Welcome to my Blog!

I am very new to this and just getting started. Thank you for taking the time to stop by. I am a husband and father to the most perfect and beautiful women in the world. My wife and daughter mean the world to me! I started fixing, painting, refurbing furniture as a hobby and it has continued into something great. Enjoy the blog and thanks again for stopping by! -Nick

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Once again a long drought in between posts. The months of January and February flew by. The weather in Raleigh has been very rainy and overall suck worthy lately. I have been able to churn out a couple of pieces. I actually have one before pic this time. This is a buffet I picked up off craigslist. I took my mother in law on this excursion. This was the place you wish you had never gone to but really needed that piece of furniture. I am not sure if she was a crazy cat lady but wow this lady was crazy. I got the "look" from the mother in law and knew it was time to go. That feeling of I should have kept driving was there from the start, but anyway it was worth the risk. Here is the before!

Very worn dark looking buffet. The veneer on top was coming off and the lady had started removing the contact paper on the front only it was not contact paper but the actual veneer! This piece had many details that were covered up by the dark color. Original hardware was awesome. I painted it to add some pop! Here is the new buffet!

I painted it with homemade chalk paint and used Miss Mustard Seeds wax on it. I removed all the top veneer and underlayment. The top has so much character now! The pic does it no justice! Once again thanks to Ada, Mom in Law for helping with the pickup of this beast and risking your life in the process! :)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Painted French Provincial China Cabinet

Latest Project!

Sorry no before pictures! Picture orangeish wood and a dated look.

Painted with Annie Sloan "Old White". I pretty mush did a once over with the paint because I knew I was going to distress it and it did not need to be perfect. The upper part and shelves was painted with a light blue Valspar oops paint. This paint was valspar's paint and primer low voc-green paint. It took 3+ coats to cover this baby! I went over the white chalk paint with a walnut colored craft paint. I dry brushed with it over the entire piece.

I think the walnut and old white played nice together! I reused the original hardware because it all matched and stayed with character of the piece!

If you are in Raleigh and need a china cabinet...let me know!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Been a While

It has been a while since my last post. It has been busy around here. A lot of projects have been bought and sold. Here are some of what I have been working on. As usual not a lot of "before" pics. I hope to be better with the updates and pics. Let me know what you think!

This buffet was in terrible shape. No hardware. A couple of names carved into the top!

This buffet was your typical worn out stain. Veneer was gone in places. Replaced with all iron hardware. Custom made the front apron board on left to match.

The before would have scared you! It was the pale yellow but with red highlights instead of your typical gold! Multiple coats of primer. Painted and then tons of glaze! It did have good bones though!

I have plenty of other furniture projects coming your way! Stay tuned!!


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Happy Holidays!! & some Furniture Pics!

Where have I been? It has been a while, since my last post. I need to do better. I do not understand the Cassie's and Miss Mustard Seed's of the world, they give a daily update, and I am so glad they do! I feel weird when a blog I follow goes untouched for 24 hours. Do you always tend to go back and check and check. Anyway I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! I have a couple of finished pics of some furniture I have been working on. Enjoy!

This dresser came with a matching chest of drawers. The chest is going to need some work so I decided to g ahead with this piece. I used the Paris Gray chalk paint and glazed with a satin black. It was finished with a gloss poly. This one actually found a new home last night!

This was a nice piece of furniture! This was the dresser that matched the white set I did previously for my niece. The color had a very beachy coastal look to it. I staind the top Danish oil and used new hardware. It sold in a matter of hours after being posted!

Last but not least was a set of end tables. I had a little bit of this bright blue left so I took a chance! So far no one has wanted these! I toned them down with a black glaze. They may be getting repainted this weekend! I had some interest when I first listed them but nothing lately.

Everyone have a Happy New Year! Be safe out there!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Lindsey's Dresser Set

I purchased this set off Craigslist for a steal!! Folks were moving out of the country and had to get rid of it. All drawers worked and had no funny smells! I hated to paint but had decided we were not going to keep it so it had to go. My niece was wanting/needing a new dresser so this would work perfect! The set also came with a matching dresser/ mirror combo. That would not fit her space so it was saved as an upcoming prject. Here is what we started with:

This chair and side table had tons of details and was part of the original set. Here is the before of the chest of drawers:

She did not want to keep the flowers so they were sanded and primed over. I used Rustoleum spray primer in white over the entire piece. I painted the original hardware with the oil rubbed bronze spray. The paint was a white Behr mistint from Home Depot. Here is the chest finished:

I sanded to highlight all the great details! The piece was finished with two coats of wax. I added the glass knobs on the top drawer and to the  side table for some flare!
Here is the completed set! She loves it! I am currently working on a mirror to hang above the chest!

Everyone have a great week! Finally some before pics!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Furniture Updates & a makeover!

I hope everyone is doing well!! I had a good week last week and was able to sell all my existing pieces that were still available. Thanks Craigslist! I did some calling around here in Raleigh and I was surprised to learn at how much little specialty stores charge to cosign piece's. Most here wanted a percentage of the sale and then a 50/50 split. I guess that is the norm but once all that jazz happens there is not a lot of meat left on the bone! I guess I will stick to the internet sales for now!

On to the newest makeover!

Again there is no before! I suck! Think this but with worn out stain, white over spray and really bad hardware. All was there and in great working order. All drawers open/close easily. I painted this one with a Martha Stewart Metallic paint from Home Depot. It was in the mistint section for $1. I sprayed it and let it cure for a couple of days. Once it was ready I decided to try the Valspar antiquing glaze. I used it straight out of the bottle. It added a little hint of depth and age to the dresser. It looks 100 times better in person.
She still sits on her original casters. The legs have a lot of detail. Antropologie had these knobs on sale this week so I jumped on them. I think they add some class and a great look to the dresser! I think $12 marked down to $2.95 is a good deal! Here is a close up shot of some of the details:
I coated the entire piece with wipe on poly. Let me know what you think! This is the first non-distressed piece in a while. I will let it happen naturally. Have a good rest of your week and a great weekend!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Furniture Updates

I have been really slack lately taking before pictures. I need to remember to take a before, a during, and a finished product picture. Most of these pics are unstaged photos. It does give you an idea though of what I have been working on. I have been answering a couple fellow bloggers questions about what type of paint, glaze, etc I use. Please email with any other questions. Most of your furniture is better than mine but I will be glad to help in any way. So on to the pics! Everyone loves pics!. Picture these piece's with your typical old worn out stain. This buffet was done and sold within a couple of days but I had to end up taking it off the market because a certain sister in law claimed it as her's. It is now proudly sitting in her new home!

This is my latest piece. It was finished over a week ago. The outside is painted with paris gray chalk paint and the drawers are painted with old white. I apologize to a fellow blogger in advance because it looks identical to her's. I cannot remember the actual blogger's name but I saw it over at Primitive & Proper's POWW party last week. I showed it to my wife and said at some point people use the same piece, the same paint, the same finish etc. I like it and hope someone else falls in love with it!


This piece is still available! If you are in the Raleigh NC area and are interested please email me!