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:  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!

To find out more about how safe Country Chic Paint is and to read their paint test reports, visit their website,! They list the Material Safety Data Sheets for each of their products here. Amazing! I know you'll love their paint as much as I do, so feel free to use code FARM10 for 10% off your order! 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

the tale of the cabinet i've had for years

As a furniture refinisher, the rate of turn over is pretty fast.  Things come in, get painted, get sold.  That's not the case with this cabinet.  I bought this cabinet to refinish at least three years ago (but in all honestly it's probably way closer to four).  And every year since I swear that January 1 won't come without that cabinet being finished. And every year I do something else instead.

And if we're laying it all out, I bought this cabinet from a 17 year old kid who moved out on his own and was forced to take it with him.  It was full of an empty beer bottle collection.  Classy, right?

My old workspace was in a bedroom in the back of our house, which is now being renovated into my daughter's room since I have my own shop disconnected from my home! So this cabinet had to be refinished and moved out.

Anyway, here it is after I ripped the doors off and took the mirrored backing out.  Neither were doing anything for the cabinet.

Sadness. I had to do a little extra trimming off of parts and added shelves and new trim - and a lot of wood filler.

There was no question what colour I was painting this beauty.  Vanilla Frosting from Country Chic Paint.  It's my favourite, and it's the perfect off white/not-too-yellow cream.

After one coat, I dealt with bleedthrough spots on this cabinet, and gave it another coat of paint.  I much prefer to do one coat of paint and then spot treat bleedthrough than fully prime a piece unnecessarily.

I picked up a new backing for it, painted it as well, and the secured it to the back.

I sat for a bit at this point debating whether or not to distress this piece.  I loved it as it was, but I usually distress.  This cabinet has a lot of detail and that can make a piece look busy fast when distressed. I wanted a classic look, and although it is a French Provincial piece, I didn't want a shabby chic look.  I ultimately opted to leave it as a solid finish and let the detail stand on it's own.  I gave it three coats of satin poly for protection and durability.

I wasn't a fan of the large original hardware, so I added glass knobs to the doors.

After many years just sitting in the back of my workroom, I have to admit that I'll be sad to see this one go! But I'm so happy it's finished and I absolutely love how it turned out!

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

classic french provincial nightstands

Y'all.  I swear it's the season of matching nightstands! I can honestly tell you in all my past years it's been an absolutely rarity, but this year it's abundant! Now that I say that I'll probably never find another matching set...

I bought this set of nightstands as part of a bedroom suite.  Although French Provincial furniture isn't my own style in my home, it's a style I absolutely love and buy whenever I can find it.  Here is a side by side of what the tables looked like before and with one coat of paint:

1.  They needed a makeover.
2.  I painted them in my absolute favourite colour ever (even if that may mean I'm boring)
3.  Look at the coverage after one coat!

I painted these in Vanilla Frosting from Country Chic Paint.  This colour is never not on my paint shelf.  It makes me nervous when I'm running low.  It's classic, timeless, and the perfect off-white. Not too white, not too yellow, just perfectly in between.

Prep, prep, prep.  This era of furniture is notorious for being owned by people who loved spray waxes like Pledge.  Fortunately this set showed no signs of wax, but if there is you MUST clean that off with denatured alcohol or mineral spirits before painting.  I cleaned, sanded, vacuumed, and then painted.  I sprayed these as there is a lot of detail and sides of legs, and spraying ensures even coverage. After I did two coats and let them dry, I distressed them really well.

Classic furniture in a classic colour.  It just doesn't get a lot better than that, does it?

I finished these off by sealing them with three coats of satin poly for a durable finish.  Nightstands can take a lot of abuse so it's wise to give them a hard topcoat.  I love how these turned out!

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

the perfect farmhouse grey

I found this pair of retro side tables on local buy and sell site.  If you've been following the blog you know I talk about the near non-existence of a matching pair of side tables fairly frequently, and how lately I've been stumbling on great pairs.  I picked these up for a steal and as soon as my mother-in-law saw them she snatched them up!  She wanted a neutral to brighten up her space but something fun too - she has a bubbly personality so a bold pop of colour definitely suits her!

I wanted to do something different for these pieces so I grabbed my colour chart for Amulent Paint from The Chippy Barn and showed her.  She instantly chose Farmhouse Grey for the exterior of the tables.  This colour is the perfect grey.  It's not too cool or too warm.  It's a greige colour that pairs great with other colours.  The Chippy Barn/Amulent generously sent me the paint to use for these tables!

I prepped these tables by giving them a good scrub with Krud Kutter and sanded them lightly.

Amulent recommends spraying their paint for the smoothest finish.  After I sprayed the first coat of paint, by nemesis showed up: bleedthrough.

That speckled finish that was popular around this era is notorious for bleeding through.  You can see the shiny finish in the photo above - its the many coats of Shellac I used to seal that bleedthrough up!

Much better! Amulent paint has amazing coverage, but because of needing to Shellac them I did two coats of Farmhouse Grey.

Now for the interior of the tables! Are you ready?

Isn't it beautiful? I love it! The colour is Quiet Night from The Chippy Barn. This is a colour I will paint again with soon! I did two coats on the interiors to make sure I had even coverage - because of the round shape there were a few difficult to get to spots and I wanted to make sure they looked great!

I distressed the tables lightly to show off their shape.

When they were dust free, I sprayed them with two coats of Ultra-Tough Top Coat in the satin finish from Amulent.  The topcoat levels itself better than a lot of topcoats I've used! I was extremely impressed! The finish is super smooth and really lovely!

Amulent Paint has a great consistency, making painting with a brush or a sprayer easy.  It self-levels and dries hard and durable. Despite it's fantastic adhesion, it's easy to distress to get the look you want.  I'd happily stock Amulent on my paint shelves continuously!

When I delivered these tables to my mother in law, she loved them and the colour so much that she sent me home with one of her own tables to paint to match! I did all three tables with two coats of Farmhouse Grey out of a pint of paint - and I still had a tiny bit of paint left.  The coverage is exceptional!

You can follow The Chippy Barn on Instagram to get more ideas on using their paint line, Amulent, and see all the beautiful colours it comes in!