Sunday, June 26, 2016

Another ornate 70's dresser!

 I love doing these 1970 dressers, but the prep work is ridiculous! Because these are made with a laminate type coating, painting can be challenging. Prep work is imperative on these. 

Heres what I started with. Lovely. You can't be too zealous w/the sanding or else you go through these mdf tops and end up w/a very rough, nonsandable surface. 
All of the drawers had this factory finish that was peeling. I had to hand-sand every single drawer! Can you say, "nightmare"?  Took me hours and hours to get these smooth. 

Then after priming, I had to go back and smooth them by sanding again. And sometime priming again! I was really hating the day I brought home this thing. 

But after all was said and done, it did clean up nicely. 
The handles got a spray of Metallic Rose Gold by Rustoleum. Goes perfectly with the pink. 

I used my Fine Paints of Europe Eco line in a "Ballet Pink" color.  No bubblegum pink for this lady. 
This piece can be used by a girl of any age! 

And of course my signature paint on the drawers! I used Berry for the middle and a medium gray for the outer drawers.  Again, Everything was sanded, primed and painted. Because I used a glossy paint, every piece of lint and hair will show. Before I paint, I even have to prep my garage area by sweeping and mopping the floor down with water to get the dust to settle. Look at that reflective top! And I brushed it, not sprayed. I gave it at least 6 coats with plenty of fine sanding in between coats. That's the only way you can get a fine, smooth finish. Try wet sanding with a 600 grit. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Another Ceruse Project!

It's been awhile since I've taken on a ceruse technique on another dresser, but when I came across this vintage oak piece with the great grain detail, I knew I had to work on it! This time, I chose a turquoise color instead of black.  For the original post I did on how to ceruse, click HERE  and HERE 

Ok, lets see what I started with! Feast your eyes! 

           Yeah I know, why in the world would I ever want to cover up this gem? Oh stop! 
 I'm going to jump ahead and let you peek right quick at the finished piece,,,,just so you will follow along and wonder, " How in the heck did you turn that 'thing' into THIS":

Well, first off, lots o' stripping w/my fave stripper. Why people insist on using chemicals when this perfectly fine, natural, non-chemical product is available, I'll never know. This Soy Gel cleans up with water! Does Citri-strip do that?? Can you use your bare hands?? No. 'Nuff said. 
 Now would be a good time to click on the link above if you have no idea about cerusing. It's too involved to go into again.  I'll be here when you're done.  Ga'head' 
Got it now? 
Ok, lets go on.At this point, I though I would just do the top and the two drawers. Here it is,

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Another Horrendous Waterfall???!

Just how many horrendous waterfall desks are out there??? Apparently quite a few! I did one years ago, HERE, that actually amazed me! I can't believe how forgiving wood can be. And now, this one..
        I have no idea what people do to their furniture in order to get it to look like this!  On the very bottom scalloped molding on the left side, you can see where a piece is missing. I had to glue this piece (at least they saved it) on so it would match the right side.  See the 5th picture for the result.
 In the below picture, you can see how it all looks after stripping off the whole mess!  The wood was on some sort of plastic or resin underlayment. Very weird. I've never seen anything like it. The top and drawer fronts are walnut and the rest is made of pine.  Very light piece.  Only the parts that were to be stained got an entire stripping. The pine part was sanded only until everything felt smooth to the touch. It all got sprayed with a shellac. It also got a coat of red primer to help the black paint look better. When you apply your paint directly onto the wood without primer, it can look splotchy and rough. You must have a base coat primer before applying your paint. I used the red primer because I used black paint. 
Quite a diff, eh?? 

I used General Finishes Spiced Walnut stain and semi gloss wipe on Arm r Seal for top coat. 
The black is GF Lampblack Milk Paint. 

The handles got sprayed in a soft gold. 
I actually used a small artists' paint brush to do the small round molding on the edging and some of

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Vintage Apothecary Cabinet

Oh the stuff one finds in obscure places! 
My husband happened upon a burnt out house/yard that was destroyed by an illegal marij. grow house!!  Laying around the burnt out litter, was this little gem! 
 I have no idea how it got to be this color. I put it in the 80 year old range just from the way is was made. so I sanded the top and sides and applied some stain. c-below. 

I tried out some new milk paint colors, layered them, put some wood sealer on all the interior drawers and after the paint dried, I sanded and applied tung oil.
I thought it would be a cute thing to hang on the wall and fill the drawer
 with cute little plants!

looks cool in my garden too
I took pics w/this guy all over the house!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Henredon Redo

for the life of me I can't find the original photo before I had started the process. Oh well. I'm sure you can use your imagination on this one. The piece was intact but a little worn and tired. I decided on GF milk paint in Driftwood Gray.
 For a little dimension, I mixed up some black/metallic paint in a glazing medium and wiped it all over the cabinet. I left it on for about 30 seconds and then used a wet rag to wipe it off. 

That process is completely individual. If you want it darker and more pronounced, leave it on longer.

Because of the camera flash,

Spring Colored Campaign Chest

I have done many, many campaign pieces. A few years ago they were all the rage. Now that things have calmed down on the campaign trail (so to speak!) they show up everywhere! I picked up this guy off CL last year. Wasn't going to win any beauty awards, I can say that much. 

 Hideous colors and a marred laminate top to boot! yay for me. 

These pieces always invoke a glossy Palm Beach vibe to me. 
 And what better colors than white and coral say Florida??? Exactly. 

 As usual, I used my BM Advance in glossy on this one.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Custom Pet Bed from a Vintage Hexagon Table

I was approached by a customer who saw my pet bed for sale and wanted to know if I could do it in a different color. She wanted it done in a dark teal with a black glazing and a dark red interior. Mine was black and white w/turq. 

Rather than repainting this one, I found another one for sale on Craigslist that was almost identical in looks (but not in quality. More on that tidbit later!) Plus, she wanted it to sit higher so she bought some short legs. 

 I had already started to rough up the finish on this one. Now when I mentioned quality, I meant the MDF stuff! That's what this was around the door frame and such. How did I know??? When the screws just fell out and the door came apart! 
I'm so fortunate to have a handy husband who can figure out how to build, attach, fix,
modify, etc,,,just about anything! He was able to fabricate a piece of wood to fit into the slot where the mdf disintegrated!  And he was able to find a a way to attach the legs to a bracket! Be aware that when you buy these feet with the machined-in screw, you usually need a 'female' receiver part to screw into it. Most people forget that part. As did my customer. The after market ones you can buy come with a large bracket attached to it. It's a mess to install. 
Here is a shot of how it was attached. Don't ask me how he did it! 
 I stained the bare wood on the legs with an ebony dye. Everything got sanded and sealed with a coat of shellac. The interior was primed with a red primer and then sprayed with Rustoleum "Colonial Red" in a satin finish. 

i know, the feet look a little wonky in the pic. I did straighten them up before I was done. 
The outside got a coat of a gray chalk paint,sanded, and then given two coats of the teal chalk paint. (I make my own chalk paint). This teal color is a Valspar color called, "Velvet Curtains", but I had it matched in a Behr sample pot. Behr paint is the best for homemade chalk paint. (I use the plaster of paris mix)

 Here's what it looked like after painting and fine sanding. I forgot to take a picture of glazing part! I used a Martha Stewart glazing medium, some of her silver metallic paint and some black paint. To glaze you just brush it on and wipe it off with a wet rag. If you want it darker and more concentrated, wait a minute before wiping it off. Super easy. 

Anyway, here it is all finished. 

                   My cat Tommy was nice enough to model the inside for me! 
The customer has a friend who can sew a cushion for her. Would be cool to get one made