Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Rescued From Fido

We love custom orders!  Our buddy, Jere, at the Sleepy Poet asked us if we could salvage the piece pictured below.  Apparently Fido got a hold of this and took no mercy on its original beauty.  We gladly accepted the challenge (mainly because Jere has been unbelievably wonderful with inside tips and stories when we visit our booth; not to mention he is the jolliest person on the planet - If you've been to the Sleepy Poet, you'll agree!).  The transformation ended up being pretty painless...

We used wood filler (that stuff is magical!) and a putty knife to keep the contour of the drawer true to its original form.  This took several applications and we gently sanded after each one.

We knew we were going to paint the piece a French Grey, so we used Kilz on the drawers to help hide any lingering imperfections. 

It took two coats of paint (and several trips of running inside the house to avoid raindrops) to fully cover the piece.

We experimented with a couple of glazes for the final touch.  The first one was craft paint mixed with tintable glaze which ended up looking more blue than black.  Then we used the same glaze with a latex black paint and it helped add a new dimension to the texture.  Jere was very happy with the end result (at least he pretended to be!) and now it is sitting beautifully in his booth!

The knobs were recycled from our "Thinking Outside the Paint" dresser!  I love when that happens!

Happy Junkin'!



  1. This is fabulous! Your talent never ceases to amaze me, especially because the extent of that talent when we were kids was the fine art of spilling rubber cement all over our bedroom.... :) Think Mom is still mad at us about that one? Anyway, you and JP are enormously talented - keep at it! Your writing is wonderful, and I look forward to this blog more than any others - and it's NOT just because you're my little sister. Don't paint anything today (too hot!) and don't feel pressure to blog - it's your summer and you need to enjoy it! Besides, I can't have you burning out - you're supposed to employ me someday!

  2. You guys are wonderful!! Thanks so much for your sweet comments!!

  3. How does Fido feel about it? It's gorgeous.

  4. It turned out so lovely. Great paint job and the knobs are nice too. Thanks for stopping by Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays and joining the party.

  5. It looks SOOO great guys! I know Jere was thrilled! We are all excited about your booth and your fun items - Keep up the Fabulous Job!! - Christi @ Sleepy Poet

  6. Nice job! I love the gray over the detail!
    I'm your newest follower. I'd love you to link up your project at my linky party happening now.
    Creatively Living