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

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Free Dresser

I picked this 1950's waterfall dresser off Craigslist free section last week. It was functionally sound and in pretty good condition. I had to repair some veneer. I used a combo of wood filler and spackle. Here is a bad before picture :

After some prep I gave it a light sand. I have become a big fan of the rustoleum painter's touch spray primer. It covers really well and is fast. I used my Graco sprayer and sprayed the dresser with Sherwin Williams "greek villa". I let the paint cure a couple of days and then sprayed it with satin polycrylic. I used the original hardware. My wife and I thought it was funky enough to be used again! Sorry, no staging for this one yet!

Let me know, what do you think? What would something like this sell for in your neck of the woods?

Happy Memorial Day! Thank you everyone who serves and has served for our country!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Dresser Make Over - Maybe?

Dresser redo! I purchased this dresser at auction. It is solid pine. It had this sad green paint and was missing a couple of knobs but was structurally sound.

I stripped it down to bare wood and sanded and sanded and sanded! I could not decide what exactly I wanted to do so I just winged it! I started with a white wash pickling stain. I did not like it, not what I was thinking. I then went over that stain with a tinted charcoal gray stain. Looks a lot better in person than pics. I added the pink glass knobs for a shabby look.

I am debating whether to prime it and just paint it, what should I do??? Thanks

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

White Buffet

Let me start by saying I have no before pics of this piece. It was possibly the ugliest piece I have ever purchased. It had a mahogany stain with a horrible, I mean horrible done whitewash. The combination of the two equals a light pepto pink color. It took multiple coats of primer to cover this horrid thing. Once primered I painted it with Sherwin Williams Greek Villa. Its one of my favorite whites. I was able to salvage the original hardware which was in good shape. Here is the finished product:

On top of the horrible whitewash each drawer was lined with pink felt! Who would do this? Hot pink felt!! After removing all the glue, felt hair, etc, I had to sand each drawer. They were functional but looked horrible. I got some great oops paint with the primer already in it. I painted the drawers a blue/gray. They turned out great!!

It was a lot of work but I think it turned out great! It quickly found a new home!


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Antique Chest...No Paint...No Problem

This is another Craigslist find. This dresser came with a mirror and plenty of smells! It was that old funk smell, every picker has smelt it at some point. I actually sanded and spray polyurethaned the drawers to get the smell under control. It had good bones and was easy to work on. I decided I wanted to try something different. I sanded it down and used a tinted stain from Minwax. This is what I started with:
After a couple hours of sanding, staining, wiping away stain, this is where I ended up!

I used satin wipe on Poly to protect the entire piece. The top was stained with Provincial from Minwax. The chest had many great details! I like these crystal knobs from hobby lobby. I have already used them a couple of times. Whatever works right?

The top was awesome !! Very solid!!

What do you think? Tell me what you would have done different? I am eager to learn, Thanks for checking out my blog!