Tag: farmhouse

End Table Intervention and How You Can Achieve a Farmhouse Look Too

end table after

Hi Friends!  This dark end table was surely headed for the trash heap. If you like a good before and after, you have landed in the right place today!   I didn’t get a picture of the cracked marble top, but you can imagine it wasn’t very attractive or functional.  I think that’s where most people would decide the table’s useful life was over.  Instead, this is where my friend Terry decided that I needed to inherit this table and somehow give it a second chance.  Terry is the same friend who passed along this adorable sewing chair.

end table before

I started by painting the wood base of the table because I know how to do that.  For the top, I was waiting on my husband fix-it guy to build something.  I chose Dixie Belle Buttercream as the color, and painted 2 coats.  A little sanding around the edges and details really brings them out.

Now the table was looking about like this.  Hmmmm, something was missing.

End table painted no top

I got tired of waiting for the hubs to build a top for it.  Truth be told, I don’t think he felt very confident about it, and that results in lots of foot dragging.  I decided to do a quick Facebook post, asking if anyone could create a planked top for me, and the size.  I got a bunch of replies!  I chose a builder-guy, Kevin, who will hopefully become an on-going member of my team.  He built this top for me in no time. I think he did a little more planing, sanding and making it perfect than I really needed, but we made it work. I had these cup pulls on hand, but they were a bright shiny silver.  To make them look more time-worn and appropriate for this vintage table, I spray painted them with oil-rubbed bronze.

Here you can see what the raw top and new hardware looked like.

End table raw top

The top got a coat of Tobacco Stain all over, followed by a coat of Up in Smoke gray stain.  These water-based stains come in a squeeze bottle, so I just squeezed a ribbon onto the top and spread it with a shop towel.  After it dried for about 24 hours, I sealed it with Flat Top Coat, using the blue sponge applicator.  I didn’t want any sheen, so it would keep its rustic appearance.  You can see the wood knots peeking through.

End table top detail
end table side view

There were a few elements that took this piece in the direction of farmhouse style: the creamy neutral color, the distressing around the edges, the oil-rubbed bronze cup pulls, and the rustic stained top.  If you are a lover of farmhouse style like I am, I would love it if you could share this post on your favorite form of social media.  If this isn’t quite your thing, you can check out these mid-century modern tables from a prior project.

end table before & after

Here are the products I used for this project and staging:

  • Small end table (gifted)

Antique Dresser Refresh

antique dresser after
antique dresser before

Hi Friends!  Today I’ve got a really satisfying project for you. 

My sister-in-law was getting rid of this 3-drawer dresser, and asked me to come pick it up.  It was in really great structural shape, just a bit worn out. 

Age and patina are good in my book, but this was not in a good way.  I was anxious to get started on it, especially after I posted my new acquisition on Facebook, and everyone had comments and suggestions of how to refinish it.

antique dresser unstaged

The Plan

I am not one to pick white as my default color.  I pick bolder colors or layered finishes more than half the time.  But this little piece just seemed to scream white to me.  I may have painted the whole thing white, if not for the Facebook suggestions to stain the top dark. 

antique dresser plan

How to Strip the Top

I started by stripping the top with Citristrip.  I like to brush on a thick layer with a chip brush and cover it with plastic wrap.  I let it sit for a few hours, and then come back with a plastic paint scraper and scrape the top clean.  I keep a little cardboard box nearby to unload the scraper into.  Then I just toss the whole mess in the garbage. 

If there are any little stubborn areas, I rub them off with #0000 steel wool.  I give it all a wipe down with a shop towel, and then sand with 220 grit sand paper.

antique dresser top

Fresh Finishes

For the stain, I used Dixie Belle No Pain Gel Stain in the color Espresso.  This color has recently become my top favorite over Walnut because of how dark and rich it is.  I also sealed it with two coats of Gator Hide. 

For the paint, I chose Dixie Belle’s whitest white, called Cotton.  I really wanted bright and fresh.  But not too clean, so of course I distressed a bit around the details and edges.

antique dresser detail

I was able to keep the original hardware too. I staged it using some kitchen canisters and plates because I could see it as a coffee station or small buffet, or of course as a dresser.  With its smaller size, it’s such a versatile piece that it could be used in any room of the house.  Or all of them, if you’re someone who likes to rearrange a lot!

antique dresser after

Here’s another look at how this dresser transformed from dark and dated to light and bright, but still kept its old character. 

before & after antique dresser

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