Friday, May 15, 2015

Reproduction Music Table


I was "kind of" "talked into" buying this unique table (thanks Sandy!) ;).
I didn't really know how I felt about it.  Neither here nor there, I guess.  It's very unique but the whole cherry/gold thing was throwing me off, along with the base and the gold feet.  I guess I was just thinking, "It's really not my thing."  But, no matter, she gave it to me for a good price and I was happy to take it off her hands for her.  

I thought I knew what I was going to do with it right up until I got my paint out.  Then I totally changed my mind and went in the complete opposite direction.  AND, am so glad I did! 

Btw, this is just a reproduction so I didn't have any qualms about painting it (as if I ever do, ha!).




BEFORE

I was going to do it antique white, with a dark top, and do the feet and "strings" in ORB, but decided I wanted it to look a little moodier. 




 AFTER

I ended up mixing what I had left of my Ash from Fusion Mineral Paints with my stock black from SW.  It turned out to be a very dark graphite, which I am loving more and more. It's not as stark as black which I'm liking. 

I did prime it in black though, so when I distressed there would be some variation in the color.  It was still lacking a little something so I got out my gilding cream!  It's hard not to go crazy with this stuff!  I love how it glides on and how you can manipulate it with dark or clear wax.  I just played with it until I had the look I wanted. 





You can see the contrast of the gilding creme on the middle here and then on the base below. 








I sanded the drawer fronts down to the bare wood, then dark and clear waxed them.  I love the grain in cherry and I absolutely love the contrast with these awesome library pulls from D Lawless Hardware.  You really should check them out if you haven't yet.  They have a wide selection at really good prices.   














Thursday, May 14, 2015

Cedar Chest in custom stone (color)

I almost kept this one for myself and left it just the way it was, BUT it didn't fit! :(  Big boo!

This is not an antique, but it is beautifully made and such a unique piece.  The top opens and the chest part is lined with cedar and then the bottom drawer opens and it is also lined with cedar.  I just love it. 

When I sold the highboy earlier this week my client said she was looking for a chest, too.  I was sad to give it up but I knew it was getting a good home! 





 BEFORE




AFTER


She wanted it to "match" the highboy, but not be "matchy-matchy".  She also wanted to go a little darker with it.  It's such an elegant looking piece so I like how the neutral color lets all those pretty details stand out. 


I mixed the colors Weimeraner from SW, Wheat Bread from Behr,  and Driftwood from General Finishes to get this color.

Originally she had wanted the top wood and the rest painted.  Problem:  when I got to looking at the top I wasn't sure exactly what it was made of or what kind of treatment it had on it.  It needed to be refinished because it had scratches on it, so it had to be painted.  So, I asked her if I could leave the drawer fronts wood instead.  They aren't perfect but in a lot better shape than the top.  I didn't do anything to them but wipe them down. ;)





My favorite part about this chest is the feet!  I will quietly admit I did sit on my garage floor and rub them (just a little and not for too long...shhhh).







Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Antique Empire

It's no secret I have a ginormously. gargantuan, huge, make the universe look small little thing for furniture. Five years ago I wouldn't have given an antique a second look, other than to say it was ugly.  But now!  They make my heart go pitter patter and my brain start racing!  And, I must say, I think I like a pretty Empire style piece as much as anything.  There's just something about those subtle curves and chunky feet.  LoVe, lOvE, looooove them!

I recently met this fabulous lady (she really is just fabulous!).  She loves antiques, too, and we blah blah blah about them when we get together.  Well, she's sweet enough to keep an eye out for me when she's at home on her computer or when she's out and about, and.....in her own home!  She needed to sell this beauty to make room for another piece and I was so thrilled when she said I could have first dibs.  What  a sweetheart! 

I'm not sure why it is so but most Empire's I see are made out of tiger oak. I don't need to remind you how I feel about oak, in general, and usually tiger oak (which is actually just quarter sawn oak, not some freaking exotic wood) is no exception.  

But, when I started sanding down these drawers the pattern in the grain was so beautiful that I decided to leave them natural.  You're welcome all you paint haters! ;)





 BEFORE





 AFTER

The best thing about making over these pieces is that they are so dark before and lightening them up really gives them a whole new life. Look at those drawers just pop against the paint. Wowza!




 I give God all the credit for this one.  His handy work cannot be beat!




 I love lining the drawers, what a sweet surprise when you open them up!




 The grain on the top wasn't as nice as the drawers and I didn't want the top competing with the drawers, so I decided to paint it. I almost never do that!









One thing I love about painting furniture is all the texture it brings out.  You know I like smooth paint, but I also love all the little bumps, scales, and imperfections that come with an older piece.  Painting and distressing enhances all those things. 







 Both of these are still my favorite hardware.  I could just sit and stare at the knobs with the metal overlay.  I like how the middles are dark to tie in with the dark wood, but the outer edge is light to tie in with the drawers.  They just bring the entire piece together. 





These are some of those subtle curves I love, and those feet....







Friday, May 8, 2015

Chest of Drawers in Wheat Bread (Behr)


I think I've done close to 500 pieces of furniture in the last 4 years.  Sometimes that makes it hard to feel inspired or to continue to be original.  I find myself thinking, "Ok, what can I do to make this piece really stand out?"  It's easy to get caught up in trying to do something "different" all the time.  

