During the middle of last semester my thought process went like this:
"I'll buy nice furniture for real cheap on Craigslist. I'll make it real pretty then turn it for a profit. It's GENIUS!!"
This was before I realized how time consuming some of those big projects could be. So honestly, I've only refinished one big piece thus far. My very first sell on Craiglist!! What a rush!
It started with these pretty bones:
I scored this set off of CL along with two dresser mirrors, a nightstand, and a full/queen frame for $75. Quite a bargain to me! This set was in great shape, it just needed a facelift!
A few months back I had refinished a dresser/buffet for myself in a crazy purple color. I'm in love with all things purple. I still had half the can left over so I thought "PURPLE!"
I sanded and cleaned the piece then put on two coats of paint. I hate priming, and I didn't want this piece to look perfect, so I didn't feel bad skipping that part. Some black glaze and high gloss polyurethane later I had this:
I don't have one of those fancy cameras, and I was working with horrible lighting conditions in my Mom's basement. It looked so much better in person! Right about this time the hubby and I had bought a new home, so anytime I stopped by Mom's house I would stare at it for a few minutes, remembering how much I liked it. I love color. Crazy color. And so did the awesome gal that took it home!
Initially I had intentions of the handles being a glossy black. This shows them mid-make over.
Spraypaint and I DO NOT get along. That turned into a disaster. The spray paint kept scratching off and looked terrible. By the time I decided to rub the spray paint off and try a new plan, it had decided to stick. Go figure. So my Mom and I (bless her) spent hours scratching and sanding the paint off by hand until we ended up with the final product. I must say though, much better then my original plan.
The hardware, through a series of happy mistakes, went from this:
What a beast!!