My friend asked me to paint some furniture pieces that she owned for her family’s vacation home they just purchased. I don’t do custom pieces too often but I decided to take on the projects. It was a challenge with the pieces being so massive but somehow it all got done within 2 weeks. She picked out the colors for all of the furniture and sent me pics of the bedspreads that would be used on both beds.
The first piece I worked on was a King size headboard and footboard. I painted it Sherwin Williams Drizzle made into chalk paint. Then I distressed it, then sealed it with clear and dark wax. We decided to leave the metal lattice the way it was. I love the designs on the sides of the headboard and how they came to life when distressed and waxed.
The after picture of the King size headboard
before and after of the footboard
The footboard was so thick and solid it could stand up on its own. This made it easier to paint because I didn’t have to lean it on anything.
The next piece was a dresser that my friend wanted to match to the bed even though they originally didn’t go together. I first planned to paint the entire dresser but as I examined the wood I didn’t want to cover it all. The top was in great condition and had such a shiny varnished surface. I knew it would be better to leave it alone. The parts of the dresser that framed the drawers were also left with the original wood . I experimented with leaving the middle panel of wood on each drawer and the cabinet with the original wood but ended up painting that later. I kept on the original hardware & added some rub on bronze to help them tie in with the bronze accents on the metal lattice on the headboard.
This was what it looked like when I experimented with leaving some wood on the drawers. It was interesting but not what the client had in mind.
Next I painted a matching nightstand and mirror.
Here is the picture of the complete set in her vacation condo. I think the colors she picked really work well with the bedspread.
Another furniture piece was this headboard for another bedroom. It is a very unique piece and had bamboo inserted in the center ovals. I painted both front and back with Sherwin Williams Viva Gold. I sealed it with a clear and dark wax.
I was very relieved and happy when I finished all 6 pieces and they were picked up from my workshop, just in time for Thanksgiving. They were able to set up their condo and enjoy it Thanksgiving weekend. It is always a learning experience to do custom pieces and it was great to work with such high quality furniture. It is rewarding to see the pieces in their new home and one day I plan to go see it in person.