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Walnut & Padauk Side Table – “Defiance”

Yay!!! I am beyond thrilled with how this Walnut & Padauk side table turned out! I painstakingly chiseled every joint by hand and ALMOST enjoyed every second of it! ;) This was my first time working with Padauk and I must say, for a flatboarder, it was extremely workable. My only complaint would be that it chiseled very unpredictably, unlike the walnut also used in this table. I have some fears that Padauk will keep its vibrant red/orange color, but I visited TONS of woodworking sites, and apparently, shellac followed by a UV-inhibiting top coat will do the trick… time will tell.

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I’ll be be doing many more oblique cross lap dovetail pieces in the future… each playing with joinery in a different way. Think I’m gonna put a ridiculously high price tag on this one so I don’t feel too guilty for keeping it, hehe!!

P.S. The gorgeous wood for this piece was purchased at my local AdvantageLumber.com! Their customer service and lumber selection is unparalleled & I HIGHLY recommend them!!

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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A Table Named Fran

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!!

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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! :)))

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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!!

Chic Antique – A Side Table Refinish in Teal & White

IMG_2582Hello 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!
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I really hope this piece finds a loving home! :)))

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Teal for Teacher… Antique Table Refinish

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This project was a joy to work on since this beautiful antique table belongs to my oldest little guy’s favorite Pre-K teacher. She handed me a bedspread to choose the table’s color from and gave me carte blanche to refinish the piece!
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I started by repairing an inside drawer box piece, staining any bare wood & scratches to match the existing finish, and filling a hole in one of the back legs. Then I whipped up some homemade chalk paint using pigment from Behr’s Bali Bliss, a gorgeous teal that matches her bedspread. I applied one coat of chalk paint to the base and two to the top. I wanted the drawer front to have more of a distressed look to it than the rest of the piece, so I sanded it a tad in spots that would normally show wear. The drawer’s knobs were stunning, but needed a new paint job and waxing to make them stand out. I also waxed the rest of the piece using rags from an old shirt dipped in Briwax, gently distressing as I applied. When working with chalk paint you have to distress gently as the paint comes off very easily. I buffed out the wax on the base, protecting the chalk paint and creating a beautiful sheen. I then got to work on the top, gently sanding with 220 grit sandpaper & waxing, letting it dry, then buffing the top, being extremely careful not to remove any chalk paint. This creates a wonderful texture and pattern reminiscent of water, which looks amazing with blues and greens such as this table.
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I’m thrilled with how this table turned out… hope my son’s teacher enjoys her pop of color!
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Shipwrecked Mersman – Extremely Distressed Table Refinish

Hello again! I have had the color aqua on the brain lately for some reason, so I decided to paint this antique Mersman end table in Aqua Bay by Behr, along with a darker aqua from a custom color match of a plate on my kitchen wall. The results are refreshing and reminiscent of what a shipwrecked piece of furniture might resemble.

shipwreckedangle_sombI see it perfectly at home in an old Key West Hotel… I try to think of a concept for each piece before I refinish it, wether that concept be authentic, traditional, or in this case, shipwrecked, which is more in the lines of furniture as a canvas. Here’s the step-by-step… hope you enjoy!

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Normally I like to restore wood to it’s former glory, but in this case, it’s grain was nothing to write home about & the top was water damaged so this piece became a perfect candidate for a new paint job. My current favorite color is aqua, maybe it’s the spring in the air, or taking my little guys out to the beach… whatever it is, I’m in color love with aqua at the moment! I like to be thrifty, so it’s also the color of my sliding barn door handle (post coming soon). To paint this piece I bought two Behr samples, at not even $4 each, they are a very economical choice and more than enough to cover a few small pieces of furniture. I primed the top before applying Behr’s Aqua Bay flat latex because I wanted the top to stay a more solid color even after distressing & waxing. The rest of the piece I painted a darker shade of aqua, followed by the lighter shade, so that when distressing it would have a beautiful depth to it.
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I let the paint dry for a couple hours before taking a scouring pad to the top, distressing it just enough to let let the white primer and slices of wood show through. Then I went on to distressing the rest by dipping 0000 steel wool into the Briwax tin and vigorously rubbing the paint off. Everyone has different preferences on what products they use. I use Briwax (a solvent based blend of beeswax and carnauba wax) because it’s economical and available at my local hardware store + I received a respirator for Christmas, so I don’t mind whatever smell the wax might have. I achieved this extremely distressed look by taking a lot of the paint finish off while rubbing the wax on. I let it dry for a few minutes then rubbed the wax off with an old t-shirt cut into very small rags, giving it the soft sheen that you can only get with furniture wax. *wax on, wax off* In order to get the warm glow you have to buff the wax off until it no longer feels tacky and your fingers glide on the piece without sticking. It feels so beautifully smooth to the touch, even though it looks incredibly rough! Here in Florida, this extremely distressed look in an oceanic color melds perfectly into any beach-lover’s space.

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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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Thrift Store Table Transformation

I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite hobbies is to scour thrift stores for forgotten furniture pieces. Occasionally I’m lucky enough to find a gem in the rough to transform & this happened to be one of those times…

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The top was a chipping, dinged up mess and the speckled paint & stain finish was atrocious! That’s probably why I was able to snag it for only $9! I was ecstatic to say the least, well, until I thought of all the work ahead… something I dread and, at the same time, thoroughly enjoy doing… if that makes any sense!

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I happily lugged the table home & got to work sanding, staining, and lacquering the top & priming, painting, distressing, and waxing the bottom! With every step I finished it gave me the motivation to continue. Watching furniture come back to life is so rewarding to me… the beautiful end result makes all the splinters, cuts, and cursing worth it!

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Please comment on your current projects! I look forward to sharing more detailed, step-by-step refinishing posts with you in the future! Happy DIY’ing to y’all! *running off to find my next thrift store beauty*

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