Lamp black night stands with patterned drawer fronts

Lamp black night stands with patterned drawer fronts

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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’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!

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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’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.

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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’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!

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

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