Sunday, June 21, 2015

DRESSER TRANSFORMATION…ADDING BAMBOO TRIM

First let me say, and I can't believe I am saying this because of the serious painintheassness involved (and yes that is a word, now anyway) …I am sooooo glad that the designer who picked this piece wanted to do a super high gloss, modern finish in a fun color!  That gorgeous gold hardware didn't hurt at all either.

Really just makes all of the hard work a little more worth it when I am in love with the finish too:)



I've had this idea of adding bamboo trim to a dresser in my head forever, but never found time. Actually, I have a LOT of ideas in my head that I don't have time for, just as I'm sure we all do.

I have always been a huge fan of Bali Hai furniture and really, anything with bamboo or rattan.  Maybe it's the combination of modern, boho, glam, vintage and funky with a touch of elegancy that makes me love it so much!   Whatever it is, because I am eclectic with my own personal design, it's always been a favorite.



Finding the moulding proved to be more way difficult than I thought it SHOULD be.  I mean, was I the only person in the world looking for this stuff?? Evidently I was.

Half round moulding would have obviously been a lot more easier to work with but that was even more difficult to find.   I finally found a website called Beacon Hill. They did have half round but either only "1 left" or "not in stock" every time I checked or called, so I just went ahead and order the full round moulding fully aware that I had extra work ahead of me.

I needed a flat surface for the bamboo so that it would sit on the flat drawer. Because of the uneven nature of this  trim, I could not get a straight cut with either my table saw or chop saw and really, these were not safe options anyway.  Although an orbital sander would work just fine, I have a large belt sander that came if very handy.  I do not use this tool often but when I do need it, I am always so glad to have it on hand.



Trying to cut 45's on my chop saw with this "bumpy" trim was a not working and truthfully, I wanted to quit after a few test cuts.
  
I ended up creating a 45 degree angle template using a clamp and a piece of wood after measuring with true a 45 degree angle.

I used this as my guide for the trim and because it was a soft wood and small piece, it took no time at all to sand it down.

In photo below you can see I set up one for each angle/side.  Watch your little fingers!!


I nailed the trim in place.  The angled corners were tricky but they all turned out pretty good.  Nothing that a little filler couldn't take care of.


You will notice that the old hardware is still on here.  At this point, I had no plans for the piece and was potentially going to use the old hardware.  If I were to do it over again, I would have sanded and filled in the hardware holes, making it a little easier down the road.



I filled in brad nail holes, large hardware holes and did a bead of caulk around the moulding to give it a very polished and finished look.



For fun, here is the "before" picture.



This is probably one of my favorite makeovers and so proud of how it turned out.

I can't believe I am saying this but I'd would really like to do this again and have another piece in mind:)














Friday, June 5, 2015

AVAILABLE COLORS


These are my currently available colors.  The "UNFINISHED- FOR SALE" pricing is when done in one of these stock colors. 
I try to keep them updated as they are constantly changing.  I may only have enough of a particular color to do one piece but don't be afraid to ask! And remember, for a $40 charge, I can always get my lacquer custom mixed in any color for you:)

REDS AND PINKS

SW 7600 BOLERO



























MARTHA STEWART - MAIN LOBSTER





BM SALSA DANCING 

















MS TERRA ROSA

























SCRUMPTIOUS - Olympic A32-4




SW CRABBY APPLE 

























MAGENTA


SW FOXY 6333

























SW IMPATIENT PINK 
























SW ARRESTING AUBURN 




















SW STOLEN KISS 




















BM SMOLDERING RED 















YELLOWS AND ORANGES




STARTLING ORANGE













SW KNOCKOUT ORANGE 





















PUMPKIN CREME


THANKSGIVING- BEHR-



BUTTERED YAM




BELIEVABLE BUFF 



BM YELLOW FINCH












HAWTHORNE YELLOW


MARBLEHEAD



GREENS


RELISH




KELLY GREEN 


RESTORATION HARDWARE-SEA GREEN




SPONGE GREEN




GECKO


SPRING MOSS


ALEXADRITE

DAKOTA WOODS GREEN


AMAZON MOSS

FESTIVAL GREEN


RECYCLED GLASS


OLIVE BRANCH














SWEET VIBRATIONS














CABANA GREEN















PURPLES

PASSIONATE PURPLE






















BLACKBERRY





CINNAMON SLATE










BLUES


YOSEMITE BLUE (CUSTOM MIX BUT VERY CLOSE TO THIS BM COLOR)


SLATE TILE



MEDITERRANEAN

Hexadecimal Value: #657C81
LRV: 18



BLUE DEPTHS



TROPICANA CABANA



COVINGTON BLUE




PROVINCIAL BLUE



DEEP SEA DIVE



AQUARIUM



MILL SPRING BLUE



MOUNT SAINT ANNE




TURKISH TILE




STRATTON BLUE




COVINGTON BLUE




BLUE DRAGON



PRUSSIAN BLUE



PEACOCK BLUE




MAXI TEAL





BRACING BLUE





BIRDS EGG
BLUE PLATE





BROWNS


TOASTED CHESTNUT



TOASTY




MESA VERDE TAN
















BM SADDLE BROWN  
















CHATEAU BROWN




GRAYS

SEALSKIN


TIMBER WOLF


REPOSE GRAY

KENDALL CHARCOAL



CHELSEA GRAY






























BM WOLF GRAY 















SLATE TILE




ANCHOR GRAY



AMHERST GRAY