I have been on holiday. It sounds cute and fancy to say it that way, but what I really mean is that I have been slacking in the blogging department and want to justify my slacking by saying that I have been away. In truth I have been away and very busy, but no excuse to stop doing what I love to do here!
One area I have not been slacking in is the area of DIY and furniture restoration! I did so many projects over the past month and half. I’ve learned so much about what works and what doesn’t with paint, waxing, distressing etc.. that I feel I have reached a new level of enlightenment.
And I’ll share it all with you!
While in Massachusetts over Christmas and New Years I took to more furniture rehabbing. When I say “I took to it” It really took to me. Day and night I worked in a frenzy to transform out of style pieces into fun, fresh, fabulous additions to their adopted families.
Most of what I painted over the break I sold within days with the exception of a piece I was commissioned to do.
Here are some of the transformations that I’ve loved. If you follow me on Instagram then you’ll have already seen most of these.
This less loved bench turned into one of my favorite transformations. To get this “driftwood” look I painted it in two coats of Rust-Oleum Charcoal chalk paint then “drifted” the paintbrush in back and forth strokes to get the look of woodgrain. I used very little of the lighter paint (almost a dry brush) to achieve this look then sanded over the whole thing and sealed with Minwax Natural Finishing Paste. The Rust-Oleum thirty ounce container of chalk paint sells for about seventeen dollars at Home Depot and nineteen on Amazon. Apparently benches are in because this one sold within minutes of listing and the demand was outstanding!
This desk came out beautifully! It looked just like something from Restoration Hardware! The paint I used for this was Rust-Oleum Country Gray. I did some dark wax around the edges of the drawers and in the details on the desk before sanding and distressing. Again, I sealed it using Minwax.
With this side table I used the Beher Latext paint pictured below. It’s a beautiful color, but the downside, as with anything other than chalk paint, is that you have to sand the piece before you paint it. Thankfully this paint is a paint/primer duo that is durable. Home Depot sells Behr for about thirty-two dollars per gallon.
This was my first ever commissioned piece. A woman who had seen my work asked me to update her entryway table with a fresh coat of paint. It came out lovely as you can see. I used the Beher paint this time as well. The color is Lunar.
This dresser also came out great. I found these gorgeous glass knobs on Amazon for less than two dollars a piece!
This Trunk/coffee table also got some serious attention. I think it came out interesting and unique and that is why people loved it so much. Again, I used the “driftwood” technique here, but used a lighter paint as the base. The paint used was Americana Primitive from Home Depot.
This dresser almost stayed with me. It was by far my favorite. I was going to keep her until I succumbed to the realization that although streamlined and sleek as she is, she wouldn’t make it past security on my way back to LA. So alas she had to be sold off. The new owners were excited and they assured me she would have a good home. The drawers are Primitive the base of the dresser is Country Gray. As with my other chalk paint projects I sanded and sealed the entire piece to finish it.
This desk was so fun and easy it was almost laughable. I brushed strokes of white chalk paint all over then wiped away with a dry rag. I finished it by sanding the entire thing and sealing it with Minwax. It took all of about forty-five minutes.
Now that I am back in LA I am taking a short break from furniture to do some writing and spend time with my guys, but you can rest assured that I’ll be back at it in no time!