I’m soooooo excited to share this makeover because it is my favorite piece to date. A little nervous too, because it’s obvious from the before photo that this was a lovely wood piece of furniture, so some readers may object to painting such beautiful things. In fact, when I brought it home and listed it as available on ETSY for custom, I said I would only offer two tone painting to preserve the beautiful drawer fronts. The top had a large burn across the top (can’t find a photo – sorry!) so I was okay with painting that.
When I saw this on CL, I knew I wanted it. Mostly for those brass capped feet! It was priced high – at $250 – but I shelled out the cash because I could see the potential in this beauty! That’s the most I’ve ever paid for inventory. By far. I sent my parents to go pick it up with my trailer because it was in South Seattle and they were headed to IKEA that day.
After a couple of months on ETSY with no bites for custom (prob b/c of my stupid rule), I finally made my way through other inventory and I started working on prep for this at the same time that I was working on my Drexel custom piece. I had decided to paint the drawer fronts after all, simply because this has the lines of a piece that needs to be all one high gloss color. Two tone would be weird. So, I threw my rules out the window and went for it. These two pieces took up the whole garage with all the drawers out. It was a mess. Once they were primed, filled, primed again sanded…blah – I put this one away so I could focus on the custom piece. It sat around until I could get back in the booth and get to work.
For the color, I chose Benjamin Moore “Harbor Gray” and I had it mixed in Fine Paints of Europe Hollandlac Brilliant. I like warm grays, but gray can change so much depending on the light.
I painted with my HVLP 2.2mm and then that gun died because I drowned some of its parts in a bucket of thinner/waste, so I bought another HVLP that had a 1.8mm tip and used that for the second coat. Spraying went pretty well. I did attempt to rub out imperfections in the top after the 2nd coat, but ended up spraying a 3rd coat on the top only (no rub out) and just left it. Rubbing out is tricky over non-whites because if you have the tiniest burn-through to the primer, it will show – and then you have to repaint (which is what happened to me). I didn’t want to risk burning through that final coat, because I would’ve had to purchase another $60/litre can of paint to spray again if I made that mistake. But it looks pretty darn good right out of my new gun!
I stripped the brown lacquer off the pulls and sanded for a brushed brass appearance.
These were totally worth the spend, right? (I think I need to clean those up a bit more ;))
The reflection of my #thriftscorethursday french bouillotte style lamp. My mother in law collects and spends fortunes on real bouillotte lamps. My was $14. Hehe. Her style inspires me every day! She’s the best!
There you have it. Favorite piece ever.
Thanks for reading.