Talk Of The Town Party 147

Happy Halloween friends! Wishing you a funfilled spooktacular day tomorrow. I have to admit, I'm not much into Halloween. We're THAT house with the lights off and nobody home. In my defense, we live in an older neighborhood and lucky if we get 20 kids. Instead, we'll be spending it with our grandchildren in their neck of the woods.
Talk Of The Town Party 147 Features

Welcome back to Talk of the Town!
Talk of the Town link party
First, let's take a look at what you may have missed from your party hosts!

Here's what we're talking about from last week's party!

Concrete Pumpkin Vase - ArtsyVaVa
The Very Best Instant Pot Chili Recipe - The Country Chic Cottage

Now, it's your turn!
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The quick but not so quick Vintage Wall Curio Cabinet

Would you bid on this beat up small curio if you saw it posted at an online auction? I've seen them priced anywhere between $99 - $400⁺. Mr. Frugalista's winning bid was a whopping $12! I did the happy dance when he brought it home. So you're probably wondering why I titled this post the quick but not so quick vintage wall curio cabinet.

Vintage Wall Curio Cabinet Before

I started working on it back in April and we're almost in November. Which is crazy because it took no time at all to finish this curio. The most time-consuming part of the makeover was waiting for glue to cure.

Vintage Wall Curio Cabinet Makeover

After removing the glass and the shelves, I gave it a whitewash with Annie Sloan Old White chalk paint. The top shelf split in two when I removed it.

Vintage Wall Curio Cabinet Broken Shelf

I could have cut a brand new board using the old one as a template but who has time for that. Ahem, evidently I had plenty of time but I digress. Nothing that some wood glue and a couple of clamps couldn't fix.

Vintage Wall Curio Cabinet Repaired Shelf

While the glue was setting I painted the back of the curio cabinet a light grey.

This is the point where I abandoned the project 

My focus turned to our budget-friendly deck makeover and it consumed the entire summer. Then autumn arrived and I was having too much fun making things like these Fall Stenciled Pillow Covers and Painted Dollar Store Pumpkins.

Finally last weekend I got back to the abandoned curio cabinet and things were moving along smoothly until my little oops.

After cleaning and reinstalling the side glass it was time to insert the shelves. Instead of nailing them onto the brackets and trying to fit into the notches inside the cabinet, the brackets were inserted into the notches first. Wood glue was spread onto the top of each bracket and the shelves set in place and secured with clamps until the glue set.

Vintage Wall Curio Cabinet Shelf Installation

Unfortunately, in the process of installing the shelves, the paint on the back got scratched in a few places. When I went to touch it up with Annie Sloan Paris Grey, because for the life of me that's what I remember painting it back in April, the paint didn't match (see photo above).

I had no idea what color I must have painted the darn thing. My forgetfulness ended up being a blessing in disguise because I dry brush two more colors over top to hide the mistake. First I swiped Paris Grey across the back and then Old White and the new layers added so much charm.

Next, the glass was inserted in the doors but unfortunately, some of the original wood blocks to hold it in place were missing. Using what was on hand, small wooden dowels were cut to size, painted white, and glued in place. One on the top and one on the bottom of each door.

Last but not least the base of the cabinet was nailed on with brads and finally the small curio is finished.

Ready to see what this vintage wall curio cabinet looks like now?

Here's the before...
Vintage Wall Curio Cabinet Closed Before
...and here it is after the makeover.
Vintage Wall Curio Cabinet After
Here is a side view of the cabinet before...
Vintage Wall Curio Cabinet Side View Before
...and here is the side view after.
Vintage Wall Curio Cabinet Side View After
This is the cabinet open before the makeover...
Vintage Wall Curio Cabinet Open Before
...and open after the makeover.
Vintage Wall Curio Cabinet Open Glass Doors

In the photo above you can see the light grey and white paint layers on the back of the cabinet?

Here's a close up of the pretty carved scrollwork on the top of the curio.

Vintage Wall Curio Cabinet Scrollwork
I love the arched windows on the sides of the curio cabinet.
Vintage Wall Curio Cabinet With Arched Windows

Vintage Wall Curio Cabinet Styled For A Bathroom

Vintage Wall Curio Cabinet With Grey Washed Back

Vintage Wall Curio Cabinet With Crystal Soap Dish

Not bad for $12! Mine compares with the French Country and Farmhouse Curio Cabinets I've seen at fine retailers starting at $99.

The moral of this makeover, with a little elbow grease you can get the high end look at bargain prices by thrift shopping.

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How One Napkin Can Transform A Serpentine Dresser

Friends, I'm not going to lie, I stepped out of my comfort zone on this one. I walked into this furniture makeover with a clear vision and walked away saying, well that was interesting! And it all started with one napkin and an old dresser that looked like it had been taken into a back alley and beat on. I personally love the results and I'm going to show you how one napkin transformed a serpentine dresser.

Decoupaged Napkin Serpentine Dresser Before

I searched online in an attempt to narrow down how old this two-drawer serpentine dresser may be. It is a numbered piece from the Holland Furniture Co. in Michigan but unfortunately, the furniture stamp on the back doesn't have a date.

Serpentine Dresser Makeover With Decoupaged Napkin

Before I show you the results, let's take a look at how this poor thing had seen it's better days. I had my work cut out for me with the buckled wood top and missing veneer.

Serpentine Dresser Buckled Wood Top

Sadly the lovely burled veneer on the sides and front were damaged too. There was also some decorative trim missing on the bottom.

Serpentine Dresser Damaged Burled Veneer

This is the lovely wood beaded trim that was missing on the opposite side.

