Friday, April 27, 2012



I got this solid oak chest on CL a few weeks ago.  It needed all of the drawer bottoms replaced and my husband had to totally re-build the bottom drawer.  It needed a little more work than I would have liked, but I really liked the size and shape of it and the fact that it was old!  I love old stuff. :)  I thought about stripping and re staining the top, but after painting it first I liked that look better. I was going for the vintage farm house look.  I even found a key at an antique store that works on the drawers.  It's actually a little more brown than it looks in the pictures.  I used ASCP in Old White as a base coat, then painted CeCe Caldwell's Seattle Mist (which is my new favorite color) on top, sanded down, and sealed with wax.  Seattle Mist is a really pretty gray/brown.

And the before:

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

My Newest Pieces

This dresser I just picked up today from a really sweet couple on CL.  It's solid with no veneer! Yea!  I may even keep the same hardware on the bottom three drawers. 

This one I also got from CL a couple of weeks ago.  I think it wants to have a really distressed farmhouse look.  Maybe restain the top a dark walnut (my favorite).  :)

Forgot to take a picture before sanding down the drawers.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Nightmare


I love the way this piece turned out, but boy did it give me fits!  It almost ended up on the curb twice.  I bought it off of CL and the guy wanted to meet me with it.  Long story short he had to wait on me a little bit (his fault) :) and because of that I didn't want to say no.  Had it been at his house I would have turned it down.  It had major veneer problems and all of it but the top had to come off.  I wasn't skilled in using a chisel so it was pretty gouged up.  After a lesson from my husband on using a chisel and lots of wood filler later this is what I came up with.  I have been waiting for the right piece to try out the Union Jack on and the size of this one fit the bill.  I love all the ones I've seen out there but this one from reckless glamour was my favorite by far!  Grey and white are my favorite colors.  I used ASCP in Graphite, Paris Grey mixed with Graphite, and Old White on this one.  Here are some more pics:

and some befores:

Back of the dresser: year it was made or a furniture ID number??

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