Tuesday, September 11, 2018

a french provincial dresser in blush

It's no secret that I love refinishing French Provincial pieces - especially dressers.  They just look so dang good refinished! They're generally either wood toned or white.  I picked up a French Provincial bedroom suite a while ago and immediately contacted a customer of mine who was looking for a large dresser for her daughter's room.  She chose this one:


My client hoped that we could refinish the top to a stained finish instead of painted.  Although the entire body of this dresser is solid wood, the top isn't - and the veneer was extremely thin which can be risky to refinish.  However, the top of this piece was in pristine condition except for one small scratch, so we were able to leave the top in it's original condition.


To create the blush colour my client wanted, I mixed three parts Crinoline to 1 part Vintage Cupcake, both from Country Chic Paint. After prepping the dresser by cleaning with Krud Kutter and giving it a light sanding, I sprayed two coats of the blush on the dresser.


When it was thoroughly dry, I used sandpaper to distress the entire piece to show all it's beautiful lines and shape off! I gave the entire piece two coats of satin poly for extra durability and protection.


I was able to see this piece in my client's daughter's room and it's so adorable! It's the perfect piece for such a girly colour and I am sure she'll love it for years and years to come!


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Thursday, September 6, 2018

refinishing furniture in grey

As much as I love to do punchy colours on dressers and tables, I always love coming back to classic neutrals.  My family likes to bug me because my house is tones of white and grey with blues mixed in here and there.  I don't stray from that colour palette. Me? Neutral? Shocking!  While they might think neutrals are boring, they are anything but! When I picked up this dresser, I knew that it's classic lines needed a classic colour.  Here is the photo from the online listing:


Potential! I chose one of my absolute favourite greys that has rich depth and varying tones - Cobblestone from Country Chic Paint.  It's a warmer shade that has earthy undertones.


After I filled in some deeper scratches with wood filler and sanded them smooth, I gave the dresser a good cleaning and light sanding.  Then I painted the entire dresser with two coats of Cobblestone, letting each coat dry completely.


I lightly distressed the entire piece and then added my favourite topcoat over Cobblestone: antique wax.  I love the way the dark wax adds a richness and depth to Cobblestone.


Dressers are the main thing that I look for when I am looking for furniture to stock and refinish.  I love them in all shades, but I really love the classic look of a dresser in a stunning neutral!


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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

campaign style side tables in navy

I am a chronic furniture hunter.  Even when I swear off buying furniture (because I have more than I have space for) I still am always looking.  I found these side tables/night stands on a local buy and sell site and snagged them immediately.  Solid oak, reminiscent of campaign style furniture, brass hardware - perfect combination.

Here is what they looked like from the ad:


I knew I wanted to do something dark and bold.  Black seemed a bit too harsh and grey seemed a bit drab - so I pulled out the best in between - navy! A punch of colour but still neutral and matches any decor.  


The tables were in near perfect condition.  A little wood filler in a couple scratches and a light sanding and cleaning were all that was needed to prep the tables.  I painted them in two coats of Peacoat, my favourite navy from Country Chic Paint.


I wanted to keep the more modern industrial look of these tables, so I opted for no distressing.  I sanded them lightly with 220 grit to remove any texture from painting and then gave them a couple coats of satin poly.



These tables went from drab and dated to modern and stylish with just a couple coats of paint! Country Chic Paint is easy to use and gives a flawless finish every time.  


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Buffalo Check Bookshelf

Adding pattern into furniture painting right now is a growing style and so inspiring! If you have a plainer piece of furniture you want to add some interest to, why not paint it?

When I found this plain oak bookcase I knew it was the perfect piece to add something interesting to.  I played around with the idea of papering the back with a fun patterned paper, but I ultimately came back to what I know best: paint!


I started by carefully popping off the back panel and painting it in Simplicity from Country Chic Paint.  When it was fully dry I taped off stripes in one direction and painted it in Lazy Linen, also from Country Chic Paint.  When it was dry I repeated this step in the other direction, and then added in the darker squares in Pebble Beach. It is very important to let each coat of paint dry so the tape doesn't pull up the paint!


After prepping the rest of the bookcase by cleaning and lightly sanding, I painted it in Hurricane - a deep stormy blue.  I absolutely love this colour! It is one of my favourites from Country Chic Paint!

I gave the entire piece a few coats of satin poly for durable protection.  Smaller pieces like this can have great impact in a room by using bold colour and a fun pattern! Paint is the perfect thing to help you achieve that effect!


