I spoke too soon…

Hello, all!

Hope everyone is having a nice week.  We are getting ready to leave for Mexico tomorrow, but I wanted to share this piece before I left.  This week I am excited to share my before and after pictures, however, before I do that, I have to share a little story.

If you read my post from last week, you will probably remember where I commented about the quality of paint needed to complete a piece and how I thought “middle of the road” was okay — well, I definitely misspoke!!  Last week, I was working on a piece with a some not so great paint and was noticing some bumps in the paint.  I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong — I was convinced it was something I was doing, so I spent a lot of time sanding and repainting, but nothing was changing.  So, I finally decided to take one of the drawers to Sherwin Williams to see if they could determine why my paint wasn’t lying smoothly.  And, basically they said — paint quality!!

So, after purchasing more paint (and now the highest quality)  I went home and repainted this piece.  What a difference!!  No more bumps — no more imperfections — just a nice smooth finish!  Now I am officially converted — only the highest quality going forward — the time wasted was not worth the money or the frustration…grrr

Okay, on to my new piece — here are the before pictures.




This piece needed some wood fill, but after some sanding, priming, and painting….





Clearly, I love this blue color with the gold hardware!!  I think it makes a great combination and it really striking!

Thanks again for reading!


Green with Envy

Happy Thursday!

Now that I am officially part-time at my day job, I have a lot more time to spend on my furniture projects!  So, this week I was working on two pieces for a client’s nursery.  Since they  have decided to wait until the birth of their baby to find out the sex, so we had to go with a neutral color.  After much deliberation, she finally decided to pick the Sherwin William’s color of “Dancing Green.”

So, I went to pick up the paint and was excited to learn that Home Depot and Lowes can basically match any color from any company.  This was a great tip to find out.  I know some people really think it is important to buy the high end paint, but I have to say I don’t agree.  While I think it is important to buy quality paint, I think the middle of the road quality is usually fine, as I always prime my pieces with Zinsser’s Primer.  I think this helps the paint go on evenly and it covers any existing stains or imperfections really nicely.

ZINSSER - Stain Blocking Primer/Sealer, White, 1 qt.

So, let me show you the dresser before (there is nightstand too, but the before picture I got is too dark).   —


After several coats of primer, paint, a paste wax for sealing and some new hardware, we have a beautiful finished product.  I love the gold details on the feet of the dresser and nightstand — they just add a nice touch to it’s fairly simple design.



I was really happy with how these pieces turned out.  This green is a great shade because it is bright, but not overwhelming.  It is actually quite peaceful.  I think my client will be very happy with it and I can’t wait to see her reaction!


Updated White Dresser

Happy Sunday!!

I finished this piece last Sunday and wanted to take time to post the pictures today.  I think this piece turned out great.  It just needed a simple updating and a little freshening up.  The white we used for this was a nice choice.  I love the shape of the cabinets on the ends of the piece — they add great interest.  You can get an idea based on the cabinet doors below.

White Dresser BEFORE


White Dresser BEFORE 1

After a few coats of white paint, some brushed nickel finish spray paint on the hardware –voila!!  A brand new look!

White Dresser AFTER

White Dresser AFTER 1

Well – working on  a great dresser and nightstand for a nursery this week.  Can’t wait to share!


The Toothpick Trick

Happy Tuesday!!  Sorry I have been MIA for a bit…I just started my new part-time schedule at my day job and was working feverishly on a custom project.

This client had two dressers that she bought to refinish, but decided it was a little too much to take on.   I love working with people like her because she has a vision for what she wants, but just needed a little help in executing it. 🙂


As you can see, this first dresser has great bones and lots of drawer space.  It just needed a little prep work, some primer, and some new paint!  I also took off the existing hardware (see the picture below).  I cleaned these up and sprayed painted them.  I think they added a lot of fun detail and uniqueness to this piece.


So, I learned a new trick for filling in small holes, which I thought would be fun to pass on.  As you can see, these hardware pieces are held in place by small nails.  Once, I removed the existing nails, I needed to replace them with new silver ones to match the now sprayer painted hardware.  So, I went to the hardware store.  When I was purchasing new nails, I forgot to think about the size of the holes in the furniture — I was too concerned with the size of the holes in the hardware.  When I got home and was ready to reattach these pieces, they just came right out of the existing holes — they were too small.  I returned to the hardware store to find bigger nails, but couldn’t find any that would also fit the hardware.  Mmmm….

The guy at the hardware store suggested the following and it worked:

-Grab some toothpicks

-Cover one end of the toothpick with wood glue and put it inside the hole on the furniture

-Break off the portion that is sticking out from the furniture

-Let the glue dry

-Then, you simply nail in the smaller nails into the old holes and now they stay like a dream!!

This was such a great solution!!  Worked well and took no time at all to execute!  Gotta love it!  Check out the “After” shot below!