How to Paint a Chevron Dresser

I’ve been wanting to do something with a chevron design for what feels like a bazillion years. OK – maybe 4-5 months and here it was, finally – this dresser screamed “give me chevron!”. My mom called me because she was at a yard sale and found this dresser.  She said it was a high boy and I asked how tall it was, she said it came to her chin… and since my mom and I are about the same height, I got the idea of the size.  I went to pick it up and stood next to it only to find that it came about 7-8 inches below my chin. I think in pictures so I could only imagine my mom’s chin drooping 7-8 inches. John commented,”wow, I didn’t know your mom’s chin went that low”.  I couldn’t stop laughing.

So, here she is to begin with. This one didn’t need any work as far as the wood goes, but it definitely needed  an updated color and style.

I did all the typical steps and painted it a medium grey using Behr paint. To see the step by step instructions on how to paint furniture see my post on How to Repaint Furniture.

Here it is after two coats of a warm grey satin finish paint.

I read up on all different ways to paint Chevron. I tend to be impatient and really didn’t want to measure all of the angels and draw the lines of each zig zag. I found this pattern, cut out the grey larger sections and used it to trace my lines along the dresser drawers.

I then hand painted staying in the lines using a satin white paint. Looking back, I think it would have been better to use painters tape because the lines would have been much  crisper.

Here’s one drawer after the first coat.

I also didn’t like the handles that were originally on it so I bought matching glass knobs and pulls.

Here’s the finished product (click on any picture to make it larger)!

Oh, and here’s a teaser of some of the other retro dressers I will be posting tutorials for in the next few weeks.

Happy Redesigns,
Sarah

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1970’s Console TV Makeover

As you know, we’ve been busy here and I’m not complaining!! I’m loving the custom jobs and new creations! It’s just that I haven’t had a ton of time to post all of the fun things. I simply MUST make time for this one. ;)

This 1970’s console TV came from a wonderful lady right in my neck of the woods in Troy. She even showed me the inside of the house she was selling. When we walked in, it was like stepping into the 1970’s. All original wood work, carpets, even a coal stove and old washing machine. We fell in love! Then we had to lug this RIDICULOUSLY heavy TV down a flight of stairs… and I was in a dress. What was I thinking? Anyway, a HUGE thank you for this piece!

Here’s the before:

It was so girly that it screamed “paint me pink”. I kept second guessing myself… or maybe I should say John was second guessing me. So, I took a vote on our Facebook page. The voters were definitely not in any type of agreement. Then my friend Lara posted, “Whatever your first instict was my dear…” so I went with pink. John was still picking on me, but he knows he likes it deep down in his manly heart. :)

We pulled out the tube, but wanted to keep the metal section of the TV. We removed the metal as well so I could paint all of the wood sections with the air sprayer. We then removed the speaker. The inside of old TV’s are pretty cool and  our son enjoyed taking all of the pieces apart like he was a scientist. If you want to see how to paint this piece, check out How to Repaint Furniture.

We went with a pale pink and I was going to glaze it with silver because of the sliver part around the TV that we were keeping. Once we put the metal section in it looked more green than silver. So, I ended up using watered down military green paint to glaze the piece and finished it off with a light silver glazing. After that was all set, John made a custom book shelf to install in the back and then I painted it a metallic silver.

Sorry I don’t have the best after picture. We finished it the day we went to the Waterford Canal Festival and it sold that day so I didn’t have much time to get a good shot. I’m just thankful I remembered to take a picture at all. :)

Oh, and this piece went to an awesome couple! Thank you Frannie and Jimmy! Most of the 1st floor of their home was destroyed by the flooding we recently experienced so I was thrilled to have one of our pieces be part of their new remodel!

Happy Redesigns,
Sarah

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End Table Makeovers

We’ve been busy here redoing a few different end tables. Instead of doing a post about each one, I thought I would show you the before and after of them. To see how we painted each one, visit our post How To Repaint Furniture.

All of the end tables are currently for sale so shoot me an email at sarah@funcycled.com if you’re interested.

This small table had a crack in the bottom section that needed to be repaired and some of the joints were coming apart. We mended it and then painted it a light, light blue. We then distressed it and sealed it for quality.

This antique pie shape table was painted teal, glazed using a chocolate coffee color and lightly distressed.

I love the shape of this end table! I painted it a sage green and used black glazing to antique it.

