A Little Cabinet with a Rustic Look

This small cabinet was hand made by a very talented guy.  Lucky for me he only likes to make things and doesn't like to paint them! As you can see from the "before" picture, it came to me in it's raw state. 

The first thing I did was seal it with primer.  Then sand, paint, distress and topcoat to finish it off.  It is made from light colored wood so to get the distressing to show, I used stain where I had sanded off some of the paint. 

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Unusual End Table

I really liked the style of this old table but it was pretty beat up.  The client asked for a soft white with a brown glaze.  The lighter finish makes it so pretty and the glaze accents the curves.  There were lots of pinholes and some dents in the wood that you didn't even notice before.
 
The protective topcoat will protect the finish so she can use it anywhere in her home!
 
 
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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.

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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!

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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!