Furniture Projects, Craft Projects, Thrift Store projects

Monday, March 25, 2013

Mahogany Nightstand

This is a cute little nightstand that goes with the lowboy, and tallboy dresser. The varnish is flaking off badly, and needs a total redo. I want to keep some of the mahogany and paint the rest.

I stripped the varnish off the top and on the drawers, and sanded lightly any other varnish that was flaking off.

I put a generous coat of dark wax on the top and the drawers and buffed it out. The hardware is going to get a shot of new paint, antique pewter, but I wanted to take pictures while the sun was out, so I just plunked the old hardware on as is.

Now it is finished with clear wax, and redone hardware.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Petite Tallboy

This is what I call my petite tallboy, it has the tallboy look, but it is only about 4 1/2 ft tall.
It is real mahogany, and a high quality made piece of furniture. Right now it is way too shiny and looks like grandma's old dresser, well it was someone's grandma's at one point. This petite tallboy is going to look like a real lady after I get done with her. First step take the hardware off and strip the varnish off the drawers and top. The body is going to be painted, but you will just have to wait and see what color. 

You can see how much the stain had faded by looking at how dark the stain remained under the hardware.

This is what real mahogany looks like without varnish and stain. It took some sanding to get all the residual stain off. All this needs now is a clear wax to bring out the true color, who wants to ruin it with another colored stain?

So here it is painted. It is hard to get the real color to pop out when taking a picture in the garage, but it is called Duck Egg blue chalk paint.

I waxed the top and drawers with a dark wax. With the dresser being out of real mahogany I just had to leave some of it natural and not paint the whole dresser.
The hardware is being painted right now, so this is it without.

For some reason the blue in the picture is not coming out very well, but it is more blue than it is gray.

Yep this girl is keeping this piece!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Frumpy to Fab/ Desk

So this was a nice clean desk, nothing wrong with it, but just frumpy and plain. This desk was asking to be made into something that stood out, something Fabulous!

It spent a little time on its back, so I could paint it easier.

First I stained the top let it dry for a few days, then spent some time with my new favorite stencil.

I did the same thing with the drawers as I did the top.

It can be tricky keeping a large stencil on a smaller drawer so I sprayed the back of the stencil lighty with spray adhesive.

After the paint dried I lightly sanded the tops.

I love the hardware that I ordered from Hobby Lobby.

I still need to distress the white part of the desk, and spray a light coat of protectant on it, but that will have to wait until tomorrow. It will look nicer when I can take pictures of it outside.