My Youngest Client and Her Vintage Furniture
My youngest client so far is a 10 year old girl, one of a set of TRIPLET girls if you can just imagine that! She is one of my daughter’s closests friends and she just loved the French bedroom set we painted for Brie. As she was in the market for a new bedroom set she and her mother decided that this little “gem” of a dresser would be perfect! The dresser was shoved back behind a bunch of other furniture, patiently waiting its turn, so they really couldn’t get a good look at it… which turned out to be a good thing…
This dresser was FAR from perfect, it was extremely dirty, it looked like someone had started a refinishing process on the top and had just given up and some of the drawers were in need of repair… sounds like fun right… not so much… thank goodness the dresser is well made, has a wonderful shape and all the handles are present and accounted for!
The top that appears to have been stripped…
I first removed all of the hardware, sanded down the uneven paint finish and repaired the drawers that needed to be repaired. I painted the top with a coat of Kilz to even up the finish and remove the possibility of any of the remaining stains bleeding through the final finish.
I soaked the FILTHY hardware in a solution of 3/4 cup ammonia and 1/4 cup hot tap water in order to remove all of the buildup and finish… I let them soak overnight…
My client had a VERY specific color in mind so I worked up a few samples for her to choose from and luckily she found one she liked! It is an equal parts mix of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Pure White & Greek Blue and CeCe Caldwell’s Spring Hill Green… so YUMMY!
I am in LOVE with this beautiful shade of blue-green… I think it could make both a blue and green lover happy!
Just the right amount of distressing and a nice top coat of Annie Sloan clear wax.
Also, because some of the drawers were pretty gross I cleaned them, sanded them where necessary and primed them with a coat of Kilz. I then painted the drawers with a can of “oops” paint from Lowe’s, it just happened to coordinate perfectly with the chalk paint!
I sprayed the handles with Rustoleum’s Chrome spray paint… How great do they look now!?
I am also painting a bed for her in the same shade… I’m pretty sure she will love her new furniture and she will become a vintage furniture lover for life! Maybe that’s the key… get them hooked on quality vintage furniture while they are still young
I seriously hope you liked this makeover as much as I do… I think this is going to be my new favorite color!
Thank you for all of the great comments week after week, I love hearing from you!
Until next time…
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Posted on March 13, 2013, in Furniture refinishing and tagged Annie Sloan and CeCe Caldwell pint mix, Annie Sloan chalk paint, Annie Sloan Wax, Blue Green painted dresser, CeCe Caldwell's chalk and clay paint, CeCe Caldwells Spring Green, distressing furniture, Greek Blue Chalk Paint, mixing clay and chalk paint, painted dresser, Painted French Dresser, painting furniture, Pure White Chalk Paint, Refinishing furniture, Silver painted drawer pulls, Upcycling furniture, Vintage French dresser, Waxing furniture. Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.