Snow white china cabinet

Snow white china cabinet

 

My first blog post of 2016 in October! Ugh! If I’m going to pay to have a website, I’d better use it.¬† So without further ado, the most beautiful china cabinet I’ve ever transformed. She also happens to be the only china cabinet I’ve ever transformed but she certainly won’t be my last. ūüėČ

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For those of you that haven’t heard it already, I¬†had been eyeing this beauty and her sideboard sister (painted grey in summer of 2016) on Kijiji¬†for months before buying them. I loved the clean lines which are hard to find on vintage pieces and the wood moldings were so pretty. While the sideboard transformation came easy to me I racked my brain for months on what to do with this one… until I found, Spoonflower. Then I knew. Here is what she looked like before.

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I won’t do a post about Spoonflower, but you should really check them out. Amazing designs! I can seriously go¬†crazy on their site. The exchange rate, shipping and duty put things in perspective pretty quickly but I still indulged a little. So that’s were it all started with this pretty floral, Spoonflower paper.

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Once the paper was chosen, the paint colour seemed obvious: white! Not just any white but a true white. Altough I had never¬†used white, it didn’t mean I wasn’t paying attention.¬†I researched and read and looked at¬†hundreds of white pieces and¬†I knew that General Finishes, Snow White, was the colour (or non-colour)¬†I would use. I am pleased to say that I made the right decision. This is an amazing white and the paint is incredibly easy to work with.

 

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In the end, a ton of work went into this one. A lot of firsts: white paint, new paper line and first china cabinet. The prep, priming, disassembling & reassembling, papering, painting and finishing all took an incredible amount of time, but I would do it all again and I will!

I laughed, I cried and in the end, I loved. I hope you do too!

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Dazzlingly ever after periwinkle Gibbard vanity!

Dazzlingly ever after periwinkle Gibbard vanity!

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I’ve been meaning to write this post for a month now, but the craziness of life never subsides long enough! Whew! I’m taking a few minutes to reconnect with all of you and to tell you what I’ve been up to.

On October 10th, Perfect Imperfections turned one! I can hardly believe a whole year has passed since I started this business and I‚Äôm truly overwhelmed by how successful it has become. Every day I receive emails from people asking for advice, complimenting my work, or wondering¬†what piece I might be tackling¬†next. They¬†also want to know¬†if I’ll do custom work.

Up until now, I’ve refused custom work. I dreaded having to work on a piece that I wasn’t in love with or having to contend with fussy customers. For me, the pleasure of painting furniture is buying pieces that I love and then painting them any darn way I want. I recently decided to test the waters of custom work when I was contacted by a small business owner about¬†refinishing a vanity to showcase some of her retail products. She sent me a photo of her solid walnut Gibbard vanity‚ÄĒit was gorgeous! After some back and forth on colour, I agreed¬†to refinish the piece. Here’s her before picture! So much potential!

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The colour the customer wanted was periwinkle. Eek! I have a bad history with that colour! In the late ’90s, I painted¬†my kitchen walls with a way too bright, pukey, and ugly shade of periwinkle, then added a matching wallpaper border…ugh! I was struggling to make ends meet and couldn‚Äôt afford to repaint or repaper, so I put up with it¬†for two years. With this custom project, I was determined to finally get the shade right and overcome my periwinkle phobia.

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Here she is, beautiful as can be in periwinkle. The mirrors were taken out by the customer so I could easily paint the frames. The top was refinished in Minwax‚Äôs Walnut and Classic Gray. When the customer picked up the piece today, she couldn’t stop hugging me. I took that as a positive! ūüėČ I have to say that I may have rekindled my love for periwinkle. Not so bad for a first custom job!

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. Happy painting, everyone!

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My first blog post! Here we go…

My first blog post! Here we go…

Hello everyone! I will start my first blog post by stating the obvious – I am not a writer! Forgive any grammatical errors (I use way too many, commas) or rambling on (my husband will say that I do that from time to time, a lot, almost always). I will try to stay on point and only state the obvious if you promise not to criticize my writing skills too harshly. Thank you very muchly! ūüėČ

Years ago, when blogging became the in thing to do, I thought to myself “who would ever want to do that?” fast forward to my new-small business and all of your questions. Simply put, this is the easiest and fastest way I could think of to share with all of you. I love that you are equally as passionate about transforming neglected, destitute, forgotten furniture into show stopping beauties and I really want to hear from you!

I promise to TRY and blog about things I think might be useful but there is bound to be some useless stuff too and for that, I am truly sorry. Nevertheless, I hope to receive your feedback and questions so please, keep them coming!

I would like to thank my wonderful friend and co-worker extraordinaire M√©lanie, who designed this website and patiently worked with my impossible theme that I bought (it is pretty and really feminine…ugh!) but finally gave me this really great place to start. THANKS MEL!

We will add content as the weeks unfold so please check back often. I look forward to getting to know you better and to learn from you as well.

To a wonderful blogging relationship with all of you. Cheers!

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Beautifully restyled vintage mahogany sideboard with carnation bone knobs

Beautifully restyled vintage mahogany sideboard with carnation bone knobs

There was just something about this sideboard with her simple straight legs and unadorned, bowed front that drew me in.  Even I never anticipated that she would turn into such a beauty!

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I started by stripping the top down and sanding it with an orbital sander. Since I already knew I wanted knobs instead of pulls, I filled in the pull holes with some wood filler. Next came a lot of sanding followed by a bath in TSP.

This is when I drilled the holes for the new knobs. I was able to see where the original pulls were located by looking inside the drawers. I drilled the new holes in the center of the previous ones. I also had to reposition the door holes by about a half-inch since the knobs would have hung over the edge. 

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Once the prep work was all done, it was time to first stain and then paint the piece. I stained the top and the cupboard space. For the body, I chose charcoal gray chalk paint so that the knobs would really pop. 

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I wanted the body heavily distressed to show off the richness of the mahogany underneath. I used an 80 grit sanding block on the entire body (not the top!) then used a finer grit (120 or 150) to go over the entire piece.

Then it was time to put on the top coat. I put two coats of Minwax Wipe-On Poly on the body and four or five on the top with fine sanding between each coat. Whew!

The finishing touches were to add these beautiful carnation bone knobs and drawer liners. Voil√†! She’s a stunner, isn’t she?

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