Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Giveaway: Win a Quart of Old Fashioned Milk Paint (Closed)

This post and giveaway is not sponsored or endorsed by any of the companies included in this giveaway. If you have any questions regarding this giveaway, contact The Weathered Door. Prize will only ship to those in the US. Sorry this isn't international.



Hey guys! To say thank you for all of your support I'm giving away one of my favorite products, Old Fashioned Milk Paint!

You can win a quart of milk paint from The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. in your choice of 'Slate' or
Pitch Black'. If you follow along here you probably know I love the colors and the great finishes you can create with milk paint. If you are new to milk paint and want to learn more about it, I've written a detailed post on using it, which you can read here. There are 4 ways to enter, choose 1, or choose all! Use the rafflecopter widget below to enter, it may take a minute to load, but it should appear. Good luck and thank you to all of you following, commenting and encouraging me :)


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Monday, December 8, 2014

Before & After: Antique Library Table in Homestead Blue

I was provided with paint for this post but all opinions are honest and my own. For more information, see my policy here.



I had the opportunity to paint with Fusion Mineral Based Furniture Paint. This paint is made by Homestead House, the company that makes MMS Milk Paint. I bought a pretty antique library table at a garage sale (it was half off the day I went!) for a great price so I paid for it and ran because it was such an awesome deal. This particular table opens up and has the butterfly leaf store inside. I'm sad to say the leaf inside is warped so much that it won't even fit into the table top, but this piece is still neat without the leaf.

The first thing I had to do was choose a color, which sometimes is really hard because so many colors could work on a piece. I knew I wanted a muted color, but not a neutral. I settled on Homestead Blue after looking through all the colors on the FMP website. Homestead blue is a mix of blue and green, which I call a muted teal, and it's not in-your-face bright. I have to mention that I love the containers the paint comes in because they are plastic and have lids that screw on.  I'm over the metal paint cans make a mess when you pour and get rusty so easily.

Back to the table! The bottom half was in pretty great condition, but the top had some issues that needed to be addressed. There were some cigarette burn marks (though the table did not smell like smoke at all), lots of water rings, and a worn, uneven finish. I sanded the worn finish off of the top using 150 grit sandpaper and my palm sanded. I then sprayed on clear Shellac to block out any stains and bleed through since the water rings and other marks that would easily come through the paint otherwise. The reason I used shellac instead of primer was incase I chose to distress the piece once I was finished. I wouldn't want any white primer coming though.

Now, I heard this paint was good, but I've used a lot of paints all with different positives - awesome colors, good adhesion, minimal brush marks or great coverage. Well let me just tell you, Fusion has all of these! I seriously only needed one coat to get full coverage. There were a few spots around the details on the legs that I missed and had to hit again with my paint brush, but one coat and done. This stuff also levels so well you can barely see brush marks, and the finish looked so good once it dried I couldn't distress it. Since this piece will most like receive a lot of wear, I used a water-based topcoat in flat to seal it and protect it.

Definitely give this paint a try, and Fusion has a really gorgeous color palette to choose from. Click here to find a retailer close to you to purchase products.




Monday, December 1, 2014

My Favorite Tools & Resources: How to grow your blog and improve your photos



Over the past few years of having a blog I have found some great resources that have helped aid in growing my blog and improving my photos. All of these resources I have personally purchased and use. This post is not sponsored, I just want to share these resources with you and help answer the questions I get asked about photography. So here's a list of the most helpful resources I have found:


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Furniture Reveal: Green Chippy Nightstand


I was really drawn to this nightstand because of those long giraffe-like legs. I think it gives the piece a quirky look. This nightstand was found on craigslist where I picked it up along with the matching dresser.



I lightly sanded the nightstand, then I mixed up some milk paint (OFMP Tavern Green) since it was one of the only colors I had left. I made sure to add the bonding agent to prevent chipping... which obviously didn't work :)

I used 3 coats on the piece, then let it dry overnight. In the morning it was cracking and chipping like crazy! I used a spackling knife to get off most of the paint, vacuumed the piece and then took it outside to sand it. To seal the paint I used 2 coats of Country Chic Paint's Tough Coat. Once it dried I lined the drawer with some grey triangle print paper and added a knob I found on clearance at Pier 1.



