A Painted Cedar Chest

This Lane cedar chest (about 40 years old ) had been painted before but the color and finish was too strong for the calm bedroom it was moved to.

I painted it a soft blue/grey and re-upholstered it to fit the surroundings.  There is a lot of detail in this piece but it wasn't necessary to accent the carving.  Lighting in the room takes care of that.  I always paint the back of a piece like this in case it will be used as a coffee table in the future.

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Dark Red Dresser = TV Console

This maple dresser has served time in childhood bedrooms, first apartments and guest rooms.  It was bought in 1960 and is very well made.  Unlike today's furniture, there is no particle board!  The finish was perfect and the construction is solid but it screamed "old Early American"!

The new version is painted a dark red.  First, a coat of primer, then I mixed a little black to darken the red and found that it gave me just the right level of interest.  Since the black didn't mix thoroughly, it gave it shading that I thought I would have to do with glazing.  I wasn't going for a perfect finish.  I wanted it to have a little depth.  The final step was a satin topcoat and then new cup handle pulls. 

Looks like new!  Another reason to use what you already own.

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1960's Dining Room Set - New Again!

I love the new look of this old dining set!  The old finish was very dry, scratched and faded.  My client inherited it but really didn't like it at all.  But the set fits perfectly in her dining room and the table is big with 3 leafs.  She didn't have a budget for a new set so she contacted me to give it a new look.

The table and buffet tops were sanded, re stained and finished with two coats of durable topcoat.  The chairs were painted and recovered along with the bottom of the table and the buffet.  I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and then hand waxed for a soft, elegant finish.  I get more and more requests for this type of paint finish.  Amazingly, it is very scratch resistant.

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1960's Dining Room Updated - Part One

I am in the middle of this project but wanted to share the first step which is updating the 6 chairs.  The buffet and dining table are next on the list.  The tops will be stained darker and the bottom will be painted like the chairs.

I'm guessing this set is from the 60's.  The client inherited it (as so many of my projects are) but was not happy with the original look.  The chairs needed a little repair as the joints had dried out over the years but the rest of the set is solid. 

I am using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on this set and hand waxing to give it a soft glow.  The seats were recovered to really give them a fresh, modern look.

I can't wait to share a picture of the whole set when it's done.

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Oak Table and Chairs Updated for a New Generation

This solid oak table and chairs was brought to me by a young couple.  It belonged to her grandmother and was stored in her mothers basement for years.  The chairs were a bit wobbly so the first thing I did was repair all the joints. 

She had sent me several pictures from Pinterest of what she had in mind for a new look.  Ultimately we decided that Annie Sloan Chalk Paint would be the perfect solution. 

The top needed a good sanding, staining and topcoating to bring it back to a smooth and flawless finish.  The base of the table and edge were painted Old White and Country Grey was used on the chairs.  Both were slightly distressed.  The whole set was hand waxed to give it that soft glow and seal the paint. 

They were nice enough to send pictures of it in their dining room.

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