Monday, July 30, 2012

Antique Folding Table

Monday, July 30, 2012
I client of mine asked me if I could refinish this old antique folding table she inherited.

It had been stained but had some runs on it and needed to be freshened up.  I suggested she try a wash on the top because the wood grain was so pretty.

This is what it looked like after one coat of a white wash.  It looks lovely, but my client originally wanted the top darker, so we decided to wash it with some dark stain to get a bit of a deeper tone.

This is the end result after several layers of washing with some black stain and vintage white chalk paint.  Overall it has a grey tone.

I call it the "beachy farmhouse look."  Yes, I just made up a word.

It's always fun to do something different.  I love the white washed look and am hoping to do more of this in the future.  And thankfully, my client liked it too!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Large Oval White Mirror

Monday, July 23, 2012

This mirror is large scale!  It measures 41" x 28" and has gorgeous carved detailing.  It has been painted white and has black distressed detailing.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Updated Farmhouse Cabinet to French Farmhouse

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

"I did it, I did it!"  (As my two year old shouts daily to me.) Image transfer onto wood!

A few weeks back I tackled the process of transferring images onto fabric and loved the results. So, naturally, the next step was to proceed with trying it on some furniture!

I refinished this piece a short while ago but it hadn't sold yet and it looked like it could use a little somethin somethin, so it became the "chosen one."

I updated this simple farmhouse cabinet with a few more coats of white, distressed it, added an image to the top using the citra solv transfer method and sealed it with a clear wax for protection.

The inside was freshened up with a light blue wash.

I will admit, it was a bit simple and boring before...

But now it's ooh la la!

This piece is solid and and great for storage.  Laundry room, front entrance, living room, kitchen or dining room server, outside patio server...Do you have a place for it in your home? :)

Measures 19"d x 37 1/4"w x 31 1/4" h.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Sweet Yellow Farmhouse Cabinet

Friday, July 13, 2012

Inspired by summer!  The sun is finally shining and this cabinet was calling to me for a new color, so after some brainstorming I decided yellow it would be.

This is what the piece looked like when I picked it up.

One of the exciting things about refinishing a piece is wondering where it has been, who has owned it, what room did they have it in, and how many colors had it been already?

As I sanded away the pink, a rainbow of pastel colors started to appear.  This little old cabinet had already been refinished several times.  Pink, blue, green and even yellow!  So, it seemed like my choice of color was it's destiny:)

I chose White Raisin by Sherwin Williams.  I freshened up the inside of the cabinet with a fresh coat of white and added some new hardware as well.

I love the shaker style doors and side detailing.

This cabinet is so versatile.  Great for a kitchen or dining room server, patio, bathroom, front entry and adorable in a bedroom.

Here is a picture of it with some white hardware for a more feminine look.

This piece measures 16 1/2" d x 32" w x 38" h, and you get the choice of hardware for this one!


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Classic White Highboy

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Quite a while back, I posted this picture on facebook....

It was a dark cold rainy day..... ha ha.  Not fun for sanding or painting so drawer liner it was.

These are the parts of doing what I love, that I don't love:)

Removing old drawer liner, or in this case, some bad wall paper from dresser drawers.  Sometimes, you get lucky and it's so old that the adhesive on the liner has basically given up and you can just peal it up in one quick shot, and other times your not so lucky.  This was one of those unlucky times.

This was wall paper and was going to involve some elbow grease. But it need to go, so off to work I went.

So first I removed this lovely corsage that someone sadly left behind.  I'm sure it was beautiful back in it's day?

After searching google and coming up with several different methods, I decided to try the warm soapy water method.  I didn't have any coke in the house, so that option was out:)  Yes, that is an option via google.

All you need to do, is take a warm soapy and slightly damp cloth and soak the wall paper.  I would recommend not going overboard on the "soaking", as you don't want to have issues with wet wood and swelling, etc.

Then gently use a scraper and start scraping away.  If the paper has just enough moisture on it, it will come off quite easily.  You may need to re-moisten as you go along.

Warning:  This brings out the lovely musty old dresser smell quite fragrantly.

After it was all removed and the drawers were dry, I gave them a light sand inside.  Voila, no more retro wallpaper. I love a lot of retro things, but this not so much.  To finish them off, I added a new black and white liner. 

This classic highboy has been painted with Simply White by CC Caldwell, slightly distressed and finished off with a clear wax for protection.

New hardware was added.  And who doesn't love a little ole key hole!

It is solid wood, has dovetail drawers and gorgeous legs:)

It measures 18 1/2" d x 32" w x 46 1/2" h.  It's looking for a new home and it could be in yours!

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