Sunday, April 17, 2011

I'm baaack....with a before & after story...

wowza.  The past few weeks have been pretty crazy.  With projects going on, planning a 16th birthday party, going out of town for a reunion, and oh yeah...working with 2 toddlers and 1 teenager and a hubby to take care of...I've been a little scattered to say the least. 

My last post was a teaser for you.  But I'm sure you could figure out I was re-doing some kind of piece of furniture.  You are smart girls.  So sit back and let me tell you a story about this project.

Once upon a time, there was a girl and boy who got married.  Instead of buying a new bedroom suite, they kept the boy's bedroom suite.  It was a perfectly functional suite, but the girl didn't really care for the honey oak color. 

She lived with it for a few years, then decided to paint it black.

(disclaimer:  these pics were taken in 2008, before the girl knew they would become public in blogland, otherwise she might have cleaned 'staged' the room better)

The boy didn't really say much about it.  He said he preferred wood grain, but again, he never really said a lot so the girl didn't think much about it.

Fast forward another 3 years.  The boy and girl were at a party, and the boy mentioned something to somebody about how the girl paints everything!  He also said something again about painting his bedroom furniture black, but she didn't paint her furniture.

The girl asked the boy, 'did it really bother you that much that I painted the bedroom furniture?'  The boy replied  'Yes'.  And for the first time, the girl felt like crap about painting his furniture.  It really bothered her.  She knew what she had to do. 

The perfect time was coming up.  The boy was going out of town for 5 days.  The girl would strip the black paint from the bedroom furniture, then restain it a darker wood tone, and surprise him when he comes home.  Yes, that's it.  Easy peasy.

She gathered up her supplies:
Citristrip Stripping Gel- since it's safe for use indoors
Citristrip After Wash
Plastic scrapers
Steel wool
Minwax Gel Stain
Minwax Wood Conditioner
Plastic Tarps
Sponge brushes
Paint brush

One thing was missing.  A camera.  The boy took the camera on his trip, and the girl couldn't find her memory stick for her camera.  So there are no pictures of the process. 

But here is the quick & dirty rundown (more dirty than quick):

-Apply Citristrip and wait 30 minutes
-Use plastic scraper to scrape paint off
-Apply afterwash and scrub with steel wool
-Let wood dry, then sand wood with 120 grit, then 200
-Use tackcloth to remove dust
-Apply wood conditioner with paint brush
-Apply gel stain with sponge brush, then wipe with clean cloth. 
-After stain dries, apply poly

Sounds easy, right?  bwahahahaha.  Multiply this process by a headboard, footboard, dresser with 8 drawers, and a nightsand with 2 drawers.  And oh yeah...keeping a 2.5 and 4 year old occupied during this whole process.

After 5 days of a MESS (to say the least), everything was cleaned up minutes before the boy came home from his trip.  And the girl PRAYED he would like it.  And he did.

The boy said that the girl didn't have to do that, but he was very appreciative.

Here is the (almost) finished product.  Staying true to character, the girl still hasn't poly'd anything, and is still trying to figure out what hardware to use on the dresser and nightstand (instead of the brass batman pulls).

What do you think?

(this is the actual color--not the orangey brown above)

Which hardware do you like?  Not committed to either of them, though.

The headboard and footboard are not perfect.  But it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful, right?  The girl's ADD really kicked in when trying to strip all those spindles!

All in all, it was a messy learning process.  A literal labor of love.  Just a few more projects, and I hope to reveal the whole room.

Let the girl know what you think!  She's been missing ya'll!!! 


  1. Bless your heart. It's a big one I'm telling you. Wow. 5 days of stripping all those little curves and crevices. I was expecting you to say you went out and bought him new furniture. You are very sweet and considerate. Not to mention talented. The furniture looks great. I can't decide on the pulls. Have you tried other colors besides silver? Great job.

  2. Wow what a job, looks great tho'! I like it better than the black. I think I like the pull on the left. All my furniture is going from black to white, I dread it but it'll look better! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Oh MY!!! I can't believe you did that. It looks awesome and even if Hubby didn't say much, I'm sure he was really happy. What are you doing with all that bedding now? Maybe I'll take one off your hands . . .

  4. The furniture looks fantastic. Really i like it.Specially i like that black furniture. It looks great.
    -Black bedroom furniture

  5. ohhh, what a job! that girl must really LOVE that boy!
    great job on the furniture, and the bedroom is looking good in the newer post!
    and... happy belated bd to T !!

    Looks like a great party!