Old furniture made new can really give a room a great refresh. Take it slow and update your home one piece at a time. Here is how one piece can make a room much more modern!
Since updating the kitchen at the Miami home with my new quartz countertops (see more HERE) and the marble backsplash (see that HERE) I’ve had a few design thoughts and taking it slow. The kitchen is finished for now and I’m working on updating the dining room in our open concept layout.
The chandelier was changed out (more in this post) giving the room a modern tropical vibe. It’s just a cleaner appeal and you know how one thing often leads to another in decorating a home! I had been wanting to change out the dining room buffet for quite awhile and just never found the right piece. As you might know if you’ve followed me for awhile, I do work with brands…but honestly nothing jumped out at me in terms of what they had. I was thinking vintage…to replace the vintage buffet (below) that I had grown tired of.
There is a certain thrift store that I frequent when up at our beach home. I walked in one day to find what I thought was a diamond in the rough in excellent condition! My husband was with me that day and after lots of eye rolling we just left empty handed. But I couldn’t sleep that night and was thinking about old furniture made new. Living in Miami I’ve always had a thing for wicker, rattan, bamboo…and I just had to have this one.
I posted a photo on Facebook and a vintage dealer buddy told me that it was Henry Link Bali Hai. The next morning I waited for the thrift store to open and grabbed that baby for a great price! We put it in the back of the truck and headed back to Miami the next day, praying for no rain. I loved the dresser but not the finish, and didn’t want it to be the focal point of the room…so I went with white. Here are a few tips about how I gave the dresser a white lacquer finish, without using anything too harsh.
Old Furniture Made New – White Lacquer Finish Look
- When painting a dresser remove all of the drawers and hardware
- Lightly sand down the exterior surfaces and wipe off with a tack cloth.
- I have painted lots of furniture over the years and it depends on the finish that I want to achieve as to what paint I use. In this case, I wanted a white lacquer look without the messy, tedious and stinky process.
- If spraying furniture (as I did) be sure to set up outside or in a well ventilated garage. Lay out a dropcloth, protect your hands with gloves and wear a mask!
- I applied 2 coats of THIS primer/paint combination…allowing to dry in-between coats.
- For a final coat I sprayed THIS sealer and allowed to dry. Everything dries quickly in the Florida sun, so I was able to do this project in a couple of hours.
- I sprayed the handles gold for a modern look and used THIS paint. I have to be completely honest as usual and let you know that I’m not 100% satisfied with the gold. Depending on what you paint, gold spray paint (and craft paint) may look unrealistic so I’m going to give it a coat of THIS.
One thing leads to another and I just purchased a mirror that I have been jonesing for and was at 20% off this weekend. Can’t wait to share that with you soon!
I’m super happy with this old furniture made new project and I think it shows how a small change makes a huge difference! Do you have any rooms that you’d like to update? Please let me know in the comments if you have any questions…I’m happy to help.
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