Sunday, June 28, 2015

Before and After: The Two Tone Persian Blue Dresser!

(Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links. Even so, the products that I feature are products that I know and love!)

It's so silent around here because it's been a busy summer! I hope you're having an awesome summer, too! I try not to be too hard on myself about posting because family time, band events with CPM, and other adventures are more important right now. It's still hard to stay away, though, and I miss my friends here in blog land!

Today I'm sharing a piece I finished for a client a few weeks ago. It was one of the hardest pieces I've ever done, but also the most rewarding. She bought it at a local antique store and it looked like this:

Before and After: The Two Tone Persian Blue Dresser!

Before I say the following, please know I am not bashing any person, products or brands. My Mom uses chalk paint and wax, and her pieces are gorgeous and high quality. However, prep and correct use of these products are key (as with any other products).

The piece looked beautiful as-is. Even so, there were some areas where a light scratch with my fingernail would take the paint off completely. There were other areas where the paint had already come off with the few items the client had placed on top of the dresser. This can happen if you don't sand lightly before refinishing a piece. I know that many products claim that you don't have to sand, but on extremely glossy surfaces (like this piece), the paint simply won't adhere well.

Unfortunately, the wax was put on very thick as well, and it did not appear that they buffed it at all. It made the piece sticky and rough.

Before and After: The Two Tone Persian Blue Dresser!

I did some googling and there are DIYers that say you can paint over wax once it has cured, but because it was so thick and tacky on this piece, I didn't even want to risk it. I did tons of research and ultimately decided to try to remove it with Mineral Spirits. It worked super well! Just rub it on with a rag and wipe it off with another rag.

How to Remove a Wax Finish from Furniture

Once I removed the wax, I sanded everything down. The paint came off so easily it was like I stripped it down to the original finish. Once I got to the original finish, I could still see the glossy-ness, so I sanded it down a little bit more to remove the gloss. Again, sanding will give the paint something to adhere / stick to.

For the top, the client wanted the wood stained, so I stripped it down to the bare wood. I used Citri-Strip, which is the best stripper I've ever used (I learned my lesson with the Craigslist Dresser).

Once all the prep work was done, I covered the top with newspaper and then painted the base with General Finishes Persian Blue Milk Paint. I've used this color on the Persian Blue Desk, the Persian Blue Dresser, and the Ugly Vintage Lamp Redo, so I guess you could say it's my favorite blue right now!

(Side note: I sprayed everything on this piece with my Earlex HV 5500 paint sprayer except for the stain and glaze.) 

Before and After: The Two Tone Persian Blue Dresser!

Once I was finished, it looked like this:

Before and After: The Two Tone Persian Blue Dresser!

Then, it was time to stain the top! I used General Finishes Java Gel Stain. Stain is still tricky for me, but I always adore the final result.

Once that was dry, I used General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glazeover the Persian Blue to add depth to the piece and bring out all of those gorgeous details. After that, I sealed the entire piece with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat. Can you tell that General Finishes is my absolute favorite? I'm not affiliated with them in any way, I just truly believe in their products.

I also spray painted the original hardware a dark brown by Rustoleum and then sealed them with a spray Polycrylic.

The After:

Before and After: The Two Tone Persian Blue Dresser!
Before and After: The Two Tone Persian Blue Dresser!
Before and After: The Two Tone Persian Blue Dresser!

Before and After: The Two Tone Persian Blue Dresser!

Before and After: The Two Tone Persian Blue Dresser!
Before and After: The Two Tone Persian Blue Dresser!

Before and After: The Two Tone Persian Blue Dresser!

The Persian Blue is so fun because the color changes with different lighting -- sometimes it looks bright blue and other times it looks green!

Can you tell the difference between the two products? 

 

Before and After: The Two Tone Persian Blue Dresser!

This is a vital part for me when I'm choosing products. I want a professional, smooth, and gorgeous finish -- just like you would find in a factory furniture store. Most importantly, though, I want a product that can endure every day wear and tear.

So, what do you think of the final result!? If you love this project, please pin and share!

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;

Monday, June 1, 2015

Before and After: The Kitchen Island!

Sorry I've been MIA this month! Between work and recording in Nashville with Crystal Padilla Music, it's been an exciting, but busy month! I have tons of furniture projects to share with you guys, though, so let's jump right in! In April my Mom and I found this adorable kitchen island at Goodwill for $30! It's a dresser that was converted into a kitchen island (complete with wood top and beadboard back)!

Before and After: The Kitchen Island!

I actually loved the white color, especially since I planned to sell it, but I wished the details would pop out a little more. Instead of painting the entire piece, I decided to sand the piece lightly and simply glaze it!

Before and After: The Kitchen Island!

I used Paint Couture's Light Brown Sugar glaze. It brought out all of the unique details of the dresser and the beadboard. I also spray painted the wheels black (and then sealed with spray polycrylic) because I felt like the gold dated the piece a bit.

Are you ready for the subtle but amazing after?

Before and After: The Kitchen Island!
Before and After: The Kitchen Island!
Before and After: The Kitchen Island!
Before and After: The Kitchen Island!
Before and After: The Kitchen Island!

I had every intention to sell this piece. After all, I had my own kitchen island that I purchased a few months ago! One day, though, this piece randomly wandered into my kitchen.. and I fell in love! So, the old island will get a makeover and head to my craft / furniture booth at some point.

What do you think? 

Is it bad that I'm contemplating painting it a bright color like teal or red now that I'm keeping it? Haha!


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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