Friday, September 28, 2012

Re-New Furniture Finds & Re-finishing

Can I confess a few things?
I have a passion for good photography but I am really bad at it.
I also love painted furniture but I'm bad at that too.
Both things I wish I was better at, but unfortunately, no matter how hard I try, I've not gotten any better at either!

Thankfully, God gave me other gifts {bonus points if you want to list them below in the comments section}, and so I celebrate other people's talents.

I am excited to introduce to you, my new friend {we met for coffee once, so I'm pretty sure we are new besties} Laddie.  Laddie is the mastermind behind the facebook page Re-New Furniture Finds and Re-finishing.

I've been following along on her facebook page for a few months now, and am amazed at how talented Laddie is for seeing an old piece of furniture and breathing new life into it.

So without further ado, I'm excited to let Laddie take it away.

ps-Laddie, your BFF necklace is in the mail. 

Let me start by introducing myself, I am Laddie from Re-New Furniture Finds and Re-Finishing. I started up a little garage business of making over furniture that for me had begun as a hobby. I see great pieces of furniture at secondhand stores, yard sales, Craigslist and the curb and instantly see potential in them becoming more than they are. I love color and the un-expected and taking cues from fashion for some of my designs. I like trying new techniques and am not afraid to fail and start over. Some of my favorite pieces have come from experimentation and failed attempts.
So, the Lovely Rachel asked if I might share with you one of my recent triumphs.
 I call her "The Amazeballs Dresser".
She began as an image in my head.
You know when you formulate a vision of an outfit you want to wear but when you go to your closet you discover you have none of those items in your wardrobe...that's how this dresser started.
One day while thrifting at a local Goodwill I saw my starting point like a gleaming beacon of light.
Well, actually it was just an old school projector that didn't even light up. But,
it was only $7.99 and happened to be the colored tag of the day which gave me another 50% off
so I was willing to take the gamble on it possibly not even being functional.
Then I went about scouring EBay for the proper light bulb and transparency film so that I could
print out images I wanted to use.
The bulb arrived. I carefully installed it.
 I plugged in the projector and before I opened my
eyes could hear the hum of it working! YAY!
Next I found a fabulous image I wanted to use from a site where the printables were
A W E S O M E
and FREE!
Printed it out at home onto my transparency film and was ready...um, wait nope not yet.
What piece did I want to try this out on? Hmmm...
Low and behold only days later I had a fan from my Facebook page message me with an offer to
come get a dresser she was wanting me to HAVE... for FREE!
She was inspired by what she had seen me do and wanted to donate the dresser.
Guess what?
Perfect piece for this project - I knew it at first site!
I took her home and got right to work. I chose a light lilac color that I found at Home Depot in the Oops section of paint.
(If you ever want to meet me in person you can probably find me there any given day. I sort of stalk that section of the store...regularly!)

After she was primed and painted I closed the garage doors, set up my projector
across from my dresser and went to hand tracing the image onto the front of the dresser.
The trick I found on doing this is to use watercolor pencils which can be
washed off once you have painted in your image.
It took along time to trace it out and I was careful to get into the creases
and seams of the dresser drawers.
Then I used a small jar of oops sample paint in light yellow
for filling in my vintage label design.

I thought I had picked an easy "try it out" image...turns out it was more
than I bargained for! Different fonts, symbols, shapes, etc...
But it came together.

   I re-used the original hardware by giving them a fresh coat of gold paint and re-placed them
on the dresser.
The plain Frenchie dresser was now complete and I had amazed myself with how
she turned out. Hence the name "Amazeballs Dresser".
I had challenged myself to step it up and try something new and more difficult.
The result; a one of a kind, hand painted dresser that I was thoroughly happy with!
I encourage everyone to see the potential in old un-wanted items. To be creative and trust your gut.
To challenge yourself to try new ideas and to not be afraid to fail...you
might just succeed! Start small with an item you can "Re"-New.
Here are a few of my other experiments with color, design and technique.
Materials used for the project in this post were:
  • vintage dresser with oodles of charm
  • overhead projector that probably came from my elementary school
  • transparency film found on EBay
  • the use of an image host site and my home printer
  • watercolor pencils
  • primer
  • 2 colors of oops paint from Home Depot
  • gold spray paint
  • poly acrylic sealer
Thank you Rachel for having me on Holy Craft!
Laddie

Isn't that dresser amazing?!
Such a smart technique!  So wish I hadn't passed up that overhead projector I saw at a garage sale last week!  Thanks for sharing Laddie!  Nice work!

10 comments:

PJ @ Planned in Pencil said...

"take better pictures" is on my blog to do list, but I just dont have that as a gift either.

Im heading over to facebook to like! Because I cant wait to see more!

Laddie Wolfe said...

Thank you for having me Rachel! This was an exciting new experience and I hope I have the opportunity to share more with your followers in the future!

A Little Knick Knack said...

What a great dresser! I love the unique look of all those re-do's! Very fun.

Bethany@http://thislittleestate.blogspot.ca/ said...

Visiting from Cap Creations. I am in awe of your dresser. It is amazing and I know from using an overhead that it can be very tedious! YOU make it look easy! Cant wait to look around!

Bethany@http://thislittleestate.blogspot.ca/ said...

I love this! I am your newest follower! You make stenciling look so easy!!!!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Love this! the colors and graphics are perfect. did you get the graphics form Graphics Fairy or was it another site with free images...I love free images if you would like to share!

Carol

mrswhitetwigandtea.com said...

Love everything about this lilac dresser. Great find and great work! Visiting from Primp. -Angela @ Mrs. White Twig & Tea

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

She does beautiful work. Love the funky vintage dresser. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Primp. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/10/make-it-pretty-monday-week-17.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Furniture Specialist said...

I like how you used the projector to project instantly a pattern you like on your canvass. I already thought about it before, but only my canvass was one of my room’s walls. I never thought that it could be used for hand-painting on furniture.

Christine
COFSouth.com - Capital Office Furniture

Laddie Wolfe said...

Thank you all! Love using the projected image to enhance my furniture pieces. Yes, I did find this and other fabulous images at Design Fairy!