting. So big thanks to everyone for all the support!

Today I'v got five posts to share and four of them are from people I've never had the pleasure of working with before! My day to day job is quite monotonous and this stuff really makes my job fun so I hope the blog is fun for the readers too.

First up! Courtney at Twig & Thyme Design used some nice oil rubbed bronze cup pulls from Liberty Hardware (of which we are a Master Distrubutor) on a pair nicely painted tables. I just posted the little guy, but you can see the bigger coffee table and the two of them paired together by clicking through to her page!

painted end table - twig & thyme design

Next up is Amanda at Pendulum Designs & Restorations.  Amanda was one of our first partners to carry D. Lawless Hardware in her shop and we are greatly appreciative! This piece here uses a few of our hinges which aren't visible, but the entire piece is gorgeous so I had to share!

big dresser and vanity

I had the pleasure of chatting with Sue from The Browsing Butterfly for a bit the other day after she posted a picture of the venetian bronze bail pulls she used on this dresser to the group. I had to see the full project and convince her to let me share the photos! Mission accomplished! I am very convincing, hahahaha!  Really nice distressing job and th pulls match the stained wood top nicely in my opinion. Thanks Sue!

mustard yellow dresser makeover

Another nice new acquaintance of mine courtesy of the group is Denise at Designs by Dee. Denise posted this amazing piece where the detail and the hardware are in PERFECT HARMONY! Only the cup pulls are from us and she modified ALL of the hardware to get the perfect copper tone to match her drawer and door detail. Big thanks Denise!

matching antique copper hardware

As always I end on a high note! Erin at E Jay Vintage Modern posted up this gorgeous vanity with our restoration hardware! One of my personal favorites looks is brass hardware with blue paint so I'll definitely be adding this to our Instagram feed! #brassandblue

blue vanity with brass hardware

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Friday, November 10, 2017

New Group Member Posts & Pages

We have had a huge influx of people to the D. Lawless Hardware Friends group on Facebook all coming in from the Styling & Staging group!  I am very excited about the level of participation and enthusiasm the new members brought and today I'm sharing the work many of them have posted so far!

Every day I get more photos I can't believe how lucky I am to work with such great businesses and talented hobbyists! This list is in NO ORDER, all the projects are beautiful and each page needs to be checked out and like so you see their future work!

First up is this beautiful bright piece from Cottage Creations by Colleen!! Colleen used some of our brass restoration hardware to top off a gorgeous paint job. I'd never seen Colleen's page until she joined the group, but it's filled with great work just like that and we are lucky to have her around!

Green Washstand with brass hardware

Our next enthusiastic new member sent in several photos and I am crossing my fingers that I get to fill up our website with more of her work in the future. Jane at Vintage Transformation Studio has used our new baroque style hardware as well as our glass knobs and we thank her for her business as well!

desk with cup pulls

clear glass knob

Not actually a new member, but one of our first members, Lee Ann from Creative Moments joined in and added a link over to this beautiful desk she finished using some of our cup pulls! Great staging as well!

desk makeover with cup pulls

Next up is Rebecca of Rejoice Recharmed Designs sent in some nice shots of how she was using some of our acrylic knobs.  I chose this photo because it shows off the extra time Rebecca takes to add detail to her pieces!

table with detailed paint job

I don't like to string these out too long so that everyone gets a nice bit of real estate for their work, so I'll end on this great piece by Robin using our solid wood little casters and glass knobs too I think. Robin does work like this and DOESN'T HAVE A PAGE! WHAT!?!?! Get a page Robin!!

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Business Partner: Pendulum Designs - Gulf Breeze, FL

After the General Finishes Expo in September we decided we needed to make a big push to get resellers of our hardware and to move towards a business model that resembles a lot of the awesome brands that we have to compete with like VanDyke's, Richelieu, and others.

We definitely have the price and service advantage over these companies, no doubt in my mind, so now it's just down to getting trusted business partners that will take the chance and carry our hardware over the tried and true.

So, without further ado, I present Pendulum Designs out of Florida that has done us the great honor of being one of the first people in the country to officially carry D. Lawless Hardware!

D. Lawless Hardware Selection - Pendulum Designs

Their main Facebook page features a ton of examples of their beautiful work, much of it featuring our hardware. However, I'm just going to pick the work that appeals to me though most so most of these don't include our hardware, but for sure show off the talents of our newest business partner!

From scrolling through their feed it appears they specialize in two things, kitchen design and furniture restoration. Some of these paint jobs are amazing! I'll start off first with some of the restorations as that Pendulum Designs posted recently. Furniture restoration has to be their bread and butter because all this work is GORGEOUS!

Blue Cabinet Makeover

Grey Hutch Makeover

Ornate Hutch Makeover

Distressed Blue Dresser Restoration

Tall Dresser Makeover

They also do kitchen design as I mentioned earlier and have done some really nice work on these two white kitchens I found in their feed.

White Kitchen Design

White Kitchen Makeover

The kitchens look great, but I'll end with my favorite restoration. The furniture restoration is where Pendulum Designs really gets to spread their wings obviously. The beautiful paint jobs and ornate detail on furniture can't be utilized very easily in a full kitchen so I really wanted to end on a piece that shows off their skills! Look at this detail!!

Detailed, Ornate Wardrobe Restoration

Armoire Wood Detail

We couldn't be happier with our new business partner!

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