Friday, April 17, 2015

Before and After: Herringbone Mid-Century Dressers!

(Disclosure: Cutting Edge Stencils sent me a free stencil in exchange for this post. Even so, all opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links.)

Happy Friday, friends! I cannot waittttt to show you all of the furniture pieces I've been working on this week (5 pieces in total -- yes, I'm exhausted)! My favorites, though, are these mid-century dressers:

Before and After: Herringbone Mid-Century Dressers!
Before and After: Herringbone Mid-Century Dressers!

I got ahead of myself and forgot to take a picture of them with the hardware, but you get the idea.

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The Details:

Stencil paint: a simple bright white from Behr
Hardware paint: Semi-Gloss White from Rustoleum and spray Polycrylic to seal and protect them
Stencil: Herringbone Craft Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils
Top Coat / Sealer: General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat
(which I sprayed with my Earlex HV5500 paint sprayer)

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After painting the entire piece with General Finishes Driftwood, I took the top two drawers from each piece and stenciled them! I've used Cutting Edge Stencils for my DIY Paisley Drum Table, The Stenciled Bookshelf, and The Paisley Painted Cedar Chest, so to say I love their stencils is an understatement. When I saw this stenciled dresser on Pinterest with only the top drawer stenciled, I knew I had to do the same technique on these mid-century cuties! 

(Note: make sure you put the drawers in the dresser to confirm that they are in the right spot. You don't want to stencil the wrong drawers.)

I wanted the main part of the stencil to go through the middle, so I measured each drawer and made a small pencil mark at the middle.

Before and After: Herringbone Mid-Century Dressers!

After this point, I was up to my eyeballs in white paint and a stencil, so I stopped taking pictures. It's easy peasy, though, so bear with me!

1. Carefully line up your stencil. I used painter's tape to keep it in place.
2. Pour a little bit of white paint on a tray or plate (I used a foam plate).
3. I suggest using a small foam roller to paint on the stencil. Roll the roller in paint like you normally would, and then "unload" (roll) it a bit on an empty plate or cardboard. It seems silly to do this, but it will help the paint go on evenly and will prevent bleed-through under your stencil.
4. If the stencil doesn't cover your entire drawer, wait until the first section dries and then move on to the rest.

Before and After: Herringbone Mid-Century Dressers!
 
When I finished stenciling, I wasn't sure if I liked the stark contrast between the gray and white. I decided to distress the white a bit to tone it down. I loved it!

Before and After: Herringbone Mid-Century Dressers!
 
I distressed it even more after that picture, and I was finally happy with the result! I finished both pieces with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat to seal and protect the paint.

While I failed to take a picture of them, the original hardware was gold and the paint was worn off. I painted them a bright white and sealed them with spray Polycrylic.

Before and After: Herringbone Mid-Century Dressers!

The After:

Before and After: Herringbone Mid-Century Dressers!

Before and After: Herringbone Mid-Century Dressers!

Before and After: Herringbone Mid-Century Dressers!
Before and After: Herringbone Mid-Century Dressers!

Before and After: Herringbone Mid-Century Dressers!

What do you think!?

Before and After: Herringbone Mid-Century Dressers!

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Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.T; Manic Monday at Serendipity and Spice; What's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny Sack; Weekend Warrior Mondays at Ask Anna; Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple; Tuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.; Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife; Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's Korner; Wednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and JellybeansUnder $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket Fence; Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style; Thursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at Domesblissity; Catch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse Inside; Hookin' Up With House of Hepworths; Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage; Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack; Friday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant Life; Feature Friday at Blissful and Domestic; A Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea Parties; Tickled Pink at 504 MainFriday Frolic at Pocket Full of Pink; Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and JelloWeekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now; Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest; Functional Friday at The Not So Functional Housewife; Inspire Me Please at Liz Marie; Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter; Head to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop Crafting; Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special; Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My Hands; Sunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap Time; Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming; Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;

Friday, April 3, 2015

Before and After: The French Dresser with Mirror!

Happy Friday, friends! Not only is it Friday, but it's Good Friday! I am so thankful! I hope you all have a blessed weekend celebrating Christ's death and resurrection! Isn't it awesome that we have hope and life because of His sacrifice?

Good Friday
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Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.

Today I delivered this gorgeous piece to a client and I could not wait to share it with you! I posted this unfinished cutie on Facebook and it was snagged up for a custom order quickly! Here's what the piece looked like before:

Before and After: The French Dresser with Mirror!
Before and After: The French Dresser with Mirror!
Before and After: The French Dresser with Mirror!

Before we get to the painting part, you probably noticed that one handle is missing in the before photo. Luckily, it came with the piece, but it was broken. Rather than replacing all of those beautiful handles, I decided to repair it with J-B Weld.

Fix broken hardware with JB Weld

We use J-B Weld at the store I work at, so I had confidence that it would fix the handle and that it would stay repaired for years to come. Just in case, though, I told the client that if anything ever happened to the handle I would replace it for free. This stuff literally welds items together, so be careful when you use it.

The Details:

Paint -- Antique White by Sherwin Williams
Top Coat/Sealer -- General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat(which I sprayed with my Earlex 5500 paint sprayer.

Before the top coat, I sanded the edges and details to make them pop!

Before and After: The French Dresser with Mirror!

Before and After: The French Dresser with Mirror!

 I really debated on painting the metal piece, but I'm so glad I did.

Before and After: The French Dresser with Mirror!

The After:

Before and After: The French Dresser with Mirror!

Before and After: The French Dresser with Mirror!
Before and After: The French Dresser with Mirror!

Some side by side shots for comparison:

Before and After: The French Dresser with Mirror!
Before and After: The French Dresser with Mirror!

What do you think!? I adore the way the paint transformed it and gave it new life!

Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.T; Manic Monday at Serendipity and Spice; What's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny Sack; Weekend Warrior Mondays at Ask Anna; Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple; Tuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.; Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife; Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's Korner; Wednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and JellybeansUnder $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket Fence; Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style; Thursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at Domesblissity; Catch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse Inside; Hookin' Up With House of Hepworths; Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage; Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack; Friday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant Life; Feature Friday at Blissful and Domestic; A Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea Parties; Tickled Pink at 504 MainFriday Frolic at Pocket Full of Pink; Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and JelloWeekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now; Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest; Functional Friday at The Not So Functional Housewife; Inspire Me Please at Liz Marie; Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter; Head to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop Crafting; Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special; Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My Hands; Sunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap Time; Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming; Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;
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