Friday, September 28, 2012

Ballard Inspired Finish

 I scoured the internet looking for a bit of inspiration for this.

I was stumped what to do with it...French Provincial w/ large hammered hinges. I saw this Ballard piece....different than mine but I loved the finish.

Love Ballard but not the price tag.

Sanded, lightly primed, painted and charcoal glazed. I love glazing. It seems so much easier to me than dark waxing. I'm sure there is a learning curve that I just can't get down. Practice makes perfect.

Here's my version without the hefty price tag....

Tomorrow I'm heading to a town wide garage sale down the shore.Yes, I'm from NJ. Standing up my flea market in hopes of finding some good trash to turn to treasures. Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

My First BIG ASCP Project

I received some ASCP for wax just the paint. Anyway, I'm a glazer so I just figured I'd glaze over the CP and forgo the expense of wax.  Let's just say that didn't really work out the way I had hoped.

 The paint sat until I found a Syroco mirror at the flea market. I gave it a coat of duck egg and really wanted that glazed/dark waxed look. The cheap Mom caved and off to buy wax I went. Not only did I buy both the clear and dark wax, I bought the brushes and a can of Louis Blue too. I splurged and it felt good!

The mirror was my practice project so I wouldn't screw up this beautiful piece I scored off CL. Practice makes perfect so they say.

I cleaned up the piece w/ TSP and sanded down the top to get it ready for some new Minwax Provincial stain. Then I mixed up some Paris Gray and Louis Blue because you know I love blue gray. It was so nice not to have to sand or prime.

I love the way it turned out and think it's my favorite piece to date. So, money well spent :)

I skimmed the pulls w/ Old White and left the original patina to peek through....LOVE!


How's that for a little photo overload? 

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Big Blue Gray Desk

Picked this up off CL from a guy who also refinishes furniture. Gabbed way too long but the conversation was well worth it. There's something about meeting people who share your passion. Why was he selling it? No garage and out of room for his finds. Reality check...I am lucky to have a garage even though I wish I had a big studio to spread out in.
Very cool piece w/ turned legs that would make a great lap top desk. Don't they always look better in a pic. This one has many dings so glazing was a must. Don't let the pic fool ya.

Scrubbed, sanded, primed and refinished in blue gray and Minwax Dark Walnut. Distressed and chippied it w/ a little help from mineral spirits. Love the way that stuff distresses a piece.

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