Serpentine Dresser Wood Beaded Trim

We looked high and low locally for replacement beaded wood trim and when our efforts came out empty I searched online. I found some in China and Australia but there was no way it would arrive to Canada in time for this month's Furniture Fixer Upper Challenge.

Speaking of which, today is one of my favorite days of the month. It's Furniture Fixer Upper Day where myself and five talented furniture painting friends come together to breath new life into six pieces of furniture. Look for the links to the makeovers at the bottom of this post.
For last months challenge, I added a gorgeous French furniture transfer onto a painted Duncan Phyfe Coffee Table.

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Fixing the nasty warped top and missing veneer

The first order of business was patching the missing veneer and fixing that nasty warped top.

Serpentine Dresser Repaired Warped Top

I planned on replacing the top but Mr. Frugalista was determined that it could be fixed. I shook my head in disbelief and left him in the workshop to give it a try.

Yee of little faith, to my surprise it worked!  What he did first was lay a wet towel along the warp for a couple of hours to soften the wood. Then he filled the gap on the underside with construction adhesive and tightened the top with bar clamps. While clamped he filled the crack on the top with construction glue and let it cure for a couple of days.

There still was a slight bump where the wood buckled but nothing that an orbital sander couldn't fix. The dents and scratches on the top as well as the slight ridge in the crack were filled with my go-to filler compound and sanded smooth when dry. It's not a perfect fix but the imperfections add to the character and charm of this old dresser.

Serpentine Dresser Warped Top Repaired

Replacing the missing trim

Remember that missing trim? I cheated and glued on the pearl stickers pictured below. Once painted you would never know it isn't the real thing.

I removed the original bead trim on the one side and salvaged it for use on a future project.

Serpentine Dresser With Beaded Trim

Changing the hardware

I planned on keeping the vintage drop swing pulls on the bottom drawer but wanted to switch out the ones on the top drawer to two knobs instead. I kept the two outer holes for the new knobs and filled the two inner holes with wood glue, dowels, and filler.

Serpentine Dresser Filling Old Hardware Holes

Don't hate me for what I did next

It nearly killed me to do the next step and I swear I could hear my paternal grandfather who was a custom cabinet maker roll over in his grave.

The burled veneer was beyond repair and so the plan was to paint the dresser. Because I was painting it a light color I was guaranteed paint bleed and so I primed first with BOSS Stain Blocker by Dixie Belle Paint Company. I had to put two coats on the sides and top to stop the paint bleed.

Serpentine Dresser Primed

Painting the dresser

With all those gorgeous curves and the beaded trim, I pictured this serpentine dresser with a feminine makeover. I set about to paint it a custom ever so slight hint of pink. This way the dresser wouldn't scream little girl's room or nursery and would work with a romantic style.

I mixed a custom 50:50 ratio of white linen and vintage cupcake pink. Can you see the hint of pink in the photo below?

Serpentine Dresser Painted Light Pink

It all started with a napkin

The following morning I set about to protect the dresser with white wax. When I went into the shop file cabinet to grab a fresh lint-free rag for buffing my eye caught a glimpse of this one and only napkin.

Serpentine Dresser Makeover Decoupaged Napkin

And I thought, how pretty would that napkin look decoupaged on the top drawer.

How to decoupage with a napkin

  • Peel the extra ply (mine was 2-ply) from the napkin.
  • Fold and cut the napkin in half vertically.
  • Brush Mod Podge onto the drawer front.
  • Eye up the napkin from the center of the drawer front to the left and drop in place.
  • Repeat on the opposite side of the center.
  • Place your hand in a plastic sandwich bag and lightly rub away any air bubbles and wrinkles.
  • Let dry completely.
  • Brush a protective coat of Mod Podge over the napkin and let dry.
  • Trim the napkin with a small craft knife.
  • Carefully smooth the edges of the napkin with either a fingernail file or piece sandpaper.

While I loved the decoupaged floral napkin, I was not happy with the contrast between it and the light pink paint.

And this is where the makeover took an unexpected turn.

Let intuition take the reins

That one little napkin completely changed the direction of this makeover and this is where I told my brain to step aside and let intuition take the reins.

Are you ready?

Serpentine Dresser Makeover With Decoupaged Napkin

Next thing you know I was dry brushing the bottom drawer with a custom dusty rose chalk paint color and carried the color onto both sides and the top.

Serpentine Dresser Dry Brushed

Then I went over the darker pink with white wax.

Serpentine Dresser Top

I grabbed a small art brush and added French Sage artisan powder.

Serpentine Dresser With French Sage Artisan Powder

And then went crazy with a jar of brown wax to age the dresser. I applied it more in the ridges and around the edges on both the top and sides.

Serpentine Dresser Aged With Dark Wax

I found the pretty green knobs in my stash and cleaned the original escutcheon plates and vintage drop swing pulls with Bar Keepers Friend.

Serpentine Dresser Makeover Hardware

You can see the imperfections on the top in the photo below but I say they give this old dresser character and charm.

Serpentine Dresser With Imperfect Charm

Thanks to that lonely little napkin a whole different dresser emerged that took me far out of my comfort zone...and I like it!

Serpentine Dresser With One Floral Napkin

...and I'd love to hear what you think of it too. It's one of those love it or hate it kind of finishes.

This isn't my first decoupaged furniture rodeo. I decoupaged napkins on Mom's Jewelry Chest, burlap fabric onto a Waterfall Dresser, and a shopping bag onto a table.

Serpentine Dresser Makeover Before and After

Now let's see how my talented friends in the Furniture Fixer Uppers group transformed these furniture pieces...

Furniture Fixer Uppers October Furniture Before
Press the links below to see the after photos and tutorials...

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