My love for refinishing furniture really came out of a need for a new dining room table and a small budget. At the time, I had no idea how to re-do a piece of furniture or even where to find pieces that had potential. Enter Craigslist! I found a beautiful French Country table that cost all of $20! I decided to paint the table, so I did some research and found “Miss Mustard Seed” . Her blog showed how to refinish furniture using a great product called Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. The process ended up being easier than I thought and the results were beautiful. I also took a page out of her book and refinished the top of the table with stain. I could not have been happier with the way it came out. A shoutout goes to “The Purple Painted Lady” who is an Annie Sloane stockist here in the Rochester N.Y area. I have purchased my paints there for over 10 years and they are terrific to work with!
This piece is a lesson on not to judge something before really looking it over. This buffet was found at a garage sale. Everyone was passing it by because of some damage to the front drawer. With closer inspection, I realized the front could be filled in with wood putty and painted over. I got the buffet at a great price and it remains one of my favorite pieces!
I found this really sad looking table in an old barn. It had been used to store tools and as a result was covered with rust stains and the top was all marked up. Don’t laugh, but furniture sometimes speaks to me. This one was saying take a chance on me and bring me back to life!
While driving one day, I saw a sign that said, “Furniture For Sale”. I followed the markers and it led me to a large warehouse looking building with an open door and no one inside. I went in and saw all kinds of stuff for sale and it was all on an a honor system. If you wanted to buy something, you put money in a lock box and you haul away your finds. It was chock full of your regular garage sale finds, old lamps, stereo systems, crockery, glassware, etc. But I started looking behind things, in nooks and crannies, and I found this piece. The price tag said it was five dollars! I called my husband and he met me there to load it up and take her home. I knew it would take a lot of work, but I was willing to try. The veneer on the top was unrepairable. It had started to peel up and could not be glued down. I removed what was left of the veneer by using an iron and damp clothe. I stripped, stained and put on a protective coat and the tiger oak finish came back to life. These pictures show a little bit of what went into re-doing it and how she came out!
I found this old dresser on Craig’s List. I really liked the lines and especially the unique legs. The “medallion” trim on the front was missing in quite a few spots. I realized that I could take it all off and sand it down and get to smooth wood on the drawers. To give it a more contemporary look, I stained the beautiful wood drawers, replaced the handles and painted the body black. Loved the way it turned out!
I am so excited to share that I have been selected to be a part of The Purple Painted Lady Festival 2019! You can expect to see a lot of furniture refinishing over the summer in preparation for the event in the fall. Matt and I will also be taking a road trip to find unique items to showcase we will be documenting the journey and sharing it with you right here!