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Armoire Upcycled into Modern Campaign Chest of Drawers

c_chest2I’m continuing to create furniture from the bulky Armoire seen in this post! It’s been a blast to come up with new designs and upcycle this piece into modern furniture! I already built this Campaign Lingerie Chest out of it, so I wanted to create a complimentary Campaign Chest of Drawers. It was an extremely easy build, making it like you would any simple base cabinet. With 3/4″ plywood, wood glue, and screws, I slapped this bad boy together & used birch veneer iron-on edging to give it a finished look! I also had to sand, re-stain, and rub-on poly the drawer fronts and brasso the hardware. The outside of the chest was painted with Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint in ‘Artissimo’ followed by hemp oil & I used the same mint green on the inside of the open shelf as I did on the lingerie chest. I painted the base and campaign T’s brass to finish this chest off. I have yet to decide whether or not I’m going to use the last of my vintage campaign T’s on the corners of this piece or use them on a coordinating bench or nighstand, so for now this chest is finished. Check out my work in picture form! —>

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I’m currently brainstorming what I can make with the doors that remain from the original armoire and hoping I find another one to upcycle soon!!! Have you dismantled any furniture lately?!

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Hope you and your family have a fun and safe Fourth of July!!! :D

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Hello, Ginger… French Provincial Dresser Refinish

I was havin’ the buyer’s remorse over this little French Provincial dresser. I only bought it cuz hubby needed a dresser (I mighta sold his old one to buy this one, lol) and the style goes with a hutch and small table that currently reside in our master bedroom. I love the curves of French Provincial, the stunning drawer fronts, and incredible hardware are beyond lovely! That said, this piece had no character to me. The wood lacked luster and the whole piece kinda faded into itself. I had imagined that a little paint and distressing would give it a voice again, but I was beginning to doubt that I could bring it back to life. I had to give this refinish a shot though, considering I already shelled out the dough for it! Planing the drawers was on the top of my to-do list since three of the four were jammed shut even after being in the AC for three days! Not cool.

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Paintbrush in hand I went to work, whipping up a batch of homemade chalk paint using non-sanded grout, water, and latex paint until the mixture was similar to pancake batter. I slapped on 1 coat on the drawer fronts and two coats everywhere else. Slowly, but surely, I could see my vision for this piece come into view! Once dry, I distressed and waxed, careful to distress only the drawer fronts, as I really wanted them to stand out. After buffing out the wax, I stood back & smiled! My perseverance payed off! This piece had character again… and also a name, Ginger, because it DOES have a soul!! ;D

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Stella… A French Provincial Table Refinish

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Meet Stella. A French Provincial antique table in need of a fresh start. When I spotted her I noticed her gorgeous bones, which happens to be my only prerequisite for refinishing a piece. I happily lugged her home and got to work. Her top was water damaged and dull, so the first thing I did was strip and sand it down to bare veneer. She was looking better already!
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Next up was to apply some fresh lacquer in order to protect it from future damages. Three coats of lacquer and a single cot of wax make for an incredible feel and richness to the wood. After finishing her top it was time to give her base a new paint job. A warm antique white matched her stunning wood grain perfectly. For this piece I whipped up some homemade chalk paint and applied two thick coats, achieving an authentic aged look. When using chalk paint, a layer of furniture wax must be applied in order to seal the dried paint. For this piece I distressed while applying the wax, using 0000 steel wool and an old t-shirt to work the wax into the paint. Twenty minutes after applying the wax I buffed it out, creating an incredibly soft sheen that is comparable to no other furniture finish.

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The bottom shelf remains half-finished for now… I have something brilliant in store for this French Provincial beauty! Stay tuned! ;Dstella_final

 

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Update : Check out this post about how I added character to this piece by decoupaging a vintage map of London to it’s shelf!!

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Wordless Wednesday – Happy Clients Make Me Happy

It is bittersweet to work like crazy on a piece, to put your heart and soul into it… from imagining a concept, to painting it, to sweating in the heat to buff out a waxy glow, to then finally selling it to someone that you hope will appreciate the work that went into it. I have found that perfect bliss by selling my pieces on Etsy and am happy beyond words that the pieces I have passionately refinished find happy new homes through my humble Etsy Shop! On this wordless Wednesday I am grateful for happy clients because they make the furniture refinishing process a joy!!! :D

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Here is my most recent piece that sold on Etsy from which I’m still glowing because of the lovely feedback the buyer gave my shop! I <3 happy clients!!

Mid Century Modern Ombre Desk Refinish

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Who doesn’t love Mid Century Modern?!! It just has a beautiful & clean look to it that I cannot resist! Therefore, needless to say, I fell head over heels in love with this mid-century desk!! I wanted to keep the finish as simple as it’s beautiful design, so all I did was slap a fresh coat of white paint on it…

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then I jumped on board the ombre train that is such a hit right now and painted the drawer fronts in gradating shades of teal. Finished it off with gloss polycrylic on the white & satin lacquer on the drawers. And there ya have it! A stunning mid century mod beauty updated & ready to be loved for another 50 years!

