Monday, March 19, 2018

the attractive side table

I was looking through Kijiji a week or so ago and stumbled across an ad titled "Attractive Side Table".  I had to laugh because that might be the catchiest furniture ad title ever! You know I clicked on it, and subsequently bought it because it was, indeed, an attractive side table.

It sat in my kitchen for all of twenty minutes before I went and grabbed a brush and a jar of paint.  Yes, I do sometimes still paint in my kitchen.  Mostly because my workroom is so full of furniture that I can't move around enough in there to paint.  Call me a furniture hoarder if you will...

Anyway let's get back to the attractive table! Here it was about twenty minutes after it landed in my kitchen:

Dark.  Interesting. Boring. Let's change that:

The first step was to clean the table well to remove any grease or grime, and then lightly give it a quick sanding with 220grit sandpaper.  It's already so much better and brighter after one coat! This colour is Wishing Well from Country Chic Paint.  This colour is being discontinued as it was a limited edition release, so hurry and snag a jar or two!

After two coats of paint and a couple hours of drying time, I distressed it to show off it's shape and give it some extra character.  I then gave it a coat of Clear Wax to seal it!

The once dark and dated side table, is truly attractive now!

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

vanilla frosting + french provincial furniture

Y'all.  This might be the ultimate match between furniture style and paint colour! I love French Provincial Furniture - the shape is so pretty and they can wear any colour you put on them! But when paired with my favourite paint colour of all time, it's just a match made in heaven!

My love for Vanilla Frosting runs deep. If I don't have several pints of it on my painting shelf I start to panic - seriously! If I could paint everything in it I would. So many of the pieces I do are custom, so I don't get to use it as often as I would love to.  So when a customer of mine was looking for a tall dresser for her daughter's room and I showed her this one, she asked what I thought of doing it in a creamy white...

She didn't have to ask me twice.

It's the perfect in between colour - not too white, not too cream.  It's just perfect.  Can you tell I love this colour?

I prepped this piece in my usual way: clean (I like to use tsp, but make sure you rinse well!), lightly sand, and then vacuum! I then gave it two coats of Vanilla Frosting (even the name is irresistible!).

When it was fully dry I sanded it well to show off it's beautiful shape and then gave it a couple coats of Clear Coat - an easy to apply durable topcoat that will ensure the longevity of this piece!

I put the original hardware back on, which I think looks beautiful against the colour.  Have I convinced you to try this gorgeous creamy white yet?

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

a refinished farmhouse dining table

Dining rooms are one of those rooms in your house that is very highly utilized - at least in my house! Everything, and I mean everything, gets put on my kitchen table! It can take a beating, and then suddenly you have a table that is still in great shape structurally but is lacking the "pretty" factor.  Something like this:

Needs a little something, doesn't it? My client came to me with her table and with inspiration - a farmhouse table in white and grey!  I can't stress enough how important PREP is when refinishing dining sets! Clean, clean, clean, and then clean again! Then sand, and clean again!

The table top and chair seats were completely stripped and then stained in a custom formula I've come up with for this grey washed look.  Because the natural tannins in oak are very strong, they will come through with the addition of this stain - and that's okay! The formula I have developed works with the tannins to create a driftwood look!

Signs by Westoria

When the staining was done I taped it all off and started to prime the chairs - this is a crucial step when painting oak white - those tannins can be your nemesis! I used BIN Shellac, in multiple coats, before painting it in the perfect white - Simplicity by Country Chic Paint. This colour is by far the most requested colour for dining sets for me! It is a perfect crisp white!

Country Chic's All-in-One paint formula is my absolute favourite to paint with.  The coverage and adhesion is excellent, the consistency is creamy but not too thick, and the built in topcoat gives me that added assurance of durability and protection. If you haven't tried it yet, try it now! Trust me, you'll love it!

Even though the paint has a built in topcoat, tables just get so much use that I add additional topcoats.  This one got 4 coats of poly in a satin finish, sanding with 320grit sandpaper between coats.

I have to admit part of the reason I took this custom job on is because I love pressback chairs! These ones in particular had such pretty legs - and if you love furniture as much as I do you know that legs make all the difference!

I am delighted with this dining room set! It's a true farmhouse piece that'll last for years and years to come!

Using a paint you know and trust is so important when refinishing furniture! Country Chic Paint has never let me down - their quality is top-notch and I highly recommend their products! Make sure you visit their website and YouTube for more information on their products as well as their amazing tutorials!

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Monday, March 5, 2018

stately antique eastlake dresser

I know I say this often, but this dresser might be my favourite piece yet.  I have been looking for an Eastlake dresser for as long as I have been refinishing furniture, but they are incredibly rare around here.  I debated for a long while about leaving it as is, changing only the hardware - the oak was in beautiful condition and only needed touch ups in a few places. Here it was before:

Gorgeous, but lacked a wow factor.  A lot of the shape and details were lost. But what colour was I going to paint it? I consulted nearly everyone, but I kept coming back to the fact that this dresser needed to be stately and handsome, with an authentic finish that kept its age in tact.  So neutral.  And dark.  

