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Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Phase I Of Dining Room Suite Redo

I finally found a little time to work on a dining room suite I bought months ago at auction. The suite included table and three leaves, six chairs and a buffet.  It was a fabulous buy at $20!  This one was a painter since a dog had chewed on every leg of the table, chairs and buffet.  Did no one ever notice what that dog was doing?


In the before pic (notice all the other 'projects in waiting' on top of it?) you can see that the finish is dull from sun damage and covered in scratches. ~ 


I liked the inlaid and burled veneer on the drawers and wanted to save their finish. ~


The rest of the piece got a coat of Benjamin Moore Fresh Start primer and a couple of coats of BM Mayonnaise latex paint.  When the paint had set, I wiped it down with dark walnut stain to age the look of the paint. ~


I found an image to dress up the door fronts from The Graphics Fairy and printed out two 8X10 copies.  A regular, ink jet printer works fine for this.  I cut closely around the images to minimize the amount of paper I would have to deal with in the next steps. ~


I painted Modpodge on the ink side of the images. ~


The Modpodged ink side was stuck to the painted doors and left to set overnight. ~


I soaked the paper images with a wet sponge and started rolling back the outer layer of paper with my thumb.  Don't rub too hard or you'll go through all the paper and rub the ink off.  You want to roll until the image comes clear and only a thin layer of paper remains. ~  


This is a nice, showy image for the doors. ~


The whole piece got a good buffing with Trewax paste and viola! a pretty, country cottage chic piece! ~ 


Now, on to the table and chairs!

I'm starting to feel like an old work horse that may drop dead in the traces!!!

I'm bragging about this at:




43 comments:

  1. Maureen- That looks really great! Unusual piece when left with the center drawers in their natural state. Love the transferred image-xo Diana

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  2. You're really good at this Maureen. Hope I can do that too. Thanks for following back. =)

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  3. Oh this is awesome. Thanks for the tutorial, I'll have to try it on that hexagon table I painted with chalk paint.

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  4. I can't believe you got that amount of stuff for only $20.
    I love the mix of paint and wood on the buffet, and the graphic finishes it off nicely - I'm looking forward to seeing the other pieces Maureen, when you have the energy !

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  5. The transfers look splendid on the doors. I want to paint our buffet white but Joe is not having it...not yet.

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  6. 20 bucks...wow, what a bargain and that graphic is great. I have seen how to do that many times but never with mod podge...may have to give that a go on one of my projects! Good job!

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  7. Great look Maureen. Love the graphic on the doors. I need to try that method. In the olden days, I used decal-it and it worked the same. Don't know if that product is available anymore. But ... there is Mod Podge !!!.
    Hugs,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  8. OMG - this is beautiful - love love love the mod podge idea - will have to copy this some time!
    Your newest follower - would love to have you visit and follow back!
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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  9. Oh she is so pretty after her makeover. Hop over and show her off at my NTT party.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  10. Oh this is great, I have not yet tried the mod podge wet down, but would love too, thank you for the tutorial

    Carol

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  11. Hi Maureen, You did a great job on this piece. Turned out lovely, and I can't believe you got all that furniture for only $20! Wow, good for you.
    Mary Alice

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  12. I love the paint technique & the prints you placed on the doors. I love painted pieces & I have to admit I'd love to see it all painted! But that's just me.....probably need to be more open, it's just the way you painted is beautiful!

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  13. Oh my gosh that is so awesome. I love the way you left some of the veneer and added the floral accent. So very pretty.

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  14. a lot of work and it looks great. go, you.

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  15. Oh your two toned charmer really came out great. I love yhr addition of the images. So very pretty. So glad you stopped by and let me know you liked mine too. I can't believe someone let their dog chew on all the legs! But you got a great deal on the set!

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  16. Those doors look great! Nice update :)
    Thanks so much for linking up over at I Gotta Create!
    <3 Christina

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  17. What an interesting transfer process! I think you got a terrific piece for only $20! It looks lovely. I am your newest follower. I hope you can visit me sometime. Also, I would love if you could come by and link this up at my Linky party called Rustic Restorations Weekend. http://homespunhappenings-tammy.blogspot.com/2012/06/rustic-restorations-weekend-linky-party.html

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  18. Beautiful! I will have try this transfer technique sometime in the near future. Thanks for sharing ~ Judy

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  19. So very pretty! And fabulous tutorial ...

    :)

    Linda

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  20. I love this piece. So glad you linked it up to share.

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  21. Okay where do you find the time? Fabulous piece and totally unique!

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  22. The transfers were a great touch for this wonderful makeover. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop xo

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  23. What a lovely redo! I've read several of your posts and have enjoyed your blog very much! Hugs, Linda

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  24. Wow! No wonder you don't have time to cross stitch! This painting project is fabulous! And if I know dogs, he or she was probably chewing furniture legs while no one was home!

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  25. What a wonderful transformation!! My Mom had one of those buffets in the day -- wish I had it now but guess I wouldn't have room for it anyway, lol.

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  26. It looks beautiful. We had a dog that chewed our new coffee table. It became an outside dog after that. HA! HA!

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  27. The buffet looks just incredible, you did an amazing job!
    I love that you kept some of the wood and added the pretty graphic. All for 20 dollars!!! Why am I never around for these great deals?!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  28. WOW! I love this, Maureen. It's worth more than $20 now!!! The graphic really added a nice touch.

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  29. Fun to see your two tone take on this beautiful piece. It's eye catching!
    Liz

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  30. I think you did a fabulous job on it. I love the additional graphics. Very pretty!
    Hope you are having a great week! :)
    Tami @ Curb Alert!

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  31. Maureen, this is really awesome, what an excellent work you made, it looks vintage, classy, elegant, clean and beautiful, nicely done.

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  32. Wow...what a nice change. I love how you adhered the image (I have never tried that before. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the set!

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  33. Maureen! This is to die for!! I'm loving the fact that you did not have to sand! That graphic really does make a statement on the front and I have never tried that technique. I'm going to give it a go on something smaller and see if i can do it! Thanks for sharing it! I don't know how I missed this post, but I'm glad I checked in on you today!

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  34. That looks incredible! I would be afraid of that ink jet process! You did a fantastic job!

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  35. And indeed you should brag about this piece! It's Fabulous and thank you for explaining how to add the graphics. I want to try it.......soon. Happy Wednesday ~ Lynn

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  36. How beautiful this is! I love the combination of wood and paint. I can't wait to see the table and chairs!

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  37. Fantastic! You know I have never played with modge podge but I will once we move in to our new place. Also, found enamelware. Say yay! for me :)

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  38. Maureen,
    That was a good buy. I like the stencils you used.

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  39. BEAUTIFUL job on this...WOW! Thanks for your kind and supportive comment on my blog. I WILL eventually get back to redoing furniture , but right now, this South American adventure feeds my soul...

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  40. This looks amazing. I love it!

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  41. Very beautiful project Maureen, thank you very much for sharing the tutorial, I love transfer with mod podge very easy and the result is good. Nice work, thank you for visiting my site as well and leaving me such a nice comment. Regards from Panama.

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