Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Moroccan Inspired Children's Furniture

I've said it before and I'll say it again - I love painting children's furniture! It's an opportunity to use colour and bolder style.  When I found this little table and chairs I was really inspired by it's shape, style, and chunkier feel.  And of course, somehow lost the photo of the original finish...which was orange pine and really needed to go!

I tossed around different colours for this set, but ultimately landed on Happy Hour - one of my favourite colours in the Country Chic lineup. It's bright and cheery and perfect for this set.  After giving the piece a good cleaning and light sanding, I gave it two coats of Happy Hour.

After painting it I felt like it needed a little extra something.  I debated a grain sack stripe, but it just wasn't right for this style.  The shape and design of the chairs had a very moroccan flair, so I decided to roll with that.  I picked up a stencil at Michael's craft store and used Pocket Watch Metallic Cream from Country Chic Paint to paint the design on the back of the chairs. Gold and Happy Hour are a match made in heaven!

To accentuate the shape, I gave it a good distressing.  Distressing children's furniture is a great finish for children's furniture.  Kids can be hard on their furniture and distressing it can prevent any future dings or dents from being overly obvious!

Goodness I wish I had a toddler so I could keep this set!  I sealed it with three coats of Clear Coat for protection.  Isn't it so pretty?

This set was purchased right away and went home with a lovely little girl whose mama is a lifelong friend of mine! So it kinda did stay in the family after all! 

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Pretty & Rustic

This dresser is a perfect pairing of rustic and pretty - but it wasn't always that way! Truthfully, I didn't buy this dresser just for the dresser. It had antique brass cup pulls on it that I wanted for another project - the dresser just happened to come with them.  And the dresser was a mess.

There were spots all over the dresser that were badly sanded down, places that needed filled with bondo, and some sort of sticky tarry gunk that needed cleaning off.  It needed a lot of tlc to say the least.

I initially was going to give this dresser a lighter colour, but the more I looked at it and took colours off my paint shelf, the more I felt like it needed a deep jewel tone. I took Jitterbug from Country Chic Paint off my paint shelf, and it was the perfect choice!

This dresser was rustic, worn and used.  When a dresser is like that, I like to keep all of that character in the finished piece.  I gave it two light coats of Jitterbug, and when it was dry I distressed it well.  I used old 150 grit sandpaper that was previously used and in rough shape to give it a rugged and rough chipped up look.

To further accent the age of this piece, I sealed it with Antiquing Wax.  I love using dark wax with dark colours - it gives them a deeper and richer feel than using Clear Wax would.  The top was stripped and stained dark - one of my favourite looks.

This piece has come a long way and has a brand new look, without losing the character and charm of it's age!

Sign from Westoria

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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!

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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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