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Hand Painted French Provincial Desk

This one of a kind four drawer French Provincial desk has a hand painted floral top. The grey and subtle green have been antiqued for an overall warmth that would be sure to compliment any home.  The desk's original brass hardware has been painted to match.

For Sale! This one of a kind four drawer French Provincial desk has a hand painted floral top. The grey and subtle green have been antiqued for an overall warmth that would be sure to compliment any home. The desk’s original brass hardware has been painted to match.

I don’t think I have painted a picture since grade nine art class so this project was a little daunting for me. My inspiration came from a picture of a pretty black and white fabric that I found online. Painting the flowers was time consuming. Overall I am pleased with the results, but found that some of my lines came out thick and I sanded the entire top down when I was through for a smoother surface. It resulted in a slightly distressed appearance which goes so well with the antiquing, I should have planned it that way.

I think that being able to do a one of a kind decorative piece is a wonderful idea, but I would be more keen on doing another one soon if I had an easier way. Those die cutting machines like the Cricut are tempting but so pricey! And then there would be the cost of purchasing vinyl for my templates. Not sure if this is something I want to invest in just yet.

Well, we’ve had two solid weeks of rain (and some snow) here and finally have a break in the weather. I think I will have to put the sunshine to good use and get the sander out. I have a small, heavily painted table with a wooden top I’m dying to uncover.

Driftwood Mirror

I’ve taken a break from my furniture projects this past week as other things have been keeping me busy. I did pick up a very large and ornate, beautiful old buffet last weekend though that I am excited about doing. The weather, however, has been getting colder and we’ve seen snow more than once in the past few days. And we’ve had rain, and rain, and more rain.  And this is problematic for me. Until now, I’ve been sanding furniture outdoors. The DeWalt orbital sander we have has a dust attachment but doesn’t collect nearly enough of the dust for me to want to sand indoors. I’m not sure what I’ll do as the weather gets colder and winter sets in.

One idea I have had is to focus on smaller projects, décor items and save the big stuff for warm weather. I have a pile of driftwood I collected from the beach this summer and think I will do something with that. I originally collected it to make a mirror for the living room.

Pieces like these (which I found on Pinterest) were my inspiration:

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For my own mirror I used a scrap piece of wood, cut into a circle, a cheap dollar store mirror, lots of hot glue (I had the burns to show for it), the driftwood and some small pebbles. All in all, it was a relatively easy project but more time consuming than I had imagined. The hot glue has held up well over the past few months. I only had a couple of loose pebbles I needed to re-glue initially from trying to hang it on the wall. The mirror is 3 feet by 3 feet and has so many thin driftwood branches sticking out it was difficult to see the back. Instead of nails or screws we used 3M Command Strips to hang it. They worked great! I will definitely be using more of them in the future. They don’t damage your wall and are re-useable. Plus, you can adjust your positioning if you didn’t have it right the first time.

And here is the final product:
My Driftwood Mirror

So, getting back to all that driftwood I have sitting around. I’ve been thinking about driftwood Christmas trees. That might be something fun to do with the kids. Good grief, am I thinking about Christmas already??

Aged Pedestal Table

This beautifully rustic pedestal table, done in a warm coffee and cream combination has subtle hints of red and bluish grey peeking through it's worn, crackled finish.  This is a solid, heavy table but the base detaches from the top for easy moving.

This beautifully rustic pedestal table, done in a warm coffee and cream combination has subtle hints of red and bluish grey peeking through it’s worn, crackled finish. This is a solid, heavy table but the base detaches from the top for easy moving.

Vintage Industrial Desk

This clean lined, mid-century desk made by Kroeler has four drawers and centred legs. It has been finished in rusts and oranges.  The top and two small front inset panels have a uniquely textured industrial finish.  The drawers have recessed hand grips and have been painted inside to match.

This clean lined, mid-century desk made by Kroehler has four drawers and centred legs. It has been finished in rusts and oranges. The top and two small front inset panels have a uniquely textured industrial finish. The drawers have recessed hand grips and have been painted inside to match.

We can’t pass on a good deal so when my husband and I came across this desk a couple of weeks ago with a ‘FREE’ sign on it, we grabbed it. We were a little stumped with what to do with it at first – it’s not exactly the kind of style to shabby chic or distress, but we both agreed on the colour orange for it. This desk makes us think of the sixties and the colours that were in style then. So we decided to try something different, something a little edgier, a little more masculine.

I first painted the top with two coats of red paint (left over from the Darth Maul dresser). The orange paint I picked for the rest and overtop of the red was a CIL brand from Wal-Mart. And after using it I will probably never use CIL paint again. It took 5 coats of paint (I used an entire quart sized can) and it still did not completely cover. In the end I decided to use the dark streaks underneath to my benefit and aged the bottom with a bit of diluted stain which I think added to the industrial feel.

This desk is a well made one with great details like the recessed hand grips and the centred legs. It would be a great desk for a student, or as a small workstation, or to hold your laptop.

Damask Dresser (Best Laid Plans part 2)

FOR SALE!  This stylish waterfall style dresser has been dressed up with glossy black paint and a beautiful black and pale taupe damask pattern.  The side panels are also detailed with a row of black beads.  Brand new matching hardware has been added and the interior four drawers are painted black inside and out.

