Client Pieces

We were so excited to receive our newest commissioned furniture refinish project.  Here are a pic of the two dressers before.  Once I saw them I got a little nostalgic.  Doesn't every child who grew up in the late 70's/early 80's have memories of this type of dresser?  I had a hand-me-down set from my cousin and when we got them I though it was the coolest thing ever!  My parents still have the tall dresser, which is similar to this one, in their attic.  Once my mom saw these two pieces refinished she decided to pull that old dresser down from the attic and try a little magic of her own.  I'll post pics when she is finished.
Here is the before of the tall dresser...

 Our friend and client, Kara, picked her two colors from the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint line.  For the chest of drawers she picked the lovely Duck Egg Blue.  This was the first time I used the Duck Egg and I loved it.  I really wish these pictures did these pieces justice, but the basement isn't the ideal place for a staged photo shoot!  K said she would send pics once they are all set in their new home. 

 Here is a close up of the detail.  We did a gentle distress and added new hardware. 

 The picture below doesn't quite capture the color right--it looks a little light, but the above one is right on!  Such a serene color and perfect for the Master Bedroom at a Beach House!

 The hardware adds just a little bit of softness. 

Below is the long and low dresser before...

 We used Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in Versailles for this one.  This is such a great color for a children's room...and an even better color for a children's room at a beach house.  I think K picked the absolute best colors for these two pieces.  The color in the below pic is more true than the one of the actual dresser, but again, lighting in a workshop basement...not ideal!

 And here is the finished dresser.  We used a more modern, clean pull and I think they turned out great! 

I'll be sure to post pictures of these two beauties once they land at their beach retreat this summer!

Danielle

Start of the Home Office ReDo

We've been working on our home office re-do.  We are far from done.  We still need curtains, light fixtures, some storage and seating!  I have been able to finish a desk, side table and lamp.

Here is the before picture of a small side table I picked up at the Nashville flea market this summer.  It was $15.00 and in great shape.  I painted her (I love how I always call my furniture "her"?!?) in Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in Provence.  You can see the other desk I did in Provence here.  I spray painted the hardware in rustoleum metallic silver.  I always love replacing the hardware, but because of the odd shape of these I knew I would find nothing that would fit, so spray paint it was!

$15.00 at the Nashville Flea Market!

Here is the after...


Since I already had the Annie Sloan's chalk paint (Provence) and the Rustoleum Spray Paint on hand this entire project only cost me $15.00. 

xo, dani

Dining Table

I scored this round, solid wood dining table at an Estate Sale for $20.00.  I came into the sale just as they were closing for the weekend and they practically handed it to me.  The best part is the legs detach which is perfect for me since I only have a small SUV and not a pick up-which, by the way, I sooo want.  Leaving the furniture topic for a second...when I was young my dad had this huge, ugly green truck that I was sooo emabarrassed to ride in and I had to ride in it allll the time.  My dad worked during the day and my mom at night, so my dad shuffled my sisters and I to all our activities i.e. dancing school, soccer, softball, etc.  I was always so mortified pulling up in that hunk of junk and now I would LOVE to have it.

Anyway...like I said I scored this table at an estate sale for $20.00.  I painted it with Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in Paris Gray.  I then waxed it with the clear soft wax and gave it a light distress then waxed again.  I was thinking of keeping it for myself, but I think I need to sell it.







Have any of you worked on a project lately?  We'd love to see them or feature them on our blog.  Email us at retaildiyet@gmail.com.
Danielle

I fell in love...

I fell in love with this desk when I saw it at an indoor flea market. Its solid mahogany and I knew I wanted it as soon as I saw it. Ok, she isn't the prettiest girl on the floor, but she has potential. Don't you think?  And for $25.00...come on...you know you would too.


This desk has great detail.  I had to sand it down completely and remove a veneer that was adheered to parts of the front. 



If you haven't worked with Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint...you NEED to. It's not readily available in your typical big box stores, but there are many carriers both online and in privately owned shops. They call it the "girl" paint. For most pieces you don't even need to sand or prime before you begin. It adhears to surfaces without a problem..Ladies, you know we're impatient and want the finished product without all the prep work, thus the term "girl paint"! For this desk I used ASCP in Provence. I painted the existing pulls on the side drawers with spray paint from Rustoleum. I changed out the top drawer knobs for these clear glass knobs.





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 I just love how it turned out.  What do you think?

Danielle

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The search for Dining Chairs

If you know me at all you know that we've moved quite a few times in the last couple of years.  Our first house was a teeny tiny Trinity in Philadelphia and our second purchase was a Huge Victorian also in Philadelphia (could we get more extreme!!  I know!).  I'll get into more detail on both homes later, but know that between those two homes, our move to Los Angeles and most recently our move to Nashville-we've had tons of furniture.  Some beautiful, some cheap filler furniture, but most of it has gone to a new home.  We sold some (at waaayyy to cheap a price!) to friends, family and strangers on craigslist.  We have some in storage in Philadelphia and some has made the two cross country journey's with us.  Somedays I don't know whether I am coming or going let alone where all my stuff is.  One day I hope to have everything we own in the same place--heck, I'll settle for the same state!

Since we didn't have a dining room in LA our dining table which my hubby made with his own two hands never made the journey.  Same goes for our dining chairs.  I believe we sold the chairs and I honestly don't know where the table ended up.  I think it went to our neighbor.  We moved to LA before our house sold so if it was left in the house, our parents helped remove/store/sell for us.  So....now that we are in Nashville we have once again found ourselves with a dining space and no furniture to put in it.  Soon I will post pics of our amazing little house in the woods.  It's a historic home, with all original solid wood paneling and a very mountain cabin feel.  Certainly completely different from our spanish bungalow in LA!  But, that's a completely different post for another day. 

Anyhoo.....the search for dining chairs began and I knew that I wanted to find something I could redo.  Nothing from a big box store.  We searched a few antique stores and this is what we found.



They had a total of 6 chairs.  5 armless and 1 arm chair and all for $125!
I purchased the fabric below from Fabric.com.  Both were $6.99/yard. 

To paint the bases I used Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in Old White and I used the soft clear wax over them.  I decided not to distress them, but now I think I may want to...What do you think?  To distress or not distress? That is the question.

Here they are...





xo, dani