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I know, it’s been a long time since I’ve written about the work we’ve been doing at our shop but between writing a training book, developing a curriculum and teaching future interior designers; managing a wonderful staff, running a shop, fulfilling custom orders, loving the great family I’ve been blessed with, and well, living life, I’ve finally decided that this project is worth taking time out to write about it.

There are so many great ideas out in the world  and I’ve always wanted to do some sort of  “luggage” themed makeover, but coming across the right piece of furniture was a long time waiting.   During the summer, I put it out that I wanted something to paint.   Boy did I get some responses!  After finishing custom painted pieces for beloved clients, I was finally able to get donated pieces from a friend.  We picked up the two nightstands and a dresser months ago, and after drawing a couple of designs and contemplating how I wanted to tackle this fun project, we finally set out to do it.

Before

Before

The first thing we do with any piece of furniture before we work on it is to make repairs and clean it well – really well.   With the paint products we use, we do not have to sand nor prime our furniture pieces.   We used American Paint Company Clay/Chalk/Mineral Paint and Aging Wax, as well as Briwax, and Valspar’s Weathered Crackle Medium.

Marissa giving one of the drawers a coat of American Paint Company's Amber Waves of Grain.

Marissa giving one of the drawers a coat of American Paint Company’s Amber Waves of Grain.

I found artwork and patterns to use on selected drawer fronts

I selected some drawers to add patterns and artwork using Outdoor Modge Podge to adhere onto the drawer fronts

After the crackle medium was applied, we painted these drawers with American Paint Company's "Tumbleweed,"  a discontinued color, but a great base color for leathered looks.

After the crackle medium was applied, we painted these drawers with American Paint Company’s “Tumbleweed,” a discontinued color, but a great base color for leathered looks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To get a weathered and worn look, using the crackle medium  and one coat of APC’s “Cannon Ball,” then finishing up with wax worked out well.

The bodies of the dresser and nightstands were painted with APC's "Cannon Ball" and then waxed with Briwax Dark Brown  to give a worn/cracked  leather look.

The bodies of the dresser and nightstands were painted with APC’s “Cannon Ball” and then waxed with Briwax Dark Brown to give a worn/cracked leather look.

Using the aging wax makes the piece look more like vintage luggage

Using the aging wax makes the piece look more like vintage luggage

After the wax dried, we buffed and then started attaching the hasps and handles

After the wax dried, we buffed and then started attaching the hasps and handles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It took me a while to find the right hasps and handles because I did not want to spend too much money, but then I also wanted the pieces to look authentically styled.  I finally decided to go forward and buy some hasps and replacement luggage handles  from Amazon, and would “age” them with paint.    I also wanted to use buckles and snaps, but found them either too small, too expensive or not in stock.  So I purchased some scrap leather from Hobby Lobby and cut them into strips.   I used furniture nail heads to mimic snaps and accents.

by using leather strips, adding upholstery nail heads, and luggage handles and hasps, these drawers started looking more authentic

by using leather strips, adding upholstery nail heads, and luggage handles and hasps, these drawers started looking more authentic

Even when we "messed up" the results were amazing.

Even when we “messed up” the results were amazing.

Sometimes products don’t want to play nice.  Crackle medium can be a challenge to work with, but even as the girls stressed a bit about the outcome, I reassured them it would all be okay.  As pictured above,  Our “mistakes” actually adds character.

By finding large images on the web and printing them onto regular paper, they can be used as artwork

By finding large images on the web and printing them onto regular paper, they can be used as artwork

looks nice, don't you think?

looks nice, don’t you think?

All in all, this was a fun project, and our favorite to date.

We added awesome fabric to the interior of the drawers

We added awesome fabric to the interior of the drawers

to get this strap to look more like leather, we applied the paint very thick and laid a paper towel down to create texture, then with the antiquing wax, it popped!

to get this strap to look more like leather, we applied the paint very thick and laid a paper towel down to create texture, then with the antiquing wax, it popped!

 

little details add so much character

little details add so much character

little unexpected details

little unexpected details

All done and ready for it's new owners to come find it!

All done and ready for it’s new owners to come find it!

so much character!

so much character!

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