Lamp Black

A Classic Dining Room Table – Before and After

Remember the before pics?I am now going with the word classic to describe this gorgeous table!  It has beautiful lines and has been finished in a classic finish of black with a warm nutmeg top.

The table has a leaf that extends it out into a great size for entertaining.  The table glides in and out easily to accommodate the leaf.You all are well aware of my refinishing nightmare!  After I sanded it back, it looked very splotchy.  I used General Finishes Dye Stain in Amber as a first coat.

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To Distress or Not To Distress – How To

Some pieces cry out to me, “Distress Me!” while others scream, “Leave Me Alone!”  It depends on the piece and the finish.

If the piece has a lot of detail, I lean towards chalk paint. That’s the beauty of chalk paint – the fact that it is so easily sanded back to reveal the layers and details underneath.  It lends itself to that aged, old world look of distressed furniture. 

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The Drexel Triune Dresser – Before & After

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It has taken me all week but I can now say that the Drexel Triune Dresser is done!  What a truly stunning piece.  It was transformed to create a rather rustic/glam vibe with a rustic, refinished top in a dark stain and sleek black on the body.  The original hardware is aged to perfection and sets off the piece perfectly.  I am in love!

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How To Apply Glaze – Winter White over Lamp Black Tutorial

Lamp Black with winter white glaze

I am working on the Drexel Triune Dresser and tried a new color combo – General Finishes Lamp Black with their Winter White Glaze. It looks pretty neat!

Here is my YouTube channel tutorial on this project and how to apply any General Finishes glaze over their milk paint – enjoy!

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The Countdown Continues – Best of 2014

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Yesterday, I shared a few of my favorite pieces from 2014 and am continuing the countdown today!

Number 7: The Cottage Cabinet

This cabinet was left in the trash and snow at my friend’s apartment complex.  I brought it home, cleaned and shored it up.  All of the shelves inside were missing and getting new ones made was a little tricky as the cabinet is curved.  I created a template by tracing the top of the cabinet onto cardboard and then cut it down to size until the cardboard fit perfectly inside the cabinet.  I took the template and had the shelves cut at my local glass shop and they fit like a glove.  Here is where the cabinet was found and the after.  A true trash to treasure!  I used General Finishes milk paint in Millstone for a cottage look.

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The Countdown Begins – Best of 2014!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and for those who don’t celebrate, a great few days off!  What with shopping, wrapping and cooking, the holidays are always a lot of work but worth it in the end.  After a successful Christmas morning and roast lamb dinner, here’s a pic of me relieved that the day went well and that I could sit down and watch Netflix for a few hours.  I am sure a lot of you understand the feeling 🙂

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A Vintage Desk Redone in Black and Gold

My favorite find from yesterday…Has had a makeover! What do you think?General Finishes Lamp Black milk paint with light distressing was what it was crying out for. 

The gold trim finally has its chance to shine against the deep black.  The hardware was polished and pulls the whole look together.Even the back of this desk is lovely.Do you remember the old top?It’s now refinished and very stately in its new darker stain.The desk has two black leather topped partitions that slide out of either side.  The gold detailing embossed on the leather complements the gold touches.What a find!Just listed on Shop Tables/Desks

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