A pure white dresser that is painted in Maison Blanche’s Magnolia with clear wax.
I do not usually use this color because it is so finicky. It needs to me on the right piece because it is not very forgiving.
I have applied to to other pieces that I have painted and ended up redoing it with a color. Maybe it is just because I like color on my furniture.
I had considered leaving the drawers in the natural wood because it was a pretty Birdseye maple.
And sure there are people who are shuddering at the fact that I painted it.
But they will get over it.
I wish I had been into painting when I was decorating my nursery for my little ones, it would have been much easier and affordable.
And I do like the original hardware but if you wanted to glam it up for a little girl it would be easy to do.
When your little one is no longer in diapers and can be used as their dresser.
Who woulda thunk?
A Federal style sideboard that has seen better days.
Not too terrible, just a lot of normal wear and a little missing veneer.
I guess if your between 70 and 80 years old you have earned the right to a little wear.
The first thing I did with this piece is to scrape off the loose veneer with a putty knife, but there was a section that was re glued and was proving to be too stubborn to peel off. I used a hair dryer on high heat aimed directly at the section of veneer that I wanted to remove. The heat softened the glue and allowed me to scrape off the last bit.
A little glue remained on the wood but with a little sandpaper it came right off.
Some of the paint is thicker and this will make it a little raised when I paint the final coat of Country Grey.
And the after.And the after with a dog that would not get out of the way.
This is a little side table, occasional table, plant stand, ornate decorative bright and colorful whatever you want to call it if you figure it out let me know table.
Love painting these styles. Fun to paint and it goes pretty quick.
Instant results, instant gratification.
Bought it at auction a couple of weeks ago and of course my husband gave me the “really?” look.
It’s OK, I am getting used to it.
Actually I think he is getting used to it.
Another plus on this style of table is that I can move it myself. It does not take two of us to heft it to the basement then heft it to the store.
Here is the before….
Not bad, just boring.
And water stained.
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I just finished the sofa table this afternoon and I called Heather and told her she was not going to get it back.
I am keeping it!
OK, well not really but I am loving how it turned out.
Whenever I use a new paint color I will try it out on another smaller piece just to see how I like it and to see what kind of wax finish will be used.
I tested it on a piano bench that I had and that will be heading to the store tomorrow.
What a bummer it would be to finish a large piece and then realize you just don’t like the color.
So this is the before photo of the sofa table.
Was not terrible by any means, but it was just a little too perfect and modern looking.
It looked manufactured and run of the mill.
It made by the Bombay Company so there are about 7 million of the same thing out there.
Heather has to Golden Retrievers and Martha is checking it out.
She smells betrayal.
See the “look” I am getting from her? She is thinking, give me a cookie and I will forgive you.
I cleaned it with Dirt X to get the extra oils off of it. Pretty impressed with how well this stuff works. It stinks to high heaven, but it works.
It then received a 2 coats of Versailles Annie Sloan Chalk Paint which has a greenish/yellow hue to it.
Sanded it down with a fine grit sanding block to smooth out the brush strokes and to distress the edges.
A lot of people will not sand before they wax, I personally am not a fan of that look and it really chews up my sanding blocks to sand after waxing.
For the wax I mixed half clear wax and half dark wax. It makes the application much smoother and not quite so dark.
The candle sticks above are painted in Olive with dark wax.
Delivering it tomorrow.
It is really pretty outside right now and I am stopping myself from going out in the garage and painting the 2 huge dining room tables I have sitting out there.
They are taking up an incredible amount of room and I would really like the space back.
But I must get the Christmas stuff up.
And the kids always want to help. I try to encourage them to go play in traffic while I am doing this but it does not seem to help.
I did do a little Christmas shopping yesterday.
Why is it that shopping any other day is no big deal but Christmas shopping can leave you exhausted and laying in the aisle having a temper tantrum.
I went to one store and by the time I was done I was practically in the fetal position mumbling incoherently.
I left the store, came home and hid the presents that I had purchased and went out to the garage.
