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Tables everywhere!

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Over the last few weeks I have been accumulating furniture like crazy to have a full booth at the Wylie Last Monday trade days. I’m excited for the opportunity. I bought furniture from an estate sale, an auction, Craigslist and a local sales site.

I have a “set” amount I like to pay for certain pieces. End tables and night stands are quick sells and always seem to be easy to come by. That was true this time plus I ended up with 3 coffee tables. 2 of them are very very similar but were purchased 40 miles apart! πŸ˜‰

Here are some pics of the pieces and their respective makeovers. All pieces in this post are for sale. Please email me for pricing and availability questions.

Matching end tables BEFORE:

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And AFTER in their Pitch Black milk paint goodness:

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I adore this round end table BEFORE:

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AFTER in its 2 tone chalk paint finish:

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Another end table BEFORE:

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And AFTER in its 2 toned glory:

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Now for some coffee table transformations. This oval beauty BEFORE:

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I have 2 of these but finished them differently. The first in a custom Salem Red/Barn Red milk paint finish:

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The second in a chalk paint/glaze finish:

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Lastly a rectangular coffee table that I somehow didn’t end up with a before pic of! Here it is finished in Sea Green milk paint:

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So here’s hoping my table excessiveness pays off at trade days this weekend πŸ™‚ If you live locally I hope to see you there!!

~T~

Denim Fabulousness!

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Discovering my love of redoing furniture has been so fun for me. I have been able to make a little extra $$ for my family, and help people transform existing furniture they have. In between, I try and snag great pieces that I find on Craigslist or local sales sites. Thankfully, I’ve been able to sell those pieces as soon as I paint them and in this case even before I can paint them!

I bought this piece from a nice lady who had kept this chest of drawers for 30 years. She had even sanded and stained it herself. I almost didn’t tell her I planned to give it a makeover, but she was cool with it. Here is the pic from her CL ad. It was in great shape!

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I could see potential but I didn’t care at all for the rose knobs in place of drawer pulls. They were very Victorian and looked awkward to me:

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Don’t you agree?

I had it sitting in my garage when a friend was over. She saw it and we discussed how I had planned to paint it. She’s a very artsy, creative type and was open to lots of different ideas. (LOVE clients like this!) I had an end table that I somehow forgot to get a before pic of…..*DOH!* but she wanted that also. So…we decided I would use Annie Sloan Graphite and Cece Caldwell’s Smoky Mountain Gray. The end table I painted gray first, then put graphite on top and wet distressed til gray showed through. I sealed it with AS clear wax. I spray painted the drawer handle in black to freshen it up and I loved the finished product on this one. What do you think?

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For the chest, I removed the rose knobs and filled in the holes in the drawers with wood filler. I painted in Graphite first, then layered gray on top and wet distressed til the Graphite showed through. Once the drawers were painted, I added a single pull with a decorative backing detail that I had removed from a 2nd chest I painted camo (that blog coming soon…). I spray painted the single pulls black and my awesome husband drilled a hole dead center of each drawer so I could install the new fresh hardware. Here’s the after on the chest:

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A close up of the way the distressing looked:

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The side view:

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The customary before/after:

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Even though we reversed the order of the base coat and top coat, both pieces ended up very similar. A little more wood showed through on the end table, but mostly because I loved the deep oak color of it, as opposed to the light pine of the chest πŸ™‚

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In person the finish really resembles a pair of well worn jeans. Love it!

~T~

Labor of Love (& friendship)

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Most of my friends know that what started me on this DIY obsession adventure is seeing my friend Diane’s hutch redone. That rabbit hole led me to find Dumpster Diva but most of you don’t know I bought a table from her (DD) prior to learning how to do-it-myself!

We had a table (2 in fact). A formal dining table (as old as I am) that I bought from my grandparents and an “everyday” table we purchased back in 1999 for over $1000. Our everyday table was well loved and served us well but a little large for our current space. It had 6 chairs and 2 leaves and extended to 8′ long. When I bought my new table from DD I thought I would just sell my old table for a couple hundred bucks. No such luck. Because it was a lighter oak color,

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No one wanted to pay a decent price for it. Never mind that the chairs were sturdy, table functioned great and it was solid wood. So….it sat in front living area making the place look like a furniture store. I considered painting it and then trying to sell it for more. But I worried that I would paint it white and potential buyers would want black or vice versa. And quite frankly I did not want to put forth the effort. So….it sat. And sat. And sat. Then my best friend Heather asked me if I would paint it for her. Suddenly I was motivated. Sort of.

I pestered her to death with pictures and “Do you like..?”‘s. She graciously told me what she liked and didn’t and we decided on a “shabby” white finish with a stained top. How hard could that be?

Well….I started sanding the top. I sanded for 8 hours, broke a sander, bought a new sander and managed to only sand 1/3 of the table. I sent Heather various texts expressing my absolute hatred for this stupid table. She lovingly thanked me for my hard work and listened to my venting. My neighbor came home and said “oh, you have the wrong type sander, wanna borrow my (better, faster, more expensive) sander?” DO I?!?!? Duh!!!! One hour with his nifty sander and table was all done. All done! One hour!! Boy did I feel stupid.