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Monday, August 27, 2018

pretty pop of colour

A few weeks ago a friend texted me about a bench she had.  We had chatted about this bench in months previous, but it needed out of her garage now pronto! So into my shop it went!



And it got covered in overspray and dust.  Not shocking!

I had good intentions of painting this bench shortly after she dropped it off, but I couldn't land on a colour.  I saw it in yellow.  Then a vintage green (which I oddly enough didn't have on my paint shelf).  I couldn't choose! So I asked everyone who came by and they all had ideas and I just couldn't pull the trigger.  Finally I cleaned it up and sanded it and went to my paint shelf to see what gave me inspiration in that moment.

I pulled out a previous limited edition colour from Country Chic Paint, Wishing Well.  This is a muted turquoise colour and it's one of my favourites.


Because of all the sides and edges and cross work in the back, I sprayed this piece.  I still love brush painting, but this piece was just easier to spray. I sprayed two coats of Wishing Well.

I distressed this piece moderately to show off the shape and give it some character.



To give it great durability, I sprayed it with three coats of satin poly.


I absolutely love how this piece turned out! I think the colour worked perfectly on it!



Although Wishing Well isn't available anymore, Country Chic Paint carries a similar colour, Wanderess! You can order it here: www.countrychicpaint.com.  Make sure you use code FARM10 for 10% off your purchase! And pop by their Instagram feed to see some great inspiration photos!




Monday, August 20, 2018

refinishing a glamorous dresser

Have you ever created a more glamorous look on a piece of furniture? It's not my typical style for pieces I buy and sell, but once in a while I get a custom piece in with a request for a bit of glam.  This doesn't necessarily mean sparkles and glitz! Let me show you how I turned this massive dresser into something with the perfect hint of glam:


Ack.  It was a beast! The finish was wearing and chipping off on the top and it desperately needed a facelift.  The custom request was slightly off white with no distressing at all.  I sanded the top smooth with my orbital sander and filled in the larger grain pores with wood filler.  I gave the entire thing a good scrubbing!  I had a strong feeling that it would have bleedthrough issues, and after one coat of paint I was definitely right.

I gave the entire dresser two coats of CoverStain.  I generally don't use white stain blockers unless my final finish is going to be white (otherwise I use straight Shellac).  CoverStain does an excellent job of covering bleedthrough and other surface stains.


When it was dry, I gave it two more coats of Crinoline from Country Chic Paint.  This quickly became one of my absolute favourite whites when it was released! It's a warm slightly off white, and it's beautiful!


When it was thoroughly dry, I topcoat the whole piece with satin poly.  I love that even with no distressing, the intricate detail work on the top drawers still pops! Doesn't it look so much prettier in white than dingy brown?


When you are putting topcoat on a piece it can bring up spots of bleedthrough again.  I just spot treat them and then touch them up with paint and topcoat.

I sprayed the hardware with gold spray paint from Rustoleum to add a little reflectiveness.  Between the satin poly, the solid finish style and the gold hardware, this piece has just enough glam!



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Friday, August 17, 2018

vintage pink for a brand new baby

A couple weeks ago on a group camping trip a friend of mine and I were chatting about refinishing her dresser for her babe on the way.  She's not new to refinishing furniture, and I love chatting about paint! Fast forward a week and a half and she sent me an SOS text.  When you're nearly due, painting in the sweltering heat, and having possible pre-labour contractions, things weren't working the way she wanted and she needed a little help.  I told her I was either driving to her town to help her or she could bring it here for me to do! We want baby to stay safe and healthy until her due date!

She had refinished the top and she did a really beautiful job!  The body of antique dressers can sometimes be miserable, and high heat temps can play a huge role in how paint levels and dries.  And if you've ever had a baby, you know pregnancy can affect absolutely everything!!


The colour she chose was a mix of Vintage Cupcake and Vanilla Frosting from Country Chic Paint, in about a 1:3 ratio.  It's so pretty! It's a soft and creamy vintage pink, and on this style of antique dresser it's stunning.


I sanded lightly and then sprayed two coats of the custom mixed blush for a nice smooth and even finish.  To seal it I used three coats of Clear Coat.  What I love about Country Chic Paint is that their products are tested by a third party to ensure that they are eco-friendly and contain zero VOC's.  They even post the reports publicly on their website.  Their paint carries the industry standard of being able to be used on children's toys too! Read more about that here.  So you can rest assured that the pieces you refinish for your little ones are safe!


This mama is getting ready to welcome their third baby and first girl, which is so special! I can't wait to see what her nursery looks like when it all comes together, and I am so happy I could help refinish this piece for her!


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