Monday, March 23, 2015

Before and After: The Gray and White Side Table!

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Happy Monday, friends! Sorry it's been so long since I last posted. If you follow me on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram, you know I've been a busy girl! It's a crazy kind of busy, but a good kind of busy, too. I'm so thankful that God continues opening doors for this little ol' business! I've been doing a lot of custom orders for clients, but I did have a chance to work on this adorable side table that I bought at an estate sale (praise the Lord that garage sale season is coming soon, am I right!?).

Before and After: The Gray and White Side Table!
Before and After: The Gray and White Side Table!
Don't you just love the details on the front? My first reaction was to paint the whole thing white, shabby chic it, and call it a day. Unfortunately, I get in a creative funk sometimes because it seems like white is the only thing that sells in my craft and furniture booth. I wanted to try something new, though, so I decided to mix it up a bit.

The Details:

Top Coat/Sealer: General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat (which I sprayed with my Earlex 5500 paint sprayer)

I painted the entire piece gray and then took a small artist paint brush to paint the details white. It really made all of the details pop!

Before and After: The Gray and White Side Table!

Even so, I didn't like the stark contrast (and the fact that I couldn't paint a straight line, if we're being honest). I decided to go back over the white and dry brush the gray. It gives it a kind of shabby chic look that I love!


Before and After: The Gray and White Side Table!

I did the same method with the hardware and then distressed them a bit. I sealed the hardware with a spray polycrylic to help with every day wear.

Then, I lightly distressed the edges of the entire piece.

Before and After: The Gray and White Side Table!

I love, love, love the way it turned out!

Before and After: The Gray and White Side Table!
Before and After: The Gray and White Side Table!

Isn't it crazy how paint can change a piece so much?

Before and After: The Gray and White Side Table!

What do you think?

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;

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Before and After: The Gray Mid-Century Desk!

(Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.)

Hello, friend! I hope you've had an incredible week full of awesome things. This week (and last week technically) I've been working on a cool mid-century desk. It wasn't in awful condition, but it needed a little more life!

Before and After: The Gray Mid-Century Desk!

I sanded the entire piece really well (this isn't a necessary step for the paint I used, but I wanted to make sure the surface was even and smooth). The top is laminate, so I only sanded it lightly.

The Details:

Top Coat/Sealer: General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat (which I sprayed with my Earlex 5500 paint sprayer)

After: 


Before and After: The Gray Mid-Century Desk!

Oh, key holes! You make my heart happy even if that's weird to say!


I decided to stage it just for fun!

Before and After: The Gray Mid-Century Desk!
Before and After: The Gray Mid-Century Desk!
Before and After: The Gray Mid-Century Desk!

The cute plant and orange candle are from Ikea (I made a trip there this week for the music room... I'm still working on it, but hopefully updates are coming soon)!

What do you think of the dark gray I used on this piece? I painted a pair of retro side tables in General Finishes Driftwood (a lighter gray) and I loved that gray, too! It's hard to pick which gray I love the most! Which one is your favorite?


This cutie is available in my booth at Hodge Podge for $225 if you're interested! For all of my outside-of-Georgia-friends -- we ship pieces, too! Feel free to contact me with any questions or for a shipping quote.

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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