Paticia G
Paticia G
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Asked on Apr 11, 2012

Bedroom furniture

Kathy CDonna McCrummenKMS Woodworks
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Our BR furniture is very very old and I want to update It. I have done this on another set before but need some reminders. The furniture probably has years of furniture polish on it so I was thinking a light sanding and them wiping down with alcohol( not 151 rum) . I will put a base coat of a light honey brown ( it is now a dark walnut circa 1960)and then faux sometning it- for detail ....any suggestions? Thanks
q bedroom furniture, painted furniture
40 answers
  • We would be glad to help you. . . do you have any photos of the room and the furniture?

  • Paticia G
    on Apr 11, 2012

    Thanks for the response I will take some and post them

  • Paticia G
    on Apr 11, 2012

    BR pics

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  • Ana M
    on Apr 13, 2012

    Get rid of the mirror, strip and restain in a modern color stain or paint in a color, new hard ware and you will feel like you have new furniture. We stripped and painted and old dresser in charcoal black and put nickel hardware and re-vamped the whole piece

  • Jocelyn D
    on Apr 13, 2012

    could do a white wash, brighten up the room 1st , I would paint the walls a "warm" color

  • Pat N
    on Apr 13, 2012

    I had circa 1968 to be exact dark pine that looked beat up with chains, also a large mirror like yours. I sold the whole shebang and bought new light pine furniture. After 43 yrs. I got my wear out of it. The new stuff is bright and cleAn looking

  • Diane T
    on Apr 13, 2012

    Modernize by removing the mirror and the clutter, paint the walls, try a breezy fabric on the window and change the hardware on the furniture.

  • Paticia G
    on Apr 13, 2012

    Thanks for all the replies except for the one calling my personal mementos, that have meaning to me.. clutter. I was asking for help on the furniture refinishing. Your response seemed rude to me

  • Joe K
    on Apr 13, 2012

    Your dilemma reminded me to post about what I did. See how much of a difference re-staining or painting can make. You can see how it looks above going from a dresser that was the same color as yours to a darker cherry.

  • Rose S
    on Apr 13, 2012

    I would remove the heavy swags and take down the mirror, or give it a simpler frame. Did you consider 'pickling' the furniture? By the way, rum is okay.

  • Donna McCrummen
    on Apr 13, 2012

    Painted furniture is all the rage. If you use CeCe Caldwell Chalk paint you won't have to strip or sand. Just give a quick wipe down and paint away. Super easy. You can do it right where it is, it wipes up easily off floors with a wet cloth. You could do something in a soft white with your victorian accents it will look very nice. Something like this maybe? Just let me know if I can help step you through the process. www.shabbydaze.com - BTW, I think your room is lovely.

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  • Annette C
    on Apr 13, 2012

    You could lightly sand it, use a tack cloth to wipe it down. Then paint it in a chocolate or a little lighter brown, May take a couple coats- lightly sand in between coats. Try one of the new paints that look like marble or granite on the tops with tan and brown in them. Put a clear coat of lacquer on it for protection.I think it would make your furniture look great for another generation.

  • Paticia G
    on Apr 13, 2012

    Thanks Annette i thought I might do that until I read Shabby Dazes's post

  • Paticia G
    on Apr 13, 2012

    Shabby, Thus is exactly what I envisioned . What is the paint and where do I purchase

  • Diane B
    on Apr 13, 2012

    The painted furniture project sounds good. The walls really need a warmer color, and the window treatments needs to change. There are a lot of options and you will really have a good time doing all this. keep the photos coming of any changes you make. Good luck!

  • Donna McCrummen
    on Apr 13, 2012

    Paticia Thanks for visiting my website. I just sent you an email. Let me know if you don't get it. I've been having server issues.

  • Paticia G
    on Apr 14, 2012

    To Shabby- I did not get your e mail but I found a retailer in my area who sells the paint. Her supply is not yet in but as soon as it is I will be there to purchase. She is doing a promo on it also in May. She says it can be used on anything and it is very easy and that is a very nice 4 letter word to me . She will also give me paint samples. There are 2 colors I think would look good. I like the color on the demo piece you showed and funny the hardware look very much like what is on the dresser now. This, as I said is very old - purchased in 1960 and has the ornate look I like and was very expensive at the time( solid wood- not veneer) so I really do not want to chuck it out. By the way ,your dog is adorable! Thank you for all your help it is greatly appreciated and please do try to send a private e mail

  • Donna McCrummen
    on Apr 14, 2012

    Will do. I'm at the Apple store right now waiting to get my Mail Box fixed. Urg. I'm glad you found a retailer near you. Of course, I'm still happy to help a Hometalker through their project....

  • Sheila B
    on Apr 14, 2012

    how do you get the musty smell out of old furniture. I have a great bedroom set out of solid cherry but the drawers are smellin musty. I've opened them all up, emptied them out and put baking soda in the drawers to sit for a while but the smell is still there and it settles in the clothes in the drawers. What can I do? I don't want to just "cover" up the smell.

  • Sheila B
    on Apr 14, 2012

    ....and back to the original reason for your post, I am terrible with trying to figure out what to do with old furniture like yours. I'd probably sell and start over but that is not the creative side of me. That is the side that says...lets do it the easy way. Haha

  • Paticia G
    on Apr 14, 2012

    Shelia from what I learned so far is the paint Shabby wrote about is super easy and I know it comes in a variety of colors. Old is still very nice

  • Paticia G
    on Apr 14, 2012

    Shabby my thought go out to you My Mac mail once got some kind of virus( yeah I know macs are 99.99.% impervious to a virus) every time I sent an e mail out is duplicated itself hundreds of times. Rest assured I will be contacting you once I get the paint

  • Paticia G
    on Apr 14, 2012

    above in error

  • Donna McCrummen
    on Apr 14, 2012

    @Sheila B - there is nothing worse than stinky wood. Use a good quality primer - paint the inside of each drawer then paint over the primer. Use a good quality semi-gloss and seal it with a polyurethane. I would never use these products on the visible part of furniture because CeCe Caldwell paint and wax is such a beautiful finish. No one will see inside the drawers and hopefully it will take care of the stink.

