An MCM Road Rescue by the DH

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DH brought home a side of the road freebie last summer.
14 months ago I cleaned and sanded it. A few months ago I primed it. Just yesterday I finally got to painting it.
 
 
Go Bold or Go home, right?
 
So here it is in the raw…sad and unwanted, tossed out for the garbage truck. It's a Mersman MCM. And it was Uggg-Lee.
 
MCM End Table {Love My DIY Home}
 
MCM End Table {Love My DIY Home}
 
MCM End Table {Love My DIY Home}
 
Here is my disclaimer regarding the MCM label in case anyone cares:
When researching this table, we could find nothing that placed it into the mid-century or mid-century modern category. Though Mersman tables are plenteous, there aren't any out there like this one. So who knows? Mid-Century…Mid-Century Modern? Vintage? Antique? Either way, it's old and not from this era. The store closed down in the mid 90s and produced more than their share of tables for around 100 years. If you know details, please share in the comments. So on with the show…
 
 
Materials
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Knobs from Hobby Lobby
 
It Never Fails
Every time I use Old Fashioned Milk Paint, I say to myself, "Self, I surely do love this stuff." It's such a smooth paint and covers well. The colors are vibrant, it doesn't go bad (comes in a powder form that you store in a glass jar), you can mix every color under the rainbo. It's so natural you feel like you are doing the world a service by using it. I used the safe paint in salmon, which is such a vibrant orange it's hard not to stand and stare at it after you get it on your piece.
 
 
STEP #1 PRIME with Zinsser 123
MCM End Table {Love My DIY Home}
 
 
STEP #2 PAINT with OFMP
MCM End Table {Love My DIY Home}
 
 
STEP #3 PAINT TRIM with Rustoleum Champagne Metallic
 
 
STEP #4 TOP COAT with CrystaLac
MCM End Table {Love My DIY Home}
 
 
STEP #5 ADD METALLIC LUSTRE to HARDWARE
 
 
STEP #6 INSTALL HARDWARE
MCM End Table {Love My DIY Home}
 
 
 
I tried a couple new products this time.
The (afflinks) CrystaLac company sent me two of their products to try out, so I used the water based gloss polyurethane over top the Old Fashioned MIlk Paint and metallic paint. I wasn't sure how they would mesh, so I tried it on the feet first and it looked great, so I kept going. I usually use a sponge, but when doing the details with a little brush, I grabbed my (afflink) Zibra angled brush because it was going on so well with my littler brush. It was a perfect tool to use with the polyurethane – it went on perfectly smooth.
 
 
I did have a little trouble with brush strokes showing on the top.
BUT, I'm sure it was due to the dryness in my workshop. I've found that "self-leveling" doesn't work when there isn't enough humidity in the air. Putting a pot of water on the stove and having sufficient heat really does matter when you're going for a flawless finish. Sanding in-between coats helps too, but I found this poly to be very hard drying – which  made it difficult to smooth it out once it dried, which by the way did so quickly. I switched to using a damp sponge and that helped to get a better finish.
 
MCM End Table {Love My DIY Home}
 
 
 
Another Concern Was the Metallic Sheen
Topcoating over metallic can dull the shine, but using this gloss polyurethane only made it more glitzy – so there was a win in the glitz category.
 
 
MCM End Table {Love My DIY Home} 
MCM End Table {Love My DIY Home}
 
 
To be honest, I'm not really into MCM
MCM to me is just reminiscent of my mom's old furniture. The appeal isn't there to me because I grew up seeing it everywhere – unlike today's younger generation who sees it as retro, and a "cool" change from the oak wood furniture of my generation they saw everywhere. To be fair, I'm tire of the oak everywhere look too. So I saw this as a welcome change to a very outdated, ugly piece that was a road side  piece of junk. The Mersman brand apparently is a big seller.
 
To each his own, right?
 
