furniture

Before and After: Detailed Gray Bedroom Set!

 

Hey friends! This is our first official before and after post with the store open and it feels so good! We're so thankful with how well everything is going so far! We sold several furniture pieces so we were painting like crazy last week (which is a wonderful problem to have)! I found this gorgeous set and fell in love with all of the details:

Before and After: Detailed Gray Bedroom Set!
Before and After: Detailed Gray Bedroom Set!

I thought these would be an easy project, especially with my Earlex HV5500 paint sprayer, but they turned out to be pretty difficult. I painted them with General Finishes Antique White and then had horrible bleed-through. I'm not sure if there were stains that I just didn't see until I started painting, or what, but no matter what I did or technique I tried (even my Shellac technique), the bleed-through kept coming. Instead of crying my eyes out, I decided to paint it a darker color -- General Finishes Driftwood. I had no problems with the bleed-through after that, so I did a little happy dance in my garage!

I lightly distressed the details and all of the edges to really make the details pop! I loved how the white popped through a little bit, too!

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Then, I finished the pieces with two coats of General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat.

Ready to see the after!?

Before and After: Detailed Gray Bedroom Set!
Before and After: Detailed Gray Bedroom Set!
Before and After: Detailed Gray Bedroom Set!
Before and After: Detailed Gray Bedroom Set!

Aren't they lovely?

These cuties are at the shop for $449 (for the 3 piece set), so come by and shop with us!

 

Before and After: Mid-Century Two Tone Dresser

 

Disclosure: all of the products in this post were provided by General Finishes. Side Note: I edited all of these pictures before I had my new logo, so that's why they have the old one.

This week I was honored to be featured as General Finishes' 2016 May Blogger of the Month! To celebrate, I'm revealing this fun before and after that I completed using General Finishes products! It's no secret around here that I LOVE General Finishes, so it should be no surprise that we'll be carrying their products in the shop! This is one of the first pieces of furniture that I completed for the shop, so it meant so much to me! Here's the beauty that I started with:

Before and After: Mid-Century Two Tone Dresser

I know, I'm the worst at taking before pictures. I get so excited that I jump into the project without taking a proper before pic!

I've loved the two tone look since I tried it on the Two Tone Antique Dresser. This style allows you to keep the warmth of the wood while adding some fun color, so it's a win-win! I used General Finishes Seagull Gray Milk Paint on the base of the dresser. For the drawers, I painted the bottom piece Seagull Gray to match the base, and then used General Finishes Java Gel Stain to darken the wood.

The Java Gel Stain is so easy to use -- I simply sanded the drawers very lightly with a 220 grit sandpaper, applied the gel stain, and wiped it off. As you can see it just darkened the existing wood a little bit:

Before and After: Mid-Century Two Tone Dresser

I did the stain first and allowed it to try for 24 hours. Then, I taped off the bottom portion with painter's tape and painted it the same color as the base (Seagull Gray). Lastly, I sealed the entire piece with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat.

Here it is completed and oh-so-cute:

Before and After: Mid-Century Two Tone Dresser
Before and After: Mid-Century Two Tone Dresser
Before and After: Mid-Century Two Tone Dresser
Before and After: Mid-Century Two Tone Dresser
Before and After: Mid-Century Two Tone Dresser

What do you think?! 

I am so thankful for General Finishes' support! Would you do us a huge favor and like/comment on this Facebook post where they feature us?

Thanks in advance, friends!

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Before and After: The Mint Faux Card Catalog!

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I bought all of the paint and supplies in this post with my own money. I just like to share awesome products with my friends :)

Hey friends! I can't believe it's been a month since I last posted, but a lot has happened in that short month. I'll be sharing about everything I've been up to in the next few weeks, but for now, I want to show you my latest before and after project!

I found this adorable trunk at a local antique store. It was dark and dated, but I loved the framed boxes on the front.

 
Before and After: The Mint Faux Card Catalog!
 

I've been looking for the perfect piece to do a faux card catalog and this. was. it. Don't you love when that happens?

First, I removed the knobs and filled the holes with paintable wood putty. Then, I sanded the fronts smooth so the entire surface was level.

Around the same time, I also ordered BB Frosch Chalk Paint Powder. I had heard great things about it, so I was dying to try it! 

 
Before and After: The Mint Faux Card Catalog!
 

I love the idea of Chalk Paint Powder because you can add it to any paint! You're not tied down to certain colors or a certain brand, and that is so exciting for me -- I get tired of painting the same colors over and over again. I decided to go bold for this piece and went with Behr's Chilled Mint.

 
Before and After: The Mint Faux Card Catalog!
 

There's a small instructional pamphlet that comes with the Chalk Paint Powder and it gives you exact measurements for the amount of paint you need (so there's no guess work)! You mix the powder with water first and then add your paint. I used a mason jar to mix mine and it was super easy to do!

After a few coats of Chilled Mint, it looked like this:

 
Before and After: The Mint Faux Card Catalog!
 

I loved it already, but it lost a bit of character along the way. So, I distressed the edges with sand paper and then waxed the entire piece with BB Frosch's Premium Finishing Wax (I used the dark wax). 

 
Before and After: The Mint Faux Card Catalog!
 

If you've followed along here for a while, you know that I'm not a huge fan of wax. I still prefer a glaze and top coat for durability, but I was very impressed with BB Frosch's wax. It was much easier to apply, had less odor, and dried harder than other waxes I've used before. It gave the piece depth and character again!

My parents were in town, so I took advantage of my Dad's skills and asked him to install the new hardware (after several days of cure time for the paint and wax).

 
Before and After: The Mint Faux Card Catalog!
 

Are you ready for the after!?

 
Before and After: The Mint Faux Card Catalog!
 
 
Before and After: The Mint Faux Card Catalog!
 
 
Before and After: The Mint Faux Card Catalog!
 
 
Before and After: The Mint Faux Card Catalog!
 
 
Before and After: The Mint Faux Card Catalog!
 

What do you think!? I love the transformation!

 
Before and After: The Mint Faux Card Catalog!
 
 
Before and After: The Mint Faux Card Catalog!