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 

Linking to:
Miss Mustard Seed

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

Maple Hutch

I've always heard it's hard to stain maple dark, but Java Gel does a great job!  I sanded the top down to raw wood and used one coat of Java Gel on it so the grain would still show through.    I then painted the buffet and hutch in a half and half mix of Annie Sloan's French Linen and Graphite.  Then I gave it a wash of a Graphite, Coco, and Paris Grey mix.  It's not distressed a lot, but I like that orange look of maple coming through a dark paint color.  I used Pure White on the bead board back of the hutch.  I also took the top trim piece off because in my opinion it helped to modernized it.

This piece would work well in a nursery, living room for extra storage, or of course in a dining room.  :)

49 3/4"W x 19"D x 33" H without hutch and 69" H with hutch