Lucite Spotlight

Some people might hear the word ‘lucite’ and immediately think …

lucite shoes

Yeahhh.

It doesn’t always have the classiest reputation. (By the way, are these shoes ridiculous or what? I mean, there’s no ankle support whatsoever!)

But listen here. Lucite is in fact VERY classy.

How classy? At least $6,247.50 worth.

lucite chair

That’s exactly how much this Lucite chair costs, and it’s pretty darn classy.  “Woah, woah, woah,” you’re thinking. “I guess Lucite is TOO classy for me.”

Wrong again!

Christina recently updated this dresser with lucite, and the result is awesome AND affordable.

 

Henredon Mini-Bar Before

 

Henredon Mini-Bar with lucite pulls

Not only do I love the combo of the blush pink and white against the gold hardware, but these lucite pulls she created came out to about $21 a piece.  Not bad at all for a custom look oozing with chicness. The hardest part was sourcing all the materials, but luckily for you, she already did that part! She can tell you exactly where to find them. Get all the info on her blog Phoenix Restoration.


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Sweet and Dreamy

If you’ve been reading this blog long enough, you can name each step of the furniture makeover process by now, yes? You know the drill. Strip and sand. Prime and paint. Wash and dry.

Wait, what was that last one? Wash and dry? You’re not making sense Lindsey. You’re talking nonsense! You’ve stayed up late too many nights in a row reading Beyonce’s unauthorized biography, haven’t you?

NO. Ok, yes.

Did you know that Beyonce once played truth-or-dare with Usher when she was thirteen, and someone dared her to moon him, and she DID? Ha!

Anyway, I’m actually fine, and I can function perfectly well through a Beyonce-binge, thankyou, and I am in fact making sense, because ‘wash and dry’ is a painting technique. So there.

Denise at Salvaged Inspirations has perfected the method, which involves first white-washing a piece then dry-brushing over it to create the dreamy, streaky look you see below …

Wash and Dry Vintage Dresser Before

 

Wash and Dry Vintage Dresser

Isn’t that great? Dreamyyy! She started by applying watered-down gray paint to the dresser with a damp cloth, always moving in the direction of the grain, then wiping it off before it had a chance to dry. You can build layer upon layer using this technique until you achieve the look you want. Then she applied small amounts of paint with a dry-brush to enhance it’s streakiness, finishing the whole thing off with an all-over sanding.

Check out her blog for tons more tips and tricks for trying the wash-and-dry technique yourself!


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Liar, Liar, Drawers on Fire

Have you ever wanted to try a furniture makeover but been put-off by the things that paint CAN’T solve? Like the faux drawers on this dresser? No matter how many coats of paint you slap on this baby, the top drawer is still going to try and convince people that it is actually made up of three smaller drawers. Not only is that look a bit outdated, it’s also dishonest! Stop lying to us, dresser!

And can we talk about the random keyhole? I love keyholes as much as the next guy, but that one has wandered really far from home.

Fear not, there is a cure for these ailments. No, not wood filler. That was my first guess too.  It’s actually …

White with Gold Handles Dresser Before

 

White with Gold Handles Dresser

Bondo! If you had tried to fill those big gaps with wood filler, you would have been at it all day and then some. Bondo dries much faster and harder, though it takes more effort to sand than wood filler. Doesn’t it look fantastic now? And that hardware is mmmmhmmmm.

Give it a try sometime.  Jennifer walks you through the whole process over on her blog Dimples and Tangles.

 

And for those of you who like your dresser makeovers dark and mysterious, check out this highboy that Vicki found at a thriftstore. It came with a mud-toned finish that she wasn’t wild about, so she sanded through it to the bare wood underneath.

 

Two-Tone Tall Chest Before

 

Two-Tone Tall Chest

Then she mixed up a custom stain using walnut and ebony, for a not-quite-all-the-way-black-but-just-a-hint-of-wood-grain-showing-through shine. Like it just slipped into a pair of black pantyhose. So risque! See it up close on her blog EntriWays.

Haha, I am laughing at the idea of furniture slipping into pantyhose. Oh my gosh, have you ever seen the pictures of dogs in pantyhose? Here, I googled it for you. You’re welcome.


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Dearly Distressed

At some point in recent history, furniture makers thought it necessary to attach tiny little railings to much of their furniture. Perhaps it was in case of tiny little earthquakes. You wouldn’t want your knickknacks to scoot to a sudden death if it could be prevented, right?  Wrong. Sorry. There is no logical reason for these things to ever exist.

But Larissa was excited when she found this table, not because she was planning to bring the railing trend back, but because her son had been itching to try a DIY project of his own. She figured this table would be the perfect place to start, and with twelve holes left behind by the spindles of the old railing, it also made a perfect  …

distressed makeover - Clock Face Table Before

 

distressed clock face makeover

… clock face! They filled the holes with dowels and went to town with paint and stencils. Check out her post at Prodigal Pieces to read all about the process, and to see her adorable son being all adorable and proud of his creation. Rightly so!

 

This next project would be right at home next to the clock table, if that home happened to be a church.

Church Pew Before

 

distressed church pew makeover

The lovely after version, that is. It looks like it could belong in quaint countryside chapel.

The before version reminds me of the movie theater in the town I grew up in. It may have been the world’s oldest and smallest and grossest theater. I’m pretty sure the rows were only about four seats deep, and the floors were so sticky I literally lost a shoe AND a sock there. Several rows had seats that were missing the actual seat part. More than once I would stumble through the row in the darkened theater, settle down in my seat, and land flat on the filthy floor.

That theater, somehow, is still in business today. Shout out to the El Rio! Stop by if you’re ever in Springerville, Arizona and aren’t too attached to your shoes or tailbone.

And be sure to stop by Jenny’s blog Ava Blake Creations to see how she gave this bench its distressed charm.


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