Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Restoration Hardware inspired dining table

my Restoration Hardware version
*pic from Restoration Hardware website*

I love Restoration Hardware but I hate the prices. So when I purchased this wood dining table I immediately saw it in RH greys.

The table is only 4 years old but it seems someone spilled something that ruined the finish but I saw the perfect challenge piece and purchased it knowing full well it would be made over into something useable. I started with my orbital sander but the finish was tough so opted to pull out the stripper.

so pour on the stripper and let is do its thing, bubble bubble... and scrape

and this is what is removed for one table top

but once stripped and sanded it looks like this, check out that inlaid veneer grain

time to get painting, I chose Fusion Mineral Paint's line for this project, Little lamb from the Tones for Tots line and ash from regular line

here is little lamb mixed with water as a stain for the top

then ash added with a wet brush to add dimension

what do you think?

I just love the thick pedestal base..

and here it is with a coat of darker grey on the base.. Fat's Amanda Forrest Greysful

and the top view after a bit of greysful added too

this is my test board.. I added Fusions  antiquing tough coat to half to see the effect and I loved it

so on it went BUT I did not like what happened in the center when coats went over each other.. note to self.. don't cross areas

but more sanding helped to remove much of the brown/grey area

I added more ash on the final base coat, Fusion adheres so well I find sanding to reveal layers a bit harder so chose to brush on more colors as I sanded. I found the secret weapon to better detailing.. fingers! thankfully Fusion is low VOC and easy clean up so not a worry and it looks awesome

then hit the top with black glaze

and this is where it sits at day 2 left overnight to dry

the next day the top received 2 clear tough coats and the base had the black glaze treatment and again left to dry overnight. The entire table received another coat of tough coat and the top 2 additional coats.

Time to move in and photograph...

yes this is me, and the table. I usually am behind the camera but Hometalk requested painter & project picture

so again, here is my version and the Restoration Hardware one.. what do you think?

photo from Restoration Hardware website

I have received product in exchange for this post, but ALL the opinions are entirely MY own.  This post contains sponsored links for Fusion Mineral Paint

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Ivory pearl gives a vintage look to an old chair

Plaster Paint Canada has a new line of colors just coming out called the Marc & Mandy collection. Laurie, the co-owner of PPC sent me a few of the colors to try along with their dark wax.

I chose my favorite, ivory pearl, to try first and envisioned it on this replica press back captain chair.

the paint goes on smoothly and dries fast but I did leave overnight to dry well but I remembered why chairs with spindles are a pain, it took 1 1/2 hour to paint just the first coat.. yep two full Netflix episodes ;)

 and then I distressed the edges, back and seat with a sanding sponge as well as my orbital sander

Before applying the dark wax I put a coat of plaster paint clear paste wax just to keep the saturation of such a soft color truer. Plaster wax goes on fast and dries fast to a super smooth shiny finish.

But once I opened and tried the PP antiquing wax I found it would have been fine to put one without a clear coat. The antiquing was is like soft milk chocolate icing and leaves just a subtle brown hue, perfect!

isn't it a delightful color to give this chair new life? This beauty is for sale, if interested please stop by my facebook page to see it and other pieces currently looking for new homes ;)

check out more of my Plaster Paint Canada pieces below

the above hutch finished in a classic solid black gets a bit of shimmer when fireside is added to the cabinet backing and door fronts

and this super solid shaker inspired table is reloved in scarlet

and these gorgeous pieces are finished in paris

Monday, 22 August 2016

The Fab Furniture Flippin' August Contest™ with D Lawless Hardware

The Fab Furniture Flippin' August Contest™ is sponsored by D Lawless Hardware. This hardware company is a family run business in the States that has a superior customer service base. I have had questions in the past about crazy obsolete hardware pieces and they always can find me the answer and what to look for if they do not carry.

The theme for this month's contest is "Class It Up". I had the perfect piece for that, an almost new but been thru a storm dresser I purchased from a local online site. The gal claimed her new dresser ended up looking like this when picked up from storage, perhaps the trailer tipped? ;) Scratches and gouges in the wood, a missing handle.. poor thing, it needed classing up for sure.

I was so stoked to find these amazing label pulls, which I have been always hoping to use, in the exact size of this dresser's existing holes on D Lawless Hardware site. However when I went to start painting I thought I best check again the measurements. Darn, those listed were outside measurements, not the center to center but not to worry, wood filler to the rescue. I had used it extensively on the scratches too.

Once sanded and scrubbed well it was time to paint. I chose a navy chalk paint for the first step. I went with a random pattern hoping for subtle texture
 and then some additional dimension with a black wax (clear shown below but chose shadow black)

the black directly over the navy did deepen the color immensely but added to the classy rich navy coloring
this all natural wax takes much longer to dry so was left for many days with a light buffing every few days.
then the package arrived fro D Lawless and what a fabulous bunch of goodies it had, lots for other projects but you can see the sweet label pulls
 stay tuned for projects using the other cup pulls, round knobs and casters (have you tried to find casters for antiques?? it is a challenge but of course Lawless carries a variety!)
 my trusty assistant (ok husband) drilled a wee pilot hole and installed the sweet pulls and wahlaa..
 here it is
 I love the vintage file cabinet look on this classic color and style, this piece has been "classed up"!
 I envisioned in a child's room with the drawers marked for ease of finding but also reading skills
 5 full sliding drawers with safety stops make it a perfect addition to a child's room

 LOVE the vintage look pulls, thank you D Lawless Hardware for a perfect match

If you want to see more of the projects in this months contest check out Stacy's page or Colleen's page;  all are at the bottom of either page and if YOU want to participate in a future challenge contact

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