A Piano

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Pianos are beginning to be my favorite thing to refinish. 
They are complicated and take a lot of time, but they are so worth the effort in the end. 

This Piano has been waiting to be refinished for months, maybe longer! When I decided to sell it it went fast! It was bittersweet to let it go, but Im so glad how it all turned out, I'm not even sad about it! 

She started out like this... 
Just your basic piano. 
I loved the lines and simplicity of it. 
I knew it had great potential. 

When refinishing a piano PREP IS KEY! 
You can't use a electric sander, you cannot add nails, you cannot tape enough!! All of these things can damage the sound board if done wrong. It took me a few days to get it all ready for paint. I used a deglosser and liquid sander, as well as just elbow grease to sand down some rough spots. Then I sprayed it with my go to Antique White, Satin, Sherwin Williams Duration Paint. 
It took two good coats. 
Then I used a Dark Walnut Gel Stain to cover the top and bench. Gel stain is thick and gives a nice rich coat, it also dries faster and soaks in really well. Its amazing. 
Inside the keys I taped off really well to leave the original finish, I didn't want to lose the Logo or original detailing. I simply freshened it up with some liquid gold. 

After it was done I wiped the edges down with a dark glaze and quickly wiped it off, giving it a little bit of depth. 

 She is a stunner! 
We delivered it and it looks perfect in it's new home! 

Anybody have a piano they want done?!

A Vanity

Thursday, November 6, 2014
I like to Hunt for items for clients. 
A lot of times a person will come to me with something they are looking for- all I really need is a price range and I do the rest of the foot work! 

Like this fantastic vanity! 
My friend has one little girl- and four boys! She wanted a vintage looking vanity to put in her daughters room, as a Christmas gift. 

It only took me a few days and I found this amazing vanity. Once I saw it I knew it would be PERFECT! I bought it then and let my friend know. 

Then  I was able to strip it down and paint it a perfect Antique white, with lite distressing. I also painted the insides of the drawers gold. (The girls room will be white, gold, with light pink accents!) 

I later found the little stool from a lady I happened to buy some other pieces from, it fit perfectly!
 It will be recovered later- once we decide what material to cover it with! 

My friend also brought this great dresser over to have done to also fit in the same room. I hand painted all those little gold dots one by one! The pink is so subtle with the touch of gold, it makes my heart happy. I can't wait to see this room finished! 

I couldn't be happier with how this order turned out! 

Let me know if you are looking for something specific and I'll do my best to HUNT it down! 

A Upholstered Chair

Monday, November 3, 2014
My mother is the expert when it comes to upholstery, she usually is the one that does all of them. But it has been a goal of mine to learn it, and there is no better time than the present. 

My friend brought this chair over, a family member gave it to her for free! It already had great bones but was about 30-40 years old. It needed a little TLC.  

The hardest part about upholstery for me is the beginning... the tear apart. 
You have to be careful to keep all your pieces in pretty good shape so you can use them as patterns. Sometimes that is difficult- especially when the fabric is so worn and old. 
But after a few hours, blisters, and a little blood I was able to get it down to the bones. 

The insides were in fantastic shape.  The client brought a big roll of material to be used to recover it and I was able to piece it together with only a few do- overs! 

 I learned a lot with this one! But it turned out to be a show stopper!
1. Stripes are hard! 
2. Cording, tack strips, and trim are your best friend.
3. Wear gloves.
4. If at first you don't succeed! Try Try again!

The chair has a cushion and she was able to recover that, so these pictures are shown without it, hence the bumpy base! 

 With the holidays coming up fast, let me know if you have something you would like done before then!

Adding Details

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
When this cabinet was brought to me it was a simple box. 
I did take a "before" picture but cannot find it! So- imagine this cabinet with a solid door- and nothing else! Just a bright yellow dingy cabinet.   

I cut out the middle of the door to accommodate it for a VCR and cable box. Then I added some chicken wire to the back of the door. After that I used scrap pieces of trim that I had from other projects, both to the base and the top of the cabinet. Then the last thing I added with the curved cut out plywood pieces, this really added the most dramatic change, and made this little box feel so much more sophisticated! 

