A fantastic reader of mine sent me the link to this great piece, Stuff It: Millennials Nix their Parents Treasures just published in the Washington Post. I don’t know how I missed it as I read the Post almost every day. It is all about how millennials do not want china sets for 12 and large dining room sets, etc. that their parents own. I see this happening all the time. The younger generation want a clutter free home with interesting and one of a kind pieces and no longer want the large, heavy dark wood furniture sets that we all grew up with. Who cares if the Queen Anne style dining table and chairs were originally owned by Great Auntie Mary? They don’t want it. I love to take these old throwaways that no one wants any longer and give them new life for a new generation! They can pick and choose pieces and have them custom painted to suit their own taste and decor. It creates a great mix of the old and new. I feel that I am keeping these pieces out of the landfills and really it empowers me as I take a lot of flak on other sites for painting over wood.
Before we get to this little trash to treasure project, I must share a bit of info that really made me smile! My friend, Celeste is my local Annie Sloan stockist. She just traveled to Oxford, England for a workshop run by Annie herself (how amazing) and guess what? Celeste told me that Annie Sloan knows my page and my work and loves it! Wowza!
I’m a little out of it today. I had to have a little operation on my foot to remove a shard of black plastic that I stepped on a few weeks ago. I was just hoping it would get better all by itself but (of course) that wasn’t the case! Such a freak accident! And, can you believe it? Poor Lucky has hurt his foot as well. He sprained it. The two of us are both feeling like this today…
I’m halfway done with my painted kitchen cabinets! I’ve finished the bottom cabinets in General Finishes milk paint in Millstone. I really love this color. First, let me say that painting my cabinets in this paint is a dream. It is super silky to apply and dries quickly. I painted in one direction for the first coat and the opposite direction for the second coat and it left no brush marks. Honestly, they look factory painted.
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.
Design on a dime is true to my heart. My home is full of my “finds” that I have repurposed and thrown into my decor. I love that they are one of a kind, interesting and, well, cheap!
A great way to save is by finding small end tables that can be put next to a sofa or chair or even against a wall. I just don’t see spending hundreds of dollars on a small table. When out and about, I always am on the look for a good, matching set of tables. If you find a pair, snap them up!
I know you all enjoy a fun before and after and thought to share a couple of fun makeovers that I did in General Finishes Somerset Gold. I love this color! It is perfect for a farmhouse or french country look, depending on the piece. It pairs really well with a golden hued wooden top and both blue and white highlights always look fabulous with it. If you are looking for a yellow that isn’t too buttery and has depth, this is it!
I am sharing the furniture makeover that gives you the most bang for your buck. It requires nothing other than a small tin of General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint and a paint brush. If you take any piece and give it a few coats, it will be transformed!
Lamp Black is a great, deep matte black and is smooth as silk to apply. It takes two coats to create a fine finish. I then apply the General Finishes high performance sealer on top. The sealer typically requires a few coats to create a smooth, durable and streak free finish. It is well worth the effort!
It is finally done! We have come to the end of the Vintage Bassett China Cabinet series!
The piece originally was in terrible shape with deep scratches, broken glass, missing shelves, a broken door and the back was coming off. Not to mention it was near impossible to get home and almost gave me a heart attack when I had to drive home with it tied in string to the top of my minivan. Here is the after!
This was a true labor of love! The piece was cleaned and sanded for a smooth finish prior to painting. The top of the base was stripped back. The missing piece of the door was re-adhered and the hinge fixed. Whew!The body was painted in General Finishes Persian Blue with their Winter White glaze applied to highlight its detail. The interior of the cabinet was painted in General Finishes Seagull Gray.
The Mid-Century Modern dresser is finished and ready to be taken upstairs to my son’s room! I took a few pics to share with you. The body was painted in General Finishes Coastal Blue milk paint and the drawers and bottom feet were stained in General Finishes Java Gel Stain (see tutorial video here).