Today on Hometalk I posted one of my favorite projects.
It has to be this…
I knew I had to have this piece the moment I saw it on Craigslist.
In it’s unfinished state I knew it could be something special.
It’s almost as if it spoke to me
– it had me at “hello”.
It was my first “Big” furniture makeover and it scared me,
but I was determined and dove right in.
I wasn’t going to let my big, huge “FEAR” step in the way.
I am so glad I said, “I can do this”!
(Did I say… YOU can too!)?
It was actually easier than I thought.
Do you want to know how I did it so you can do it too?
Just a little investment of time and then YOU will have a masterpiece too!
Have I convinced you?
You CAN do it!
Here’s an open invitation
to open your doors,
muster up some courage,
and give it a shot.
What do you have to lose?
Let’s gather our supplies and get the show on the road!
Annie Sloan – Paris Gray
Creamy – Sherwin Williams
Annie Sloan – Clear Wax
Paint supplies… Brushes, Tape, Tarps, Cleaning Supplies etc.
You can see my previous post about this piece by clicking here,
or follow this step by step guide.
(Since this was my first big piece, I do not have tutorial pic’s,
but I think you will get the gist).
Prep, prep, prep. This means clean, clean, clean. We want the paint to adhere without any grease or grime.
Paint with Annie Sloan – Paris Gray. This is one of my favorite colors, and I am still in love with using Annie Sloan paints. It is worth every penny indeed. I decided on 2 coats for excellent coverage.
Once dry, I used a dry brush technique with Sherwin Williams, Creamy. I dry brush by taking a pretty worn brush and dabbing it in the paint. Then use a paper towel or cloth to dab the paint off of the brush. Then brush and wipe quickly with a scrunched up paper towel. I know there are several clever ways of doing this online. This is what I find works best for me.
I also painted the hardware with Creamy, not too heavy. I liked the original hardware color coming through. This is up to you, go with your gut. I know it will be beautiful.
I painted the accents in Creamy and the inside of the wardrobe drawers as well.
Mod Podge was used to adhere the sheet music to the inside of the shelves.
Lastly Annie Sloan Clear wax was applied to the entire piece including hardware.*I did not sand any edges of the drawers etc., I felt it was nice left alone without any extreme distressing.*
Have you ever had pieces of furniture you want to paint or update and never get around to it? It just isn’t a priority? Well, I have had these two side tables for years. I purchased them from IKEA over 10 years ago with all intention of painting them. We used them next to our king size bed and they were so dwarfed it was funny. They accomplished their need as night stands, but my son has a smaller room and I wanted to move them in his room and get something a little more size appropriate for the master bedroom.
I still wasn’t loving the color of these tables.
So, after 10 years I figured they deserved a little updating.
I am loving the two toned sun-washed oak paired with dark iron and hardware. I am seeing this look everywhere – Ballard Designs, Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, and the list goes on. I thought I could accomplish this look with these tables. It didn’t seem too difficult, and believe me, it wasn’t. I shouldn’t have waited 10 long years.
Here is the transformation.
A little paint, stain, and elbow grease updated these boring tables into something a little easier on the eyes.
Dismantling the table was the only way to sand and stain the round discs properly. I decided to sand the varnish instead of stripping and it was a really easy process.
Once the discs were sanded I applied Rustoleum Varathane Stain in Sunbleached.
I am a fan of this color, it gives you a nice washed look with a little grey/taupe coming through.
I wanted to make sure the stain would hold up for many years to come, so I followed with 3 coats of Polyurethane making sure to lightly sand between coats.
The legs were painted with Annie Sloan, Graphite. I thought this would be the perfect color for the Sunbleached stain, but also coordinate with other colors in the room. I finished the legs with a coat of clear wax giving them a finished look.
I am happy with the end result. I have always loved the three tiered look of the tables, but never loved the original color.
Now they coordinate nicely in his room and have an updated look.
My son’s room is almost ready to be revealed to you.
There is a few more projects to go…
So far I shared these transformations and projects with you.
Have you ever sat down in a vintage or antique chair and wondered who owned it previously? Where it came from? What the owners were like? This may be crazy, but I do that all of the time. I want to know the history of a piece. There have been times where I find a piece on Craigslist and the owner has a difficult time selling it because it belonged to a family member or loved one. They sell it because it needs reupholstering or it has sat in a garage or storage unit for years.
This got me to thinking.
Vintage/Antique furniture deserves to be reupholstered
– they’ve earned that right,
don’t you think?
Yes, I know they are tattered with outdated fabric now, but they can be transformed into treasures that just need a fresh start. Antiques and vintage pieces tell a story. To me, that is worth the extra effort it takes to reupholster a piece.
Most of the items in my home are hand me downs or vintage finds. The hand me downs are my favorite because they have true meaning to me. They remind me of loved ones passed and bring back memories of the times we had together. I don’t have a lot of these pieces, but the items I have – I cherish.
Let me show you how I transformed my grandparent’s chair into a chair that has a story to tell.
I have always loved the vintage furniture you see in Parisian Interiors. They have a worn patina to them that is pretty difficult to recreate. I have tried and can’t seem to find an exact way of making a piece look like it has natural patina. I gave it my best shot here and am happy with the end result.
I started with a can of old paint, it was thick and really should have been thinned or thrown away. I decided to give it a try and use it with a very dry brush and rub the paint off as I went. This was a look that evolved and truthfully it is very hard to tell you how I achieved it as it took me several attempts. At one point I took off the paint and sanded it down to the bare wood and tried a dry brush technique again. If it wasn’t the look I was going for, I would distress and dry brush again until I had a look I was happy with. Finally, I was satisfied with the end result.
Once the painting was completed, it was time for reupholstering the chair. When I took the upholstery off of the chair I was wishing there was something left behind the upholstery or in the crevices.
Something from my grandparents that they didn’t know had fallen between the cracks.
Unfortunately, there was nothing.
This got me to thinking. I needed to tell a story for the next person who would like to save the chair and reupholster it. I want the next person to find an unexpected surprise underneath the upholstery and learn something about who owned the chair and where it came from…
a chair with a story to tell.
That’s when I grabbed a Sharpie pen and got to writing.
I wrote my grandparent’s story on the cardboard inside the back of the chair. This included their history, what I loved about them and a little about who I am too.
I also added the date.
Then it was time to cover up the message. I started with the back of the chair adding burlap.
Then I used drop cloth to upholster the remainder of the chair.
Instead of purchasing welting, I made mine and decided to go with a
flat welt as you see here.
I am glad I held on to this chair.
It has seen storage units, garages, and almost got thrown away. Now it is a chair with memories attached and a story to tell. It’s updated for our interior and now we can treasure it for many more years to come.
What’s underneath your upholstered seat?
You’re a little curious, aren’t you?
Do you have a piece of furniture that needs to tell a story?
I am glad you stopped by today.
Thank you for continuing to let me share all of my stories with you!