Purchased recently at a local estate sale, I love the lines of this piece but that original finish was a bit boring!
Enter some Homeplate chalk paint, a little distressing and a little waxing:
So much prettier now and you can actually appreciate the lovely lines!
Made by R. Veal & Sons here in Albany Oregon – a few miles south of Salem. They closed their doors in the 1980’s after generations of furniture production.Terrific construction and solid maple, I adore their furniture whenever I am lucky enough to find it. Maple seems to need a little pizzazz to perk it up. Add some paint and you are good to go!
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Frenchy cabinet by Brandt of Maryland in Creole Mustard is lovely with fall decor!
Nice chairs in fall hues warm up this corner
And this gorgeous black glazed deep blue is stunning with fall colors and silver!
We adore fall and the warmth it brings into our lives before the cold winter days!
II tried a few years back to paint the fabric of a chair but the instructions were so vague at the time that it didn’t work out. This time, thanks to tutorials online, it worked like a charm! Took a bit more paint than I thought it would and several more coats but I was using a lighter color paint over a darker fabric so that may be why.
Two coats are on:
It took about 4 coats to cover every last bit of the deeper colored stripes. The paint -American Paint Company’s Smoke Signal-was mixed half and half with water. I spritzed water on the fabric before I painted the first coat.
And done! Dried and slightly buffed – LOVE the fact that the stripes are still on there (the texture part I mean):
The fabric is much more firm than it was before the paint and wax. It almost feels like heavy taffeta. Supple and not crackly.
Will I try it again? Definitely!!!
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Embracing Change and Creative Inspirations Linky Party and
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The Cozy Little House and Tweak it Tuesday #162
I wonder where the piece of furniture I have been lucky enough to find originated. This gorgeous black dresser is one of those pieces. There is no furniture manufacturer’s signature I can find anywhere. It was only when painting the back hubby noticed the US Navy mark.
Having been raised in the Air Force it immediately made me think about the furniture we used at Elmendorf AFB in Alaska in the late 1960’s. Similar in wood (mahogany), the furniture issued us from Base Housing wasn’t quite this quality. (Don’t get me wrong – I would LOVE to have every piece we had then NOW!)
Perhaps it belonged in an officer’s quarters somewhere? At one time there was a mirror – I can see where it attached. The drawers are lovely, the casters are original, the drawers are huge and slide easily still. Love the lines!
We painted it in classic black (General Finishes’ Lampblack) because the finish needed help. It would make a lovely sideboard in your dining room or serve as an awesome dresser as it was designed to do. Put a flat screen television on top, hinge the drawer fronts and you have access with your remotes!
Closeup – see those legs and casters?
One of the smaller drawers – lovely condition!
If anyone has further information, please share! Happy October!!
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And it is almost over and I have only shared with you once-sorry!!
We rushed to get the shop ready for fall and Halloween because there was a magazine shoot in here recently. Now it’s like” hmmm, what to do until Christmas???” So we keep bringing in and selling lots of furniture as usual. Here are some recent pieces:
Cute writing desk and chair in our favorite RED!
Matching RED bookcase
RED cabinet with baskets
Piano bench updated in RED with recycled fence plank top
And lest you think we only paint in red:
A funky black shelf unit
A beautiful blue dresser
A tall grey shelf unit (and it really doesn’t lean like that!)
Just a few of the new things here and I promise to try to post more often!!
A certain famous lady made drapes from this fabric and they were posted all over the internet. Miss Sophia found some recently and recovered two vintage chair seats. We think they look fabulous!
closeup of fabric
And don’t they look terrific with that dresser?
I have told you all before how much I love Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint but it had never really chipped for me like I had seen on other pages and pieces of furniture. Until Saturday, that is! Take one really old brown dresser and mix up some milk paint….
It was going to be Luckett’s Green but I didn’t have quite enough to measure a half cup so I added some Boxwood to make up the difference. Then I mixed and stirred and shook and began to paint. Nothing really happened until I applied the second coat Sunday morning and then WOW!
My husband pointed out one of the drawers was really chipping and so it was! When I lightly sanded the rest of the piece more chippy goodness showed up (Only once did I say to myself “stop!”. We then varnished the piece and here she is:
I have been guilty in the past of sanding a bit too much and prepping a bit too much but this time I told myself – the finish is worn and it’s fairly clean so stop here! What happens, happens. Boy howdy did it ever and I am thrilled!
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and with Donna at Funky Junk Interiors
First of all, I would like to thank all our loyal customers and friends for their support over the last 8 years. As the saying goes: We couldn’t do it without you.
Three friends – the fourth had dropped out – opened the shop 8 years ago almost exactly. It was scary, exciting, fun and a pain in the neck! We had a terrific little house over in South Salem and every space was filled with treasure!
And then things began to change, not always for the better, as in any life or business venture. Still, here we are 8 years later having fun – with different people – doing what we love and grateful for your support!
We are in a bigger house, in a different location and only Miss Sophia and I are here from the original group. We’ve painted so many pieces of furniture, collected so many smaller treasures and grown as women over the past 8 years – looking forward to many more years!
It’s been awhile since I shared new things in the shop so here we go!
Miss Sophia LOVES this new blue color and so do we!
Six drawer dresser, the new blue color and black glaze-yummy!
Beautiful mid century dresser accented with blue paint and black glaze
And Miss Sadie – me! – loves this green color. Used it previously on the labor of love cabinet and now this cute little dresser.
Maple dresser – well loved – freshened with new paint
And today, a classic round table updated in black with a dark stained top.
Black on the apron and legs, dark stained top for contrast.
Our 8th Anniversary sale is coming up on the 15th so I KNOW there are new things coming in the next few days!