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Before & After 1958 chest of drawers

We love coming across vintage real wood treasures that have lost their sass due to wear and neglect.  This beauty had wire tied where the handles should had been and the top was mangled from wear and tear. We did not find a maker’s mark but we did find a stamp dated January 1958 on the bottom of one of the drawers.  This is all wood, tongue and groove drawers and lovely as can be now that it has been revamped by one of our local artists.  Sanded down and revamped with a lovely custom color of barely blue hand made chalk paint and then sealed with several coats of matte sealant.  Vintage handles are the original handles that we were lucky to find inside the chest of drawers.

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Before and After 40s Chest of Drawers

We love revamping items such as this 1940s chest of drawers.  This item found its way into our lives and it was just screaming to be loved and transformed back into its heyday.  After cleaning it with gentle cleaners and lots of elbow grease to get the nicotine and years of grime off, we gently sanded it, glued and shored up the drawers, and then prepared it for its first coat of primer.

We used three coats of primer, leaving dry time in-between coats.  Then we decided to go monochromatic in a lovely 1940s glamour grey.  After applying six coats with dry time in-between coats, we let it cure for a few days.  After that, we applied three coats of a clear, yet matte top coat, allowing dry time in-between coats.  Now it is lovely and ready to shine in its new home.  We priced it at a reasonable $159.  Call 850/224-6666 for more information on this or other items we have revamped, or to purchase via phone.  Check out other items on our Facebook page where there are many photos to look at http://www.Facebook.com/theothersidevintage or Instagram #theothersidevintage.

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Before + After the Katy table.

As you can see here, when you come across a furniture item that has some minor issues sometimes the best answer is to sand it down and give it some love with a new sassy color scheme. This table is sturdy, a great size and good functionally, but was lacking some much needed loving.

After sanding it down, priming it, and then several coats of a sassy orange-red color, along with several coats of a sealer, it is ready to go!  We called her Katy.

 

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Before and After Grande Dame carved vintage chair.

This lovely chair has so much character and a little bit of a back story.  She arrived at our store with a set of 4 other chairs.  The client swore this chair matched all the rest, but in reality, this chair did not match the other chairs.  It was  a bit older and had a different carving pattern on the back of the chair.
Of course the other chairs sold fairly quick, while this lone chair sat in waiting to be picked and loved.  A month went by and so she called out for some TLC. It was time for a retro revamp as we like to call upcycling.

We have spent hours with her, starting with cleaning her up with some mild soap and water and letting her dry and soak up the fresh sunny Florida air.  Although on some of the days it was a chilly 40-50 degrees.  Then began the retro revamp with light sanding to remove the thick polyurethane she was covered in.  Next up was three coats of primer [she was very dark wood].  The next step was choosing a lovely custom color of what we like to call cafe blanco.  It is a lovely white color with just the hint of a pale pink.  After hand painting her with three coats with waiting time in-between each coat, she really was calling out to us and her name became the Grande Dame chair.  Next came another custom color of what we like to call creamy white watered down for a whitewash effect on top of the other coats of cafe blanco. Then we realized the back should be just as fascinating as the carving on the front.  So the decision was made to add a custom pink color on the top of the back so if she is seen from across the room the back would be just as lovely.  The pink was a custom color we call carnival cotton candy and then after several coats we dry brushed another custom color called cartoon purple in several coats.  Then we used a dark washing of a greyish color for the shading.

After a day soaking up the Florida sun, it was time to distress her.  Hand distressing in all the right spots that would be affected over the years of being sat in around a big table with friends and family, or alone for a good book.  Spending hours with this chair was fun!  After distressing it was time for wipe down to get all sanding residue away. Then the final steps were crackling her and then sealing her with several coats of clear.

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Before and After demi loon mint julep table.

We love before and afters.  This before and after is of a demi loon mahogany table.  It has its blemishes and has been very loved.  Reworked by first sanding, then two coats of primer due to the deepness of the color of the original wood.  Then six coats of a custom blend which becomes just slight of a true mint color.  Then we hand distressed the table, and then topped off with three coats of a clear protective finish.

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Vintage table set – before and after

 

 

 

 

 

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This beautiful wood table set came with 2 leaves and 6 chairs.  After purchasing this set from a local antique dealer, it was time to revamp her and make her more adorable.  She came with great bones, great details, wood was in good shape, although she needed a major cleaning.  After several hours of cleaning, began the sanding process.  Due to the detailing on the legs, it was sanding via electric sander but also a major amount of hand sanding.  After curing for many days, three layers of primer was applied to the table, both the leaves, and all 6 chair bases.

The seats of the chairs were gently removed and all original hardware saved.  It took a while to choose just the right fabric, but this lively pattern was found and we knew it was the one.  While firming up the chairs and padding, it was time to recover the chairs.  After several weeks of the primer curing, it was time for 6 coats of a lovely creamy, white color to revamp the table.  There were approximately 2-3 days of curing of the paint in-between the layers.  After drying time, a clear, non-yellowing top coat was applied in four layers.  Each layer required curing/drying time.

Then was the next step.  Distressing.  Hand distressing with several different levels of sandpaper grit.  This process lovingly took a few days.  Distress for a while, step away and come back to it the next day to start again.  After distressing, it was time to clean off any residue from distressing.  After a day to settle, it was time to add two more layers of clear, non-yellowing top coat with time for curing/drying in-between each layer.  Now she is happier in her new frocks.

Before and After Metal Cabinet

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Rescued a metal cabinet that was slender, tall and perfect for storing all manner of things.  It had been painted a dull flat black on the front and sides but left a mess on the inside.  After a good sanding and cleaning up a bit, we used a primer on it in black, since it was mostly black all ready.  Then after a few coats of black on both sides, inside and back, we decided a great punch of blue would be the ticket.  Add several coats of glossy blue on both sides, top and the front and it is friendlier.  A little bit of detailing on the new sleek handle and this cabinet is ready for all kinds of goodies to store.