MCM End Table {Love My DIY Home}
 
 
To make my point, let's revisit, and you tell me…
 
BEFORE
MCM End Table {Love My DIY Home}
AFTER
 
 
What do you think? Was it an improvement over the original?
Did I do good? Old Fashioned Milk Paint is a winner when it comes to artistic expression. You start with warm to hot water in a cup and mix in the powdered paint until you get the consistency you like. I use either a fork, a whisk, submersible blender, or a popsicle stick to mix. It's typically 50/50 water/paint, but I lean toward a little thicker than that. The magical part is that when you paint, you get a varied look. You get a uneven color variation that is amazing, especially if you mix together several colors to make your own unique paint color. The colors reflect differently based on the lighting of the day and your angle.
 
So, what are you working on right now? Are you flipping? Are you making a gift for Christmas? Are you painting?
 
 
 
OPPORTUNITIES
Furniture Flipping Forum on Facebook – We are 33,000+ members strong from over 100 countries. Come join us!
Furniture Flipping Blueprint – This is the membership site for furniture flippers that I've been working on for about two years. Click to get on the waitlist for more information and launch schedule.
Subscribe to the Love My DIY Home Community – Receive tips, offers, freebies and general information on DIY projects.
The Red Shed – This is our online Facebook store that features the furniture we have for sale. It also has many great examples of staging.

 

Talk soon!
 
* Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you buy anything after clicking on one of the affiliate links, I receive a small commission of the sale. The cost to you is the same, and I only link to items that I think would benefit my readers. Your support of this blog is greatly appreciated! This post was sponsored by Old Fashioned Milk Paint, and CrystaLac for supplying some of the materials for this project – Thank you!
 

Furniture Staging – Furniture Flippin’ Photos

This is a long over-due post.
Many of you want to sell your beautifully re-designed furniture pieces and have asked for guidance in staging. You want buyers to be able to invision it in their own homes. You want to evoke emotion, because, let's face it, emotional responses = sales. You have three seconds to grab their attention, so let me help you make it a good 3 seconds.
 
Here are are few tips to get you on your way to becoming the staging diva (or devo?) that you need to become rich in this niche – the furniture flipping business. These suggestions can apply to anything you want to sell, really.
 
 
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1. Grab Their Attention.
     This means you have to create a pause in their scrolling or they'll go on by, not even noticing you exist. Seriously. People have extremely short attention spans when it comes to the Internet. They are bombarded constantly with "Buy this!" "Look at me!" "This is what you NEED to be happy!"
 
How Do We GRAB Attention?
Let's start with a simple chair. It's cute. I painted this for my two granddaughters who happen to be self declared princesses. So it's not for sale, but if I did want to sell it, I could get more creative than a bear and some books.
 
I did a pretty good job staging it the typical way. I was satisfied enough to use it in my tutorial as my finished project on LMDH.
 
Red Chair Flip {Love My DIY Home)
 
I added closeups showing off the stenciling on the seat, and the gilding wax details. It's good. It's acceptable.
 
But then I had some fun and brought down my granddaughter to liven up my photo shoot and use her as an example how things change when you get creative and spice things up a bit. Check it out – she is a natural model:
 
Maddie Decorates the Chair {Love My DIY Home}
 
 
How does the photo grab you now? Now the chair has purpose. Now you see it used and can envision it in your home, making your little princess feel special with her own little chair.
 
Don't get indignent and say, "It's a travesty to use children to sell your stuff." Eh. How often do you see people and even children in sales ads?
 
OK, let's take it a step further. How about a video? Watch this one and tell me what you think…does it grab you attention even more?
 

 

I didn't use these kid photos, obviously, since the chair is a keeper for my Maddie and Avlynn, but you get my point? We must grab the attention of the scroller.

 
Creative Staging
 
This one REALLY grabbed attention on our Forum by Colby and Trip Day – (find her on Instagram: @Two_Days_Work):

Trip Day - Staging {Love MyDIY Home}

 
After everyone settled down after freaking out over the salt water exposure, Trip said it was only in the water for a few seconds. "No piece of furniture was harmed in this photo shoot." This definitely is a scroll stopper, and might I add, was sold for a pretty penny!
 
