Monday, April 22, 2013

JLB Bargain Bash DIY Piece Reveal!

Click on this link to view the whole refinishing process, but here is the Junior League of Birmingham's Bargain Bash DIY piece's reveal! It's all beautified and reMERbished:) The event is THIS THURSDAY night at 6pm in the old Century Plaza center off of Crestwood Blvd. Get your ticket and get the chance of snagging this beauty along with getting to shop the garage sale early!

Remember what she used to look like? Drab, cracked top, damaged corner accents, old gold hardware...

Now just look at her! Oo-la-la! Such a fab piece to have in any room! Absolutely love the stained top, painted and antiqued bottom, and the oh so gorgeous antiqued-turquoise knobs!

One last comparison shot - drab to fab, eh?!

A big thank you to the JLB for giving the opportunity to me to participate in such a fun project and awesome event!

Hope to see you all Thursday night!!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Junior League of Birmingham's Bargain Bash DIY Project

It has been awhile since I have posted on the blog! As I stated in a previous post, Facebook has become such an easier (and quicker!) outlet for me to work with. I did want to do a post, however, about the piece I am transforming for the Junior League of Birmingham's Bargain Bash event next week! (If you are a Facebook follower, you have seen information about it and the piece's progress.) I was connected with this great organization and asked to choose a piece from their warehouse to completely transform for the event coming up next week. Getting to go "pickin'" in this warehouse of garage sale treasures was like paradise to me!:)

Although there were many tremendous options, one of the last pieces I stumbled upon was this beauty. When I saw her, I knew she was the one!

I immediately began brainstorming with a dear friend of mine, who graciously accepted the invitation to come hunt with me, about the possibilities for her transformation. She did need some structural work first, though. A split top and disconnected corner accents needed to be fixed!

After debating in my head about what look to go for, I landed on a classic and gorgeous style that I am loving right now in my transformations! Knew I wanted to do a dark, rich stained top with a classic, antiqued cream bottom. There's just something about this lovely, neutral finish that is just right! Here is an example of a dining set I recently completed with this finish:

In order to get there, I had to sand off the entire original finish on top, bringing it down to the bare wood.

And here is the bottom after one coat of "antique white" paint.

Today I finished up the paint job and will begin the staining process tomorrow. After that, a little distressing and an antique wax finish on bottom, and a just right poly coat on top and she'll be ready for the event! Stay tuned for the final result!