Midcentury Dresser In The Playroom

I'm finally getting started in the playroom upstairs. Sadly, it has been completely neglected since we moved in a year ago.

The kids are getting older, so I want this to be a clean, organized place to hang out with their friends, rather than a colorful crazy preschool play room jam-packed full of toys and games. They play Wii, watch movies and TV, and have sleepovers in this area. The days of play dough and giant wooden puzzles are behind us.

They have been asking for a full-scale chalkboard wall for years. This area is big enough and bright enough for a dark chalk board wall, and the wall texture is great too - nice and smooth.

So we picked a wall and got to painting.

A couple of updates to the existing furniture will bring everything together.

These chairs are done...

This dresser is done...

I've had this guy for several years. Long ago, I brought it home, and cleaned and shined it up for the short term, but now it's time for an official makeover. We use it in the playroom as a TV console. It is  perfect for Wii games, accessories, remotes, and any other random thing I might find in there. *dirty socks*

I found it at a thrift store in Fargo, for $10, and it was my first midcentury piece. 

After sanding and priming, I used two coats of soft gray on the outside, followed by three coats of polycrylic. The finish on the drawers was just dull and faded, scratched in a few spots. I lightly applied General Finishes Java Gel Stain and wiped it away, and the result was perfect! I was afraid it would be too dark, but it is exactly what I had in mind. It looks like the original finish, just perfectly refreshed.

There is still a lot to do. I have two more walls to paint, possibly some curtains, art to hang, and the boring wall behind the TV is about to get some attention.

Before & after:

Also, we are the proud owners of a sweet Bassett Hound puppy. Basset Dresser, meet Basset Hound.

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Welcome To Friday's Furniture Fix Link-up Party!

Hello and welcome furniture lovers! I was so disappointed to hear that Marian at Miss Mustard Seed discontinued her weekly furniture feature party. She put in many good years, supporting those of us who love restoring and transforming furniture, making sad, old pieces look new and beautiful. She was my primary source of inspiration and the place where I discovered many of the furniture blogs I love. 

I have exciting news to share - I've teamed up with four furniture-loving bloggers to host a weekly link party for furniture makeovers. 

When Lucy asked if I might be interested in organizing something new, I jumped at the chance to be part of the team. We knew that we wanted to focus only on furniture, and create a new place for people to share their transformations. 

Meet my talented co-hosts...

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Please follow each host on social media, with the links provided above. You never know when we might share your piece! Use the hashtag #fridaysfurniturefix when you share your beautiful projects so we can find them. 

I hope you will join us each week. The link-up begins every Thursday night at 9:00 PM EST and closes every Monday night at 11:59 PM EST. Your projects will be linked on all five blogs. Next week we will share our favorites, and feature them on social media. 

I can't wait to see this party grow into a beautiful place for furniture lovers to connect!

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My New Favorite Chairs and a Chalk Board Wall

I want to call these Mid Century chairs, but truthfully, I can't find any information on them. The slightly curved arms make me question just how Mid Century they are. BUT I love them anyway, because they are so pretty. 

They came to me like this, from Craig's List, with a lot of potential. These guys are solid and the wood is gorgeous. 

I replaced the red/pink material with a Nate Berkus print, and a quick coat of Restor-a-Finish in Maple/Pine. 

Eventually I'll sell them, but for now they will live in the kids' play room upstairs. 

I've been working on this room (in my mind) for a couple of months. I finally have a solid plan and something exciting in the works!

Last night I painted one whole wall in chalkboard paint, and the kids LOVE it. They've been begging for a chalkboard wall for years. Our last house had textured walls, which are an awful disappointment when it comes to chalkboard paint. This house has smooth walls, and their playroom is big enough, and has enough natural light to accommodate a black wall. 

Before & After:

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Waterfall Desk

This beautiful waterfall desk has been sitting patiently in the garage for months now, serving as a place to set my paint supplies and tools, covered in sawdust, while other projects came and went.

It took me a long time to figure out what direction to take and where to begin, so my other projects were a welcome distraction.

I sanded the top with the intention of refinishing the wood with deep, beautiful stain. The curved top of waterfall furniture is the most beautiful part, so regardless of the color I would eventually choose for the body of the desk, I knew the top would be stained. Saving the top also made me feel better about painting the rest of the desk.

I have severe guilt when it comes to painting furniture, so I put a lot of thought into each piece. Chipped, warped veneer? I can paint that, but painting gorgeous, solid, old wood gives me heartburn.

