May 19, 2013

Keeping it in the Family....Dresser Makeover

Hi everyone....hope you are enjoying your weekend!

I have been finishing up all of my custom orders so I can relax for about 3 weeks before baby comes. 

This dresser is a custom piece I did for Beth. Actually, it is for her little girl who is getting a big girl room. This dresser has been in her family for decades and she wanted to update it for her little girl. 

If you are interested in these prints you can find them on Etsy.

 The flowers in our flower bed's are starting to bloom.

If you follow me on facebook, you saw the original pulls Beth chose. 
I found them at World Market and they were super cute. Cute doesn't always equal good quality or functional. For one, they sat way to close to the drawer to pull open. Second, I put all the blue bubble pulls on to make sure the drawers worked properly and when I went to open a drawer the whole glass ball broke off the stem. 
They went back the next day!

 I stuck to what I know and went to Hobby Lobby. I took a poll on the Picked & Painted Facebook page to get input from followers. (you should follow along on Facebook)!

It was a close tie between #2 and #4. In the end, Beth had the last say and she picked the blue and white resin knob. 

Here are all the details:

I had to remove the veneer on the bottom two drawers and the top. We were hoping to stain the top but there was wood damage under the veneer so it had to be painted. 

I used Swiss Coffee by Behr and sealed with wax. 
The pulls are from Hobby Lobby

You can find the art here.

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May 14, 2013

A Taste of Americana

Our life is a series of projects right now. Money is limited so things are going slowly but we are getting them done. Since our extra closet (aka: my husband's closet) is in the nursery my hubby and I get to share a closet again. YAY.....not really. Our closet space isn't big so we needed to add a dresser to our bedroom to store most of my husband's clothes. 



 I love this picture. Our Granddad took it in Spain and it screams Mafia to me. I love that Granddad took the picture but it also looks like a surveillance picture taken by the FBI.  So eerie but so cool.

This dresser was in rough shape when we bought it but I was okay with it because we only paid $25!! 
It was missing the trim around some of the drawers so I took it all off, sanded and filled any missing veneer and my husband sanded the top so we could stain it. 

I tried to polish the original hardware with Brasso but it was taking too long and it was hard to get in the small areas. Instead I used aged copper spray by Rustoleum. The top was stained with a walnut stain. 

I haven't put a protective coat on yet (but I will) and I also didn't distress or use chalk paint. 

The paint color I used was Americana by Behr and it took about 3-4 coats.

Now on to finishing the nursery!!

May 07, 2013

Marble Dresser in Babbling Brook

What do you do when you have a piece of furniture that belonged to your grandma but it's just a little too out dated for your style? You paint it of course! Not everyone is a fan of painted furniture, especially antiques, but that's what this blog is all about. 

Genevieve contacted me about painting a few pieces that have been in her family for decades. She and her husband bought a new house and with a new house comes a new look. 
The dresser was her grandmother's and it had a beautiful marble top and some very interesting pulls. 

 I had to share my succulents. I don't have a green thumb but these are very hard to kill and the best kind of plant for me. 

Not only does Genevieve's dresser look a little more modern but she gets to keep something that is special to her and not spend a fortune on a new piece of furniture. 

The paint color is Babbling Brook by Olympic and the iron pulls are from Hobby Lobby. I very lightly distressed the edges and sealed with wax. 

What are  your thoughts on painting old family furniture?

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