Monday, February 27, 2012

My favorite piece so far!


I love casters and this is my first piece with them.  It makes moving the furniture around so easy and I just like the look of them.  I can't find my before picture, but there is a picture of it  here at the end of the post.  Here are the afters:

I painted this in ASCP's  French Linen (the darker color) the and a mix of Coco, Graphite, and Old White for the stripes (the lighter color) and sealed with clear wax.  The top two drawers had paint splatter or spray paint in them so I also painted the inside of the drawers with French Linen.  I didn't want them to be perfectly painted so I just kind of painted this way and that with the brush and left a little wood showing through here and there.  The top was striped and stained with Minwax dark walnut and 3 coats of satin poly was put over it.  The pinboard was made by transferring graphics from The Graphics Fairy with the Citrisolve method onto drop cloth.  I used spray adhesive to attach the material onto foam board and framed it.

Up next is this Drexel dresser/console/buffet:

Linking to:

The Graphics Fairy

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Duck Egg Secretary

This was my first time painting furniture for a client.  She bought a buffet from me and wanted to know if I could paint a secretary.  She wanted blue with grey on the inside.  I got it to dark and distressed the first time, but I think I finally got it to where she wanted it.  I'm not much of a blue person, but I do love it anytime I see furniture painted in blue.  The Duck Egg really ended up growing on me.  It's a very beachy looking color.  Here are the before and afters:

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Ballards Inspired Buffet


I found this buffet at my favorite thrift store.  It was solid wood and had dove tailed drawers.  I  got a Ballard's catalog a couple of days later with the following buffet inside:

and I knew what color I wanted to use on this piece! I first sanded down the top and stained it with dark walnut.  I am going to put a satin poly on the top tomorrow.  I used Annie Sloan's Chateau Grey on the rest of the buffet with a little Graphite and Chateau Grey mixed together and dry brushed on top.  I then waxed and added new hardware. This could be used in a dining room as a buffet or in a living room with a TV.  Would also look great with the 2 middle doors off and baskets on the shelves. I really like how it turned out.

What do you think?

This pretty little dresser is up next for a makeover:

Linking to:
Savvy Southern Style
Domestically Speaking
Coastal Charm
Elizabeth & Co.
Restore Interiors
Shades of Amber
Miss Mustard Seed
French Country Cottage