Before & after … the journey

An awful lot of work goes on between these 'before' and 'after' photos. 
When I get a new piece I clean thoroughly & inspect it carefully so I can see what needs to be fixed (gluing, replacing etc). 

Then a good sand and filling of dings & scratches is the next step. 

If I plan to use lighter colours I ALWAYS apply a primer/sealer/undercoat in case of tannin blead. 

Then 2 or 3 coats of paint and often varnish for extra protection. 

Then comes the fun part: the finishing touches such as adding stencils, transfers, metallic paint, gold leaf, decoupage etc. 

With lots of waiting in between for things to dry. 

Once finished I also leave time for paint & varnish to cure before listing for sale.

As you can see a lot of these pieces are damaged & quite ugly before their make over: but if they have good lines and are well made and 100% wood they are SO WORTH SAVING!

B4 ~ hall table
B4 ~ hall table
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After: crisp white
After: crisp white
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B4-coffee table with shelf
B4-coffee table with shelf
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AFTER - cane highlighted
AFTER - cane highlighted
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B4 - bought separately
B4 - bought separately
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AFTER - unified in grey
AFTER - unified in grey
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B4 - a damaged top
B4 - a damaged top
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AFTER - Scandi look
AFTER - Scandi look
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B4 - bland + boring
B4 - bland + boring
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AFTER - a blue stunner
AFTER - a blue stunner
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B4 - plane jane desk
B4 - plane jane desk
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AFTER - French themed
AFTER - French themed
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BR - lovely lines
BR - lovely lines
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AFTER - green + copper
AFTER - green + copper
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B4 -  nice but boring
B4 - nice but boring
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AFTER - quirky makeover
AFTER - quirky makeover
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B4 - nice lines & pulls
B4 - nice lines & pulls
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AFTER - just stunning
AFTER - just stunning
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B4 - dark stained chair
B4 - dark stained chair
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AFTER - a highlight in any room
AFTER - a highlight in any room
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B4 - a bit sad
B4 - a bit sad
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AFTER - wow!!!
AFTER - wow!!!
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B4 - damaged OAK
B4 - damaged OAK
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AFTER - metallics to the rescue
AFTER - metallics to the rescue
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BF: sanding down
BF: sanding down
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After: vision in grey
After: vision in grey
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B4: ugly drawers
B4: ugly drawers
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After: graduated grey
After: graduated grey
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BF: round bedside
BF: round bedside
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After: greys & yellow
After: greys & yellow
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B4: Table + chairs
B4: Table + chairs
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After: B'n'W Beauty
After: B'n'W Beauty
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B4: pine side table
B4: pine side table
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After: dark blue + Danish oil
After: dark blue + Danish oil
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BF: chair
BF: chair
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After: linen & pale grey
After: linen & pale grey
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Before: damaged tops
Before: damaged tops
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After: simple beauty
After: simple beauty
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B4: boring pine
B4: boring pine
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After : WOW factor
After : WOW factor
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Before: table + shelf
Before: table + shelf
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After: stunning simplicity
After: stunning simplicity
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B4: Oak chair
B4: Oak chair
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After: B & W simplicity
After: B & W simplicity
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