Trash to Treasure – A Vintage Cart Last week I shared this little vintage cart that I had found at the thrift store. It was filthy dirty but worked well with the sides gliding up and down easily and the wheels working well. I started working on it and wow – it took me in a totally different direction than I had originally anticipated!
Mid-Century Modern Chest of Drawers My grandmother’s vintage, mid-century modern Bassett chest of drawers has been in my son’s room for years, awaiting its makeover.
I previously had finished this great Mid-Century Modern Dresser a year ago for my son’s room. I used General Finishes milk paint and you can read the full before and after HERE. I was thrilled when I found the dresser at the thrift store because it was almost a perfect match to my grandmother’s chest of drawers (above) in his room.
I showed you all the video on the progress of the Heritage Tables. Two coats of General Finishes chalk style paint in Chapin Gray and a quick sand and application of General Finishes Java Gel stain on the tops. Here’s what else was done to the tables.
I applied General Finishes Flat Out Flat topcoat over the chalk style paint and let it dry. I then used General Finishes Burnt Umber glaze by using a sponge brush to wipe it on and a paper towel to wipe it off. This highlighted the detail nicely. I also added a teeny bit of gold gilding wax in a few places on the drawer fronts.
Hey guys, I haven’t posted in a few days due to computer woes! Tell Us Tuesday will be back next week with Susan from Saw Nail and Paint (can’t wait!). In the meantime, I have been busy. I painted my living room in Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige and shall share pics soon. It is a fantastic neutral and I’m very happy with it.
I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I have been working on a very old oak cabinet. I decided to use a relatively new product, General Finishes Chalk Style Paint and chose the color Midnight Blue. I’ve used this paint twice before, once on the Classic Black Dresser and once on the Rembrandt Red Buffet.
I am sure most of you remember the fantastic empire style buffet that I did for my friends and neighbors, Jane and Marty. They were in the midst of a total house renovation and wow – what a huge deal! It included gutting the entire main floor and creating a beautiful open floor plan with huge windows, a fantastic new kitchen and great room, plus both a new mud room and laundry room and large porch off the back of the house. It is finally complete and their home is stunning.
This armoire belongs to sweet Lily and she is waiting patiently for its arrival in her newly decorated tween room. The piece was already very charming but it did have a few issues. One was a lot of chipping paint. I am a fan of the chippy look but it is hard to paint over. It also is missing parts of its original detail. However, both issues are part of its charm. It is old, and aged, and absolutely “perfectly imperfect”. I wanted to celebrate its age and charm and give it new life while not erasing its old.
I really appreciate all of the great comments on my Mystery Box! They were all very insightful and interesting. Using your tips, I am going to do a lot more investigative work and hope to get to the bottom of it. I need to research this and figure it out!
I worked really hard today and was hoping to finish Lily’s Armoire to show you. However, it still has quite a way to go and I shall finish it tomorrow. Here is a peek at the gorgeous vintage detail that is on the piece. Remember – it isn’t done yet and this is where it stands as of this evening. Annie Sloan French Linen over General Finishes chalk style paint in Limestone.
I picked up this little basket a few months ago at the thrift store. The star shape is unusual and so pretty. I could have gone many ways with this one. Red, white and blue for the Fourth of July came to mind. However, I just love my coastal blues and I decided to give it a summer, beachy look.
I am happy to say that the Classic Black Dresser has found a new home! It is one of only two pieces that I have finished in the relatively new product, General Finishes Chalk Style Paint. It also is one of my most “pinned” pieces. It has found a new home in Maryland and I’m so happy for its owner as she is thrilled with it. The dresser was finished in half part Pepper Black to half part Empire Gray and then dry brushed in the black before sealing.