Gray and Glass Knob Bureau

Hi Everyone!  I wanted to share another recent makeover.


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.


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:


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.


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!



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.


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


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.


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.


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.


What do you think?  Still a keeper?




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Spring Bureau



Hi All!  I was recently asked by Country Chic Paint to be one of their guest bloggers and I’m excited to share my first project collaboration with them. If you haven’t used their paint yet, you should!  It’s a chalk and mineral based zero VOC paint with a very happy color palette.  Because it has been such a harsh winter here in the Boston area with the calendar indicating Spring but all other signs still pointing to winter, I wanted to makeover this piece in a color that felt like…well…Spring. I started by combining the Country Chic colors Bliss and Elegance in a 50/50 ratio, giving me a nice turquoise.  Country Chic paint is very easy to mix and covers extremely well.

Because I wanted to create a soft, weathered look on this piece, I thinned the turquoise out with water and applied the first coat very thin allowing some of the wood to show through. After that was completely dry, I applied a second thin coat. Because my goal was a soft, muted color, I added a wash of Vanilla Frosting after both coats of the Bliss/Elegance mixture were dry. I did this by mixing Country Chic’s color Vanilla Frosting with water in roughly a ratio of two parts paint to one part water. I then applied that over the turquoise, wiping off the excess and rubbing the white color into the turquoise to soften it.

In this picture I have applied the white wash to all of the drawers except the top large one.  You can see how the wash softens the turquoise without entirely changing the color.


Once the entire piece was coated with the turquoise mixture and the white wash,  I moved onto sanding.  I sanded the flat surfaces with fine grit sandpaper to ensure the piece was super smooth, blend the colors, and expose just a bit more of the wood grain.  I then highlighted the details and edges by distressing them with sandpaper too. Finally, I finished the bureau with clear wax, a gentle buffing, and added large glass knobs.


I tied on one of my tags and it’s all ready to head to The Barn at Todd Farm.


After experiencing the snowiest winter in Boston history and still having snow piled up outside, I needed to feel a little bit of Spring.  This bureau feels a bit like it to me, how about you?



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Yard Sale Dresser

Hi All!

I thought I would share how I achieved the color and finish of this tall dresser:


I visited the Todd Farm Flea Market a couple of weeks ago searching for items to either makeover for our new home, or to take to The Vintage Bazaar.  I didn’t find anything there but as luck would have it I drove by a yard sale on my way home with this sitting out front and center:


As you can see it was in pretty rough shape!  Frankly, the condition was so poor I would hesitate to refurbish it for resale but the size was perfect for a second bureau in our new master bedroom.  We recently moved into a sweet house overlooking a farm, but it is on the small side and finding just the right furniture pieces has been a bit of a challenge.  But this $25 dresser could just be the extra storage that we needed and the size was perfect.  And though it was rough, it had all of its original hardware (a big plus!) and the drawers slid smoothly (a huge plus!).  Hardware replacement can get expensive and I’ve painstakingly fixed more tight drawers than I care to remember!

Being new to blogging, I’m afraid I failed pretty miserably on getting pictures during the make over process!  It would have been nice to show you how the first coat of paint looked, how the tinted wax changed the look of the piece, etc.  Oh well, I will just have to tell you what I did, hope you can envision it, and try to take more pics next time!

The dresser was filthy inside and out so I removed all of the drawers and used a shop vac on every square inch including inside of the body of the piece.  I then wiped it down with a damp cloth, removed the hardware and it was ready for paint.  I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted with this one so I decided to experiment a bit with some paint colors I had on hand.  All are Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and I started with one coat of Duck Egg.  After that dried, I applied a thin, rather watery coat of Paris Grey.  Once that dried I distressed the edges, details, and any rough spots on the dresser.  Many times I finish a piece with clear wax but thought a white tinted wax would soften and add interest to this color.  Several wax companies including Fiddes and Sons and Briwax offer a white tinted wax called Liming Wax.  Miss Mustard Seed offers one in her milk paint line as well that she simply calls White Wax.  It’s probably my favorite and smells just like peppermint.  But since I didn’t have any tinted wax on hand, I decided to make my own by mixing in a little Annie Sloan Old White into some clear wax.  I applied it to the entire piece with a wax brush, softening the color and adding variation to the finish.  Buffing with a soft cloth gave it a subtle sheen.

The end result:


I dry brushed both Duck Egg and Paris Grey onto the original hardware, added the tinted wax, and replaced it.


I’m terrible at staging pieces but I’m working on it!  Here’s one last look:


I hope you like it!  Feel free to reach out with any questions you might have and I would really appreciate it if you added your feedback in the comment section below.  Thanks!!





First Blog Post!


I decided it was high time I started a blog about this tiny business of mine.  I share pictures from time to time on facebook but here I have the opportunity to share larger photos, tutorials, and information on products I use.  I may even slip in a few pics of the sweet house we recently purchased in a bucolic setting overlooking a farm.  But for now I will start with a brief post on one of my latest bureau makeovers:

White Bureau with Refinished Top

The piece was originally stained quite dark with some issues with the veneer along with numerous scratches and chips on the top.  I painted the base in Annie Sloan Old White with just a bit of Paris Grey added and sanded the top down which revealed an interesting grain pattern in the wood.  Looks kind of like a spider right?


I wanted to preserve the pattern but did need to stain the top to even out the finish.  I applied the lightest stain I had on hand, Miniwax stain in Driftwood.  The pattern in the grain remains, it’s just darker.


I finished the bureau off by distressing the details, painting the original hardware, applying two coats of Annie Sloan clear wax, and buffing to a subtle sheen.


The books belong to my meteorologist husband but I couldn’t help but add them to the top as I love that shade of blue!


Thanks for stopping by and please stay tuned for more to come!