Antique Oak Dresser with a Fresh Look

This antique oak 3 drawer dresser belongs to a young woman in the process of decorating her first home.  The piece has been in her family for years but her family gave her the OK to have it painted.  Some people would rather see it left in it's original state but she wanted it changed to something light and refreshed. 
 
It was in pretty good shape for the age (I'm guessing 100 years old).  No structural repairs were needed but I did fill in a few gaps that were glaring at me once the primer went on. Some of the minor flaws give it character, even with paint.  I really like to paint oak because you can still see the grain even through multiple coats of primer and paint, giving it a nice texture. 
 
Two coats of primer were needed, which is unusual, because the yellow of the dried oak kept peeking through.  Two coats of paint and a durable polyurethane will insure many years of pleasure to the owner.  In this case, the back was painted as well to totally clean it up.  She also requested that the original hardware be painted in an oil rubbed bronze tone. 
 
I would love to keep it for myself!  So many things it can be used for!
 
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Trundle Bed - Crafted With Love and Painted White

This trundle bed was made by a grandfather for his granddaughter.  He did such a beautiful job. I was in awe of his craftsmanship (and his work shop).  All it needed was a perfect paint job!

Since it was unfinished wood, a sanding sealer was applied first and sanded.  Then on went the primer, 2 coats of paint and a multiple coats of a good topcoat so little hand prints could be wiped off easily.  I used a satin finish topcoat to blend with the bead board.  I did not have to paint the bead board facings since they were prepainted but I had to find the perfect white that matched.

This little girl will have fun with this in her room as she grows and will have the perfect bed for her friends when they sleep over.

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Tuxedo Side Table (Black and White)

At first glance, this old nightstand was ready to go to Goodwill.  The finish was ugly and scratched.  I really wanted to make it special and show off the top trim and the turned legs.  After a little repair, sanding, primer, paint, topcoat and wax, it really makes a statement.  The finish is a combination of a flat and satin finish.  The knob was chosen to mimic a cuff link on a tux.  The final look is a bit whimsical but not over the top.  I think it would be great in a bedroom, bathroom or guestroom that was all black and white. 

This piece was donated to a local non-profit for a silent auction that my daughter is a part of.  Proceeds will go to those in need in the community.  I am so curious as to how much it will go for.....

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New Finish for a Dated Mirror

A local charity was looking for furniture painters to update old furniture for a silent auction.  Their theme is "Attic to Art."  The group collects pieces of old furniture, mirrors, etc. and has volunteers update them.  It was a great opportunity to donate my time for a very good cause and beside that, there were no parameters so I could do as I pleased!


The mirror has a beveled edge and originally stained dark.  The wood itself is beautiful and thick.  I painted it a dark brownish gray, then put a silver glaze on it, followed by a gold wax to give it some interest.  Finally, it was finished with a poly topcoat to seal it.  I am very happy with how it turned out.  Wish I could keep it!

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Charming Blue Side Table for a Nursery

 
This charming little table was originally painted red and used in another room.  The couple is decorating a nursery for a new baby.  It is the perfect size for a side table next to a rocking chair.  Sanding, heavy priming (to block out the red), two coats of paint and topcoat really shows off the cute design.

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