Antique Desk

This petite antique desk is a real find!  It's in excellent shape but blended into the paneling in the room where it is being used.  The top was a little messy, miscellaneous paint drops, unknown gunk, etc.  Instead of stripping and re staining, I used a restorer that wiped away years of grime and followed up with a good oil based polish.   It cleaned up beautifully!
The legs were sanded and painted.  Using a clear and then a brown wax brought out the pretty details that weren't noticeable before. 
Such a great piece that can be used anywhere.



A New Look for an Old Bedroom Set

This is a very good quality bedroom set from American Drew.  There was absolutely nothing wrong with it except my client wanted a new and lighter look.  She brought me a great picture of a dresser she had seen in a similar finish.  I can't tell you how much this helps to get the idea a client is really looking for.

After sanding, priming and painting twice, I added a dark glaze, then a durable topcoat.  The wood tone top was also stained darker for ever more contrast. The hardware was painted an oil rubbed bronze.

I am showcasing the nightstand because I got a great picture of it.  I also painted the four poster bed and a man's chest.  I haven't seen the whole set put together but she did send me a quick picture of the dresser that is presently waiting in her mothers dining room until their new apartment is ready. You can see parts of the bed in the corner of the dresser picture.

This look isn't for everyone but it was fun to do something a little different!







Update for a 1980's Coffee Table

Unfortunately I don't have a before picture of this coffee table.  I'm pretty sure it's from the 80's when the honey pine color was so popular.  Several people had painted it before me but it was a sad mess.  The drawer was broken and it just looked like it should be on the curb.  However, it was a solid, big table with great legs.

My client gave me an inspiration picture to follow which really helps with the creative process.  After fixing the drawer, I painted it brown on top, then blended the green she chose, followed by 3 coats of poly to protect it.  The bottom was painted cream and dirtied with a clear then a brown wax.

It looks fit for a room in 2014!  As happens often, it would fit great in my house!




A Little Cedar Chest Restoration - Just for Fun!

I really didn't have much hope to make this little chest look good.  However, the client picked a fun fabric and brought me some snazy handles to put on it.  Again, I was leery!

First I painted it a plain brown.  Then I glazed it with a cream color, followed by a heavy sanding to distress.  A final coating of finishing wax gave it a soft glow.  I added a board to pad and upholster, attaching it to the top with screws from underneath.  The handles were tied on with twine to add to the rustic feel.  I was pleasantly surprised at the final product!  She loves it too!



A Fresh Start for an Antique Sofa Table

This is by far my favorite update.  A young couple has been gathering old pieces of furniture to fill their new apartment.  This is the first of many pieces I am doing for them. 

I'm not sure how old it is but there are only little pegs holding it together.  Some minor repair made it sturdy again. A good sanding and staining on the top hid the deep scratches.  Then I topped it off with a good sealer.

The rest was painted, distressed and waxed to give it some depth and interest.  All the flaws are accented by the dark wax on this piece which only gives it more character.

I want this for my own!  Unfortunately, they won't give it to me!