Saturday, November 14, 2015

Custom Painting some Front doors!

I was contacted by a local couple who saw my blue hutch and wondered if I could do the same coloring on their front doors. I figured, "why not?"
 The two doors are solid mahogany and had a coat of paint on them. I gave them the estimate for stripping off all the current paint and prepping it for paint. Obviously, a ton of work. To keep the cost down, the client asked if her husband could do all the prep work. fine by me!! 'Cause everyone knows just how keen I am on stripping wood.  Especially something of this magnitude! I said it had to be completely stripped and sanded smooth. They said ok.  Uh, not what happened! lol
 I had already started sanding when I ran to get the camera. See the middle portion?? That's what the rest looked like when I got it. I asked what he used and he said, "60 grit sandpaper." That's it??? What about the 150 and 220 and the inside grooves along the glass???  He just stared at me. Hmmmm,,,no.
I told them no way. This needed about 5 more hours of finishing work. 60 grit sandpaper on wood feels like, well, sandpaper! It was horrible! I couldn't apply paint to that. You can already see the difference in just one level up of sanding. The outside got the orbital, but
all of the rest of the groove and narrow parts had to be done by hand. I couldn't even open my hands the next morning they were cramping so badly. 
 Can you see the diff above and below?? I hope so! I also added some stain once sanded.

There was so much prep work on these things! I sprayed the metal weather stripping at the bottom of each door and removed the hardware and sprayed them in a metallic gold. Look back at the first pic,,,they were horrible looking. I hope they just go buy some new door handles. 

I did a first coat of Aubusson blue and then mixed my own chalk paint in various colors for the 2nd and 3rd coats. 

 Their porch was done in the saltillo tiles with little mexican talavera accent tiles, hence this blue. For the finish, I applied my own mix of tung oil, mineral spirits and spar varnish.  
The pic above is before the finish. Below, is just after oiling and in bright sunshine. It looks blotchy because the door was extremely dried out and absorbed both coats rather quickly. 
                                     I'm hoping they will send me a pic when it's in place! 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

A little, new mcm cabinet

You ever start something and then it just sort of sits,,,,,for months,,,,,and maybe a few more months,,,,?? Well, yep, that was this guy. 

I started off painting this with Sherwin Williams paint. I really don't know why I changed from Advance. Maybe it was the color. I ended up going back to Advance. The SW paint was just horrible. After 2 coats I ended up sanding it all back and redoing it with the Advance glossy. So much better. 

 Look at this beautiful shine! This was all hand brushed too. You must sand between coats. 

 I redid the wood drawer and the doors. Did a little tape-off action for something different. When I changed paint, these doors were already done. Well, the doors got nicked up somehow and the old paint shade didn't match the new one, so I ended up having to sand the doors down and redoing these as well! I was able to tape off the wood part to avoid having to redo that. 
 Semi-Gloss top coat (GF I think) for the wood drawer. 
Shines like a mirror! Love this paint. 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Amerasia Pagoda Dresser

Kent Coffey Amerasia Pagoda Dresser. Only one I've come across in four years. Needless to say, this one went quickly. A customer saw this in my inventory off of Etsy and wanted it customized.  Since this was being used as a media cabinet, she wanted me to remove the far right drawers in order to contain her electronics. 

Hub removed the drawers and other pieces and cut some luan to fill the side and bottom. 

   I wanted this to look as smooth as possible so I filled in every hole and gap. 
She wanted the body painted white and the inside spot was done in Van Deusen Blue, BM.

Sorry for the horrible staging photo. This was getting shipped out the following day and I didn't want to bother moving this beast inside! This was when the weather was Africa hot too. Took me forever to get this thing done because the temp in the garage wouldn't go down below 90!! Even at night! 
Oh, and major issues with the priming. The mahogany loves to bleed!  

 A few of the drawers were in dreadful shape. I ended up replacing two of them. The others just got a good sanding and shellac spray. 

