Tuesday, January 20, 2015

It's only paint

Have you found yourself wanting to try your hand at painting something...anything?  
Not sure what, how or where to begin?

 I'm here to say, just do it!
It's only PAINT : )

It's been a little over  two years since we began our journey of reNEWing furniture. Although it's been loads of hard work, it has equally been very rewarding. I now have found an outlet for my creativity and for that I am very Thankful!!!

Here's one of our first projects : ) 
(Looking back, quite a undertaking for beginners!) 
Our standards have now changed a bit...as far as the quality of furniture we reNEW. 
(I'll save that topic for another day : ) 

We had no idea what we were doing back then & blindly jumped in painting one piece at a time. You would think after reNEWing two hundred or so furniture pieces, we would now have it down to a science!  90% of the times we do, but there are those times,  when we even have our oops & blunders.
 (Still learning.... still trying new techniques) 
  Sometimes what we have envisioned for a particular furniture piece doesn't always turn out how we had planned. 
Thankfully, there's always plan B : )

Plan B was used on a recently finished vintage dressers from our "Getting Ready to be reNEWed" inventory. 

The client chose the color "Provence" from a paint swatch she picked up from Home Depot.  We were 100% on board with her paint color choice. However,  DUN, DUN, DUN after applying the paint to the dresser it was apparent, it needed to be toned down. It definitely was "in your face blue".

Unfortunately, the photos we took do not capture the true before & after color?  Definitely not ideal!!! After all, we're trying to share how glaze can change the overall color. Oh well, you'll have to trust us on that : ) 

Does anyone know why blue painted furniture always gives us such a hard time
Gloomy days of winter? No sun? Using an Ipad for a camera?
 All of the above?

At this point we could have chosen a different color and repainted the dresser, but instead we applied a dark stain to tone down the
 "in your face blue." 

 Here's the photo of a sample board we shared with our client.

Once we had the clients o.k., the glazing began. 
We used Minwax stain mixed with mineral spirits. The mineral spirits gives the stain the consistency to spread more evenly. There are also many glazing products available, this was just our preferred method for this particular piece.

The stain did more than just tone down the blue it 
also added character and a richness by adding depth. 

This dresser was the perfect candidate for glazing!  So many nooks & crannies for the stain to settle into.

So even though this was not our original vision for the dresser,  in the end Plan B turned out even better! 

So ready to dive into your own diy project? There is a wealth overload of information on the web from prepping, to painting, to staining, to paint types and on and on and on. So start small, perhaps an end table or nightstand. Check out Craigslist, your local thrift stores or perhaps paint an item you already have on hand. 
And remember...it's only paint.
Or if you prefer a custom painted original without the work, 
check out our "Getting Ready to be reNEWed" 
and let us customize something for you : )

Thanks for Looking : )

(Please read all labels before starting your own project :  )

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New Happenings for a New Year

Happy January 7, 2015
  I hope your Holidays were enjoyable and stress free and the New Year is being good to you thus far!

Its so hard to believe that we're already a week into the New Year? 
 And baby it's cold outside & it's only going to get colder! Brrr

In 2015, we will continue to do what we love and love what we do with our reNEWed furniture. The support and love you have shown for our "one of a kind" pieces has been such a blessing! And like I've said before, "we have the absolute best customers" we seriously have met the nicest people ever! Thank you all!

2015 will also bring with it a few good distractions, the first being the up and coming Wedding of my daughter Amber.  Yes, she's engaged and we couldn't be happier or more excited.  Congrats to her & Justin. The shopping, searching and planning of all the diy wedding decor has already begun. I'm pretty sure the next 8 months are going to fly bye bye bye!

The happy couple : )

We also have been knee deep (literally) in our little huge rehab project. This isn't our first rehab project but it definitely has been our hardest. What we thought would be a little paint, roofing & flooring actually turned into a total gut. To our surprise (not the kind of surprise I like) the carpenters ants happily made their home in most of the walls and had pretty much destroyed most of the wood. So... for the last few months, we have spent much  all of our time gutting and replacing what was needed. Thankfully, we have finally reached the point of now adding in the pretties e.g. new paint, tile, floors & lighting. 
Happy, happy, joy, joy!!!

