Wednesday, November 17, 2010

1920's Chest of Drawers

This adorable, 1920's, chest of drawers recently fell in to my lap, and oh, what a nice surprise! This piece was in very good condition which made it a pleasure to work with. You know how sometimes an old piece of furniture will have a yucky smell - like a musty odor or smokey smell? Well, this piece was immaculate.

Here are the before photos . . . a beautiful, maple finish with original, brass drawer pulls - vintage pulls, but missing one :(

It was so pretty that it was kind of hard to think of a new life for it . . .  but my visions and dreams of a shabby, white, feminine look took over my appreciation of its originality! 

Sanding and priming are my least favorite steps of a project, but hey, it has to be done, right? It was a good time to search for drawer pull replacements - in the evening, while waiting for the primer to dry, I was scouring the internet. 

It was soon time to take action with the paint and distressing! I selected a white paint, called Bisque, from Sherwin Williams. I planned for a rub down of light walnut stain later.

My sister found some wonderful, vintage glass knobs for me at an antique store where she lives. They were a perfect fit!!! Thanks, Susie!

Here is the finished chest of drawers. The only photos that I have of the completed piece are from the craft show that I was in right after completion. I will try to make some more soon!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

1920's Vanity Table - Oh the Possibilities!

This wonderful little vanity table was waiting for me at a junk store -- it was just calling my name! It was great price, and I knew I had to have it. It is in very good shape along with the original casters still attached. It has wonderful scrolly work on the drawer fronts and beautiful turned legs! Only one of the drawer pulls is missing, but that is no big deal.

As I was sanding the top I noticed that it is a beautiful cherry vaneer -- I could even smell the cherry wood. It was such a nice surprise to see what was hiding underneath a coat of high gloss black paint and a coat of white. I was so excited to discover the beautiful vaneer that I am contemplating putting a poly on the cherry and painting below the vanity top in a cream color and then distressing it . . .  what do you think?   

I have finally remembered to take "before" photos.
Hopefully I will have the "after" photos very soon!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Faux Cakes, Not Ho-Cakes!

Here are several cupcakes that I made from my faux finishing products. My painted furniture needed some fun, festive display items to help create some small vignettes!
Cupcakes were the perfect fit!