You can purchase the replacement luan at a big box store. I just wiped on a quick stain to match the others. Cut to fit and glue down!  Good as new! 
                           This was the original. All it needed was some sanding and cleaning.
 Pure white by BM in a satin finish. Hardware got major cleaning and polishing

Monday, September 7, 2015

Custom Colors on a Vanity-Modern Masters

I know my posts have been few and far between, but not for lack of things to do! I've had many custom order requests and have been very busy! I haven't even been able to touch my inventory or create any designs. A local couple had seen my blog and loved the color of a blue chest I had finished.  They asked if I could do the same color on their vanity they just purchased. 
 They picked the colors of metallic blue on the body and pink on the inside. I did my own personal mix of MM Venetian Blue mixed with some Black Pearl. 
The before and after on the drawers. There were quite a few missing pieces of wood that got filled. I also removed this part of the molding to paint. I chose to spray the inside of compartment area and thought I would try a lacquer. 
The spray lacquer is Begonia from Amy Howard. It's nice, but towards the end of the can, the glossiness went away! I believe I had to coat the entire part with a clear lacquer top coat! I was not a happy camper! You see how flat it is in some parts?? No bueno. 
 I do believe you can obtain the same results with an enamel spray for half the cost of this spray lacquer. I wish Rustoleum or Valspar had this vibrant color of pink. 
             I didn't have enough to do the drawer sides, so I used a BM pink color that was close. I know in the pic it doesn't look like it, but it does match! 
They also wanted a lot of gold, but I thought doing every single groove and detail would be too much. They let me have free rein to paint it as I saw fit. The gold moldings were a spray metallic, Valspar I believe. Ditto for the handles. The area around the mirror was completely stripped and stained. It was a very nice piece of cherry and I didn't want to paint over it. Removing the mirror was no big deal.
I also sprayed the little decorative pieces holding it in place.

Detail shot of the drawer. 

This middle top portion was such a headache! For whatever reason, I couldn't get it nice and smooth like the outer ones. I ended up painting and sanding it down 7 times!
Do you see the lines going across on the left side? Those are the brush marks.  They got smoothed out with steel wool and then given another coat. The ends probably got 3-4 times each and the middle part??? OY. Like I said, 7 times.  Love the paint, hate applying it. I used 4 different brushes and different mixtures. I used Helmsman outdoor varnish mixed with the paint as the top coat. Between that and record temperatures, I just could not get it to go on right. It was so hot, the paint would dry on the first stroke. Had to wait until it cooled down a bit.  Anyway, They like it and I'm glad to be done with it! 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Stanley Bamboo dresser Finally finished!

Man oh man. The nightmares of all nightmare prep jobs! Behold this classic, vintage Asain style dresser made by Stanley. Originally it was done in that icky yellow. 
Like this: 

But some genius decided to throw on some black paint. Literally. Was the worst paint job, ever!

 I thought with some sanding it would prep up easily enough. Uh, no. The top and sides were ok, but those drawers?? OMG.
 This was after applying a stripper and starting to scrape. The "wood" is actually some sort of resin type material that's hard, but crumples if you chip at it. This was beyond horrific. Seriously. Took me about 20 hours before I could even put a brush to it. This is why I don't buy painted pieces~!

But,,,,Totally worth it in the end....
 This piece was custom painted for a customer in Chicago. She wanted a Robins Egg Blue.
I actually like the way it goes w/my wood ceiling and gray walls in the living room. 
I suggested this gorgeous Teal for the inner drawers.

Once the paint went on the waffling, the drawers came out ok. 
This waffle stuff on the middle drawers just made things more ridiculous. It was impossible to make these holes look smooth and clean. 
Each one of these rounded 'tiers' were all sanded by hand to smooth them out, delineate the grooves, and remove excess old paint. 

BM Advance Glossy. Everything was done by hand on this baby. 

 I so wish I had the time to stage it properly. 
But it weighed a ton and was going out the next morn.

                                    *****************UPDATE PHOTOs**********

The customer I painted this for sent me some photos of the piece in her bedroom.
It looks stunning!  She has some mad design skills!! I love her room and adjoining bathroom.
Thanks Maaike!!!!