Antiquing furniture

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Antiquing furniture

I can’t believe it is August already! July has flown by as it usually does. I wanted to share with you what has been taking up most of my time in the last few weeks… Here is a quick update for those of you who haven’t read the last few posts of my blog…l bought these beautiful chairs on Kijiji for a great price…

  
I ended up getting a little carried away, planning to refinish some for the dining room, and also a couple for the family room, but I changed my mind on the family room and then they wouldn’t fit under the diningroom table. So, I ended up with a few extra. So, i refinished the ones I didn’t want, and sold them…. Here are pictures of the ones I have already finished and sold…

  

Made and sold two of these black and white ones…
Also made and sold two of these ones…  

Refinished and sold just one like this…  

And did two like this for John’s mom…  

And, after finishing this one, I decided that I really wanted to keep a few for the dining room….(By a few, I mean 8…. If you are counting, that is 16 in total! Lol)

  

So, as I already mentioned, the chairs didn’t fit under our table…so I had no choice but to sell my dining room table, chairs, and hutch... That makes sense right? Don’t worry, I am completely aware of how ridiculous that sounds… 

Here are a couple pics of the diningroom furniture I used to have…

   

And, here are some pics of the mismatched pieces I had to start with… A hutch that my grandfather made, which I really wanted to keep… 

  

A buffet that John’s parents gave to us when they moved out of their house (and I painted black)…
A table I bought off of Kijiji last week (pictured in the back of my van in pieces… What was I thinking?)    

And, eight of my chairs… Which I still need to finish… 

As you can see, none of the pieces are new (or even nice looking!), none of them even remotely match each other, and they all need to be refinished. Whew. (But, before you think I have totally lost it, by the time I have redecorated and have my completely new diningroom set, I will have made well over $1000 more than I spent… So hours and hours of work + old furniture + selling perfectly fine existing furniture = $1000!) im not quite so crazy now am I ?

I’m not ready to show you my new dining room yet, but I will let you in on the technique I used to paint all of the furniture. 

I started by sanding everything. Sounds like a lot of work, but I just sanded enough to take the shine off. I used a mouse sander, and just did a quick sanding. I am a loyal Behr paint customer. It is the only paint I use for furniture and walls. For these pieces I used the Behr paint and primer in one, so no need to switch paints. With most of the pieces, I did however need 3 coats of paint. You can see on the photo below what it looked like after the first coat, then the second coat.

  

I was debating whether I should antique all of the surfaces, but then as I was painting, I noticed a few places that the paint had started to already come off, like the hinges…  

So, I figured, rather that stressing everytime a chair bumped into the table, or one of the kids swung the door open too wide, I would just rough it up myself…so here is what it looked like with three shiny new coats of paint…  

Then, I gently rubbed off all of the spots I thought would be bumped and worn anyways with a piece of fine grind sandpaper (150 grit) this piece was the buffet that was black, so I sanded really lightly so I didn’t end up with huge black patches…  

My favourite parts to antique were the parts with the details, like the corners…  

Then, to make it look a little more aged, I used a light brown chestnut gel stain, and painted it in the cracks with a fine brush.  

Then used a cloth to wipe it off, leaving just a little in the cracks…    

Like I said, I have a bit more painting and stapling to do before I show you the whole diningroom, but I used the same technique for the chairs… 

 The table… 

 

And the hutch… 

 I also bought some antique looking types of drawer pulls and knobs. 

  

 But, that’s all you get to see for now… After putting in a few long days in a row of sanding and painting, my arms were aching, and I was starting to lose feeling in my fingers, so I got a lecture from my mom, and was told to take a break. (Thanks mom, love you for caring!) So, it’s getting done, but I’m paying close attention to my wrist and working slowly, just like my mom told me.

I will be sure to send you pictures of the whole dining room when everything is done! 

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