This week I realized that sometimes I just need to take a step back and breath.  It's not about coming up with the most original finish...it's about helping each piece be the best it can be.  And, at times, that means less is more.  When I really started looking at this Basset I realized what a beautiful piece of furniture it really is.  It is very well made and in almost perfect condition.  It has a subtle bow front (typical of French Provincial) and soft lines. I've been doing a lot of color and floral in the past two weeks and I knew that wasn't the direction I should go for this particular piece. 

So, in keeping with the feel of the piece I decide to go monochromatic and to keep it soft looking. 

I'm a little sad because pics just don't do this one justice.  I need a nicer camera. ;)


BEFORE






AFTER

The color is Wheat Bread from Behr and it's a beautiful, subtle greige.  I also decided I didn't want to distress this one (I know, take a few seconds to collect yourself) because I didn't want to break up the beautiful lines of the piece. 






I used Krylon's Make It Stone textured paint for the inset of the drawer.  I like how it doesn't distract from the overall look of the piece but adds just a little something. The lighting is washed out in these pics, but in person it's more noticeable. 



I rarely find a piece that still has the keyhole covers (even if their faux like this one).  I was so happy this piece still had it and that it looks amazing!  I love the patina on it and left it alone. 




 I also didn't do anything but dust the existing hardware.  I love the highs and lows of aged metal. 





Such a gorgeous top (that I had to redo twice-ugh!) and it was well worth the trouble it gave me. :)




 Beautiful legs and curvy skirt! 




I love the contrast of the texture with the velvety smooth paint.  And, the bow front just makes my heart beat a little faster.  












This piece would make a wonderful Mother's Day gift!  (hint, hint!) :)



Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Antique Dresser in Seaside from Fusion Mineral Paint

I found this dresser (from a tip from a fellow painter, thank you Whitney!) at our local Habitat for Humanity.  I usually don't shop there as their prices are high (it's for a good cause, I know).  But, this dresser had some kind of hideous reddish brown stain/paint on it so it was a little cheaper. 

It's a good thing I don't ever judge a book by it's cover! :)  It had a cute little shape and great detailing on the mirror. 

When I got it home I realized all the keyhole cover s were missing and the keyholes were ginormously huge!  You'll have to scroll through the pics to see my solution. ;)



 BEFORE




 AFTER

Ah, much better!

The color is Seaside from the Michael Penney line at Fusion Mineral Paint.  The more I work with this paint the more I'm liking it.  It has a great  consistency, but it is a little thinner than other acrylics I've worked with which had me wondering how good the coverage would be.  I'm a two coat kinda gal, but I could have gotten away with one coat in this color.  And, the adhesion is incredible (which is why they suggest you don't wait very long to distress it).  This paint's not going anywhere! :)  




I absolutely adore these knobs and they've been hanging around in my stash for a few months.  I don't do blue very often so I've been waiting for just the right opportunity to use them.  They look so sweet on this petite dresser. 




I wanted that beautiful scroll work to stand out so I painted it a soft white and then gave it a light coat of dark wax (which you totally cannot tell in these pics).




I mentioned the keyhole covers were missing and the holes were very large.  They looked funny and I didn't want to leave them.  But, I also am so impatient I didn't want to order any and have to wait for them to come in the mail.  So, I found these cute covers in the jewelry section at Hobby Lobby.  How perfect are they?! I attached them with old, rusty tack nails I had from another dresser (see it pays to keep junk!).  Loooove them!





I debated on leaving the top natural.  It's a pretty piece of oak and was in good condition, but I think that's why it just wasn't sitting well with me.  It was too nice.  And, the rest of the piece felt just a little more formal than the light top, so dark it went....one coat of Java Gel from General Finishes.




I also found this sweet fabric.  If the drawers have stains I can't sand out I always line them.  

Friday, May 1, 2015

Antique Headboard to Bench in Antique White

I bought this headboard and foot board at an auction last summer.  I'm not usually one to let projects sit around, but I wasn't sure if I wanted to leave it as a headboard or convert it into a bench.  BUT, converting into a bench required the skill of my handy hubby and he's busy...all the time. ;)

So, there it sat.  I was in our storage unit a few weeks ago and was reminded of it again and thought it was time to get this particular project done.  Craig agreed to work his magic and started putting it together for me.  It was a little trickier because I wanted to use the foot board for the sides, but the foot board was curved on the ends (which makes it awesome, but tricky).  It's a good thing he knows what he's doing though and he made it all work.

On the last bench we did together I had people asking me for instructions on how to do it.  Please don't ask.  I have no clue.  He made supports all the way around for the seat to sit on and screwed it all together.  That's about all I can tell you. ;)




 BEFORE (kind of)






 AFTER

I love that it's simple, but the curved fronts make it so special.  I chose Antique White from General Finishes because it's rather tall and I was afraid going dark with it would make it look like a beast.  The original finish on it was amazing, lots of bumps and alligator skin, so I chose to do the white, heavily distress it, and then dark wax it to bring out all that texture. 

I also have to tell you the bleed through was absolutely terrible.  I had to do about 5 coats of shellac.  Ugh!


I found the fabric at JoAnn's and just love it.  













It's not perfect but it's amazing!