Friday, May 27, 2016

The Chippy Blue Desk

Desks are just so much fun and this one didn't disappoint! It was in fairly good condition with the exception of the top. Once again it had that same old boring 70's stain. The pulls were great, and the drawers were all in great shape,  so I knew this an easy one. So here are the befores! I remembered!! Sometimes I get so excited to start a project I forget to show you what it looked like before I started.........and as you can see I already started sanding the top when I remembered!!
If you look carefuly you can see a sneak peek of my next project back there.......I have a HUGE plan for that one! I can't wait to share!!
When I decide to stain a portion of a piece of furniture, one of my favorite parts is the sanding. It's like opening a present when I start to get all of that ugly old stain off of the wood and the beautiful grain starts to show through......then staining and finally finishing it with hemp oil.....It just doesn't get much better than that!

I get bored easily and my paint supplies are starting to I decided to mix a custom color on this one! I love milk paint! I just love the magic that happens once you add water to that fabulous powder! When the pigments start to absorb the moisture and you see the color develop right before your eyes! I wanted this desk to be a blue/green color. So I mixed 2 parts Bergre, 1 Part Mint, and 1 Part Ironstone (white). I LOVE the color that I came up with! I'll be using this again for sure!
So what does it look like now? Show us the finished desk already!! Ok........I really do love how this little desk turned out! It would be a great addition to any students room, or a nice place to sit and read your favorite blogs ;) or it would even make paying bills just......maybe..... a little more pleasant!
Isn't it adorable? I have wanted a piece to chip like this for me FOREVER!! I was so excited when I saw the chipping starting to happen! There is just nothing me than the look of an authentic painted piece. I love to make up stories in my mind about when it was brand new......who bought it, and where it has been since then! I know.......I'm a little weird ;)
 I know this look isn't for everyone.......but just look at that yummy chippiness!!

 The top is one of my favorite parts too......I know what isn't right? But look at that beautiful wood grain. I love the contrast of the dark stain with the blue paint.
This one was hard to not keep......but now it's in it's temporary home at Resurrect Antiques. I've priced it only $225! Do you have a perfect spot for it in your home?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Beast V2.0

So while this piece has been in the store for a couple weeks, I have really been meaning to tell it's story! It started out with a huge dresser I painted for the store. I really thought this was the biggest heaviest piece of furniture I have ever seen! It had a lot of carving and was difficult to took 4 coats!! Then I had to sand it and wax it......I really thought my arm was going to fall off! Honestly it still hasn't recovered all the way, I got some kind of a tennis elbow thing going that a thing? It should be! I guess with proper rest it would have gotten better, but really who has time for that? Anyway Lena and I affectionately named the dresser "The Beast" forward........I am always on the lookout for furniture. Of course I want good solid wood pieces. It doesn't bother me if a little repair work needs to be done, I just want the piece to be of excellent quality when I'm done. With the recent craze in furniture painting lately it's gotten increasingly harder and harder to find decent prices. I have been so discouraged with Craig's List and Thrift Stores recently. The prices they are charging leave no room for profit and honestly most of the pieces aren't worth what they are asking even if this wasn't a business.........but I still check. So a friend told me to stop by a particular store, she said it was a good one. I wasn't holding out much hope, but I thought why not! AND there it was! Right as I walked in the front door I saw the most beautiful credenza! I cautiously walked over to look at the it several times to make sure I was seeing it right, asked a clerk, yes it was correct! Let's just say I almost felt guilty it was such a steal! I got in line and bought it right away before I even finished my shopping.......can you tell I've learned by experience not to take any chances on something walking out the door while I'm busy doing other things? I'm not used to having other people load stuff for me, but they said drive around the side of the building and we'll get you all loaded! So around I went, and these two nice men brought my baby out on a cart and with a little huffing and puffing, struggling and sighing it was loaded. I didn't know for a minute there if it was going to took up the WHOLE back of the van!
Confession time.......I may or may not have made fun of the guys that loaded it when I was talking on the phone to my husband. I know, how mean right? It just seamed like a guy on each could have gone in a lot faster and easier! Well when I got home my husband and I were going to unload this piece and get it in the house for me to work on later in the week. Well..........honestly people, this thing was so heavy we barley got it out of the van! There is sat in the drive way and my husband and I looked at each other and he said "this is as far as it goes, you're going to have to paint it in the driveway!" Ack!! I knew it couldn't stay in the driveway for any amount of time.....if you know anything about the South you know it can rain at literally any moment! The last thing I wanted was for this gorgeous piece to get wet and ruined!

