Monday, July 16, 2018

french provincial desk in navy

French Provincial furniture is a style I pick up whenever I can find it.  It's beautiful refinished and carries bold colours and neutrals so well.

I, of course, forgot to take a before photo, but you can see it in the background of this photo:

White, chipping factory finish, outdated gold pinstriping on the drawers.  It needed something fresh.

I sanded the flaking top until it was smooth and ready for stain.  I graduated sandpaper grit from 80 - 120 - 150 to ensure a perfectly prepped surface with my orbital sander. I then hand sanded it to make sure there were no imperfections from the orbital sander on the desk top.  Going any higher than 150-180 with your grit on a hard piece of wood will seal off the grain and make it difficult to get an evenly stained finish.

I stained this piece with two coats of Homestead House's All in One Stain and Finishing Oil in Cappuccino.  This is after one coat:

To prep the body, I vacuumed it, cleaned it really well with Krud Kutter and warm water, sanded it with 150 grit, and then vacuumed it again.  I sprayed on two coats of Peacoat from Country Chic Paint.

It's no secret, but I love navy.  It's such a beautiful rich neutral that goes with absolutely everything!

I didn't distress this piece because what was underneath was white.  I love the stately look it has in a solid finish.

Sign by Westoria

I gave the body of the desk three coats of satin poly to seal it and protect it.  The original hardware was white and gold and just wasn't jiving with the look of the desk, so I sprayed it in a dull gold spray paint.

I knew from the moment I picked up this piece that I wanted to paint it navy, and I think it turned out perfectly! I can see this piece in a girl's room, in a home office or living room, or even in a master bedroom as a vanity.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

old world style for a vintage honderich desk

When you refinish furniture, friends and family are always tagging you or finding furniture for you - which I absolutely love and have found some real treasures from! One day a couple weeks ago I got a text from my brother in law with a picture of a desk strapped in the back of his truck.  Not only did he find the desk, he picked it up and delivered it right into my shop!

Isn't she a beauty? She needed a good cleaning and sanding - and filling of deep layers of chipping.  And then I needed to decide what colour to do.

I have been doing a lot of blues and greys lately and I wanted to do something really different and creative.  I haven't done yellow in so long, so I grabbed Mustard and Bees Knees, both from Country Chic Paint, off my paint shelf and made a custom mixed light mustard colour (about a 2:1 ratio of mustard:bees knees).

When it was dry it needed some toning down. It was a little bright for what I was after.  I gave it a coat of poly and then glazed it in Limestone glaze from Country Chic Paint.  I still wasn't feeling it. It needed some depth.

I was really after a vintage old world vibe, and it wasn't getting there.  So I hauled it in from my shop to my house and stared at it for a while... and then I decided to antique it with dark wax.

Exactly what I was after! This piece was a creative stretch from what I normally do, but I really loved the opportunity to play around with the finish until I was happy with the outcome.  It's easy as a furniture refinisher to get stuck in a creative rut.  Sometimes to break out of it you need to start a piece without a specific look in mind and see what happens!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

refinishing a bedroom suite

Lately I'm over a lot of decor in my home.  I've looked at it for too many years and it's got to change or go.  Do you ever feel like that? I have a lovely client that desperately wanted her bedroom suite changed.  Although there was nothing wrong with it - it was in great shape and looked quite nice - she was just over it.  It was a cherry wood coloured finish, newer furniture, great hardware - but it needed to change! Change is good! 

She loves smokey blues, so after looking at multiple colour ranges, she chose Hurricane from Country Chic Paint.  I love this blue and have been using it frequently in my shop! It's a deep grey blue that looks stunning on every style of furniture.  

To prep I removed the hardware, cleaned well with Krud Kutter and warm water, and then vacuumed and gave it a light sanding.  I sprayed on two coats of Hurricane, letting it dry thoroughly between coats.

This bedroom suite included a tall dresser, a long dresser, and two nightstands. After two coats of paint on each piece, I still only used a pint and a half of paint! The coverage of this paint is excellent and a little goes a long way!

