Friday, February 20, 2015

Antique Wavy Dresser in Green Patina

One of my favorite colors is green... or green patina (an almost teal/turquoise color).

I've been in love with green patina for as long as I can remember.  The color gets me every single time.  And, don't get me started on just how much I love it on something old & rusty.  That old patina with that beautiful green popping through to say "oh hello there beautiful"...Ya it grabs me!

So when I got my happy mail from General Finishes with some paint samples they sent along and Green Patina was exposed... well I seriously couldn't stop smiling.  Not sure if General Finishes is some sort of big brother watching over me, or if it was by some crazy coincidence, but they nailed it!!!

I picked up this gorgeous wavy front antique dresser a few months ago.

On Fern Avenue Green Patina Dresser

I instantly fell in love with it.  I had a feeling I wasn't going to be giving it up & sending it to my booth.  But, I hadn't made that final decision.  Until... I received that happy mail.

I had just pulled that dresser in that morning before getting my samples.  I had decided I needed to get it done.  The next morning I went to work on cleaning and prepping for the transformation.

The General Finishes milk paint went on like butter... so sweet and savory!

On Fern Avenue Green Patina Dresser

The top of the dresser is java gel stain by General Finishes.  I love how easy the gel stain is to work with, and I truly think it compliments this dresser.

I used the java gel stain and mineral spirits mix to glaze over the entire dresser to give it that time worn look.

On Fern Avenue Green Patina Dresser

That night as I was laying in bed drifting off to sleep my mind filled with a vision...  I knew I was going to keep the handles for now, but I would need to add 3 knobs, and honestly I was not in love with those handles.  I think this dresser was in a boys room (did ya see those sports knobs up there), the handles were well just not well thought out.  And, that's when the light bulb went off...

I got up the next morning to a phone call for yet another 2 hour delay.  So while waiting around that morning to get the girls to school I played with my metal effects by Modern Masters, Inc.


On Fern Avenue Green Patina Dresser

I lined everything up on a piece of canvas that had a couple of holes in it already, and primed all of the handles and knobs.

On Fern Avenue Green Patina Dresser

Once dry I used the bronze reactive paint.  Let one coat dry...

On Fern Avenue Green Patina Dresser

Put on a 2nd coat...

On Fern Avenue Green Patina Dresser

And, while it was still wet sprayed it with the rust activator and then the green patina..

Look at that beautiful green patina shining through... Oh my!!

On Fern Avenue Green Patina Dresser

Once it was all dry, I put my handles & knobs back on the dresser...

On Fern Avenue Green Patina Dresser

Gah... Look at how stunning the hardware looks with this color.  They truly compliment each other.

On Fern Avenue Green Patina Dresser

Do you see that /\ /\ /\ up there.... EEEEKKKKKK!!   I just can't even begin to tell you how excited I was when I put that baby on for the first time!

On Fern Avenue Green Patina Dresser

I am seriously so in love with this piece.

On Fern Avenue Green Patina Dresser


On Fern Avenue Green Patina Dresser

My husband said to me on the first day when I painted this..before any hardware had been put on, before any distressing or glazing took place.. "this looks like a Lynn piece"!!  He knew instantly that I wasn't turning loose of this girl!

On Fern Avenue Green Patina Dresser

She's mine and I am enjoying looking at her every single day!  She sits under my TV in our room for now, but once our master closet is complete she'll move to her new spot in our room!

On Fern Avenue Green Patina Dresser


Thank you to General Finishes for the samples you sent.  You got me...I am in love!  General Finishes had a sign up for a couple of free samples on their website.  I was not sent the samples to review, I just choose to do so because I love the paint!  It went on so smooth and dried so quickly.

On Fern Avenue Green Patina Dresser


I also want to send out a BIG shout out to Modern Masters..  Their metal effects are so fun to work with.  It's not the 1st time I've used them, and I really love the outcome each & every time.  Can't wait to go through my stash of things in the basement to see what else I can "patina"!

Happy Friday!  I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

With much love, peace & happiness

On Fern Avenue Green Patina Dresser

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Old Chippy Secretary Desk

Hello friends..

I know it's been a bit since I've been here.  We've had lots of changes going on, and some things directed my focus elsewhere.  My health for one...which I will write about because it's amazing the difference some things can make.

I also have been taking on more custom work, which I am loving!!  I get to transform pieces for people from a vision they have.  On Fern Avenue moved into a larger space at Newburgh Vintage Emporium.  It was something I've been working hard on accomplishing!  More on that to come as well.

A while back I picked up this beautiful Secretary at one of my favorite auctions.  I made the purchase either at the end of 2012 or the beginning of 2013, it was prior to us moving into the house.

While it is gorgeous, it had several places that needed to be fixed.  It had some gouges and scratches all over it.  I tried a few different things to help bring it back, and it just wasn't working.

Chippy Patina Secretary Desk

So... I decided to make it over.  The center piece on top somehow came up missing from our move.  And, this is the only before picture I have (I got excited about this makeover).

I knew I wanted an old patina look...  Chippy yumminess!  I know this sweet thing has a story to tell..

Chippy Patina Secretary Desk

This was a process to achieve the look as if this had been painted a hundred years ago with layer upon layer of paint that naturally chipped off over time.

Chippy Patina Secretary Desk


I cleaned the entire piece and used a deglosser before starting the painting process.

The first thing I did was to use milk paint in a white color.  I used 2 coats of the milk paint and it started to chip on its own.

Chippy Patina Secretary Desk


I then went over the dried milk paint with the leftover milk paint with my Navajo White chalky paint and gave it 2 light coats.  Once dry it got 2 solid coats of Randolph Gray.

Chippy Patina Secretary Desk

I used some crackle medium in areas I'd like to see a little crackle going on...  And, then my final 2 coats of Navajo White.  Lots of layers.

Chippy Patina Secretary Desk


Once it was all dry, I took my 5 in 1 tool and chipped away were I wanted to see big chippy chunks.

Chippy Patina Secretary Desk


I sanded as I went along with a medium grit sanding block, and then a fine sanding block to smooth it out.

Chippy Patina Secretary Desk


I used clear wax first, buffed and then used a dark wax mixed with clear wax and mineral spirits to add that extra old feel.  The inside is painted with a color called Liquid Jade... 2 coats and waxed with the dark/clear wax mixture.

Chippy Patina Secretary Desk


I finished it by using these stunning glass knobs from http://www.dlawlesshardware.com.

I love how she turned out and the chippy patina look.

Much love, peace & happiness ~