When I picked up these beautiful bowed front night tables, I knew I wanted to do something completely different. It took me a while to decide what that would be, but after I received my shipment from Spoonflower, things became much clearer.
First I prepped and primed both stands and painted them with General Finishes, Lamp Black Milk Paint. I sanded everything down in between coats and then moved on to the paper. When picking out a pattern to apply to a piece it’s important to consider the scale of the pattern. On the Snow White china cabinet, it was fine to use a bigger pattern for such a large surface but on these drawer fronts I had to use something more proportionate. This pattern was my favourite.
I planned that the arrows would point in opposite directions and that the patterns were at similar distances on all drawers. It was a little time consuming but you only want to do this once. My brother’s a contractor and his voice kept on echoing in my head ” measure twice, cut once”. I might have measured 3 or 4 times. It’s was late into the night and I was afraid to make mistakes. Better to be safe than crying. 😉 I applied the paper with Modge Podge and once it was perfect with not a single air bubble, I let it dry. After it was dried I added another layer of Modge Podge over the paper and finally it was time to finish them.
I always do three coats of whatever topcoat I’m using on the top and two everywhere else. Lately that topcoat is General Finishes High Performance in semi-gloss. Make sure that if you’re painting, you don’t skimp out on this step. There’s nothing more disheartening then doing all this work only to have it ruined when someone puts a glass on it. It takes time and it’s probably the most tedious part of painting but it’s so essential.
Finally, it was time to doll them up with a bit of furniture jewelry. More Spoonflower paper on the inside and these round black ceramic knobs. It would be hard to find a room that these wouldn’t look good in.
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’m 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—it was gorgeous! After some back and forth on colour, I agreed to refinish the piece. Here’s her before picture! So much potential!
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’t 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.
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’s Walnut and Classic Gray. When the customer picked up the piece today, she couldn’t stop hugging me. I took that as a positive! 😉 I have to say that I may have rekindled my love for periwinkle. Not so bad for a first custom job!
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