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Curvy Claw Foot Chest

PURIST PLEASE AVERT YOUR EYES!

But I’m not sorry I painted this chest… well technically I only painted part of it so maybe only be a little mad if you are going to be mad at all Winking smile

So this claw foot chest is very pretty the way I found it… but I thought it needed a little “something”…

BEFORE

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This is what happened after I painted one coat of Pure White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint… the piece had been recently oiled with something (I could smell it, that’s not weird at all!) but I wanted to see how the chalk paint would react to the surface oil… this is what it did! Kind of cool…

Another shot of the flaking that occurred after it dried…

And this is what I ended up with after sanding down the flaking… I just LOVE it! VERY chippy and rustic looking! I waxed it with CeCe Caldwell’s clear wax… which I am now obsessed with! Seriously try it if you have not!

Vintage curvy claw foot chest painted white ASCP

I chose to leave the beautiful Birdseye maple drawer fronts original… (you’re welcome!) Don’t you just adore the curvy fronts too?!

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Just check out this claw foot and original wood wheel!

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I contemplated changing out the knobs but I do like the look of the original wood ones for this piece…

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The top looks like the original maple veneer was removed, but they did a great job of refinishing it!

Vintage curvy claw foot chest painted white ASCP

This chest is nice and low and I think it would make a great TV stand or accent piece! What do you think… do you like the BEFORE or the AFTER better? I just finished this piece and it is for sale in case you are interested!

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Vintage Writing Desk

This sad little desk sat in my garage for some time until a new client wanted it for her bedroom, YAY!… The desk itself is sold maple and very well made but it had a ton of scratches and had to be sanded down really well…

BEFORE

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Here is the much updated version… I had to sand down about 60% of the desk because of all of the surface scratches but by using my orbital sander it didn’t take too long.

AFTER

Grey painted desk

I painted it with Benjamin Moore Advance paint. This is a custom grey I had them mix for me that I had used for my daughter’s closet makeover.

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The client wanted a clean crisp finish so no distressing…

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This paint is self leveling so you have little to no brush strokes.

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I love all of the little drawers… I think this would make a great makeup table!

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The handles I spray painted with Rustoleum Chrome spray… LOVE how they turned out!

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This is a great sized desk for just about any room and I know my client just loved how it turned out! Hope you like it too…

Thanks for stopping by!

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Lovely in Red

This is an example of a chest that to me is just too humdrum… it lacks pizzazz! It has great bones though, it’s solid oak and a nice size…

BEFORE

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Here is the after! I had to do some tightening of the drawers… basically regluing and clamping the sides and reattaching the drawer bottoms to the sides.

I painted the chest in straight up Emperor’s Silk (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint), VERY lightly distressed it and waxed the entire piece with Minwax paste wax.

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I removed the wood knobs, which were attached with dowels and took some time to get out, and replaced them with these glass knobs! So much prettier I think!

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I sanded the top down (to 220 grit paper) and stained it Walnut.

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I think this piece is so much prettier now, certainly worth putting in a place where it will get some attention!

Painted red oak chest

I actually finished this piece some time ago, but for some reason I didn’t do a post on it! I just love the way it turned out and I think this pop of red looks great on this chest!

Thanks for stopping by… until next time!

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Cute Mahogany Chest

So this mahogany chest started out in pretty sad shape, it was very abused! However, I really like these sized chests as I think you can use them just about anywhere, bedside, bathroom, living room even the kitchen… so home it came with me!

I sanded down and repaired all of the scratches and veneer issues and because it was mahogany I did prime it with Zinsser primer, otherwise the red would have bled through the paint… no matter what kind of paint I used (I’ve learned this lesson the hard way)…

BEFORE

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SOOO much better now don’t you think? I painted the chest with Benjamin Moore Advance paint that I had color matched to Provence chalk paint… I just LOVE this color blue!

Blue Provence painted mahogany three drawer chest

The final finish is very smooth as the paint is self leveling… I used a regular paint brush when painting this…

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The knobs I soaked in ammonia and hot tap water for a few hours and after drying I sprayed them with a grey primer. The final coat is chrome Rustoleum spray paint. I love the not so perfect finish that was accidental but I went with it!

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It even has this cute little pull out shelf!

Blue Provence painted mahogany three drawer chest

I do prefer to work with chalk paint, but the Ben Moore Advance paint is a close second and it really comes first if I am not planning on doing any distressing to the piece… it just provides a fabulous finish! Hope you like it too!

As always thanks for stopping by…

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Beautiful Turquoise Dresser Update

This dresser is not the style I would usually pick out, but I did and I am so glad of that now! The drawers were a little wobbly, the legs were loose and the top had some stains but other than that it was in very good shape!