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Happy weekend to you! I’m off to find my next furniture love!! :D

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DIY Interior Sliding Barn Door on the Cheap

barndoorfront_sombI can’t tell you how good it feels to get finished with a project that you’ve put your heart and soul into for months! I’ve always wanted an interior sliding barn door, but I never had the perfect and functional spot for one until we moved. In this ‘new to us’ home their is an AC unit/storage closet right smack in the middle of the living room… most people would dislike this, but it is THE perfect place for a sliding door since it frees up your home’s footprint for foot traffic or furniture!

The Materials – I already had tons of wood pallets so the wood was free. The other materials were hard to come by, making this project take much longer than it should have, but worth the wait. I found some old Cannon Ball Starline rollers on eBay for ridiculously cheap and scoured my town for a track to house the rollers, eventually finding just what I needed at PRO Build. The track, brackets, and handle were $55 bringing my grand

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total up to $70 so far. I am extremely proud of my thriftiness on this project since barn doors and hardware online can easily reach into the thousands! I also had to buy a piece of 1 x 6 pine to attach the track brackets to and of course bolts to screw the pine into the wall’s studs. I wanted the wood of the barn door to look authentically aged so I oxidized it, well, my oxidizing specialist aka my adorable 5 year-old little guy, oxidized it & he did an amazing job! It’s very easy to make using white vinegar and 0000 steel wool that has sat for a few days… more details on how to make your own here. When all was said and done the materials were about $96 and the finished project is worth every penny!

The Build – I built just a basic backwards K design barn door (I’m sure that’s not the correct term) from images that I saw online, being very careful to measure everything twice so that the dimensions would suit our living room and door frame. The most time-consuming part of this project was taking the pallets apart, but two hammers and some elbow grease are all that’s needed. I joined biscuits and used wood glue throughout and also randomly nailed to give it a well-loved look. barn_work

The rollers and track were fairly easy to install and I made sure to secure the red mahogany-stained pine brace to the wall studs perfectly so that it could support the weight of the barn door and track. As an added detail I also painted the barn door pull in my current favorite color, aqua. The door looked a little lonely, so I found an antique four pane window on eBay and printed a picturesque mountain plains view to place inside, giving an expansive feeling when in reality it’s just a wall behind the window… so nice to have a mountain view here in Florida!

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This project makes a huge impact on our space, creating incredibly beautiful and functional Art!

DIY Chalkboard Door

Photo Jul 12, 4 34 26 AM2Here is a super simple do it yourself project that will add some character to your kitchen! All you need is painter’s tape, newspaper, chalkboard spray paint, and of course, a door in need of a revamp! First, tape off door to protect area that you don’t want painted, then spray your chalkboard paint to the can’s specifications. While the paint is drying you could make a chalk holder that vibes with your kitchen’s decor. I found a yard stick thing a ma bob holder at a thrift store, cut off the ends, and nailed it to the door, turning it into the perfect chalk container. doorhow

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Now my family has a cool place to write reminders and lists on the top half, while my little guys love to draw on the lower half of the door!

 

 

 

 

Check out my oldest’s Plants vs. Zombies creation… it’s a zombie face if you can’t tell & he’s quite proud! Braaaaaaaains!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Antique Mersman Radio Cabinet Refinish

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Ahhh, there she is, all gussied up… not was the case when I first laid my eyes on this antique diamond in the rough. She was dinged up and sad looking, but I was elated when I saw this Mersman hall cabinet on sale in a local thrift store because I knew I could bring her back to her former glory! I had seen it on a previous jaunt, but it had a hefty price tag so I sadly passed it by. I went back a week later, and to my surprise, it was now on sale for just $19.99 I could hardly contain my excitement… yes, furniture excites me, hehe!

halltabletopba It has the same details as a previous table refinish of mine that currently resides in my family’s living room. It also fits at the end of our hall swimmingly since the edges are angled where the hall splits into two rooms! Perfect! I decided on pretty much the same treatment… sanding, staining, and polying the top & priming, painting, and waxing the bottom. Here’s the photographic step-by-step!
halltableworkNow I’m off to find my next furniture refinishing project to share with you! Thanks for stoppin’ by! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

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Mid Century Modern Dresser Refinish For My Little Guys

I found this Mid Century Modern dresser on Craig’s List and knew I could make it a fun piece for my little guys’ bedroom. It was pretty dinged up and the finish was uneven so I decided on a faux bois (false wood) paint job in order to add some graphic elements to their space.

imageI began by lightly sanding the whole piece so that primer and paint could properly adhere. Then I used a Behr’s latex paint sample in ‘Leapfrog’ on the drawer fronts, quickly rolling a wood grain rocker on the drawers after applying paint. Wood grain rockers are a blast to use + if you make a mistake you can apply more paint and roll again until you achieve the desired effect. I wanted more of a graphic design on this piece, rather than trying to replicate wood grain, so I only rolled the rocker slightly. After the drawer paint cured for a day I applied two layers of polycrylic, lightly sanding with 220 grit sandpaper between coats. While the poly dried I primed and painted the shell of the dresser white, simply making the stylized drawer fronts the focal point.

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And there you have it, an awesome addition to my little guys’ room! They love it and now my 5 year-old can proudly pick out his own clothes… AND put them away all by himself, which I have to admit, was an added incentive for me to refinish this piece! ;)

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