Monday, November 26, 2012

Friends With Benefits...Part 2

Remember my last post? When I was all happy and bragging about my French Provincial cheapo finds. Well, I finished the matching highboy earlier. They don't match anymore, I refinished them differently. Which look do you prefer?

Here's the highboy before I hit it with my brush. Love that no priming and sanding are required with ASCP.

One pull was missing. This seems to be the story of my outdated furniture life. You can see I puttied up the existing holes w/ my favorite Quik Wood and drilled a new one in the center where glass pulls from Home Goods will go.

See that little disc under the left foot. I highly recommend, they are amazing if you move furniture around. They cost about 8 bucks for a pack of well spent.

 I went with Paris Gray and accents of Old White. I don't have a whole lot of CP to choose from but Christmas is coming friends :) 

I'll leave you with this "what's wrong w/ this picture" from my super sweet daughter Michelle's 17th Birthday.

Yup, we're just a nice normal family!

Have a happy day!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Friends With Benefits

I completely lucked out on Craigslist last week. I picked up two French Provincial sets from the same seller at a crazy low price. Actually I didn't pick them up, would've taken me ten trips. My friend with a box truck did for me. Same friend who owns the box company I use for packing my Etsy stuff. Now that's what I call a friend with benefits.

Here's one set...a Henry Link. The other is similar but doesn't have nightstands.

I just finished the dresser and mirror from the other set. I'm going to break the set up and paint the pieces differently. Seems when I do a full set buyers want just one or two pieces anyway and I get bored doing same old, same old.

The top sanded down 'cause you know I love a stained top.

I mixed up some chalk paint....Aubusson, Graphite, Paris Gray and little Old White and came up with this...

Couldn't attach the mirror because my assistants (daughters) were convenient!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I am off to finish cleaning and then pick up my son at the train station...YAY!

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

My Hurricane Sandy Dresser

Hope all of you are well. For those of you that don't know, I'm a Jersey Girl and we have all been through one hell of a week. Life is back to normal for me after losing power for 5 days, a picnic in the park compared to so many hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Life as they knew it will never be the same again. I'm 20 miles from the worst hit areas and the beaches that I spent vacationing at as a child and then bringing my own family there to do the same. It just makes me so sad.

 You have no idea how much I missed painting during this short time, never mind the heat and hot water. Hey, did you know you can brew coffee by boiling water on the stove and pouring through your coffee maker? Just a little FYI that might come in handy some day. 

When the power came back I took to sanding this beautiful dresser that was given to me ironically from a woman who lives on the bay in a town which was described by my boyfriend as a "war zone". She however was lucky w/ minimal damage.

 It was a great piece to work on. In excellent shape. I sanded the top down w/ my orbital and 80 grit sandpaper followed by 150 and then 400. Stained it w/ Minwax Provincial. Mixed up some ASCP Louis Blue and Paris Gray and accented w/ Old White. A little clear wax and buffed to a soft sheen. 

Isn't she pretty now?

Thanks for popping in! Now off to watch the election results. Hope you all took the time to vote today.

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