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Mr. Bradley – A Classic Dresser

He’s finally done! Mr. Bradley is a classic-styled, glossy black dresser with gold leaf accents. Quite a difference from his original state! I used Valspar Paint + Primer in the simple color “Black.”

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After two coats of paint, I added gold leafing to the legs in order to achieve a “gold dipped” look. I also added some leafing to the original hardware to play off the legs. The gold leaf was then antiqued with a dark wood stain that I had on hand. When using gold leaf, I always use either a glaze or stain to give it some depth. This makes a big difference!

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Mr. Bradley has a rich, sophisticated look that instantly dresses up any space! His classic lines give the room structure… and who can resist a little *bling*!

Mr. Bradley - A classic dresser  I  becauseiliketodecorate.com

Mr. Bradley - A classic dresser  I  becauseiliketodecorate.com

Lots of love,
Mary

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Wood shim shoe cabinet — and a prize contest!

Check it out, friends!

I picked up this bad boy at Goodwill for only $15! It’s actually a shoe cabinet — the “drawers” fold out! This is NOT a quality piece. Notice the paper laminate peeling from the corner of the before pic? This was a practical purchase for my family to HIDE THE SHOES! (Because shoes are always a problem.) Can anyone else relate?

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This is an example that shows just how much you can transform what was simply a boring piece of furniture.

You’re probably wondering what products were used, etc. So here we go. Let’s start with my paint choice for the exterior. I used Glidden’s Gel Technology High-Gloss Trim & Door paint in Bright White and also painted the knobs with the same paint.
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After planning out my alternating wood pattern, the shims were stained with Minwax Jacobean and glued onto the face of the cabinet “drawers” using Liquid Nails. This needs to dry for 24hrs and you’ll need clamps to hold the pieces into place as they dry. I used a miter saw to make a few cuts, but you could probably get away with just a hand saw since the shims are so thin.Wood shim shoe cabinet  I  becauseiliketodecorate.com

Wood shim shoe cabinet  I  becauseiliketodecorate.com

The best part about this project is how budget friendly it was. Wood shims are about $1.25 for a pack of 12, and the paint and stain were both purchased for another project — so that didn’t cost me anything. That brings my total to only $20 for a custom shoe cabinet that has that high-end look without the high-end price!

Wood shim shoe cabinet  I  becauseiliketodecorate.com

Contest

Now let’s talk about the contest portion of this post! This furniture piece is nameless. If you haven’t noticed by now, I usually name each furniture makeover something that fits its new character and style. So what do you think? Do you have a name for him or her? There are many ways that you can enter and increase your chances! Annnnnnnddddddddd……GO!

UPDATE: I’m having a bit of trouble with WordPress accepting the contest widget (hoping to get this fixed). Please click on the giveaway link below to enter the contest! There are 8 different ways to throw YOUR NAME in the hat!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE COFFEE ON ME, A $25 GIFTCARD TO STARBUCKS!

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Lots of love,
Mary

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Floe – A Vintage Transitional Dresser

Hello Friends! Two nights ago I was up late and had the urge to paint something… I think I was up till like 1am, which is so not normal for me. Once I got started, I just couldn’t stop until it was complete. I’m so glad I finished! Not to get all artsy on everyone, but I didn’t have to think about how I was going to paint this dresser — It just sort of came to me! Introducing Floe:

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I was going to stop naming my furniture pieces, but what fun is that? She just looks like a Floe to me. This mid-century modern dresser has really good bones and the classic modern straight-line shape. Check her out before:
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Please try to ignore the surroundings (my pile of thrift store finds from the day). Yes, that owl is ugly now, but just wait till I’m done with him! :)

I used one coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the color Provence, distressed, and applied a heavy coat of dark wax. Generally, I’m told that you’re only supposed to apply dark wax after you have applied a base coat of clear wax. Well, sometimes I like to break the rules! And I don’t think that art should have any rules right? You just have to play with it and experiment with different colors. I’ve tried this with a white before and it turned out terribly wrong. This time – A big win!
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I only used one base coat because I wanted a lot of the wood undertones to show and I planned on distressing a lot! Since this piece has such straight simple lines, I decided to stencil a design onto the front and leave off the hardware (notice the handle grooves under each drawer). This adds just enough interest and maintains the modern styling since the stencil print is so large.floetransitionaldresser4

I used a paint I already had in the garage (A custom mix in the navy family), and offset the pattern slightly. The stencil is from Royal Design Studio and titled “Large Fabric Damask”. It can be purchased here.
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After painting the stencil design, it was then distressed again, finished with Annie Sloan Dark Wax, then AS Clear Wax. Floe is a feminine, beautiful, classy, vintage masterpiece and I love her!

I’ve posted this piece on craigslist here.
Lots of love,
Mary

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Joy – A Pocket Full of Sunshine

Hello Friends,

I’ve been painting… and I’ve got a special piece to show you! Her name is Joy, for obvious reasons. She’s so bright and cheery and gives life to almost any space — a pocket full of sunshine!

I didn’t venture too far from her original color, a yellow tinted wood vaneer. This piece was found at my local Salvation Army and has solid dove-tail drawer construction with wooden gliders (The two things I look for when determining the quality of the piece.)

I can’t begin to tell you the paint color of this piece. Lets just say it’s a custom mix. It took me awhile to achieve just the right shade. Sometimes I don’t know what a piece is going to be until I get started, and then it just evolves. This was one of those times. I brightened her up and went for a vintage, mustard-yellow tone.

After two coats of the base color, I was anxious to add some detail work to what was a simple frame. Rather than using a stencil, I decided to freehand a crisscross pattern on the top two drawers for a more organic look. Yes, it would have been quicker and easier to use a stencil, but I wouldn’t have gotten such a custom look. I love the imperfection! And when you step back, it adds just the right amount of texture.

I also painted the handle dowels in Behr Off-White to balance out the top detail work. Joy was finished off with a coat of Annie Sloan Soft Wax in clear and aged with Annie Sloan Dark Wax. After cleaning and polishing the brass hardware, she is now ready to show her colors!

I really love how Joy looks in front of the grey wall! I’ve posted this piece on Craigslist here. Hoping she will find a good home!
Lots of love,
Mary