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, perfectly stripped. I used a wire brush to get in that grain and open it up. 

 Aniline dye comes in many colors, along with regular stain colors. This dye penetrates deeper than a regular stain. You mix w/water and brush it on. (or wipe). It dries quickly. Wear gloves. It stains your skin like nobodies business! 

I brushed on about 3 coats and then gave everything the once over with the half and half shellac/alcohol mixture. This seals the wood but still leaves open the grain. Remember, this will bring up the fuzzies on your wood, don't knock them down w/too fine a grit or you will close off the grain. 

Now I wanted to use a glossy top coat on my finished piece. If you don't know, you can't apply a top coat (poly or a urethane) over wax. So, I couldn't use my liming wax on this now could I??! I meant to reach for the white paint, but grabbed the white stain (whitewash) by General Finishes. Very difficult to wipe off, so I had to be quick. I worked in small areas. Dipped one rag in the white, rubbed it in, and then quickly grabbed my other rag dipped in ms and wiped it off. If you don't, you just get a gigantic white wash over everything. 
This is the look you want. Clearly defined areas between the grain and the dyed part. 
I had planned on only doing the top and drawers and painting the rest, but as I went on, I figured that would look dumb. So I bit the bullet and did the entire piece! Yes. Very time consuming and very tedious. However, I love the finished look! 

What to do about the innards? Hmmm,, the oak was fine behind the doors, but the doors were just blah. Out came my new Fine Paints of Europe Eco line in a nice Peacock! 

 And of course my signature, "Paint the drawer sides" got a few coats too! 
 Dumbo me forgot to fill in the FIVE holes on each drawer, so I went with these large cup pulls to hide them. I did fill the ones on doors and decided on some bling. 

To finish it off, I coated everything 3-4 times with GF Arm r Seal. 

 And that's all there is ! She is for sale! 

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 the tighter to reach areas. It makes for a smooth finish. 

                             A few of the drawer bottoms weren't as nice as the top one, so I covered it in a pretty paper, while the sides were painted in a soft ballerina pink.

While these desks are quite a bit of work,  and hardly worth the price that these bring in, I get the satisfaction from knowing that I 'fixed' something in such horrendous condition. 

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!
Um, note to self, dust off the piece before taking pics. 

Found these cute little African Violets in the teeniest containers!
                                    Do ya think I'm partial to the turquoise color family?? 

Still have the dresser I did 4 years ago! I kept it just because of the cool hardware!
I have never seen anything else like it since!
 The hardware is solid brass and shaped like geckos! 
            Don;t judge my dirty window. it's from the sprinklers! Now,,,,to keep or to sell????

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. 

 The one drawback to doing this guys is the hardware. Good God. Between dismantling them, cleaning, polishing and putting it back on, it almost takes as much time as painting.  I hate doing this hardware! And it tarnishes again so quickly! 

                                                  But they are cute little guys.