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.

Before:

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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.

Waxing:

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And done!  Dried and slightly buffed – LOVE the fact that the stripes are still on there (the texture part I mean):

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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!!!

Sharing with Knick of Time and Vintage Inspiration Party #208 and

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

Sometimes….

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!

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Closeup - see those legs and casters?

Closeup – see those legs and casters?

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Wonderful hardware!

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One of the smaller drawers – lovely condition!

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

Sharing with Embracing Change and Knick of Time

A busy month!

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:

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Cute writing desk and chair in our favorite RED!

Matching RED bookcase

Matching RED bookcase

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RED cabinet with baskets

RED cabinet with baskets

Piano bench updated in RED with recycled fence plank top

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 funky black shelf unit

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A beautiful blue dresser

A beautiful blue dresser

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A tall grey shelf unit (and it really doesn't lean like that!)

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!!

Now, That’s Some Chippy Paint!!

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….

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chippy!

chippy!

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!

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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:

lovely!

lovely!

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!

Sharing with VIllabarnes and Vintage Inspiration Party  #203

and with Donna at Funky Junk Interiors

New things in the shop

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!

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Six drawer dresser, the new blue color and black glaze-yummy!

Six drawer dresser, the new blue color and black glaze-yummy!

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Beautiful mid century dresser accented with blue paint and black glaze

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.

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Maple dresser - well loved - freshened with new paint

Maple dresser – well loved – freshened with new paint

And today, a classic round table updated in black with a dark stained top.

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Black on the apron and legs, dark stained top for contrast.

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!

A Labor of Love!

First of all, let me tell you that my man loves me with all his heart and shows it on a daily basis – the feeling is quite mutual I assure you!  Occasionally, though, I have to work hard to convince him that he can do what it is I need him to do and that it won’t be terribly overwhelming because I have confidence in him and his many abilities!

(And no, I am not sucking up – much!)

Enter this project…after much convincing (and maybe just a little pouting) this came home with us and we maneuvered her onto the patio out of the rain we knew was coming.  Yes, there were repairs to be made but he did them speedily as I knew he could.

before - the drawer is beside it

before – the drawer is beside it

some repairs done

some repairs done – the upright piece for the lost doors removed

(He also told me a bit later that I was right and my vision saw the potential he had missed.)  He repaired, replaced, sanded and scrubbed (I was at the shop) and then we began to paint on Saturday morning.

first coat of paint

first coat of paint

This is fabulous paint that magically appeared in my garage because I do not remember buying it – love the vintage green color!  And it was fairly old but it went on beautifully and I adore the coverage.

recycled old tongue and groove wood for shelves

recycled old tongue and groove wood for shelves

Now for the shelves!  We located some old tongue and groove he had rescued from the neighbor’s burn pile a few years ago, scrubbed, cut to fit and cleated for stability – and I said “Please don’t paint it!”

Getting it into the shop was tricky and one of the old-too-small wheels shattered so all four were replaced after a trip to the hardware store  Again, not on his list of to-dos today but he always comes thru for me.  New wheels make it actually so easy to maneuver!

And here she is in place and chock full of goodies!

done!

done!

Sharing with :  Knick of Time’s Vintage Inspiration Party #199

Elizabeth & Co’s Be Inspired Party

Anastasia Vintage’s Friday’s Furniture Fix

Beyond the picket Fence’s Reclaimed Wood Projects

Funky Junk Interiors’ Upcycled Link Party

 

Waiting for the paint to dry

took almost no time but painting this little nightstand was only slightly less quick!  After a light cleaning and a light scuff sanding, two coats of General Finishes’ Millstone were applied for a fresh new look.  The old bat-wing handle was removed, the holes filled and a much nicer knob substituted.  Great size for beside your bed with plenty of room for all those things we need to make it through the night!

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Last second before picture-cleaned, scuffed, handle holes filled (and laying on her back)

Last second before picture-cleaned, scuffed, handle holes filled (and laying on her back)

After two coats of General Finishes' Millstone

After two coats of General Finishes’ Millstone

Ready for a new home!

Ready for a new home!

I love quick and easy projects – especially on hotter days.  We are still experiencing unusual temperatures for the Pacific Northwest and yes, I am still complaining-lol!

Snow White (but not the Seven Dwarfs)

This is the coolest little dresser I have found in a while!  It is Canadian in origin from Wiarton, Ontario and has lovely trim that doubles as handles.  Four deeper drawers for lots of storage and it is now painted in Snow White with the top stained with Java gel stain – both from General Finishes.

No before pictures but it was dull and brown and the detail on the handles disappeared in the brownness.

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closeup of the detail on the drawer

closeup of the detail on the drawer

Fresh, clean and waiting for a new home!  Happy July, everyone!!