Sunday, January 25, 2015

Black Waterfall Dresser

This huge waterfall dresser was so dark and dingy. 
I chose black for its makeover.
I painted it with two coats in DIY chalk paint and distressed slightly.  I then covered it with Martha Stewart metallic glaze in Black Coffee.  It is hard to tell in the photo, but it really does give some dimension to the black.
I completely transformed the hardware by simply soaking them in ammonia and buffing them to a shine with a green scrubbing sponge.
They really pop off the black and become the star of the show.


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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Mid Century Modern Mint Dresser

One Monday a while back I found an ad on craigslist about free furniture. It said to get there by Sunday (the day before) or the garbage men would take it. I took the chance to drive by Monday night to see if anything was left.
It looked like everything was left! If you can believe it, I only took the two dressers the arrows are pointing to. The rest were a bunch of desks and broken pieces.
This is the dresser that was upside down and backwards at the top of the photo. A really cool mid century modern dresser.

So far, I have gotten the chance to paint two other mid century pieces and those were also free!
Free MCM Table

Free MCM Dresser
But I painted those white and I wanted to do something different. I chose a mint color oops paint that I have had forever. 
I sanded down the three drawers on the right and taped off the wood elements on the drawers to the left. I used two coats of the mint color (mixed into homemade chalk paint), distressed and waxed with Minwax finishing paste. I waxed the drawers on the right with AS dark wax.
I started painting at night so the color didn't feel as bright as it did once I moved it into the sun. It may be a little edgy for my area, but I hope someone likes it.


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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Eight Table Makeovers

Here are eight table makeovers I have done over the past year that I thought would be fun to put together in one post.


::Tables 1 & 2::

Both tables were painted with Safe Paint (milk paint for walls) from The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co in their Federal Blue color. The bottom table's grain sack (or racing?) stripes were done in Valspar Churchill Hotel Vanilla.

::Tables 3 & 4::

Two more tables painted with Safe Paint (milk paint for walls) from The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. This time in their Buttermilk color.

::Table 5::
This table was done in Valspar Churchill Hotel Vanilla.

::Table 6::
I freshened up this metal and glass table with gold Rub 'n Buff.

::Table 7::
Three coats of an oops paint color in red gave this table a nice country look.

::Table 8::
Valspar Midnight Fog is this table's modern color.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

French Provincial Bedroom Set

The consignment store, where I sell my furniture, sometimes gives me pieces to paint. It's usually a dresser or table or some chairs. This time it was a whole bedroom set.
An entire French Provincial bedroom set! These pieces are big and heavy but interestingly enough, not actually solid wood.
Above is a view from the back of one of the nightstands. You can see the top is an extremely thin layer of veneer over pressboard and just the edge is wood.
Above is a photo of the underside of one of the drawers. It is molded plastic over pressboard. The head board is also a mix of wood and molded plastic.

The beauty of the homemade chalk paint is that it will stick to anything! So I knew it would be no problem to paint it.

Because of the thin veneer on the tops, I ruled out refinishing them and chose to paint them black. I painted the body of the pieces Valspar Classic Teal. 
Everything got two coats of paint, distressed, glazed with Martha Stewart Metallic glaze in Black Coffee and then finished with wipe on poly. 
Because of the incredible detail in this set, I had to use an artist brush to get the glaze in all the details. It was definitely a labor of love, but totally worth it!


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Monday, September 15, 2014

MCM Dresser Makeover

My husband found this dresser on the side of the road for me.
What a dirty beast! I really don't understand this yellow color that was popular back in the day. It is not a good look.

Being that it is a mid century modern piece, I chose to do what everyone else does--paint it white with contrasting wood tones. I've done it before on this table. Funny enough, I also got it for free. 

I sanded down all the drawers and stained them with AS dark wax. I painted the rest of the piece with three coats of white homemade chalk paint, distressed slightly and waxed with Minwax Finishing Paste.
I almost didn't get the knobs off--the screws were stripping as I tried to remove them. I used some kind of grease in a can that my husband had in the garage and banged on them with the end of my screw driver to loosen them up. 

Each knob had two screws so it took a little while, but I got them off and replaced them with brand new screws. They were $.11 each at True Value. I am lucky I have a True Value that is pretty close to my house because they have a huge selection of screws there. I naturally assume Home Depot or Lowes will have everything I need, but they actually don't.

I gave the knobs and the metal strips on the bottom sides a covering of antique gold Rub 'n Buff to have them match. I didn't even notice those strips at first.
I had to take a few quick pictures before we loaded it up as it was threatening to rain and the consignment store was about to close.
I am very happy to have it out of my garage as it was a very large piece, but I was worried it was going to get marked up. My husband was staining a dresser red right next to it. Thankfully he didn't splatter on it.

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