Friday, May 31, 2013


Request was for a console table.  Here is the finished product.

This factory specializes in painted furniture - note the other turquoise medicine cabinet behind. 

I have to comment - that the wood box shown - I think has been touched up by Photoshop! with a blue wash over the original color.  I don't think this box was this color originally.  Chinese factories do not paint this way. 

Do you accept the color as is?


I sent the console to this factory because they are use to the color blue.  Not many are
I found these items in the factory last week. 

 As you can see they are all solid colors with an antique finish.  they are not 2 toned blues with washes and then antiqued. 

Door Plates

These are the door plates the factory got for me.  Same factory that did your table- not the console above.

I have a problem.  They are not drilled - and there is no nail head to go thru the plate to attach the handles .  

How are you going to attach????

I don't really work with these - just design the furniture.  You will need a handy man.   

 No nail heads that go thru the hardware to attach the handle to the plate. 

They can remove the black etching - have it look more like above. 

Cost  - sorry I had quoted you the rmb. 

Small :  14cm  $70 rmb = $ 90 HK
Large: 35cm  $250 rmb = $310 HK

Friday, May 24, 2013

Zhuhai Tour May 22nd, 2013

Zhuhai last Wednesday was quite an experience for 4 ladies.    At 4:30 a Black Rain Storm was hitting Hong Kong and I was awaken by the thunder and lighting.    I thought the tour would be postponed to another day, however the Internet was saying that Zhuhai was in better condition and that the Black Rain signal would be lifted at 6 am. So at 5:30am, with a cup of coffee in hand and my jet lag,  I emailed everyone that it was a go - if they were all willing.  They were!

Well - after waiting 20 minutes at a stop light in Zhuhai heading to our first factory we were told by the police we could go no further and had to turn around.  Luckily, we headed to another factory in that direction and reverse our trip as the floods receded. Below are photos from the first factory!    

This is their finishing area for new projects.  I was sure hoping mine wasn't in there! (See below)
We dodge puddles in the rest of the factory but there was more than enough to look at. 

 My cabinet after it was stripped and new hardware added.  LOVE IT!
 My Cabinet before it was stripped. 

I had the inside stripped as well. 

Originally they had stripped the wrong cabinet for me - this is it.  I probably should have taken it - cause it's beautiful - but it's not what I ordered... This may be still available and I know they will have no trouble selling it!

Most factories and business were closed with a small amount of staff - enough to help us.  The owner of one found his car submerged and had to take a taxi to work. 

A beautiful antique alter table with dragons was purchased and will be stained like the cabinet shown.  Yes!  you can do that. 

Porcelain garden stools that were purchased and are being shipped directly to the customer. Shipping can get expensive for these because they have to be packed and crated for protection.  So it's better to ship more than 1 or 2 to average out the cost of shipping.   Share with a friend. 

Baskets waiting for their stain.  

Painted buckets 

Love this pattern on the blue and white.  Very country and simple. But I think their using it the wrong way?

 Clothing stand  - great design.

Screen for behind a twin bed.

Burlwood cabinet with great hardware, sorry it's fuzzy.  

 Stool purchased 

Everyone needs one of these!

Sunday, May 19, 2013


May Schedule
Tuesday May 14th - cancelled
Wednesday May 22nd -  FULL, waiting list possible for 1

Wednesday May 29th - FULL

June Schedule

Saturday June 1st - 5 spots left
for all those that work during the week or want to take their husbands.

Tuesday June 4th - 2 spots left

If you have 4 people - try and book your own trip if our schedules can coordinate. 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Just sending a smile

Here's to a very good friend that is going through a very tough time just diagnosed with acute Leukemia and now undergoing extensive chemotherapy.