Monday, July 30, 2018

classic farmhouse side tables

Lately I have been fortunate enough to find several sets of side tables, which any furniture refinisher knows is pretty rare! I often get asked when I post a side table for sale if I have a second matching one, so when I find sets I am elated! 

When I found this set, I knew exactly what I wanted to do to them.  I usually bump those projects to the front of the line because I can't get them out of my head.  And apparently I started on these ones too quickly because I completely forgot a before photo.  Just imagine, medium toned wood with dated misplaced hardware that were crying out for a new lease on life...

These were in great condition to begin with so they got a scrub with Krud Kutter, a light sanding, and a thorough vacuuming inside and out.  The bottom drawers on these had a very dated pull in the centre which was throwing the look and balance off, so I filled the holes with Bondo. I sanded the Bondo smooth and gave the area a quick spray of Shellac to even the surface.

I wanted a fresh white for a classic farmhouse look, so I chose Crinoline from Country Chic Paint.  It's a very slightly off white with a warmer undertone, and it's quickly becoming my go-to white.

After two coats and drying time, I gave them a light distressing with 220grit sandpaper around all the edges. I sealed the tables with two coats of satin poly.

I drilled new holes for the bin pulls on the bottom drawers, and then sprayed the knobs on the top drawers in matte black spray paint to match the pulls.

I love the way these tables turned out! They have a fresh and classic farmhouse feel!  

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Friday, July 27, 2018

refinishing a hope chest

When a customer contacted me recently and asked me to refinish her mother's mid century cedar chest to pass on to her daughter, I fit her into my schedule right away.  I love doing pieces like this that have special meaning, that are being passed through the family generations, and especially that are for little ones!

Here is the piece we started with:

The cedar interior was in excellent condition, but the outside was a little dated and needed a little bit of patching and repairing.  I gave it a good scrub and a light sanding.  The owner of the piece asked me to decide whether or not to keep the hardware on or remove it and fill it.  Some non-functioning hardware looks great, and some just doesn't seem to do anything for the pice.  Ultimately I chose to take the hardware off and patch the holes.  I filled with bondo, sanded smooth, and then filled again until it was smooth and unnoticeable.  I shellacked over the fill to create a smooth uniform surface for the paint.

I sprayed this piece using two coats of Sunday Tea from Country Chic Paint.  This is a warm neutral that leans both grey and brown, so it really goes with absolutely everything.

Because this is a piece for a little one, we chose to lightly distress it.  As kids are growing and using their furniture, it can take a little bit of a beating.  Distressing it helps to hide and blend any accidental dings!

When my customer dropped this piece off, we chatted a bit about personalizing the hope chest for her daughter.  I was initially unsure of where and how to do it, but my customer is so lovely and gave me the freedom to choose the how, where, and colour!  I chose Wishing Well, also by Chic Paint, to paint her name, Amelia, on the top front of the chest.  Wishing Well pairs beautifully with Sunday Tea, and it also goes well with girly colours like purple and pink - so it should match her bedroom for years to come!

To seal this piece, I sprayed it with three coats of satin poly.

This once drab piece of furniture now has a new look and is ready to hold all the memories as little Amelia grows!

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

refinishing an antique table

About six months ago I found this table on a local buy and sell group.  The previous owner had used it on her sun porch and just didn't have a need for it anymore. Once I picked it up I realized how special this table ones and did a little research! It is made by Hawthorne Furniture Co, and from what I could find was nearing 100 years old.  For being that old, this table was in pretty amazing condition.  There was no finish on it whatsoever, just some old stain that was wearing off on the top.

I started by giving it a good vacuum and wipe down, and hen started sanding the top.  The top is tongue and groove, with hidden leaves on both sides that tuck completely underneath.  There are hidden supports in the sides of the table that slide out under the leaf when it is up! Because there was barely any finish to remove on the top, I started with 120 and then moved to 150 and 180 grit sandpaper with my orbital sander to smooth out the top and prep it for stain.

I stained the top with Homestead House's Stain and Finishing Oil in Cappuccino.  I can't speak highly enough about this stain! It's one of the best on the market!

For the bottom, I debated on colour.  I paint a lot of things blue, but this table was just screaming for a vintage colour and I couldn't bring myself to paint it cream (I know, I know!).  Nothing on my paint shelf was just the colour I wanted so I custom mixed the colour I had in my head.  This is a 50/50 mix of Elegance and Pebble Beach from Country Chic Paint.

I only applied one coat because the coverage is fantastic and I wanted a very worn and authentic look.  When it was dry, I distressed it heavily using a combination of 150 and 220 grit sandpaper.

Because the wood was very old and raw, I used Hemp Oil as a topcoat.  Hemp Oil naturally hydrates and seals the wood from the inside out.  It also is a polymerizing oil, meaning it dries and hardens.  It's a perfect finish for a raw wood piece like this! You can see the oil on the surface after I applied it here:

I let it sit about twenty minutes and then wiped it back really well.  At this point it may still seem oily, and that's okay! Another wipe down in a few minutes will do the trick.  If there are areas that seem to have really absorbed the oil and there isn't any to wipe off, it's a good indication that the wood was very thirsty - another coat of Hemp Oil is a good idea for these areas.  You will know when it's thoroughly hydrated when it stops absorbing more oil.

This table turned out just as I had envisioned it! It still looks authentically it's age, but is ready for another century of love!

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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!