Saturday, January 7, 2012

My New Addiction

I think I have a new addiction besides coffee (which is pretty serious....):  Painting Furniture.
 
Since finishing the corner cabinet, I have been thinking about all the possibilities.  The colors.  The waxes.  To distress or not to distress?  Light wax or dark wax?  Or both?   I was scouring Craigslist obsessively for subjects of my experimentation until my darling husband politely asked me to do something with the pieces we already have stashed in the garage...  

Ahh Yes.  Thooooose pieces.  I backed away from the computer and ventured out to the shop.  And decided to tackle this little gem:



We found her at an estate sale in June just a couple of days before we had our baby boy.  It was love at first sight.  And the fact that she was only $25 and solid as a rock, I about went into labor right then and there.   
(Thank goodness I didn't because the man who was helping turned white as a sheet when I told him we were due any day...but that is another story)
So I whipped up a batch of chalk paint using Benjamin Moore's "Gray Timber Wolf"

After two coats of paint, a little distressing around the edges and mixing my own wax using combo of clear and dark, this is how she turned out...




Originally I was going to replace the hardware but the vintage Bakelite knobs and pulls just worked for me when it was all done.  






 When we built our house a couple of years ago, there was a weird pocket in the walls between the hallway, a bedroom and the bathroom that would have gone to waste.  Instead of closing it up, I asked my husband to leave it open and I would find a piece for it.  And guess what?  She fits perfectly!


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68 comments:

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Wow! I love all the detail now- it really pops.
Painting is so fun. The Bakelite knobs are great, I'm glad you could use them.
Fits perfectly? It was meant to be. : )

Kate Lewis-Driver said...

oh my goodness, this piece is perfection! the bright red knobs and handles are a great touch of fun :) Kate x

Bristol said...

Oh I love how that turned out~
Bristol

Ann@StylishOnceAgain said...

What an interesting piece. I have never seen one quite like it. I love your paint job and so glad you kept the original pulls. Thanks so much for sharing at Restyled Sundays.

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Looks great. I love the makeover.

Full Circle Creations said...

Love it! Great job.

Holly

The Uncluttered Lifestyle said...

I just adore the new knobs! Love the distressing on it. Popping in Debbiedoos.

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

That is gorgeous! Can't believe you didn't paint it right away. It is such a cool piece. I would love to see it in it's new home.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Oh my goodness, what a neat piece of furniture! And you made it so cute! Don't worry, you are not alone in your addiction! I hope you'll come by and share it at our new party on Tuesday!

Chance @ Designed by Chance said...

What a great piece. I love painting my furniture as well, and I had to do the same thing. paint my own furniture before I paint something new.

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

ahhhh...coffee and painting, my two favs. Well actually I like painting just furniture, NOT walls. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Thanks so much and for the follow!

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Thank you!  The knobs are really interesting.  The color is fantastic.

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Thanks :)

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

It really is interesting.   We have never seen one like it either.  We found out some information about the company that made it and it looks like it is from the 1930's.  I was a bit concerned about painting over it until we learned that none of the pieces from this company have any value.  Phew :)

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Thanks Bristol :)

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Thanks Kate :)  I am pretty sure I am in love with the knobs!

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

I didn't realize they were Bakelite knobs until doing some research.   Love them and yes, it was totally meant to be ;)

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Love it!  Come paint all my stuff, I hate painting but love the look.
~ Bliss ~
www.BlissRanch.blogspot.com

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Thank you :)

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Hi there! Your chifferobe turned out adorable! I love the detailing at the bottom and what a steal at $25! Great job! I'm your newest follower. Please check out bellanest.blogspot.com if you get a chance. Blessings to you!

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Thank you Holly :)

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

I used to not like to paint stuff either - too much prep but this chalk paint is amazing.  Cuts the prep down to almost nothing :)   Thank you for the follow too :)

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Thanks Holly and thank you for the right word for this piece:   chifferobe!!  I had been looking for the right term for this piece.  Thank you for the follow too - I will do the same for you :)

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Stopping in from Debbiedoo's ... that looks really great.  I've been on the fence about what to do with a craig's list dresser find and now I think paint is the answer!

Also, I'm going to put out some shameful self-promotion here -- so sorry I really do hate it when it happens to me -- but I've joined up with a few new bloggers on an "Imagine the Impossibilities" Challenge that culminates in a multi-blog link party on Jan. 31.

I hope you can join us!

Linda
http://itallstartedwithpaint.blogspot.com

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

You should give the chalk paint a try - makes painting really fun :0

I will check out the Imagine the Impossibilities.  There are a few projects like that around here.....lol...isn't there always? 

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

very nicely done...  love the knobs too !

- KAT -

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Very nice! I could use a nice big piece of furniture like that!

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Thanks :)  I just checked out your blog - love the meal planning ideas.  Definitely will be following you along for some great ideas.

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Thank you :)

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Love the chalk paint here (and the blue in a previous post). I love using it, now to make some of my own. I am following your blog and will put a link back from my blog.

