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Custom painted shoe bench for my babies

I was given this bench by a family member whose children have grown past their toddler bench phase. I was excited because the seat lifts for additional storage and my girls are all about seating that is “just my size” — as Adi likes to put it. We’ve been using it as shoe storage downstairs, so we don’t have to go all the way up to their rooms when we need to grab shoes quickly and leave the house. I thought it needed some updating to blend in with our other furniture, so out came the paint brush.

This is my final product:

And here is what the bench looked like before:

I first needed to use some Liquid Nails to repair the loose armrest. Then the next day, I got to work.

I chose Annie Sloan Pure White for the base, it took two coats.

After that was dry, I sketched out my lettering. Remembering a tip that I recently saw on Pinterest (see tutorial here). I printed out the font that I had previously chosen in the desired size and traced the lettering with a ballpoint pen. This left an imprint on the freshly painted bench. I was then able to paint inside my imprint with a mixture of AS chalk paint in Pure White mixed with a little Graphite.

Once everything was completely dry, I distressed lightly and finished with AS clear wax. Now my girls have a pretty place to put their shoes.

Lots of love,
Mary

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Hayden – The coolest antique cedar chest you’ve ever seen

Hayden was inspired by a recent piece I saw done by Miss Mustard Seed. She painted stripes on a beautiful antique chest. You can view this piece in her portfolio here. I thought of the cedar chest I had sitting lonely in my upstairs hallway. Perfect!

Here’s my finished product — isn’t she beautiful? I named her “Hayden” because she’s just about the coolest looking antique cedar chest you’ve ever seen! (This one’s for you, Em!)

Here you can see the before-pic. Can you believe that I picked up this beauty for only $20 at Goodwill? It was “50%-off Saturday” and I actually showed up at 9 am when the store opened to get it at that price.

It needed some repair. I started by gluing down the lifting veneer pieces. (This took 24 hours to fully dry.)

Then, the taping job. Using my painters tape, I measured and starting taping as close to the middle as possible and worked my way out. Perfection is never my goal (and not expected), but I wanted to achieve as much symmetry as I could.

When applying the paint, I used a rag and a whitewash solution of Annie Sloan chalk paint in Pure White. Making sure not to get the cloth too wet, I scrubbed the paint onto each stripe, one at a time. To ensure the solution didn’t bleed through the tape, I also pushed down the tape while applying the paint.

The piece was distressed lightly to break up the stripes a little bit. Then, I toned down the stripes with a rag-rubbed coat of Minwax bombay mahogany wood stain. Lastly, I finished it with AS clear wax. I’m in love with the way she shows her age — but with such a trendy, modern twist! I was glad to find that the interior is also beautiful cedar and fully intact — so practical for storage.

I’m so very pleased with the results! And so happy that I’ve decided she’s mine! :)  Sorry folks, this one’s not for sale.

Lots of love,
Mary

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Henry – An English modern buffet & hutch

Drum roll please…introducing Henry — a modern English buffet & hutch. Henry fit as a name from the very beginning because of his masculine shape and bold lines. It’s such a heavy piece, too! 

Yes, I’ve softened him up a bit, but I like to think he found love :)

Do you remember what he looked like before?

I used a watered-down solution of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White, brushed on, then wiped off with a rag. It took me way longer than expected due to all the detailing.

Then, when dry, I did some extra distressing with an ultra-fine sanding block. He was finished off with a coat of AS Clear Wax.

Contemporary satin nickel pulls were chosen to accent the modern block design on the doors and drawers.

The inside was left to its natural wood finish to coordinate with all the distressing.

I especially LOVE how the top of the buffet turned out. The grey tones really popped out between the wood undertones and white highlights.

Henry was a surprise. I knew I wanted to use a whitewash solution, but was very surprised when the detail popped out during the wipe-off and distressing process.

I have posted Henry for sale on Craigslist here. I hope he finds a welcoming home.
**Update: Henry is now SOLD!**

Lots of love,
Mary

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Chloe – A Vintage Drexel Heritage Desk

My newest piece is a vintage Drexel Heritage desk. I had been looking for one of these for a while and just about flipped when I saw it at one of my local thrift stores. If you haven’t noticed already, I like to name my furniture pieces. I feel it helps bring out the personality of the piece and describes its styling in a very special way.

And yes, I do know how to paint other colors besides ones from the blue family…but this one just screamed “Duck Egg Blue,” so what else was I to do? No other color would do it justice with its brass hardware and contemporary styling.

So I started painting and then remembered that I needed to take a ‘before pic.’ The base was already started so I snapped a quick photo of the drawer. Use your imagination, if you will.

To my surprise, under the top middle drawer were markings that read “ET CETERA BY DREXEL 973”. Drexel Heritage is a high-end, very sought-after furniture company that makes some truly beautiful pieces. I looked it up online and found that they still carry their Et Cetera collection today. I wasn’t able to date the piece to any particular period, but I can tell that it’s an older piece. If you have any information regarding the period of this desk, I would be very interested to know.

The painting process was as follows: two coats of AS Chalk Paint in “Duck Egg Blue” – very, very lightly distressed with an ultra-fine sanding block. Then finished with a coat of AS Clear Wax. Two coats of wax on the top to protect from any future wear and tear.

The brass hardware and fixtures needed to be polished, so I used the following solution: 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1 tsp. salt, then enough flour to make a paste. Thickly brush the paste onto the hardware and let sit for 10 minutes. Then scrub with a toothbrush and rinse. You will be amazed how the build-up just melts off. Finally, polish with a dry rag. I have heard that others use ketchup to polish with a rag, but that didn’t work for me.

I LOVE how she turned out! This piece is the perfect blend of Vintage and Modern. I love her shape, I love the brass hardware, and I love the color that complements so well.

I have posted Chloe for sale on Craigslist here.
**Update: The desk is now SOLD!**

Lots of love,
Mary

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Anne – The Story of an Antique Radio Cabinet

Meet Anne.  She is an antique radio cabinet that I snagged up on craigslist for a REALLY good price.  I did a little online research and discovered that she is an American made cabinet dated somewhere in the 1920’s.  Eeeeeeeeeek! (That’s my squeal of excitement).  I named her Anne because she’s old and she’s beautiful!

She didn’t always look this beautiful. The wood was dull and worn and she was in desperate need of a facelift.  Oh how I wish I had a before picture. I was so excited to start painting that I didn’t think about it until after the fact.  Oops!

I left the top of the cabinet unpainted to show off the beautiful wood, and just used a couple coats of Minwax Bombay Mahoganey.

For the rest of the exterior, I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the color Provence. This was my first time using Chalk Paint and I must say that I am in LOVE!  It’s so creamy and you have a lot of control over the piece.

I heavily distressed the piece to both show its age and give little peaks at the wood tone underneath. I love how the distressed places in the base compliment the unpainted top.

The entire piece has been finished with Annie Sloan Soft Wax in Clear. Then polished in distinct areas with the Dark Wax.

I left the interior alone. She is a perfect accent piece for nearly anywhere in the home. It will be sad to let her go. *tear*

I have posted an ad on Craigslist here, and have gotten a lot of interest already.  Bittersweet.  Well, I have to get going now. The kids are in bed and Daniel has moved my next project for me so its ready to paint!

***Update: the cabinet is now SOLD!***

Lots of Love,
Mary