Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Painted Sideboard Wears Family Stamp

It's old.

It's ours.

It's been through a few floods on the Platte River.

But we're embracing this piece

passed down to us

and making it our own.

Here is the before.

I am so excited about the arrival of my Milk Paint

and this is just the piece I decided to try it on.

I'm hooked.

Even though I didn't get a lot of chippy happenings,

I got a lot of nice distressed areas that are perfectly worn looking.

I applied two coats of paint in Shutter Gray. (love)

There was definitely more breakdown reaction after the second coat.

A little scraping with a putty knife.

A little sanding.

Then onto my tattoo.

I decided to brand my sideboard with a stamp.

Because the generations before us lived on the Platte River

so did this furniture.

Because they survived the floods

so did this furniture.

It's where they came from.

So we'll wear it proud.

A pencil transfer, a chalk outline, and liner brush detail

create the faded look I want.

I sanded it a bit

and then applied the clear wax.

I added just a small amount of dark wax to some of the edges.

I used new hardware

and liked the mix of the black with the glass.

I also liked the natural wood top

(stripped two coats of sealer then waxed)

We will be using this as our new tv stand.

You might remember I painted one before in Bahama Blue.

Well, you gotta like change around here

because the Bahama Blue

and found a new home.

Our new inherited piece will stay with us.



Just the way I like it

The Family Stamp

will make sure this is home.

Pin It!

So it's official.

Milk Paint Love Here.

Can't wait to try it again!

Always glad to have you visit friends!


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Twice Nice said...

Gorgeous Deb! Love the stamp! I debated on ordering the shutter gray...wish I had now ;-).

Mel said...

oh wow! The colour is fab and the personalized stamp is perfect. said...

This turned ou fabulous. ....and I love the rest of your room...esp the bikinis and trunks hanger. I am your newest follower!

Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos

Rasonda @ East Conolly Cottage said...

Love, love, LOVE! You have totally revamped your site since I have visited last and you have a TON of followers. I am loving it, you go girl!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

I think this is one of the most beautiful furniture transformations I've ever seen. Love the color and LOVE the graphic! Yep, I pinned it!

Courtney said...

Beautiful Deb!! The shutter gray sure looks a lovely color and love the top too :)

Maureen Wyatt said...

It looks great and love the personal touch in the script!

Carrie said...

That is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous!! What a difference! I also love the red on the red on the other piece!

Would love for you to link this up at Think Tank Thursday.

ANNE said...

love this piece!!!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Funny how your shutter gray looks lighter and bluer than mine. I love what you did to this piece and the stamp is the perfect addition.

Anne said...

Love the stamp. Isn't it great to have such nice memories in our home. Really love this.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

It looks the stamp!!!



This is absolutely beautiful! Love the color and the stamp!

Alison Agnew said...

you did
a beautiful job
and I love how
well it turned out!

thanks for sharing
at Fridays Unfolded!


Unknown said...

Great! Love how it is personal to you and love how you chose to celebrate that! Beautiful piece.

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

I love this dresser. I have a family dresser that has been passed down four generations. It also came from near the Platt River (Gresham Nebraska). I love you idea of showing where it comes from, so I am going to re-work your idea and add family names too. Thanks for the great idea!

Deb Hrabik said...

How fun! That's such a similar situation. Glad you can use the idea. I'd love to see it when you're done,

Kathryn J Cain said...

love this and what you did is awsome, saved from the flood, and to look this good...impressive

michele said...

what a gorgeous transformation!

hope you can stop by when you have a moment.

smiles and sunshine to you.


Restore and Renew said...

Very nice Donna G.

MacGIRLver said...

This is absolutely great!

Debbie @ MeandMyDIY said...

This piece is stunning! I love everything you did with it, but the stamp is truly inspiring. Well done!

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

Wow. Wow. Wow! Love the graphic on it, too. Your blog is aptly named. Terrific project!

Thanks so much for linking up,
<3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

thedecoratingduchess said...

Love the stamp idea!

Debbie said...

Amazing! It's beautiful and so is the red one :) Love your stamp. You have more talent than anyone I know! Great makeover and I love MMS milk paint too!

Connie@shabbyforsure said...

Hi, I love both pieces. Just beautiful...Connie

Unknown said...


Debbiedoos said...

WOW you are so talented. That is very unique and looks amazing. Thanks for sharing.

craftyles said...

It looks awesome. Love the tranfer you painted on to it. The l=milk paint looks splendid!

Our Pinteresting Family said...

You have a knack of making the ordinary extraordinary that's for sure! It's a gorgeous piece. :) Megan

Cassie Bustamante said...

stunning! i love the painted details you added- so chic!

Unknown said...

I love this! I definitely need to try milk paint!

Carrie said...

As I said before...I LOVE this!
It has been featured at Think Tank Thursday. Please stop to see the feature and link up and new ideas you have!

Sew a Fine Seam said...

I LOVE this! I pinned it!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

This is stunning! Featuring on Tuesday.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

A real beauty and all the more special with such a nice personal touch!

Bliss said...

Pinned it, love it!


kimberlysmoody said...

You did a fantastic job on your piece. Great vision--works in your room perfectly! One of my favorite pieces that I have seen in blogland.

Unknown said...

LOVE this!! Gorgeous! And the stamp is the best

Jenna said...

This is just gorgeous! The family stamp is beautiful and makes the piece even more special. Pinned this one!

Jenna @

willowcreek said...

Wow! This piece is amazing. I love the tattoo! Love it!

Inspired by you said...

I simply love it! What a wonderful job! I just got my milk paint. Can't wait to give it a go!

Danielle said...

Love this. So beautiful.

Unknown said...

What an amazing piece, I just love your design, the finished color, the meaning behind it ~ extraordinary!!

Anne said...

This is so fantastic! I have had so many people - friends, clients, etc who have pieces of furniture that have been passed down to them, and they want to keep it but they just don't love the piece as-is. What a spectacular way to personalize a piece. Kudos to you!! Pinned, shared. Love it. Visiting via Roadkill Rescue where your plant stand was featured. So glad I stopped by!!

Anne @

Tammigirl said...

Sometimes when I see a piece of furniture I don't just think it is beautiful... I have an emotional reaction. This piece creates an emotional reaction. Great job, just really lovely work!

Anonymous said...

This is a gorgeous make over. I would love to know how you did the tattoo. What program were you using?

Deb Hrabik said...

I used Photoshop to lay out the design.


WOW! This is wonderful!!!

Unknown said...

This piece is amazing!!! Do you have any experience with painting a piece for outdoor use? I was wondering if I would need some additional steps to protect the wood from rotting.