When I first saw this table, I knew the transformation was going to be great, whatever it was going to be.   The body of this table has beautiful legs and some fun detail in the wood. The top was was very outdated with that old light birch look.   I loved the color the client picked out for the body, a beautiful blue called Cape Cod Blue by Dunn Edwards, which accents some of the walls in her house.   The client bought new chairs to go with the table, something a little more modern and rustic compared to the old Windsor chairs.   So the trick was to match the color of the table top to the stain color of the chairs.  A little tricky but by after the 4th color of stain, voila! done!  The chairs are not a solid color, they have hints of this and that, which i love! Definitely gives it that rustic flair along with the wood grain that shows beautifully.  Take a look at the before and afters.  What do you think? 
I could not WAIT to get my hands on this dresser!  The hardware is just amazing and so unique and I love the curves of the drawers.   The clients and I decided that a light grey color with a stained top would enhance this already beautiful dresser.  As you can see in the before picture, the hardware was just blending in with the wood too much. These amazing pulls need to be on display, the focal point of this dresser. I restrained the top of the dresser in a walnut brown and did a little distressing around the edges of the top to play off the light distressing on the body of the dresser.  I have to say this is one of my favorite pieces and I wish it were mine! She's a beauty!   Flannel Grey by Behr and a Walnut stain by Minwax did the trick. 
So I have to say, I really enjoy playing mixologist and customizing a color for a piece.  I took a much darker turquoise blue and mixed it with an aqua color and this is what I got, love it!  Of course I forgot to take a before pic but you can imagine it as a knotty pine console table.  A little old school, well built, but needed some character. Instead of going all blue, I thought a dark stain top would make it a little more rich.  Slight distressing  around the edges to give it a worn look and some mocha colored glazed to tone down the vibrant color.   A fun Anthropologie knob to add something special and finish it off!  


    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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