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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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Assorted fun!

We love the assorted goodies that arrive daily at The Other Side Vintage.  Over 35 consignors, buyers and vendors allows for something different every day.

 

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Cool dresser!

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This great vintage dresser has been lovingly painted, distressed and revamped by our great friends from the Studio Stella line.  This dresser has ample storage but can also be used as an entertainment center for a flat screen tv.

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.