Before I get into today’s post, I wanted to announce the winner of the Sailrite sewing machine giveaway. A big congrats to Missy Bun! (I sent you an e-mail with the details on claiming your prize. Enjoy!)
Now, onto the furniture makeovers!
I will start off by saying that I am totally in love with this little cottage-style dresser and those chairs. Trust me, I tried to mentally find a spot for these in my house! Hard. I couldn’t, so they are getting sold.
Here is how this dresser started…
It really was lovely just as it was and I even considered not painting it, but I decided to in the end. It had a glossy poly that was applied at some point, after the piece was stripped of its old layers of paint. It wasn’t the original finish, so I didn’t feel too bad about painting it. I did strip and refinish the top, though, so I could still show off some of that pretty wood.
And here is how the chairs started. The frames were perfect, but the upholstery needed a change. Again, it wasn’t bad, but it just wasn’t my thing. Also, the fabric used wasn’t an upholstery fabric, so it felt a little flimsy.
We lightly sanded the piece and painted it in two coats of equal parts Grain Sack and Shutter Gray. I think Megan and Kriste worked on this one… We did quite a lot of furniture painting and between me, my mom, Kriste and Megan, I’m getting a little fuzzy on who did what!
Anyway, once the second coat was dry, I lightly sanded it to reveal some of the wood grain and to give the piece dimension. I then painted some detail on the groves in the drawer in Linen.
I stripped the yellowed, glossy poly off the top and finished it in two coats of Hemp Oil, applied about a day apart to allow the oil to soak into the grain between coats.
This is another piece I left unfinished. I love the matte finish of the natural milk paint and you can definitely see more color variation. Another cool thing is you can actually see the limestone catching the light. I wouldn’t leave every piece or every color unfinished, but it suits certain pieces.
The hardware on this piece is pretty amazing. Some of my favorite ever.
And here’s another look at one of the chairs. I reinforced the back with webbing, added some more batting to the seat and upholstered the arms. I used a check fabric from a roll my aunt gave me, so unfortunately, I don’t know the maker or pattern name. I think the pale blue and white checks combined with the shape of the frames and washed wood finish, give the chairs a definite Swedish/Gustavian feel.
On our shopping excursions, Kriste and I tripped across a few woven foot stools and I’m really digging them!
And I’m a little smitten with this blue & white ironstone teapot. I don’t usually go for tea and coffee pots, but this one is just about the sweetest one I’ve ever seen.
I will be selling it, though, along with just about everything else in the photo shoot at the Lucketts Spring Market, May 15-17, 2015 in Lucketts, VA. I haven’t decided about the painting, yet. That might be a keeper.
More makeovers and finds to come…