I used a mixture of General Finishes Java and Georgian Cherry Gel Stain, followed by two coats of Polycrylic.

Choosing hardware was tricky. I really like the traditional cup pulls that go with waterfall desks. They just fit the style. I wanted to keep the original cup pulls on the desk, but two pieces were missing, so I had to be creative with blending the old pulls with new knobs. I tried three different knobs before settling on these beauties. These have a gold/brass detail, which I carried over to the original pulls in order to bring together old & new.

I used a little Rub N Buff in Gold Leaf - just a light application, nothing crazy.

The color is a custom blend of three colors of Old Fashioned Milk Paint. I received my package from winning the Fab Flipping Contest, (six colors of my choosing!) and couldn't wait to blend some of these colors together for a beautiful color to match the drawer liners from Rifle Paper Co. I'm calling it Nashville Blue, in honor of a fun trip I have planned at the end of July!

Recipe: 2 parts Tavern Green / 5 parts Soldier Blue / 7 parts Snow White, or enough to lighten to your liking.

I finished with Lavendar Scented Daddy Van's Beeswax, also included in my package. This wax is great stuff. Not glossy, just a beautiful satin layer for protection.

I think that covers it! I don't want to see this one go, but I know someone will love it.

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A Turquoise Desk For Natalie

Natalie has been asking me for a desk upgrade for months. This girl is meticulous, organized, and focused. She needed something with drawers to store her markers, pens, highlighters, washi tape, binders, and paper. I finally found a nice, solid wood desk for a great price. 

I almost forgot to take a "before" picture. This was taken after I applied wood filler to the inlaid rectangular area on top. I decided to fill it in for a smooth surface. I picture her pencil piercing through the paper every time she works at her desk. I hate when that happens. 

She wanted the paint color to match her guitar strap, which is a gorgeous deep teal suede. We went with Sherwin Williams Blue Nile.

I was surprised with her choice of hardware and decorative paper for the drawers. 

She didn't want anything too pink or girlie. Mission accomplished. Elephants and wood. I love it. 

Ok, I confess that I am baffled by the elephants. There was an entire aisle of hardware, but she fell in love with the elephants and there was no talking her out of them. Nor should I, because she has to love this desk. If she grows tired of the elephants, they are easy to replace.

Now I think the other side of the room needs more color...

Before & after:

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Navy Blue Desk

This beautiful desk is finally done and ready for its new home.

After seeing a previous desk I had transformed, a friend let me know that she was looking for a new desk. She wanted something classic and beautiful.

We found this beauty on CL and had it delivered to my garage.

She sent me an inspiration picture of a glossy navy blue desk with gold ring pulls.

Fresh paint, new hardware, shiny brass leg caps, and colorful drawer liners make this desk feel new.

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Metal Parlor Chairs and a Hometalk Collection

I’m almost finished with the beautiful desk below. The customer requested classic navy blue with a glossy finish but the heat and humidity in my garage is preventing me from getting the high-gloss finish perfect. 

So until Ohio decides to cool off, let's revisit one of my older projects that I haven't featured on the blog yet. 

I found these chairs at a furniture consignment store in North Dakota when we were living in Fargo. They were purchased for a larger project in our house, a wall-to-wall desk for the craft room, with space for three chairs. I regret that I didn't buy one more because an even number of chairs would be ideal if I choose to sell them someday. The consignment store had about 30 for sale, from a restaurant that no longer needed them. 

This is a simple case of fresh paint and fabric. I started with primer then applied two coats of turquoise paint. After two years and a move out-of-state, there are no chips or scrapes. 

The cushions popped right out when I removed the screws under the seat. The original fabric was not worth saving. With a bold print like the one I chose, it is important to center the pattern on each cushion. Once it was centered, I stapled it in place evenly, smoothing it out as I went along, to prevent bumps.

We don’t have a craft room in the new house yet, but we still use them in the kids’ play room upstairs.

When the folks at Hometalk asked me to create a board for my favorite chair makeovers on their site, I thought it would be the perfect time to show off these chairs too. 

There are so many beautiful furniture transformations at Hometalk. It was hard to narrow it down to this small sample. Chairs are consistently my favorite project because they are quick and affordable, and always have a big impact.

Click the image above to check out those amazing transformations. And follow along as I makeover one piece of furniture at a time. So much creativity and inspiration over there!

Before & after:

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