Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Green Trunk makeover using Modern Masters Metal Effects

Let me start by saying I am not a trunk restorer, but sometimes when I see a trunk I can't help but try to help it continue on with life.

I love old a lot.  I have a dear friend that restores trunks, and he's amazing at doing it!!!

I found this old trunk at our local Habitat ReStore a long while ago.  I thought I'd get to it immediately, but as time went by I worked on other things.  Leaving the trunk neglected as it had already once been.

I walked into my studio one morning to find it sitting there staring at me...almost to say "hello I grew legs overnight because I was tired of being ignored"... (that actually was the voice on the other side of the door which belonged to my husband).

Ok ok got my attention.  Now what!?!

As you can see the poor thing was painted but not very well.  And, there were stains all over it...  Both strap handles were missing, but it had fantastic bones.

The innards were covered in this really old & stale wallpaper.  But, there was no smell...whew!  So I ripped out the ugly covering..

At first I had thought about striping the paint off the outside of the trunk as much as I could, and then just painting over it. But, as the day grew longer I realized I didn't think that'd give this trunk the face lift it truly needed or wanted!

I did use a stripping agent so I could remove all the old paint from the straps (metal and wood).  I then proceeded in ripping the canvas off the rest of the trunk.  All of that is paint splatters from I am not sure what.

Once I had it the canvas torn completely off, the paint stripped off the wood & metal and the holes filled from the old straps, I was able to start working on my vision of bringing some life back to this trunk!

I knew I wanted to give it a patina look... Old but new...

So I turned to my faithful friend Modern Masters Metal Effects...  I used the primer over the entire trunk.

And, then using the metal effects to make that patina look come to life!!!  Modern Masters Inc. provides many videos on how to achieve this look.  I have also written a few posts that explain the easy technique of using metal effects - HERE.

The hardest part was waiting overnight for it to react!!  It's always the hardest part :)

The next day, I used a custom mix of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint using a little Lucketts Green and Kitchen Scale to give it a nice green color.  I just mixed it until I got the color I desired.  The paint was still wet in this picture.. But wow what a difference!

Since both straps were missing, and I am not a trunk restorer, I needed to do something that was different..  So I found these handles in my stash of hardware.  They were brand new so I needed to make them look a little old.

Guess who I turned to?  I used my Modern Masters Metal Effects and gave them just a little patina look adding a little extra rust to them.

Remember the insides?  I ripped out all of the nasty wallpaper and just painted it with some off-white paint I had on hand.  Much better now..

I don't even think it looks like the same trunk!  I took it to my booth at Newburgh Vintage Emporium.  A couple of days later I got a phone call from my dear trunk restorer friend who also has a booth space there.  He loved my trunk, and paid me the highest compliment ever.... He wanted it and had to have it....not for himself, but to sell in his booth.  See it fit into his aesthetics...he & I have an agreement on some different furniture pieces that work well in my space so it worked for both of us well.  Plus he brings me fresh veggies & herbs from his garden.  And, he's a VET just like my daddy so he has a special place in my heart!

And, he then wanted to know if I could help him with another trunk that he was going to scrap the pieces and throw away the trunk.  Once you see it you'll understand.  WOW!!! I am humbled...and it made me feel amazing!

So..I leave you with a little peek at the amazingly gorgeous trunk I worked on for him... And, soon I will show you the entire makeover and what it originally looked like.

Until then my friends...

Much love, peace & happiness ~

Monday, August 17, 2015

Serpentine Dresser and Nightstand refinished in RePurpose ChromaColor

I showed you guys this gorgeous Serpentine Dresser I found on and wrote about it HERE.

The minute I saw this set I fell head over heals in love with it. I love the lines and the curvy front that is a serpentine.  

It was pretty rough around the edges and needed to be sanded down.  The top was getting stained in RePurpose Stain in English Ironstone White.  This meant the top would be sanded to bare wood.

We choose a nice neutral to compliment this stunning dresser.  We went with a combination of RePurpose ChromaColor Cocoa and Muslin.   

I scuffed up the base of the dresser after I cleaned it good with Krud Kutter.  

I made a custom mix to create a beautiful taupe color.  It turned out to be the perfect color.  I don't have the mixture ratio because well I always just mix until I get the color I am looking for.

This was after one coat of the stain and the 2nd coat of the paint mixture...  I used a foam brush and a rag to apply the stain.  It was so easy and went on super even.  Prior to staining I did use a pre-stain wood conditioner.

I let the stain dry while I removed the hardware from all 15 drawers (3 on the nightstand 12 on the dresser)....  And, then I cleaned & prepped the lot of drawers for painting...

I spray painted the hardware an oil rubbed bronze to match what would be part of the detail..  I absolutely love this hardware.  But, if you've never worked with this kind of dresser, keep in mind that because of the curves there is going to be one long screw and one short.  Also, the hardware has formed a bit to the curve so I set myself up a system to ensure I kept the hardware with the right drawer (sorry didn't think to take a picture). It's a little time consuming, but in the end it's worth it and saves time & a few choice words if the handles don't fit just right!!

Once everything was painted and dried, I distressed in the areas I wanted to show the wood through the paint.  I explain the distressing process below.  One of the many great things about this paint that I love is the buttery smoothness that it is, and how easy it is to use & goes on.  By using 0000 steel wool in between coats gives you even a more smooth sleek look.

I used 2 coats of paint and 3 light coats of stain. Once fully dry I went over the entire pieces with hemp oil.  

I let the pieces sit over night.  The next morning I used dark wax to create a beautiful glaze effect.  

This process was the most time consuming and tedious of all since I wanted to get into all of the details on all the drawers.

But it was so well worth it...  The top you can still see the wood grain coming through and I love that it has just a bit of difference from the base.  It's hard to see in the pictures the grain, but it's really a stunning result.

You tell me if you think so..

And...a before and after...

RePurpose ChromaColor paint truly brought this set from a rough around the edges to updated truly stunning set.

If you haven't yet tried the paint & stain line, you should be checking it out.  It comes in sample sizes so you can give each of your favorite colors a roll.  I've used several colors and each time I use the paints I fall more in love with the ease of use.  

You can see the dining room table I redid HERE.  I have also completed a few other small projects that will be coming up on the blog soon.  One is a cute side table painted in garden green and stained in jadeite.  And, I have a few projects lined up that have ChromaColor and the Tinted Tincture Stain calling their name.

The paint is pretty fool proof & forgiving.  It is unlike chalk paint and has a smooth satin finish that you don't have to wax or seal unless it is a high traffic piece.  Distressing the pieces are as simple as using either the "000" steel wool saturated in water, this method brings out the soft smooth finish.  Or you can use wet sanding, which is the method I used on this piece.  I use a sanding block and wet it either with a spritzer bottle or dipping it into a bowl of water.  I then sand where I'd like it to be distressed.  If you choose not to distress, you can use the "000" steel wool lightly to create a beautiful smooth finish.  I've done all of the methods including not lightly sanding at all in the end.  I've loved every single piece & the gorgeous outcome it's provided.

I hope you love it as much as I do..  

Much love, peace & happiness ~

Disclosure: Remember all opinions I share about the products in my post are 100% my own with complete honesty.The post contains sponsored links from and RePurpose.