Monday, June 30, 2014

Stars and Stripes Dresser

I totally love how this dresser turned out!  Based on a vision that my darling hubby had, we worked together to create this one-of-a-kind beauty.


 Going with a patriotic theme, we chose this graphic of an old postcard for the center medallion. Wanting it to be a very subtle piece with a big statement, we chose to paint it in Lamp Black from General Finishes to not overpower the graphic. 


I printed and decoupaged it on - then distressed, distressed and distressed some more.


The dresser was already painted white, which gave it a wonderful layered look.


I added some really cute star knobs on the top drawers.


Several coats of General Finishes Flat Top Coat, and it is all done!


We took this to our booth at Through the Garden Gate Antiques yesterday and it sold today!

Wishing you a happy and safe 4th of July.

'til next time!

Monday, June 9, 2014

The Little Black Nightstand and a Review of General Finishes Milk Paint




I'm in love.....with a new Milk Paint!  Well, it's new to me.  About a week ago, I was sent some samples from General Finishes .  I received their water based milk paint in Lamp Black and Somerset Gold, along with the High Performance flat top coat.
I have a few pieces that I am going to use these on, but the first volunteer was this sweet nightstand that had definitely seen better days.  It used to be part of a vanity that had been crudely cut off.  The top was beyond repair, but luckily, I had been saving a little crooked table for a rainy day...and we were able to use it's top to replace it!  I guess sometimes it really does "might come in"!

I knew exactly what I wanted to do, so I chose the Lamp Black for this project.  Let me just say....I have NEVER used a paint that went on as smooth as this one!  It actually reminds me of an oil paint, but without the sticky mess.  I LOVED how it went on so smooth that you can still see the wood grain.  I could have ended with one coat, but I decided to go ahead and give it two.  I also detailed it with some silver acrylic paint for the tattered Hollywood glam I was going for.

Here she is all dressed up.


I added some bling to the drawers with mercury knobs from Hobby Lobby...


...and lined the drawers with this pretty contact paper.


I gave it some distressing along with a couple of coats of the General Finishes High Performance flat top coat.  It is not like your typical powder milk paint and sanding takes a little more effort, but so worth it.  There is a lot more control in where you want the wood to show.  The top coat went on like a dream with the sponge brush they sent!

 See the wood grain?

What a difference General Finishes Milk Paint made on this little table...and I had so much fun doing it!  I also want to add that this table barely made a dent in the paint.  It took about an inch into the can to complete this project.


I absolutely LOVE this paint and it is now at the very top of my list of favorites!!!  I'll be pulling out a dresser tomorrow that will get the royal treatment with the Somerset Gold.  I can't wait!!!

'til next time!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Little French... Uh....Plastic Table

When I first spotted this table, I immediately gravitated to it, totally drooling over it's sweet curves.  Upon closer inspection, I was quite surprised to see that it was not made of wood, but a molded plastic!  Well, the top is formica and pressed board, but nonetheless, it's a heavy and quite sturdy table.  So....I took the chance.


You wouldn't know at first, huh?

Closer look at the legs....


Nice "carvings"!


Now look at it with a couple of coats of paint.


I chose to use American Paint Company paint on this one.  I used Rushmore as the base and topped it with Home Plate.  I wet sanded it to expose some of the Rushmore.


I gave it several coats of clear and dark wax.


I would have to say that this is a trash to treasure happy ending!


You can find this at our newest location at RVA Antiques!  Opening this weekend!!  More information and sneak peek tomorrow!