Pie Safe: A Painting Tutorial

It is finished! Painting right now in this season of life is not enjoyable.  I need projects that I can give attention to for a short amount of time and can be easily interrupted then set aside.  Painting furniture is not that kind of project.  But I did it, I finished the pie safe and love how it looks in our new space.  I thought I would share my tips on how I paint furniture since I will probably take a break for a while from it.

Here is what the piece looked like when I bought it.  I liked the painted detail but it didn’t go with the room.  It also originally had screen in the doors but you couldn’t see the dishes inside so I removed the screen and added glass.


I decided to paint it a more neutral color, Quiver Tan by Sherwin Williams.  I always paint two coats, sometimes three.  If I were to distress the piece and age it with stain, glaze or wax I would paint one or two coats. I decided not to distress this piece because I didn’t want the original blue to show through so I painted two coats then touched up in some areas with a third.

When I paint a piece I paint a section by brushing in one direction first.


Then horizontally


In order to not see the horizontal brush strokes come to a stop at the edge of the vertical strokes I feather the horizontal strokes into the vertical strokes.


Then I go back with a bit of new paint and feather the vertical strokes over the horizontal ones.


Hope that makes sense!

My secret to inexpensive furniture makeovers is inexpensive paint so I buy $5 sample colors. The thing with buying sample colors is the guys at the paint store will tell you that the paint is not durable enough to be a top coat and I totally agree.  I would not use the sample colors on trim work or kitchen cabinets.  In order to provide a top coat I use Polycrylic, in clear satin by Minwax.  Polycrylic is water based so it won’t yellow over time like polyurethane.


I apply it using a foam brush.


The Polycrylic will leave a milky white finish when you paint it on but will dry clear.

I wanted a pop of color in the room so I painted the inside in Hazel by Sherwin Williams.


Here is the before one more time.


Here is the after.

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With love,


Furniture… My Canvas Of Choice

I would like to say hi to all my new subscribers!  Welcome to The Rescued Home.  Hope you enjoy following along as we continue in our DIY adventure.

I’m sitting on my couch, eating hummus (which is amazing because I never thought I would touch the stuff again after my first trimester), baby is sleeping, a storm is rolling in… life is good.  I have been meaning to write this post for almost two weeks now! It seems once house work is done, family is tended to and I am able to get in some down time I just don’t have space in my life to sit at the computer for an extended amount of time.  I’m sure many of you can relate.  So here I am with a window of time to write and I’m taking it, the laundry can wait!

Furniture is my canvas of choice!  Ever since I was a little girl I loved to take an old piece of unwanted furniture and transform it into something beautiful.   My mom taught me how to have a steady hand and I actually love painting.  I wouldn’t consider myself an artist when it comes to painting.  Don’t give me an actual canvas and ask me to paint anything more advanced than what a five-year old could paint but give me an old dresser and voila I feel like Michelangelo!

I had a friend contact me about refinishing her daughter’s dresser.  I accepted the job on the terms that I couldn’t promise a quick turn around.  Before Eliza I knew how long it would take to refinish a piece but after baby I had no idea.  Surprisingly, I was able to finish it in a reasonable amount of time.  The process looked different, I would paint for about 30 minutes then stop to feed Eliza, then paint for another 30 and stop to put her down for a nap, then paint for 2 hours then stop to play with her, you get the picture.  Where I used to just plow through a project I have now learned to work quickly when time allows.  Much like this blog post, my fingers are moving much faster with anticipation that I will hear a little squeal come from the other room telling my time alone is up!

Here is the dresser before.

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Here is the inspiration picture.


I found the picture here Classic Casual Home 

Here is the finished dresser.

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And it looks like my time is up!

Stay tuned for my next post.  We started a new project in the dining room and I can’t wait to share it with all of you.

With love,

Painted Vanity

I have been anxiously waiting to write this post!  Before we left for our trip I painted a bathroom vanity for a customer and I finally had the chance to get in and snap a few pictures of the finished piece.  Painting furniture is so therapeutic for me and one of my greatest hobbies.

The customer had purchased a dining room sideboard and wanted to turn it into a bathroom vanity.
Here it is before.

This vanity from Restoration Hardware was the look I was going for.

Here is the finished vanity.
They had a handsome vessel sink and faucet installed and added new hardware.

I am so pleased with how it turned out!  Now I am trying to figure out where I can use this paint treatment in my own house.  If you live in the San Marcos area and are wanting this same look in your house leave a comment, I would love to work with you.

With love,

Table Makeover

Today is a very exciting day!  The sheet rock is going up on the walls in the bathroom.  We FINALLY finished the electrical and plumbing.  So for all of you who have been waiting on a house update, it is coming!!  I will post pictures soon.

One of my passions is refinishing furniture.  It goes along with that drive inside of me that comes alive when I see something rescued and restored.  I feel like I used to have more time to do it before we took on a much larger refinishing project, a 1600 sq. ft. house!!!  So in the mix of the bathroom remodel, starting a business and ministry I threw in a table makeover.  A few months ago I saw this picture on Reclaimed Studio.

First off I LOVED this kitchen and the other thing that caught my eye was the round table/island.  I loved the idea of two pieces of furniture as islands.  It reminded me of a kitchen you would see in a cottage in Tuscany (by the way I am crazy about Tuscany!).   So when I stumbled…well I don’t know if I ever really stumble onto anything it’s more like when I was scouring an antique shop, I found a table that reminded me of the picture. (I took a before picture but I think I erased it, sorry).  I bought it with the intention of refinishing it and selling it.  So… 4 months later it is ready for its big reveal.  I am quite pleased with the finished product.

What do you think?? I thought it could be used as a kitchen island, in a breakfast nook or as an entry way table.  It is currently listed on my Etsy shop, Rescued Home Interiors.

With love,