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Baker Buffet Refinished into a Modern Media Cabinet

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baker_2Hi 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!

baker_workI 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!!

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Hope this Baker beauty finds a happy home! ;D

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Campaign Lingerie Chest Concept Sketch

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…

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Have you upcycled any pieces recently?

Update!! Check out the ‘after’ post—>http://sawdustonmyboot.com/2014/04/04/armoire-upcycled-modern-campaign-lingerie-chest/ ;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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Antique Footstool Turned Pet Bed for Reagan

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Nothing brings me more joy than refinishing a piece of furniture with a loved one in mind… so when a great friend asked me if the antique stool turned pet bed could be reserved for her dog, Reagan, I was ecstatic to oblige! This stool has gorgeous bones, it just needed a cleaning, some oil, and it’s upholstery redone. I happened to come across a stunning vintage fisheye fabric a while back & it works perfectly for this little gem! Then, I took a ride to my local trophy shop to really set this piece off! A brass name plate was custom-engraved and I attached it with care, in hopes that Reagan would soon sniff there… ok, I need to back away from the Christmas bedtime stories, lol! Speaking of bedtime… ZZZzzzzzzzzzzz

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Have you ever tackled an upholstery project?

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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!!!

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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Finishes

Quick guide to the different Finishes that I can apply to your piece…

Polyurethane
Poly is a durable finish that is fairly easy to apply & fast-drying, especially if you choose the more expensive spray-on version. It comes in a varying degree of sheens (satin, semi-gloss, and high gloss), which makes it a no-brainier finish for a lot of my projects since it is somewhat toddler-proof. The oil-based version can yellow over time, so I never use it on light stains or paints, while the water-based version (polycrylic) stays clear but has a more plastic look to it. It’s also worth noting that you have to lightly sand between coats (I apply at least 3) in order for the coats to adhere to each other. I used wipe-on poly and satin spray poly on my family’s Buffet Turned Media Cabinet & polycrylic on this Mid Century Desk.

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Wipe-on Polyurethane
You can make your own rub-on poly by adding equal parts mineral spirits to polyurethane.

Furniture Wax
roundsidetablewAhhh, wax! I love using furniture wax! It creates a soft sheen & a warm glow that is smooth to the touch which can’t be duplicated with any other finish. Depending on which wax you choose, it can have an obnoxious odor so I always use a respirator and wear gloves. You will get a workout while buffing the applied wax to create the lovely sheen! I used wax to distress and finish the bottom of this beauty.

 

Lacquer
stella_finalThis finish is durable, hard, and toddler-proof, not as easy to apply as polyurethane, but there is no need to sand between coats like there is with poly. It comes in sheens ranging from ultra matte to high gloss. I use this finish for wooden furniture with beautiful wood grain that I want to highlight and protect! I used it on the round side table’s wood top seen here.

 

Shellac
A resin secreted by the female lac bug, sold as dry flakes and dissolved in ethyl alcohol creating a liquid shellac. This finish is extremely durable, comes in white, orange, or pigmented, cleans with mineral spirits, and was widely on furniture before the 1920’s. I might use this, but it spoils in a can if left unused for long periods of time.

Latex Paint
campaign_side_somb.jpgAlso known as acrylic paint, it’s a fast drying paint containing pigment suspension in acrylic polymer emulsion. It can be diluted with water, yet still be water-resistant when dry. It comes in any color you can think of and is a long lasting finish when applied to furniture properly, (sanding, then priming before applying two coats of paint). I used latex paint on this Modern Lingerie Campaign chest that I upcycled from an Armoire.

Milk Paint
c_chest2Milk paint is a beautiful paint finish, chemically safe and environmentally friendly. I love to distress milk-painted pieces, has an unpredictable chipping off to it that looks authentic and lovely. It’s best to finish with a coat of wax since it isn’t as durable as it is beautiful. Miss Mustard Seed & Old Fashioned Milk Paint paints are my favorite. You can also make your own, though it is not a pleasing process. Check out this Campaign Chest I built & painted with milk paint!

Chalk Paint
frontteal_sombChalk paint is an extremely easy to apply paint that you don’t have to prime before applying, though it is best to apply a coat of wax as a topcoat. It is a gorgeous choice! I have the perfect piece for it so it is time for me to make another batch, fairly simple to make… I’ll post exactly how to make it soon, just need some non-sanded grout, water, and acrylic paint! If you’d rather not wait or have a little extra cash, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is stunning! Check out this end table that I painted with some homemade teal chalk paint!

Primer
It’s always a good idea to use a primer before applying acrylic paint to anything. I also go the extra mile and sand a tad before applying primer… oil-based Zinsser is great and it even comes in a spray form, making quick work of painting furniture.

Oil-Based Stain
Oil-based stains are extremely durable and penetrate the wood deeper than water-based, but do take longer to dry. Stains come in a variety of colors and can really bring out the character of wood pieces.

Water-Based Stain
Unlike oil-based stains, water-based stains dry very quickly, which makes it harder to achieve an even finish… on the up side you can clean up with soap and water and it’s breathable. Always be sure to test whichever stain you choose to be sure that opacity and color are just how you want them!

Oil Finishes
Oil Finishes, such as linseed and hemp, are incredibly easy to apply, penetrate wood pieces and add charm, but do nothing for protection. If your main goal is to beautify a piece with no need to protect, than I recommend trying out oils.

Spar Urethane

live_edge_3_sombThis finish has an oil-based formula which forms a barrier against rain and moisture to protect the wood. Spar Urethane is amazing for exterior pieces since it has a UV blocker and expands and contracts with the wood as the seasons and temperatures change. I like it in a high gloss finish which really enhances the natural beauty of wood… for instance, I used it on the top of my Live Edge Walnut Slab Console Table.

Wood Oxidizer

barndoorfront_sombThis is a finish that my 5 year-old & I love to use… he’s my on call wood oxidizing technician, hehe! I have made multiple pieces by oxidizing pallet wood, favorite of which being my interior sliding barn door (post coming soon). You can even make your own wood oxidizing solution simply by letting torn up 0000 steel wool disintegrate in white vinegar for a few days. Then you just paint it on your bare wood and watch it transform almost immediately to become darker and more weathered looking. You can also add some strong black tea to your wood beforehand to give it a grayer look (adding some rusty nails to your oxidizing mixture will give your wood a ruddier tinge). Experimenting with this finish is a blast and something that the kiddos can help with! Check out the interior sliding barn door that I used this finish on!

Easy Peasy Momma Bear Chair Refinish

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I found this gorgeous caned chair for just five bucks at a thrift store… only one problem… it’s caning was completely destroyed. I knew I could bring it back to life + I fell in love with it’s turned legs so I just had to bring her home!

peasyworkThis was a fairly simple refinish… all I had to do was remove the caning, cut out a piece of wood with a jigsaw, sand down the edges, upholster it with a $2 remnant, create some braces for the seat to screw into from underneath, and give it a little waxing! Easy peasy! I’m ecstatic about the way it turned out & I hope to find the perfect Poppa Bear Chair soon!

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