Here’s the table top laid out before sanding (garage lighting makes it look yellow, but it was really just a light pine or blonde oak color):

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Here’s my teenager giving me a break and helping me sand:

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Here’s the table top fully sanded and “raw”:

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I painted all 6 chairs and the table base and tabletop edge in Annie Sloan’s Old Ochre and sealed with Annie Sloan clear wax. The table top was stained in MinWax Provincial and sealed with 7 coats of poly.

Here’s a before shot of a chair (those boogers were a pain to paint also!):

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Here’s the chairs painted:

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And here’s a step by step of the tabletop prior to poly:

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Once we put the tabletop back on the base it really came together nicely and I began to like the way it turned out:

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Man, that is one loooong table! Anyhow, after much temper tantrum venting on my part (through the entire table process) we were finally able to deliver the table to my dear friend Heather and see it set up in her dining room. Doesn’t it look great in there?

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And I’m thrilled to say she was my first paying customer and I’m now working on a new piece for another client…I believe “Casa de Cass Designs” has been born πŸ™‚

~T~

Painting Class

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Back in February when I started researching redoing/updating furniture, I was told about Dumpster Diva. What is a Dumpster Diva you might ask? Well, it’s this neat lady that has an absolute gift for repurposing and redoing furniture. She has a shop in McKinney and she doesn’t throw away anything. What she also does do is teach painting classes. So…I decided I would take one. I figured if I could learn half as much as her, I’d be off to a great start. I told my mom about it and she decided to join me. Later, a friend of hers decided to join us also. The problem was Dumpster Diva was booked til April. Since you have most likely read my other blogs, you know I didn’t wait til this class to start painting πŸ˜‰

So for $150 I signed up for a 4 hour painting class. Dumpster Diva (DD) provides all supplies except the paintbrush (she asked us to bring a Purdy Cub XL 2″ brush) and she even provided pieces from her “pickin’ pile” that we could choose from.

My mom and I saw a photo DD posted a few hours before the class of the pickin’ pile:

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We got very excited and rushed right over to class. We were um, 75 minutes early πŸ˜‰ but we wanted to know how the “pickin’ order” of this class went. I had my eye on the brown dresser to the right. When we arrived, DD said pickin’ order was first come so we rushed in the back and snagged our pieces. Success! The brown dresser was MINE ALL MINE!!

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See…I wanted to find a dresser for my sons room; one I could try a 3 color technique on. The base color I wanted was brown so this was just perfect! Step 1 complete with no effort on my part! I chose Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Bayberry Green and Buttermilk to make what I had in mind.
I started out by painting the Bayberry Green haphazardly over the brown. Lets just say at that point I realized how industrious I was going to have to be to finish in the allotted time!

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After the green dried I mixed up the buttermilk and went to town again quite haphazardly over the brown and green. Once all colors of all paint had dried I used a wet sponge to “wet distress” the piece and reveal more of the green and brown underneath.

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I played with it a little to find the level of blending I wanted.

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I used the same technique on the hardware and then I waxed the piece.
Here’s an updated pic after I got it home:

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And the customary before & after:

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Not too shabby, eh? And the most important part: my son loved it! I wish I could paint everything multiple layers – this technique is so much fun!
~T~

An Obsession Begins…

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So I alluded to my first project when I wrote the last blog. Here’s what I started with:

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I was looking for a piece that was:
*Cheap
*Sturdy
*Full of detailed woodwork
*did I mention cheap?

I was dying to try some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ASCP but I wanted a piece that wasn’t initially expensive in case I messed it all up and had to trash it and start all over (or quit!). This piece was a great one because it had been in the same family since new and was well taken care of. When I went to pick it up I was thrilled to discover behind the center door there were 3 additional drawers!! So I did my Pinterest research and discovered that ASCP was offered nearby and I rushed out to buy some (dragging my sister along) I had a bit of sticker shock ($35.95+tax for a QUART!) but I swallowed hard, paid and brought the ACSP Old Ochre paint home. I was anxious to start. I had been at a moms conference all day with my sister but I got home and got started at 10pm that night. Here’s what I accomplished the first night:

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The 3 odd shaped things are the drawers from behind the center door. The thing I liked about chalk paint was everyone kept saying no prep, no sanding. So I washed the piece with soapy water and once dry, started painting. Chalk paint covers nicely and goes on easy so I was thrilled that I hadn’t wasted the $$ I spent and pleased with how fast I was able to progress the first night.

I also removed the hardware and used Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint to give it an updated look.

I went back to the mom conference the next day and returned home to work some more on my project. I think my sister thought I was nuts! I used Minwax dark walnut stain as a glaze over the center door and drawers and they came along nicely with the glaze bringing out the detail in the woodwork:

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I struggled with how to add the glaze to the top and sides without it looking weird. It turned out different than how I planned but I like it πŸ™‚

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One neat thing about the chalk paint is that as I added the glaze by rubbing it on, it naturally distressed the chalk paint:

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Once I had the glaze on all 9 drawers, the top & sides I then let it “cure” for a few days. I knew this piece would have drinks and such set on it so I sealed the top with Minwax Polyurethane but I cheated and sprayed poly on the drawers and door using Valspar clear gloss. It sure made things go faster! We let it set a few more days, attached the hardware then brought it inside and to its new place:

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All in all, I am very happy with my first project. Recently, my husband and I were at a craft fair and he saw a similarly painted piece for $450. Suddenly, he believes too πŸ˜‰ Good thing since I’m obsessed now!

~T~