Showing posts with label refinishing furniture. Show all posts
Showing posts with label refinishing furniture. 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?


Tschüß

(Youleeya)



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Friday, December 6, 2013

Kitchen dresser makeover

Today I want to finally share my little kitchen dresser makeover. I have been wanting to paint this piece of furniture for the longest time. It was so beat up and it should have never been placed at this spot because there is a heating vent under it and this chunk of wood blocked the air flow. Well that's a no-no isn't it?



I had searched high and low for another version with nice legs that would fit this spot and serve as a little bar (like this one does) but I couldn't find anything. It's not the most common sized piece of furniture.

My next solution was to put legs under it and that's exactly what I did.

Let's see the before photos first ok? So you believe me when I tell you that it was in terrible shape. And I know there are folks out there who would tell me to just fix the wood and re-stain, but this old piece of Bombay Company furniture was the worst grade of wood composite and just not an option for restraining. Besides I was itching to paint it white.

So here are the before photos:

The brown piece right there that doesn't look so bad from far away.






And then I bought these legs at Lowes to screw onto the bottom of the dresser:





I sanded and wiped the dresser down. Then I applied some Kilz Spray primer and after that Rustoleum gloss white oil based paint.



I did a combination of spray painting, rolling and brushing. I love to spray the corners and brush and roll the rest. I went with oil this time because this area is high traffic and everyone bumps into this dresser all the time. Lets hope it wears better than the finish before.
One thing I can say for sure though is that the dust doesn't show anymore. Dark furniture drives me nuts because you have to clean it non stop and it ends up still looking like crap.

Here is the dresser after and I love it. And everyone who has told me not to paint it has loved it so far.
The finish turned out smooth and shiny just like I had hoped it would.


The doors still don't line up perfectly even after adjusting the hinges a bit but I guess I can't expect too much from a banged up old piece of furiture ;)

Oh and the knobs are from Hobby Lobby. I applied some Rub'n Buff to the metal parts to add a touch of gold. You know me :) I couldn't find the same knobs online anymore but maybe they still have them in the store.









There are hints of Christmas here and there so make sure you come and see the Blogger Stylin Home Tours next week.

I was slightly distracted last night so I hope I don't have too many spelling errors ;)

What do you think? Better right? And now the heat can finally flow from under the dresser.

Since this post a lot has changed in the kitchen. Click HERE to see and read more!



Have a great weekend!

Tschüß

(Youleeya)



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