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How to Update Old Furniture

Lets talk about hand me down furniture.   Have you had the (mis)fortune of finding yourself surrounded in grandmas hand me downs or cousin Bobs old furniture pieces?  The good news is its REALLY not that hard to update them to suit YOUR personal style.  All it  takes is a little imagination, some time to paint, and you can update your hand me downs to create the home you love!

This pretty piece has seen better days.  Hard to tell from the photo but that finish is shot!  At the very least it needed to be refinished,.. but how about we add some color while we are here. 
update old hand me downsFirst things first.  The list!
Aflinks included for your shopping convenience! 🙂 
General Finishes “Milk Paint” in “Patina Green
General Finishes “Milk Paint” in “Coastal Blue”
General Finishes “Milk Paint” in “Snow White”
General Finishes “Pearl Effects” in “Champagne Pearl”
My DecoArt “Stencil”
My Artists Brushes
My Chalky Style Brush
My New Found Favorite Sandpaper

It was in incredible shape, save the finish.  There were lots of scratches and dings.  This was the perfect opportunity to update this hand me down and make it my own…  
I decided to go with a pearl effect and I got to work creating the base color I wanted,.. a slightly blue teal.
There was something about this slightly more blue “Patina Green” that I really liked! So we just got cozy right there. 
I also had some “Snow White” on hand so I used that for the handles and escutcheon. 
Then: Special Delivery!
I started with first just taking the glaze and wiping it across a drawer.  And I let that sit… and I took a step back to just let it simmer.  I was’t sure it was quite the look I wanted to go for.  
This picture gives you an idea.  The top is “Champagne Pearl” all on its lonesome.  Below that you will see where I mixed it in equal parts with “Snow White” Milk Paint!  This gave it a more opaque look!  
I used the 50/50 mixture to accent all the nooks and crannies I wanted to highlight.  Carefully taking a moist artists brush I went in and brushed the glaze-quickly wiping away the excess.  Where I did not wipe quickly I attempted to sand.  And something magical happened.  I thought I wanted clean, but who knew I actually wanted distressed to allow the orange-red wood tone to come through!? I did not!  But now I do! So, after finishing up the glaze, I went back and strategically distressed to further highlight the areas I wanted.  
 
Next, playing on the circles on the legs I found a stencil I could have some fun with on the drawers.  I always like to add a little element of surprise there.  Also, I had never used a stencil before! All sorts of firsts happening! ~first time with glaze. ~first time with stencils! So here goes. Time to take the beauty out to a little photo op!  I really enjoy contrasting the bold pop of color against the rustic brick.
 
You guys tell me.  Did I hit the mark? What color would YOU love to see?
Thank you SO very much to
Lynn at Fern Avenue for inspiring me
with her amazing sofa table finished in General Finishes
&
Carrie at 38th Street 
with her incredible re-purposed china hutch!
and then there is Evija at 
 If you think she just stenciled that on,.. wow.  Its worth the read! Go check her out!
 I am surrounded by SO much amazing talent!  And I love to share the love.. Hope you enjoyed! Until Next time, thanks for joining me at That Sweet Tea Life!
 
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