Saturday, December 4, 2010

2 furniture before + afters

as i mentioned before, my project the week of thanksgiving was to help transform a teenage girl's "new" room. we did the "woods" wall, and i also painted 3 pieces of furniture: a bed frame (i will show you this once it's fully reupholstered!), a desk, and a dresser. i can't wait to see this room all come together...

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first up, i found this dresser at a thrift store, and it was the perfect fit for what my clients had in mind for this room. the only problem was that it was a little banged-up, and needed a paint job desperately!

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as you can see, the lines are perfect for a feminine space (that leg to the right just kills me with its cuteness). i did some patches and sanding of bumps, and she came out as good as new.

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my client found some new (awesome!) hardware that matches her space much better, and i love the contrast of the nouveau-esque brass hardware with the feminine lines (and color) of the dresser.

we wanted a lacquered look, and i think the glossy finish i used pulled it off nicely!

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next up, was this dresser that my client already owned. it was fine for their needs, but it needed a major facelift. lots of the wooden panels were chipping, and there were scratches galore, so i did a lot of repair work on it.

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(super-dark "before" photo, sorry)

i adore the new look. those vintage club-shaped pulls and knobs are perfection, if you ask me. she bought all of the new hardware at eugenia's antique hardware here in atlanta.

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16 comments:

  1. love both pieces, and the hardware your client found for the desk is awesome! the white dresser though, my heart skipped a beat when i saw it. i love it! i want to come live in that teen bedroom!!!!

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  2. i know! she has exxxcellent taste. i want to live in it, too!

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  3. Kristen that desk is incredible! I adore the drawer pulls! What color paint did you use? In some of the pics it looks a little gray/brown or a pearly white. Regardless love your work!! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  4. Wow those turned out great! I've noticed a lot of that provencial furniture tends to have a slick plastic like coating or thick glossy veneer on the top. Do you suggest sanding, priming and then painting or do you use a deglosser on it first then paint?

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  5. megan - i know, the colors were awesome. client picked those out, too, and they are farrow and ball colors. i do believe the desk is "light grey" and the dresser (and the headboard, which i can't wait to show you guys) is "bone"

    susan - you're right, they do. i did a deglosser, then sanded it realllllly well. there was also a good amount of primer on it (because of some wood filler patches i had to do), but i don't think primer is necessary. i use "aura" paint by ben moore on furniture, and it is amazing. dries like a hard enamel and self-primes. it's super thick, too, but i do thin coats.

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  6. so cute! i have a desk just like that in my house from when i was a kid and it looks like garbage, too bad i don't live in Atlanta!

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  7. Hmmm... thanks for the help and the paint recommendation. I have a perfectly patched piece that could use a good paint to cover up all the spottiness. :)

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  8. LOVE that first makeover. The trefoil knobs on the second are great.

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  9. I LOVE how that desk turned out! I actually have two side tables in that exact same style just waiting to be painted!

    Oh, and don't forget to see your wish list item today on my Blogger Wish List Series: http://www.whatsupwhimsy.com/2010/12/12-days-of-holidays-blogger-wish-list_06.html

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  10. Sleek, elegant, gorgeous. Thank you!

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  11. Wow girl these are beautiful! Great job (: glad I found your blog through Shannon!

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  12. I had that exact desk growing up! I did a double take! Brought back memories :) Looks so much more chic in the redo!

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  13. I love the desk but where or where did the owl lamp come from! I have to have him!

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