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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 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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