This retro orange table was a mix of John and I. We both worked together to come up with it… hence the more manly look. ;) It was given to me by a lady who was like a 2nd mom to me growing up. Thanks Mr. Irish!!

This table was completely designed for the knob! I fell in love with the knob at Hobby Lobby and couldn’t resist.

Happy Redesigns,
Sarah

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Retro Dresser

Ok, please don’t hate me, but I forgot to take a before picture of this next piece. How could I do that?? I’m sorry!

So, it was all wood and it was in good shape, but just looked outdated. I have been wanted to do a retro dresser and this one was just asking for it.

To see the steps on how to repaint a dresser, see our post How to Repaint Furniture

For this piece, I used Benjamin Moore Low Luster Wood and Metal Black paint for the top and the top drawer. Then I used a metallic silver specialty paint for the bottom two drawers. I was inspired for the colors by the knobs I found at Hobby Lobby.

I wanted to leave some of the original wood on the mirror and the top of the drawer. I ended up taping off the section of wood on the drawer and just painting it twice. Then pulled the tape off after both coats had dried. I love having some of the original wood exposed.

Here he is all done!

If you are interested in purchasing this piece, please email me with any questions at sarah@funcycled.com.

Happy Redesigns,
Sarah

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Elegant Black Dresser

This dresser was in really good shape to start with so it made for an easy makeover. To see the steps on how to paint furniture so our post How To Paint Furniture

We used Benjamin Moore Low Luster Wood and Metal Black paint.

This is the best black paint I’ve used so far and it gives the dresser a very elegant finish. When I sprayed it in my air sprayer, it came out in chunks (I think it wasn’t watered down enough). Because of that I had to go ahead and use a paint brush to paint the whole thing.

I liked the looks of the knobs, but I am not a brass lover. We spray painted each knob using Rustoleum’s hammered bronze spray paint on all of them. Then I lightly distressed the edges using 120 grit sand paper. Last step, I sealed it with Polycrylic .

Here are the after pictures for you!

Happy Redesigns,
Sarah

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Revitalizing an Antique Dining Room Set- Part 3

Some projects that we work on go quickly, some are tedious and some are just a huge pain in my booty! This dining room table was redone so many times, but it also shows that you shouldn’t settle for less than what you love. We could have stopped the first time we refinished it, but it just wasn’t the look we wanted.
I completely forgot to take a good before picture of this table. It was actually in really good shape, just didn’t have the look we were going for. Here’s a picture of it after the first sanding:

After sanding once using our electric sander and 120 grit paper, we wiped it down really well to remove all the dust particles. Next, we primed it and painted it three times with Behr Swiss Coffee satin paint. Then, I used a polyacrilic for the whole piece. Since a dining table gets a lot of wear and tear, I wanted to make sure it was well protected. When I did the first layer of polyacrilic, little dust particles and dirt kept dropping on top and every little thing showed! I tried to sand it and repaint it twice, but it would NOT sand down right. It was such a pain.

After looking at it and coming up with new design ideas, I decided that I wanted to keep the top wood and leave the legs white. So, we stripped the whole top down. Which took about 5-6 steps!

I used CitrusStrip and it worked really well, but we had painted it so many times it took alot of elbow grease. :) Here’s the first step of stripping. You have to let it set for 30 minutes at least, but I found the longer I left it, the easier the paint came off. Here’s the table after the first stripping.

Once we had it all stripped, we had to lightly sand it to make sure it was all ready to be stained. I wanted a dark stain to bring out the black in the Chair’s fabric.We went with Minwax Dark Ebony and then polyacrylic over it four more times to seal the top really well. You’ll want to use a very fine sanding block (320 grit) and hand sand between layers to ensure that it grips well. Then, let is set for a least a week before using it.

I also distressed the white to match the chair’s and give it more of an antiqued look.

See how the we did the rest of this set: Dining Room Chairs and Matching Red Hutch 

Happy Redesigns,
Sarah

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Oval Coffee Table Makeover

I liked the shape of this coffee table from the get go and wanted to buy it. John gave me a look in front of the guy selling it like, Are you kidding me! Then smiled and said, “If you like it and can picture it looking nice, we can get it”. Yay for a trusting hubby! :)

I wanted to keep the top wood, but it had so many imperfections! I started by using CitriStrip and I stripped the top down twice. Then it was time to start sanding. I sanded, and sanded, and thought it looked good and stained it. John came home and said it didn’t look good enough (insert annoyed look on my face here). I gladly… cough, cough, ok in an irritated way said that he would have to redo it if he thought it needed it. He sanded for probably a good 30-40 minutes. I’ve got to say, I’m so glad he did. The top came out PERFECT! We stained it with Minwax Red Mahogany and did a couple extra coats on the top with Polyacrilic just to be sure it was sealed well.

