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Display Name: jmassage58
Member Since: 1/22/14

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Before & After: A 1930s Accent Chair Gets a Patterned Pick-me-up
5/26/14 11:32 AM

that's a wonderfully dramatic change!

Before & After: A 1930s Accent Chair Gets a Patterned Pick-me-up
5/26/14 11:28 AM

Great rescue! You succeeded in elevating the look! :-)

Before & After: Michelle's Lightened & Refreshed Nightstands
4/14/14 12:40 PM

bravo! and continued success on your new venture! You're off to a great start!

Before & After: Rachael's Simple and Sweet Found Free Chair Makeover
3/29/14 02:49 PM

Amazing transformation, Cat. Bravo!
Having a couple of cats myself, I knew exactly what had happened to the "before" version.

Before & After: From Cat Scratcher to Purrfect Chair
3/20/14 10:11 PM

I didn't critizice her for painting it. I merely asked a question...which is our right on here isn't it? I didn't say she should or shouldn't do anything with her furniture. Any of us who submit a before/after projects to a forum that allows comments is going to see negative crits as well as positive. Some do it to feel powerful, some may actually even be inspired by someone else's difference of oppinion. My comment about the paint COLOR, was my only criticizm. I praised things about it too. It wasn't a one-sided critique. That's what this forum is for, isn't it...honest, fair comments? I thought it was.

Before & After: A Mid-Century Modern Media Stand Makeover
3/10/14 07:05 PM

I love the lines and original hardware on the lateral drawers of this cabinet. I also love that you "opened up" the central drawers and the choice of pulls there. That's a piece I would have snatched up. Just curious though...was the veneer on the top and sides damaged to require painting? I know its a very personal choice, but the "girl scout green" I feel was an unfortunate choice for this piece. But, the bottom line is that YOU are happy with it. I know it was a lot of work.

Before & After: A Mid-Century Modern Media Stand Makeover
3/9/14 10:51 AM

If the design and line is "right" for your purposes, the amount of work is worth the effort...IF you know what you're doing. It's not if you don't and have no one to ask.
The supplies were minimal for me. I had most of the supplies already and what what paid for, didn't amount to much (silver leaf - $9; danish oil finish -- $7; foam brushes - .50 each)
Vermin: any "vermin" would have been obvious either on the surface (entry holes, chew "tracks") or by testing the sturdiness (wobbling, yet all joints are secure)
For $50 bucks, you can barely buy this look "new" even at Ikea. I know because I've incorporated some of Ikea's products here and there and go there quite often for many different things and "fill-in" furniture.

Before & After: Jim's \"Diamond in the Rough\" Nightstands
2/22/14 10:21 AM

I used "Strip-eze" which will burn you if it gets on your bare skin. I wear chem resistant gloves. You'll know if any gets on you because suddenly you'll feel a gradual warming/stinging sensation and wipe it right off. It's difficult to explain here because it depends on the individual piece you're working on, how its constructed, quality of veneers, layers of paint, level of damage to the underlying wood and quality of the piece. If its an inexpensive, cheaply constructed piece, it would not be worth the trouble. That is when I would suggest using wood filler on any deep scratches/gouges, sanding, priming and painting, using "frog" tape to mask any areas to want to protect or plan to paint a different color. I learned from a friend in his garage. That's what he did for a living at the time. I'm a little rusty, so when I have questions now, I call and ask him about it.

Before & After: Jim's \"Diamond in the Rough\" Nightstands
2/22/14 10:09 AM

Thanks for the compliment. While I agree that was a high price to pay in most places, NYC is its own animal. Mid century modern is huge here the folks here are willing and able to pay when they want something. That drives the market price even for used items. $50 bucks each in NYC for a very well constructed piece of furniture w/only cosmetic issues gets snatched up quick here because there are SO many folks who either know construction and design or know someone who does. I've already been offered $350 each for them! However, I don't do this for re-sale. I do it because I'm one of those many New Yorkers who know quality, but can't afford my own taste. Therefore, it forces one to become creative and patient. It helps a LOT that my background is in interior design. I tend to see "diamonds in the rough" out of necessity! lol! :-)

Before & After: Jim's \"Diamond in the Rough\" Nightstands
2/22/14 09:55 AM

Re: overpriced original condition
I happen to know quality furniture construction, so when I turned them upside down and felt the weight (heavy!) and saw the support construction (I could literally stand on this and it would not wobble) I knew that they would not have been a walnut laminate - had to be a quality veneer/solid walnut. Manufacturers don't take the pains on quality, sturdy construction and then slap laminate on the piece. PLUS, I live in NYC where the "retro" 50's - 70's look is getting top dollar. If I wanted to sell these here, I could get $350+ each now (I was offered!) However, I love them and only put that kinda love into what I want for myself.
Yes, it was more work than I expected, but I find it therapeutic - taking afternoons on my back deck during the summer to really do a quality job in which I take pride. I did about 3 passes with the stripper, resorting towards the end to using various grades of steel wool and a couple of times a toothpick to get out a stubborn bit of paint.
I used lacquor thinner to clean off any stripper residue and a final pass with a very fine steel wool. The Danish oil finish just needed to be brushed on and dries into and becomes part of the wood. I didn't want the thicker polyeurethane varnish look. I wanted to be able to "feel" that walnut while protecting it at the same time.

Thanks for all the comments folks. I enjoy the work when doing it for myself. :-)

Before & After: Jim's \"Diamond in the Rough\" Nightstands
2/9/14 02:53 PM