A Princess Furniture Makeover


I’m gearing up to head to Haven early tomorrow morning, and am nervous and excited all rolled into one.  It’s the first time I’ve gone to Haven, and I don’t “know” anyone, yet I feel like I “know” a lot of these bloggers just from reading them for so many years.  It’s a weird feeling, let me tell you.  But, I can’t wait to get there and experience Haven for myself!

I have taken on a bit of furniture recently, and thought this one was worth sharing, since I know there are a lot of similar pieces floating around up there that people are looking to update.

I know many of us have had similar pieces of furniture in our homes at one time or another.  I know I did!

My client was looking to update the look of this furniture, and sent me this photo, so that I knew the overall look and feel she wanted.

I’ll admit, I was a little nervous, since the finish is so much different than the original.  But, it also gave the the opportunity to work with new products and experiment a bit.  I used some more of the General Finishes products – their milk paint and some of their stains as well.  If you remember, I used their gel stain on my front door and breakfast bar, and have been very pleased with their products.

Here are my front doors, all dressed up for the holidays:

I used General Finishes Milk Paint in Driftwood (I sprayed it with my paint sprayer, which was great), and then used a mahogany stain to give the furniture a bit more depth, and to replicate the look of the “inspiration” photo my client provided.  Then, I topped it off with a couple of coats of poly.  I also added new hardware, courtesy of D. Lawless Hardware, and it really finishes off the new look.  I opted for some pretty glass knobs, paired with some pewter cup pulls.

 There you go!  Princess furniture, updated!  

Have a great day, and if you’re going to Haven, I look forward to meeting you!


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    June 2, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    This is exactly the look I want and it just so happened that I bought the exact paint colors and glaze that you used! Do you have any tips/tricks as to how you applied the glaze? It is absolutely gorgeous!!!

    • Reply
      June 4, 2016 at 10:36 am

      Thanks for the comment Angela – it’s been awhile since I did this piece, but I do remember agonizing over the glazing process (and redid some areas as a result of my obsessing). I think I used a foam brush for the glazing process. My biggest issue was getting straight lines – more of a challenge than you might think! I recommend practicing before you work on your furniture piece to avoid redoing things. Good luck! 🙂

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