Showing posts with label antique dresser. Show all posts
Showing posts with label antique dresser. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Client Project: Bedroom Set Restoration

When Bloom. was asked to collaborate with a local designer on a beautiful bedroom set, we could not have been more excited. When we were told the look was "Hollywood Glam" we were downright thrilled. The client's daughter's room was undergoing a glamorous makeover, with touches of sophisticated elegance and hints of mid century modern flare. We were tasked with transforming two tired, vintage pieces into shining stars. Let's take a look at how the pieces looked when they came to us:

The designer requested a lacquer-like finish with gold accents. Bloom. suggested Benjamin Moore's Advance line which is a water-based, Alkyd paint that offers a perfectly smooth, self-leveling finish. To achieve a shiny, lacquer finish, we selected the "High Gloss" finish. After discussing various color samples with the client, it was decided that the color would be Poolside Blue, a gorgeously rich and stylish shade of turquoise. To achieve the requested, gold-accented hardware, we used a combination of Barkeeper's Friend and slightly damp paper towel to remove years of patina from each piece of hardware. After buffing thoroughly, each piece was sprayed with a protective coat of clear enamel gloss.

The end result here is serious Hollywood Glam. We are super excited to be a part of such a cool room makeover and can't wait to see the completed room design! For now, enjoy some pics of the finished furniture!


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Client Project: Dramatic Buffet in Chalk Paint

When choosing larger furniture pieces for your home, it is important to remember that paint can go a long way. Bloom. was recently approached by a client who had found the perfect statement piece for her new home. She loved the shape and size of this gorgeous, curved buffet and thought it would fit nicely into her family room. She was not however, in love with the cherry finish. She wanted a dramatic, elegant finish and after collaborating with Bloom. she decided on a deep, charcoal chalk paint and dark wax with light distressing. Let's take a look at the Befores:

The piece was thoroughly cleaned and prepped for spraying. This was Bloom's first time spraying with chalk paint and we choose to work with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. This paint is amazing and offers a gorgeous, rich tone when paired with wax. After spraying the chalk paint with an HVLP sprayer, the piece was wet-distressed and finished with two coats of a dark wax, also by Annie Sloan. In order to accentuate the subtle, aged look of the piece, the hardware was left untouched. We think the end result is nothing short of dramatic elegance.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

How to Clean Brass

WOW, have things been busy around here!  A client project that we are currently working on is a beautiful vintage buffet.  The client has chosen an amazing red LACQUER finish (how cool is that) and would like us to restore the original brass hardware, for a phenomenal classic look.

The hardware itself was in great shape with no noticeable markings but there was definitely a patina from years of wear and use.  Originally we thought we would clean the hardware and then use a rub-on metallic wax finish to get the shine our client was looking for.  To our surprise, we used Bar Keepers Friend and the results were amazing, no second step necessary!
Here's what we did!

*Note: The cleaning did take a bit of time and elbow grease, but the elimination of the second step was well worth it!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Antique "Layer" Dresser

This dresser was a great estate stale find from back in Spring of this year.  I wanted to try a more masculine look with this piece and also wanted to experiment with a layering technique, in which I started with a base coat of paint, and then used different finishing products to create a rich, textured finish.

Here a few before pics:

Two interesting characteristics that drew me to the dresser were the double table top:

And the fact that the top layer of wood veneer was peeling back:

I decided to remove the remaining veneer and stain the top of the dresser only, while painting the bottom. Removing the veneer required lots of time and patience, as well as gloves, a hammer and a putty knife. After slowly chiseling away at the top and carefully removing all of the veneer, I filled in any holes with wood filler and sanded everything down.  The top was then stained in a deep espresso stain and left to dry.

I wanted to try my hand at acrylic on this piece and I choose a beautiful color from Paint Couture's line of water-based acrylic paints.  The shade is Amber and it floats somewhere between sandy brown and gold. Two coats did the trick while the color was pretty, I didn't feel I should settle for a clear topcoat and call it a day.  So I decided to try a glaze from Paint Couture's glazing line, cleverly named, you guessed it, Glaze Couture.  Their glazing products are water-based and super simple to use, just paint on and wipe off.  The glaze was pretty but standing back and looking at the piece, I still felt something was missing.

So I left the dresser to sit for a while.

We're talking weeks and weeks.

And the one day, while bumming around my garage and noticing, for the umpteenth time, the dresser sitting there, decided to try some dark wax on top of the glaze.  It was perfect. Kismet.  Exactly what the piece was missing. I used Maison Blanche's Dark Wax and just painted it on with a chip brush, concentrating on small areas.  I let the wax sit for 5 minutes before wiping it off with a lint-free cloth.The result was an aged look to the paint finish, with underlays of shimmer and gold.

I had some old, antique pulls from another dresser project and decided to use them for this piece.  I used silver polish to remove some of the patina and buffed them with a lint free cloth, to bring back some of their shine.  Once the pulls were in place, I used my finger to apply small amounts of an awesome product, again from Paint Couture, called Gilding Wax.  This stuff is basically lip gloss for your furniture.  You can use this wax to add depth, sparkle and texture to furniture, cabinets, hardware, etc.  Awesomeness.  Go ahead, take a look:

So there you have the story of my little antique dresser that could.  I love the rich finish provided by the glaze and wax layers and hope this piece can find a Happy home in the future!