Gray and Glass Knob Bureau

Hi Everyone!  I wanted to share another recent makeover.

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This is a vintage Kent Coffey bureau.  Like most of the pieces I choose, this one needed quite a bit of attention.  However, with it’s solid wood construction, curved drawer fronts, and original hardware, I knew it was a great candidate for an update.

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I started with a good cleaning inside and out as this piece looked like it hadn’t been cleaned in about 50 years.  When vacuuming out the interior of the dresser, I found these:

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Given that the current price of admission to Disneyworld is $99, I’d say the bureau really hadn’t been cleaned in almost 50 years!

I decided to go with a pale gray on this piece and because I didn’t have any paint that particular shade, I mixed my own.  I started with Country Chic Vanilla Frosting and added a little Pebble Beach at a time until I was happy with the color, a soft, creamy gray.  The ratio ended up being approximately three parts Vanilla Frosting to one part Pebble Beach.

I painted the bureau in three coats of the gray mixture.  And while Country Chic goes on very smoothly, I still sanded in between coats with fine grit sandpaper to give this piece an extra smooth finish. I also distressed all the edges with fine grit sandpaper, and then topped it with several coats of wax.  A gentle buffing gave the piece a subtle sheen.

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Shortly after I began this project I had a client reach out who was looking for a bureau.  She loved the lines and color of this one and decided it would be a great fit in her daughter’s room.  She did, however, want to replace the original brass hardware.  My plan had been to clean the hardware up and put it back on the piece but could see why this particular hardware might not be for everyone.  Instead, she asked for large glass knobs and I was happy to accommodate her.  I will be using those brass pulls on another piece!

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So that’s it!  A smooth, soft gray finish and large glass knobs for this once very tired looking bureau.  I love it when s piece that looks like it’s destined for the landfill can be transformed into something that’s once again beautiful and useful!

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Buffet in Very Pale Gray

Hi All!  For those of you that read my blog, I’m sure it’s become apparent that I’m a pretty lousy blogger.  Just three posts in seven months!  I continue to post updates on facebook and finally joined instagram, but I’m afraid I’ve pretty much ignored the blog.  But, I’m turning over a new leaf and plan to post some of my favorite makeovers.  And this is my second in as many weeks, that’s quite an improvement for me!  Here I wanted to share my second project collaboration with Country Chic paint.

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I found this piece on craigslist, here is the original photo from the ad.

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I love these leggy buffets! With its long legs, sweet details, and all of its original hardware, this piece was a keeper.  Plus, it’s on castors!  Castors seem to always add an additional level of charm to any piece.

My original plan was to paint this piece a creamy white and decided Country Chic’s Vanilla Frosting would be the perfect shade.  Here is the buffet after two coats of the Vanilla Frosting.

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As you can see in the photo, I had some areas of the buffet where the wood color was seeping through the paint. It’s especially obvious on the bottom drawer front and the cabinet doors surrounding the area where the hardware had been. With some wood types, this is a pretty common occurrence termed “bleed through” and can be prevented by coating a piece with shellac prior to painting. I could have still applied shellac even after painting, but because the bleed through was relatively mild I decided to go with plan B and change the color a bit. Since Country Chic paint covers so well, I felt that darkening the color just a little would be enough to hide the pesky bleed through. I started with Vanilla Frosting and added Pebble Beach (a medium gray) a little at a time until I had my desired color, a very pale gray. I also wanted the color to appear muted and soft, with a bit of white showing through the gray so I added water to ensure the mixture went on very thin.

I painted the buffet with two coats of the gray mixture. The change in color was just enough to mask the wood bleeding through the original white paint.

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I distressed the edges and details with fine grit sandpaper, waxed it, and gave it a gentle buffing. Lastly, I dry brushed a bit the Vanilla Frosting/Pebble Beach mixture on the hardware and added it back to the buffet.

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What do you think?  Still a keeper?

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