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My latest before and after project was salvaging this old, dilapidated Victrola.  It was really in rough shape – deep cracks, missing a door, broken hinges. But, the label on the bottom said it was made in 1924, so I could not resist trying to salvage it!

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Step one was cleaning the entire piece (it had many, many years of “I’ve been sitting in a garage” grime).

My good carpenter friend helped make a new right door and found a vintage hinge online that would fit.  Once the new door was in place, I realized that I wouldn’t be able to just sand a restain it – the cracks on the body of the piece were too deep, and I wouldn’t be able to easily color match a new door.  So, I opted for paint and moved forward with priming the piece. I chose a gorgeous gray paint and accented with bronze metallic paint (from Martha Stewart’s line at Home Depot). Added new hardware, reconnected the crank, and voila! A gorgeous record cabinet!  Plus, as a bonus, the turntable actually still works. I imagine some industrious person could find a new needle and actually make it play.  Currently, I am selling this piece for $375. More information at www.facebook.com/encorefurnishingsnashville.

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I recently acquired an antique brass lamp, and it is in great condition and a beautiful shape. But, I wasn’t really feeling the brass finish. A little too brassy, pun intented (feel free to roll your eyes). But, in only an hour, I was able to give the lamp a great, oil-rubbed bronze look that I LOVE.  Here’s how:

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Step 1: Gather your supplies. For this project I used Minwax Color Express in Walnut. This is a great, easy-to-use stain that adheres to all kinds of surfaces. I used a small plate as a palette and applied the stain using a small paintbrush.  I then used a stencil brush to get the faux-antiqued look.

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Step 2: Messily apply one coat of the stain with a brush. It doesn’t have to be perfect because we are going to use the stencil brush to get the finish we want.  I did this step and the next step one section at a time so that the stain wouldn’t dry before I had a chance to use the stencil brush.

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Step 3:  Using the stiff stencil brush, pat the stain to remove brush strokes and get that antiqued look. This step felt to me like I was a pointillist artist going to town on a canvas. The nice thing about this step is that you can’t really mess it up – if you accidentally rub off some stain or get a thumb print, just dot over that section again with the stencil brush.

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Step 4: Let it dry and you’re done! Super easy project. This lamp took less than an hour to complete. You can use the same process for antiquing cabinet hardware or even an old mirror.

I’m selling this lamp on Etsy – Go check it out!

Found these LOP (lots-o-potential) chairs at a yard sale recently, and I was so glad to have the long weekend to fix them up!

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The first step was to clean the spider webs that had infiltrated the chairs, then I did a quick vacuum and OxyClean of the upholstery.  It was actually in great shape, it just had a couple of small stains that came out quite easily.

I then sanded down the varnish and prepped the chairs for painting by taping off the upholstery sections. I don’t always use painter’s tape, but when it comes to upholstery, I take no chances. An ill-timed sneeze could ruin everything.

I then painted the chairs using Annie Sloan’s Old White – two coats. I only did one coat on the cane side panels because I sort of loved the shabby chic look that gave. After the paint had dried, I sanded corners and edges for an even more cottage-shabby look, sealed the paint with clear wax and that was it!! So thrilled with how they turned out:

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To purchase these or see more of my pieces – visit www.facebook.com/encorefurnishingsnashville!

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Before…plain side table – gorgeous shape.

Found this great little side table on Craigslist in truly perfect condition…solid wood, sturdy. I love the shape of the piece, but I was not a huge fan of the faux leather top and honey oak color.

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But, I had some Annie Sloan chalk paint left over from an older project – a can of French Linen and a can of Graphite…

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Ta-da! Two tone table.

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I kept the two-tone top, used graphite for the center section. Please ignore the pug.

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I also used the Graphite to fill in the grooves and highlight the details.

This piece, along with some of my other work is available via my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/encorefurnishings

I found a few great new pieces for refinishing this weekend:

Isn’t this dresser gorgeous?  It needs a bit of work  – there are a few places where the veneer is chipped. But, a bit of wood filler and a fresh coat of paint should do the trick…now I just have to decide on the color!

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Found these beauties at a yard sale – the cane is in perfect shape! I think I may paint them white? Any thoughts? Pink and white chairs would look very cute. Or perhaps a light grey…too many choices!

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After some strategic yard-sale-ing last weekend, I found myself in possession of three vintage farm chairs. They were each in fairly good shape, just in need of some glued joints and a coat of paint. I have always wanted a mismatched chair set painted all in one color, and this was my chance! I chose a very pale mint green for the chairs, and I think they turned out beautifully!  Here is a step-by-step how-to on painting these vintage chairs:

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Second chair, before.