 Now for the magic! 
Once it is all painted the same color it looks like it was "born this way!" I simply painted it my favorite grey paint, added a little glazing, and put on a new iron handle.  You would never know this came from a old garage! It's amazing what some added details will to do a somewhat  simple piece of furniture! 

Crackled Desk Story

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

This desk was a serious undertaking, it took me 3 months to finish! I know- f.o.r.e.v.e.r!
But the finished product made the process completely worth it. 
It was brought to me by a client who said she just wanted it painted black- that I could not do. I could not cover the layers or existing paint and call it good. This baby had originally been painted yellow, then white, then a country blue, then last it was crackled with a white finish. Not good. 
The previous paint jobs were very thick and very poorly done.  It was a nightmare to say the least.
I knew under all that paint was a nice piece of wood furniture- it took some serious elbow grease and a lot of paint stripper (4+ layers) to get it down to the original wood. 

Here is what she originally looked like when I first got her- the entire thing (front, sides, back) was in this thick crackle finish! There were missing knobs and broken drawers as well- it was kinda sad. 

Here is what she originally looked like when I first got her- the entire thing (front, sides, back) was in this thick crackle finish! There were missing knobs and broken drawers as well- it was kinda sad. 

The drawers were terrible- see how before the sides were even gooped up?! They didn't close very tight and a few were almost completely falling apart. 
I had to do a lot of gluing and nailing them tightly together- then after a lot of sanding and sanding and stripper and more sanding. I was able to get all the drawers back to their original state! Check out those dove tails!!

After sanding... 

 That step took me a month. No Joke. I would sit and sand while the kids ran around outside, I do NOT enjoy sanding! But it was very rewarding when they all were done. 

I then did the same thing to the top. 

It took me another month! 
(At this point I almost gave up, I hated this thing!) 
I ended up using more stripper on the top and it is not a fun thing to use. You have to wear gloves and protective eye/face wear. If you get any of it on your skin it stings terribly and burns! (This happened a few times.) It's also very strong smelling so I could only do it with the garage open- which means tiny humans kept coming around- which means I kept having to get after the tiny humans to get away! Maybe that is why it took me so long?! 

 Finally- the worst part was done. Prep-work is not fun.
I then gave the sides/back/and center a really good sanding, I was mainly trying to get the crackle finish off, which felt close to impossible. It was smooth to the touch it just looked crackly still. 
I then covered the top and was finally able to spray the base black. 

I used a enamel base paint on this one- it is a water base paint that actually dries harder than laytex (kind of like oil base paint without the mess). I loved the sheen it gave and the durability. Once I had sanded the piece so many times the wood was pretty soft, this helped bring back the strength- it turned out fantastic. 

 Then I took off my protective covering! There was NO WAY I was going to paint that top after all that hard work! I called the client and begged her to let me stain the top in a dark walnut- she said she couldn't visualize it, but trusted me! (Phew!) The wood looked so great in this state, to paint it might have caused me to "accidentally" set it on fire!! (It was a little bit of a pain in my...) Anyway, I was very relieved and got right to staining. 

 I covered it in 3 coats of Dark Walnut stain. 

I loved the imperfections and how smooth it came out. 
I then did a quick sanding on the drawers only- to give them depth, and then added new metal hardware. Finally a thick coat of polyurethane to make it nice and shinny. 

Like I said- 3 months! It was defiantly a battle I wanted to quit a few times, but I'm glad I stuck it out. I took a lot of my frustrations out on this little lady- she handled it all very nicely. You would never know she was once a country crackled hot mess!

 As a extra little reward I lined her drawers with some dainty coated paper. She deserved it after all she had been through. 

 She turned out to be a stunner- even her backside. 

Even though this one was difficult Im always up for the challenge! I think that is why I love doing this so much, the end result is so rewarding! 

Do you have something you would like refinished? Just shoot me a text with a image or an email! Id love to help!
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