A side benefit to doing what I do, is getting to help people make over furniture that they like (it’s sturdy, it functions well etc) but they may not necessarily like the color or finish of.
My sister purchased some furniture from our grandmother right after she (sis) got married. She liked the lines of the piece and the great storage but after a while, I think the plain oak finish wasn’t to her tastes. So….when she discovered they would be moving back to Lubbock (where our mom and much family lives) when she was 7 months pregnant she asked me to come help with unpacking. Since I’m known as fairly
OCD ahem, organized and available, she asked me. Through many conversations I learned that she also wanted her bedroom furniture made over. Clearly, she had asked the right person 😉
So I packed up my supplies,
I like to say “Have paint, will travel!”
(And my teenager) and headed to Lubbock. Here’s the furniture before and forgive my tired self for not reassembling the furniture for better “before” pics but I had driven 6 hours and unpacked 3 rooms the day before so I wasn’t really feeling it.
This was a tall chest:
The dresser/mirror combo:
And the headboard/footboard:
As you can see the furniture was sturdy, had great lines (love the curves) and was overall a quality set. She decided she wanted it painted white with slight distressing. So, I chose Annie Sloan Old White and after distressing I waxed it with Annie Sloan Clear Wax. The exception was the tops of the nightstand and the long dresser. I finished the bodies of those in wax, but sealed the tops with Minwax Polyurethane to withstand drinks, the occasional spill and my toddler nephew and soon to be niece 🙂
Here are some afters. First the tall chest:
I bet you didn’t even pick up on these great details when you saw the “before” pics, did you?
Something about white makes details just pop out on quality wood pieces. I LOVE IT!!
Here’s the nightstand:
The dresser/mirror combo:
This dresser/mirror pic was taken during the night (very, very late at night) so it appears yellow but that’s just the interior lighting. I promise it’s the same gorgeous white as the other pieces.
Here’s the headboard/footboard that my teenager ended up doing under my supervision (see…anyone can do this!) because my arm was hurting from the 3 pieces I did the day before and the 14 pieces I did the 6 days prior to going to Lubbock. Must. Learn. To. Pace. Myself!!
Overall, I thought it was a great transformation. My sister feels like she got new furniture without having to spend new furniture $$, and I got to spend time with my sister, my brother-in-love and my amazing nephew. All because I decided to try painting one day. WINNING!!