My client ultimately left it up to me to distress or not distress the pieces.  She didn't mind a little distressing, but her husband wasn't a huge fan.  The shape of these pieces spoke for themselves, and because of all the trim detail on them, distressing could make them look busy fast.  The colour alone was enough to bring out the shape.

To seal the pieces, I gave them two coats of satin poly, lightly sanding with 320 grit between coats for a smooth finish.  Country Chic's paint formula has a tough built in topcoat, so when I use this paint I generally opt for only two coats of poly.  If the paint you're using doesn't have a built in topcoat, aim for 2-3 coats of poly for a strong and lasting finish. 

You're furniture doesn't have to be in desperate need of refinishing to change it! If you're tired of the look of it, paint it! 

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

mid century nightstands with bold colour

Mid Century isn't a style that I naturally gravitate to for my own decor or for refinishing - but once in a while I find a piece or two that I really want to refinish.  My hubby actually found this pair of MCM nightstands on a local buy and sell group and scooped them up for me - even though he's always telling me I have way too much furniture!

Here's what they looked like originally:

Meh.  Great lines, and I actually really liked the hardware even though the style of it just wasn't jiving with the tables.  I needed a bold pop of colour and new hardware.  I went back and forth to my paint shelf a few times and kept coming back to Renfrew Blue from Fusion Mineral Paint.  

I gave the pair a good scrubbing with Krud Kutter.  Fusion is known for it's ability to adhere to nearly any surface, and the finish on these was wearing thin, so I only lightly scuffed them up with 220 grit sandpaper and then vacuumed them off.

I gave the tables two and half coats of Renfrew Blue.  The half coat is a touch up coat - if any spots are thin etc.

Fusion paint has a built in waterproof topcoat.  It's a super hard wearing paint.  Most paints that have a built in topcoat can have a matte chalky type finish (which is also great!), but Fusion is more of an eggshell finish.  I really like the look and feeling that the paint ends with and I fully trust it's durability without having to add an additional topcoat.  Curing is an important process for every paint, so make sure you are careful with a finished piece for about 21-30 days.  This is when a paint reaches it's strongest durability.

The colour is exactly what these tables needed! Paired with a vintage brass finish knob, they're exactly the look I was going for!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

a seaside washed cedar chest

This may very well be one of my favourite projects to date - I am proud of everything that leaves my shop, but this one was not only a labor of love, it was so much fun to do and I adore the final product.
This is an antique Honderich Furniture Company Red Seal Cedar Chest that dates back to the early 30s (from what I can find!).  Before you wonder why I painted it, let me show you the before:

The finish was gone in a lot of areas, the wood was water damaged or in some places gone entirely, part of the drawer front had to be rebuilt, it was wobbly and had to be glued and nailed back together - the list goes on! However, it wasn't too far gone to save, and in the interior was in nearly pristine condition.  So I cleaned it well, glued and nailed, bondo-ed, and then gave it a coat of shellac.  I didn't sand much because I really wanted to keep all that texture and age, and I knew adhesion wouldn't be an issue.

Here are the supplies I used to create the finish for this chest:
Country Chic Paint Colours in Sunday Tea, Driftwood, Pebble Beach and Cobblestone
Several different paint brushes
Spray bottle of water
Clear Coat
Limestone Glaze

I've had this chest for quite some time in storage waiting for creativity to hit.  I was after a salty sea air washed finish (is that a thing? it is in my head!)

The first layers of paint I used were Sunday Tea and Pebble Beach blended together.  I layered colour by colour, spraying it lightly with water to blend the colours together.  After it dried, I felt like it was a bit too light for the look I was after, so I used Cobblestone and Driftwood to layer on to create some depth.  I didn't want an even finish - I wanted some areas lighter and some darker.

When it was completely dry, I gave it a quick seal with Clear Coat.  This is a great trick to give glaze more slip and ease when you apply it.

