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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Contemporary to Farm House Chic

I've been finding a lot of these import pieces of furniture lately that are akin to Home Goods, but I have been having a nearly impossible time finding good vintage pieces to redo.  So while I'm waiting to find the stuff I really love, I'm reinventing some of these newer items to fit my style better.
This is a great TV stand, console, cabinet, whatever you want to call it.  It's two-tiered, has some great storage space and overall it had great lines and detailing, but with the finish it had on it, it had a contemporary vibe, almost Asian.  Definitely not my vintage look.
This is a very functional piece, but let's face it, it's not high end and it's not heirloom quality so I didn't spend a fortune on expensive designer paints that are so popular these days.  It got a good sanding since it had a very high gloss finish, then two coats of latex paint in a warm white tone.  The surfaces were painted a medium shade of gray just to give it a little more personality.
Then to give it a more farm house feel, I shabbied it back just a bit to give it a more worn appearance.
Once that step was done, I rubbed a bit of Minwax stain diluted with mineral spirits.  I didn't want to muddy the finish,  I just wanted to give a little depth to the imperfections.  When it was all completed, I sprayed it with a clear coat to seal in the stain.
The photo below is the before.  This is the photo where my husband is saying "You want to do what?  It looks fine the way it is."  Then I say "Just paint it!"
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