Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Bureau tutorial

I have finished this antique bureau I fell in love with at an antique store.  Each piece I do,  I learn a lesson.  This time the lesson is to leave antique hardware as is! Don't try to "clean it up"!

The hardware when I bought the piece was quite dark.  Similar in color to the mahogany veneer on the bureau.  The bureau is not solid mahogany.  I thought the hardware was "dirty" but as it turns out it was brass hardware that had "aged or oxidized" over time. 

When I cleaned up the brass with brass cleaner it did work well and restored the hardware to it's original yellowish gold shiny brass.  The problem is it looked too new to go on the old bureau and the yellowish color did not look good at all with the Annie Sloan chalk paint in "Paris Grey."

So, as much as I did not want to, I painted the hardware.  It looks good and fits well with the piece but I would have preferred the way it was originally.  That is ok, lesson learned!

love the little flower basket hardware-I have never seen hardware like this.  They don't make things like they used to!
The bureau also had cracked veneer.  I repaired this with wood filler and a pliable putty knitfe.  It was missing a piece of decorative molding as well.  I could not find the exact same molding but did purchase a piece that would work at Home Depot.  I don't mind at all that the piece is not "perfect" or matched in every way. I think that adds to the charm sometimes.  Restoring is not an EXACT science is it?

Not sure yet if this one is a keeper. I think I will sell it! It was a LOT of work but it is a pretty piece and for the most part fun to work on!  
I gave the piece two coats of "Paris Grey" and then gave it a coat of clear wax.  The second coat of wax I mixed with some "Aubusson Blue".  It gave the piece some dimension and the color has a bit of a blue cast and i think the tinted wax gives the piece a little dimension. 

I then added some pure white paint (Behr) and highlighted all the details and the hardware.  That was a little too bright white so I decided to do a sparse color wash with the grey. i mixed a little of the "Paris Grey" with some water and lightly went over parts of the hardware. 

Not sure yet if this one is a keeper. I think I may sell it! It was a LOT of work but it is a pretty piece and for the most part fun to work on!

Friday, February 22, 2013

lovin the bureau!


I dare say I have ALWAYS loved a fun bureau.  while i work hard to finish the one i am working on, i am browsing some other inspirational pieces. 


Any fun bureaus you care to share? 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

winter sunset

We had such a pretty snow storm here in the northeast today!


Not a lot of snow and it was light and fluffy to shovel which is always good!

  The sun set behind my house around 6:00 or so and it was a beautiful red sun to light up the sky. 

Friday, February 15, 2013

a little getaway...

I guess by now you all realize I am not really a "regular" blogger! I don't blog with a set frequency. I blog when I have something to say, feel like sharing something with you or have some new work I want to show off!  I guess this time I would like to show my dad off!

I just got back from a trip to Florida. I visited my dad.  My younger sister came with me for part of the trip and it was great to spend time with my dad.  He is a lot of fun.  He will be 91 in April and you would not know it!  God bless him!

my pops!  he's always been a goof!

i think it's called a gecko-every time i went to do laundry they scared me to death!! they are harmless!

I love a little laundry on the clothsline! it is old fashioned!

A crane near a restaurant we ate at one evening. 


Sebastian, Florida

  a bridge in sebastian on the intercoastal waterway.

my favorite-a pelican.

my dad grows lots of pretty plants in his yard.
Hoping to get back and see him again soon!  Missed chatting with you all and reading your blogs. My dad is against computers!!


Monday, February 4, 2013

I have a little sneak peek of a gorgeous, detailed antique bureau I found at a thrift shop! I am still working on it. Deciding how I want to paint the hardware.

The hardware is so beautiful, shaped like little flower baskets. I cleaned them and now they are true brass color but don't go at all with the look of the bureau which is in Annie Sloan "paris grey" with some clear wax tinted with "Aubusson blue". I like the way it is coming together.

  Be back to you when it is done...



Picking paint colors for your home

A quick little post for today! I hope it is helpful...

I just came across this blog on pinterest.  If you go to the post there are great pics showing 100 popular Benjamin Moore Paint colors and how they look in different rooms.

 Great help if you are getting ready to paint and you want to see some great ideas for your walls. 

The blog post is mentioned above and you can find it at: