5.18 2010

Kid’s Catch-all Desk

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I purchased this totally trashed & abused roll-top desk because it was dirt cheap and paint magically hides everything. My girls have very creative minds, opening up every kind of “shop” imaginable and they design the most creative signs to go with them. They practically have the whole house labeled whenever we have a party with name tags and place settings for everybody. I love their creative spirit, but it can easily get out of control. I thought that having a designated spot to organize their signs, pencils, markers, tape, scissors, etc. would be a good thing.
The before:
I know it’s ugly, but the drawers glide perfectly!
After a few coats of black paint, some distressing,
top coating, and new knobs, it’s a nice piece that will hold a lot of creative kid stuff.
It hides everything.
Finally, a spot for their signs.
So many cubbies and drawers.
It’s reduced the creative chaos significantly.
5.16 2010

French Black and Cream Dining Table

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I absolutely love how this tables and chair set turned out!
Before:
Light wood & painted fruit…
The table was painted in Antique White milk paint.
Milk paint always goes on so smooth
Then it was aged with some Van Dyke Brown glaze from General Finishes.
The chairs were painted black
and distressed to show the gorgeous curves.
The worn-out foam was replaced and covered with some pretty, damask fabric.
And now I must say goodbye as it goes back to Craigslist.
I admit I grew very attached to this one.
5.13 2010

A $3 Chalkboard

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This is actually a mirror that I bought at a garage sale for $3. I painted the inside with chalkboard paint and the frame in white then glazed it brown. I just love it.
I found this topper at Hobby Lobby for 1/2 off.

 

5.11 2010

Yesterday’s Writing Desk…Today’s Entry Table

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I’ve been looking for a foyer table for months. My requirements: 1) cheap 2) curvy legs 3) a drawer.
Here is a before of this early 1900′s writing desk. I saw the curves of this table and had a vision. I just love old furniture. It looks like wood…but it was ALL paint…that needed to be stripped. I almost didn’t take it home with me. (By the way, I’d love to know the history of why they used to PAINT furniture to look like wood, when it was actually wood???) Then I looked at those spindle legs and changed my mind.

I’m a sucker for spindles.
Scratches GALORE. Somebody liked writing letters. 
I stripped the multiple layers and decades of paint.

I saw red, white, & brown. I sanded the scratches as best I could. The drawer was disintegrated so I glued it back together.
I tried Ben Moore Metal and Wood Latex Enamel on this piece, and I really like it. It is self-priming and coats better than anything I’ve used. I distressed it, smoothed it 0000 steel wool and protected it.
It is exactly what I wanted for this spot all along.

I love these anthro-inspired knobs from HL.

I’m a happy girl.
5.11 2010

Cedar Chest Makeover

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I just made over this cedar chest for a friend as a housewarming gift. It’s a family heirloom and she wanted to update the look of it for her daughter’s room.
This is how it looked before (I quick, grabbed my camera after I had already started stripping it)…
Now it looks like this:
(Yes, I know the lighting is bad.)
Here is a more accurate picture of the color of the top. The wood grain is BEAUTIFUL!
In a nutshell, I stripped off the old paint, stained the top in ebony, top coated it with polyacrylic (which I’ve since stopped using for wood stains; I’ve found something I personally like better) & then finishing paste wax; repainted the base cottage white, distressed the edges, and antiqued it with brown glaze. Kevin repaired the broken hinges and now I think this family heirloom is amazing, and will look great in Savannah’s room.