When I decided to start my furniture refurbishing business this summer, this is the first piece of real furniture I transformed. I purchased this dresser at a garage sale in my home town several years ago. I loved the lines of this piece, but at the time, I was only doing garden chairs and mosaics. It was too long for the tiny rooms in our house so… It ended up in my workshop and served as a stylish alternative for a tool cabinet.
(I learned this pose by watching my very dear friend, Colleen, compete in a body building competition on the Big Island. We like to call this pose Ikaika, which means strong, or in my case – what was I thinking?)
Not only was this the first time I usingASCP, it also was the first time stripping and re-staining. Stripping the paint off the solid mahogany top was slick as beans but the finishing was serious chore. I tried to fix up several tiny dings inan attempt toreveal perfect mahogany, but my attempt to blend in the red, didn’t work so well.
I filled in a couple spots with something that claimed to be stainable – they lied! No matter what I tried, it just looked white. I stripped it down, tried a little artistic painting, dug out some of the filler and stained it again. Okay, I actually did this step eight times. Really! Let’s just call it a learning curve. When I finally got it the way I wanted, I masked it off and busted into my Annie Sloan shipment.
Did you know…
- Shizzle Design is a small family owned business in Jenison, Michigan. My sister Cathy and I work, paint, ship and teach our chalk and clay paint workshops out of the same space where we paint all our furniture. We are truly humbled to be known as a leader in the world of chalk and clay paints.
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a hui hou ~ Shelly