I wanted to finish this crazy little table.
This is a great little nightstand that is made by Stanley furniture.
Little bugger is heavy, I know this because I have lugged it in and out of the house.
Into the back of the truck, out of the truck, back into the truck and back out again.
I would really like to NOT have to move it again.
Standard procedure on the painting…
Did a little sanding on the top because the original finish was flaking a bit.
Martha was hanging around while I was taking pictures.
Martha is always near me because I may do something crazy like leave and never come back.
Because I always leave and never come back.
She is guarding the driveway.
Because she is so ferocious. Serious eye rolling here.
So I have my furniture in a Antique Store here in Asheville called Bittersweet.
It’s not going great.
I have sold 2 peices in the store.
Everything else has been sold through Craigslist and is selling well.
I have since given my notice at the store.
Have to say this kind of bums me out. They have done very little advertising. No website up and running. I have sent people to the store and they have not been open. I would put out my business cards in my booth and they would collect them and put them up front of the store.
Anyway, I have 15 days left.
Annie Sloan’s Old White does it again.
It is consistent.
I am always thrilled with a piece of furniture that is covered in Old White.
It can bring a nightstand out of the dark and gloomies. (one thing great about having your own blog is you can make up your own words)
When it is sanded and you drag you hand across top it is as smooth as butter.
You cannot get that with latex paint, just does not happen.
After the wax is brushed on I rub it with an old t-shirt.
Then the best discovery ever…an old shoe shine brush.
It gets into all the nooks and crannies.
Buffs all the fingerprints out.
Gets all the wax out of the tight little corners.
Another one I wish I could keep.
A solid well made piece of furniture.
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This little jewel received a new home today.
It started out as a very rough and abused map desk that has found it’s way to being a TV stand in a guest bedroom.
The before picture shows it fresh out of the Goodwill.
The front drawer looked as though it had seen better days. Reattached a few times I am sure.
Everything that I have painted has been with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I really like it, have zero complaints.
But Maison Blanche Paint has come out with a chalk paint called La Craie and they have a black called Wrought Iron. It is much darker than ASCP before it is waxed.
You still have to wax the paint to get the depth of the paint to come out but I waxed in clear instead of dark. The difference is a much more even color, not as many variations in the shading of the black.
When you have a piece to paint that has spots that make it very difficult to wax it is nice.
Clear as mud, I know. Sorry.
I have figured out exactly how to get rid of BINGO WINGS.
You know what I am talking about.
beautiful horrible things. UGH!
They tend to show up around 40 when everything starts to go to hell in a hand basket.
So if you are 39, guess what you have to look forward to.
Anyway…this is the answer.
Gather your husband, leave the kids at home and jump in the truck.
Jump in the truck and head to the nearest Estate Sale, Thrift Store or Goodwill.
That is my husband.
He keeps asking why I didn’t pick up a “lighter” hobby like tatting lace or something weird like that.
So to get back on track.
You have your husband, you have a truck load of furniture and you have one of these…..
With a can of this…
And after sanding the rough and bumpy spots, no cheating by using an electric sander.
You start to paint.
Back and forth with the brush.
Back and forth, feel the burn.
Once it is dry and looking wonderful you are going to make it even more wonderful by grabbing one of these…..
A SANDING BLOCK.
Again, sand every surface of the paint you have just applied.
Heavier in some areas.
Make it smooth.
Are you starting to feel the burn?
Switch arms every so often to spread the joy.
You are heading to the home stretch….
Grab your wax and round brush..
and rub that wax all over the entire surface of the dresser, small sections at a time.
Then take your rag and rub the entire surface AGAIN.
Seeing a pattern here?
Bet you look like this now don’t you….
I am telling you….gets rid of Bingo Wings.
That is what was running through my head as I was finishing this piece.
There is a lot of surface to cover on this baby.
The Coco Dresser with its Old Ochre on the drawers.
Isn’t she pretty?
With her original hardware,
and her swivel mirror.
And now she needs a home.
Her job is done, she got rid of my Bingo Wings!