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Thursday, January 23, 2014

French Provincial dresser

It seems that around here, the French Provincial furniture is in high demand. Even my contacts (places I visit often to buy furniture) have raised the prices.  Well I came across this beauty on craigslist and after the snowstorm (just one of many this season), I went and picked it up!
I stored it in the greenhouse for a few days, thinking about what color I wanted to paint it. Do you have those days? Sometimes when you see something for sale you instantly know what you want to do, but sometimes it takes me days and some times months (mid century modern dresser that has been in the shed for 7 plus months). After chatting with Stacey from Embracing Change (http://staceyembracingchange.com/), we chatted about gray.
And there it sat, again for days. I went on ebay and searched for paint. I found an awesome deal on Modern Masters Metallic Paint. So I ordered a few colors.  I was worried because that was during the Polar Vortex and if paint freezes, well that's it!  Luckily, it didn't freeze, and I was very happy with the selection. So I dragged the dresser from the greenhouse to my living room and started painting.

I started with drawers in Platinum.  I made sure that when applying the paint I brushed in the same direction.
For the body I went with Steel Grey.
Then after several coats (opaque usually take 2 coats, semi-opaque takes about 3), I did try to use a small roller for the top, I think I need to thin it, or I used the wrong roller, it left little bubbles, so I juse used my brush to smooth them out (all in the same direction).

This beauty sold in less than a day!

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Lane Cedar Chest

Saw this sad looking chest on craigslist one winter day. The kids and I jumped in hubby's truck and off we went on an adventure. Why was it an adventure you ask? I rarely drive with snow on the ground, and never in my husband's truck. But I wanted it, and I was determined. The main roads weren't bad, but we turned off the main road and to the long, snow and ice covered driveway. You know the type that are never plowed, there are 2 tire tracks and a big pile of ice in the middle? UGH. Carefully I made it back the lane and into the  driveway. And was greeted by Jane (I have purchased several things from her before, but it was always in the summer)!
I am not sure how old it was, I am not good with that, but I never saw one on legs before and that's what drew me to it! I had to take the legs off and glue, and almost all the veneer was peeling. So I spent a day outside with my iron taking it all off. The I got to painting..my friend Angela wanted the chest and asked me to paint it Tiffany blue (not that I had any idea what color that was).
To Ace Hardware I went, and found a nice color in the oops section.

And I love the little lock detail, real wood! So cute! Angela loved it, and now I know what Tiffany blue is!

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