Black? Yes! I painted the body in the best black, Liquorice by Country Chic Paint.  It covered perfectly in one coat. I distressed it to show off all it's lines and shape, and then gave it a single coat of Clear Coat from Country Chic Paint.  I didn't want built up coverage on this piece, just a slight sheen.  The built in top coat in Country Chic's All-in-One paint formula gives it exceptional durability on its own, so the additional topcoat was merely for the sheen. 

Cup pulls in gold were just what this piece needed, but those empty keyholes didn't look right.  I found exactly what I needed from D. Lawless Hardware - I need about a billion of these in my stash! 

Here is how the dresser looks now:

Signs from Westoria

Seriously.  How handsome is this dresser?

I wanted to leave true authenticity in this piece, so I didn't touch the top of it at all.  I left every ding, every spot of age or discolouration.  What is the story behind this piece? Where was it used? A library? An office? Refinishing furniture doesn't mean that it always has to be completely changed. This is an antique piece and I wanted it to feel and look that way, even though it was painted.

I am proud of all the pieces of furniture that leave my shop, but this one will be at the top of my list of pieces I loved the most! 

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Pink Ombre Ikea Dresser

There have been so many happy pops of colour on furniture in the shop lately - which is such a great pick-me-up in this never ending winter we seem to be having.

I've seen people giving their raw wood Ikea dressers new looks for years - the Ikea Hack has long been popular! They are great inexpensive pieces that are a great base for either painting or adding trim and new hardware to for a completely new look.  A long time customer of mine purchased this Ikea dresser and sent me an inspiration photo of what her daughter wanted it to look like.  The shades of pink were identical to some pretty pinks that Country Chic Paint has in their line-up!

Here is her dresser before:

Nothing special, right? Just wait! Here is how it looked mid-painting:

Looks like a completely different dresser! Here are the Country Chic Paint products I used to create this ombre effect:

Dresser frame colour: Confetti
Darkest pink: Cherry Blossom
Medium Pink: Vintage Cupcake
Light Pink: 50/50 mix of Confetti and Vintage Cupcake

Because this is a raw wood dresser and had several knots in the wood on the sides and top, I primed it first with BIN Shellac primer to seal it.

Wooden knobs came with the dresser, so instead of purchasing new ones, we painted these ones gold using Country Chic's Metallic Cream.  They turned out perfectly and gave this dresser a little does of glam and shine!

The entire piece was sealed with two coats of Hemp Oil.  Hemp oil cures to a durable finish that creates a water-resistant and wipeable surface.  It is perfect for porous woods and paints!

Isn't it pretty? A perfect new look for a little girl's room!

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Mid Century Modern Update

Mid Century furniture isn't my typical style, but I absolutely love how they look refinished! Longer style MCM dressers are fairly common around here, so I have scooped up and refinished a few pieces here and there.  This dresser belonged to a lifelong friend who was redecorating her son's bedroom. He was the teeniest cutest little baby, and now he's a a very nice handsome boy in elementary school. How does that happen so fast?

Back to the furniture! She found this piece that was the perfect size for his room and wanted it painted to match a bookcase I had previously done for her.  This colour is SO good on this piece! It's Hurricane by Country Chic Paint.

This is a moody slate blue that Country Chic has long had in their line-up.  I haven't painted with it much previously, but have recently fallen head over heels for it and I want to paint everything in it!

Reading sign is from my fave sign maker Westoria!

Dressers can get a lot of wear and tear, so this got three coats of Country Chic Paint's Clear Coat.  This is a simple quick-drying topcoat that is durable after multiple coats! Three coats is the recommendation.

I am so pleased with how this piece turned out! I love the three original little knobs on the centre drawers and how they work so well with the paint colour.  Here is a before and after (minus a few drawers!) so you can see just how much paint can change a piece of furniture:

Amazing, isn't it? For more inspiring photos of how paint can completely transform a piece of furniture, make sure you are following me and Country Chic Paint on Instagram!

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

navy is a neutral

Navy has to be one of the most classic colours! It is timeless, beautiful and equally handsome. It looks amazing paired with metallics, with florals in a feminine space or with buffalo check in a boy's bedroom - regardless of the coordinating colours used!  Navy truly is a neutral! Do you use it in your home?

My favourite navy paint colour is Peacoat from Country Chic Paint.  It was a limited edition release colour several seasons ago, and recently they added it to their permanent line up of colours - and I am SO glad they did! It is the perfect navy - have you tried it?

A long time friend is redoing her guest bedroom and asked me to paint a dresser she's had for many years.  I happily obliged! She had a navy quilt as the bedding, so Peacoat was the perfect colour choice.  Here is the dresser before - not terrible, but definitely needing an update:

I did my usual basic steps:
1. Prep - wash and lightly sand.
2. Paint - I painted two coats of Peacoat
3. Finish work - I gave the dresser a light sanding to smooth the surface and then gave it two coats of Clear Coat from Country Chic Paint for added protection.

If you are redoing a room and your furniture needs a new look, why not have it refinished? What you think might be drab and outdated can be completely transformed with paint! Isn't this piece handsome  now?

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Signs in my photos are courtesy of Westoria!

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