Saturday, November 22, 2014

Mahogany Empire in Kelly Green Milk Paint

A friend of mine brought me this old, beat up small dresser to see if there was anything I could do with it.  He had visions of restoring, but I think it was just too much for him. This little dresser was literally falling apart.  Everywhere. Besides all the peeling veneer, the body needed to be secured, the drawers needed glue, Some parts had to be nailed, the casters needed serious cleaning and smoothing up to get them to roll properly, sigh. The list goes on and on. 
  Peeling veneer on the left drawer.  I just removed it all. The larger drawer got a lot of glue.

          Everything got sanded and re-stained because I wanted the darker wood to show
through. The left drawer is the wood that was underneath the veneer that I peeled off. The right was ok.I didn't bother to do a perfect full sanding and staining since only the edges were going to show.
I love doing milk paint on these older bare wood pieces.
There were only two original knobs so I had to go to my stash.
I'm still debating if I like these lighter green glass knobs. 
( Doesn't it look cool with my fern and my pink roses??!) 
 After the milk paint, I applied a generous amount of natural tung oil. It soaked it up like a sponge and still looked rather dull.  I applied another coating and then took the picture. If you see some dry spots on the pics, those are the places I missed. 
The insides of the drawers were horrid! I sanded all of them, inside and out. Sealed with shellac and then painted with GF milk paint in"Patina".  They look good as new. 
 On some areas I went over the bare wood with GF paint first. See how cool the wood looks when distressed?? Thats why I stained it again even though I was painting over it.  
I also did some gluing to the veneer on the top. You can't even tell can you???!






















I think this one would look so cool as a bathroom vanity in a period-style house. One with the black and white hex tiles? This piece is rather short, so a taller vessel sink could be added on top to finish it off. This is also a perfect height to attach a changing pad/area ensemble on top.


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Pink and Orchid!

I was contacted by a customer who saw my work and asked if I could paint one of the 
dressers I had in my inventory. I had just started painting it in a radiant orchid color.
She said, " I want something very pink with gold accents."  Perfect! I didn't have to repaint. 
This was one of those 70's style dressers that look so cool in bright colors. 
Thank goodness. Because bright is what she wanted and got! 
Yes it is upside down. I was way overstocked!
 And here is the finished product with the colors she wanted. Radiant orchid on the drawers, a custom mix of Gypsy Pink and Orchid on the body, and metallic gold on the handles and accents. Yes I realize it isn't for everyone.  But she has a very specific taste and wanted something bold and beautiful. It's going against a raspberry colored wall. She also has a pink velvet chaise with lots of gold. I think this will fit right in! 
Everything got one coat before I sprayed the gold. (BTW, I hand painted this entire thing)
When she asked me for the gold, I thought I would use a mixture of MM gold with some of the pink. Kind of like getting a very faint glittery gold. Not so "In your face". Well, the customer didn't want mild. She wanted a clear delineation of gold and pink. Ok. Will do. 
 The top and bottom parts were taped off and sprayed twice. It did come out rather nicely!
 Before she even contacted me, I had already started to paint the drawer sides in
"Evening Plum" by General Finishes. I love their milk paint!
Luckily it coordinated with the other colors. 
 Too bad I had sprayed the handles silver before she called and wanted gold. Just more work. 
Regardless of whether or not you like the colors, everyone has there own idea of what they like.
I think the dresser turned out very pretty.  If I had a little girl, I think it would look fab in her room. These styles of dressers just call out for bold paint jobs. A gray chalk paint just would not do anything for this piece. Just like these colors would look silly on an antique mahogany tallboy. I like to consider the piece and try to go from there. Just my 2 cents worth.

**UPDATE***
And here is the photo Sienna sent me after she got it moved up into her room. Goes perfectly!!




Saturday, October 18, 2014

Klein Blue Debut

Just a quick post today. 
MCM dresser, stripped, stained and sealed. 
Handles done in Klein Blue GF Milk Paint. (Love)


It wasn't in horrible shape. Just, blah. That icky brown finish had to go. 


Many many coats of GF urethane finish. See how shiny it is??
                                                I even hit the bottom rail with blue.


That's it. Fast and dirty.






Thursday, September 25, 2014

Vintage Bohemian Moroccan

Whooee! I have been lax with my stuff! Went back to school last month to finish up my Registered Veterinary Technician schooling. Plus, with 100 degree weather for the ENTIRE month, who wants to go out in the garage to paint??? Uh, not I.
So I've had this baby sitting around all year. Those insets are one mutha to complete!
 Especially since I changed the color thrice! 
This is such a cool piece. I've only seen 2 other ones floating around. My friend Jennifer over at MiVidaVintage did this same piece in black and white lacquer. Just Beautiful!
 I didn't want to totally copy her, so I did the turquoise.
Athena, my fat cat, was kind enough to model. 

