Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ombre Stained Dixie Serpentine Double Dresser


Hi Friends,

 A couple of weeks ago this gorgeous Dixie Serpentine Dresser was finished in an Ombre Stained Finish.  The body was painted white so that there was contrast between the stains and paint.  I stripped the top and with some help the drawers were stripped as well.  It left a nice blank canvas for my imagination to take over!  I love trends.  BUT, they have to be classic enough to be enjoyed for along time.  I thought this was trendy and at the same time very classic!  This piece will allow the owner to change the decor a million times and will fit in every time! 

I have had a few people ask what stains I used and wanted to share the stain colors I used.  I used four different stains and made sure to use a conditioner prior to each application.

Local Lowes store had all of the four stains available.

I liked all four stains including the wheat and driftwood!   Wheat was so rich and appeared as it was made for the original piece.  And the driftwood was very subtle that I hope to use it again very soon!  It was a lot of fun making over this piece. 

The shape of the dresser is called "Serpentine"  It really adds a lot of character.

Curves add a lot of value to the piece and this is the reason its difficult to find or even buy.  The craftsmanship is unbelievable.  It takes days to get a drawer to bow in any direction.  

The stained top did add to the richness of the piece.
 All of the hardware was refinished in a Bronze color.  Sad story, I was so excited to insert all of the hardware and to find out at the very end that one was missing.  Not two, not three, just One!  Oh My GOSH did that just really upset me.  I eventually got over it.  These pulls are gorgeous and add so much appeal and character to the piece!!  I made a promise to myself that I would never stop looking for that missing pull!

The white painted body allows the dresser to feel at home in any setting.

It was a very short stay until it left to a loving home.
I hope that I inspire you to stain a piece of wood or furniture soon!

Mary Elizabeth

Saturday, February 14, 2015

INDIGO BLUE painted Occasional Table


I am sharing a quick way to treat yourself this Valentines Day!

I don't know if you noticed lately but indigo blue has been the trending color as of the summer of last year!! I have been itching to paint a buffet or dresser this color for the past year and half.  I just need to gather the courage!! Pottery Barn mixes this color with yellows, oranges, beige (natural materials), grays, and reds.  They compliment every color really!

Photo credit: Pottery Barn  / Doodle credit: Me

I am in no way a designer of any kind and it takes me years to put something together I really like.  Late last year we were updating our color scheme from rust orange walls to a calming gray and white.  I did enjoy the orange and greens but I really wanted muted walls and then to add color and have the freedom to change the color as I pleased.  Well, after we updated our walls I didn't know how to dress up my furniture, or what accessories to buy, or even what complimentary colors to use.  And it stayed that way for 6 months.

It finally hit me the other day, I looked at my two upholstered chairs and gray occasional table in the middle and thought I need to add a punch of color!  Indigo it was!  ((I use my phone camera to capture these photographs which are not the best of quality)

Gray occasional table just made everything look blah!

Indigo painted table

I don't spray paint any furniture I sell, it is all hand painted.  I use spray paint for my home because it is fast and an immediate gratification!  It turned out beautifully and I didn't give it but a quick 3 minute sand down.  I am thinking that spray paint is not so bad. 

The table looks so much better in person.  But I can tell you it adds life to our room!

Indigo Pillows with pops of fuchsia.  (I took this pic before I could take the tags off!! I was trying to get a pic before the sun went down)

The spray paint color I used was Valspar Indigo Streamer in a Satin.  It can be found at Lowes.

Indigo spray paint by Valspar

Satin Indigo Spray Paint by Valspar

Thats right, I said it!  Spray paint is not so bad!  The finish would be even more beautiful had I not painted it previously.  I am currently working on two projects and was a able to add this one because spray paint is quick & fast!  And it covered the entire table with one can!

I hope I inspired you to add a pop of color in your home!

Photo credit: FleaingFrance.com  - HAPPY VALENTINES DAY  

Mary Elizabeth