Showing posts with label mid-century modern. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mid-century modern. 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!


Friday, April 1, 2016

Our Favorite Things: Paint Colors

The weather is starting to get warmer and Spring is here! For Bloom. Restorations, this means getting outside and getting to work on fabulous new furniture projects. For today's Favorite Things post, we'll be focusing on a few of our favorite paint colors. Let's dive right in!

1. Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore. The perfect shade of navy. We love it in dining rooms with gold and white accents.

2. Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore. A crisp, clean white with grey undertones. Perfect for cabinets.

3. Eros Pink by Sherwin Williams. A bright, delicious shade of pink. We think it would be fantastic on a small buffet; the perfect conversation piece.

4. Fresh Butter by Benjamin Moore. A soft, buttery yellow that packs a bit of pop. Excellent choice for a refreshed front door!

5. Pelt by Farrow and Ball. A striking purple with dark undertones. Would be perfect on an accent wall or perhaps on a vintage vanity restoration.

6. Nimbus by Benjamin Moore. This icy gray is an excellent neutral and pairs well with other colors. We'd love it on a large, vintage buffet in a high-gloss. Actually, we've done it before and you can see the finished piece right here!

7. Calypso Orange by Benjamin Moore. We are loving bold, bright colors for Spring and this tangerine-inspired color would look perfect in a high-gloss finish on a mid-century modern chair.

8. Urbane Bronze by Sherwin Williams. A very interesting mix of brown, gray and black. We love this color for cabinet interiors or perhaps on an antique curved buffet with dark, wax finish.

9. Chappell Green by Farrow and Ball. This tropical, coastal blue-hued green would look fantastic in a formal dining room that gets plenty of natural light.

10. Real Red by Sherwin Williams. A lovely, perfect red that would work nicely on a front door or a small, accent table. Instant classic!

What are your favorite colors? What brands do you prefer? Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned here on the blog and Facebook for new projects and restorations.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Feature for Sale

As you know, we have been loving the high gloss look of Benjamin Moore's Advance.  We've used it both on the gorgeous Client Project:Dining Table Refinish and on a Full Size Bed Frame that is currently for sale.  

The product is amazing to work with and we couldn't wait to use it in another color. When a Mid Century Modern Buffet found it's way into our stock we knew it was perfect for the project! 

 The clean lines of the piece are really accented by the high gloss finish, and the original brass hardware finish it off perfectly.

Nine drawers, original brass hardware, high gloss gray finish, 72"L x 18"W x 30 1/2"H.
If you are interested in purchasing this piece feel free to contact us at 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Client Project: Restored Vintage Buffet in Red Lacquer

Danielle and I are so pleased to reveal our first client project together as Bloom. Restorations! This project is special to us both in so many ways, not only because it is our first collaboration as a team but also because the project involved using tools and techniques that we had never used before. This was such a great learning experience and we are so excited to share it with you all!

We are loving high-gloss finishes right now, and anything that offers a bold pop of color is especially fun. So when a client approached Bloom. to restore her mid-century buffet in a bright, red lacquer we were more than excited to get started. Our client had purchased the buffet locally and it was in quite a state. It needed a few repairs and the solid brass hardware was in desperate need of a polish. Here are some befores:

The buffet included an attached hutch, which the client did not wish to incorporate into the finished piece. We easily removed the hutch and filled in the old screw holes with wood filler. The entire piece was given a good sanding and cleaned thoroughly to remove dust and buildup. The original, solid brass hardware was cleaned and polished using a cool, DIY method that you can learn more about here. Once the hardware was polished, it was sealed with a clear coat of spray enamel.

As mentioned earlier, our client wished to have the piece refinished in a shiny, red lacquer, which we absolutely love! To ensure an even, shiny finish, we decided to apply the lacquer using a compressor-powered, HVLP paint sprayer. This was our first experience with paint spraying and the process involved a lot of trial and error. There were some very interesting bumps in the road, but thankfully, we were working with a very patient client, and after what felt like a never-ending journey, the project was finished. The results are nothing short of stunning elegance.

After delivering and installing the piece into the client's home, we were lucky enough to be allowed to photograph the buffet in it's new resting spot. Let's take a look!

We love everything about this room from the beautiful vintage dining table, to the gorgeously unique chandelier. And now that a custom painted Bloom. piece has been added, we couldn't love it any more!

Thank you so much for visiting the blog today!

-Shannon & Danielle

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