1942 Lane Cedar Chest Restored

This cedar chest was worn out on the outside.  It had been in a flood and had some burn marks on it along with some missing veneer and wood trim.  Amazingly the inside was in perfect condition.  It belonged to my clients mother.  She inherited it at a young age when her mother passed away and did not cherish or appreciate it at the time.  So many of us are guilty of this!  When we are young, we don't realize that pieces like this will become treasures to hold on to in the future.  Over the years she regretted not taking better care of it and wanted to finally have it restored.  I was more than happy to take on the task! 

A thorough sanding revealed the intricate veneer design.  The next step was to repair the loose trim and fill in the gaps where pieces had been broken and missing.  I chose a darker stain to give it a uniform finish.  Three coats of an oil based topcoat brought it back to beautiful again!

I have done several of these old cedar chests.  I love the process and the outcome!  

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Fireplace Surround - From Boring White to a Little Shine

This fireplace surround was something many of us have in boring white.  After you live with it for a while you keep thinking "What can I do to this to make it more interesting?"

The solution here was to paint it a soft metallic gold, then dry brush over that with a putty color. The metallic just peeks through.  Just enough shine without over doing it!  Because of the rough finish of the original paint, it almost has a plaster look to it.  Sometimes a bad original finish works in my favor!

I love the way it came out and after painting the walls a gray-blue, it really gave the room some much needed change.

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Giving An Older Dining Set a Second Chance!

I have been so lucky to meet wonderful people who call on me to re do their furniture.  This set belongs to a lovely lady who contacted me recently.  She was undecided on whether to keep it or toss it out and buy new.  Fortunately, she gave me the opportunity to show her what good style her set still had and how it could be better than new!

Last summer she bought a buffet that had lots of muted colors so we wanted to compliment but not upstage that great piece. We decided on Paris Grey (an ASCP).  I love the color and accented the curves to show them off with a darker shade of blue.  This paint and wax finish really is suited for this style of furniture.  I also accented the metal plates on the pedestal feet with a metallic paint that is more up to date.  Her daughter found a fabulous fabric to recover the seats with.  I added some extra foam and batting to give them bounce again.

The top of the table was thoroughly sanded down to the bare wood, re stained and sealed with a durable topcoat.  It had been well used over the years and it was time for a clean start.

She is very happy that she didn't put it on the curb!

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Black Chairs x 8!

I just finished these chairs.  Eight is a large number to work on!  They are great, sturdy and stylish but had been really scratched up over time.  I was glad that my client decided to have me paint them instead of buying new. Instead of the maple seat, she was ready to make them all black.

She requested a flat finish.  There aren't many quality flat topcoats available so I searched the Internet to find a good one. 

Of course they needed a good sanding, priming, painting and topcoat to give them a new life.  They've had them for 14 years and they should get another 14 years of use.

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Metallic Glam Bed

This queen bed had seen better days.  It was in perfect shape except for the finish.  My client had it as a child but was ready for a grown up look.  Her mother was not ready to let it go because she had paid a lot of money for it originally.

We talked about what type of metallic finish she was looking for and settled on a champagne tone.  Metallics are not easy to apply and require patience and multiple coats but the results are fabulous!  Metallics are like velvet in that they look different in different lighting.

After a good sanding, primer and 3 coats of paint, a durable topcoat was added to preserve the finish.

She was happy and her mother was glad to not buy new!

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