Tuesday, November 25, 2014

How to Paint over Laminate and why I love furniture with laminate tops (and why you should too!)

A while back I got an awesome mid century dresser with a laminate top for a screaming deal at goodwill. I feel like there's this negative connotation when it comes to pieces of furniture that have laminate tops. For a lot of people, it's a reason to not buy or attempt to refinish and paint a piece. Well I'm here to tell you otherwise. I actually think it can be a good thing! (Here's the dresser I'm referring to, only he very top is laminate)



I reasons why I love when a piece has a laminate top is because

1. It can be painted over
2. It usually means the top is in good condition

Let me explain a little more. First, laminate can be painted over. It's not difficult (at all), you just need to do it right. I'll go into the how to paint laminate in a minute. Second, laminate is more durable than wood when it comes to scratches and dings. Most likely a piece with a laminate top will be in better condition. The tops of furniture get a lot of wear. Things are set on them, slid across them, and even dropped on them. That leads to little dings, scratches, gouges and often chipped veneer. On certain pieces that is fine, but other times if you want a clean and modern satin or glossy finish, those flaws will be highlighted when light bounces off of them.

More often then not I see laminate used on mid century pieces. When I paint mid century pieces I go for a modern, clean look without distressing. Because of that I'm not looking to highlight or embrace the flaws that can add character to antique furniture, so I happily welcome a piece with laminate.

Here are some pieces I have painted that had laminate tops:
Glossy Black Campaign Chest
Orange Geometric Nightstand
Persian Blue Nightstands


How to paint over laminate



1. Begin by sanding the laminate. Be sure to use the correct protective gear (a mask and safety glasses). I personally take a 150 grit piece of sandpaper and sand the whole top in a circular motion. You can also take an electric sander to the piece. Once it has all been sanded, you should be able to see that it's scuffed up and not as shiny and smooth as it was before.




2. Clean the surface. Get most of the dust off with a vacuum and then a damp paper towel or cloth. I recently started wiping piece down with a TSP substitute (the TSP substitute does not need to be rinsed off like actual TSP) which helps prep surfaces for paint. Run your hand over it, if you feel any particles, wipe it down again with a dry cloth.



3. Prime with an oil based primer. I like to use a foam brush to apply primer because I don't have to deal with brush marks, plus they are cheap and I just toss them once I'm done. I use Zinsser Cover Stain. This stuff is great and it acts as a bond coat. I don't put it on very thick with the foam brush, so I apply 2 thin coats. You can also buy primer in a spray can and spray it on (not as cost effective, but saves you time).




4. Sand the primer smooth. Once it is dry, sand it with a really high grit sandpaper (320 or 400) to smooth out any marks left by the brush. They will show through when you paint, so make sure it's smooth! Sand, vacuum and wipe it down with a damp cloth to remove all particles.

5. Paint! Now you can go ahead and paint the piece. I usually do about 3 coats of paint (that's an average) for total coverage, especially over white primer. Also, be sure to seal the paint so it's wipeable and durable. A great water based poly (I love General Finish high performance topcoat) is best for high traffic areas and can handle being wiped down.
** As a side note most primers are tintable, so if you are using a darker or bright color over the primer getting it tinted to a medium grey usually means less coats of paint. That's a plus! **

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So hopefully this makes you rethink the next piece you see with a laminate top. They really can turn out awesome! Have you painted over laminate before?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Furniture Reveal: Blue-Grey Dresser with Flower Knobs

*Some products in this post were provided to me. For more information, see my disclosures here.


I was able to finish another piece in the last few days as I've been avoiding writing a 10 page paper. It's amazing how much I accomplish when I am avoiding something else :)

I picked up this dresser along with this driftwood dresser I painted. Somehow, both of these fit in the car so I was able to get both! This one was the worse of the two condition-wise. There was a lot of chipped veneer on the front apron and up both of the sides. 


Well the cold weather finally set in in Seattle area, and it does not look to be going anywhere anytime soon, so the chance of me sitting and working out in the freezing garage to remove the veneer was zero. I decided to just paint over it and while it would still be noticeable, it would be as bad as it looked before. 

