Saturday, November 17, 2012

Antique French Gray Dresser


Beautiful SOLID Wood French Dresser
made by Heritage Furniture 

The details on this dresser are amazing.  The curved front drawers and the curvy sides are so beautiful.  Finished in a soft gray shade and glazed with 3 colors.  I started with a dark gray glaze and then a lighter gray and finished it with a silver metalic glaze just in the detail areas.

The BEST part though is the inside of the drawers I painted a bright turquoise for a fun surprise when you open them!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Painted Distressed Piano

I'm sure I have broken some law by painting a piano blue... but I am in love with it!  This antique piano is around 100 years old and I looked up the value which fully restored could be worth $8-10K!  Wowza!  But the veneer was broken and chipped badly on one side and the bottom of the piano was so beat up that I had to add decorative trim to try and cover it up.  So with my limited skills I could not have restored it to it's original beautiful wood.  Plus, I adore all the fun painted pianos I have been seeing on the web right now!  

I can't believe I forgot to take a "Before" picture.  I guess I was just so excited to get started!  Redoing a piano is not an easy task.  First of all moving it is the biggest pain...It weighs a ton.  Then,to do a good job with the paint you have to disassemble the entire thing.  Including removing all the keys (make sure you number them if you ever attempt this).  I very lightly sanded it to preserve all the texture from the old crackled finish.  Then paint, distressed, glazed to bring out all the crackle and clear coat.

Here's the trim I had to add to the bottom.  I really like how it looks.

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