This is a Bonnet Chest from the 1800's. It was in fantastic condition but needed a little makeover. I had a plan for this when the customer wanted a drift wood look, something more natural. The outcome was accomplished but the plan to get there really threw me for a loop. So... I like using a vinegar and steel wool combo to accomplish this look, but the mahogany wood was just not going to cooperate... at all!! Once I had it all sanded down and the solution sat for a couple of days, it was ready to go on the chest. I put a stain conditioner on first, but it was looking to red. I went ahead with the vinegar solution and it turned almost black!! Totally did not expect that at all!! So I tried a 24 hour solution, still a no go. I even tried a grey stain just to see and nada. Basically the wood wanted nothing on it. So I figured I would just sand it again and put a Citrus wax on it and call it a day. Nope, the wood once again turned a red hue! Seriously!!!! So I experimented with just putting a water based poly on it. Voila!!! It was working, not changing it a color but allowing it to be in it's original state, pretty wood grains coming through and a drift wood feel. After all that trial and error, it turned out so beautiful!! I have to say, sometimes something in the buff is just whats called for and looks gorgeous! Im so happy with the outcome, I didn't want to give this piece back to it's owner, lol!! Here is she is, in all her glory. Aqua color Anthropologie knobs gives her a more soft look.
This little desk had a issue with the top so off it went!! I chipped off the old top and replaced it with a new one I had cut at Home Depot. There was particle board under the old top so painting on that was going to be a no go. The hardware also needed to be replaced, it looked like the salty air here eroded it, crazy! So new silver cuffs and silver knobs. This desk is going in a boy's room so he had an idea of the blue he wanted. Back to school! A desk is needed, makes school work a little more fun?! Maybe?! The color is Infinite Deep Sea by Behr.
I've had soooo many inquiries about the color of that yellow dresser!!! I think yellow is one of those colors that's just hard to find the right one! My customer and I went back and forth with a couple different yellows but she knew she wanted it a more mustard color. She picked the perfect shade and it's still one of my favorite pieces of all time. If you think you can't go bold with a piece like that in your house, think again!! I just think the style of the furniture has to be right as well, to display such a beautiful bold color like that. And the color is…
Midsummer Gold by Behr
I used my own chalk paint recipe with the paint.
So once again I was chomping at the bit to get started so there is no before pic!!! Seriously, not thinking here! But... the twin to this dresser is in the process of a redo so there will be a before pic to that one, promise!! I love love love grey right now, it's been the new white for a while now and here to stay. The dresser is solid mahogany so the bones are great! Dovetail joints, eek! But, just too outdated. I styled this a little Old World and it kind of added that masculine feel to it. Totally love it and I didn't want to return it back to it's owner!! Here is a pic before pic of the matching night stand so you can get a feel of "what was."
The Nitty Gritty
Color: Lightyear by Behr
Stain: Ebony Minwax
Poly by Varathane
Cuff pull from the local hardware store