Good Morning White Wallers! Today I thought I would share with you all some tips on knowing what design elements to highlight when you are refinishing furniture. There are times when you just want to make a piece have more depth then a single color or a color and antiquing. Those are fantastic looks too… just nice to know when to go beyond the basics to really make a piece richer looking.
Today I am going to show you a few pieces. And chat about how to refinish items with a WOW factor!
Furniture Makeover #1 – Accenting with Surface Treatments
This is my NEWEST PROJECT… one I am very excited about! A simple small console table. This lil’ gal had two wooden knobs that I switched for these porcelain ones. She has some cute spindle legs but overall she is pretty basic with simple lines. Even after I switched out the knobs they still didn’t stand out and nothing said WOW about this lil’ sweetie… Yet!\
Accent Choices: The legs, these obviously were meant to be some detail built in by the furniture designer of the piece. I accented these with an ombre fade and some shimmer paint.
But I chose to add more. I toyed with the idea of some pull plates (as seen in Furniture Makeover #3 below), a larger design plate that goes behind the drawer pulls. I tried on some appliques and I didn’t like those either. So I went into my craft studio and found the perfect thing! I fell back on one of my most trusted crafting mattos…
So I did… sometimes you have to create your own accents and design elements for your Furniture Makeover. (To find out more on how to create this look and what products I used, see my full post at www.UniquelyGrace.com)
This area of the drawer fronts and side panels could easily be accented with wallpaper, decoupage scrapbook or specialty papers instead of glitter.
Final Look! Now that the legs are shimmered and ombred and the drawers AND sides are glittered what do you think? This Furniture Makeover is up for voting on in The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest sponsored by HomeRight. I also would appreciate your White Waller Vote! And don’t forget to leave a comment about Furniture Makeover #1
After painting your base coat these are techniques you can use to accent your Furniture Makeover :
- Antiquing – usually you apply a glaze into the cracks and crevices of your piece and wipe off the “high” surfaces. (example in Furniture Makeover #2) this is to accent existing 3D elements.
- Distressing – Scraping or sanding off the paint to reveal the wood surface or paint layer under the top color.
- Stenciling – done on top of your base coat adding designs from stencils done in a separate color then the base color.
- Texture – can be added in many ways like: crackle, plaster, adding sand to your paint, glittering, textured wall paper, or even using putty and a stencil to get a textured design.
- Decoupaging – gluing a decorative paper onto the surface.There are others, really the limit is your own imagination!
FURNITURE MAKEOVER #2 – Accenting existing elements
This next piece is on the opposite side of furniture refinishing as Furniture Makeover #1. This is a traditional look, no shimmers but beautiful woods. Here is the before…
This piece is veneer and very well built! This is a Drexel built in the 1960’s and aside from the cracking and yellowed poly sealer it is in PERFECT CONDITION! They don’t make them like this anymore! After sanding off the sun damaged finish I noticed there were so beautiful woods on the top and around the two lower front drawers.
Accent Choices: Instead of painting all this I chose to accent it with different stains. This burled wood boarder is stunning!
This design element was repeated on the front drawers also…
Now that accent the wood boarder and top was in my design I decided to leave the original wood finish that was in excellent condition inside the cabinet drawers. I did clean up the pulls on these drawers and let them shine in the original brass.
Final Look: Using some original finishes, accented, coordinated and matched the original design elements given to this piece by it’s creator. All the detailed molding and carvings were also accented by a technique called “antiquing” it is really easy to do and gives your Furniture Makeover another dimension to the finish. By doing this it is no longer a heavy looking beast but now a stunning, elegant addition to any room. It was designed as a dresser but could be used as a buffet or sideboard. And don’t forget to leave a comment about Piece #2.
FURNITURE MAKEOVER #3 – Adding Accents with appliques
Now instead of just adding a surface treatment like I did in Furniture Makeover Piece #1 you can glue on appliques, attach moldings, change or add new hardware and even switch out or add new legs or feet to a piece. These are all add on pieces that add value and style to your makeover item. I wrote about this Furniture Makeover before but it is such a great example of this…
Accent Choice: On this piece I added accented surface details with the white trim like in Furniture Makeover #1 but I also added hand carved appliques, changed out the hinges and hardware knobs and added pull plates.
Final Look! Now this plain Jane armorie is fabulously french. This adds 3D elements to create interest and texture. And don’t forget to leave a comment about Furniture Makeover #3.
I hope this post gives you some ideas on how to put some oomph into pieces for a good WOW factor! I would love to answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to leave a comment or find me on FB or the WW page!
Have a wonderful day White Wallers! Happy Painting!