So I mixed my paint........turned on some tunes and went to work! I can't believe I got it all done in one day! OH!! I almost could I forget?!! Although I'm sure this piece will probably be used as a buffet, it started it's life as a credenza, part of an office suite. It seems one of the file drawers was locked.....and we didn't have a key! So google right? How to pick a tube! A video that will work! Well.......let's just say I would never make it as a cat burglar! Once again my awesome husband to the rescue, he said he would use his oscillating saw, slide it in the crack of the drawer and saw off locking bar inside. I guess by the look on my face he knew I had doubts! I could just see this piece being ruined because we hacked up the drawer......the perfectly smooth sliding gorgeous drawer by trying to free the lock. worked like a charm!!! So painted a nice soft gray, sanded silky smooth, distressed, and waxed, back in the car it went and delivered to the store first thing the next morning!

So now that you have been so patient and listened to me ramble on.........may I present what we have now dubbed "The Beast V2.0"  Where are the pretty styled photos you ask........well remember we couldn't get it in the house.....or out of the driveway, so here it sits in the store where the lighting is poor, but hopefully you can see how beautiful it turned out! This piece would make a gorgeous addition to someone's dinning room or a large office!

As always this piece is now in the store at Resurrect Antiques, you really need to check it out if you've never been there! See that fabulous tobacco basket in the top photo? There are a few left!! They are authentic and so hard to find! Just one of the many treasures you will find at Resurrect!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Farm Fresh Mint Desk

When I first saw this little desk I fell in love. I loved the detail of the little columns and the ball feet were adorable!

 I'm not going to was in pretty rough shape! The finish was chipping off, there was dust, mold, missing trim and the pieces that cover the back of the drawers was beyond repair.

I think there might have even been squirrels living in one of the drawers! But OH the potential!

First I started with the repairs......with a quick trip to home depot I was able to have new pieces cut for the backs of the drawers (I just love that they cut your lumber for you) I also was able to find a piece of trim that was close enough to the original to replace the missing piece. I lightly sanded the flaking finish and cleaned off all of the dust and mold. I removed the hardware that was rusted, but I just loved it! I really wanted to save it, so I sanded it lightly to remove as much rust as I could then cleaned it with hemp oil and a rag, it turned out beautiful!

Then the fun part began! I love choosing colors! This desk was so dark, I just wanted to lighten her up! I chose a pretty feminine mint green. 

 I also have this thing.....I don't know if you've noticed? When pieces have beautiful wood tops, I just love to sand them down, get all that ugly varnish off and start over with a gorgeous stain and sealed with hemp oil. It wears well and adds so much beauty and contrast to a piece.

  Here I just really love how the dark top is mirrored by the dark hardware.

 I was thrilled when I started to see the chipping happening! I just think this natural chipping gives the piece a natural aged look. I love when things look like they have a story......and I love to imagine all the places it's been. I wonder how many people have sat at this desk in the past, and the letters that may have been written here!

Of course as always I had fun styling this piece to photograph it! I use old books for everything!! I love the texture and height they can add.

This little lamp is another diy project. The lamp itself was a $5 thrift store find. I covered the lampshade with linen and hand painted our initial on it. I love how it looks when it's turned on.

 Just look at those feet now! This has been another of my favorite projects, this piece just made such a dramatic transformation! Go ahead......scroll back up to the befores! I took this little sweetheart to the shop at Resurrect Antiques yesterday, and she's ready to be the gem of someones home. This solid wood desk is priced $295.00.

Monday, May 9, 2016

The Medallion Coffee Table

I knew the moment I saw this sad little coffee table on Craig's List.....for a steal I might add, that it had to be my next project. It was covered in that thick mahogany stain, you know the one. It had damage to the top, but was solid and be still my heart.....was on brass casters!

The popular opinion was paint over that awful top, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. I just knew in my heart that there was something beautiful under all that varnish. So I went to sanding.....and sanding.....and sanding! As soon as that ugly varnish was gone and the natural wood inlay started to emerge, well I got happy!

I didn't want to make the same mistake and cover it all up again, so I decided to just to leave it natural and seal it with hemp oil.

The rest of the table was updated with Marzipan Milk Paint, allowed to naturally chip and peel a bit, then lightly distressed and sealed with wax.

I love how the details were brought out by the distressing. And the light almond color doesn't compete with the beautiful top.

I kept the original hardware, it still worked well with the new table. I always like to reuse the original hardware when ever possible. It's usually good quality and has more character than the new stuff!

This one was a fun transformation. It's now in the store at Resurrect Antiques and priced only $149.00! Do you have the perfect spot in your home for this beauty?

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Bergere Buffet

Well hello there.....and welcome to my first official Dove & Olive Branch post! While I've dabbled in selling painted furniture and enjoyed painting furniture for my self, I've recently decided.....or maybe been talked into starting this little business. Dove & Olive Branch will be located in a lovely little room inside Resurrect Antiques in Valley, AL. I haven't blogged in years, but I'm excited to not only share my transformations with all of you, but bits and pieces of my life along the way.

So without further adieu I'd like to introduce you to my first project! The Bergere Buffet. I purchased this piece in my dabbling phase. happened, I got pregnant....sick....had a baby.....didn't sleep much, well you get the picture. What was a beautiful little buffet sat in a shed that I didn't know was leaking for at least 2 years. When I went to retrieve her I wanted to cry! The veneer was peeling off the sides and top and there was a little water damage to the feet, but everything else seemed to be ok! While most people would have immediately taken her to the dump, I saw a little life still shinning through and I knew she could be beautiful again! I was so excited to get started I forgot to take before photos! And now that I'm looking at the afters......I'm kicking myself! I wish you all could have seen this piece before her transformation!

Well, I peeled what veneer was loose, then soaked and scraped the rest off. I was so happy to see what I knew would be beautiful tongue and groove wood under the veneer on the top. I sanded the top with several grits of sand paper until I achieved a silky smooth finish and patched the feet where they were damaged. The prep work on this piece took a whole day to complete, not my favorite part by far! I'm so glad I took the time to do it though!

I love using milk paint. The oldest painted surfaces on earth were colored with a form of milk paint. Cave drawings and paintings were made with a simple composition of milk, lime, and earth pigments. When King Tutankhamen's tomb was opened in 1924, artifacts including models of boats, people, and furniture found inside the burial chamber had been painted with milk paint. It provides a durable beautiful finish and only contains five all-natural ingredients – milk protein (casein), limestone, clay, chalk and natural pigments. When sanded lightly and finished with wax it has a super silky soft finish. For this piece I decided to use a beautiful blue grey color called Bergere and finished it with white wax to give the paint a faded worn look.

One of the handles was missing, so I decided to replace the pulls on the doors with these beautiful porcelain and brass knobs. I loved how they matched the origninal pulls and looked like they had always been there.

I decided to give the top a dark stain to bring out the grain of the wood and then sealed it with Hemp Oil. Hemp oil is a solvent-free oil finish that provides a protective, water-resistant surface. It penetrates to protect from the inside out and doesn't  leave a surface film that will chip or scratch.  It's also a food safe oil! Perfect for table tops or cutting boards.

Of course being a photographer I had fun styling this piece to document it's transformation! I find that I want to keep each piece that I do, but for that I'd need a bigger house......and bank acount! So this little beauty now resides in my booth at Resurrect Antiques. If you are interested in adding her to your family feel free to stop in or message me for more information!