Here are a few great examples of good staging – they all are scroll stoppers. The artists chose wisely. They gave me pause, which isn't always easy.
 
 
Kimberly Gilleland from Red Tulip Designs – Classy Contrasting Colors
 
Smalls, the accessories you choose to adorn your pieces need to compliment but not overshadow. A pop of color isn't a rule, but can be a good choice depending on your piece. This is a perfect example of the use of color to compliment and create some romance.
 

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Luke Davis, from All Things New, Black and White Done Right
 
If you're trying to wow the eye, put your piece front and center – and in this case, the white is very regal and speaks for itself. Know your piece. You can see in this staging that Luke has confidence in his design.
 
 
 
Janet Mullenberg from Elegant Up-Cycle – Bold Gold Never Gets Old
 
Think of an ad in a magazine – a well designed ad will cause your eye to travel over the piece from left to right, down horizontally to the left and then back right again in a "z"  or zig zag movement. This staging does exactly that, making good use of the first three seconds. It grabs on and doesn't let go until you've taken it all in.
 
 
 
Michele Picchini from Wooden it be NYCe – Perfection Reflection
 
This mirror tells a story, as if to say, "If you purchase this vanity, you'll be on your way to a magazine perfect master bedroom." Sometimes we need to help our customers visualize their dreams.
 
 
 
Shellie Gillespie from The Caged Byrd – A Timeless Presence
 
Wall clocks are timeless decorative elements. Their basic design is so simple and classic that they compliment any room of the house. This photo says, "Take me home. I would look great in your decor."
 
 
 
Val Frania from The Red Shed and LMDH (That's me!) The KISS Rule
Fresco Lime Paint Transforms Serving Cart {Love My DIY Home}
 
Newbie stagers tend to overload their pieces with decorations. Your piece should be the main attraction and sometimes less truly is more. Know your piece. 
 
 
 
Jessica Croxall from Jessi's Furniture Makeovers – Breaking the Rules
 
Typically we go for plain backgrounds and flooring to keep the attention on our piece. But Jessica knew that "breaking the rules" of traditional staging was just what this table needed. We often say that our furniture speaks to us. It's obvious this artist listened.
 
 
The above staging are great examples of artists who follow their gut. They are not typical. They don't follow any rules. Why should they? They know their pieces. They know what they want to say with their staging. They know how to stop the scrollers, well, from scrolling.
 
Some Tips.
 
These aren't hard and fast rules, but guidelines to help you set up your pieces to be seen in their best light. Your props, your backgrounds, your flooring, all can be chosen to compliment your piece. But there are some simple guidelines for everything else.
 
Lighting – be sure to have your piece well lit so your customers can see the correct color without distracting shadows. Go read Furniture Staging – Lighting.
 
Backgrounds – be sure to use a background that isn't too overbearing. You want your customers to see your piece, not the background: Furniture Staging – Backgrounds.
 
What photos do you need?
1. The money shot – get down to eye level, straight on. This photo introduces your piece. Most of the examples above show you this. I occasionally like to add the name of my piece (attention grabber).
 
 
Bombe Chest Makeover {Love My DIY Home}
 
 
2. Take one photo angled to the side so you can see the depth of the piece.
 
3. Take one photo standing in front of the piece showing some of the top. You may want to take one with and one without your smalls (the decor you use to decorate the piece). Sometimes you can accomplish this showing the side and top at the same time.
 
 
Bombe Chest Makeover {Love My DIY Home}
 
 
4. If the top has a special stencil or detail you want to show off, take a bird's eye view.
 
 
Bombe Chest Makeover {Love My DIY Home}
 
 
5. Then do your other detail shots. These are great to grab attention too – they will see your style and quality of work. Drawers pulled out are good if you have special detailing like stencils, liners, dove tails, etc.
 
 
Bombe Chest Makeover {Love My DIY Home}
 
Bombe Chest Makeover {Love My DIY Home}
 
 
There is more to staging, but this will get you started and on the right track.
Don't be afraid to play around and experiment with your staging. DON'T just accept one way. You are a creative artisan in more ways than just holding a paint brush. Imagine what you want your piece to say and then photograph it.
 