BEFORE

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Well hello bright and gorgeous! The drawers were easily fixed, it just had some loose parts and the legs were bolted on so a little tightening of those and the dresser was good to go! My SAH (Super Awesome Hubby) picked out the color, I think he picked the perfect one! This is Santa Fe Turquoise, a CeCe Caldwell paint color…

Santa Fe Turquoise painted dresser

The paint went on beautifully and was super easy to distress with warm water and a scrub sponge…

Santa Fe Turquoise painted dresser

I love the way the handles are built into the drawers… no changing out these handles (not that I would)!

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I sprayed the handles in a flat white to really make them POP!

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The top is now smooth and lovely after a coat of clear wax and a nice buff with 0000 steel wool.

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I have this Queen sized headboard that we painted the same color, just in case someone wants a “set”. The headboard has lots of great details and is unique for sure!

Santa Fe Turquoise painted headboard

Wouldn’t they look great together?!

Santa Fe Turquoise painted dresser

I think this could also be a cool buffet of TV cabinet… I don’t know why but think the dressers that have more of a clean / modern shape (no curves) translate better to other uses… but maybe I’m just crazy Smile

Hope you like this piece, I’m sure someone will find just the right place for it!

See you soon!

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Pink Writing Desk Love

I just adore a great petite desk… and this one is no exception! It’s not very deep, has just enough details, is on wheels and has an area to stow away your “crap”… perfect!

BEFORE

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I sanded down some of the deeper surface scratches and cleaned the desk really good with Formula 409.

I love this shade of pink… it’s kind of Raspberry Smoothie pink I think! The color is a custom mix of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Emperor’s Silk and Pure White (3:1)

AFTER

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On the inside I added some printed contact paper on the bottom and some chalkboard vinyl. I cut the vinyl out with my Silouhette machine… I think it’s a nice place to leave yourself notes!

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You won’t be able to put much in this space, but it’s plenty of room for small electronics, or it could also be used as a makeup table…

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The legs have just enough shape to them to be interesting and I just love the brass and rubber wheels… it rolls SUPER smoothly!

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A little bit of distressing and clear wax finish this desk off beautifully…

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I think it would work great in place of a bedside table, which is how I photographed it.

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I also updated Sierra’s old lamp shade. It it made of parchment paper and was a old yellow color… I painted it with Pure White chalk paint, cut out an “S” in vinyl and stenciled it with some grey chalk paint I had leftover. I also added this cute flower I made with scrapbook embellishments and a gemstone brad that I just pushed through the shade… SUPER EASY and fast!

Custom lamp shade

Hope you liked the pink desk and custom shade!

Until next time!

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A Set of French Provincial Armchairs

I bought this set of four French Provincial style armchairs at the end of last summer, so yes it HAS taken me a while to get to them! I knew I wanted to treat them as two separate sets so that I could refinish each set differently.

Last summer I forced asked my middle daughter (16) to help me by removing the old fabric and staples… there were a LOT of staples but she watched TV in the cool basement while she was doing it so she wasn’t too terribly upset… honestly I think she was just happy she didn’t have to help me sand or paint in the hot garage!

BEFORE

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After all of the staples were removed I sprayed two of the chairs with flat black spray paint, one coat, then I distressed the chairs with 220 grit sandpaper, waxed and buffed them to give them that rubbed through look… a very quick update.

I refinished these two chairs as part of my upholstery class where I also refinished the French Script chair… I did some of the work at home and some of it in class so that I could make sure I could get them both done!

I chose this beautiful dark navy blue velvet fabric for the chairs… the fabric looks more blue in the pictures than it does in person, it is so blue it almost looks black. I made double welt piping for the first time, it was a little time consuming but I like the way it finished the chairs.

AFTER

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I love the lines of these chairs and how the original wood finish peeks through the black paint.

Painted French armchair

The finish on the chairs have a nice hand rubbed look…

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One of my favorite parts… the back! I upholstered both backs of these chairs with this fabulous French script fabric, the script is navy blue with a red seal stamped across the script.

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I think the coordinating fabric was the perfect finishing touch for these chairs!

Upholstered French armchairs

The four chairs were originally used as dining chairs, but I see them more as armchairs for the living room or bedroom… which is why I am treating the sets differently. This is not to say they wouldn’t look great as chairs in the dining room…

I hope you like them as much as I do, they were a labor of love and I lost quite a bit of skin from my fingers hot gluing that double piping down… YIKES!

I still have the other two to get to, I have the fabric… now I just need to make the time!

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Until next time!

