Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Typewriter Buffet

I originally bought this buffet for myself, but I'm not ready to give up the one I'm using now and this one had been in the garage for almost a year.  It may be my favorite piece ever!  I love the size, storage, all the detail, and the curves.

I bought Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint in typewriter for a dresser that's going in my son's room so I thought I'd try it out on the buffet first.  I'm really liking black lately it's very elegant, but can also be masculine, modern, industrial...  I didn't have any bonding agent but didn't want it to be too chippy so I used Annie Sloan's graphite as my base coat then painted on one coat of MMS Typewriter and sealed with AS clear wax.  I love the soft black color with the original wood tones of the dresser.  

I think someone once had contact paper on the shelves inside the doors because it was very tacky.  I tried alcohol, mineral spirits, vinegar, and steel wool and it wasn't budging.  I really didn't want to cover the pretty wood with fabric so I go some goo gone and one of those scratchy stripping pads and went to work.  Lots of scrubbing later and it's now silky smooth - yea!!  I refinished the top in dark walnut.  I won't be sad if it doesn't sell.  :)

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64W x 37H x 22D

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Drexel in Old White

I've painted this piece in Annie Sloan's Old White, distressed, sealed with clear wax, and refinished the top in Minwax dark walnut.  The original hardware has been painted in oil rubbed bronze.  This came from an elderly couple who had taken very good care of it - love it when something needs no repairs! 
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70"W x 31"H x 19"D 

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Tallboy by Century

This is the tall chest that matches the rustic black nightstands.  I painted it to match the nightstands.  It's a huge piece of furniture with lots of great storage and smooth gliding drawers.

39"W x 20"D x 53 1/2"H 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Rustic Black Nightstands

These nightstands came with a set I was lucky enough to find on CL.  They are by century and in great shape!  I painted them in Annie Sloan's Graphite and General Finishes Lamp Black for a true black, distressed, and sealed with clear wax.  I will be finishing the matching tall chest like the nightstands, but the 12 drawer dresser I'm keeping for myself.  :)  The original owners for some reason had replaced all of the original hardware with ugly hardware that didn't seem hefty enough for it.  So I put cup pulls on the nightstands and will be using them on the chest as well.  I think these can go with just about any style and could be considered formal or casual.  I really like the look of black furniture.

22"W x 16"D x 24"H 

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Bow Front Chest in a Weathered Finish

This chest had been very well loved in the past.  It needed some glue and screws and a little wood filler here and there.  Somewhere along the way someone had taken the veneer off the top and applied a very bad stain job to the wood underneath.  I striped the top, but couldn't sand out all the glue marks.  So I used Java Gel to cover it and sanded down to the lighter color wood in some places for a rustic look to match the rest of the chest.  It had some gouges and dings that I didn't fill in because I liked that it fit in with the weathered look.  

I painted it in equal parts Graphite, Coco, and Paris Grey then gave it a wash with straight Coco, distressed, and sealed with clear wax.  This piece would look great in a foyer, rustic bedroom or nursery, dining room... anywhere really.  I love the size and shape of it because it makes it so versatile!

34"H x 21 1/2"D x 42"W