DIY Le Dirt Half Moon Table Makeover

I’m a day late. Second week into my commitment to blogging and I’m already struggling to keep up with my self appointed deadlines. I blame Tommy, he needed the computer to take to his class Thursday evening and threw off my schedule. But, better late than never!

halfmoontablebeforeI had this little half moon table sitting in my basement for months. It was one of those things that I kept in the back of my mind, but never got around to doing. I knew it was perfect for Le Dirt Antiquing Dust from Maison Blanche Paint Company, and I finally dragged it out of the basement and got to it so I could post a tutorial of it here! ledirtI’ve used a handful of Maison Blanche’s products, but Le Dirt is by far my favorite. It’s perfect for furniture with carved detail. It brings out all the nooks and crannies with a pop you can’t get with just paint and sanding. And I knew this half moon table had the perfect detail for it. upclosebeforeIn my opinion, Le Dirt looks best with a light neutral color, and I went to my old standard, Annie Sloan Old Ochre. I painted the first coat and watered down my second coat, just like I did on my bow front dressers. The table looked nice, but it was still missing something. painterThen came the antiquing dust. It’s a simple process. First you wax the areas where you want to apply the Le Dirt. I like to put the wax on extra heavy to make sure I get it in all the cracks.

waxThen, before the wax has any time to dry, I apply the Le Dirt with a clean, dry paint brush. My paint brush may not look so clean, but it has only ever been used for Le Dirt. I apply it all over, making sure I get deep down into all the detail. ledirtappThe final step is wiping all the extra wax and Le Dirt off the piece. If there is any Le Dirt that sticks to an area I don’t want it to, I dip my rag into the wax and rub it clean. The extra wax will remove any stray antiquing dust.

RagIt’s amazing how big a difference this stuff makes on a piece! I think this little half table is adorable, and of course it’s heading to Sweet Clover for the September tag sale.

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DIY Lamp Black & Old White Vintage China Hutch Makeover

Lamp Black & Old White china hutch close up

I’ve been a loyal Annie Sloan Chalk Paint user ever since my first ASCP experience, but lately I’ve had a wandering eye. I’m just a little bored of the same old colors over and over again, and I wouldn’t mind having a semi-gloss finish every once in a while. So I’ve begun a new love affair with General Finishes Milk Paint.

Full disclosure here: General Finishes sent me a sample kit of their products in exchange for some “well lit, staged photographs of my finished products”. Now, I have used their Milk Paint before and already loved it. That is why I almost screamed with happiness when I read the email offering me the kit. My first sample products from anywhere- little Bmore Nestled is getting to be legit.General Finishes Lamp Black Milk PaintI was so happy when I saw Lamp Black in the kit! I had the perfect piece for it and I almost immediately pulled this adorable little hutch out of my garage where it’s been sitting for months. I knew the sleekness of the Lamp Black would really modernize and update this piece.

DIY China hutch makeover beforeI started by removing the broken glass, using a knife to gently pry off the thin framing from the inside of the door. As I pulled each section out, I labeled them left, right, top and bottom. I have taken so many of these out and spent a loooong time trying fit it back together perfectly, I learned not to skip labeling. I also removed the decorative wood screen from the door. There may be some times where you could paint it and it would look great, but I’m really going for a modernized look for this hutch and decided to toss it.
Removing framing
After I started painting, I noticed some of the veneer was peeling off on the drawer. So I busted out my hair dryer, picked my knife back up, and started removing the sections that were loose. I would pry my knife under the veneer while I used the hair dryer to heat the sections I was peeling. The heat softens the glue and makes it come off pretty easily.
Removing veneer
After two costs of Lamp Black, it came time to paint the inside. I tried General Finishes Millstone and Annie Sloan Old White on different shelves. I decided that Old White really made the piece pop with the great, bold contrast. Old White is a little more difficult to work with for me, as really is any white, because it doesn’t have great coverage. But three coats in and I was happy with it.

I sealed the hutch with Johnson Paste Wax, buffed and lightly sanded it.

I measured the door and headed to Lowes to buy replacement glass. Thankfully the door was a standard size and I could buy pre-cut glass, but they would cut one to size if I needed them to as well. I got home, popped the glass in and reattached the thin framing strips to hold the glass in place.

And there she is. I actually took this picture before I replaced the glass so I wouldn’t get any glare in the picture. She’ll be headed to Sweet Clover for the September tag sale on September 19, 20, and 21 in Frederick, MD. I really do love General Finishes’ modern finish and Lamp Black is an awesome true black. And the Annie Sloan Old White is the perfect pop here.
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Real Dressers Have Curves: A Bow Front Dresser Makeover

bowed front dresser makeoverThere is nothing I love more than a bow front dresser. The soft edge of that subtly curve in each drawer makes me weak in the knees. That’s why when I saw a posting for an estate sale 40 minutes away from my house featuring a beautiful set of bow front dressers, I fought off the urge to sleep in and set my alarm for seven a.m. on a Saturday and headed out.

It was the second day of the estate sale, and I wasn’t super confident that the dressers would still be there. When we pulled up to the house in the middle of nowhere Maryland, I hopped out and nearly ran through the house. And low and behold, tucked back in the master bedroom of a stranger’s house, there they were. And, I found out much to my delight, half off of the listed price. I was pleased.

bow front dresser makeover before

Note the Mad Men. Binge watching TV and painting furniture are a match made in heaven.

I wasted no time, and once we loaded them up and brought them home, I started working on them the second I could Sunday. The photo here makes the finish took like it’s in perfect condition, but believe me, it wasn’t. It needed a lot of work, and nothing updates a dingy old piece of furniture like some paint.

I should be painting outside. Get some fresh air, take advantage of the natural light, and save my hardwood floors from needing to be scrubbed with a toothbrush every few weeks to remove all the paint speckles. But I just can’t bring myself to do it consistently. It’s all too often looking like it’s about to rain or this Baltimore humidity won’t let my paint dry. In the Winter I obviously can’t paint outside, and I have gotten into a groove and system in my house I don’t feel like rearranging to do it outside. So, inside I go and keep that extra toothbrush handy.

I removed the hardware, cleaned out the drawers and started painting. I was using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old Ochre, so no need to prime or sand. It has great coverage and I never have problems with adhesion. After the first coat I like to add a few teaspoons of water to some paint in a separate container. This makes the second coat go on smoothly, helps the coverage, and gives a more silky finish. I nearly always water down my second coat.

Annie Sloan Old Ochre

After the second and final coat dried, I took a medium grit sandpaper and got to distressing. I sealed the piece with Johnson Paste Wax and took a sanding block and buffed everything to a nice finish. Doing this really makes a difference, you shouldn’t skip this part!

Annie Sloan Bleed Through with PrimerWhen I started on the second dresser, there was one spot that had a scratch just deep enough to cause the dreaded bleed through. This is the one time I do need some stain blocking primer. It took three coats of primer I applied right to the stain, but it finally covered. Some more paint, some distressing, and some waxing and I was finally done with both dressers. At four a.m. Monday morning. Happy Labor Day!

We’ve already taken them up to Sweet Clover in Frederick, MD for the monthly tag sale on September 19, 20, and 21.

Here they are finished! They really are some of my favorite style.

bowed front dresser makeover finished

 

bowed fronted dresser makeover after

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