Friday, July 15, 2011
I've been looking for a stand for my TV in bedroom for some time now. I had an idea to help my friend decorate his loft with antique wooden doors ( that's a whole different project). Anyways, I knew I couldn't go to the antique shops on Cherokee Street ( you can check out the stores here )and leave empty handed.
We walked the store lined streets in search of old doors. We came across a cool little place called Lady Jane's. Jane was actually an old man who chain smoked cigs the whole time we were there. There is a lot of cool stuff there and I headed to the basement to do some digging around. I saw what appeared to be an ornately detailed wooden stand just perfect for a tv. I was sold on it instantly and expected it to be really expensive. I smiled, pulled the "I'm a teacher" card, which I use all the time to wheel and deal at estate sales and garage sales and he said he'd sell it for $40. I was expecting to pay a lot more than that so I didn't even bargain with him.
So here's what I did to this guy:
-Lightly sanded it with a sanding sponge. I like the imperfections so I don't do much sanding.
- Primed it white. You can use any color primer, I just always use a light color on darker pieces of furniture so you can see where you've painted.
- 2 cans of Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze
- Valspar Antique Glaze
Now, I usually paint furniture pretty neutral but I decided to try something different. If I didn't like it, I knew I could easily paint over it. When I finished spraying it it resembled something out of Barbie's dream house. It is a really pretty color but definitely needed to be glazed to tone it down a lot.
The glazing is tedious but really easy. I brush it on making sure to get into the cracks really good, then wipe it off with a damp rag. Glazing is fun because it wipes off really easily. If I don't glaze a project I usually sand it a little to give it an older look.
The color is growing on me. I usually don't paint something this bold, but i do like it!
Posted by Aimee A. at 12:29 AM
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
Posted by Aimee A. at 9:24 PM
I just moved to a different place in South City and have a huge bedroom. I really wanted to find some night stands to refinish. I found this guy at Goodwill (surprise surprise). I loved it but wanted to find a set. Out of the corner of my eye I spotted another one! I didn't care how much they were...I had to have them. To my surprise they were $7.00 a piece! I almost cried with excitement. I took them home and sanded them in my basement. It's too hot to spray paint anything outside so I usually paint in my basement. Little did I know the fumes would travel through the vents. I surely ticked off everyone in my four family flat that I just moved into. Anyways these guys were a piece of cake to paint. I used a sanding sponge when I was finished to roughen them up a little. The spray paint gives them too new of a look so I primed them dark gray so the color would show through a little.
Posted by Aimee A. at 9:13 PM
Posted by Aimee A. at 9:01 PM
Sunday, July 10, 2011
The knobs were from World Market. They have a huge selection of knobs you can use on all kinds of projects and they aren't very expensive.
Here are some before and after pictures.
Posted by Aimee A. at 5:30 PM
This was the first piece I refinished. It was a $5.00 thrift store find and I had to have it. I had no home for it in my house but knew I could find a spot for it. This chair spiraled into many other rehabs that I will share.