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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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Armoire Upcycled into Modern Campaign Lingerie Chest

campaign_drawers_sombWell, it has been a long couple weeks for me! My boys have been on Spring break, so I did a lot more playing than working, hehe, but I did manage to get this upcycle finished! It all started when a friend gave me a HUGE armoire by Lane Furniture… it reminded me of a feminine version of campaign pieces + I loved it’s hardware and all it’s storage, but I thought it could be amazing split into a couple pieces of furniture. I then went on to dismantle the armoire while building a lingerie chest out of 3/4″ plywood. It was an extremely simple build that was made daunting by only using scraps I had in my wood shop. Normally the sides would just be two pieces, but since this is all scraps, it ended up being made out of many. The upside is that it was free, the downside being that it took way longer than it should of! Check out my work—>

campaign_work_somb.jpg.jpgI simply built the drawer boxes out of 3/4″ plywood interlocking the boxes with fluted dowel pins and screws, making sure to install the tracks before enclosing each box and adding 1/4″ backing. I then sanded, slapped on two coats of Behr ‘Winter Fresh’, waxed twice, and bada bing, bada boom, there she is! Ok, maybe it wasn’t quite that simple. I also had to hunt down some campaign T hardware, grind 4 of them into L shapes (for the corners), and paint said hardware with brass gilding! I also had to plane and refinish the drawer fronts since they had a black speckle finish on them. They got a sanding of 80 grit, 120 grit, then 220 grit, some espresso stain, and finally, rub-on poly to make them beautiful again! I think she turned out great and I can’t wait to make a matching dresser out of the two remaining larger drawers!

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Do you have an upcycle on your to-do list?

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Mersman in Mint

Happy Wordless Wednesday to y’all! :D

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I came across this beautiful little Mersman table recently & since I’m a tad obsessed with mint at the moment, I picked up a brush and painted away!! I also distressed, waxed, primed, and polyed, of course, hehe! The bad news is there are no before pics on this one since I’ve been crazy busy deckin’ the halls, but the good news is that this very table is being GIVEN AWAY soon! Keep an eye on my blog for details & happy holidays to you!!!

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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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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Antique Buffet Turned Media Cabinet

20130321-223545.jpgAhhh, I’m so thrilled to be done with this project! Yes, I am in love with the final result, but, WOW, what a lot of work this refinish was! I had been scouring Craig’s List for months trying to find the perfect sideboard to turn into an entertainment center & then there it was… a thirty dollar, heavier than heck, paint-speckled, mammoth piece of furniture crafted by the Mount Airy Mantel and Table Co. Inc…. I snagged it up in a heartbeat & I was excited about the future splinters it would give me. I had originally planned on painting & distressing the base an antique white and refinishing the top in an ebony stain, but like most projects, once I start working on them, they have something else in mind! The wood underneath the icky orange stain and black paint speckle was so gorgeous that I just had to put myself through the misery of sanding the ENTIRE exterior of the piece down to bare wood! It took over two weeks of stripping and sanding, but the results were worth it. I conditioned the wood and stained it ebony, then red mahogany, to give it a depth and hint of burgundy. While the stain dried, I primed and painted the interior a fresh, spring green, finishing up with a polycrylic topcoat since there would be warm electronics inside. Once the stain was dry, I sprayed on a coat of satin polyurethane so that when I used the rub-on poly, the stain wouldn’t come off. The finish looks like bare wood, but gives the piece a warm sheen & protection from my toddlers.

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buffetprogressTurning the buffet into a unit for storing entertainment equipment was the easy part. I took out the staples and pried the backing off & cut two rectangular holes smaller than the width of our DVR and blu ray player where the cords could be fed through. In order for the remotes to work I left the panels out of the middle two doors (still hunting for the perfect aged glass to have cut for the center insets), and painted the inset panels of the outer doors to make the beautiful carvings pop & accentuate the piece’s symmetry. Voila, it is now a media cabinet! If I would’ve started a swear jar at the beginning of this project, I’d have enough quarters to buy my next furniture refinishing project, lol! In the end, all the splinters were worth the result… having a piece of furniture in your home that you poured your heart and soul into that will someday be passed down through generations is the epitome of joy!

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Now I’m off to find the perfect glass insets for the center doors! Happy DIY’ing weekend to y’all!!

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Drab to Fab Thrift Store Table Refinish

Hey y’all! I wanted to share my most recent refinished furniture project. I found this damsel in distress for just $5 at a thrift store and fell in love with it’s octagonal shape. Here’s the step-by-step…

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I distressed the bottom which was a dirty shade of yellowish green and it happened to have white underneath (probably primer), which looked like an antique white so it worked beautifully over the bare wood. My distressing technique is to dip 0000 steel wool into wax and work off some of the paint. When I’m happy with the way it looks, I take an old shirt and buff out the wax until it’s smooth. I love furniture wax… it has a warm glow to it and feels so soft to the touch!

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Next up was the top which required tons of sanding. Sanding is probably my least favorite aspect of refinishing furniture, but it’s a must in order to put a beautiful new stain & finish on. After sanding with 80, 120, then 220 grit sandpaper, I tack clothed the top, conditioned the wood, and stained the outer edge in an ebony stain… the center took a bit more time since I wanted it to look aged. I mixed a natural stain with a little ebony and a lot of elbow grease. With the color just how I wanted I polyed it, this time I used a rub-on polyurethane just to try something new… I like the way it looks, warm just like the wax… time will tell how toddler-proof it is.

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I love how this project turned out… now I just have to muster up the courage to put a price tag on it! Happy DIY’ing weekend to y’all!

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