I originally wanted to do a silver metallic,,,,,
But as you can see, the brush strokes were impossible to avoid because of the angle of those insets. There was no way to paint this by hand. So I tried metallic spray paint (middle drawer) but I just wasn't feeling it.  So then I though, hmmmm, what about a glossy navy?  So I re-sprayed in Navy. Mind you, each time I sprayed, I had to tape off the surrounding area. That meant an hour of taping off very carefully because trying to cover a dark color with the white would be, well, not good!
This is what the taping debacle looked like. And it didn't matter. I still got overspray. 
So then I would have to tape off the blue part, spray primer on the white and then paint the white part. The drawers I did with a brush. The body was done with a HVLP sprayer and then with a brush for the touch-ups.  Oh as for the gold, more taping off and then spraying and touch up with brushing!! 
I must have sprayed and taped the drawers at least six times!
This piece took forever and a day to complete!! 
You can't tell in this pic, but all inside the spade area was done with a small brush and the white paint. I'm not kidding when I say this took forever! Doing two tone colors on accents and insets really is a labor of love. Very much a detailed painting process. 
While I do not like painting with Valspar paint, I did use their spray paint for the insets.
I really liked the way it worked. They have great colors too. 
 I gave the top 2-3 coats and sanded in between. This top was not a very smooth, finished wood, so it still shows the grain and "woodiness".   
Athena thinks it's purrfectly fine for lounging.
You can sort of see the wood grain in the below shot. 
The gold just gives it a little extra. I think all that white would have just been too much.
The hardware was quite tarnished. I soaked it, cleaned it and used some steel wool, but then just ended up spraying it with Rustoleum brass-gold. 

"Does this angle make my butt look large?"  Uh, why yes it does.


I really love how this turned out. It would fit in with so many types of decor that our popular
out here in my neck of the woods! 






Saturday, August 23, 2014

The 1970's were good for something!!

Having grown up in the '70's, I can tell you decor and clothing were, well, icky. 
But isn't it funny how things come around again??? Mid century modern furniture is hot, hot, hot right now.  And I've found that these chunky '70's dressers look phenomenal painted in glossy bright colors. The choices are endless. I had a listing for this one, ready for custom paint. A lady contacted me and said she wanted it done in navy for her nursery (boy). 

the pic is upside down cuz I had it stored on top of another. Yes I am hoarding if you must know. 


This one was in pretty rough shape. The wood was really rough and splintering. I spend many hours just prepping this one for paint. Tons of sanding and patching drawers. What I dislike about this era is they went to the stapling of drawers, cheap glides/tracks and MDF and or plastic moulding. Ick. 


A Few of the drawers were coming apart and they were so rough, you wouldn't dream of putting anything delicate inside for fear of snagging.  So sanding, wood filler, wood glue, shellac and primer to the rescue!  My client wanted a dark teal for the accent color on the sides. 

The drawers took me longer to do than the entire thing. After sanding the sides, I put on a coat of shellac and then 2 coats of paint. Then a poly coat went over that! This teal color was "flat" and I didn't want to leave it since the gray was a semi-gloss.  All the hardware was cleaned and scrubbed and given a few coats of Pure Gold and then a clear coat enamel. 

After sanding the body smooth, I applied a shellac coat, then Kilz white primer (just to hide any spots) and then I went over that with gray primer. I could have skipped the white primer I suppose.  The gray primer was so close in color to the paint, it made it difficult to see missed spots! 
Originally I had planned on using my HVLP spray because of the intricate drawers.
However, this prepping took so many hours that I ended up giving a first coat by hand.
Sometimes a sprayer doesn't get all the nooks. 
 So all the drawers and body got a first (sometimes 2nd) coat of paint. Then it got fine sanded. You could really see the "faux wood grain" on the drawer fronts. I did spray, but got that orange peel finish. I ended up sanding the top down and brushing on the last coat. I have a very good brush and used BM Advance paint with floetrol, so I hardly got any brush marks.  BTW, the color she picked was BM "Hale Navy".  The teal is MS "Plumage".  The Pure Gold is by Rustoleum.

She promised to send me a pic of the dresser in its new surroundings! Can't wait to see how it looks.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wood wall art/headboard

Feels so good to be working again! That whooping cough took me out of the loop for awhile!  I was finally able to finish my sons headboard/wall art to go above his platform bed. For that post, click here


The sleeping portion of his room. You're looking through the opening of the wall we cut into to make his room larger. That half is his "hang-out" part. TV, computer, futon for friends to sleep over, etc. 

 The boards above are what I started with. I ripped all of them into 1" pieces and then cut those to fit like a wood floor. Alternating lengths.  


             Once the boards were cut down, each one got sanded, stained and coated with a sealer. I laid them out on the plywood to determine the size I wanted. 



    Here is a shot of the room before we did the acid staining concrete treatment. 


 The plywood backing board was squared off and framed. You have to make sure your measurements are dead on to avoid ending up with the last row being way off. As it was, I had to plane off almost an 1/8" of an inch due to some of the boards bowing and taking up more room. 




I tried different bedding ensembles!





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