Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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Makeover - Going Back in Blue

Oak. It's always oak and brass. blaaahh

Yeah, yeah, I know. Some of you will go "what's wrong with it"? Nothing. Except it was ugly! Obviously, I'm not a fan of oak. Now that that's out of the way. I feel better, don't you?

I was digging the curves of this piece. The high back, the top drawer, the bottom. I also like how the top border is angled out, not just straight up in the air. So what I wanted to do, was give it some age. I mean old.

Have you ever seen a piece that's been handed down from generation to generation. Nobody wanted to get rid of it, but they didn't want to spend any money it? So what did they do? They just kept on adding paint. On top of paint. On top of paint. No sanding. No patching. Just more paint and more paint brush strokes. Well that was my vision for this piece.

So after some sanding, I applied slopped on some primer. Super thick like! And with no concern about following the grain. That's right. I was out of control. Call the cops. Next I sanded. Yes, on the primer. Then I used a dry brush and added a layer of gray. Again, not perfect. It didn't cover the entire surface. Then I sanded again. This time deeper. After sanding, I used a bar of Dove soap and applied a coat over the sanded areas.

Next was more dry brushing. This time with the blue. And guess what? Yep, carelessly. Now this time, when I sanded, it allowed the wood and original colors to come through in the areas I applied the soap. Then I pretty heavily distressed the paint. Not just the edges, but kind of everywhere. It felt good.

Oh, the inside. Yep forgot to take pictures of the inside. Nothing special, but I did paint it. It got a nice shiny coat of traditional gray. Thought it would look nice with dishes? The hardware is all original. But it got a fresh paint job too. I found a good looking Hammered Bronze by Rust Oleum. It had a bit of an aged look to it.

Now here's the cool thing about this piece. Where would you put it? Hallway? Entryway? Bedroom? Bathroom? Kitchen? How about a changing table? So many uses! I love it!

So to all the color-phobes out there, what do think about the color? A lot of people don't like blue. But could you - would you - do this?













































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16 comments:

Nancy said... [Reply]

OMG a perfect changing table. It looks nice. As for the color, it would depend on where it is going. As a changing table I might have done a purple or a navy. But what do I know!

Rosemary@villabarnes said... [Reply]

I love the blue. You certainly gave this piece a fresh new start. Thanks for visiting my blog, and for the nice compliment.

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said... [Reply]

Gorgeous! I love the blue.

Vicky said... [Reply]

I love the color! Why do you use soap? I would put it in my kitchen if it were mine. You must have a really good camera, the photos really show the detail.

Jake said... [Reply]

Thanks for comments. I truly appreciate each and every one of them! That goes for all the wonderful comments received on Google+!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said... [Reply]

Jake, I love the color and great job on the distressing. It is a wonderful piece and I think it could be used just about anywhere. Thanks for linking to the Open House party. ~ Sherry

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said... [Reply]

I forgot to mention I am now a follower!

Deana said... [Reply]

Looks fabulous!! Thanks for joining the party.

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said... [Reply]

you did a wonderful job on this, beautiful color

Deborah March said... [Reply]

OmiGOSH, what a FABULOUS transformation!! LOVE the new shabby look...SWOON...

Renewed Upon a Dream said... [Reply]

I think this looks amazing! The blue is great & the finish is wonderful! Great job with the "whatever" paint/sanding job, it turned out crazy good!

Becca said... [Reply]

What an awesome transformation! The color combo of blue and gray is beyond awesome! Do you mind sharing what you used> I just got my hands on a headboard that would look amazing with this treatment. Love it!
Becca

MarlaJen said... [Reply]

It's gorgeous, and never in a million years would I have thought to do this. I love your creativity!!

If it was mine, where would I put it? Hard to say as I have mismatched-everything in my house. But I love the idea of it as a changing table!!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said... [Reply]

Super charming~love the color and finish! Well done! :)

Jake said... [Reply]

@BeccaHi Becca! Guess what? Yep, I finally remembered to grab the paint colors. sheesh.

Okay, first, I used Kilz oil based primer in white. You could have it tinted to any color. But I wanted the white to show in some spots.

The paint is Behr Premium Plus Ultra. It's the Behr with the primer in it. Both colors in satin. The gray color is: Ashes (UL260-9)
The blue color is: Atmospheric (UL220-20)

Hope that helps! Make sure to let me know when your project is finished!

Julie Fagundes said... [Reply]

I LOVE this and was going to ask the colors...I your comment above.

I am off to Home Depot to get them...new follower here!!

Julie

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