Tag Archives: Furniture restoration

Etsy Shop

13 May

After going back and forth I finally decided to open up an¬†Etsy shop. I am so excited about finally doing this, it’s a big step for me! I wish I could keep all of my furniture restoration projects, but I think if I bring home one more dresser without the intent of selling it my husband might lose it! ūüôā We are slowly becoming over run with furniture.

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I get so excited finding a cool¬†piece at an estate sale or thrift store because I can see the potential. I usually am giddy with a find and can’t wait to get home to get started on painting it to see what it will become. ¬†I have found it’s just as exciting when that piece finds a new home, and someone else can feel that same way. I am starting small and have listed a few things.

white dresserAt this time I am not planning on shipping, but if you ever find something you just have to have I can get a quote on shipping so send me an e-mail at lechicelefant@gmail.com. Click here to check out my new shop, and thank you all for your support! 
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Until next time!

LaurenSig

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A Little Extra Love

6 May

Sometimes I come across a piece of furniture that I really love but a simple coat of paint won’t be enough to bring it back to life, it will require a little extra love. I found this coffee table at an estate sale and I was instantly drawn in by the square shape and the intricate detailing. At quick glance I could only really see one thing wrong with the table…the bright green leather top. Green is not really in my color wheel and leather top tables to me are really outdated.

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I, of course, love a challenge and brought the table home! After much brainstorming we decided the best option was to cover the leather completely. Off to Lowes we went buying a piece of 3/4 inch plywood, trim, and wood blocks. The table was too low so we wanted to add some height. We found these blocks that fit perfectly adding about an inch and a half of height to the table.  There was a bit of a gap between the blocks and the bottom of the original feet so we later filled it in with wood putty and then smoothed it out.

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Since we were adding a wood top I did not want a blunt edge. The perfect solution was to add trim around the edge to connect the bottom of the table with the new wood top.

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Then came liquid nails! It was generously applied to the top of the coffee table and then the plywood was added and screwed on from the underside.

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The edges of the plywood were rough so we added a small piece of rounded trim.

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Finally it’s time to paint! I mixed one part of old white and two parts french linen to create the coffee table color.

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This was a little more work then just slapping on some paint but the end result was worth it. I love the table!  The details are shown off even more with the distressing and brightening up of paint.
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My favorite part are the little little blue drawers.

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A New Trick

29 Apr

The more I get into this furniture painting fad the more I realize there are some really handy tools and products out there that make things ¬†little easier. I most recently discover the magic of wood filler. I am such a novice I didn’t even know it existed till recently and it’s a game changer! First it’s not that expensive and a little bit goes a long way! I most recently used it on a little pedestal table that had a few scratches on the surface and the wood detailing around the table’s edge had some holes in it.

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I used Elmer’s wood filler, so far it has worked well it dries fast and sands really smooth. (I feel like I am in a commercial, I swear they did not tell me to say that! :))

elmersThen two coats of French Linen paint and the table looks brand new! It has already made its way to new home today!

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Antique Dresser Makeover

25 Apr

I love chalk paint and I am officially obsessed! There I said it, I have confessed my feelings publicly. I love how it can transform a piece of furniture that has seen better days into something trendy, and adorable again. I found this dresser on Craigslist, I loved its shape and the size. It was relatively in great condition but it had some scratches and needed some TLC. I mean part of the reason I love antiques is that they aren’t perfect, I feel like they all have a little story to tell.

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I did a little sanding to smooth out some nicks and then two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White. I then covered the dresser with clear wax only. I decided to leave the hardware untouched because I love the little details of the pulls.

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I always distress my pieces even if it’s just a little, I think it adds depth and character.¬†White dresser 2 white dresser 3 white dresser 4

Who doesn’t love a good before and after?! Here is a side by side shot.

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Furniture Makeover

3 Oct

So, awhile back I went to our local Restore just to check things out and see what it’s all about. Low and behold I found something interesting, two matching dressers!

My apologies for the low quality photos they were quick shots from my phone. Anyway, both of these together cost $150 and they were in great condition. The gold and the dark brown had to go though. First things first was removing the hardware and stripping the wood.

We then used the strong primer Kilz to try and cover up the knots. After that had dried we used a grey based primer.  We had planned to distress these and I wanted a dark grey to show through. I loved the color and I was tempted to keep the dressers grey.

Next onto the last coat of paint.  I picked Linen White from Benjamin Moore for the final color.

Onto the distressing. Now, this is my first time redoing furniture so this part was really trial and error. I used 120-grain sand paper. I sanded mostly where the wood would weather naturally like on the corners and around the handles where fingers would wear away the paint. We then added the new hardware from Lowes. Here is how they turned out.

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