Next I will share with you the transformation of "Millie" a neglected and worn out MCM end table that found color to be rather agreeable, and  "Augusta", a very long coffee table that the old-world style, leaving the modern world behind. I will share both tutorials with you soon! And then somewhere after or in-between those posts, I'll tell you about the bonbe chest above. She was an interesting piece to work on, for sure! Lots of good stuff coming down the pike!
 
OPPORTUNITIES
Furniture Flipping Forum on Facebook – We are 33,000+ members strong from over 100 countries. Come join us!
Furniture Flipping Blueprint – This is the membership site that I've been working on for about two years. Click to get on the waitlist for more information and launch schedule.
Subscribe to the Love My DIY Home Community – Receive tips, offers, freebies and general information on DIY projects and you'll also get my pdf of the 4 most popular homemade chalk paint type recipes.
The Red Shed – This is our online Facebook store that features the furniture we have for sale. It also has many great examples of staging.
 
A big "thank you" to all the members from Furniture Flipping Forum for sharing your photos with me. You are true artisans.
 

Until next time,

 

A Great Stocking Stuffer and a Little Bit of Christmas Nostalgia

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First I'll tell you about this great new product and then I'll share some of our family traditions…
TopGreener offered me a couple of (afflink) USB charger receptacles to try out – and I obviously couldn't say "No" since I love techy things. I've wanted these for a long time, so it was a no-brainer to review it for them. You can find them on Amazon at a decent price here.
 
 
The (afflink) USB charger receptacles would make great stocking stuffers if you're at a loss for an interesting addition to your DH's stocking this year.
 
They were super easy to put in and look very nice in our master bedroom. I have a couple of time-lapse videos for you to show you how my DH put them in.

First you turn of the electricity and take out the old one:

 

Next put the new one in. Simple as that! Check it out:

These are now on either side of our master bed, a perfect spot for us to charge our electronics.

 

What are you buying for stocking stuffers this year?
You can never go wrong giving accessories to electronics for gifts. Does it matter the value of the gift? Not the monetary value, but the thought and effort does matter. (That was free :))
 
The Tree is UP!
We just put up our tree and decorated it today – normally it takes me till just before Christmas to get it up. Do you have any family traditions? All of our kids are grown and gone, so pretty much we just veg the whole day and enjoy the time off. BUT, when we did have kids, we had plenty of fun Christmas traditions. The tree is making me very nostalgic right now…

 

Christmas tree 2017

 

Christmas Family Traditions
Christmas Eve each kid opened one gift – which was usually a pair of PJs or slippers. Sometimes DH and I would do our exchange after the kids were in bed that night or wait till the next morning before we turned on the music.
 
The kids knew they had to wait 'till they heard Christmas music before they came out Christmas morning. None of that 5AM jumping on Mom and Dad's bed at our house! Since we had 15 kids, we took all day to open our gifts. It would have been hard to see each of them open their gifts if they just went at it, so we opened one at at time. We'd ooo and ahh over each gift as half of them were opened and then break for breakfast.
 
In-between we would open stockings, get some coffee or hot chocolate and the kids would check out the big bowl of fruit on the table. We went all out on that day – apples, oranges, grapes, bananas, nuts, whatever we could find to fill the mammoth sized bowl.
 
We'd get back at the Christmas gifts after a while and then when we were done, the kids spent the day playing with their legos and games, trying on their new clothes and watching Christmas movies. Lunch and dinner on Christmas day were never a big deal at our house like other families. We basically just grazed all day and if we felt like it, we stayed in our pajamas.
 
 
Love My DIY Home

nos·tal·gia

näˈstaljə,nəˈstaljə/

 

The last few years my mom was with us, living in our downstairs MIL apartment, she was always a part of our Christmas morning. She's been gone for three years now, having gone on to glory Christmas Eve 2014.