  • The Empty Nest
    on Apr 15, 2012

    @Sheila B...an even easier fix is to apply clear water based shellac....fast drying and you will have no more odor. I once got rid of the smell of smoke in an old dresser that was in a house fire. Worked GREAT! @PatriciaI G.. I see you are in Florida...here is a link to the BEST FURNITURE PAINT IN THE WORLD! and the ONLY trademarked Chalk Paint™ on the market. No sanding..no priming..no kidding! Robyn will ship ASAP and provide you with thorough directions and helpful application hints. Fine Woodworking just gave this paint a glowing review..the writer said he was 'Smitten' with this product. Country Living Magazine has a whole dining room featured this month...Stunning table and chairs in Paris Grey. Happy to answer any furniture painting questions. Good Luck. http://robynstorydesigns.blogspot.com/

  • Donna McCrummen
    on Apr 15, 2012

    @Janet - my only experience with shellac is stripping it off furniture! Sounds like it would work for smells and a lot easier. Paris Gray is a beautiful color - one of my AS favorites up there with CC Alaskan Green. Interesting - Which AS phrase is trademarked? Trademarks are for "phrases" such as Chalk Paint or ASCP - TM is not a competitive advantage it simple means no one else can use the "phrase". I searched the us patent office site for a TM but couldn't find one. I'd hate to use a TM phrase and be in violation of federal law.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Apr 15, 2012

    Janet M...actually The "Solvent" used in trad shellac is alcohol...not water..but yes it works great as a sealer...both aromatically and for "oily" type woods.

  • Donna McCrummen
    on Apr 15, 2012

    KMS - what's an oily wood?

  • The Empty Nest
    on Apr 16, 2012

    @Shabby Daze...the term CHALK PAINT™ is trademarked to Annie Sloan, who coined the phrase 21 years ago and I would think that by legally being the only one to use that term would give you a competitive advantage in todays market. Sorry you could not find it in the records...believe me...it's there. @KMSWoodworks...alcohol...and thats why it dries so fast?

  • I have seen this "Spanish" type bedroom furniture painted and updated, it looks remarkable. The reason it is still around is because it is made of good wood. I love everything that Shabby Daze does & would heed her advice.

  • Donna McCrummen
    on Apr 16, 2012

    Oh Lee Anne you are so kind - that means the world to me coming from such a talent as you! Wouldn't the Spanish style look great in Mesa Sunset and Santa Fe Turquoise? From this color chart. http://cececaldwells.com/paint-color-chart/ @Janet - I thought the logo was TM'd - it should be it's awesome. I will be sure to use "Chalk and Clay Paint" on my materials. I'm not going to Federal prison LOL

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Apr 16, 2012

    @shabby....some woods like the true rosewoods have natural oils that can react with normal oil based varnishes...sometimes these prevent the varnish from curing properly and being "sticky" Here shellac is used to "seal" the wood first then an oil finish can be used. @janet...Shellac "cures" by having the alcohol solvent evaporate leaving the "resin" behind. Some varnishes cure this way as well but most react "chemically" with the air to facilitate the "curing process" you can read more about how some finishes work in this article I wrote on floor finishes...many of these same actions work for furniture finishes too. http://www.networx.com/article/exotic-wood-floor-finishes-you-havent-s

  • Donna McCrummen
    on Apr 16, 2012

    I will read this a bit later. Funny I've been wondering recently how to use Varathane Floor Finish without getting tiny bubbles. I don't shake but stir gently and still get tiny bubbles.

  • The Empty Nest
    on Apr 16, 2012

    THANK YOU KMS...great info indeed!

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Apr 17, 2012

    @shabby...For Flooring Varthane stirring is the trick as well as surface prep and applicator. I do a very gentle stir with an "up sweep" type of motion it takes about 5 minutes to get it mixed well...for application I pre wet my china bristle brush in solvent then apply thin coats.

  • Donna McCrummen
    on Apr 17, 2012

    Great advice. I'm using water based satin - so I should pre wet the brush with water, yes?

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Apr 18, 2012

    pre-wetting any brush in the "solvent" for your paint or stain will help with brush clean up afterwards. When using latex paints simple water works great. Bubbles can be a problem with "trapped" air, pre-wetting helps here too. Nearly all of the staining I do is oil based and I tend to prefer a cotton rag over a brush (I have many ratty old t-shirts I use) ...It a little messier but "disposable". I have a big ol box of disposable Nitrile gloves for staining and finish work. The Nitrile gloves work the best for oil finishes as basic latex gloves tend to dissolve. These Nitrile gloves are light blue and we call them Smurf gloves

  • Donna McCrummen
    on Apr 18, 2012

    Yep, I have all these supplies too! But I hate using oil based anything. Once I started using CeCe Caldwell's paints and waxes everything else smells real bad - even latex paint - Pre-wetting makes sense then the brush won't get all goopy. The floor finish is supposedly low odor but ew.

  • Kathy C
    on Apr 18, 2012

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all the ideas you got from everyone as I am looking to update my master bedroom as well. But please, please, please do NOT use paper shades/curtains. They are so tacky. A simple shear panel under contrasting panels can do the job so much better. Good luck!

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