Drab to Fab

Freshly Painted Buffet & Hutch

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

About a month ago, I scored a beautifully detailed buffet and hutch combination from the local thrift store.  I paid $100 for a solid wood gorgeous vintage piece with incredible detail.  The only problem?  It was blonde wood, and the stain had bleached out in certain spots.  In other areas, the finish was chipping, and the entire piece was in need of a little TLC. 

I worked in several stages with many layers of both oil based primer and paint.  It took me over a month to finally finish this project.  My friends, I’m pleased to show you my latest transformation:  this bright white and beautiful buffet and hutch.  I even painted the rear of the hutch my version of a watered down shade of ‘Tiffany Blue’ – the same color as the walls.

Hello gorgeous !   Welcome to the family.

hutch b and a 

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Some Like It Hot

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

I’ve received several emails lately inquiring about painting the brass exterior surround of a fireplace.  My response has always been to try a brand of high temperature specialty paint.   I’ve passed this product several times in the paint aisle at Home Depot and Lowes.  Over the summer, I even considered repainting the outside of our old BBQ.  But I have never actually gotten around to trying it out until today.  This morning, I bought a quart of Rustoleum’s High Heat black paint at Lowes for $13 dollars.  This afternoon, I was able to give my two fireplaces a fresher look for very little cost, and without replacing any parts. 

First, I tackled the living room fireplace.  I’ve always loved the existing cream marble tile surround and the white mantle, but the brass trim and wood handles?   No thanks.  It looked very dated in my opinion. I really wanted it to be less brassy.  But replacing the doors was cost prohibitive.  So I tried this specialty paint today, and in about twenty minutes, the fireplace was transformed into something I believe looks much more fresh and modern. 

So long brass trim. 

before and after living room

Here’s another glance from afar.

b and a fireplace

Here’s what I did.

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