Well, after a week, here’s Part II! Like I’ve said before, my top priority is my family, then blogging/business. One thing I’m finding out is that keeping with all three this time of year is tough. Talk about a busy time! Even thought we try to limit activities so as to not always be rushed, it still seems like all we do is run from point A to point B.
O.k. enough whining. Ready to see the finished Armoire?
Let's see the before one more time:
|Lovely, wasn't it?!|
|The Ugly Duckling had become a Swan!|
|I have to say, I loved this finish! Believe it or not, this was probably one of the easiest I've done.|
|Chalk paint just rocks! That's all there is to it.|
|See how I added the trim piece at the bottom to cover the rippling, loose veneer? The casters are just on for ease of moving and can be removed after it gets to the booth.|
|I even made sure to preserve and seal the old manufacturer label on the back. I can't believe it was still on there and in one piece!|
|Bet you wondered which fabric I went with, didn't you!|
|I was momentarily tempted to go more beachy with the fresher-more colorful fabric, |
but this was just seemed more appropriate for the piece (more neutral).
|See that center back panel? The fact it was off-center drove me batty! I even contemplated adding trim to make it more symmetrical! See, being a perfectionist can sometimes drive me nuts!|
|Even the drawers are lined.|
Furniture Refurbishing: Part II
With Part I, I walked you through the process of coming up with a design. I’ll pick up where I left off, which is bringing that “idea” to fruition.
Once I have my colors and formulations picked out, I then set about analyzing how I’m going to apply the idea:
- Before I can start, I have to decide if the piece needs to be stripped or not. If I’m going for a distressed, painted look and it’s in overall good shape, then I can skip this step. If I am staining or want smooth, clean lines then it will be stripped to the bone.
- Once stripping is either skipped or done, it’s sanding time – lightly for no stripping to increase adhesion or heavy if a smooth finish is desire or marks have to be removed.
- Now I’m ready to apply one of three things: primer, chalk paint or wood conditioner for stain.
- Next, it’s time to apply either paint, decorative finish/second layer of paint or stain…depending on if primer, chalk paint base coat or wood conditioner was used (in order following step two).
- Again, sand – only this time with a very fine steel wool or high grit paper if achieving a smooth finish or staining, and very rough for distressed pieces.
- At this point, it becomes a layering game to get the desired finish-repeating steps 4 and 5 until satisfied.
- Once I’ve gotten the finish I desire, I topcoat with either wax or poly. I NEVER skip this step…even if I’m after a very distressed look. There’s too great a chance that kiddo’s or everyday life can mar it and take distressing too far!
- Finally it’s time to apply the fabric and topcoat with Mod Podge.
I’m not a crank-out-as-many- pieces- as-I-can kind of girl, but I try to move quickly. How quickly a piece is finished is determined by a couple of things:
- Did the redo process go as planned? (rarely!)
- Is it sports season or summer break (during these two or three times of year, it’s about all I can do to get a shower)?
- Is my booth full or do I have room to put more in?
- Am I working on interior projects within my own home simultaneously?
- Do I have custom work orders (those take precedence)?
- Are the kids all healthy?
Any one or all of the above can mean I take longer than anticipated on a project. It’s just a reality and my family comes first. Sometimes I fight frustration with how long it takes to get something completed, but then I have to remember why. This is such a short part of my life (raising children) and I don’t want to get so sucked up in the rat race that I forget to stop and enjoy every little momentJ.
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