After cleaning and sanding off the loose paint that was chipping, I white washed it with Old Fashioned Milk Paint Snow White before painting the coral that I mixed up using Marigold Yellow, Salem Red and Snow White Old Fashioned Milk Paint.
The coral color I mixed up was a choice made by my Facebook group, Furniture Flipping Forum. Coral won the poll, so coral it was. I watered it down more than normal, painted it on and then used a Scotts Rag to wipe some of it off to give it a more transparent look and bring out the chippiness that was already there.
The next step, hand sanding with a sanding block further accented the chippiness and made the look complete, preserving the antique look with a little color. My DH cut me a special sized wood block that I could wrap my sand paper around that would fit right in all the indented parts of the door.
Polyvine wax finish flat varnish sealed the deal, protecting the OFMP and exposed wood parts. I want this to last another 100 years! We then added back in the original door knob and key hole cleaned up along with three hooks.
Next, you will see the radio base that I’ll attach to the bottom to make a seat to complete the hall tree. I found it at an estate auction – nearly hidden, sitting among dozens of other pieces. I knew immediately I needed that piece. It was kinda unusual…
This project has taken some time, but the outcome is totally worth all the wait. I’m not typically for the chippy look, but this one just seems different – maybe because it is genuine, a piece that became chippy over time rather than by the artist.
I am going to leave you with just close up snap shots of the project because I want the “Wow Factor” to happen when it’s finished, after adding the seat.
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A trip to Door County in Wisconsin has often yielded us treasures.
Well, treasures to be that is. This one. This carved end table was sitting, as you can see, in a consignment warehouse. This consignment shop appears to be a quaint little shop on the main drag. But if you walk on through to the back, you will discover a huge warehouse full of furniture from days gone by – tossed aside just waiting for someone to see its potential.
I happen to be that person. This one was pretty to begin with. It had a glass top, so I’m guessing that’s hwy it was tossed aside and considered outdated.
Pure & Original’s (afflinks) Greek Sky Classico was perfect for the base color. After that I mixed up my own glaze using CrystaLac’s grain filler and black satin. It turned just a bit brown, the perfect antique color. It was a gel, so even when I accidentally kicked over the jar, there was no mess (I’ve done that a few times, so the gel consistency is perfect for me).
Since the glass top is a smoky gray, I decided to keep it. After all was said and done, the glass top was the best accent for the design. Glass tops are considered outdated, but I don’t always follow the rules.
First I sanded it and then covered it with (afflinks) STIX bonding primer to make sure the paint stuck. This is always a concern – call me a “what if” person. I just want to make sure. STIX is the best invention since sliced bread.
Then I painted the bottom part of the table, which isn’t typical of most furniture artisans. It just needed it. So I did. And then the rest. Love, love, love the color. The homemade glaze was the icing on the cake.
The last step was to protect it with (afflink) CrystaLac Top Coat, Matte. I had to use a couple of different brushes since the top coat tended to pool, foam and drip because of all the nooks and crannies on the piece.
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We happened upon their 50% off furniture day. I found a three drawer nightstand that would be perfect for my DH's (darling hubby) side of the bed. I already had one that I had repainted for my side of the bed and he had my mom's little antique table that wasn't nearly big enough for him and all his junk...all his precious possessions.
He needed drawers to hide all his stuff, so this at $20 fit the bill.
And of course I have to start with the before:
There is so much to tell about about this one. Lot's of improvisation, creativity, and experimentation was called for, and I'm glad it turned out well because it was for my DH's Christmas gift.
I used a ton of resources for this project - I'll list links below, grouped according to each process, so you can go take a look if you are wondering about specifics.
After cleaning, I tried to sand out some dents and scratches.
We didn't know it had a very thin veneer, so when I sanded, it quickly came off in spots. So I had to decide to either take it all off or get creative and add to its character. I decided to go with it. I sanded it more - enough to give it a textured look, pits, valleys, etc. It would become "time worn."
I stained the top and drawers with one coat of (afflinks) Java Gel with a staining pad. I didn't wipe it off and wasn't going for a full, even coverage. I liked the look of the top, so I left it as is and topcoated with General Finishes Wipe on Poly. Since it's for DH, I put on 5 good coats. I also stained the drawer fronts, just one coat to start.
This was the perfect project to try out some raised stenciling. So I found my (afflink) Clock Stencil and varied my stenciling all over the drawers to add to the texture and add interest. It was a bit tedious because the drawers weren't flat like most. Stencil, wipe off the mess, stencil again, until I got what I wanted.
