Saturday, August 30, 2014

Romance & Light Series: Romantic Nightstand in Chalk Paint

This week I introduced you to a special client series I've titled, "Romance & Light".  The first piece in the project was a gorgeous dresser, which you can learn more about here.  Today I'm very Happy to reveal the second piece in the series, a pretty nightstand transformation with which I'm very pleased.

Here are the befores:

Again, after working in the client's wishes of fresh white and soft distress, the piece was given an extra special touch by removing the cabinet doors to offer an open area underneath for storage and display.

Those old hardware holes were easily blended into the piece using wood filler along with a good sanding. 

The piece was again finished with a clear furniture wax and buffed to perfection.  The hardware was given new shine with a light application of Rub n Buff.

Let's take a look at the results!

Stay with the blog for the final piece to the Romance & Light series, coming soon!  

Thanks so much for reading!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Client Project: Vintage Dresser Restoration, A First in our Romance & Light Bedroom Series!

Greetings Happy Now readers!  I am very pleased to share a piece from my first-ever, client project series that I've titled "Romance & Light".  I was approached by a client who wanted to completely re-do an entire bedroom set, gifted to her and her fiance by an old neighbor back in Chicago.  The set was a gorgeous, Mid-Century Modern collection from Thomasville.  We're talking that cool, vintage vibe with all the details and style that beg for attention.  The couple had decided on a crisp, distressed white for all the pieces, and wanted to keep the original, brass-plated hardware intact.  The set includes a 6-drawer dresser, a nightstand and headboard.  Today, I'm sharing the dresser's transformation with you!

Let's take a look at the befores:

All clients receive access to a private, customized Pinterest board throughout their project and while going back and forth with my clients for this project, we were able to discuss the exact shade of white they desired as well as the direction we wanted to go with the hardware. I was able to create a custom-blended chalk-paint based downy white, which was then distressed slightly and sealed with clear furniture wax.  Here are some progress shots of the dresser top, which was in a slightly scratched and scraped condition when it arrived to my work-space:

The hardware was revitalized using Rub n Buff, which is a wax-based, pigmented powder that creates a metallic finish to any surface.  This method was chosen over metallic spray paint because we wanted the brass to shine but without the perfectly even finish of a spray.  The Rub n Buff is wiped on with a soft cloth and then buffed to shine. Take a look at the difference just one coat of the Rub n Buff can make to old, tarnished hardware:

Once the paint and wax had dried and the new hardware was in place, it was truly amazing to see the dresser's transformation from tired vintage, to romantic and shabby chic!

Stay tuned to Happy Now and visit our Facebook page for updates on this series!  Thanks so much for reading!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Client Project: Dining Table in Grey Whitewash

Hello dear readers!  This project was an incredibly fun and fantastical journey for me and I am so excited to share it with you today!  My client wanted a fresh, new look for her grandparent's gorgeous, round pedestal dining table.  Here are some before shots:

The table top was a bit roughed up from many years of use and the screws holding the table to the base were stripped and needed replacing.  My client also requested that the ancient casters be removed and replaced with risers.  In terms of paint color and style, my client wanted a very specific look for her piece. We started a Pinterest board and were able to find the perfect inspiration picture for the table:

Photo credit: Pinterest
My client loved the soft, grey whitewashed look.  Her kitchen has recently been renovated and her colors are grey and white.  We both agreed this style would fit perfectly into the space.  

The look was achieved using a custom blend of Maison Blanche chalk paint in Confederate Grey and a white acrylic by Paint Couture.  To complete the whitewashed look, I applied a layer of clear wax over the paint and then a final, top layer of white wax, both by Miss Mustard Seed.  

The table leg risers were special ordered from an out of state supplier and painted white to add contrast, which tied in nicely with the white and grey kitchen theme. 

The client was kind enough to let me shoot the finished piece in her home and I am so proud to share the results with you here today!

If you're local to the metro Detroit area and would like to schedule a free consultation, please email me at  I'd love to hear from you!  And as always, thank you so much for reading!