Jun 27, 2013

Antique Chairs With Drop Cloth Seats

If I admit to how long these chairs have been hanging around here seatless, will you promise to still keep reading my blog?



They would originally have had caned seats.  However, when I purchased them the caning was long gone and someone had added tapestry to the seats.  That fabric was literally disintegrating and I removed it, along with the straw/grass stuffing right away when I brought them home last August. 



I think part of the reason that it took me so long to work on them was because I wasn't sure if I should attempt re-caning them, or not.  I finally decided to just go ahead and have plywood seats made for them.  We visited my parents over the father's day weekend and I asked my dad if he would pretty-please cut me out new seats.  Thanks Pops!  And here they are with some brand new drop cloth and batting added to them. 



The graphics on the seats are courtesy of the Graphics Fairy.  I used iron-on transfers that I printed myself.  So as not to have a lot of extra shininess around the edges, I cut everything out real close to their outlines and didn't leave any big blank white spaces. 


I debated on using one graphic on both chairs, or two different ones.  As you can see, I decided to go with two different ones. 


I actually had no desire to paint these, as I thought the worn wood tones and patina were too lovely to cover up.  What do you think?  Would you have painted them?

Linking to:
Miss Mustard Seed
The Shabby Nest
Finding Fabulous
Five Days: Five Ways
Tatertots and Jello
Funky Junk Interiors

Jun 17, 2013

White Dresser With Lightly Whitewashed Top

This is a dresser I picked up at a yardsale a few Saturdays ago.  I bought three dressers that weekend.  Yes, I guess I was a little dresser crazy that day.  Anyways, two of the three are done.  And this one is sold already, actually. 


It was a pine dresser.  The lady selling it told me that her and her husband had bought it from Sears right after they were married.  It was unfinished and she stained and varathaned it.  Well, that was a few years ago and in the meantime it had gotten scratched and yellowed... you know the drill right?

Anyways, I sanded the top down and stained it with dark walnut stain.  To see more instructions on how I did that, you can view this post on refinishing. 

The body was sanded lightly, primed and then painted with Rustoleum semi-gloss white.  I did distress this piece, but only lightly around the edges this time.   


After I painted the body, I decided to do a sort-of whitewash treatment on the top to give it a worn/beachy/older feel.  I watered down some white paint and using a cloth wiped it over the top of the dresser.  Now normally, you could just wipe the excess away, but I was working outside and it was fairly warm, so it pretty much dried right away.  So I took some 100 grit sandpaper and did some sanding to give it a more authentic look.  The paint sort of settled into the grain of the wood. 



One other thing I did was change out the original hardware with some pulls and knobs I had gotten on clearance at Lowe's, maybe a year ago.  I've wanted to use them ever since, but they've never worked with anything I tried them out on.  I had the exact number of pulls and knobs I needed for this dresser, so I guess they were meant to go on it!

Hopefully soon I will be sharing with you the second dresser I picked up that day.

Linking to:
Coastal Charm
The Dedicated House
The 36th Avenue
Domestically Speaking
Southern Lovely
The Shabby Creek Cottage
My Repurposed Life
Finding Fabulous
Miss Mustard Seed
The Shabby Nest
The Cottage market
Five Days...Five Ways
Tatertots And Jello
Funky Junk Interiors
Classy Clutter

Jun 9, 2013

White French Provincial Nightstand

I recently acquired this cute little nightstand at the local auction I sometimes attend.  Sorry, I forgot to take a before picture on this one.  It wasn't your typical cheaper quality creamy/yellow with gold trim piece, but rather it was oak.  I had to fight for it a little, but the scruffy man bidding against me gave up fairly quickly.  I guess he realised it was a little too girly for him.  

I painted it white using Rustoleum semi-gloss white paint.  (The one in the can, not the spray paint.)  I painted it outside using a respirator.  Since being pregnant, I've been more concerned about fumes and stuff like that.  But it's probably not a bad idea to use a respirator all the time anyway, though. Seriously... have you read some of the warnings on paint cans?  Rustoleum's wasn't as bad as some, but I will mostly be sticking to Cece Caldwell paint, because it's really a lot safer for you. 


I didn't distress this piece, I didn't glaze it or dark wax it.  I didn't stencil it.  I didn't even change out or paint the hardware.  I didn't do anything fancy to it, yet it sold fairly quickly.

Wish I had room to keep every piece I redo!


Linking to:
Coastal Charm
The 36th Avenue
Domestically Speaking
The Shabby Creek Cottage
Miss Mustard Seed
The Shabby Nest
My Repurposed Life
The Cottage Market
Five Days...Five Ways
Classy Clutter
Southern Lovely
Tatertots and Jello
Funky Junk Interiors
Classy Clutter