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Sassy Yet Sophisticated Table

I particularly love to help my friends with interior decorating suggestions and consulting on possible pieces of furniture to purchase and paint.  My client (obviously a friend) and her husband had been looking to purchase a small table as well as a secretary and we’ve been trading text messages when either of us come upon something of interest.  As soon as she sent me this picture from a local antique mall, I knew it was the “one!”

close up before

We met in college when going through sorority rush week.  Although I didn’t pledge her house, we remained acquintances and some 20 years later after moving back to my hometown, I ran into her at the local gym.  What great luck!  We’ve been in the same book club and she and her husband just moved into my neighborhood just one block over.

front view staged

We spent an hour or so looking over different hues of red that would complement the color in her rug but not overpower the other furniture pieces in her dining room.

Full Angle View

This table is the perfect size to go almost anywhere in a house.  My clients have it nestled against an angled wall in their dining room.

front view no staging

With such great detail, this piece was just begging to be glazed.  I love how it makes the inlays stand out.

corner leg detail

I would’ve snatched this piece up if I had spied it at the antique mall.  It’s a great signature piece that will look wonderful in any room of my client’s house.

Luscious Lime Green Bedside Table & Wood Box Accessories

Here is the final bedroom piece that I recently completed for my teenage client (who’s adorable).  In the middle of this project, I was gone five weekends in a row as well as a number of work days, but my client and her parents were understanding and patient.  What dream clients!

bedside before

Originally we were going to paint this piece off-white since there is a lot of color with the teal dresser, eggplant vanity and teal and off-white bed frame.  My client’s mother was concerned that the off-white would look lost, which was an excellent point.   The fun vanity stool fabric has lots of colors to choose from but lime green was the most playful.  (The actual color didn’t reproduce well in these photos).

top view bedside table_edited-1

Like the other bedroom set pieces, I glazed this piece to bring out the wonderful details.  I especially love the grills in the cabinet doors, which are original as are the cabinet door knobs.  The drawer knob matches the middle drawer knobs on the teal dresser.

subject break

I know I took before photos of these pieces, but darn if I can’t find them, so you only get the after pictures.

boxes

I love older wood pieces like these three.  It was fun to breath new life into them.

toolbox

This wonderful old tool box will be used by my client’s bed for books, magazines and probably a few other things as well.  The wood on the handle and inside of the tool box received an application of Danish Oil in Natural to give it a boost.

Orange Jewelry Box

This fun piece will be used as a jewelry box and will reside on top of the teal dresser, which will look fabulous.  My client choose a fun orange chenille bed spread, which this piece should play off well.

yellow blue box

This is the only piece that isn’t part of the bedroom set makeover.  My client’s mother had this piece painted although I’m not sure where in the house she’s going to put it to work.

Just loved working on this project with this lovely family.

 

 

Eggplant Vanity Plus Stool

I am painting a bedroom set for my client, who happens to attend my son’s high school.  The first piece finished was a large dresser that I painted in teal and glazed.  This vanity and matching stool were painted next, using Benjamin Moore’s advance paint.  As many of  you already know, I love the French Provincial style because it’s so versatile, especially if  you like glaze or distressing and this piece got both.

vanity before

The colors for the bedroom set were inspired by the fabric on the vanity stool.  The dresser was selected to be the room’s focus point so teal was chosen and the color eggplant was selected for the vanity.  I’m generally not a fan of anything in the purple, violet, plum family but I absolute love this color.

vanity front

Originally the drawers had pulls on them but my client wanted knobs so I filled in the drawer pull holes and drilled a new hole in the middle for a single knob.  Neither of these knobs were ultimately chosen.

vanity top open_edited-1

The fabric that inspired the color palette for the bedroom set is on the vanity stool.  I love that you can store jewelry or makeup or anything else for that matter in the cabinet below the fold up mirror.

vanity top open_edited-1

My sister in law served as my photo stylist for this shoot and came down with the glass bowl and pearls.  I wish she was here for all of my photo shoots.  Thanks Lori!

Tremendous Teal Dresser

I was asked to revamp an entire bedroom set for a young lady who attends my son’s high school and what a fun project it has been.  The first piece I tackled was the substantial dresser, which is hefty in weight as well.  I immediately suggested that they consider glazing this piece due to its many details.

dresser before

I especially loved the drawer pulls with the funky scrolls.  This dresser and the rest of the bedroom set had been stored in my client’s basement for many years.  I’m so glad that they opted to give these pieces new life and purpose.

dresser top

My teenage client and her parents selected a piece of fabric to recover a vanity stool, which is also part of this bedroom set.  They decided to use the bold teal color, making the dresser the signature piece in her room.

drawer closeup

I’ve begun using Benjamin Moore’s Advance Paint regularly since it’s the closest you can get to oil while still being a latex paint.  It glides on easily and is so much easier to glaze than chalk paint.  I love how the glazing sets off the details on this drawer.

dresser angle

In the coming days, you’ll see the vanity and stool, headboard and side table that make up this bedroom set.  I can’t wait to see how it all looks in my client’s bedroom.

Refreshing a Dining Room Table

We all have pieces of furniture that are in great shape but they don’t excite us anymore.  They may be outdated,  the wrong style or a plethora of other reasons.  My clients had a dining room table that was in perfect shape but they didn’t like the color of the stain.

before sanding table

I sanded the entire top of the table to expose the bare wood.  After cleaning the wood shavings, I applied a wood conditioner so that the stain would absorb evenly across the table.  At least in theory, that’s what is supposed to happen.

dark walnut

The table’s previous stain color was slightly red and my clients wanted a dark walnut stain to balance with their darker wood floors.  I applied dark walnut Danish Oil and immediately noticed that there were a few places that the stain wouldn’t absorb.  That had never happened to me before.

side shot dark walnut

My research indicated that stain not absorbing in certain areas of wood wasn’t unusual.  However, the research didn’t offer any grand breaking ideas on how to rectify the problem.  I tried adding more Danish Oil to these spots, but since it didn’t absorb the first time, it also didn’t absorb the second time.  I re-sanded these spots, followed by the Danish Oil.  That didn’t work either.  I was miffed.

dark walnut

I suggested that my clients take the table home and see if the “spotty” spots stood out.  I am delighted to report that these areas aren’t noticeable.  They have already hosted Easter dinner around the table and I’m sure it will see many more important occasions.

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