Apr 14, 2014

Little Girl's Apron Strings Rocker

Here's a little rocker I started on before Christmas. It was originally white with some gold grape leaves or something similar. I had hoped to paint it with Miss Mustard Seed's Tricycle Milk Paint and have it ready for Christmas, but the gold paint bleed through so I set it in the corner of the barn and walked away from it knowing it would have to wait until I had the time to strip the paint off.  I got some time to work on it while the barn was being built, and since I was already working with a custom mix of Apron Strings and Tricycle milk paint I decided to use what was left over on this rocker.




I didn't want the rocker to be the exact same color as the dresser I was working on so I used Miss Mustard Seed's White Wax to seal it. I really wish I had gone with my instinct to mix the white wax with the clear furniture wax because the white wax by itself was a bit too much. To remove some of the white wax I had to repeatedly go over the rocker with clear wax. It's still a bit lighter than I had hoped, but I didn't want to mess with it anymore for fear I would mess it up. It's starting to grow on me.



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Mar 23, 2014

Before & After >> Tall Boy Dresser

I found this dresser at one of my favorite antique stores. The top was a little messed up and most of the drawer guides were missing and half of the drawer glides had to be re-installed so the guy gave me a deal on this dresser.


I had originally planned on fixing it up to sell, but Nathan needed a dresser so I fixed it up for him.

Here's what the top looked like.


To cut the glides I took out one of the good glides and used it as a template and cut new glides from a 1x3. I used a router to cut the tongue that fits into the groove of the front brace of each drawer.



Once I got the glides cut and in place I realized that the sides were starting to pull away so I had to do a little gluing and clamping. I use bar clamps for something like this. The picture didn't turn out too great.


Here's a picture of what happens to the bottom of a drawer when a drawer guide is not installed properly. One of these days I will replace the drawer bottom with a new one, but I did not feel it necessary this time around.



I wanted to keep this piece fairly neutral so I chose the lovely Trophy color by Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint. I absolutely love this color and love her products. I wanted to see what would happen with this piece if I didn't help it along so I did not sand or add bonding agent. The result is pretty much what I expected which was no chipping. Oak pieces like this tend to take the paint really well.


After painting the dresser and looking at things I decided that the dresser needed some drawer guides to help keep the drawers from moving side to side as they are used. In case you were wondering what the difference is between a glide and a guide the glide is the piece that goes under to hold it in place that the drawer that the drawer glides over. The guide is attached to the top of the glide and helps keep the drawer from shifting from side to side as it is being opened and closed. It guides the drawer.



After painting the dresser I sealed it with Miss Mustard Seed's Hemp Oil. Hemp Oil is quickly becoming one of my favorite ways to finish a piece because it is so easy to apply.






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Mar 16, 2014

Before and After >> Little French Enamel Coffee Table

This little table was one of my Craigslist finds.


I always sand a piece down before painting it, but this piece was the perfect size to experiment with so the only thing I did was fix this little piece here.


It looks like the previous owner tried to attach this medallion with Great Stuff. Seriously?!? Oh well. It peeled off very easily and I sanded everything smooth and attached it with wood glue. After that I painted it with two coats of Miss Mustard Seed's French Enamel Milk Paint and sealed it with two coats of a mix of furniture and antique wax.






I was really surprised that the table didn't chip more than this, but I'm happy with the way it turned out. One thing I have discovered after working on several pieces over the year is that once a piece has started to chip if you wipe it down with a wet rag it will cause more chipping. Just something to be aware of in case you want more chipping or want to keep chipping to a minimum.



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Mar 15, 2014

Handmade >> Farmhouse Desk

It has been a really long time since I have built something from scratch, but with the changes we had to make in Nathan's room due to the pipe break I asked him if he would rather have a desk or keep the Expedit shelf he originally had in his room. After much consideration he decided he would rather have a desk so I decided to make one for him.


I looked through several plans but found this plan for a Library Catalog play table by Ana White.


I loved the way it looked so I got started on it fairly quickly. At first I did not like that the front legs were shorter than the back legs, and I was very frustrated about the fact that all of my wood was splitting on me know matter what I tried. I had to just tell myself that epoxy will fix everything just keep going. I pressed on and I love the way things turned out. I decided not to mess with the individual looking compartments and just stick with a solid face for each drawer and only one large knob for each drawer as well.

The knob bolts were not long enough to go through the face of the drawer as well as the drawer itself so I had to get out a spade blade and cut a hole big enough for the nut to be installed.




The desk was made mostly of 1x material, but the legs and braces were ripped down from a 2x4. I always prefer to rip down a 2x4 when I need a 2x2 because you get a much cleaner piece. Once all the pieces were cut I sanded everything down with 100, 150, and 220 grit paper and then stained the desk with a mix of Weathered Oak and Special Walnut. I then gave it one coat of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in shutter grey and lightly sanded it down. It gave me a lovely worn but clean look and allowed the wood grain to show through slightly.






More to come on Nathan's room. I've finished up his dresser and just started on his bed so I should have those ready to post soon. Enjoy.

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Mar 7, 2014

Before & After >> Swedish Inspired Vintage Office Chair

On my first trip to the Kyle Flea Market I scored this really cool vintage office chair for only $2! Can you believe it?!


As you can see it was pretty worn, but the only thing that was really wrong with it was that the back needed to be tightened up and a slat was missing. I filled the hole from the missing slat using DAP Plastic Wood and applied epoxy to the seat where the wood was showing signs of delaminating.


I had a real hard time deciding on what color to paint this chair because just about any color would have looked great. After looking through my Reflections on Swedish Interiors book I found my inspiration piece.



I started with a coat of Miss Mustard Seed's Grain Sack Milk Paint then applied two coats of a lightened mix of MMS Mustard Seed and Ironstone Milk Paint. Since the finish was so worn I used a Vaseline resist technique to achieve the worn look. I really hate this technique and can't wait to see if the wax puck works better.







Here's one spot where the finish had not worn off. The chipping looks so much more natural here.



And here is a close up of the spot I repaired with the plastic wood.




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Mar 2, 2014

Before and After: Artist Supply Box



I found this cool "little" chest through Craigslist. When I first saw it I thought it was a map chest because the angle of the photo made it look bigger than it was. The day I picked up this piece was cold and wet and I almost didn't pick it up. I miscalculated my route and going to pick up this piece meant I had to back track and travel a congested interstate which already had several accidents on it due to the weather. After some thought I decided it was worth the extra time.




I posted my finds from the day on my Facebook page and right away had someone who was interested in the piece. The first thing I did was remove the back and remove the inserts to make it easier to paint. I then removed the shellac and sanded everything down to ensure that the paint adhered without chipping. When it came time to work on the drawers I filled all the holes from the pulls with epoxy to help the pulls sit more securely. Once prepared I primed the wood with Miss Mustard Seed's Trophy Milk Paint and then added two coats of Miss Mustard Seed's Artissimo. To finish everything off I distressed the edges and sanded everything smooth with 220 grit paper and sealed with Miss Mustard Seed's Hemp Oil





Since the box came with all but two of the original drawer pulls I found some great vintage looking knobs from Hobby Lobby and added them to the largest drawer. You can also see how the Trophy shows through in some spots creating a more layered look.




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