Jul 15, 2012

Extreme Makeovers - Furniture Style

Over the years, I have learned that some of my most joyful moments are when I stand back and admire the work I have done on a piece of furniture that was ready for the trash.  I have saved many pieces ~ some from the actual dump!  Back "in the day", painting was never an option.  I would strip, sand and refinish almost every piece that I got my hands on.  I cringe at the mere thought of how much of the bad chemicals I have touched and inhaled.  I finally switched over to the environmentally and skin safe strippers, but not until just a few years ago. 

These days, paint is my medium of choice.  No question, chalk paint is my preference!  However, on hard to brush pieces (i.e. chairs), I still pull out the good ole spray paint. But, as the new paints and colors come out, I get excited about the new possibilities!  I CANNOT wait to get my hands on Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint!  I've already pre-ordered!

There wasn't a sunny weekend that I wouldn't be outside working on a project or two.  Saturdays quickly became known as "Shed Day" at my house.  It was such a relaxing way to decompress from my busy 70+ hour work week (which included the horrendous Northern Virginia commute).  The physical effort it took to sand the top of a table enabled me to release a lot of frustration!  The monotonous strokes of the paint brush allowed my brain just run free and relax.

Once I left my somewhat typical day job and opened our shop, my days were full of the day-to-day activities required for running a business.  I no longer had the weekends fully free and my projects piled up.  Luckily, I have started taken some on and once again, I am loving every minute! 

With that, I'd like to introduce you to some of my latest projects! 




This little table had seen better days for sure.




With a little Annie Sloan paint, a freshened top and new wheels, she rocks!


 


One of my favorite transformations is this china cabinet....

Before





After!!





But, this is the one that I am most proud of....






As I write this post, I am chomping at the bit to get out and start the next project!!  Enjoy this fabulous Sunday!
    

                  







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