Country Chic Paint just released a new glaze, Limestone, that is a beautiful creamy white similar to Vanilla Frosting.  So you can just imagine how much I love it!  I used the glaze fairly heavily on this piece, spritzing it with water as I went to wash it over the surface and wipe it back.  I played with it and layered it on until I was happy with the finish.

This isn't typically the style of furniture I do, but I had so much fun playing with it and just letting whatever the paint wanted to do happen.  I love the washed finish that gives the chest a coastal feel that's been around for ages.

The depth of colour and layers of paint make this piece one of a kind. I cleaned, lightly sanded and used Hemp Oil to revive the tired interior and have it smelling like fresh cedar again.

The Limestone Glaze really pulled this whole piece together and gave it just the look I was hoping for.  I couldn't be more thrilled with the way this piece turned out!

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Monday, June 25, 2018

a brand new product from country chic paint

Y'all.  If you're a paint hoarder enthusiast like me, then anytime a paint company releases a new product it's as exciting as when you heard the sweet song of the ice cream truck coming down the street in your neighbourhood when you were a kid! A few times a year Country Chic Paint releases new products and I'm giddy every single time - I love testing out and trying new products! When they asked me to try out their two new glazes - Slate and Limestone - it was an instant yes from me!

Let me show you how I used Slate - a beautiful grey!

I started out with two side tables that were typical factory finish white that was chipping off and yellowing.  They sat in my house for about half an hour before a really sweet and lovely friend of mine texted me to ask me if I had a matching set of nightstands...matching nightstands almost never happens! She wanted something with a more masculine colour, but feminine enough for her style, and maybe a slightly coastal feel.  That's a lot for one piece, but we made it happen!

I started out with by cleaning really well and then sanding, and then they got two coats of Pebble Beach.  I let them thoroughly dry overnight and then put on a coat of Clear Coat the next morning.  Adding a clear topcoat will give you a little more slip and open time when applying glaze - a tip I learned from two of my fellow painters, A Ray of Sunlight and Lily Field Furniture!

When the Clear Coat was dry, I painted on the Slate Glaze in sections and then wiped it off with a damp shop towel until I was happy with the look.

I absolutely love how the Slate and Pebble Beach compliment each other, and how the Slate Glaze settled in all the grooves and low spots, and gave the flat parts a little more of a washed look. When the glaze was dry I sealed the tables with a few more coats of Clear Coat.

This is definitely a product that you need to try! It's a lovely medium tone of grey that will work with any colour! Order your jar here now!

Country Chic Paint's Facebook feed will be filled with inspiration on using the brand new Slate Glaze, so make sure you're following them over there!

Monday, June 18, 2018

perfect pairing of navy and cream side tables

Finding a matching pair of side tables in my area is the holy grail.  It nearly never happens, and lately I've been fortunate to have found a few sets! I got this set from a lovely friend of mine and they were in great shape, although in their factory finish they were a little sad looking.  And I, of course, didn't take a before photo. I need to make a giant note for myself...

I went through a lot of ideas and waffled on a lot of colours before I ended up with this pairing.  Initially I wanted to include a metallic on the aprons, but it just wasn't working with this style of table.  That happens a lot in the furniture refinishing world, so if you paint something and it's just not working, don't fret! Step back and rethink it.  Sometimes Plan A doesn't work out, and that's okay!

Coffee Sign by Westoria 

I had already painted the tops in Cheesecake from Country Chic Paint, and was starting the legs in Peacoat. I decided to paint the entire bottom frame in Peacoat, and it worked beautifully! I love the pairing of the warm cream and deep navy!

I distressed the tables well and gave them a coat of dark wax.  I love using dark wax over dark colours to richen them up a bit, and it gave the cream a deeper aged look that tied in really well with the navy.  The look is much more cohesive adding the dark wax to the entire piece.

I really love how these tables turned out! The curvy lines of the table paired with the navy and lighter tops is just perfect!

I love seeing what other people do in Peacoat and Cheesecake! If you do too, make sure you're following Country Chic Paint on Instagram!

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