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Bathroom and Mantle makeover

It’s been a while since I posted. So excited because that means I’ve been busy. I wanted to share one of my recent projects. When I grew up my parents built many houses and they picked out everything. They picked out the door knobs, the fixtures, EVERYTHING! I can remember my mom making the comment that it was very overwhelming.
Here in the Houston suburbs we don’t have to worry about the headache of picking everything out. Instead we get to deal with the boringness (oh yea just made that word up) of the dreaded BUILDER GRADE! Most bathrooms are stark white MDF. One of my very favorite projects to take on is giving them some character. The homeowner chose an off white color with a medium glaze for her finish.

I always get ahead of myself for the before picture. This one was taken after I took the door off. I love the dimension that the after has. It’s hand painted and a look that a factory can’t duplicate. Here is a shot of the master bath:

The cabinets had a few flaws that I was able to fix and I hope she enjoys her new cabinets. While I was there she gave me the greatest compliment by asking me to do her mantle to match as well!

Once again I got ahead of myself with putting up my frog tape… I just love this and it made me want to come home and repaint my mantle.

While this is a project that I love I will caution the DIYers out there. You need to make sure you use a durable paint and quality sealer on bathroom cabinets. They get the more wear than most things in your home. Take your time and make sure you prep, prep, prep. A great alternative would be to have me give you a free, no obligation quote :).


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Antique Desk

I thought in this post I would share one of my favorite refinishing projects of late. This desk/table belongs to my client’s husband. He was always against having anyone touch it until he saw some of my work. I was so flattered when she called me to come look at it. It has so much character. I know that they bought it from an antique dealer before they were married and had not done any work to it since then.

Starting to refinish furniture has struck my sentimental side. This piece had been stripped at one time, I also found layers of yellow and black paint. It would be so awesome to see a sturdy, weathered piece of furniture through all of its stages in life. I can’t help but think of my days with my hair black, then light blond and also red before admitting that God knew what he was doing when he made me a brunette. Apparently my furniture had an identity crisis as well.

Before of desk

Before top of desk

Before top of desk

Please take special notice of the top of the desk. My client has four busy children who decided to help decorate. There was pen, marker and crayon decorating the top. I knew that I wanted to refinish the top piece but it is made out of a soft wood. No amount of stripper or sanding were taking the marker off. I feel like it had stained deep into the wood. Finally after many google searches I tried hairspray (no luck) and rubbing alcohol. I was amazed at how well it worked. So with the top taken care of I stained it a medium honey stain and painted the bottom black. I just love how the black makes the legs and details stand out. To weather the kids I put many layers of sealer on it.  My client loved it and I hope you do too!

After 1


After top

After leg closeup



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