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 


    Beauty on a Budget!  Former teacher turned furniture painter extraordinaire, who would have thought :) I live in sunny San Diego but more specifically on Coronado island, my fairytale home.  I love being a mom, wife, friend and entrepreneur.  Besides "Garage 36" I have been fortunate enough to own a business with Rodan + Fields Dermatologists. Helping people get the best skin of their lives and helping them grow their own business.  I really enjoy working from home on my terms and create my own lifestyle.

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