Happy 2017 everyone! Can you believe that another year is already here? 2016 was definitely a winner for me. I got married to the love of my life (during a blizzard).
The very next day, my twin niece and nephew were born and we went to Canada for our honeymoon.
This is me and Marc enjoying the Ice Hotel in Quebec.
Of course we brought a piece of Canada home with us!
This summer, I started a full-fledge furniture painting business with my sweetie supporting me all the way. We have almost made it through our first year of marriage and are super happy with our fur baby, Jake and our truck, The Marshmallow.
I hope your year was as good as mine. Cheers to the next!
On that note, I wanted to take some time to describe certain furniture styles and features that you may come across as you are shopping for projects to remake. I’ve learned all of this information over the past 4 years and I wanted to share it with you. I’m not an expert on furniture and there are lots of folks out there who know much more than I do, so don’t send the furniture police my way. This is essentially a brain dump of what I know and what I’ve come across.
Today, we’re going to start with furniture feet. Believe it or not, there are a LOT of styles when it comes to the bottoms of furniture pieces. We’ll start with the most recognizable, Queen Anne. This style of furniture is epitomized by curves. Thisend table was one of my first pieces I painted. Originally, this had a high gloss cherry wood stain and Chippendale style handles. (I’ll tackle hardware in another post.)
Here are those Queen Anne curves I was talking about. Furniture with these types of legs fall into this category. Can you see the little “pad” at the bottom of the foot? That’s actually called a pad foot.
See the bottom feet on this Boxwood Milk Painted cabinet? Those are called bracket feet.
Here’s another bracket foot on from my Shirtwaist Chest. These were replaced by casters because they weren’t stable, but you get the idea.
My Bespoke Blue Record Cabinet had a slight variation on the bracket foot. This is called a French foot because it curves slightly outwards instead of going straight down. Can you see the curve?
This Mustard Seed Yellow Jelly Cupboard has block style feet. They literally look like a little block and are boxy in shape.
My Sheet Music Cabinet also had block feet. They go straight down with no curve or twist.
This Duck Egg TV Cabinet was in the process of being painted, but you can see another style of furniture feet in the bottom right part of the photo. This is called a bun foot. It’s basically a sphere that serves as a foot.
Here’s a slight variation on the bun foot on my French Shutter Gray Cabinet. When you see a tapering towards the bottom, this is more of an Onion or Turnipfoot.
This refectory table had the most beautiful barley twisted legs I’ve ever seen!
Just look at those details!
This Coco Mahogany Dresser is a good example of spade feet. They’re rectangular at the top and they narrow into a base. You’ll typically find these feet on Hepplewhite style furniture.
Those are just a few of the furniture feet that I’ve come across. This list certainly isn’t exhaustive and it doesn’t include all of the pieces I’ve worked on, but at least it gives you a taste of the different styles that are out there in the world of furniture. Hopefully you’ll be able to spot them during your next venture!