I and painted furniture have a thing going on and I’m always on the lookout for an unusual piece.
Can you believe I only paid $5 for this? Here’s why it had that price tag on it. SEVERE veneer damage on every inch! It’s days like this I wonder how I get myself into these predicaments. You know the ones where you want to just run and hide because you know what lies ahead. Why do I do this? Because this sweet little gal needed some help and I just couldn’t walk away. One thing she did have was great lines and I’m kind of digging the whole mid-century modern style.
Oh, and I refer to furniture as she. Probably because I’m gonna girly them up.
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Painted Furniture Makeover
Before I could ever get to the painted furniture idea that I had planned for this piece, the task at hand was to remove all that damaged veneer. The wet towel trick usually works great, so I saturated a towel and applied it to all the surfaces and let it sit overnight to help weaken the glue. The next morning I was able to remove most of the veneer with a simple paint scraper and gentle prying. The top was another story. Time for plan b.
Some of the glue was being very stubborn about letting go. I used my heat gun and even tried the steam iron on top of the wet towel trick and it still would not budge. That’s some awesome glue! Where’s my hammer? Yep, I reverted to brutal force on one area. The old paint scraper and hammer trick worked well, but not without a price. A few areas that I got aggressive on were damaged slightly with a few gouges in the wood and my HAND! Since my plan was to paint this piece, I just filled the gouges with plastic wood filler, sanded it smooth.
Let’s DO this! Ha, I just LOVE Home Depot. While I was in their store, I just had to have this orange bucket. It had my name on it! Frequently I’ll work on the front porch of my studio and it’s handy to carry all my supplies with me for that project. You know, trying to keep everything together. It’s my struggle.
Sanding The Wood Smooth
After quicksand with my Ridgid Orbital Sander with 150 grit sandpaper, I was ready for the next step. I was really surprised at how beautiful the wood was beneath all that veneer and wondered why anyone would want to cover that up. A change in times and style, for sure.
Adding A Bit Of Character To Painted Furniture
Now this part was so much fun! Did you know that you can create a faux plank top on a solid piece of wood? YES! It’s so stinking easy too. I used my circular saw and set the depth to 1/8 inch. After drawing lines across the top of the wood table with a pencil, I used a circular saw to cut grooves into the wood to give it an appearance of planks. I just followed the pattern of the wood that had been glued together already.
I painted the surface with a cream-colored chalky based paint. Then I used my all-time favorite cabinet glaze. Rustoleum Decorative Glaze was applied in the grooves and a little in a random fashion across the top to create a wood looking surface. Quickly I wiped it down with cheesecloth and it was beautiful! It had that aged barn wood look. Rustic farmhouse style.
She Needed Gold Legs!
AND the legs! Omg, I love those mid-century modern legs. Every time I see them I want to paint them gold. So, that’s what I did. I used Rustoleum Metallic Gold spray paint to step this old gal up a notch. I like to call this in the painted furniture makeover world, the gift of Jimmy Choo heels! Yes, ma’am!
So, since the legs are gold, I’ll just go with the theme and use some gold along the tops of the drawers to tie it all together. The clean lines will look nice with the gold. Classy!
During the process of cleaning the drawers, I found a single card in one of the drawers. Usually, I find things like bobby pins, tacks and 15-year-old ABC (already been chewed) bubble gum. Hmmm, this was a sign. Diamond In The Rough. I like it. Why not? New makeover, new name. It’s a whole new beginning.
Diamond In The Rough… Bam! Painted Furniture Makeover
Farmhouse glam is in the house! My diamond in the rough. Of course my little dog Zoe had to get in on the action, like the diva she is. Total photobomb!
I’m so glad you stopped by and I’d love to hear from you. Suggestions, comments and just saying hello is always welcome in the comment section. If you liked this painted furniture makeover, check out another makeover I did on a doggie chew toy table. Gotta love those fur babies! Or if you need a little more GOLD inspiration, CLICK HERE.
Until the next project… xo, Do