Sunday, February 27, 2011

Furniture Before/After

I found the picture of the before off craiglist...YAY!
See? Not the most up to date look.

One week of work and they are in the house!
To see my progression go HERE and HERE

Here are the after pictures:

I did glaze over the white, but then changed my mind when it looked dirty, so I just painted over it again and just roughed up the edges with some 60 grit sanding block and then I sprayed with Minwax Satin Polyurethane spray.

UPDATE:  DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT use Polyurethane on a white painted surface, it will yellow in mine did! I had to redo it to fix my screw up, so learn from my mistake.  After sanding and putting one coat of cream back on, I protected the surface with Minwax finishing wax

(oh and by the way, Walmart sells 3M sanding blocks for $3.47, vs. Lowe's at $4.48.  They also sell the Minwax poly spray for $6.78, which was also cheaper)

I did some glazing in the creases of the molding using a custom mixture of the blue, black, and another blue I had in the cabinet to come up with a darker navy color. I am thrilled at the way it turned out.

 Then I had to find pulls that had the right coloring and size for the right price...

As luck would have it, Target had their Oil rubbed bronze finish Bin Pulls on clearance for 50% off!  Whoo-hoo!  They were perfect!

$9.98 for a 6pk and $3.98 for a two pack
I wiped them out!

You can check to see if your local stores have them in stock by going HERE
It's pictured on page 2:
Target Home Basic Cup Pull 6pk

Thanks for looking!

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

More progress...

Valspar- Relaxed Navy - Satin
Base 4 (5001-2B)

Valspar- Custom cream - Satin
Base 1 (101-3  107-13  109-0.5)

Glidden - Walnut Bark - Eggshell (would have preferred satin)
CP9Q  31986
(This was a free sample and therefore don't know if these numbers are what the store will need)

Drawer front...I can't wait to distress and add new hardware

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Two Furniture Redos in progress

Where have I been?  I can't believe that I haven't posted in a while.  I have been working on getting some projects started.  Specifically, I've been searching for some furniture to redo.  I have been looking on Craigslist everyday for weeks, waiting for the perfect items and deals.  I came across two items by the same seller for super cheap!

I don't have before pictures, because I got motivated to start working on it right away.  But here is the door to the armoir.  I am not putting them back on, so they haven't been primed.  They will be used for another project in the future:

 Very Victorian looking. Not exactly my style, but the bones of both pieces were nice.

Before priming, I had to do some cleaning and sand both pieces really well.  Then I just wiped down all the dust with a damp rag.  After one once over, I did it again to make sure i got all the dust off.  You've got to have a nice clean surface before priming.

Here are the primer pictures:

I used this primer, in case you were wondering:

Now what color to paint each.....

for the armoir, definately blue, but which one?

For the coffee table I would like to do a cream bottom and a brown top, just like demonstrated on the piece above. 

I plan on glazing both pieces and putting new hardware on. 

The armoir will be put in this area of my house...pretty boring right now!

Stay tuned for more progress...