furniture redo

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: Basil Green Side Tables

 

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.

As I mentioned in our last post, Before and After: Mid-Century Two Tone Dresser, we were chosen as General Finishes' 2016 May Blogger of the Month! We received some goodies from GF to try out, and I was SO excited to try some different color combinations. Unfortunately, because of my excitement, I forgot to take before pictures. Just close your eyes and imagine two dated side tables that had been painted a dark brown color. Ready!? Okay!

After sanding both side tables, I painted them with General Finishes Basil Green Milk Paint. To make the details pop, I distressed the edges and then glazed the pieces with General Finishes Winter White Glaze. This was the first time I've ever used a white glaze, and I really loved the way it turned out! For extra durability, I finished the pieces with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat.

Before and After: Basil Green Side Tables
Before and After: Basil Green Side Tables
Before and After: Basil Green Side Tables
Before and After: Basil Green Side Tables
Before and After: Basil Green Side Tables
Before and After: Basil Green Side Tables
Before and After: Basil Green Side Tables

The drawers had a combination of old paint and hand drawn pictures on the inside (delightful!), so I covered them with vintage sheet music that I found at a local thrift store. I simply taped off the area, sprayed the bottom of the drawer with spray adhesive, and put the sheet music down randomly. You'll have to add more adhesive in between the layers of sheet music. Make sure you tape off around the area because spray adhesive will go everywhere!

Before and After: Basil Green Side Tables

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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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