Sunday, September 30, 2012

3M TEKK Sanding and Fiberglass Valved Respirator

The single most important step to a durable, long lasting finish is prep work. I always start by sanding my furniture. When I'm prepping for paint, I do not sand down to the bare wood, but do sand off about 70-80% of the existing finish, weather it's paint or stain. While I'm outside, hovering over said piece of furniture, I'm usually standing in a cloud of dust full of contaminates from the existing finish that I just sanded off. If you're sanding an older piece, you're very possibly dealing with lead particles.. mixed with paint particles...

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Black, Walnut, & Metallic Knee Desk

I've had a few obsessions lately..
1. Metallic glaze
2. Black paint
3. Crystal pulls

This little desk was a handful.
I had to find a cure for the funk coming off of it. As wonderful as this piece was, I couldn't sell a smelly piece of furniture. You can read all about my trials and triumphs of defunking furniture HERE.
Once I was able to rid her of the funk, the top needed to be reinforced on one side before I could finally start dressing her up.

The top was sanded to the bare wood when I bought it (luuucky!). 
What that means to me- a stained top was in this desk's destiny.

So, stain she got =) 

I chose crystal knobs because I fell in love with they way they looked on the Black Table Desk I customized a few weeks ago.

The distressing and metallic glaze was inspired by the Black & Bronze China Cabinet that I customized for a client a few weeks ago, as well.

 Have I ever mentioned that the smell of saw dust and stain remind me of my childhood? My grandparents used to build, paint, and sell furniture...wonder where I got it ;-) I once walked into our garage and sniffed the air and said to my husband, ''Mmmmm it smells good in here!'' He said, ''...only you...'' Ha!

Here's how she looked when I got her

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Get the Funk Out of Your Furniture!

My favorite picker grabbed this piece for me at his auction. He said he knew I would love it and he was right! I loved it as soon as I saw it!
Ohhhh the possibilities! 

I gave it my standard inspection:

Black & Bronze {China Cabinet} Before & After

I'm so far behind on posting my projects... Maybe, just maybe, if I post one per night for the next 2 weeks, I'll be caught up... maybe.

I guess I'll start with a China cabinet I finished the week before last. It is one of my favorite flips to date.

I'm in love with this piece- the black, the distressing, the hardware, the metallic glaze, the lined drawers. 

Heather chose the whole nine for her new China cabinet.

I would paint this piece 100 more times.

Here's the before:

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