Christmas Memories {Love My DIY Home}
 
This year we remember her by decorating our tree with her plum colored ornaments (plum, not purple!). They've been tucked away waiting for a time when I could look at the tree without a twisted pain in my heart. I thought this was the year, but looking at it now I know I was wrong – BUT, I do have to admit that it truly is beautiful.
 
My Dad's been gone 32 years, and we were fortunate enough to have both him and Mom with us his last Christmas morning. Hold your family close this Christmas – you never know when it will be the last one you will spend together.
 
Thanks for walking a little ways down memory lane with me. Be sure to make tons of memories this Christmas and take lots of pictures! Leave me a comment and tell me of one of your Christmas memories or traditions.
 
OPPORTUNITIES
Furniture Flipping Forum on Facebook – We are 32,000+ members strong from over 100 countries. Come join us!
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Subscribe to the Love My DIY Home Community – Receive tips, offers, freebies and general information on DIY projects monthly along with a FREE PDF for the most common homemade chalky paint recipes.
The Red Shed – This is our online Facebook store that features the furniture we have for sale. It also has many great examples of staging.

 
If I don't see you before, have a great Christmas!
 
 

 

* Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you buy anything after clicking on one of the affiliate links, I receive a small commission of the sale. The cost to you is the same, and I only link to items that I think would benefit my readers. Your support of this blog is greatly appreciated!  "Thank you," to TopGreener who helped support this blog by providing great products.

Hannah, a Parlor Table Beauty, Lives to Serve Again

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I'd Never Noticed Parlor Tables Before
It's a funny thing. You buy a white car and all of a sudden you notice every white car on the road. That's what has happened to me. I saw a really cool table at an estate auction a while ago and won the bid. After I refinished it, all of a sudden I saw parlor tables everywhere – antique stores, estate sales, online…
 
Today I introduce you to Hannah, named after the man who owned the store that made her – Hannah's Furniture in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She had a tag on her underside:

Hannah Parlor Table {Love My DIY Home}

 

Hannah Parlor Table {Love My DIY Home}

 
She was quite beat up with gouges on her table top.
We decided to pretty her up with Pure & Original Classico in Black Hills (a deep green) and add a bit of glitz with Champagne Metallic accents.
 

Hannah Parlor Table {Love My DIY Home}

 
 
Materials
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THE PROCESS

STEP #1 – Prep by cleaning, sanding and filling in holes, gouges and scratches.
STEP #2 – Prime. I sprayed Zinsser 123 tinted in gray with my HomeRight Finish Max.
 
Hannah Parlor Table {Love My DIY Home}
 
 
STEP #3 – Paint with Pure & Original Classico in Black Hills (it's a very dark green). The coverage of this paint is amazing. Love, love, love this paint.
 
 
STEP #4 – Dry brush the details on the legs and apron with metallic paint.
 
Hannah Parlor Table {Love My DIY Home}
 
Hannah Parlor Table {Love My DIY Home}

 

STEP #5 – Stencil a Moroccan Tile design on the top with Rustoleum's Champagne metallic paint.
 
 
Hannah Parlor Table {Love My DIY Home}
 
Hannah Parlor Table {Love My DIY Home}
 
 

STEP #6 – Protect with (afflinks) Modern Masters Dead Flat varnish. I used a detailer's sponge to apply – so easy!

 
Hannah Parlor Table {Love My DIY Home}
 
 
We found this table at a consignment shop that we like to visit every few months.
 
Find yourself some hot spots if you like to DIY and/or flip furniture.
  • Find your local estate sales companies and sign up to get notifications via email or FB whenever they have a sale.
  • Find a couple of good consignment shops that you can frequent. We have one that is about 30 minutes away and the other is in a touristy area a few hours away that we go to once a year and usually come home with half a dozen pieces.

 

It takes a little time, but soon you get a feel for the business of DIY. You learn as you go along. Read. Learn. Do.
 
 
Hannah Parlor Table {Love My DIY Home}
 
 
Do you flip for furniture? I do! Here is my first parlor table – I called her "Sophia". I have another waiting in the wings to be revived.
 
Opportunities:
 
Furniture Flipping Forum on Facebook – We are 30,000+ members strong.
Furniture Flipping Blueprint – This is the membership site that I've been working on for about two years. Click to get on the waitlist for more information and launch schedule.
Subscribe to the Love My DIY Home Community – Receive tips, offers, freebies and general information on DIY projects monthly.
The Red Shed – This is our online Facebook store that features the furniture we have for sale. It's also has many great examples of staging.
 
Until next time…
XOXO
 

 

* Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you buy anything after clicking on one of the affiliate links, I receive a small commission of the sale. The cost to you is the same, and I only link to items that I think would benefit my readers. Your support of this blog is greatly appreciated!  "Thank you," to the companies who help support this blog by providing great products: Pure & Original and Modern Masters.
 

Pure & Original Meets HomeRight to Create a Sweet Bedroom Suite

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Gathering pieces of furniture all over town and making them all match is a huge project – but it can be fun if you have a plan.
  • Decide what pieces you need and the sizes. Do you want them matching or of the same style?
  • Set a budget
  • Look for garage sales, estate sales, Craig's List postings, etc. Patiently wait to find just right pieces.
  • As you look for your pieces, decide on the look you are going for – search blogs, Pinterest, Facebook forums, etc. for ideas.
  • Choose colors and buy your supplies to repair, prep, paint and protect your pieces.
 
We had a little help
HomeRight furnished the Finish Max Extra (now called the Super Finish Max) and a Large Spray Shelter. Pure & Original gave us two quarts of Classico, Silk White to paint all of Jillian's pieces. Let me show you how they all worked together…
 
 

Here are the "before" pictures of all the pieces:

 
Jillian got this king size headboard off Craig's List for $40.
We were pleased it fit in the HomeRight spray shelter that we set up in her garage.
 
 
 
We found this Drexel night stand at a local estate sale.
All the furniture pieces were high end and high prices except this one. It had a few scratches on it, so they priced it at $20. I was pretty shocked. Jillian thought I was nuts when I kept saying, "It's a Drexel!"
 
 
 
Shopping at Estate Sales TIP: If you find a piece at an estate sale, quickly grab the price tag. At that point it's yours and you can go up and pay for it when you are finished looking around. If you come upon a piece without a price tag, it's been claimed.
 
Once when I was part of the first 30 allowed in at the opening of a sale, I quickly walked through the house and grabbed all the tickets of every piece I wanted in about a 10 minute walk through. Within minutes I had claimed every good piece there – DH did the same thing on the outside and we ended up with a truck full of great project pieces. On our way out after settling up, people were offering to buy pieces from us at a profit – because they were still waiting to go in. What can I say? I've learned how to estate sale shop!
 
 
A friend had given a dresser to Jillian years ago.
It's got plastic drawers in a wood frame. Not the prettiest one in the bunch but it had sentimental value. We knew paint would give it a completely new look. Yes, you can paint just about anything!
 
 
 
 
This little night stand was in a "house sale" that we found in the paper.
It was a tiny little house out in the middle of nowhere chock full of stuff for sale. I think she paid $5 for it.
 
 
 
People spend thousands to get matching bedroom sets, but that's not in our line of thinking. We enjoy the challenge of scoping out great deals and making the items fit our decor vision. In this case all four pieces were going to be painted to match and put in Jillian's master bedroom – Silk White
End Table Pure and Original {Love My DIY Home}
 
 
Project List
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Chip Brush
 
 
STEP  #1 – Clean with Krud Kutter and sand to prepare the surface for paint. We prefer to use 150 grit sanding sponges in our prep.
 
STEP #2 – Prime. We used the HomeRight Super Finish Max (Formerly called the Finish Max Extra) to prime each piece in the HomeRight Large Spray Shelter using Zinsser BIN 123 Primer. We thinned the paint because it was very thick. The one nightstand had a bit of bleed through so we did a quick shot of the Zinsser Spray Primer on those small areas.
 
