Thursday, July 10, 2014

Country Style Empire

I know I said I wouldn't be painting this summer (eh hmm) BUT I had a wonderful opportunity to work with a local business owner and I just didn't want to pass it up.  So, here I am. :)  

She had this sweet little empire chest of drawers that just wasn't selling.  The veneer was cracked right up the middle down one of the sides, the bottom drawer bottom was broken in half, and it had these not-so-great shiny brass pulls on it.  A few minor character flaws but such a great shape--I just love an empire.  She asked me what color I thought it would look good in and "green" just popped out of my mouth.  Which is unusual because I'm really not a ginormous fan of green.  Go figure. 

She has a fabulous little store which I was thrilled to be able to take a tour of and thought this cutie would be right at home there in a soft country green.  


I know, I know it's Tiger Oak (which is just quarter sawn oak btw), but seriously, the veneer damage was severe on the top two drawers and the one side.  


I ended up peeling the veneer off the top two drawers and there happened to be oak drawer fronts underneath.  Love when that happens. :)  I just sanded them smooth and painted.  I also had to remove the veneer on the side panel.  There was two pieces of crummy sub underneath that didn't even meet in the middle, so I had my hubby cut a piece of luan for the side and we simply glued it to the sub like veneer.  I then sealed it and painted. 

 She wanted to keep the existing pulls so I sprayed it dark and now I like them so much more than that tacky brass.  You know me though, the hardware is my favorite part so I switched out the knobs for these vintage patterned ones.  They've always been a favorite of mine. 

 I felt a little guilty painting over all the oak veneer so I opted to keep the top natural.  I sanded it down to the bare wood and then sealed it with a coat of hemp oil.  It turned out beautifully!  And, it dried nice and hard which I was a little worried about.  


This piece is available at The Rustic Shed in Bonduel, WI
Roxanne has such a lovely store!  If you are in the area please stop by and pay her a visit! 

color = Ryegrass SW

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Repurposed Hutch Top

Do you ever feel like you're in the Twilight Zone?  I'm totally a routine person.  I don't function well without one, so the beginning of summer is always a little hard for me.  I stink at transitioning from the school year to the summer routine.  And, my sweet little daughter asked me to not paint this summer so we could spend more time together and I agreed (I needed a break anyway). This piece was my last custom until school starts again.  It was originally the top to the buffet I just finished up.  

My client wanted to use the pieces separately, so she had the same cabinet maker that made the tops put legs on the hutch so it could be used as a book shelf.  I really love the idea and thought it turned out so great.  It was definitely dark and in need of a pick me up! 



I love this color.  It's subtle and sophisticated, especially paired with the dark wood top.   

 *Confession:  People always ask me about glazing and I never tell them that I absolutely hate glazing.  I'm not sure why, I just do.  But, I do like the way it looks when done lightly.  

I'm not sure when you'll see me again, but I hope you're still around when I finally make another appearance!! :)

Have a terrific summer!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Bow Front Buffet in Coco

I'm back from our little vacay to Arizona.  We had a lot of fun and I think it was a good little get away for all of us.  Ania asked me what my favorite part was and I think climbing Camelback Mountain was it.  Which is funny because I honestly thought Flight for Life was going to have to remove me from the top.  Thank goodness coming down was easier on the ol' ticker than going up!

I have a few customs to finish up before I'm done for the summer.  I can't say, at this point, that I'm sad about that.  I'm hoping the saying "absence makes the heart grow fonder" will be applicable in September. :)

This buffet is actually the bottom of a buffet/hutch combo.  My client wanted to use them as two separate pieces so the bottom will be used as a media console and the top will be repurposed (next project so stay tuned!).  When they took the hutch off, the top of the buffet needed to be replaced which is why it looks new. :)  A good friend, who happens to make custom cabinets, made the top for my client and then she dropped it off for some TLC.  And, boy did it need it!

It's all mahogany veneers and they were in pretty rough shape in parts.  I ended up having to remove all the veneer off of one of the drawers, the edge of the top drawer, and the whole bottom strip.  I sanded it  smooth, stained it dark with java gel, then sealed with shellac before painting. 



I never really jumped on the chalk paint wagon, so still pretty much use latex.  But, I do love some of ASCP colors.  This one is very close to Coco, but is really Virtual Taupe by Sherwin Williams.  I then glazed it with a dark brown glaze. I use a damp cloth when wiping the glaze off so it's not so dark (as opposed to wiping with a dry cloth) or streaky.  The only problem with this is if your paint hasn't cured you can rub it off easily.  Of course, I was too impatient and ended up having to repaint parts because I rubbed too much paint off.  You would think I would have learned by now, but nope!

One of the original pulls was missing so I replace them all with this cup pulls (my favorites) and kept the originals on the doors.  The pulls had been sitting in my garage for a while so they were pretty dusty.  When I washed them off it dried them out and they were really dry looking (which is not what I was going for), so I simply rubbed them with some vegetable oil and then wiped clean.  Good as new! 