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Stopping by from Met Monday! Love how it turned out. The knobs are so unique!

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

that turned out beautiful and the hardware is perfect....great job. I see you make your own chaulk paint have you told your recipe i didn't see it but i have a habit of staring at what i am looking for and not seeing it!!!!

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Good job and I like the color, you were right to leave original hardware.  I'm a new follower, please drop by for visit when yo can.

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Thanks for stopping by and for the follow.  I will head over to see you too :)

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Hi Chris!  Thanks for the wonderful comments.  

My recipe for chalk paint is:  1 1/2 cups of latex or acrylic paint 1/2 cup calcium carbonate (found at health food stores)1/2  cup waterMix together really well and viola! I did find that after mixing the acrylic based paints lighten up more than the latex based paints.  Not sure why that is and I haven't put on my scientist cap to figure it out.   Both  latex and acrylic base work really well though.  

Hope that helps!

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Thanks Bonnie!

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Thanks Joy.  Let me know how it turns out for you.  I will come by your blog for a visit too :)

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Such a pretty color and great find!  Wonderful redo! Deb

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

This is amazing!  I love it!  It looks so fresh...I want one.  :)

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Oh my gosh, it looks fabulous!! I would love for you to link up to It's a Party Thursday (actually it starts tonight)!
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DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Thank you Deb!

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Thank you!

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Thank you and thanks for the invite!

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

OMG, I want this piece, it's fabulous.  Great job on the transformation.  You really scored when you found this piece.  Love the color.   Thanks for giving me some inspiration.  Thanks for all your creative post you shared with us at Sunday's Best.  Now following you!

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Thanks so much Cathy :)  Isn't it a cool piece??  I look at her and just gush...feel silly to have a crush on a piece of furniture!

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

What a great piece--love the hardware!

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

I need to hang out here more often so you'll rub off on me!  I have several pieces awaiting me and looking at your AWESOME results, I'm totally inspired!  I'm excited to be your newest follower and bloggy friend!!!  I'd love to have you stop by and return the love if you haven't already!!!  Oh, and if you haven't signed up yet, I have a $50 stencil giveaway going on right now and I'd love for you to have a chance to WIN!

XO, Aimee
Your Bloggy Friend

PS I'm curious what the thumbs up/down is linked to!?!  Facebook!?!?  I love all the options in bloggy world!!!  XO, Aimee

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Okay, fb. and twitter!  VERY COOL!

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Thanks for stopping by Aimee!  I love your blog and visit often as a follower.  The series on photography is something I will be reading over and over and over.  Thank you for taking the time to do that!!  Thank you for the follow too.  Very much appreciated :)

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Thank you Becky :)

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Cute...cute...cute!  I LOVE how this turned out!  Thanks for sharing!

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Amazing makeover. I love it! I just featured you at my Restyled Sundays party. Hope to see more from you soon.

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

LOVE!  What an amazing CL deal!  Your piece turned out great too!  I tried the homemade chalk paint,and I think I must have made it too thick.  It was quite the workout, and I wasn't really pleased with my results...

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Thank you Tonia :)

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Thank you Ann for the feature!! 

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Thank you Kim.   Sorry your batch of chalk paint didn't work out.  My first batch was a little thick the first time but added a bit more water and it worked out all right. 

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Shut up!! You snagged this for $25...I'm a little jealous! It turned out so great. It's such an interesting piece of furniture and it seems like it was meant to be.

Thanks for stopping by my little blog today. I am your newest follower now!

bachndachs said...

That's INCREDIBLE!!!  I usually wonder about painting wood surfaces...if it really makes it look better....but oh my!!!  THIS is FANTASTIC!!!  It's a much better look!!!  you did a great job.  And I love that hardware...it's so pretty!
I'm so excited to have you join me for Pearls and Lace Thursday!
Lovely to meet you!
Blessings, Doni

Lindsey said...

I love this piece, it turned out great!  Im visiting from Three Mango Seeds.

Lindsey

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Thank you for your kind words Doni :)

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Thank you!

Alida - Radcrafter said...

Thank you so much for sharing last week on Thingamajig Thursday! Your post was featured at this week's party. Hope to see you again this week!

Alida
radcrafter.com

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Thank you Alida!!

Amy of The Salvage Collection said...

ahhh! now i know we're going to be best blog buddies 'cuz you kept the bakelite hardware!! oh, how beeeee-utiful that piece looks with that gorgeous hardware!!

keep on painting, my friend!!

Reenie said...

WOW!! What a kewel piece ~ and for $25.00!!! What a find. I didn't even notice the knobs on the before pic, now they POP!

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Bakelite all the way baby!! Thanks for stopping by.

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

I know! $25 is insane! The funny thing was it was a fundraising rummage sale. They had the most ridiculous high prices on little pieces of plastic junk. But then the furniture was priced at basically nothing. I got three gorgeous pieces that day for $75.