A neighbor and friend called me late one night to tell me about a rocker in our neighbor's trash. I have no shame about these things so I immediately ran up the street to retrieve it! I told her we would talk later about who should have it.
The next day she came and I convinced her it could be fixed. Nothing that a good scrubbing, wood glue, clamps and paint couldn't fix. Sure she was leery but I had other people lined up to take it! It is a good, heavy, solid wood piece that still is sold at many stores.
It was moldy, dirty, and falling apart. I love a challenge! She left the color up to me so I had some Country Grey chalk paint in my stash that is a very good neutral. Instead of wax, I used a poly topcoat so it could be used inside or out.
I would have kept it myself but my house is full and she is happy!
I have painted several of these antique oak chest of drawers. While they are beautiful in the original state, they can be so charming painted in a vibrant color. The owner has had this for almost 30 years and it has been an accent in every home she has lived in. She was ready to give it color to brighten up a dark corner of her living room. Chalk Paint and hand waxing really makes it a statement piece.
This executive desk was brought to me by a couple who have fabulous taste. They wanted to update the finish for their new home. Originally a cherry stain, it was faded and worn on the top from years of good use.
After a thorough cleaning and sanding, a dark chocolate stain was applied twice, followed by 3 coats of oil based poly. Then I cleaned and polished the leather top to bring back the glow.
The rich dark color really updated the look. She loves it again!
Sometimes I forget to take a "before" picture in my excitement to start a new project. They were painted with black spray paint previously.
My client has had these chairs forever. Just the right size for a small porch. They were pretty rickety and needed some repair work to make them sturdy again. Sanding, priming and painting them in Duck Egg Blue (coordinating perfectly with her cushions) really gave them a fresh look. I finished off with 2 coats of sealer to protect them from the elements.
Another example of keeping old things! They can be pretty again with some fresh paint and topcoat.
My client contacted me about this dining set because it was beginning to show some wear. As a family kitchen table this is bound to happen. The set was solid and needed no repair but the chairs and table top were dry and scratched.
After a thorough cleaning and sanding, I re stained the chairs and table top with Georgian Cherry and Black Gel stain, followed up with 3 coats of durable oil based topcoat.
She was so happy and that thrills me!