 The top was new so was very easy to work with.  I used  Java Gel by General Finishes and then finished with 3 coats of Minwax Polyacrylic in satin. Ga-orgeous! 

I almost always paint the insides too!  

I'm still getting over some hard feelings this baby left me with so I can't quite say I love it...check back with me tomorrow. ;)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Depression Era Hutch

 I love when people contact me about furniture.  They have something they want to part with and it saves me a lot of looking!  When a friend approached me about this Depression Era hutch I knew I wanted it. :)

I don't see many of them around anymore and I just love them. This one was dark and dated and I wanted to bring out all the wonderful details.  I know there are wood lovers out there who hate what I do, but, to me, so many of the pretty parts of antiques aren't really noticeable when all the wood is so dark.  Paint really makes them pop. Not that I am justifying myself. ;)



I desperately need to get rid of some paint, so I mixed a few colors I had on hand (ha!) to create this gorgeous, soft turquoise.  Pics just don't seem to do the blues justice (they never pick up the green in the blue, if you know what I mean).  It's a hint of blue, green, and fave!

 This is a little truer to the color.  I chose Cottage White by Behr (color matched at Sherwin Williams, of course) for the details.  I also undercoated the entire piece with it, so when I distressed the white would show through.  I love the combination of the white with the blue and the dark wood. 

 You know I adore a beautiful leg and does she have some pretty ones!!  Check those babies out!!

 I lined the drawer with the awesome fabric I had left over from Hobby Lobby and it's PeRfEcT!

 I love these oatmeal knobs.  I tried others, but they were too white.  I really like how soft these are.

 I am partial to the inside of a hutch being white. ;)

The inset in the door is amazing and I really wanted to frame it out, so I opted to keep the wood natural.  I gave it a coat of Danish Oil and then sealed it with Minwax Polyacrylic.  Yes, you can do that. Water based can go over oil based. :)

This one is

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Chippy Owl Nightstand

I was actually picking up a dresser from a CL ad and the lady who was selling was moving to AZ and needed to get rid of her things.  Those situations always make me feel bad because I knew she was desperate and she kept saying, "I have more.  Do you want to see?"  I took the tour of her house and actually found several items.  When she came to this table she said, "Do you want this, too?"  I didn't, lol,  but I felt so bad for her that I agreed to buy it.  It's been sitting in my garage for a while, and I haven't been feeling very motivated lately (burnout I think).  Yesterday I decided this would be a small (and quick) makeover. Ha!  I ended up having to peel veneer off the top and on closer inspection it was pretty rough in places, so needed a little extra care. 

I ended up going a little whimsical with it and thought it turned out pretty darned cute. :)

Pretty ho-hum.


It looks cute from the front, but it's the sides I love!! :)

 My daughter is so in love with owls right now, and I secretly am too!  And, how could you not be?  Aren't the adorable??

 The front needed a little extra something, too, so I drilled a hole and added one of my favorite knobs. 

 I mimicked the flowers from the sides on the top with a few stripes and gave it a good distressing. 

 The paint wanted to chip so I just went with it.
 (Mostly that means I wasn't going to put in any more time to paint over it and start again. Shhh...)

Would be so sweet next to a little punkin's bed. :)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Antique Dresser in Terra Cotta Rose

My client found this cabinet outside a local consignment store last summer.  I remember driving by and seeing it out there, considering stopping, driving by, regretting it, and going back only to find it gone.  I was so happy when she called me and told me she had bought it and wanted me to refinish it!  

She already knew what she wanted and so I took it from there. :)



The color is actually from Wal Mart and is called Terra Cotta Rose.  It's a deep coral and I stained over it with Minwax Jacobean to deepen the color a bit more.  The weather was actually really warm here today (finally!) and I found the stain was drying very quickly when I was trying to wipe the sides down.  I just added a bit of mineral spirits to extend the drying time-it was much easier after that (no, it won't take your paint off). ;)

 I loved this detail on the bottom drawer.  We were originally going to do a print in the circle, but I didn't end up liking the way it looked so decided to just detail it in white and antique it. 

 She opted to keep the original pulls and I'm so glad!  I sprayed them with Oil Rubbed Bronze so they would contrast nicely with the color. 

 Another beautiful mahogany veneer on the top.  I sanded it down, stained it with Java Gel from General Finishes, and sealed it with 3 coats of polyacrylic. 

 The doors originally opened with a key, but it was missing and all that was left was a hole in the door. We opted to fill it and do knobs on the doors so it would function well. 

 Cute little legs!! :)

 I'm loving the sheen the polyacrylic gives!  It's Minwax in satin. 

I finished it off by doing the drawer fronts on the inside antique white and she's good to go!