We are thrilled to announce our new business named Iris Abbey. David and I, Ann Marie, are married to each other and passionate about history and art. Our plan is to take cast-off vintage wood furniture and transform each piece into a renovated, upscale, and unique hand-painted heirloom.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that people in this country throw out 11.1 million tons of furniture and furnishings annually. We’re looking to salvage solid pieces from a time when U.S. workers excelled in furniture making. Recycling furniture underscores our environmental concern, along with our use of nearly VOC-free paint, wax and cleaners.

We hope our recycled pieces will enhance a home’s decor, stand the test of time, and create a legacy. Every home deserves at least one important piece of furniture that can serve multiple generations.

When we acquired a fantastic Drexel buffet I knew that it was mid-century and Mediterranean in style. Which way to go? Spain? Italy? I love both. I found the perfect inspirational photo. Its shimmery greens and golds transported me back to Venice, one of my favorite cities. It’s the Rialto Bridge across the Grand Canal.

Rialto Bridge jpeg
Photo by Sandra Thompson

I zipped over to Jacksonville Beach and met with Pat Stone-Smith, my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint stockist at her store called Mid-Life Crisis at the Beach. We decided on a blend of Versailles and Olive. Gild would be the pièce de résistance.

David replaced a bit of veneer and she’s in great shape. I followed up with the paint and spent an eternity on the gilding. That’s almost finished. Here’s a peek, and she’s gorgeous. She would be at home in Venice’s Doge Palace.

Drexel Buffet Reduced Resolution

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