Sunday, July 10, 2011

Furniture Re-Vamp x four!



Whenever I am about to get super busy I tend to have some down time leading up to it, and in my head when I have down time the only sensible thing to do is fill up said down time with things that have been on my to do list for months, thereby turning down time into busy time...it's a terrible habit/cycle and I need to learn to relax and do nothing! Impossible with my personality. Quite the curse, methinks. This "down time" was filled with furniture painting. I originally planned to do 5 pieces but only got around to 4.

You know the saying the cobbler's child never has shoes? I am so busy with this blog and my line and babies and Biz that I don't get to focus on our home and really put the design effort into every part of it as I would like, hence why we have had these nightstands for two years...


I think they look much fresher with the metal around the base removed and a new coat of light paint...hmmm??


I love the photos we keep on the tops of them...


The next two were chests of drawers in our living room and master bedroom, respectively. They are both wood, very old, and I had tried to restore them to their original beauty but had no luck, so the coat of paint I have been meaning to put on them for over a year now finally made it on. I painted the living room piece in a pretty, warm, light camel color to compliment the sofa, and did some detailing on top to bring out the purpley pink in our Quadrille drapes.


Now, our master bedroom chest took MUCH longer than I wanted and envisioned, and it was quite the uphill battle. I got the idea from this photo posted by my blog wife Amber last week:


Cool, right? Trust me, it's cool :) Just what our bedroom needed to kick it up a notch and align it more with my personal style. Mission: Union Jack commence! About 3 minutes into the taping I wanted to throw myself in front of a bus. The chest has so many little edges and details that taping a straight line was impossible, the paint went underneath it all and I had to literally put four coats on (and it was still splotchy) because the Valspar paint was so terrible that when I pulled the tape up it looked like an etch-a-sketch drawing and was the furthest thing from a straight line I had ever witnessed so I had to paint the white lines with just a brush and did everything in my power to keep my shoulder and wrist still so it wouldn't be shaky and look terrible and cue the UGGHHOASDJFOAWIERASKDHF WHYYYY DO I START THESE PROJECTS AND THINK THEY CAN BE DONE IN TWO HOURS WHEN IN REALITY THEY END UP TAKING THE BETTER PART OF THREE DAYS SOMEONE BRING ME SOME ICE CREAM AND A PUPPY SO I CAN WHINE SOME MORE

..................so basically this is how long it took:


{The Sandlot is the best movie ever and to this day I fully maintain it should have won Best Picture at the Academy Awards}

But I am really happy with the result and it looks great from far away and terrible not so bad up close. What do you think?? Too crazy for your taste or perfectly over the top?

Got this skull on the streets of Bali. LOVE. One of my most treasured items. Did I ever tell you I collect skulls? I do! {Ones that look real, not ones that look like Hello Kitty}

These are the original pulls. They were so tarnished I thought they were brass, but I cleaned them up and they are sterling!!! GORGEOUS.

I have definitely gotten painting out of my system for at least the next... um.... 6 months ;)


64 comments:

  1. ob.sessed. with the pink and orange union jack glossy piece :)

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  2. Sheridan - any tips on places to shop around the metroplex (especially FW) to find old furniture pieces in need of a new life? any favorite antique/resale shops?

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  3. That pink and orange is just divine! It looks really beautiful.

    Love the photos of your cute family. =)

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  4. Emily - I actually would just scour garage sales if I were you! I think that at antique and resale shops things are always always always overpriced, and you can bargain with people at garage sales...especially if it's the last day of it.

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  5. Ammmazzzballs- serious kudos to you for having sitting through all that taping and painting. Your pink and orange union jack is to die for, that piece is a keeper.

    PS I hearts your Noir bracelet feature, major flashback to summer camp. If I order one can we be accessory sisters?! I have a feeling you'd be the best big sis like everrrr. Okay feel free to ignore my awkward tangents.

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  6. Sheridan,
    So stinking amazing!! I am going to have to post this tomorrow!! with a link to you of course!! So crazy good!! xoSissy

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  7. LOVE the pink/orange piece. It turned out so great that I'm sure people will be asking where you bought it. There is a gal here who paints old furniture and sells them in a shop--something like this would go for oodles.

    I'm with you on the creating projects during my down time. It's a bittersweet habit.

