Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Antique Secretary Desk

I saw this desk at my local Salvation Army.  It didn't have a price, so I went and talked to the manager.  She gave me a pretty good deal, so off to my garage it went.  I actually had no intentions of painting it.  It sat in my garage for six months without selling, so I decided to give it a makeover.



For my birthday, my friends bought me some milk paint from Miss Mustard Seed.  I had been too chicken to use it, but decided to put on my big girl panties and try it.   I know that they say that you have to just go with the flow with milk paint, but it was such a disaster.  On one side of my desk, the paint just fell off of it.  I have no idea why!  I sanded before, but for some reason it just wouldn't stick.  I ended up sanding the whole thing and starting over.  I got out my trusty Sherwin Williams paint in my favorite color, Green Bay.  It is so pretty!

Something strange happened!  My paint chipped.  It must have been some residue leftover from the milk paint, but I LOVED the result!

To Finish it, I waxed in ASCP's clear and dark wax.

Here is a tip from me.  Don't drag your beautiful antique dresser on your driveway.  It will result in breaking a beautiful claw foot leg, and then you will have to spend a couple of extra hours fixing what was once a perfect leg!  Not saying I did that or anything...


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Catching Up

Hi everyone!  I have been so terrible about keeping up with my blog.  Instead of trying to catch up one at a time, I am throwing it all together in one big furniture medley!  You will have to excuse the poor quality photos.  Most of them are off my phone. 

Phew!  I am so glad that I got most of them on here finally!  Now I just need to work on taking the before photos and to make sure that I keep up with my blog!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Aqua Ombre Dresser

I have slacking lately on keeping up with my blog.  As fun as it is to get comments and see my furniture all over Pinterest, I keep this blog mostly for myself.  It is intended to be a my photo album of my projects.  I have tons of redos that I have failed to blog about. I better get crackin'!

I thought that I snapped a before picture of this guy, but apparently, I didn't.  It was in great shape.  Just outdated.

I painted the body and top drawer with ASCP's Old White.  Then I used ASCP's Florence and Old 
White for the drawers.

This guy was posted and picked up within 45 minutes with 4 other people wanting it.  I might just have to do a couple more of these!


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Two Ethan Allen Hutches

I'm a lucky girl!  I have a whole strip mall of thrift stores about 2 minutes from my house.  Now that my kids are both in school, I have 3 days a week that I can stop by to see what they have.  I saw both of these hutches right next to each other.  I knew immediately, by the shutter doors, they were Ethan Allen.  They were both 50% off, so off to my garage they went!

I am guessing that these came from the same owner.  I think that they may have used them together to make a large hutch.  I hemmed and hawed over whether to paint them the same and sell as a set or to sell them separately.  I finally decided to do them differently.
The first one, I painted in ASCP's Graphite.  I sanded down the top and stained it in Jacobean.
The second one had shutter doors, so I went with a distressed beachy finish!
I mixed this color together about 4 years ago and I loved it so much, I keep getting it remade!

I am happy to say that both of these found homes!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Red Antique Dresser

Hello all!  I have been the worst blogger ever!  I have been a busy little bee lately.  Blogging kinda took the back burner.  I have many wonderful makeovers to show you:)

I found this beauty on CL.  The owner was moving out of the country, so I snatched it up!

I don't normally use red, but I wanted to branch out!  I headed to HD to pick a red.  I ended up going with Barn by Martha Stewart.  It is such a warm rich red!

  Love the casters!

I wanted to keep the original hardware.  I just gave it a quick spray with silver.

The top was in really great shape, so I just sanded it down and stained it.

I thought this piece would so pretty in a kitchen as a smaller buffet!  The three drawers are big.  Perfect for storing dishes!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

White and Blue Secretary

When I first started painting furniture, My budget for furniture was pretty small.  I would mostly stick to end tables and other small pieces.  Now that my business has grown, I only buy furniture that is good quality.  I don't mind spending money to make sure that I am putting the best product out there that I can.  I have found some amazing pieces lately.

I found this piece on one of my FB groups.  I loved it right away.  I was so lucky to snag it up.  A lot of people wanted it!  It pays to check often!


It was in great condition, so the only thing I had to do to was wipe it down.  Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!


I love how this turned out.  In fact I love it so much, that It's in my house.  I don't normally keep my pieces, but this one kinda stole my heart!

I painted the body in Annie Sloan's Old White.  Let me just say that I struggle every time I paint with white.  I end up having to paint at least 4 coats.  With Annie though, only 2 coats.  Great coverage.  It's the only white I will ever use again.

For the drawers, I mixed up a custom color.  

Have any of you ever loved a piece so much that you just couldn't sell?