Tales of my furniture makeovers and great DIY projects...

Monday, November 21, 2011

A New (Old) Bedroom Set

Well, not a whole one.  But, if you are anything like me these days, you won't like a complete matchy matchy set anyway.  A few common pieces are nice, but having different things makes a room full of character, not like a showroom floor.  Where was I?  Oh yeah, the new (old) bedroom furniture.  It seems these armoires are pretty rare to come across.  Not from my experience, this is the second one like this I've redone, but most people seem suprised to see an armoire with cubbies like this and I guess are used to the ones with big television cutouts.  So, here is the armoire as I found it: (I forgot a before picture of the night table)

Here is the inside:

Seemingly in good shape, huh?  Well, the first of it's problems was it had that orangey hue that makes me gag a little bit.  The rest of it's problems were stuck all over the side in the form of hard mirror-y like thick stickers.  Luckily for me, they peeled of easily.  Whew.  The night table (nightstand?, sidetable?, I never know what to call them) had the remnants of a little girl named Emily.  How do I know that?  Her name was carved in the top.  Again, luckily, it was just a superficial carving and sanding away easily. 

I found this duo at a yard sale.  Not just a regular yard sale mind you.  This was the yard sale of ALL yard sales.  This was the day before Colorfest weekend in Thurmont, the day where THE.WHOLE.ENTIRE.TOWN has a yard sale.  I'm not kidding.  Really.  Anyone from this area will be my witness.  So, I hopped in the ole pick up and headed down to Thurmont.  I think I only got through about 5 blocks before I ran out of time and space.  I found these at my first stop, hence the running out of space quickly.

I used my "oops" paint from Lowes, that is a beautiful creamy white.  I added a touch of the unsanded grout, however, because of the orange hue, I did prime this with a heavy duty primer.  Then, it took just 2 coats of paint after the primer.  I have to say, it sanded great.  Certainly not like the ASCP, but I really wanted a very distressed look and that is what I got pretty easily. I topped both pieces with two coats of wax. Then, I painted the inside a great bright sagey green color to give it some POP!  Sorry I don't know the color, it was also another "oops".  I think I'm addicted to that small section of Lowes.  Hopefully, they won't issue me a stay away order anytime soon for lurking around just waiting for the paint guy to make an error.

Here is the finished job:

And, the pretty night table:

I really just love those crystal/glass like knobs.  I wish some of the other local (or not local) furniture painters/redoers/whateveryoucallit would give me a great hookup for where I can buy these cheaper and in bulk. (pretty please with sugar on top!)

Here is a close up of one of the real chippy spots:

And, the inside POP:

I really wish I was a better photographer.  Sigh.  I see so many of these blogs with these photos of furniture perfectly staged and nothing less than a brilliant shot.  But, honestly, I don't have the time to learn something new.  I'll just do my best, but never will win any awards.  HA!

1 comment:

  1. adorable! they look totally new- and love the pop inside!
    i need to check out this yard sale next year if you want a shopping buddy!