Painted Furniture

Much More to Dress Up

It was not my intention to gather such a collection of dressers, but I think my slight addiction to CL has given me more than I probably need.  Two dressers and an armoire for the master bedroom may be a bit over the top though it pales in comparison to my master built-in plans and yet, I have only managed to get one of them painted.  And of course, now that I am actually getting around to posting pictures, I can’t find the before photos.  So we’ll just have to settle on the after, and maybe another small master update. As you know I am completely in love with the SW paint I used on my bench, and planned to use it on the rest of the furniture to unify the mismatched collection of pieces.  This was a $40 dresser from CL where else and it involved two coats of paint, and some Minwax stain to highlight small details.   I used the tried and true wax-on, wax-off with the stain and here are the results.


Painted Dresser

Master Dresser

In its former life it was a standard shade of honey oak, and boasted plenty of glossy shine in its finish.  I fell in love with its curvy shape, carved legs and glorious Frenchy style.  The drawer pulls were a famously glorious shiny brass, which were quickly transformed with an oil-rubbed bronze spray paint.



Lovely Curves

Fancy Feet


In an attempt to make up for my lack of before pictures, here a quick transformation switcheroo of the light fixtures above the sitting area of our mater bedroom.


Before - Light Fixture

Please ignore the completely unsafe manner in which this fixture is hanging from the ceiling, as it wasn’t this way for long.  We repainted the ceiling and never reattached it, because we knew it would be headed for the curb.  Always remember to shut off the power before attempting electrical work kids!



After – Chandelier

This 6-light chandelier came from my second favorite place Costco for about $70, and is oil-rubbed bronze finish with mosaic, frosted glass lamp covers.  It’s pretty large, and was such a good deal that six were purchased for the house.  Yes six.  The rest are residing in storage, but I managed to sneak this one out so it could be put to good use.




Nearly Benched

Progress is slow on some projects around the house, and it seems easy to get it to about 90% completed…is that last 10% that always delays the final result.  So with my painted bench I finally got around to my first upholstery project. Upholstery might be a strong work, since this was really just stapling fabric to wood.  But I like to dream big! So my first task was to trace the table and cut my 3″ foam to fit the curves.

Tracing Curves

Bench and Foam










I did skip the step of using spray adhesive, so I suppose down the road I will let you know if it starts to slide out-of-place. The I wrapped it with pre-cut batting…which was cheaper to buy a ‘crib’ size package, then the by-the-yard type.  Depending on the size you need, you may or may not be able to find other size options.  When stapling the batting to the underside of the table top, I started in the middle of the longest sides, stretched tight and stapled.  Then I did the same on the two short sides.  I placed my staples about one inch in from the corner where the skirt meets the underside of the table, so that when I attached the fabric, I could get as close to the edge as possible.  I probably stapled the batting about every 2-3 inches, and some closer together around the points on the curves.


Attaching the Batting


At the corners, I stapled each side, leaving about a 2 inch gap in the middle, then folded the middle in and tucked the corners.  You could also fold a diagonal corner, facing into the middle, but with my curves, this was the easier way.


Tucking the Corner

Then I cut my fabric to size, and followed the same steps in stapling as I did with the batting.

Fabric Attached


Then I used my fabric scissors to cut the excess fabric, as close to the edge as I could, but still leaving enough for the staples to hang-on.  The last 10% needed to complete the project, is finding a coordinating piece of trim, to cover the rough edge and the staples.  And I am considering adding a few buttons for tufting. Which might also help with the shifting, since I forgot adhesive. I’m pretty proud at my first attempt, and it is a great addition to the master bedroom.


Almost Complete!


Supplies: Staple Gun, 3″ by-the-yard foam, batting, fabric and painted coffee table.

P.S. Can you see the sneak peek of a matching dresser in the background there…stay tuned.

So Long Spook-Fest

Halloween is officially over, and the rest of the holidays for the season are fast approaching. Today also means the Halloween decorations I want for next year are on sale! Since I finally got back on-line with a camera, you will mostly see photos from my decorations today Also, I am still recovering from my sugar coma. Enjoy (finally!)


Spooky Mantle


My new camera has an ‘auction’ feature that compiles multiple photos into one composition shot. Detail “H” if of my Happy Halloween banner I made in MS Word, and added cut-outs of craft paper.

Skull Votive Holder & Game Books

I got a bunch of the Skulls at Michael’ last year on clearance. Creepy!  With the mantle taking on the spooky, I went with more basic fall decorations in the dinning area.  This will make it quicker, and easier to transition themes before Thanksgiving arrives.


Dining Table

I bought 2 grapevine wreaths, and one small raffia wreath while they were half-price at Hobby Lobby.  I used coupons to buy moss, plastic spiders, feathers and google-eyes to spruce them up.


Front Door Spider Wreath

Mini Mossy Wreath

Watching You Wreath

And finally, our outdoor decorations included my Tombstones, Post Sign and Witch That will definitely need more light for next year…not as spooky

Base Paint with Faux Stone Spray

Adding Details with Craft Paint

R.I.P. Tombstone

E.A. Poe Tombstone


Witch Cut-Out


~Hope everyone had a great Halloween~

Table Topsy Turvy Bench

After finding this great table-to-bench project on Vintage Junky I have been searching high and low for a ‘project’ table. I knew that I didn’t want to spend too much money, because sometimes your first attempt isn’t always perfect.  My first requirement was that it have curved or cabriole legs.  Our recently acquired TV armoire has such a feature, and I felt that color and leg detail could be the unifying factors in our furniture scheme.  Many hours of scrolling CL I finally found a little piece and negotiated down to $20, so it fit the bill.

Craigslist Posting - Coffee Table

The piece doesn’t have a perfectly square top, but I liked that the edges might be curved around the upholstery…but only time will tell if it actually works.  The fabric is a large-scale floral that coordinates with the paisley bedding currently in the master bedroom. All the furniture will be painted Riverway (SW) and distressed, or antiqued with Minwax Dark Walnut #2716.  (I just bought the tiny, baby can from Lowe’s for about $5, and it goes a loooong way)

Before & After - Full Table

I will admit the price on the paint really scared me, because I have never paid so much for a gallon ($37).  All the bloggers say SW isthe best, and it has provided really great coverage with just two coats.  I did breathe a sigh of relief, when I saw that after painting this table and a dresser, I had barely depleted the paint from the can by more than an inch.  A little of the good stuff goes a long way. I didn’t bother to paint the top of the table, because it will be covered by the upholstery, but I have to say that the original wood color actually looks good with the blue.

Before & After - Detail of Leg

This was my first attempt at painting furniture, and especially the process of adding stain, wiping off and giving it more character.  I did learn that you shouldn’t attempt to paint on, then wipe off, stain when it is 100 degrees out…makes it very difficult to wipe off the excess stain.  Next, I need to wait for a sale on foam, before the transformation can be complete.  No use paying full price when they make coupons! Depending on how the upholstery looks, I may also venture into tufting the top with fabric covered buttons.  Oh, how I love tufting…..but we can discuss that later.