11.9 2010

Before and After :: 1920’s Antique Buffet

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 I know I say this a lot, but this is my favorite piece yet.
I found this antique buffet/sideboard on CL, and called to ask the usual questions,
including if it had always been in a smoke-free environment.
She said “no, it hasn’t…”
Because of that, I offered $25 less, and she accepted. I drove out to take a smell look.
If the smoke smell was bad, I knew what kind of primer I could have used to cover it up.
But, when I got there, there was no smoke smell in this little lady.
 It needed some repairs and wood filling, which wasn’t too bad, and although I could restore the top, the base was trashed.
Yes, I know, I know, you don’t paint over antiques.
That is, unless it was not well taken care of and is beyond repair, which was the case with this.
 Here she is after stripping the top, re-staining it, and painting the base BM Bone. This has become my favorite white for furniture, as it is not glaring, yet doesn’t have any yellow in it.
It is a soft, mellow white.
I looooove her.
I kept the original hardware, and painted it black.
I staged her  with a 70 year old mixing bowl
(which I found at at a garage sale) filled with limes.
I am lucky to have a neighbor who always brings me lots of fresh limes.
I love the top, which has a beautiful, hand-rubbed finish.
Have a great day!

 

10.21 2010

Executive Desk :: Before and After

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 I could have easily had this desk done a week ago, but had so.many.issues. with my sprayer.
This is what happens to certain people with certain personality traits
who perhaps don’t think they need to read manuals on very complex machines. READ THE REST //
9.28 2010

How to Achieve that Beautiful, Rubbed-Through Finish

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For practically nothing. I picked up this coffee table at an auction a few weeks ago. I was originally going to fix it up and sell it, but we decided to keep it.

It was pretty chipped and worn, so I gave it a few light coats of black paint.
My favorite way to rub-through black READ THE REST //