Hi there! Happy Easter to y’all! I’ve been busy this holiday weekend workin’ on a beautiful ‘Baker Furniture’ buffet! The construction of Baker pieces is impeccably & beautifully crafted, but unfortunately the veneer was chipping off of the drawer fronts. That fact made my decision to paint them an easy one. I flaked off any veneer that wasn’t attached, filled the gaps with wood filler, sanded, then painted with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in ‘Artissimo’ followed up with a coat of hemp oil. It’s a gorgeous shade of neutral navy blue and my current favorite hue!
I see this piece being used as a media cabinet. I even thought about getting an HDMI wireless HD receiver so that I could hide our DVR inside & keep this beauty for myself, hehe! See, with an adapter that allows your remote to chat with your components behind doors their is no need to remove drawers for media components… you can keep all your tech out of sight which makes this furniture-lover over the moon!!
I have to laugh about my incessant need to always take the hard way while tackling perfectionism along the way, lol! I was recently given a ginormous armoire with brass hardware that reminds me of campaign pieces, but instead of taking the easy way and slappin’ a coat of paint on it, I’m thinkin’ an upcycle into a more modern & functional piece is in order. The veneer on this piece is pretty beat up, the door handles are broken, and it has a speckle finish that needs to be stripped off. I’m also toying with the idea of planing the drawer fronts on the left to square them up since they are a bit wonky & then build a tall Lingerie Dresser to house them. Sounds easy enough, right?! Here’s my mint green and brass concept sketch for this piece to give me motivation to build…
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.
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
Pauline was a dream to work on! When I first laid eyes on this hutch, it reminded me of the one that my NaNa had… I lovingly gazed upon it as a little girl & perhaps it was the very piece that started my obsession with furniture and design. Needless to say, it was love at first sight with me and Pauline! I agonized for weeks as to what color she would become… I usually try to save wood, but some of this piece was molded plastic made to look like wood, I’m guessing from the 1960’s, so painting her was an easy decision. I hadn’t used milk paint in a long time & was longing to do some refinishing indoors… milk paint fit the bill since it’s nontoxic, safe to use around my little guys, no respirator required! I came across Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in ‘Artissimo’ and swooned! The rich navy is just what Pauline needed! I applied a coat of ‘Artissimo’ along with hemp oil, then I wanted to add some depth & chippiness, so along came ‘Trophy’ milk paint. WARNING! Applying a generous amount of hemp oil will induce extreme chippiness & this is exactly what I wanted! I couldn’t decide the amount of chip I wanted on Pauline, so I made the conscious decision to graduate the chippiness… solid ‘Artissimo’ on top, then a touch of ‘Trophy’ in the middle, fading down to extreme ‘Trophy’ chippiness on the bottom. I get to have my cake and eat it too, hehe!! :P
Pauline was still missing something… since her back was particle board, I wanted to paint that as well… it was a showdown between gray, mustard, and mint. This is where my adorable 5 year-old little guy comes in. I asked him to pick a color to which he replied, “Well, gray is borin’ and mustard is like baby poop, so I say mint!” Who could argue with that?! I think the pale mint really sets this piece off, allowing the contents to pop! I still need to rewire the hutch’s lighting and I’d love to find some mirrored picture frames, but for now, I’m content with this piece. Is a bedroom hutch for everyone? Absolutely not! But, for this furniture-lovin’ Momma who never gets to wear her fancy-pants shoes, it is sublime!!
So excited about the color choice that I FINALLY decided on for this gorgeous French Provincial hutch! Pauline will be bathed in ‘Artissimo’ by Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint! Now I just need to decide how chippy I want the finish… decisions, decisions, hehe! I can’t wait to start paintin’! ;)
Do you have any painting plans in the near future?
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!
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.
The bottom shelf remains half-finished for now… I have something brilliant in store for this French Provincial beauty! Stay tuned! ;D
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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!!
I don’t know why I get so attached to furniture… I just get a feeling from some pieces, an urge to bring them back to their former glory or to create a more modern story with their timeless beauty. Guess I’m just a romantic at heart! This piece gave me that feeling and more even before I painted, distressed, and waxed it!!
As I worked, it reminded me of my Great Aunt Fran, classy and beautiful. That description could also hold true for my Mother, which is why I’m beyond happy that this piece is going to her! Hope you enjoy it, Mom! :)))
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
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!!
Hello there! I am so happy to share this recent refinish with you! This 1930’s Brandt side table was a wreck when I found it, but after a little tlc she is beautiful once more! For the look of this piece I had a past client’s future nursery in mind & I think it turned out perfectly as a chic side table! To get this look, I started by sanding the wood top and finishing with satin lacquer. I then painted the whole piece in a custom teal I mixed up. I taped off the edge detail along with a square on the shelf, painting that area a lovely white to offset the aqua. After the paint dried I distressed and added Briwax clear wax to give the whole piece a soft glow. My process might take a long time and be labor intensive, but if the end result is as pretty as this then it’s all worth it! Check out my work!
I really hope this piece finds a loving home! :)))