…master bedroom redux – full room reveal

Happy-kids-back-to-school-after-spring-break day! I can just imagine all moms out there singing and skipping around the house. I doubt it’s just me. I am clinking my coffee mug to yours! Cheers!

As promised, here is my master bedroom reveal. I love having hardwood in the bedroom. It is a clean look, but also cozy with the area rug and chairs. I no longer have to look at buckled carpet and worry about it getting discolored with wear.

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…kelly’s bedroom set

I love hearing from old friends and I love even more when I can help them out with their furniture restoration needs. I heard from a dear one, Kelly (formerly Hicks), before the holidays. We were littles growing up in the same church eventually braved high school together.

Kelly had some old pieces that she wanted finished for her home. I have probably refinished at least 200 of these same dressers by now. Here are some before images. (Apparently, I also took a selfie with the dresser because I was probably a little dizzy from Christmas chaos at that point. I honestly don’t remember.)

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This brassy hardware is so so common on these old pieces. I always recommend painting it if it is going to distract from the overall piece. These were done in Paris Grey with light distressing. Here’s how they turned out.

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I heart a good filter on a photo.

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…DIY Materials Series: Brush

Brushes are important when you are refinishing furniture. You need several. They need to be handy too. I find that I work with several at a time depending on the amount of pieces I have going on at once and I also have several sitting in a plastic princess cup in my sink waiting to be washed.

Dry Brush – to wipe off areas that have been sanded; wipe away spiderwebs and dirt from older pieces; wipe down shelves

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Painting Brush – you may need 3 or 4 painting brushes if you brush every day. If you find one that you like, get at least 3 of them.

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Wax brush – As you know I do not use a brush anymore when applying clear wax. I do use one for dark wax most of the time, however. It needs to be small and controllable.

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Old brush – old brushes with caked on paint are just pretty. Put them in a can or in your kitchen in a bouquet to look at and remind yourself of all your hard work.

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I think my brushes are the most important tool that I use. They do wear out and so it is important to make sure that you replace your worn ones with brushes that work. I don’t always want to spend more money on more brushes, but your work will go smoother if you have a good, new brush.

I clean my brushes now with dish soap. I then wrap them in paper towel to dry. Easy.