Furniture re-dos Makeovers Retail van Gogh collection

A few before and afters….

This trunk was hauled out of a barn I think. The shop owner was ready to mark it as salvage and nearly give it away… the veneer on top was buckled and pulling…

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The interior, however, was in fabulous condition!

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Serenity and Chalk give it a whole new life!

Crazy that this is not the complete after… I will have to swing out to the store to get a new picture, I actually used Cabinet Concealer to highlight the scroll work on the medallion.

Picked up this adorable lingerie chest at an estate sale. I love the lines but it had yellowed badly over the years. (My apologies for the iPhone picture) some Mama’s Boy, Chalk and Luminous Eye Shadow changes the whole vibe, don’t you think?

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Then there’s this antique pie table. I really thought I had a before picture (which I obviously can not find at the moment). It had a peeling and cracking finish. You all know how much I “adore” chemical strippers so I was inspired to create my version of something I saw on the van Gogh chalk paint collection facebook page and came up with this:

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Which one is your favorite?


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  • Reply
    June 6, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Hi Scottie. I love the lingerie chest and the colors you used. Had one just like it as part of my girlhood bedroom set. It came from Montgomery Ward and the yellow color is how it came.

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      June 6, 2013 at 9:53 PM

      Thank you Cheryl! Was yours as yellow as some seem to be these days? It looks as though it was a more subtle thing and with time the aging process may have not been as graceful as the manufacturer originally expected? 🙂

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        June 7, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        This was my first taste of ‘French Provincial’. Most of the early sets were a whitish/grey with some gold. It kind of looked dry brushed glazed. The edges were painted with gold. Some of the later sets were styled the same but painted yellow. I like your description though its right on.

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    Vanessa maykish
    June 8, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    How do I treat veneer? I have a tall dresser with veneer but don’t know if I should sand it rough or will chalk paint go right over it? Any help would be great! This has become my latest obsession and can’t wait to get started on my next piece!

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      June 8, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      With chalk paint you don’t “have” to sand veneer. I have found that a scuff sand (scuff, scuff, that’s enough) helps and you need fewer coats. Veneer does its job well and is slick. It can make for a thinner first coat with the paint. I’d love to see pictures when you’re done- paint is SO fun!

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