Sneak peak... 
I can hardly wait to share what's behind that pretty new door : )
However, we really aren't done just yet! 
 We soon will be moving onto Phase 2 of our rehab!  Oh yes, once we're  done with our little cottage it's onto the main house, an old 1890's farmhouse. A home for my husband , myself and also the future home for Kenzie Lynn Designs. We know what we're in for and it's not pretty, it's a huge undertaking however the end result is going to be spectacular!!!

Farmhouse Photo taken 1918. Our next endeavor

 I hope to find the time to chronicle our journey and share our story with you along the way!  And if anyone  has any connections to HGTV, send them our way!!!

Well, a girl can always dream, right?

So please be patient if I (we) don't respond to an email right away, if I can't find the time for a lunch date or if you come to my home and find it or me in disarray. There's a whole lot going on and your patience & understanding is appreciated!

Thank you : )

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Chicago Antique Ginsburg Desk

Hello & Happy almost...Thanksgiving! 

Please excuse the messy font size & styles, they're all over the place & I'm not exactly sure why? (Going to have to figure that out another day!)

Today I'm thrilled to share with you our recently reNEWed antique desk. I'm sure most people would have walked away from this desk as we found it, let alone pay for it. Not me!!! For whatever reason, I instantly felt a connection and knew we could & would breathe new life into it. Unfortunately, you just can't find beautiful pieces like this in today's market. 

I believe this may have been the desk belonging to a prominent Chicago attorney.  The brass plated tag inside the center drawer reads Joseph Ginsburg Chicago. Can you only imagine if these drawers could talk...

If by chance you happen to know any Ginsburg's, could you please let them know about our little treasure. I couldn't think of a better home for it! 

I'm definitely no history buff, just someone who has always had a deep hunger for history. As of late, furniture history in particularly.  Sadly, when these pieces are gone, they're gone and with them all the fine skilled craftsmanship from the past. 

So here's our latest labor of Love...

The desk was in overall good condition, minus the damaged veneer top. 

We first soaked the desk top down with wet towels (careful not to wet any of the other wood) we then chiseled away removing the softened veneer.  What we found, a beautiful oak plank top. Woo hoo, only one sliver : )

We then planed down the top to even it out with the edging (which was now a little higher) & also to remove the stubborn glue residue. 

Next we applied a wood conditioner to the very thirsty & dried out wood. The conditioner penetrated the grain of the wood & really made way for a uniform acceptance of the stain. 

Now that the wood was prepped, we then applied an oil based stain. I just love how the stain picked up all the imperfection! Mmm Good!!!

While the desk top was left to dry a few days, we then moved onto prepping the desk base. Sanding  & washing down to get ready for the paint. 

A few of the plastic drawer pulls were missing, I don't believe they were original to the piece) The holes were then filled with bondo & sanded. By doing this, it allowed us to add any size drawer pulls. We were not limited to an exact size.  

I forgot to take photos of the next steps but basically we primed, painted and glazed. We used the the same stain from the desk top for our glazing.  Why go through the step of a glazing? Glazing brings beautiful depth & character to the furniture... settling in all the nooks & crannies. 

After the desk was dry, we then applied a few coats of our go to Polyurethane. Applying to the entire desk, both the stained & painted. (We typically sand between & after the final coat with 1000 grit sandpaper) 
 Why? Smooth durable finish!

We then added the final gem... the hardware. I was happy to find these drawer pulls in my stash of knobs & handles. I had been waiting for the perfect piece, and this was definitely it! 

So with a lot of time, elbow grease but most of all vision, we now have transformed this old desk into a "new" desk. 
Sure to be treasured another 100 years!!! 

And now you know... 
sometimes it takes a little more than just paint : ) 

Vintage Industrial Tanker Chair available too!
For pricing & dimensions of both desk & chair

There are many ways & opinions on painting, refinishing or as we call it reNEWing furniture, please follow all labels and safety precautions before starting your own project. 

Thanks for Looking : )