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  8. SHUT UP....where is Mine? This is insanely gorgeous, but I would't expect anything less.

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  9. i loveee the dresser! awesome awesome awesome!

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  10. This is marvelous! Such unexpected colours. Well done.

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  11. this is amazing. simply amazing! and ps- so you went to st. andrews ... and you are around the age of HRH Will & Catherine ... please tell me you knew them? saw them? anything? I am royal obsessed!

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  12. Ha! They were the year above me. I was actually good friends with Will's flatmates and they introduced me to him, though I can't say we became besties ;) St. Andrews is a small place so I was around him numerous times at pubs or whatnot and he was always very sweet and funny! I only met Kate once and she was just a peach. Totally down to earth, just off the field hockey pitch, and as pleasant as could be. Don't they make a lovely couple?! I am really over the moon for them!!!

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  13. Oh my gosh that dresser is amazing!! I am so impressed. Reblogging your pics pronto.

    xoxo
    mandy
    www.kinistyle.com

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  14. LOVE what you did to that chest. You make me want to run out and scour garage sales! Ha

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  15. I am more than impressed! You did a great job and I hope to see this in your daughter's room!!!

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  16. this is seriously incredible sheridan! you're amazing.

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  17. Unbelievable job!! You are so talented! Very impressed with the end result! Gorgy!

    www.sadieandstella.blogspot.com

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  18. the Sandlot is the best movie ever! and now I'm obsessed with noir bracelets. I have to post about them. I will link back to you. found you through Sissy at BH. Love the jacked up dresser.

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  19. It looks amazing!! Definitely a worth-while venture! I love the orange and pink as well. (The skull on top complements it so well...makes me think of McQueen!)

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  20. Sheridan - that chest of drawers looks awesome! Great job on it - very impressed as I painted my front door this weekend (which involved no tape and only a foam roller) and I still had problems!

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  21. Love, love the pink & orange union jack chest. Absolutely fabulous!

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  22. Chest is beautiful and looks flawless! Could you take a picture of the living room chest in context with whole living room?

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  23. Holy coconuts!!! FA.BU.LOUS!!! You did an amazing job!!! New follower!

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  24. Great job! It looks wonderful. I love that flag and the spin you put on it with the fresh colors!

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  25. Why, why, WHY did I have to see this post. Now I NEED to do this and the last thing I need is another project. It looks incredible. I thought I was sort of over the Union Jack furniture but seeing it in a whole other color palette makes me love it all over again. Fantastic job!

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  26. Sheridan that dresser is pure genius! Wishing I had a beautiful piece to paint myself now!

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  27. You are so talented!
    Perfect motivation for me...I've had my kitchen taped off for two weeks. I have yet to remove the lid from the paint can.

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  28. LOVE the pink and orange Union Jack!!! You did an amazing job. LOVE.

    Frog tape is the best stuff for crisp taping lines. I would never use anything else again.

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  29. Shut the front door! Awesome. And yes...why do I think everything will take 10 minutes...I am challenged in that area also :)

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  30. ummm.... that is AMAZING!!! I love it! Wow! Way to not give up on that project. SO worth it! It looks AWESOME. So, what are your painting tips. Obviously, tip one is do not use valspar paint. Did you sand them down beforehand and prime, etc? I am planning on repainting our sidetables this weekend in a coral color and have never painted furniture before. You have me so inspired.

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  31. Well if you really want to do it properly Lucy, you should sand it beforehand. I did not do that this time with any furniture, but I did prime it. There is a new type of spray primer that is quick and works well! I got all of my materials from Lowe's. Good luck!

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  32. Loving those chests!! and the bright colors of course!! You never cease to amaze me at how well you can make such bold statements look even more fabulous!! Love that purple Ikat bowl from anthro ;) It just so happens to be sitting on my desk ;)

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  33. I love it! It pains me though that only the best of the best wood pieces from the past had the sterling pulls and especially the bestest ones had the acorn motifs (from what I've read and seen on Antiques Roadshow) your drawer was probably worth a good $20K as is!

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  34. Oh it was definitely worth a pretty penny. It had been in storage though up until three years ago when we took it in, not properly cared for, and I was about to have it put back in storage just to hang out with more rats because it just did not fit with our home. Also the wood was in such bad shape it certainly didn't match its $20k price tag! The wood UNDER the pulls - wowza - breathtaking. Anyway, I am glad to have given it a new life (even if maybe it should be in an antique museum instead...? ;)

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  35. You're killin' me, Smalls...That dresser is amazing and I'm overcome with envy right now.