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A Couple of Cute Table Makeovers

Thank goodness we didn’t get any of snow from the big storm that has hit the Northeast… but I feel for those of you who have! Stay safe and keep warm!

These are a couple of little tables that I finished up a few days ago…

I remembered to take a before shot of this one… maybe because it was so hideous I didn’t think you would believe me! It looks like the top Formica but it really is just marbled contact paper, VERY classy!

BEFORE

I was able to peel the contact paper off rather easily, but the glue residue took me a while to remove… I used paint thinner and steel wool to remove the residue and let it dry before I painted it.

Look how cute it is in a fresh new coat of CeCe Caldwell’s Carolina Sunshine Yellow! I just love this yellow, it is so perky and bright! While I wouldn’t paint my walls this color an accent piece in this shade is just fabulous! On a side not check out my Daffodils coming up through the mulch… I’m so excited and ready for Spring!

Yellow painted vintage half moon table

This little table is very similar but I don’t have any “BEFORE” pictures. I did have to remove the veneer on the top and sand it down REALLY good, but structurally it was in good shape.

I wanted to use this one in my oldest daughter’s “new” room so I decided to paint it in Provence Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, this color is still one of my all time favorite colors!

Blue painted half moon table

Now she has a perfect little spot to drop her purse, put on her shoes or have a place for a friend to sit other than her bed…

Painted side table

You can usually find these kind of tables super cheap, I think I got both of these for $10. Most of the time the tables are in bad shape and/or wobbly, if so they are VERY easy to disassemble and fix so don’t pass them up as they can be perfect tables for a small space!

We are keeping the blue one, but the yellow one was sold before I could even get this post written!

Thanks for stopping by as always…

Until next time!

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A Perfect Catch All Piece for the Kitchen

My client Tina recently brought me this peitite buffet to make all pretty for her. She found the buffet on Craig’s List, it was the perfect size for the catch-all spot in her kitchen… you know a place where you can hide all of the “crap” you don’t want to look at! While this piece fit her needs size wise… it was not cosmetically what she wanted in her beautiful kitchen.

The buffet did have quite a few minor problems (and a lot of gunky buildup) which I took care of prior to painting but overall it was in pretty good shape for its age…

BEFORE

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She wanted the buffet painted in Old White and the drawer fronts is a mix of Duck Egg & Old White (3:1), it truly is a very pretty combination!

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I didn’t distress it too much… and I used Briwax wax to seal the paint.

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She had purchased these cute acrylic knobs from Pottery Barn, I like them so much better than the original knobs… they add a touch of whimsy to the piece…

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The buffet didn’t have a lot of detailing to it, but where there was detail I wanted to highlight it.

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I also carried the blue up to the top back…

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I hope she will enjoy seeing this buffet in her kitchen now!

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I really adore this petite buffet and could totally use it just about anywhere in my house… hmmm… now I need to look for one like this to update for myself!

A special thanks to Tina for being such a wonderful repeat client… you keep bringing them and I’ll keep making them look awesome!

Thanks so much for stopping by…

Until next time!!!

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I Am a Little Obsessed with this Chest of Drawers

How can I not be obsessed with this tall chest? Look at all of those yummy drawers, the multiple sizes, the mix of pulls, the lovely legs not to mention the wood details… just fabulous! Ok… so maybe she looks a little worse for wear, but that’s the way I like them! Maybe it’s because I think that no matter what I do to it the end result HAS to be better than what I started with Smile

This particular chest is in very good shape, it had some small areas of missing veneer on the drawer fronts and some scratches on the side but it is extremely well built!

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The picture below is my first attempt, which didn’t work for two reasons… the stencil was too small and the stencil cream smeared and rubbed off when I went to distress it… I’m going to have to call the company to understand why, but in the meantime I had to start all over again on the drawers… ARGH!!!

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This final attempt worked soooo much better for me! The design was proportional and the paint behaved exactly as I knew it would…

I painted the cabinet in Graphite and the drawer fronts in a custom mix of Graphite and Pure White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

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I laid the chest on its back and traced the shape onto the drawer fronts. I hand painted the design with Graphite Chalk Paint to coordinate with the cabinet.

Stenciled Furniture

I sprayed the knobs with Krylon’s Gold Plate spray paint, I think the gold / grey color combination pops!

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I used a wet scrub sponge to distress the chest… again it is so cold in the garage that I had to finish this piece inside so sandpaper was out of the question.

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I waxed the chest with clear Briwax… I normally would not use this inside because of the smell but I did it this time anyway… I’m living on the edge for sure…

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I love the end results! I think she is quite the stunner now! Certainly a unique, one of a kind chest!

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I hope you like her too, I think she is one of my favorite pieces so far! As always thanks for stopping by…

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