Oct 22, 2012

Hannah's Black French Provincial Desk


My sister-in-law Hannah has been getting a bit of a room makeover lately... lucky her!  I have had the opportunity to paint some furniture for her.    The first piece I am going to share is the desk.  It was just your typical cream and gold french provincialness. 




Her room was painted a hot pink... now I know what you're thinking... eww??? Hot pink??  But it actually looks terrific... you'll just have to use your imagination, though, I photographed the desk in my own home before I brought it to her.



The shade I used was Onyx black by Glidden, but I had it tinted in Behr premium plus paint.    The top was laminate, so first I primed it with a great primer called Gripper.  Supposedly it's super great stuff... and it did seem to work pretty great for me.  As you can see in the pic below, it's for hard to stick surfaces. 



I sprayed the hardware with Rustoleum "Dark Steel"  It's in the same line as the oil-rubbed bronze that everyone loves.   

And because the drawers were painted cream and pretty marked up, I went ahead and painted them pink!


I don't always do that, but in this case, I think it was that wow factor that this desk needed!  Right after I finished this desk, I called up my mother-in-law and told her that she and Hannah had a slight problem... Hannah wasn't going to be getting her desk back!  (Don't worry... it's now happily residing in Hannah's room.)

And because she loves damask, this pretty wrapping paper is going in the drawers.


You can see her matching dresser here:


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The Shabby Nest
Five Days: Five Ways
Classy Clutter

Oct 12, 2012

Pretty White End Table Makeover

You'll have to forgive me when I admit how long this table has been kicking around.  I bought it last summer when I went to pick up a china hutch that I was planning on using in my craft room. 
It's been hanging out in our shed ever since then.  However, my husband has been complaining about how hard it is to get the lawn mower out, so I figured I'd better get a move on with this table if I didn't want something drastic to happen.  Not that there's any other furniture out there right now, though. 
When I bought it, I was planning to refinish it and keep it for myself.  Now, I don't have room to keep it anymore.  Although, I would like to. 
Isn't she pretty?   Now I don't usually refer to my furniture as a "he" or a "she".  Mainly because it makes me think of my mom and how she always complains when my dad talks about his car (affectionately named "Becky")  as "she".

Becky, 1937 Nash Lafayette
However, this table is most definitely a she!

And in case you're wondering who the pretty lady on the pretty table is, it's my grandma. 

For this table I started out with two coats of Cece Caldwell's Chalk Paint in Simply White.  However,
After the second coat I added a coat of primer because it was bleeding through too much.  I only put one coat of primer on the body, but the table top probably got 4 or 5, it she was that bad.  Then another coat of Simply White on top of that.  And of course I finished her off with a wax topcoat.  I used the cece caldwell wax for that.  It's nice wax, I like it.  I distressed it enough to bring out detailing.  I didn't want to go overboard on this one. 

One more piece out of the shed... hope it helps to settle my husbands nerves down a little!

And, oops, I almost forgot, but here's a bad before picture to give you an idea of what it was like before.


Oh, and here's a sneaky peak of a piece I just completed for my sister-in-law.



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The 36th Avenue
My Repurposed Life
Miss Mustard Seed
The Shabby Nest
Homespun Happenings
Chic on a Shoestring

Oct 9, 2012

Aqua & White Dresser & A Tip for Removing Old Paint From Hardware

I finished this dresser a couple of weeks ago.  I guess I am a little behind on posting.  It actually came with a matching bed, but I sold it as is because I didn't have the room to store it.  I would have liked to redo it, but sometimes you have to choose your battles. 


It was painted white already, plus I think there was some green underneath.  I gave it a good sanding then applied some light turquoise paint.  The details I repainted in white.  When I distressed it, you could see the white showing through, plus some of the wood and bits of the green. 

The hardware had been painted over with both white and green paint.  It was kind of gross looking, but I knew they would be pretty cleaned up.  So, what I did was found an old pot, and simmered the hardware in some water and baking soda for a little while to soften the paint.  Then I just scrubbed them with a little brush, and most of the paint came off. 


I also lined the drawers with this pretty wallpaper.


A couple people commented on the little box on top.  It was actually the main reason I bought this dresser, because at the time I had a million other pieces to work on and really shouldn't have dragged another piece home. 





Hopefully I'll be checking back in later this week with another furniture makeover to share.   

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Finding Fabulous
Tatertots & Jello
Funky Junk Interiors
Coastal Charm
Primitive & Proper

Oct 4, 2012

Any advice?

On one of my recent ventures in Detroit, Michigan, my husband and I stopped at a little antique store. (It was actually in Taylor... I think).  It looked kind of cute on the outside.. There was old "junk" nailed all over the outside walls, and the front lawn was strewn with stuff.  Intriguing enough to make us want to stop.  Okay, NEVER going back there again! The inside of this tiny building was filthy and everything was strewn everywhere.  I know this may be an intriguing picture to some of you, and normally it wouldn't faze me.  However, this place was just so sketchy feeling.  We hightailed it out of there pretty fast... except I got sidetracked by this little chest I saw out of the corner of my eye outside.  I handed him my thirty five dollars, made out my own receipt on a  piece of old paper and booted it outta there.  (The guy said he'd been in business for 35 + years, and didn't even have a receipt book...?  Hmmm, is there something wrong with that picture?)  In case you're wondering why I needed a receipt so badly, it was because we were going to be taking this back across the border into Canada.

I brought it home and cleaned it up with some soap (basic H, germicide, AND Fantastik... I went all out with this one!)  And then I cleaned it some more, it was that filthy.  Then I rubbed on a mixture of lemon juice and vegetable oil to give the wood a bit of a shine. 

I set it on top of this jelly cupboard ( I think that's what it's called, does anyone know for sure?)  that I purchased in the summer.  I bought it intentionally for myself :-)  It's gone into my craft room and I'm storing mostly books and magazines in it, along with other junk. 

Now, this cupboard was painted white when I bought it.  It's not the greatest paint job in the world.  What do you think... should I sand it down and repaint it?  White?  Or maybe turquoise?  The walls in the room are white, and I have another hutch that is white as well.  I'm also thinking about stripping it down to the bare wood.  Any ideas?


Another thing I picked up is this wire basket.  I had been wanting an authentic one for a while now, and I found this in the summer. 



I found it at a "flea market".  There was one lone vintage booth in the midst of a sea of cheap merchandise, all imported from China.  My vintage canning jars look great in it on top of my kitchen cupboards.  Does anyone happen to know what it would have originally been used for?
It was 25.00 for the basket, 6 or 7 blue ball mason jars, and 4 old electrical insulators. 

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