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  36. So inspired by this DIY that I have blogged about it. I'm looking to add more Union Jacks to my home (have a pillow for starters).

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  37. Sheridan!! SWOON-able dresser!!
    What brand of paint do you love for these projects?? Going to be a copy cat next weekend and do up our dingy old dresser.

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  38. I used Valspar for some and Olympic for some. Olympic blows Valspar out of the water!! I will never use anything else again.

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  39. I love this and I'm now totally planning on doing this. Can I ask what colors you used?

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  40. Thank you! I think I wrote them up in a comment above...I hope I did because I don't have the colors written down here anymore and don't have the cans! Shoot!! I'll let you know if I come across the paint chips :) xx

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  41. Sheridan,

    You did reply to comments (including mine) asking for the paint colors. I returned to this post today to find my comment + your reply. Both are gone. Pretty sure you said the BR side table is painted with Olympic paint. Hoping Lowe's has something close.

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  42. How strange!! I used Valspar on the Union Jack only, so the side tables are Olympic for sure. Let me make sure I don't have any left and that the can isn't around here somewhere, but I am pretty sure it was thrown away. I will post later today if I found it!

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  43. FOUND IT! Chalkware is my night stands. That is the only chip I could find and all the cans have definitely been thrown out. I kind of remember Tahitian being the orange color?? Something with Tahitian in the name? So sorry...I will make a note of everything next time for sure.

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  44. I would but the pink and orange in a HEARTBEAT.

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  45. OH my word!!! This is awesome - I am so doing this to my mother's childhood dresser that is in my guest room!!!

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  46. I love love love that dresser. I absolutely do not have the patience for that, but I would love to own it. I just happened upon your blog but I think I'll be a new follower, and have added you to my blog list :)

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  47. Ab-so-freaking-loutely LOVE it. Found you via pinterest. You did good ;)

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  48. I love, love, love this piece. The colors are random and wonderful. I've featured it here.
    http://www.decoratinginsanity.com/2012/02/weekend-features-6.html
    xo....mONICa

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  49. I am so crazy in love with this piece. I can't imagine doing all that taping. You are my new idol. Kathy, Petticoat Junktion

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  50. Hi Sheridan.
    I'm not sure you're still checking these comments, as it's a last years post, but if you are, I would love to know where the painting is from that's hanging above the sideboard. My husband and I lived in Tucson for a long time, a long time ago, and this makes my heart think of our time there. Plus I would love to celebrate that time by adorning our wall with a painting such as that. Did you make it or buy? it's absolutely well painted and very evoking. If you bought it, if you could possibly share where from, I'd be ever so delighted. Thank you so much for reading my short novel. (ha!) Brilliant-painted sideboard and beautiful family. Much love...
    Ali, wife to Sgt. Rowe USAF

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  51. I loooove that painting! We have several by the artist - Inger Jirby. (I believe that is the correct spelling). She is out of New Mexico. Just amazing in all she does!!!

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  52. You are too sweet. Thank for sharing the paintings artists name with me! I will contact her. I will make sure to tell her you sent me. Thanks again! Very much appreciated.
    Ali

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  53. LOVE this! I would copy but painting send me into a spiral that I can only recover from by drinking 10 bottles of Pinot....;)

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  54. Hi Sheridan,
    Love this chest! Is it lacquer paint, or just high gloss?
    Thanks,
    Jenny

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    1. Just high gloss. I wish I had the talent to do lacquer but I have never tried...nor do I have the time and patience right now ;) Glad you like it!! xxS.

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  55. Hi Sheridan - this is AMAZING! Is it oil based paint?
    Thanks,
    Whitney

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  56. This is magnificent love it! Did you use a stencil to make it look so nice?

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  57. I wish!! I tried to use tape, however that did not work with all the curves and crevices in the wood, so I just had to eyeball the front of it. Way too difficult!

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  58. This is so cool! My daughter's 1st birthday party was centered around the union jack in pink & orange. This would have made a great dessert table for it! :) Here's the invitation I designed for it: https://www.etsy.com/listing/97709717/london-calling-girls-birthday-party

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