FOR SALE! This stylish waterfall style dresser has been dressed up with glossy black paint and a beautiful black and pale taupe damask pattern. The side panels are also detailed with a row of black beads. Brand new matching hardware has been added and the interior four drawers are painted black inside and out.

I have finally finished it! For anyone who hasn’t read my previous post about this dresser, it has really been a thorn in my side. I ran into so many problems along the way I nearly gave up out of frustration. Seeing how it finally turned out in the end, and being close to what I originally envisioned, I’m happy I didn’t give up on this piece.

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Refinished for Beautiful Kitchen Storage

Before & After

Before & After

We colour matched this dresser to an existing kitchen as it is to be used for extra storage space. Three layers of paint were removed from the top to reveal the beautiful wood grain underneath. To give it an aged look, the top was distressed and darkened using our own 100% natural aging solution. No wood stains or chemical dyes were used.

Shabby Chic French Cabinet

Shabby Chic French Cabinet

FOR SALE! Great conversation starter! Refinished shabby chic, French style two door cabinet with scrolled feet. Beautiful, original painted brass hardware has been left on. Very unique in appearance. Definitely one of a kind!

This lovely piece came painted white and very lightly distressed. It was one of the worst paint jobs I’ve ever seen. I’m surprised how many people never go that extra mile when they paint… taping off places they don’t want paint to touch, finishing undersides and edges, finishing insides… instead leaving behind wispy brush stroked edges everywhere. This cabinet, I am convinced, had been painted with some kind of super paint that did not sand off easily. In total I spent three hours with a power sander, sanding it down. My arms were sore later that night. But it was well worth it, I love the results!

After distressing I applied a wash of gray paint, then rubbed and buffed with dark wax. I enjoyed refinishing this cabinet so much. It was such a relief to have a project turn out the ay I had envisioned, and easily. Especially after the last project, which remains unfinished still. I like this piece so much I’m almost tempted to keep it!

Best Laid Plans

This is how it originally looked.

This is how it originally looked.

I’ve been working on the matching dresser to the green one in my previous post. It’s a great piece of furniture and I had big plans for it. My original idea was to paper the drawer fronts with a poster sized picture, but I couldn’t find anything I liked that fit. Move on to plan two.

Using the same idea I chose to use wallpaper the drawers instead and I picked out a pretty damask patterned wallpaper to use. I sanded, painted, etc. and had everything ready to go. I took the wallpaper out and it was the wrong size. It wouldn’t fit without seams. Onto plan three.

I then decided to paint the drawer faces. I wanted something bright,something daring, something different than what I’d been using already, and something I hadn’t seen being sold by others who are refinishing in my area. While cruising Pinterest I saw a dresser painted in a lovely red color which I thought I would duplicate. It looked great in the store, great on the paint chip, buuuut… not so great on this dresser, especially against the black. I hated it. I more than hated it and couldn’t picture anybody liking it save a teenage boy or someone who really likes the goth look. And there just aren’t that many goths around here. I painted the drawer pulls black and put them on, hoping they would improve the look. But the paint dried with an odd texture. I have no idea why. And they didn’t pretty it up any. Now I had an ugly dresser with messed up handles that I would have to strip and paint again.

The thought of redoing the dresser didn’t appeal to me. I’d already put a fair bit of time into it. I didn’t want to start from scratch again. I thought, why not distress it? The drawers had already been painted black underneath. I got to work with the sandpaper. Not far into the process I knew that this wasn’t going to make it any better but I finished anyway. Somehow I had managed to make the dresser look worse than before, worse than the original. Now when I took a step back, the black and red combination reminded me of the Darth Maul character from Star Wars. I started referring to it as the Darth Maul Dresser.

Transformation to the Darth Maul Dresser.

Transformation to the Darth Maul Dresser.

See what I mean?

I started to think I should just put the darn thing out on the curb with the trash. Better yet, set it on fire and roast marshmallows over it. It was tempting. My husband, the voice of reason, wouldn’t let me. He sanded down the drawers again. I waited a week. I filled in the holes for the original drawer pulls. I found prettier ones. Yesterday I painted the drawers again, a glossy black. Realizing the original damask wallpaper will fit the side panels I’ve decided to do those instead. I think this time it might just work! *crosses fingers*  I’ll keep you posted.

To be continued…

Vintage Waterfall Dresser

FOR SALE!

FOR SALE!

Lovely three drawer painted wooden dresser with damask and floral embossing.  Raised areas and drawers have been painted in a paler shade of green.  The outside has been aged and waxed to a beautiful finish.  A very solid and sturdy piece with some smaller imperfections due to age.

 

My First Sale & Etsy Shops

SOLD!

I’m very excited to announce that I sold my first piece of furniture! The little blue table has a new home. It feels a little more like a real business now, than just an idea.

I’ve been thinking about opening up an etsy shop. Though there doesn’t seem to be many people selling furniture on that site. Also I find the idea of constantly shipping large pieces of furniture intimidating but Matthew has a lot of experience with that sort of thing. If anyone out there has any experience using Etsy, I’d love to hear about it.