Saturday, June 9, 2018

Custom Blue Empire Buffet Makeover

BEFORE beat up empire buffet dresser given a custom makeover with paint by general finishes
Welcome back my Beauties!
Do I have a doozie for you today!
I have been bustin my bootie with my daughters graduation and everything that goes with it and have not had a ton of time to work on projects.
But I decided to join a little blog hop with some friends of mine 

over at Creative Vintage Darlings and that motivated me to get my rear in gear. (If you are a lover of all things vintage, come join us on our facebook page)
It just so happened that I picked up the gorgeous yet very damaged empire style buffet at a thrift shop and it inspired me to drop everything I was doing and makeover this piece.

I know from the first picture it looks like its in pretty good shape, but if you look closer you can see the major amount of damage to the veneer on the drawers.
I swear they used cement on this top drawer and no amount of sanding could budge that ridge they had built up.
I thought I would only be able to save the top since it was the only thing with no damage.

SANDING the top of the buffet dresser with random orbital sander woodwork refinishing diy
Also, as luck would have it, it wasn't attached to the top which made it a little easier to refinish.
The finish was pretty gone so I just used my Sander to take of the old finish pretty easily.
After going through my different grit sandpapers to smooth it out,
I wiped the whole thing with a tack cloth
to pick up any debris left from sanding.

Since the grain was so beautiful I didn't even want to bother with staining it, and chose to just simply use a couple coats of Wipe on Poly to protect it! 
sanded and poly walnut rosewood empire buffet drawer front refinished natural satin poly
After seeing the top of this piece saved I decided to take the one and only drawer without heavy damage and carefully do the same thing I did to the top. 
I was THRILLED with how gorgeous the grain was on these two pieces.

Custom General finishes milk paint coastal blue and persian blue mix painted furniture makeover
As for the rest of the piece I decided on a custom combo of
I used a 4-1 combo of
I reattached the top and all the hardware and put this baby back together again.

rosewood and walnut custom painted empire buffet dresser makeover general finishes
Just look at how that grain POPS agains the blue paint.
Speaking of grain...any expert know the type.
I was convinced it was walnut but the top has me stumped.

rosewood or walnut custom finished empire buffet dresser makeover sanding staining finishing
I would almost swear it was rosewood from
the looks of the refinished top.
I have never seen the grain on walnut like this, but I can't tell if its just the mirror image that they used on the two halves or what?
If you know, let me know so I can finally know; ya know! :)

custom blue empire buffet makeover before and after general finishis coastal blue and persian blue
I am in love and can tell this is gonna be a hard piece to let go of.
My back is killing me from all the sanding and moving it around but I truly believe it was worth it to transform it from something that someone donated all broken apart,

custom color empire buffet dresser painted makeover general finsihes paint
To something that looks like this now!

before and after custom painted empire buffet dresser makeover before and after general finishes
It was just the motivation I needed to get moving on some pieces.
beautiful antique empire style buffet dresser given custom makeover using general finishes milk paint in a custom blue
I hope you enjoyed this latest makeover and hope you will hop on over to see what other vintage goodies all my other friends have to show off!
Now I would love it if you HOPPED on over to all my vintage friends pages and checked out what goodies they have!
I know you won't be disappointed !
Until next time have a Beautiful day! 

CreativeVintageDarlings - Blog Hop
  CreativeVintageDarlings - Blog Hop

Friday, May 25, 2018

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Hollywood Regency Style Bar Cart Makover

Welcome back my Beauties!
I have a glamorous and fun makeover for you today!
I am going to show you how I transformed this old
70's cart into a Hollywood Regency Style Bar Cart!

old 70s rolling barcart turned hollywood regency style makeover before and after

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I picked up this cart at the local thrift store for $3
I knew it wasn't much to look at with its old outdated finish
but any time I see anything with those fun little wheels, I think about how I can transform it into a fun little bar cart.
I cleaned the whole thing off and lightly sanded the piece
and got ready to paint.

general finishes milk paint custom color for hollywood regency style bar cart makeover

As usual I couldn't just go with a color right out of the can.
I decided to mix up a custom color using 
I gave the whole piece a couple coats but decided it need a little
GLAM so I went through my stencils to decide what I wanted to do.
I grabbed one of my HOME DECOR STENCILS
stenciled right down the middle of the cart.
I sealed the piece with some General Finishes Flat Topcoat and it was good to go.
I loved how regal the Gold paint played off the custom blue!
I sealed it with some 

I think you will agree, it looks like a totally different piece.
hollywood regency style bar cart makeover using general finishes before and after diy
Even though I have been doing this for a long time I always worry and wonder if other people will like when I go a little fun and funky with my makeovers,

But I am happy to say that this baby sold the day after I brought it into the booth.
So someone out there like the transformation as well! 

70's bar cart turned hollywood regency style barcart diy general finishes stencilled blue and gold makeover
I hope you enjoyed this latest makeover.
The weather here has FINALLY started to behave just a bit so I can get outside and get some of my bigger projects done, before we get into the crazy graduation preparations for my daughter. 
I hope to be back soon with another fun makeover.
Until then;
Have a BEAUTIFUL day! 

Monday, April 30, 2018

FREE armoire turned into outdoor Garden Potting Center

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Today I am resharing a BLAST from the PAST!!
One of my most viewed projects!

WHEW!!! What a doozie!! ITs done...almost..I just have to seal it with Exterior
spar urethane when its cured but other than that.....Its done!!! :)

This is what it looked like BEFORE....Our friend had moved and somehow his armoire had gotten
broken in the move.

You can see here the door was ripped off at one of the joints. I thought about fixing it
since the original plan was to put it in our bedroom...but with the broken door
I thought I had a BETTER idea..
You see I have been looking around Pinterest and been wanting
a potting shed forever and Pinterest wasn't helping curb
my appetite. So one night while the thing sat on my patio
I thought...BINGO...potting shed...

Now I know its Oak and its meant to be inside but I also know that I want it to weather and look old.

I just happened to LUCK out at Home Depot and scored a
$7 gallon of  Behr Primer and Paint ULTRA..
Its a $32 gallon and the color was perfect..
Someones OOPS paint was my PERFECT paint.

Well the Oops paint score further enticed the bug in my butt, or bee in my bonnet,
Whatever you want to call it. NOW I had to do it. It was such a BEAUTIFUL day
and its not suppose to rain for the next few days, so NO time like the
present....SOOO I painted the outside with the oops and the inside with a pale yellow paint that I
Had..You see...SO far I have spent only $7.....That's IT...

While the paint was drying I was thinking what I wanted to do to decorate and enhance my
new beloved potting center. Well I remembered I had just bought these cool little
rod iron brackets at Goodwill...So.......

OLD FREE TV ARMOIRE TURNED OUTDOOR FARMHOUSE STYLE POTTING SHEDI grabbed a scrap piece of wood, painted it with the oops paint and attached my brackets.

While that was drying I had found some more scrap deck boards that I had painted with the oops paint too...Those I just quickly painted on "herbs" and "flowers"
I started putting it all together...Loving it more and more.
I found an old shelf in my shed with hooks on it, just laying in my shed. I had gotten it
Free from my sister....Thanks Stacy..:)

 You see the cute little block shelf on the bottom...that used to be the DVD holder that was hanging from the top..I just flipped it over and hacked off some of the trim so that
it could lay flat.
I also had some slate tiles in my shed that I had also gotten for.....WAIT FOR IT........... FREE!!!.....:)

so TOTAL cost....11 bucks...HA!! I love it!!!
ITS BEAUTIFUL.....At least to me...I hope you think its a BEAUTY too...
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