A Quick Nightstand Makeover

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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I Painted the Cushion on a Bench!

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.


IMG_2651Two 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

Elizabeth & Co and Be Inspired Party #181 and

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?

Closeup – see those legs and casters?


Wonderful hardware!


One of the smaller drawers – lovely condition!

If anyone has further information, please share!  Happy October!!

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