Showing posts with label furniture makeover. Show all posts
Showing posts with label furniture makeover. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

French Provincial Annie Sloan Graphite Dresser

Today I'm sharing what I did with my upstairs hallway dresser.

Do you even remember what it looked like before?


It was silver before and it's been really bugging me for a long time now (click HERE to read the post).

Are you wondering why it has been bugging me? Well first of all because the paint was scratched and chipping on the top and there was a mishap with the paint to begin with. You can read all about it in the post.

And second of all, it's not really me anymore. If I could replace this dresser with a midcentury modern piece and some colorful abstract art above it, I would in a heart beat.

But for me this was a classic work with what you have case and the dresser fits the wall perfectly for now. FOR NOW is key here my friends because if I'll find a perfect MCM piece I will sell this one, I'm telling you.

I have a thing for matte black or dark gray, in fact I'm trying to convince the husband he needs to paint his bike matte black. So when I went through my paint cans I noticed that I still had a can of Annie Sloan Graphite why not use it!?!?

All I did is lightly sand the dresser and applied two coats of the beautiful dark gray chalk paint. I lightly sanded again, wiped and applied two coats of Annie Sloan clear wax.

Oh and I stripped the hardware again to it's former brass glory. I was so wishing to have some more modern hardware but it'll do for now.

The painting was my former dining room painting that had to move for my new abstract gallery wall if you remember. I originally bought it at an auction and I will keep it for ever ;)

Sorry the photos for this post aren't the best. The lighting is really odd in our hallway and my lenses aren't the best for this space either.














Ugh my camera needs to get cleaned too, I have little tiny specs everywhere! It's not a stained dresser :(
But the shop wanted to keep the camera for a week and I can't do that at the moment. I'd be lost!


The dresser has a velvety texture that I certainly love and it will do for now, don't you think so?


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(Youleeya)



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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Radiant Orchid Desk Makeover

Today I'm collaborating with 6 other awesome bloggers. We are each sharing a "Radiant Orchid" (Pantone Color of the Year) project.

I chose to do my secretary desk (click HERE to see how I restored it). It has bored me for a while now, because in my eyes it just lacked something. So why not radiant orchid right? I have always liked this color and I'm totally aware that it's not everyone's cup of tea. I happen to love orchids and the dark pinkish-purple ones are my favorite.

I'm jumping right in to show you my after and then I will show you what I did:
















And now the before?


Ok but boring (and dusty)!!!!

I took the back of the desk off, taped it and painted it with the radiant orchid that I bought at Lowes.


And this is also the first time I got to try out this special little gadget that was sent to me. You know how frustrating it is when you are working on a painting a project and your little ones want food or drinks or who knows what else. Or when you are waiting for the first coat to dry?


You simply stick your wet brush in the container and take it out when you are ready to use it again. I kinda really like it. I used to take zip lock bags or aluminum foil but I'm all for not creating more trash and cleaning things instead. So this is a great solution.

Then I went into the attic and retrieved the desk insert that I had stashed away because I didn't want to use it. Well I changed my mind. After giving it a good cleaning and two coats of my absolute favorite KILZ spray primer. I gave it a fresh coat of white semi-gloss spray paint. 


I also painted the knobs radiant orchid and used some leftover black and white wall vinyl strips to create the stripes on the little secret compartments. And voila…I really love it. It's one of those things that makes me happy. Cheerful and bright! Totally not boring anymore.



So now you just have to check out what my talented friends did by heading to their blogs:


From top left moving clockwise: 
1. Flower Pots from Dimples and Tangles  
2. me ;)  
3. Abstract Art from Retro Ranch Renovation  
4. Powder Room from The Chronicles of Home  
5. Painted Tray from Dwellings by Devore  
6. Cross Stitched Jewelry Organizer from Primitive and Proper


Enjoy! Don't forget to stop back on Friday for another pet series post.


Tschüß

(Youleeya)



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