I gave the dresser a light sanding with 150 grit sandpaper, wiped it down with a cleaner, then a damp cloth and began painting. I chose to use the color Hurricane by Country Chic Paint because I love the blue-grey tones it has. After using it on this dresser earlier this year I've been excited to use it again. After the first coat I realized that paint was not just going to make the veneer situation any better, so I used some spackle to somewhat patch the areas. It's in no way perfect and still obvious there's unevenness in those areas, but it's way better than it was. It makes I sanded it smooth. I then finished with a second coat of paint on the whole piece. Once the paint was dry the edges were distressed and everything was sanded down with a high grit sanding sponge. To seal it I opted to use wax and gave the piece a coat of General Finishes Satin Finishing Wax. I'll also point out that in order to highlight the little detail on the second drawer, I was careful to keep paint out of the carved detail and then apply a wash to the center area. For hardware I chose these delicate looking flower knobs, I love the softness they add to this piece.










Thursday, November 13, 2014

Reverse Dipped Mid Century Dresser with Angled Sides



I'm pretty excited about how this piece turned out. It's actually the matching high boy to the Mid Century Credenza with the white top I did a few weeks back. I originally only purchased the long credenza from the craigslist seller because the price for this taller dresser was more than double the other piece, but after weeks of it not selling, I got it for the price I had offered him.


This dresser was in worse condition, but that ended up being alright since I had a plan to do a reversed dipped look with it. The finish on the top was really worn and some chunks of veneer were missing and had to be filled in with wood filler. Here's my plan I had drawn out.


To start, I wet sanded the 2 lower drawers and the bottom half of the dresser with 320 grit sandpaper. Once it was dry I went over it really lightly with 400 grit sandpaper over a sanding pad, then wiped it clean. You can read how I stain over a previous finish here, I've got pictures and steps to help you visualize it. This time I used General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain. Because a large portion of the dresser was going to be white, I didn't want a duper dark stain, just a nice walnut color to refresh the wood. I let it dry for about 36 hours before sealing the parts I stained with GF's high performance topcoat in satin.

Now that the staining and seal was done, I began measuring and taping out the portion of the dresser that would be painted. I purposely made the line where paint would start be off centered on the drawer to give it an asymmetrical look. Once everything was taped and measured I use poly to make sure no paint would bleed under the tape. You can read how to get perfectly clean lines here.  I used my grey tinted Zinsser Cover Stain primer which I applied with a foam brush and let dry overnight. I then sanded and began painting. Before using white paint I added a coat of GF's Seagull Grey so it was easier for the white paint to cover. For paint I used General Finishes Snow White milk paint (it's actually an acrylic paint, not a milk paint). I used 6 thin coats to get the coverage I wanted. White paint always take so many coats! I did water it down slightly to get a smoother finish and help the paint level a bit so that also caused me to need more coats of paint. Once the paint dried, I sealed it with General Finishes high performance topcoat in Gloss for a lacquered finish look. I then removed the tape, added the original hardware back on, and it was done!









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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Furniture Reveal: Black Milk Paint Buffet



Ahh, this buffet. I'll tell you the story about how this buffet came home with me. My mom found it online through freecycle. She showed it to me, I thought it looked too bulky and busy and just didn't want to add another piece to my inventory or take the time to go pick it up. Well she emailed about it, and after not checking her email for 3 days, saw that the owner said it was still available and ours. So after setting up a time I went and picked it up. 



The before photo makes the buffet appear to be in far better condition that it actually was. The thick finish and varnish on it was crack which wasn't bad on it's own, but it started coming off on the top of the piece and looked pretty bad. I had my mom put on a layer of stripped while she was working on her own project. The stripper helped a little, but we ran out and so I spent an hour sanding down the whole top of the buffet. The rest of the piece had some marks here and there and the cracked finish, but I left that and really like the fact that it adds a lot of character to the piece especially when painted over with milk paint. If I had been using an acrylic or latex paint on this, the finish would have looked not so great.

