Saturday, August 29, 2015

A Custom Dresser for a Baby Girl

Early in the week a client brought a dresser over that had been her mothers and she wanted it painted for her daughter-in-law who was about to have a baby.  
The colors for the new baby's room are green and white and she wanted the dresser to be updated and the Mom -to-be was going to use it as the changing table and for storage.  The DIL wanted the dresser white with some green and that was the only input I had, so I went for stripes! 

I pulled out my chalk paint in Marshmallow Cream and Green Acres from The Urban Rooster and painted the dresser in 3 coats of the white first. 

 To get a crisp bright green I mixed the green with some white and added a smidgen of bright yellow.  I taped the drawer fronts off using Frog Painters Tape and then painted the stripes in the bright green.  While the green was drying, I painted the pulls for the drawers.  The last steps were  distressing and sealing the dresser with AS clear wax.  
I had to take very quick photos because the dresser was being picked up right as I finished it.  

The dresser is being used at the baby shower to display the gifts

Distressing and stripes

Pink piggy and a Hydrangea 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wordless Wednesday-My Instagram

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Chairs and Kids

Last week my daughter and her friends were hanging out and complaining about having nothing to do, so I encouraged them to paint with me.  I told them that if they each painted a chair I would help them sell them and they could keep all the money. If you know anything about 10 and 12 year olds you know money is of interest!  Since the chairs are all different but all have spindles, I suggested that they paint them in beachy colors and we could sell them as a set or individually. 


I pulled out a few colors that I had from  The Urban Rooster  and the girls got on old clothes and started to paint. 

After the paint was dried they wanted to distress the chairs, so I showed them how to use my electrical sander and sand the edges in the places the wear would naturally show.  I  let them distress by themselves and they did a great job! 

For the pictures, I let them stage the chairs themselves with just a little advice of keeping it simple with a POP. 

This chair was transformed by my 12 year old daughter

This aqua chair was transformed by a 12 year old 

This chair was transformed by a 10 year old and sold in about an hour! 

All the chairs sold within 2 days! 

I was very impressed with the girls and their paint jobs, distressing  and staging!  

Saturday, August 22, 2015

How to Repair and Transform a Vintage Dresser

It's time for the August Fab Furniture Flipping Contest!  

This months themes is "Icing on the Cake" and the sponsor is the wonderful D. Lawless Hardware Company.

I found a great dresser on CL that needed a little TLC and I knew it would be perfect for the contest. 

You can see the joint compound repairs

The finish on the dresser was a yellow with gold details and the appliqués needed some patching.  To fix the appliqués, I put joint compound on the missing sections and when it was almost dry I shaped it with my fingernail ( high tech. tool-ha ha).  
I wanted to keep the dresser pretty close to the original, so I pulled out Antique White chalk paint from The Urban Rooster  and painted the dresser and mirror with two coats.  After the paint had dried I distressed the edges and added gold gilding wax to the details.  I just rubbed the gold gilding wax on with my finger-so easy! 

The last step in this dressers transformation was adding character/aging with dark wax and tung oil.  

Gorgeous knobs from  D. Lawless Hardware Company

I love the appliqués now! 

Gold Gilding Wax 

Great side details! 

Beautiful legs with wooden castors

Detail on the mirror 

I am in love with this dresser! Swoon! 

To see all of the entries in the Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest head on over to Dandelion Patina or  Sweet Song Bird.

If you are a blogger who paints furniture and would like to take part in the Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest you can contact Stacy from  Anastasia Vintage at or Evey from  Sweet Song Bird at

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