Pretty right? Yeah, yeah, he’s right. I know! :) Time to work on the bottom half. I wanted to use a bright aqua/teal color on the bottom. After it was painted – see How to Paint Furniture – I distressed it heavily using 60 grit sand paper.

I learned that you can use stain as a glaze so I thought I would try that out on this piece, too. I used the same stain that we did the top on the bottom and then quickly wiped it off to create the effect I was looking for. The only main difference is that it’s more messy and it dries MUCH faster. I don’t mind that though and am very happy with the results.

Another small detail that I also added was replacing the handle with an antique handle I already had on hand. I had been waiting for the right piece to use it on and this one definitely worked well with it!

Here she is all done!

Happy Redesigns,

Sarah

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Vera’s Reading Corner Bookshelf

This little book case was given to us by a man we met right near our house who was throwing out a dresser. My dad saw it and asked if we could come get it. We started talking to him and he showed John his wood working pieces. He mostly builds wood cabinets, but has made some pieces for his house and John said it was AMAZING! I sat in the car with the kids. ;) I wish I had his name because I would pass his info along.

My friend, Lydia, saw this book shelf and loved it. She asked me to give it a make over for her daughter (due in June). Here’s the before shot.

We both agreed that the railing had to go. There were screws on both sides, I unscrewed those and all of the spindles just popped out. To see how to paint furniture, check out our post How to Paint Furniture.

After popping the railing off, I filled all of the holes with wood filler and sanded them down a couple times.
I hand painted this one with a quart of Benjamin Moore paint that Lydia had picked out and a Purdy paint brush. I had to do three coats to get it even. Then I distressed it using 80 grit sand paper and added a tree to match the tree that she’s going to be putting on the main wall of Vera’s room. I used an Acrylic pen to paint the branches and a brush for the pink and blue flowers.

Here’s the finished product!

Enjoy every day to the fullest!

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Roaring Like a Lion

I fell in love with the design of this dresser. I know you can’t tell from this picture, but even the handles of the middle drawer are lion heads. I wanted to give this a distressed look. If you want to see the step by step on how to we paint furniture see this page: How to Paint Furniture

When we painted the first coat, I used an Oops paint that I thought was sage, but it ended up coming out mustard.

I added some green that I had to make it a nice, light sage color and sprayed it a second time.

When I went to distress the dresser, it came out with a really nice two tone look that I really like. I will definitely be doing this technique again. Sometimes mistakes can teach me something! :)
Here’s some of the after pictures. (My little guy took this picture and I think it came out great!)

Here’s the master himself!

More (click to enlarge)

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Happy Redesigns!

Sarah

Yellow Dresser Makeover

Here’s the before picture of this monster! It was in pretty rough shape, sitting at the end of the road, waiting to be junked. It was right down the road from our house and John and I were on the way to pick up a different dresser on craigslist. We (of course) had to stop and get this one first. One problem… it was so big we couldn’t fit it in the van with the kids. We left them on the side of the road in their car seats and brought it home quickly. Just kidding! I crack myself up. For true, we had to drive home with the back of the van open and it dangling out about a foot. Funny site, tis true! :)

After a lot of tender care, we filled all the holes, fixed the drawers, cleaned out the pair of men’s whitey tidies in one of the drawers, and got our painting on. I’ve been wanting to do something yellow for a while so here’s my chance!

For step by step painting directions, see this post: How To Paint Furniture
Here’s some of the along the way shots.

Filled the middle drawers with wood filler because I thought that the original handles were too much!

Used a wood plainer to smooth out the warped top.

Filled in all of the damaged area with wood filler. Sanded it down.

First coat of yellow.

Painted the old larger nobs with a glossy black, added new smaller knobs that I bought from Hobby Lobby.

Taped it off and added a black strip across the top.

Glazed the edged with Martha Stewart’s chocolate glaze. Coated it with Polycrilic.

All done!