Poly acrylic?

Hello there!

This week I completed two beautiful nightstands to match a prior dresser that I had recently finished for this client.  In working project, I was forced to try something new that I might otherwise have never tried: Poly acrylic!  My client was requesting an additional clear layer beyond the Paste Wax that I normally do (and personally prefer).  So, I was forced explain my distain for Polyurethane due to the yellowing of the pieces that I have seen as a result.  And, she told me all about Polyacrylic and how this product tends to do this less.

Mmmm…so, I gave it a try – I applied two thin layers on the nightstands and was very pleasured with the “clearness” of the product.    I did notice some yellowing in areas were excess amounts pooled, but otherwise, the result was clear.  What do you think?




Thanks!! Until next time…


Added a little detail…

White Antique Dresser

Hello – hope everyone is having a great week.  We have been crazy busy lately and are just starting to get back to our normal routine and pace.   I am excited to share my most recent project with you.   They were fun to do and I like the extra detail of the lock.

Ok – so, let me start at the beginning…I did these pieces for my mother-in-law.  The nightstand was her mothers and definitely had seen better days.  The dresser was a Craigslist find and was so beautiful.  Lots of great design details and overall in really good shape.


WhiteDresserBEFORE WhiteDresserBEFORE1

To get started, I sanded, washed the pieces in TSP, primed and painted – pretty basic.  I wanted to add a little interest to the dresser, so I decided to paint the locks.  I started this process by taping off the locks and using a hammered bronze spray paint.  I loved how this paint looked, but didn’t like the tape lines or the lack of detail that resulted from the spray paint.  So, I decided that I would remove the tape and try something else.  I ended up using my sprayer and continuing with the white paint layers.  I simply wiped off the locks after I was finished as best I could.

After I was finished painting the piece all white, I sprayed the spray paint onto a large picture of butcher paper.  I sprayed enough so that I could actually dip a small paint brush into the paint and touch up the locks on the drawers.  This worked really nicely and allowed for me to get into the small spots on these locks.  The effect was exactly what I wanted and added just the right interest to the piece.


I also added new hardware.


Hope you have a great long weekend!  Thanks!


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!


Blue Campaign Dresser

Well, this was a fun piece to do!  I found this piece originally on Craigslist and was excited to get started right away.  I spent a lot of time working on the brass hardware (see my prior posts) to get them cleaned up and shiny.  I am really happy with how the piece turned out.  This bright blue really brings out the brass hardware and gives it a more contemporary feeling.  This would look great in any part of the house — from a bedroom to an entryway or a media console.  Check out the before and afters below!  Contact me if you are interested!

Campaign Before