Thursday, August 15, 2013

Antique End Table

The new owner of the antique empire wardrobe picked up a neat little end table and asked me to refinish it for her.  It had previously been painted red with a heavy dark stain on top of it.

My client wanted the red paint removed and to have it repainted in Old White with some distressing.  I decided to try something a little different this time.  Instead of using a chemical stripper, I used the Wagner Heat Gun.  It was such a time saver and definitely less messy.  It does come with its own quirks though.  You need a lot of ventilation (outside is best) because the smell of burning paint is not pleasant at all.  You also need to keep the heat on the paint as you are scraping.  Now this isn't too hard on a flat surface, but it was a little tricky on those legs.

Here is a video of the heat gun in action!

And this is what the little table looked like after I removed all of the paint.  The top was pretty rough.  It had a good sized split and lots of bumps and bruises.  But those legs...those legs were just gorgeous!!

Old White chalk paint is a little tricky to use.  It is a little thin and I'm going to say 90% of the time you will have bleed-through when using it.  Something about the chalk paint really pulls the tannins out of the wood.  It makes your paint look like it has a pink fungus growing out of it.  So before I put even thought about painting this table, I put a coat of poly on it.  Poly is the only thing that will block the tannins from leaking through.

I still ended up using 3 coats of Old White on this piece.  I painted the inside of the drawer in Antibes green.  Then I finished this piece off with a new to me wax, CeCe Caldwells clear wax.  It is made of all natural ingredients and safe for the environment.

 I just love the way it turned out.  Old made old again!

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Friday, August 2, 2013


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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Antique Empire Wardrobe

I recently finished a piece for a client.  She was looking for a neat older piece to house her craft supplies.  I had just the perfect piece for her.  An antique empire wardrobe!

Cosmetically, it was in sad shape.  After all, it was made in 1919.  The old wood veneer was chipping and peeling off and someone had painted a white latex paint on it without using any primer.  Normally with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® there is no prep work required.  However, the latex was peeling badly all over so that required stripping and scraping this piece.

Pretty scary, huh?

I call this piece "The Beast" because it is so big and heavy and required so much work.  The wood was fairly damaged under the paint. We did our best to sand and fill what we could.  I painted with a lot of texture in an attempt to camouflage all of its bumps and bruises.

My client chose Paris Grey for the exterior and Provence for the interior.  It was finished in a clear wax without distressing.

Per the client's request, we added shelves to the wardrobe compartment.  She is going to have tons of storage space between the shelves and all of those drawers!

So what do you think?  Do you like the grey and turquoise combo?  I always love a fun color on the insides of a piece!

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