My Adventures learning how to refinishing furniture

Join me as I learn by trial and error how to refinish furniture

This antique chest just needed some paint and wallpaper to make it the stunner that it is now!

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The antique server is its original condition.

Here we have the before and after:

This is the condition the piece was in when I started working on it. Parts of the trim around the top were gone but I decided that it added character to the piece. I had just gotten some great ideas on what to do with the doors from Pinterest.com.  It’s a great site, I highly recommend it.

There were many hours of love put into the effort of bringing my vision to life, but I have to say it was worth it!

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And here it is! Just as I imagined it would look like.

I cleaned the original hardware and polished it. So all of the hardware is original except for the pull on the door that has the wallpaper on it. I gave the chest an uncover  coat of green so it would show when I distressed the top layer of blue. The wallpaper is from my upstairs bathroom. It really lends an air of the tropics to the piece. Then I applied two coats of Miss Mustard Seed wax and voila.

Price $375 plus shipping, or it can be picked up. 🙂

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For My Super Bowl Experience I Went to Rose Bowl flea market!

For The Super Bowl of Flea Markets go to the Rose Bowl!

Entrance to the Rose Bowl flea market.

Entrance to the Rose Bowl flea market.

Yes, that’s right, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. As someone who really enjoys yard sales, estate sales and flea markets, this was the big one for me. My personal Super Bowl! I live on the east coast and planned a family vacation around the second Sunday of the month of January, because that’s when the flea market is held.  They hold it the second Sunday of every month. Imagine, how crazy am I that I planned a vacation around going to a flea market. But wait, not just any flea market, I had first heard of this huge flea market, held at the Rose Bowl in Lara Spencer’s, co-anchor for Good Morning America, book, “I Brake for Yard Sales.”

To say there is a huge selection of items would simply not cover it. It is the size of the ROSE BOWL!  The prices are great, and yes, the vendors expect you to negotiate.  Some of the kinds of things you will find here are, vintage fabrics, Art, old suitcases and trunks, table linens,  wood crates decorative frames, post cards, old books, I could go on and on. Of course, there was plenty of painted furniture. If you have any questions I’d be happy to answer them. Just email me!

Look a whole wall of nothing but re-purposed frames!

Re-cycled and re-purposed frames of all shapes and sizes.

Re-cycled and re-purposed frames of all shapes and sizes.

There is an admission price. The cost is $8 per person after 9:00 am. If you want to go before that, and believe me the early bird does get the worm, expect to pay more.  I wanted to look for decorative hardware for the furniture that I paint and refurbish. There is something new and different everywhere you look.

I even saw and talked to a celebrity. Her name is Anne Ramsey; you may have seen her, depending on your age, on “Mad about You”, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager, she was also on one of my favorite shows, ShowTime’s, “Dexter.” She was just walking around shopping, just like the rest of us.  I guess celebrities like flea markets too.

Just a little tip if you do decide to go, take something with you to carry your purchases in. Not all of the vendor supply bags.  If you’re planning to buy a lot or a large item, bring a luggage cart. They do rent them but it will cost you $10 for the day.

One of the booths that had great ideas for repainting and refurbishing used items.

I really like all the great idea they used in this booth.

I really like all the great idea they used in this booth.

I was also interested in new Ideas on how to paint furniture. Here are a few pieces I really liked.

I don’t know what happen with the pictures here? Hmm, scratching head.

A pair of light green night stands with gold trim.

A pair of light green night stands with gold trim.

Gorgeous amour painted blue and distressed.
This distressed white desk sold quickly for $275.

This distressed white desk sold quickly for $275.

There were really so many beautiful pieces to see. Sadly, I didn’t find any of the hardware I was looking for. I did however find this colorful, signed framed poster of The Piazza at Covent Gardens in London painted by Christopher Rodgers. I recently saw the same signed poster, without the matting and the frame, going for $99 on eBay. I paid $50 for it matted and framed. I didn’t really think this purchase through; now how was I going to bring it home. We didn’t think it would be that expensive, boy were we wrong. It turned out to be quite a bit more than we thought.

Here I am with the poster from artist Christopher Rodgers.

Here I am with the poster from artist Christopher Rodgers.

Oh well, I love it and it arrived safely and now makes me happy every time I look at it because it reminds me of the great day I had at my “Super Bowl” of flea markets.

The transformation from a tired chest of drawers to a fresh, updated and modern look.

