Monday, September 26, 2011

More of 17 - Big Summer Project

My BIG project for this summer was to paint most of our pulled-together-from-here-there-and-hand-me-down bedroom furniture the same color - a warm, distressed black was my plan.  I never listed this project on a published blog post, but it is one of the 17 projects - OK, it was one of maybe 35 projects swirling around in my head. 

Once I started painting, I realized I did not get before pics of everything, so I'll just have to describe the "befores" for the most part.

I don't have "befores" for the 2 little chests, but the one on the left was an unfinished piece originally planned for Earthgirl's room.  She now has a bigger chest of drawers (one my parents started housekeeping with over 50 years ago!), because she is a T-shirt clothes horse.  The chest on the right used to be in Nanny's sewing room.  It originated in the 70s, maybe even the 60s, and sported a home finish of reddish-brown stain, maybe oak?

The "before" headboard was a pickled-look finish veneer headboard.  My Mama picked it up at a second-hand store for her guest house, and I traded my brass headboard for it.  (The very plain very 1980s brass headboard, purchased when a store was closing,  was always supposed to be for just a little while, but we slept against it for about 17 years.) 

See what I mean about the furniture being second-hand-and-hand-me-down?

Headboard before:

The shelf is part of a 3-piece entertainment center, a Sauder piece, in a similar pickled look to the headboard.  The entertainment center was our family Christmas gift around 1995.  We put it together ourselves. 

The headboard, the 2 chests of drawers, the cedar chest, and the bookshelf are painted with Annie Sloan chalk paint, in Graphite, then distressed and waxed with both dark and clear wax. The inside color of the shelves is Chateau.  All the new drawer and door knobs came from Hobby Lobby, and are a purposely eclectic mix.
This chest started as an old, plain, not valuable cedar chest from Nanny's closet.  Daddy says he thinks the FFA boys made it in shop and sold it as a fundraiser, maybe back in the 60s?

Cedar chest before:
The doodad on front of the cedar chest also came from Hobby Lobby.

It add a little something, doesn't it?

Ahhh...Honey, we're home!


Anonymous said...

REALLY pretty! Looks like a room re-do from HGTV. Great job!

Anonymous said...

Wow! You have been busy and everything looks absolutely beautiful. Your dining room and bedroom pictures look like they belong in a magazine. Hope you all have a nice weekend. Mildred

amy @ Life in Pink Hi-Tops said...

Everything looks gorgeous! I love it. I've been wanting to redo our bedroom....just haven't gotten around to it.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Everything looks so uniform now - looks like you have bought a new bedroom suite. Well done!

Tim and Susan said...

I love all your ideas. Thanks for sharing your home and inspiring me to keep working to make mine a warm, inviting place. Thanks for all your sweet and encouraging comments always on my blog.
Love, Susan

ANNE said...

I love the combination of the black furniture with the natural colors of the bedding and walls. It looks wonderful!

Suzanne said...

Your house looks fabulous! I can't wait to see all these projects in person next week. Maybe get some tips and inpspiration while I'm at it, too... :)

Suzy Home Made said...

VERY PRETTY! I love the trunk! I wish my bedroom was large enough for more furniture like that!

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