After it was completely dry, I stained again with (afflinks) Java Gel. I used General Finishes Wipe on Poly to topcoat it like I used on the top.
Derrick from DLawlessHardware.com sent me three pulls for the drawers, along with some matching ones for my dresser that's coming next. The holes were too big for the pulls since the pulls were fairly small in diameter where they meet the drawer front, and just a tad off in size. So I got creative. What could I do? I either had to fill in the holes, which would mean I would have to re-stain and topcoat, then drill new ones etc. or figure something else out. If I'd had the pulls before I had started the project, it would have been different. But I'm not one that likes to re-do or add steps if I don't have to.
I looked for decorative washers, but either they were too expensive, didn't fit or look right. So here comes the improvisation. I bought regular washers and findings and fortunately they came in the color I wanted, copper. Findings are used in mixed media and scrapbooking type projects. I've always wanted to create a mixed-media project. Here was my chance.
I spray painted the (afflinks) washers to match the Java Gel with Rustoleum Spray Paint and picked out findings to go on top for decoration, combining them for behind my pulls to hide the big hole and to create a steam punk look.
Adding the Hardware
When I went to add the pulls with the washers onto the drawers, I used two different styles of findings for a more varied look. Perfection was not my goal on this piece. Here you can see the pulls with the painted washers, copper findings and the copper accented raised stencils.
The Body Had to Coordinate My Nightstand.
Mine was bright white, so I incorporated that into this one. I wanted to try out a paint/primer acrylic paint that I had a $10 off coupon for, so this was a good chance to see if it would cover. It took 3 coats to get good coverage. I didn't use a topcoat over the acrylic paint.
Pulling it All Together
A mixed media nightstand isn't the norm, but when you get a chance to create for yourself, you have much more freedom to experiment and be more creative in your project - and all the while hiding it from your DH.
Jillian and I did a little video for the Forum highlighting the techniques and products used in this nightstand.
I think that's about it. If you have any questions about any of this tutorial, ask in the comments below. Thanks for visiting and sharing in my gift giving this year - did you re-design anything for gifts this year?
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My DD, Jillian, is my Social Media Specialist for my furniture flipping business and is way under paid. Picture her holding up a sign that says, "I work for paint." Not to mention the patience her DH, Taylor, has shown in regard to her time spent on the forum.
So I figured I'd grab one of the pieces she's hinted that she'd like to have one day with a, "So...what do you plan to do with that piece?" We find so many cool pieces, and she spends so much time on my social media accounts, how could I not paint her something for Christmas?
So here is the "before." Nothing special, just an old outdated three tiered plant stand. BUT, "nothing special" can be so easily turned into, "This is amazing," with a little paint and creativity.
I never did get any ideas out of her as to how she wanted it painted.
So I got a little creative and tried out some new products and techniques I've wanted to explore. I won the (afflinks) Key West Blue and Lamp Black in a General Finishes contest, so I have been looking for a project I could use them both on. On my way home from the General Finishes EXPO in September I stopped off on the way home to the Woodcraft store and bought the Pearl Effects I tried out in a workshop at that same EXPO. This was a great time to see if (afflink) STIX, a bonding primer actually worked too since the finish was glossy. Experimenting is such fun!
Using the Lamp Black as a base seemed the logic choice.
I painted it over the (afflink) STIX Bonding Primer, which by the way, really did stick. I cleaned and sanded the original shiny top coat and "sealed the deal" with the STIX. I painted on a very thin coat of the STIX and it took 2 coats for the Lamp Black to cover the white primer, 3 in some spots.
After the (afflinks) primer and Lamp Black, I dry brushed on the Key West Blue and then the Bronze Pearl Effects. Plain old chip brushes work well to dry brush. On the top I wanted to accent half of the rim, so I used a paper towel and dabbed on the Bronze Pearl and then used the same paint dry brushed over it to blend it in a bit.
Randomly drybrushing the rest of the piece gave it a sort of patina-ish look. The turned supports...legs?... received the dry brushing well.
This is why I love paint that will give you some texture.
There is ample opportunity to play with the technique to get the look you are going for. Don't be afraid to experiment. You can always paint over any "goof ups" with your base color and start over. At the end I used my strie brush to add a few more blue accents.
What special projects did you do for family and friends for Christmas? This was a fun one - and I did it in two days, experimenting, pushing dry times, turning on big heaters, staying up late...and it was totally worth it! Thanks for sharing in our family Christmas! I hope your 2018 comes in with a bang and you accomplish much in the new year!