This piece has been finished for a couple of weeks now, but the gloomy weather has proven to be a major hurdle in taking pictures of it. I am at work all day, so I miss occasional sunny weekdays. I have to have sunshine on a weekend to be able to take blogworthy pictures. I realized how depressingly infrequently that happens here in winter.
Anyway, I present, the loveliest shade of sunshine you’ve ever seen. Meet Van Gogh Yellow by Fine Paints of Europe. When I saw this piece at Miriam Switching Post, I was a little surprised by how well built it was, and at the same time, shocked by how horrible the finish was. The piece is Harmony House brand by Sears. I highly doubt the finish was original, I mean, look at the dripping stain on the edges. Eek! Also, there was no way the hardware was original. They looked like bunch of cheap, gold knobs. Nothing like the lovely mid-century hardware you’d expect to see on a piece like this.
First order of business was to strip down the finish. Citristrip is my favorite furniture stripper. It works like magic without a harsh chemical-y smell. I decided on Van Gogh Yellow for this. No particular reason, I just wanted to play with this lovely shade of yellow. I primed all the surfaces that were going to be painted with Kilz Original Primer tinted yellow. If you ask the person in the paint department at Lowes, they will be happy to tint the Kilz for you. Tinted primer helps immensely with coverage, otherwise you have to use a LOT of paint to cover the wood. It is the same piece from before to after, I promise! New paint, new hardware and new life. The paint is completely dry and cured – it’s been sitting around, waiting for its photoshoot for weeks now. It looks wet, I know. It’s juicy and glossy; just mesmerizing. The shine just makes me giddy.
I live for the reflections shots, you know that by now. One more — I added these lovely pulls to contrast the bright yellow. They were copper and rather meh! looking when I bought them. Not exactly what I wanted. I refinished the pulls with Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. I think they look way cooler with the gentle curves of the piece. They also give that midcentury vibe. Definitely a huge improvement over the gold knobs.
Can you see the messy kids’ room in the reflection? Busted LOL! I can’t keep the kids’ room tidy and make time to paint glossy furniture…can’t do both. The wall color is Benjamin Moore’s Gypsy Pink. This piece is available for sale in my etsy store. Local pickup is available. I will be happy to deliver it locally for a small fee. Please email for shipping quote for out of town delivery.