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I bought this piece from a neighbor at her yard sale for $2.

I bought this piece from a neighbor at her yard sale for $2.

I love the way the drawers are divided into sections. It gave me a great idea on how to painted the piece. Having the casters made it so easy to move. I wonder what my neighbors thought when they saw me pushing it up the street!

I think this would be so cute in a baby's room.

I think this would be so cute in a baby’s room.

And, here is the after photo. I even painted the inside of drawers to give it that new furniture smell. This piece is also available for sale. Just email me if you’re interested.

First painted and distressed furniture project I completed.

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I bought this little table at a year sale. It was white and a came with a serving tray on the top. Wasting no time, I took it home and immediately beat it up a little with a hammer. Good times. Then I sanded, painted it turquoises  and put a coat of clear waxed on it. Then changed the wooden mushroom knob to this beautiful white porcelain knob.

 

Small Turquoise table

Small Turquoise table

Easy peasy!

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An experiment with dark wax on a drum table.

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Unfortunately, I did not take a before picture of the drum table. I did how ever take many pictures documenting the process. The dark wax, I find is tricky to use. Do you apply it right after you put on the clear wax? Do you wait till the clear wax dries and then apply it? Should you wipe the dark wax off immediately after applying it or do you leave it on? All good questions. I think the answer is  whatever effect you personally like.

Getting ready to apply the dark wax.

Getting ready to apply the dark wax.

In this picture you can see I’ve already distressed the table by using a 320 grade sandpaper. I find any grade sandpaper that has a lower number leaves scratches. Then the table just looks like someone randomly scratched it up. This was not the look I was going for.

I'm applying the dark wax to the table.

I’m applying the dark wax to the table.

You can see the contrast.  The paint always looks darker when the wax is first applied.

Hand rubbing the wax on the drum table

Hand rubbing the wax on the drum table

 

I think you can see where some of the wax remained darker than on other areas of the table.

I've completed waxing the table with the dark wax.

I’ve completed waxing the table with the dark wax.

I’m not really happy with the way this table came out. I love the accent of the dark wax on the legs and stem of the table. But there are areas on top where the dark wax just made the table look dirty. 😦

The finished product.

The finished product.

My first attempt at creating a shabby chic look on a server.

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The previous pieces I worked on I always planned on keeping but these piece I bought to sell. I just don’t have room for it and it’s doesn’t fit in my decor but I really wanted to try to create a piece that looked like all the cool shabby chic furniture I had seen. So here is the before and after.

 

This would make a perfect shabby chic piece of furniture!

This would make a perfect shabby chic piece of furniture!

As soon as I saw this server I knew it would make an excellent shabby chic piece. I had tried the technique before and wanted to see how I could make it look. The back story on this piece was, it was made in America before the depression. At the time there were only 100 or so furniture companies, most of whom went out of business during the depression. It did go through a manufacturing process but much of the finish work was done by skilled American craftsman.

Here is the finished product.

Here is the finished product.

This is the first piece I made to sell. If you’re interested email me. It’s $149 plus shipping, free to pick up.

 

Before and After – German server #2

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The second piece I worked on.

This is the second German server piece I  picked up from the same owner.

The story the man selling these servers was so interesting it made me want the pieces even more. He told me his grandmother had these servers shipped over from her home in Germany. They had been in this man’s family for generations, but he no longer had room to keep them. It was late in the day, bargaining time, and not being able to decide between the two, I bought both for $30 each! That’s how I got started painting and restoring furniture.

Here is the after photo!

Here is the after photo!

 

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Before and After German Server #1

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Before and After – German Server #1

This is the way it looked when I bought it.

This is the way it looked when I bought it.

 

The piece has been restored to it's original beauty.

The piece is now restored to its original beauty.

I used the original hardware, just cleaned it up and replaced. Had to used some wood filler, mistake #1, used wrong color and had to redo it. Then I sanded it all the way down to raw wood and re-stained with two coats of English chestnut from Miniwax. Then a coat of polyurethane.

 

 

 

Gorgeous hidden vanity found at demo sale!

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Bought this vanity at half price at a demolition sale for $40. Plus it came with a full size mirror.

Bought this vanity at half price at a demolition sale for $40. Plus it came with a full size mirror.

It needs some work but it's all cosmetic.

It needs some work but it’s all cosmetic.

Side view of the vanity

Side view of the vanity

Close up of the craving detail on the leg.

Close up of the craving detail on the leg.