Monday, July 21, 2014

Building a Platform Bed to go with a Bedroom Re-Do!!

It seems like it's been ages since I've worked on anything! I have a really good excuse,,,,Pertussis!!
Yep. Good old whooping cough. Who in the heck gets whooping cough now-a-days??! Um, me?
Let me just say, get your vaccines!! You DO NOT want to get this. I won't go into details (google it) However,  I will say gasping for air every morning upon waking for weeks on end is not a good time. 
                     Anyway,,,,,I was in the middle of my sons room re-do when it hit.
Here's what was in the works,,,,,, I wanted to redo my sons room my acid staining the concrete slab (no more carpet in there!) and building him a platform bed that resembles this:       

I decided to use solid walnut and a walnut plywood (for the base).  For a headboard, I thought I would do one of those artsy pieces where you cut pieces of wood of different sizes 
and lay them out on a board. 
Something like this:
Here is the bed-making pics.  We just started with some measurements and built as we went. 
                         This is the walnut ply (used 1 4X8 sheet) that was Kreg-Jigged together.
 This is the solid walnut that will be attached to the top as a cantilevered edging
 OMG,,,,,we had to drag the mattress out in the garage to make sure we had the measurements right!!  Good thing it fit because we did this AFTER the Kreg Jig part!! DOH!!
All the supports are done and edging is on.  I bet you're wondering how in the heck are you going to move that into his room.  
Uh-huh. That's what I kept saying. He said, "it will fit. don't worry".
(you can guess what this is leading to.....)
 I did the majority of the sanding at this point. The whole thing took about an hour. 
 I pre-conditioned the wood and applied a few coats of Espresso/Dark Walnut
 I just love working with walnut. It's gorge! However, I wasn't real thrilled with the ply used on the base. After I applied the stain, I saw a few spots that I messed up with the sander. Also, you can see some of the dark spots and spots that didn't take the stain well. That's from over zealous sanding. Another disadvantage using ply, the ends. They look icky. Something has to go over those edges. 

Since it's not fully completed, here is a quick peek of the bed in the room. 
OH,,,yeah, about the trek of getting this from the garage into the room,,,,,Lets just say we had to go around the driveway, through the front door and out the fresh doors to the backyard, over the bridge of the koi pond, through the double doors into the master bedroom which
 happens to be a straight shot to the sons bedroom!  
Piece of cake!
 Oh, did I mention how heavy solid wood is????
Hmmmm??? Mkay, thanks.

So here is the 6' long board where all those 1" Jenga-like pieces are getting glued to. 
Yes why thank-you. I did rip every single one of these. First into 1" long pieces
and then cut into individual sizes. 
               Since I had to stain the sides and ends, I stained after I did all the cutting. 
 I decided to throw in some turquoise pieces since that's the color of his concrete floor.
Here's where I'm at today. Gets a little dicey with the measuring at the end. I'll write up a whole other post when this baby is done. If I ever get back my energy.......

Here's the room getting a skim coat of concrete over the existing slab
 After applying the turquoise stain...

Still have a bit to finish putting in the baseboards.  I redid this mid century credenza for him to use as a media center/storage. First time I used milk paint on one of these. This piece took forever to do because of the two-tone stuff.  This is a Broyhill Sculptra.
 I redid the walnut on the top and drawers and the rest was milk paint. Which, by the way, I will never use again on one of these pieces. I don't think MCM should get the chippy look so I used the bonding agent. It was just a ton of work. 
Next time I will try to replicate this color in regular paint. 
This is the only reason I used it. 
The other side of the room is where the bed is. I will post pics when I'm done 
with the whole shebang!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Broyhill knock-off in Red!

I snagged this Broyhill look-alike last month. I really enjoy working on these.
                           After I stripped away the ugly finish, I was left with this:

After stripping the top and seeing the almost perfect walnut, I couldn't paint it. 
Well, not all of it anyway! I'm not a big red person, but I wanted to go a bit more masculine with this piece. Plus I had planned on facing the inner drawer fronts with this cool Ikat fabric I got. So I decided to coordinate the doors with that.

The flash really makes this red appear neon. It's not. Really. 

And of course I had to do the sides of the drawers! Just my "thang"!
                           I did the black by hand/brush. Too lazy to get out the sprayer. 

 I love the original hardware. After I let it soak in vinegar and baking soda, I applied Brasso and scrubbed it with steel wool. Almost like new again. 
 I am literally running out of places in my home to stage. I really don't like the framed art work above this piece, but I can't be bothered with hanging something else! Even though I have a really cool framed poster that would go so much better!  sigh.....later...

                This one is for sale in my Etsy shop, "FourAcesVintage"

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Another Gem color in Milk Paint

I get so many compliments on this turquoise color milk paint. 
It's from the Real Milk Paint Company and their name is "cobalt".  This time I mixed
in a little of their green here and there to give it a little extra accenting. 
Just your standard vintage mahogany desk. Everything got sanding and sealed with shellac. I redid the top using custom colors in a walnut and gel mahogany.  It's been so unbelievably hot, I have to wait until night to work. Even at 10PM, the garage is a balmy 92! I have some projects to paint in enamel, but I can't until it cools down. Luckily with milk paint, it doesn't matter. 
And Judy always keeps me company! 
This is a desk that is finished all the way around.  Doing the back, below. 

The top got a few coats 
of GF urethane. 
 I love this paint and color. How cool are the crackle areas?? Everything got tung oil to richen the color.  On the parts that were really flaky, I applied a coat of GF urethane to stop the flaking.
I painted that little bistro chair eons ago. I could probably redo it in colors to match the desk. 

While the drawers hardly chipped, the sides and back did. 
 I think the desk showcases my home made "beachy" signs to a T!

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Monday, May 12, 2014

A New Frenchy

Getting away from the MCM stuff and onto finishing this French Provincial piece. 
I've been wanting to try Aubusson with gold and this is the perfect piece for it. 
I'd already started the stripping process when I remembered a before pic. 
 I know I keep saying it, but this soy gel is the bomb. People. 
No reason to use harsh chemicals!!

Cleans up with water!!! Good for the environment and your lungs! 

Martha Stewart Vintage Gold.

         Rather than use fabric on the fronts like I usually do, I stenciled French numbers instead.
 Très chic, n'est-ce pas?