 
 
TIP: We had to stagger the drawers of the Drexel and tape them off since we couldn't get them out to paint. If you do this, be sure to put screws in them backwards so you will have something to grab to pull them open if they get shut in the process. You don't want them to dry shut and get stuck!
 
 

 
TIPS: Be sure to watch the video on HomeRight's site to see how to set up the shelter easily. Don't do what we did! Her neighbors probably thought we were nuts. It was kinda funny…
 
If you are using a cheapo plastic drop cloth like we did, be sure to tie it off on the corners to keep the drop cloth firmly in place since the shelter doesn't come with a floor.
 
 
 
 
STEP #3 – Paint. Since we were using a very thick chalk type of paint, we thinned it quite a bit to keep it from spitting when we sprayed. Though we never really got it to completely stop spitting while spraying, I loved the outcome. It gave us a beautiful textured finish. We started out with two quarts of the Pure & Original Classico Silk White and only used 1 1/2 quarts. It has great coverage, and we sprayed 2 thin coats on the headboard and two night stands. P&O is one of my favorite paints – I can always trust its quality and know the outcome will always be stellar.
 
 

 
 
 
STEP #4 – Lightly sand between coats if needed and you prefer a very smooth surface.
 
STEP #5 – Topcoat with water based poly. We applied Minwax Crystal Clear Matte Polycrylic with a detailer's sponge and Zibra Triangle and Round Detail Brushes. 
 
 
 
 
STEP #6 – Glaze with Rustoleum Smoked Glaze. Paint on with a chip brush and wipe off, leaving the glaze in the little nooks and crannies. Jillian also painted a bit on wherever she wanted it to look weathered like on the edges and corners of the dresser, and then just smudged it with our Scotts rags in a box till it was dry.
 
 
 
We did a couple of sample boards before glazing so Jillian could decide what look she wanted. The one on the left is glazed without a topcoat underneath. The one of the right was topcated first and then glazed. Two looks, both beautiful. She chose the one on the right for her pieces.
 
 
 
 
STEP #7 – Topcoat again. The Zibra Triangle and Round Brushes were good choices to get into those swirls and crevices with the poly. Jillian preferred the triangle, I preferred the round.

 

 

 

 

STEP #7 – Replace knobs. To add a bit of interest, we ran to Hobby Lobby today to get a mismatched set of 6 knobs for one of the nightstands.
 
So let's see the afters – the dresser had quite a transformation. It was a piece that most people would just walk by if considering a bedroom suite, but now it is the focal point of the room.
 

BEFORE

 

AFTER

 

 

 

 
The Nightstands Were the Icing On the Cake
The three drawer Drexel to the right of the newly painted headboard, and the three drawer nightstand to the left completed the set.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

4 Pieces Brought Together to Become One "Sweet Bedroom Suite"
The best part of what we do is reinventing a space with pieces we redesign. When you walk into a room and have a special memory of each piece, how you found it, fixed it and brought it back to life… brings a simple satisfaction to your being, a real sense of accomplishment.
 
Opportunities:
 
Furniture Flipping Forum on Facebook – We are 30,000+ members strong.
Furniture Flipping Blueprint – This is the membership site that I've been working on for about two years. Click to get on the waitlist for more information and launch schedule.
Subscribe to the Love My DIY Home Community – Receive tips, offers, freebies and general information on DIY projects monthly.
The Red Shed – This is our online Facebook store that features the furniture we have for sale. It's also has many great examples of staging.
 
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We are building a great LMDH community and you are cordially invited to join us! But I'll warn you, our groups are so interesting you'll be tempted to spend way too much time reading and learning how to flip!
 
Thanks for visiting – leave a comment and tell me what is your favorite type of DIY.
 
* Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you buy anything after clicking on one of the affiliate links, I receive a small commission of the sale. The cost to you is the same, and I only link to items that I think would benefit my readers. Your support of this blog is greatly appreciated!  "Thank you," to the companies who help support this blog by providing great products: HomeRight, Pure & Original, Zibra Brushes.