Saturday, 22 March 2014

Blue Moon, You Saw Me Painting Alone; Blue Dresser Makeover

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This dresser was one of my daughter's finds at a garage sale.  She finds me great stuff and totally supports my junking habit!
At first glance it looks like it's in great shape, but it did have some problems.  I filled some holes and sanded it down to get rid of some ugly looking stuff.

The veneer on one side has gone wavy, I have painted over it but am not sure if I am going to leave it like that or scrape it off and repaint, the jury is still out.
I painted the whole thing in a soft blue, I struggled with whether to add a design that would enhance the little bit of original carved design on the drawers, or ignore it and go ahead with something more bold.  I decided to go with a bold design.  As I was cutting out the stencil my plan was to paint it with white or silver, but I was leaning toward white, once I put the stencil on it I realized it needed to be black.  In the '70's my cousin had a baby blue Plymouth Duster with black stripes, since painting this dresser blue I couldn't get that colour combination out of my head.

The picture above is a look at my first attempt.  It was still lacking, so I added to the design in the top right corner and decided to carry it onto the top.

Now the ever present question, to antique or not to antique?  You guessed it, antiquing won out again.  I love the clean crisp look of fresh paint, but also love it when a little character is added.

I spray painted the original hardware, and it's done! 

Isn't she pretty?

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Saturday, 8 March 2014

Lady in Red, Dining Table Makeover

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I loved this table as soon as I saw it.  I love the shape of the legs.

Although I liked the grain of the wood, I knew I didn't want to strip it, I decided to paint it and leave some of the grain showing through.

Do you see the grain peeking through on the legs and the apron of the table.
I made stencils with my Silhouette machine, and stenciled the designs on.  That might sound easy, but in truth it took over 10 hours to choose a design, size it properly, pick out the coordinating design for the edges, cut it, prepare it for painting, etc.

But, you know me, once I have a vision in my mind, I need to carry it out.

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