Thursday, November 14, 2013

Antique Pink Double Bed Frame

This old bed frame is part of a set that included a dresser and a vanity (that I painted completely different).
I was told that it was at least from the early 1900s, possibly older, but I really don't know it's true age. Either way, it's a beauty!
I started with this... and you can see the beautiful scroll work, but the wood was not so pretty and very beat up. Especially on the legs and inside of the footboard.
 I threw some primer and some color on it.
 Then added a chevron stripe, stepped back to look at it and decided it needed more color so I taped it off again for a hot pink stripe. You can see in this photo that I put poly on the bottom half because I wanted to protect the paint as much as I could before I continued. 
Also, notice how the semi-gloss poly really makes the color more vibrant.
 Then I made the legs and the carved detailing on the top of the headboard gray.
 And I couldn't forget to paint the inside of the footboard and outside of the rails.
I wish I had a brightly lit bedroom with fluffy white linens to stage it in so I could really see if it's cute or not, but I don't so... I don't know...
I'm still not totally satisfied with it. I don't think I should've added the chevron stripes...
or maybe they're just the wrong color.
What do you think?

Friday, November 8, 2013

How to Decoupage your Nightstand

This cute little nightstand was in bad shape when I got it. Someone painted it in flat white and didn't protect it with any wax or poly. So it was all chipped up, gloppy from an uneven paint job, and the handle was painted incorrectly and broken in half! I don't even know how that would've happened. :/
BUT... it had a pretty figure so I knew I could save it.

I made a similar nightstand with color on the inside of the legs and really liked the look, so I wanted to do that again. I also wanted to decoupage some grammar/english composition papers (from some old high school writing books that I found at Value Village) onto this piece like I did before on these two end tables

My first job was to sand it all down so it was smooth.
Then paint primer on it. I used gray tinted primer from Zinsser (water based).

I chose my colors, Ruby Red and Glacier Ice blue.

And of course the handle... I ripped the old broken one out and was planning on replacing it but, after I painted it, I changed my mind and wanted a knob, so I filled the holes and drilled a new one.

Now for the decoupaging... Here's my how-to; so you can do it too.

Decide what pages you want and place them in the perfect arrangement. When doing pages like this, pay attention to where, and how, the overlapping occurs so you don't accidentally hide a good part to read. 

Once you decide where they go, and in what layer, take a snapshot of it in case you forget. Then you can refer to it later as you decoupage; putting your sheets back in the right place.

To glue the pages down, use a foam brush and put the Mod Podge on the back of the page (not directly on the table), then and stick it on and smooth it out as best as you can. Follow the less-is-more rule when using Mod Podge. You don't want to soak your page, just get it sticky. And no need to paint Mod Podge on the top of the paper until all your sheets are in place. But you should paint it on any loose edges to make sure your page is securely stuck down.

Use small pieces of a page to fill any gaps from weird angles

Once you have all your pages down, 
cover the entire section with several coats of Mod Podge (fully drying between coats). I used three coats of Mod Podge to glue the pages in place, and once dry, I used several coats of polyurethane for protection. This will make it so durable that you can actually use the table and not worry about scratching or ruining it.

 Note: don't panic when you see bubbles. That will happen because the paper is wet but will flatten out as it dries, assuming you smoothed out the pages when you first set them. 
You will know when you don't need another layer of Mod Podge when:
The paper will eventually have enough hard layers of Mod Podge on it, so when you put on another coat, the paper will not bubble at all. Meaning there is a protected coating on your project.

In other words, if you put a layer of Mod Podge on and your paper gets wet enough to bubble
you need to keep adding more coats. 
If you put a layer on and it doesn't get wet enough to bubble, you're done.

Then trim the edges with a knife/razor. I repainted the edges to hide any imperfections of bad cutting.

I also decided to do the inside of the drawer.

When the entire nightstand was painted, decoupaged, and dry, 
I added my three layers of semi-gloss poly on every part.

And added a matching knob!

And that's how I made this Junk, Sophisticated!

Thanks for looking!!!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Pick the right KNOB for the job

Now that you've put in all that hard work to refurbish, please please please don't ignore the knobs. An ugly or boring knob can really take away the beauty that you worked so hard to create.  Take, for example, these original antique knobs. If you polish the brass, they have real potential, or at least in my opinion, the dangly pull does. The small round knob maybe not-so-much. But polishing would definitely help them both. However, I almost always replace them with something more colorful and modern.
I would rather use something like these from Anthropologie.

I would suggest not to go too matchy-matchy either because that can distract from the piece. Like if you have painted your dresser green, don't buy green knobs. Think of the color wheel and try to find a knob that's on the opposite side of the color of your dresser. Opposites really do compliment each other nicely and people will notice it's beauty, even if they don't know why.
See if you notice what I mean in these photos below... Not just the knobs, but also the colors of the dresser and drawers. You will see blue with red, blue with yellows, purple with gold/yellow, green with purple, orange and blue.
Sometimes I enhance the knob a bit by adding color. I use spray primer, spray paint, and then spray poly with a high-gloss sheen on the metal parts.

After you find the perfect knob, you may notice this... the back sticks out too far. If this is in a dresser that you'll be using daily, you will want to fix that.
Get one of these little hand saws with super fine teeth
Then use a piece of the protective plastic that comes on most knobs to cover the end of the sharp screw. Or you could sand it down if you don't have the plastic cover.
Many of the knobs and pulls I find are from Pier1 ImportsWorld MarketAnthropologie, and  Hobby Lobby. These places have great selections and I always check the clearance section first. In fact, I found 20 knobs for $5 from Pier1 just the other day!

 I love shopping for knobs and could do it all day.  Hope this gives you some inspiration.
Happy knob hunting to all!
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