It’s the end of a month and as such, time for a new Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest! As before, the contest pairs bloggers and various sponsors who generously provide fabric or paint, or sometimes a combination of both, each month to participating bloggers. Here’s where I’m required, legally, to inform you that this is sponsored post and that I received paint (2 quarts!) as a participant. Now that that’s out of the way, who exactly is the sponsor? 🙂
The wonderful, generous, and incredibly professional Pure and Original Paint company:
Let me insert here, too, that prior to this contest I’d never used Pure and Original products nor even heard of (!) Pure and Original; my ignorance, friends, was unfortunate. The paint is not only wonderful to use but also, as noted on their website an “environmentally friendly. . . water-based paint with natural (100% mineral) pigments.”
Again, as before the contest follows a theme and this month it was “Pure Colors, Original Elegance.” To be honest, I dragged my feet on this one, trying to find a piece that lent itself well to “elegant.” Nothing that I possessed seemed quite right. So I waited. And waited. And waited. And waited some more and started to worry a bit, and then when NOTHING seemed like it would turn up started to worry a lot. And then, my dear mother-in-law texted me some blurry furniture pictures. And lo and behold, I found THE PEICE.
Okay, so here you’re probably expecting a horrible before picture, right?
A blurry photo that shows something completely in pieces (not too out of the ordinary around here: see my “Farm Boy, Fetch me that Dresser” FFFC entry!) or at least something. Sad to say, in my impatience to get to work, I didn’t snap one. Not even an iphone snap. Sorry. You’ll just have to take my word for it when I say that she was pretty, but worn-out looking. And therefore, ready for a cosmetic update to showcase her lovely, lovely lines.
Paint brush “wand” in hand, again
In my most recent projects, I’ve been focusing on perfecting a glossy, lacquered finish–using a HVLP turbine system (read all about my first time using such a system here) and perfecting or at least improving my sanding. Thorough prep work is a MUST when striving for a flawless, glossy finish. All that to say, I haven’t had a paint brush in my hands for a long while and I missed it. It felt oh-so-good to have a brush in one hand and a Pure and Original paint can in the other.
However, I’m not well-versed in chalk paint and have only used chalk paint on one other project. So again, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with application both in terms of prepping the piece and the subsequent paint application. I needn’t have worried my pretty little head. The paint went on seamlessly and adhered well to the buffet. Typically, it takes me some time–sometimes a LONG time even–to develop a plan for piece. In my restorations, I strive to tell the piece’s story and honestly, it can take awhile to figure it. As a result, I was somewhat concerned about finishing this piece well and still meeting the contest deadline. But it came together beautifully, easily, and dare I say it, quickly? I readily “saw” what I wanted to do and the paint–from Pure and Original’s Classico line–well, the paint was lovely and contributed both to the therapeutic nature of this restoration and its success.
Ready for a sneak pique? I know, I know, I spelled “pique” rather than “peek.” 🙂
Yes, I’m a tease–and a bokeh freak. 🙂
My mother-in-law knew the original owner of the piece and informed me that the legs had been cut down long ago. The knowledge bums me out a bit and I can only imagine how completely gorgeous this piece must have been with her original legs. Given the drawers and the drawer inserts, I’m also guessing that the piece was originally a buffet. And so, I chose to stage her as part of a spring woodland picnic, complete with daffodils, vintage glassware, and a picnic blanket. Now, the Queen just needs some fairy dust or a wood nymph. . . or something.
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So that’s it: another Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest entry in the books!
And I must thank the FFFC contest hosts for 1) creating and moderating a wonderful community, and 2) for connecting bloggers with quality, professional sponsors like Pure and Original. To view other Pure and Original furniture projects, be sure to visit both hosts: Carrie at 38th Street and Stacy from Anastasia Vintage.
And if you’re a blogger and a furniture fanatic, what are you waiting for?! Join the fun and become part of the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next time,