1933 Dresser

So my favorite time period is the 20’s and 30’s. I love the clothes, cars, colors, patterns, food, music, and furniture. Because of this love of these eras I collect vintage accessories for my home and gravitate towards jadeite green color, cabbage roses, kitchen equipment with that vibe to it. So it is no wonder when I spotted this dresser and night stand. You can see the night stand here on the left sitting on the table. Missing it’s side and seen better days. It was purchased for the sum of $2 at a yard sale. Kept in my work pile for a long while.

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The dresser was in better shape. I picked up in a cute local shop. This is the photo I shot while it was in the shop. I’m terrible about before shots.

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Finally the plan and work time came together to get these painted. I knew I wanted to use milk paint and hoped I would get a little chippiness in the process. The tops were sanded down on both and they were cleaned and repaired as needed. Then I mixed up my milk paint from Sweet Pickins in creamy. I started with one coat and needed up with three coats total. I started getting some of that chippy going on after the second coat and even more with the third coat. Swoon….so perfect. From here I used Sweet Pickins in “Flour Sack” which is a gorgeous true warm white.

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Oh look at that chipping and colors. I preserved the original Birdseye stenciled piece for the center as a tribute to it origins.

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I used some great floral napkins for the application on the drawer sides. At first I used Mod Podge, but it was think and the napkins didn’t want to move and tore. I then used Top Coat. It’s Sweet Pickins to the rescue again. This product went on smooth and worked perfect. I also used Top Coat for applying in the the drawer front on the night stand.

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Oh those cute wooden wheels! The dresser was missing hers but I happened to have a spare set and worked perfectly.

Both piece were waxed with clear Bees wax and the dusted with aging dust. The top was stained with Minwax Jacobean and sealed with 4 coats of polyacrylic. I guess you have figured they are moved in with me instead of being sent along to a new home.

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Now to find a vanity piece to go along with these.

Until next time,

Kathy

I was not endorsed or compensated for any of these supplies. I purchased, used and liked the products on these pieces and would honestly recommend them to anyone.

New Headboard Upholstery

Well, it started out as redoing the guest room. It became a dumping ground for all the mismatched furniture and belongings. I’m sure some of you know what I’m talking about. Some people choose to redo the guest room before the master bedroom. It wasn’t the case here. It ended up with any and everything that was replaced from other rooms.

So goes the headboard…….

It was a “lovely” red velvet castoff from the 60’s? It came with the second husband. I always teased him about his Bordello headboard, as that is what I imagined when a bachelor has a Red Velvet tufted headboard! He tried to hide it with some animal hide, but it was lurking under there just the same!

I didn’t get a good before photo (when I decided to reupholster I got it done!) it had also had a temporary makeover after we got married. In a striped fabric, then again when it was cast off into the guest room of our current house when I built our current headboard 10 years ago.

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So first I ripped the layers I added off.

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Be forwarned that when you decide to reupholster something it takes the longest to strip the old off and all those staples!

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So here she is all naked. I added longer legs so she shows when she is behind the bed. For some reason, I think maybe newer mattresses and box springs are thicker that they were back then? It seems that older headboards are short and don’t show up much.

So I had to add more to the back and extra foam the same thickness as the original. I wanted to make her taller. It was in great shape so I was able to use it over again.  As a side note the addition will be behind the mattress so really won’t show so no need to tuft or worry about the look of the new foam here.

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The foam already had the holes cut for the tufting. These are the size of a quarter, so they will have very deep tufting.

I chose a drop cloth and washed it several times with bleach and fabric softener drying it on High. This made it a nice soft piece of large cheap fabric in a neutral tone. This made the perfect backdrop for the guest room makeover. I spread it out and placed the funky Red Velvet piece I removed on top and cut it out with a little extra around the edges for good measure. You will use extra fabric when tufting and it is better to trim later than discover you are short on one side after you have worked so hard placing the buttons and arranging the fabric.

The buttons for the tufting were in great shape to reuse. I simply cut small circles from the new fabric.

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Then using the hot glue gun, attacked the new fabric to the buttons.

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Apply a little hot glue to the button top and around the back then scrunch the fabric around.

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Once the buttons where all done, I spread the cut fabric onto the top of the headboard foam. Working from the center top I worked the points on the buttons through the fabric and back.

It is important to start in the center and work down then from side to side. These are deep tufts and the fabric needed to be “folded” into the holes to create the deep tufts. Take your time here, you want this to look good.

Once all the button tufts were in place it is time to staple around the edges. Here you will have to fold again that extra fabric from the tufts around to the back. Staple as you go.

You can staple some backing material to the back or leave it open if you wish. If you want to save some money use and old sheet. Cut and fold under then staple around the back.

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Here it is. This awful photo is the only one I could find right after I finished stapling the back. You can see the new foam line but this is hidden behind the new mattress.

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It is a far cry from the “Bordello” headboard I started with. Now we have started with  the guest room overhaul.

Hugs,

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Milk Painted Buffet

So it all started with this little buffet.

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Sorry about this terrible photo, I can’t find the better “before” one I know I took! Isn’t that how it always goes? I have drug this thing around with me for years. It belongs to my mom. It wasn’t that special to her. She purchased it long after I moved out and had my children. It was refinished and really nothing special. It was however small and the perfect size to put just about anywhere. I even tried to sell it a couple of times over the years I’ve had it, but it never sold and I kept it.

She had her issues many I didn’t realize until I finally decided to give her an update. I wanted to try Milk Paint on her.

So with the help from Sausha at “Sweet Pickins” http://www.sweetpickinsfurniture.com

 I ordered Light Cream and some Bonding agent. I got distracted, and finally found time to start her.

First I sanded her lightly, nothing dramatic. I filled in a couple of spots that were lacking veneer. As I began working on her I noticed this wasn’t her first face lift. She has had a rough go around before. Her sides have been replaced. Her top has been peeled of old veneer and salvaged what was left. Her bottom lifted, and her door cut off and rehung. She is missing parts of her legs, and I found some interesting holes in her.

I had a plan, she was going to get a nice smooth coat of paint with some slight distressing on the edges. She would keep her salvaged top for now, and some new hardware.

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Well I think she wasn’t happy about another facelift. Mixing the paint, bonding and getting it on her was the first part. Then sand and another coat, then another…..she did do a little crack and peel. Some area required more coats than others. It was not the paint, it was HER. She had so many different parts, with what I now know where different finishes. She distressed on her legs more than anywhere else. And her doors showed their remodel as a light color. She was sort of “Frankenstein”.

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All in all, she chose what she wanted. When I do my “ugly chairs” I let them tell me what they want. So I finally started to listen to this little girl. Her doors would have some kind of graphics on them. And since she wanted to be chippy, and rough we would let her age show proudly. I searched through “The Graphics Fairy” but couldn’t find anything I really thought was her. I did find some words I liked, so decided to would free hand some words on her doors. Went with the Tea and Coffee theme. Painted it by hand so it is old and primitive, then sanded it and aged it with a mix of 2 colors of stain and wax.

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(Here I’ve applied the stain wax mixture to the drawer and the left hand door). Then I sanded her real good before adding, more coats of the wax. I let the wax settle into her crack and holes. Like maybe she was a coffee server at one time and is stained from the years of grounds and drips.

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I found some old clear glass knobs in my box of hardware I keep, so those went on her. She now looks like she is ready for service as a Coffee Bar. She has plenty of storage for everything you might need.

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She isn’t perfect. And this one lives with me.

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Hugs

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