July 31, 2012

Empire Dresser Before and After

I have been wanting to work on an Empire Dresser for a while now and I was lucky enough to find one. The lady I bought this dresser from had it sitting in her carport and it had a lot of damage to it. The veneer was peeling off of the legs and it was pretty unloved. Helen to the rescue!


I mixed a custom sea green color and painted with homemade chalk paint and sealed with a coat of rub-on polyurethane. I get a lot of emails with questions about chalk paint, waxing, and distressing. I am planning on doing a post to answer all of these questions. If you guys have any other questions please let me know and I will answer those too!


 I lined all of the drawers with a textured grey suede fabric. The fabric replicates the texture that the distressing shows on the top of the dresser. It was a nice coincidence.
I love those brass key holes.

July 27, 2012

Claw Foot Dresser

My client was looking for a new entertainment center but she needed something tall. We found this dresser on Craigslist and painted it the same color as the Red Dresser I did a few months back. This color was a hit with buyers and I have had a lot of requests for it.
She wanted to keep everything hidden so we didn't remove any drawers for open shelving. She will house the electronics inside the doors.

Okay, if you are a hardcore antique lover you might just want to move on. If you aren't and you love to see old furniture updated then please carry on.


She picked some great clear bevelled knobs from Hobby Lobby.
I love the brass key holes!

Any time the camera comes out this cat thinks it's a photo shoot just for her.

The inside of the drawers were...well, there are really no words for the inside of the drawers. 
There was green AstroTurf looking fabric that was glued down....IT WAS AWFUL!

I pulled it all out and lined the drawers and the inside of each cabinet with a camel colored microfiber fabric.
They look so much better.
I also drilled a hole in the back of each cabinet for cords and ventilation.
**If you are turning a dresser into an entertainment center make sure there is adequate ventilation**

I did very little distressing. Just a little around the corners of the drawers and little bit on the feet. I sealed it with two coats to Minwax Finishing Paste.

 The top picture is a little pink and isn't the exact color. The side view of the dresser is the truest in color. This color, Rose Dust, changes so much depending on the natural light in the room.

I hope Brandi loves her new entertainment center! It's such a bold statement piece and who doesn't love a bold piece of furniture? 

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July 15, 2012

Little Blue Table

I want to share a sweet little table I finished. I painted it about five months ago, started other projects and completely forgot about it.
I used my chalk paint recipe (1 cup latex paint mixed with 1/4 cup baking soda) and I painted it with Colonial Aqua latex paint in Satin. It's such a sweet little table. Don't you think?

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July 07, 2012

Butter Yellow Buffet

My client found this buffet on Craigslist and asked me to paint it. After discussing color ideas we decided on a soft yellow with very light distressing. We decided to keep the top natural to tie in with her other wood furniture and use black iron hardware to tie everything together.

Here is a quick before shot.

If you know me, or if you have read my blog, you know the chance of me knowing the exact name of this color is pretty slim! The color is a custom mix I made and it came out perfectly, don't you think?

I got lucky and found these sample paints for .50 cents a piece at Lowe's. They had tons of great and vibrant colors.
Lowe's is moving in the Summer paint sample and getting rid of the Spring samples.

I mixed Dreamy Caramel with Cream Delight to get this custom color which I call Butter Yellow.
I used my homemade chalk paint (1c. paint to 1/4 c. baking soda) recipe with this piece.
I love it!!

I love the color and all of the storage inside the buffet. My client is going to use the buffet to replace a sofa table she is using right now. She wanted something that would hide bags, toys, and any other clutter that lands by the front door. This yellow buffet will be perfect!

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