Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Pretty in Black

I have a confession to make... I am not a fan of black furniture.  Or should I say that I was not a fan of black furniture.  I have been converted!!!  Let's take a little look at my latest adventure!

Here is the before.

I found this dresser at my local Salvation Army on half priced day.  I was so excited to see that it didn't need that much prep work.  You will understand after I finish this project that I have been working on for over a month.

I had mixed feelings on what color to paint it, so I went to Home Depot.  I was torn between green and black.  I thought stepping out of my box would be a good idea. 

I ended up going with Francesca by Martha Stewart.  It is such an awesome black.  Not too in your face shiny black that I am not a fan of...

Here is what it looks like today.

Color me crazy, but I was shocked how much I actually liked it!

I wasn't able to save the little lattice, but that's okay.  It just peeled right off.

I kept the hardware. I just cleaned it up using vinegar and dish soap.  I'm always amazed how much stuff comes off.


I love this color so much that the monster that I have been working on will be painted with it!


Monday, October 21, 2013

Wickedly White

The other day I was looking through my local Craig's List adds.  I came across this gorgeous bedroom set.  To most people it probably looked like an outdated 70's style set.  All I could see I was the detail!  I called as fast as my fingers would allow me to.  I told her that I would take it.

Here is what it looked like before.


And here is the after!!!!

I really wanted the details to pop, so I went with white.  I used Beach House by Behr.  This piece gave me a lot of trouble.  It needed four coats.  I almost decided to give up and go for a darker color a couple of times, but I figured that I was already in it. 

The hardware was so beautiful.  I just painted it to match the rest.



I am so happy with how it turned out.  White furniture is my favorite!  When I first started painting furniture, I tried to paint our espresso colored bedroom set white.  Mr. Sometimes Twice vetoed me right away.  I am kinda glad he did cause knowing what I know now, it would have been a nightmare to cover white!  I hope that you guys have a great day!


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Cream and Curvy

Hi everyone!  I have finally gotten around to taking some photos of the projects that I have been working on.

I found this little dresser at a local thrift store. She was completely outdated, but oh so curvy!

here is the before.

She was in great condition.  The only thing I had to do was replace one of the drawer slides.  I didn't even sand her down.  I just made sure that I completely cleaned her.
Here is the after!
Such a difference a little paint can make. 
I had a sample of a creamy oops paint.  I was worried it wasn't going to be enough, so I mixed it with some white that I had on hand.  Using homemade chalk paint, I gave her two coats, and then distressed her using 150 grit sandpaper.  I wanted to enhance her curves, so I used a black glaze. 
The hardware was perfect, so I painted it to match. 
All girls deserve to have a nice skirt!  I love hers!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Small Aqua Dresser

Good afternoon everyone!  I know that I have not been blogging lately, but I promise that I have been painting like a mad woman!  I am starting to get a little more serious about my furniture business.  I've even convinced Mr. Sometimes Twice that I need a truck.  We have been looking around, but I am waiting for the perfect one!

I found this small dresser at the Salvation Army.  It was half price day, so in my SUV it went!  The color was not what I usually go for, but the detail was beautiful!

Here is the before.

I do not like blonde furniture. I like something more dark that comes through when I distress.  No problem though.  I just painted it black before I put the aqua paint on.

Here it is after!

After I painted it black, I mixed up some homemade chalk paint with some aqua that I had on hand.  I gave it one coat, and then I mixed up a second cup of homemade chalk paint.  I used the same aqua, but I added a little bit of white to lighten it up.  It gave the piece really great depth.

I used my favorite black glaze by Valspar, and then waxed it down.

It didn't have any hardware, so I bought glass knobs.  





If I had room for this guy, I would keep it.  I think it is a perfect pop of color for any room.