Monday, November 5, 2012

From Roadside to Center Stage

Another successful makeover...and this one almost didn’t happen!  Let me explain. ;)  My husband and I had decided to take the kids for a relaxing Sunday afternoon drive when we drove by this dresser at the end of a driveway with a “free” sign leaning against it.  I glanced over at my hubby who knew, without a single word from me, that he should probably turn around so I could look at it.  I quickly tossed the suggestion aside thinking there was absolutely no way we’d be able to get it home in the van, so we carried on our way.  Long story short, we ended up coming back to look at it, dropped one of the van seats down and just barely managed to squeeze this beast in for the ride home.

After getting it home and having a chance to inspect it a bit more, I knew the center door would have to go.  It had been badly damaged with the hinges ripped out and was beyond repair.  Rather than replace the door, I chose to fill the existing holes and leave the center drawers visible.   After that, it was sanded down and primed.  Wow, what a difference just a coat of primer can make!

When it came time to paint, I was tempted to go with color.  My first thought was actually light PINK!  I could easily image it in a little girls nursery.  Knowing that this piece would be listed for sale once finished though, I thought it would be best to stick to a neutral color.  ;)  I chose to paint the top a rich dark espresso and the base in a linen cream.  Because the top is such a dark color, it needed to sit for a few weeks to allow the paint to cure.  To finish it, I applied a glossy protective clear coat.

With the center door removed, I wanted to add some visual interest to the simple center drawers.  I think the addition of the numbers works perfectly!

I’m always excited to see the dovetail drawer construction!

              Love the detail along the edge....

              ....and that glossy top!

I liked the shape of the original hardware and it was still in great shape, so I chose to reuse it.  To update it, I sprayed it in an Oil Rubbed Bronze paint.  

I’m happy with this makeover and look forward to seeing it in its new home.  This piece has now been listed and is available in my shop.

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Frumpy to French Country

I love the way this sofa table turned out.  LOVE it!  This particular table was part of a package deal of furniture I bought a few weeks ago.   When I first saw it, I knew I wanted to paint the bottom and stain the top.  I find a two tone finish on furniture so rich and warm.  

(Click the pics for a closer peek)

The lovely brass "hinges" were only decorative and I managed to pop them off easily with a screwdriver!

I started sanding off the finish along the top and quickly realized that it was not real wood, but a manufactured wood product.  Staining that wasn’t going to work.  My next thought was to just paint the top a warm rich brown instead. 

Oh looked terrible.  I wasn’t sure if it was the paint (it was a new color I was trying), the dated oval top or the combination of both, but I hated it!  I removed the top and set it aside so I could start on the base of the table.  

After a couple coats of primer,  I sprayed on a few coats of a soft creamy white.  Oops...I forgot to take pictures at this point.  It has to be one of my favorite creams.  It’s not a bright white, but it’s not overly yellow either! 
Back to the top.  I decided to go back to my original plan of staining the top and purchased a premade laminated pine panel to replace the oval. 

These pine panels are a bit rough in areas and they’re certainly a little more rustic with the knots, but I didn’t mind and thought it would add a little more character to the table.  

I found the panel to be a little longer than I wanted, so with my circular saw, I just trimmed off one side.  After some sanding and a coat of pre-stain wood conditioner, I started to apply a couple coats of chestnut colored stain.  I was a bit nervous as pine is a soft wood and stain can end up looking blotching and messy.  By applying the wood conditioner first, it helps to raise the grain in the wood which helps it to absorb the stain more evenly.  It was starting to look exactly as I’d originally envisioned.  Yay!

After the stain had set, I lightly distressed all the edges of the table base and applied a few clear coats to the entire table.  I think the soft cream color of the paint and the warm stained wood top complement each other quite well.

Not only will this table fit perfectly behind a couch to hold a lamp and a favorite book, but it could also be used in a front entrance to drop your keys and mail on the way in, or even in a guest room as a table/desk.  

This table is now available for purchase in my shop!

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