Originally I planned to use a light or medium color, but after this black dresser sold, I had to do another piece just like it. The combination of the soft black finish that milk paint gives with the contrasting bone knobs is a new favorite of mine. I also love that black milk paint over a dark wood finish only take 2 coats for full coverage. The color I used on this buffet isn't actually a pure black. I wasn't sure I would have enough black, so I mixed OFMP's Pitch Black milk paint and Driftwood milk paint, and added in a small amount of Sweet Pickin's Pumpkin milk paint... but I'm just referring to it as black :)

I didn't do much sanding (other than the top), just lightly went over the flat areas. I did make sure to fully wipe the piece down and get all the gunk off of it. To make sure the milk paint adhered, I added the bonding agent to the first coat. A tip for anyone painting with black milk paint, make sure you only add the bonding agent to the first coat and mix up just enough, otherwise the bonding agent seems to add a blue/foggy tinge to the paint sometimes - I figured that out on the last dresser when I had mixed up enough paint the first time for both coats. After the 2 coats were on the buffet, I sealed the whole piece with General Finishes high performance topcoat in flat, and added an extra coat on the top where the piece will most likely receive the most wear. After the topcoat dried, I lightly sanded with 320 grit sandpaper. Another tip, seal the buffet with dark wax. I did this after the poly, so it doesn't affect the color too much (you could skip the poly and only use wax), but the dark wax deepens the color and makes it look more black, which is helpful if you get any foggy areas. 

I was a bit weary that the black would be too dark and heavy on the piece, but I am so happy with how it turned out! I actually think the paint helped to make the buffet not look as busy. Here's a look at the before and after.








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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Before & After: Persimmon Mid Century Modern Dresser



I picked up this dresser at goodwill and loved the shape and lines of the piece. The faded stained finish definitely needed some help, but it was sturdy and well built. After bringing it home and asking what I should do with the piece on my facebook page, I decided it was going to be painted, and in a bold color. Side note: I did sand down one of the center drawers with the diamonds in an attempt to see how they would stain up, but because of the different directions the veneer was laid, sanding it ruined some of the veneer so it did not take the stain well. I even tried a regular stain and a gel stain. 


So after priming the dresser with my grey tinted Zinsser Cover Stain primer and sanding it smooth, I started painting the dresser with General Finishes paint in the color Persimmon. Even though I did use a tinted primer, this piece took 5 coats of paint. It was a lot, but I knew I had to expect it since I've painted this piece with orange milk paint before and it took quite a few coats. The problem with this dresser, I ran out of paint after the fourth coat, but my friend Christina or Phoenix Restoration came to the rescue with an extra pint. [Go follow her blog, facebook page, and instagram]

I made sure to sand in between each coat of paint to minimize any brush strokes. I also mixed a small amount of water into my paint container for the last coat of orange. It helped to leave a super smooth finish and let the paint self level as it dried. After letting the paint cure, I sealed it with General Finishes high performance topcoat in satin. The top got 2 coats, and the rest of the piece got one. Now this dresser looks super retro and vibrant with its new paint color and shiny finish.







Thursday, October 30, 2014

Magenta table with silver dipped legs


This project was one of my "I want to try something different" pieces. I attempt projects like this every so often, and honestly, they don't usually turn out too well. For some reason I get bored with a a plain, one color painted piece and just want to try something else design or color-wise. Here's a before with two other awesome mid century nightstands I have yet to get around to making over.



After church one Sunday I did my weekly stop at Goodwill to glance over the furniture and a few other sections. This piece was sitting there and relatively inexpensive, so I was willing to buy it in order to try something different on it. I didn't realize it until I got it home, but it had been painted orange and then stained over with a gel type stain. The paint job was not done well and while the table is sturdy, it has some dings and scratches. 

I sanded the top with my electric sander, then lightly scuff sanded the rest of the piece. I was a bit worried about what the stain would do so I did give it a coat with some spray Shellac to prevent bleed through. Once the Shellac coat dried I lightly sanded again and wiped the piece down with TSP substitute to prepare it for paint. 

For the color I used General Finishes Evening Plum. I've had this color for a while and just haven't used it yet, but it's a really pretty magenta color. I used 3 coats on the while piece. Once those 3 coats had dried for a while I measure and taped off the bottom portion of the legs and mixed up a silver color using some Martha Stewart metallic paints I had. Putting the metallic paint over the magenta color would mean lots of coats in order to get the right coverage, so I first used a coat of a medium grey color that was a similar tone to the metallic silver paint I mixed. After the one coat of grey, I used 3 thin coat of silver paint and applied it with a foam brush. I applied one good coat of General Finishes HP topcoat in Flat to only the top of the piece (the part that will likely get the most wear) and then applied clear wax everywhere else.





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