 

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Step 1: Assess the structure of each chair and glue joints with wood glue when needed. Each chair needed a little bit of glue on the legs, and the second chair needed some wood-filler on the seat. You could also glue any gaps together and clamp the entire chair, but I decided to go the wood filler route since it would be faster, and I am impatient.

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Fill in gaps with wood filler.

Step 2: Sand and prime. I always do a light sanding before and after primer. My favorite primer to use is Glidden Gripper because a) you can get it at the Home Depot around the corner from my house and 2) it seems to stick to everything. And when I say everything, I really do mean everything. Case in point: I primed these chairs a few DAYS ago, and just YESTERDAY when I went to get my hair cut, my stylist starts looking through my hair and asks “Have you been painting?” because there was STILL PRIMER STUCK IN MY HAIR. Days later! After multiple showers and hair-washes. I promise I am hygienic. Gripper just sticks. to. everything. forever.

Step 3: Paint!  I painted with a latex mint paint (also Glidden, also from Home Depot). I had the color mixed specially from a sample I brought in. Two coats should do the trick, if you have primed.

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First chair drying.

 

Two chairs drying.

Two chairs drying. And a pug butt.

Voila! Three mint chairs!

Voila! Three mint chairs!

Would love to know your thoughts! And, I’m now in the market for a fourth chair to paint to complete this set…send me any leads you can find!

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I were walking down the street to go to a party. We hadn’t even made it a full block when we came across a coffee table on the sidewalk wearing a ‘Take me, I’m free!’ sign. It was in pretty good shape, and my boyfriend was already in position to lift the table when I looked at him to ask if he would mind if we took it home.  Needless to say, we arrived about 15 minutes later to the party than we intended that night.

Here is the table as we got it: solid wood, subtle filigree along the edges. Sort of boring.

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I decided the table needed a slight lift, so I opted for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in “Old White.”  I painted the filigree by hand and then painted the entire top of the table and sides. After it was painted, I sanded the edges and spots on the top to give it a rustic look before finishing the table with clear wax. I am very pleased with the results!

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Apparently I have a thing for vintage record player cabinets. This is my second record cabinet makeover in recent days (see the first), and I am as much in love with this one as the last. I found this Mid Century style record console that had been gutted on Craigslist and picked it up immediately.

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It is solid wood, and was in fairly good condition. Except it was FILTHY. Truly one of the more disgusting pieces I have found. Exhibit A:

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So, I busted out the DL hand cleaner (aka the best furniture cleaner in existence) and spent a solid two hours scrubbing and sanding. I have found that when I am planning to paint a piece, I will typically use the DL and then spend as much time sanding, first with 120-grit to really get the finish off, then with 320 to smooth the edges.

I removed the hardware, pulled the doors out and primed the piece with Gripper primer in grey, then I began to paint.  I wanted to minimize brush strokes for a smooth finish, so I used a small, dense foam roller brush and satin finish paint in Martha Stewart’s “Wrought Iron” (which is the same color I used on the last record cabinet. I am clearly obsessed with this deep grey-blue).  Then, after I had painted three coats in the Wrought Iron, I taped the legs and painted just the feet in a metallic gold paint (Martha Stewart specialty finishes – Vintage Gold). I was inspired by several Mid Century pieces that have metal sheathings on the feet:

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Back to the console…I finished the feet and then used the gold with a tiny brush to highlight the vertical lines in the front of the piece. And, I’m pretty happy with it! I put this baby up for sale on Etsy, as there is sadly no room for it in my house. Check it out: https://www.etsy.com/listing/126303051/mid-century-record-console-media-cabinet

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So, I found this gem on the Craigslist and just KNEW I had to have it. So, I dragged my friend Gor with me to meet the seller at (I kid you not) a truck stop north of town. It was slightly scary, but 100% worth it.photo(21)photo(20)

When I got it home, it was fairly disgusting. Covered in dust and things I don’t really care to identify. When I’m tackling a serious cleaning project like this, I like to use DL Hand Cleaner. This magic potion is my mother’s secret trick for getting rid of years of grime from furniture. I have no idea where to buy it except via Amazon. Trust me, this is the best $12.46 you will ever spend. After about two hours it was ready to prime and paint.

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Primed with Gripper.

Fabric removed and first coat of paint!

Fabric removed and first coat of paint!

I opted for a dark blue from Martha Stewart – Wrought Iron, and I found a great replacement fabric in a green/blue tweed. I’m so proud of the results! I had to add a shelf to the record player side, and I decided to use my leftover fabric to cover the shelf. It’s a happy little surprise when you open the lid 🙂

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