In The Navy……Hale Navy that is.

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Can you hear me singing hallelujah? I know I’m repeating myself, but I’m totally loving all things navy these days. I acquired this piece from a delightful woman who was down sizing and unloading of several pieces of funiture. I ended up grabbing the china cabinet as well,  (that transformation to come later), but it completely matches this buffet. So here is where it began.

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I adore serpentine, curvy front, pieces of furniture. So when I spotted this beauty, it was a no brainer. As mentioned, I knew I was going with DIY chalk paint using Hale Navy. Seriously, it’s so versatile and way more neutral than most might think.  Makes me love it that much more. After a good cleaning, the body received 2 coats of paint.

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The top had several scratches and I wanted it a bit deeper, so I sanded it down and gave it 2 coats of Jacobean and a good coat of polyurethane for protection.

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And then I let it sit for a day, drying and curing, but also deciding how I wanted to finish it. So, I typically have to walk away from a piece and return multiple times before deciding. I knew I was going to revive the hardware with gold Rub n’ Buff. Each of the drawers have a detailed trim, so I thought it would be fun to add a distressed gold to that trim. I literally rubbed the Rub n’ Buff on with my finger.

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After gently distressing the edges, I then used antiquing glaze and applied that all over the body of the piece, wiping it off right after applying. This added a great depth to the gorgeous navy. After that dried well, I applied a good coat of Minwax Finishing Paste Wax. Its my favorite.

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The hardware got a nice coat of gold Rub n’ Buff…..what a stellar transformation. And the end result…drum roll please…..

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So utterly gorgeous. I have it listed for sale, but am contemplating keeping it.

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A Few Transformations

It’s no secret that I have been a bit behind on a few of my posts. I’m still catching up after returning from vacation…..sad but true. Maybe it’s just me, but I always tend to drag temporarily before getting my head on straight.

Before leaving for our vaca, I transformed 3 separate pieces for a sweet client and her hubby.  They were moving into a new house and wanted these pieces updated to begin their adventures in decorating at their new home. The bedroom furniture belonged to his parents. Very old/vintage….but incredibly well made and solid.

While I thought I had snapped a few before shots….I can not seem to locate them. So, picture if you will a very dark wood and heavy gloss on these 2 pieces. Additionally, each drawer had a faux keyhole plate that she asked me to remove. I also revamped the hardware with some oil rubbed bronze spray paint. These turned out so lovely and my clients couldn’t have been happier. I painted the high boy dresser in Polished Pearl and the nightstand in Oceanic Teal (it’s the perfect Tiffany blue).

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After they retrieved these 2 pieces, they had me recreate an old secretary desk. It was in rough shape. Painted an old dark hunter green and some of the joinery on the drawers was coming apart. My client decide on a dark reddish/brown called Warm Sienna for the exterior color and I did the Polished Pearl for the inside. Again….im lacking the before pics.

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Distressed and glazed, the inside was a cute contrast to the exterior. Have a blessed week.

Stunning Buffet, Completely Chic

In my last post, I shared some pics of a buffet/sideboard that I was in the process of transforming for a client. Just completed it this morning and I am tickled with the results. I know she will love this piece as well. It’s going to be difficult to let it go.

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After 2 coats of my new favorite blue, ‘Distance’, I gently and elegantly distressed it. I don’t like to go crazy with the distressing……… I’d rather see subtle elements of it here and there.

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After the sanding, I used some java brown glaze on it. I apply it with a cheap ‘chip’ brush and wipe it off with utility paper towels. I also use unscented baby wipes to control the depth, removing as needed and reapplying more if necessary. It’s really all about preference. The legs on his piece have wonderful detail and I love to see the pop of glaze in all the nooks and crannies.

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I let the glaze dry over night and then applied 2 coats of Polycrylic (satin/clear) on the top and one coat on the rest. My client will be using this as a bar area, so durability is key.

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All of the hardware was brought back to life with a hearty scrub and major polishing using Brasso. The hardware went from dark and dreary to bright and shiny. So classy looking………Love me some Brasso!!!!!!! You can see the major difference. My client is picking up tomorrow, so I will be praying for her to be delighted with it. I always love creating special pieces for people to enjoy for years to come. That’s the total blessing.

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Recreated…Stunning Buffet

Just began my latest piece. I picked up this buffet for a client and I love the design so much that I grabbed the matching china cabinet that matches. (I’ll rehab that piece at a later date). This is the buffet, fabulous curvy lines, sweet detailed legs and incredibly well made. My client wants to use this as a buffet/quasi ‘bar’ area. And it will be fantastic.

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My last piece sold so quickly that she never had an opportunity to see it in person. The gal who bought that piece is using it for her wedding, which will be at the Denver Botanical Gardens…….I was so tickled. She and her hubby will then use it in their home. So, I will recreate this new piece with the same finish as that piece, which looks like so……..

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Thus far, I have cleaned, sanded, primed and sanded again. The prep work is vital to a solid and long lasting finish. Paint will go on shortly, once I run kiddos to school. So stay tuned…….

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