Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Old White Dry Sink

This is my favorite reinvented piece so far.  I {really} wanted to keep her but she has found a happy home...

I usually listen to any advice my husband gives but I have to say that I am glad I didn't this {one} time.  I ran across this old dry sink at Goodwill last summer. 

I spotted it immediately and must've looked {overly} excited because a nice gentleman stopped to ask what I planned to do with it {as if I were crazy}.  He said it just looked like junk to him but he could tell that I was excited to find it and couldn't help but ask.  {Sweet.}  It did look pretty junky {unless you are into Grateful Dead chic} but I knew with a little TLC she would be a beauty!   
Sidenote: The hutch and base were actually in separate areas of the store and priced separately.  After inspecting the hardware, there was no doubt they were a set and I {very kindly} showed the manager, asking if he might price it as one piece {please, please, please}.  To my surprise, he said no problem and ripped the other tag up.  {Score!}  So, don't be afraid to ask and plead your case because they are often willing to help you out {and make you a happy girl}.  Anyhoo...after sitting in our garage for the last 6 or so months, my husband suggested I keep it and use it to store my supplies.  {Can you imagine this beauty holding old paint brushes and rags?  What a waste.}

I did think about it for a second but decided she was worth the work and got right to it!  I knew I wanted this piece to be Old White and heavily distressed.  In my humble opinion, an old dry sink just wouldn't look natural with a perfect paint job.  It needed character and signs that it has lived life a little {getting deep, I know}.  I drybrushed the entire piece with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) in Old White.  I then sanded and sanded {and sanded} using every grit from 150 to 400 to blend the brush strokes and make the finish look natural.  It was then topped with 2 coats of clear wax to protect the worn finish.  I really love the look of painted hardware and ASCP makes the job really easy.  It literally sticks to everything and I simply seal the hardware, just like wood, with clear wax.

I couldn't decide which use she was best for so I staged the piece as a china hutch and as a changing table.

A very sweet gal named Janna {who has the most adorable doggies} picked up this beauty for her dining room.  I think I was right to not take Chad's advice because it sold {with 2 backup offers} within 2 hours of posting.  People love unique pieces and I am so thankful because I love finding unique pieces and redesigning them {and it gives me an excuse to keep buying them}!  Which use do you think fits this piece best...changing table or china hutch?
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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Buffet versatility

I don't know about you all but sometimes I just can't keep up with life!  Things have been busy around here over the last 2 weeks but my sweet {and very helpful} mother-in-law came in town for a few days and I was able to accomplish a lot {apparently that included catching a chest cold}.  I was home sick today but find it very hard to just rest so I decided to break out the laptop and get a new post up {from my comfy bed, of course}.
I have been dying to post pictures of a buffet I completed over the weekend.  Buffets are fabulous because they are so versatile.  See for yourself...
Buffet Changing Table
ASCP French Linen & custom mix 1 part French Linen/2 parts Old White; clear wax

Buffet Server
ASCP French Linen & custom mix 1 part French Linen/2 parts Old White; clear wax
The height of the buffet is 37 inches making it perfect for a changing table or its original purpose, a buffet server.  Poor girl was screaming for a face lift to highlight those beautiful details!
Buffet before
The drawers were in very good condition but I wanted "her" to look extra special so I lined them.  One of the drawers even includes a divider which is another plus to using it in a nursery. 

As much as I would love to keep this piece for myself, it is available for purchase {Update: SOLD}. 
I love seeing furniture put to use in a different way than it was intended.  Do you look for versatile pieces when shopping for your home?  Don't be shy...share below! 
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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Midlife crisis

My home is going through a midlife crisis.  I have been in denial for quite some time but all the signs are there.  See for yourself...

Gotta love the spackle!
This is what my great room has looked like going on 2 weeks now.  {I know, right?}  See, I've been dying for new curtains but am forced to make my own because I want them to fall from the top of the arched window to the floor.  {Why do I have to be so picky?}  It will happen {just not today}.  Surely, I am not the only one whose house is suffering?   

What I now realize is she didn't get to this point on her own.  See, 10 years ago, my husband and I moved into our first home.  It was small and cozy and I.loved.it.so.much.  We married 5 days after graduating college so obviously there was no way we were going to be able to afford the tables {and lamps. curtains. shelves.} that I dog-eared in the Pottery Barn catalog.  Instead, I made my own versions by reinventing furniture that my parents gave me, a slipcover from Target, and lots of knick-knacks from antique and thrift stores.  We literally redesigned everything in the house on a pea-sized budget {including laying our own wood floors}. 

 Three years later, we moved 5 hours away into a new construction home.  A new home brought the chance to change things up decor-wise.  The hubs and I {yes, he has input} decided we wanted to move from cottage farmhouse to traditional decor.  We inherited a gorgeous Duncan Phyfe dining room set {I'll save the eye candy for another post} that somewhat led us in the traditional direction.  We have loved the change...until now.  It's not that I don't love my home;  it's just that after 5 years she is crying out for a change {OK, so am I}.  So, it is official...we are beginning the process of mixing the old and the new {think vintage farmhouse meets traditional}! 

Consider this a disclaimer:  if you come to my house and I have no curtains or my coffee table is covered in primer, don't judge me {or her}.  Her midlife crisis will eventually end and she'll emerge a new {old} woman.   

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Feeling a little Aubusson Blue?

I can't wait to show you this dresser transformation!  It also proves that I do actually step outside of the {Old White} box.  I was afraid you were beginning to wonder.  Check out this beauty...  

ASCP Aubusson Blue; antiqued; clear wax

Here's how she came to me...

This piece was transformed using 2 coats of ASCP in Aubusson Blue followed by light distressing and antiqued using a stain.  Aubusson Blue alone is a medium to dark blue, which is beautiful but we were hoping for more of a deep blue turquoise/teal.  The stain over color technique worked perfectly to achieve this look.   
I'm going to show you a few different views because the color changes depending on the lighting.  Unfortunately, I am never home before dark to take these after shots in natural light so I am constantly battling color balance.  {Come on Spring!}  The first picture above was taken using a flash.  Here is another perspective without a flash:

ASCP Aubusson Blue; antiqued; clear wax

ASCP Aubusson Blue; antiqued; clear wax
If you look closely in the above picture you can actually see the warm brown tones created by the stain.  In the words of my friend Megan when she saw this on Facebook this morning...Eeekkk!  {By the way, click on the FB icon at the top of the page to follow me on Facebook if you don't already!}  I LOVE color on antiques but I REALLY love color that looks like it has been on the piece for years.  As much as I would love to keep this one for myself it must go back to its sweet owner.  On to the next beauty...

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