What'cha Workin' on Wednesday?!?

Happy Wednesday friends!

Dare I say it?!? Spring is finally here! It's sunny and beautiful outside as I write this and the forecast looks good! Time to start cleaning and shuffling things around at home. I don't know about you, but for me this always means making some changes. What better way to do that then hitting an old piece of furniture with a fresh coat of paint?!?

Let's take a look at what'cha been working on, shall we?

First up this week is a beautifully restyled dresser by Penny. I'm a big fan of using two tones when it comes to furniture with great structural lines like this one: 

I love the combination of white and grey paired with the original hardware! With these pretty neutral colours (Halo and Chivalry from our van Gogh Fossil paint collection) this piece will look great in any room! You did a great job on this Penny - thank you so much for sharing your project!

Here's a peak at the 'before'. You can see the wood veneer was a bit rough in a few places and even needed some small repair before painting, but can you believe this dresser was a $5 yard sale purchase?!? Tis the season my friends - get out there and find yourself a painting project, lol!

Next up this week is this funky little cabinet restyled by Linda using Zepplin grey from our van Gogh Fossil paint line. Here is a look at the 'before' and 'after':

This looks great Linda! Zepplin is one of my favourite 'go to' colours right now - everything just looks fantastic in Zepplin! Thank you so much for sharing these pictures with us!

Last up be definitely not least this week is this great little cabinet restyled by Christina. Unsure of what colour to use on this piece Christina entrusted the staff at our studio to help her choose this beautiful blue. We love consulting on colours and finishes so don't be shy in picking our brains when you're in the studio! Lots of customers bring in inspiration pictures of pictures of their home, even fabric samples and paint swatches . . . it's so fun to be able to customize a piece to really suit your home and decor!

This pretty blue looks great on this cabinet and the mild distressing and natural finish enhance the original character! Great job on this Christina - thank you for sharing your work with us! 

Here is a look at the 'before' of this cabinet.

Thanks again for sharing your projects with us!

If you have restyled something in your home using products from Mango Reclaimed and want to be featured on What'cha workin' on Wednesday?!?, please e-mail your before and after pictures to melanie@mangoreclaimed.com.

Looking forward to hearing from you! We love to share what you do!

What'cha Workin' on Wednesday?!?

Hello there friends! Happy Wednesday!

Well - December is upon us! Still just enough time to get that last project or two completed before switching into full Holiday mode! Let's take a look at what'cha been workin' on, shall we?

Well isn't this the prettiest little chair?!? Amy and Carole did a great job restyling this set using van Gogh Fossil paint and some new upholstery!

Can you believe this is what the chairs used to look like? What a transformation!!

And heres a glimpse at the room all pulled together. The chairs look fantastic paired with the original wood table - great job ladies!! Thanks so much for sharing!

Can't wait for you to have us all over for a dinner party! lol :P

Next up this week is a restyle by Jessica.

Jessica inherited this dining set and just knew it couldn't stay the way it was . . . she had a vision!

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Starting out with the chairs, she transformed them using van Gogh Fossil Paint and since they were already quite worn a bit of distressing here and there really softened the look of the fresh white paint. 

Jessica also stripped the table top right down to bare wood and applied a stain finish. It looks like a completely new dining set - fantastic! Great job Jessica! Thanks so much for sharing!!

This next restyle was done by a very talented lady named Tonya. Such a beautifully painted (and styled) dresser! This piece was given new life using van Gogh Fossil paint in 'Cashmere' - the original hardware looks great just as it is! Nice work Tonya - thank you for sharing!

Here's a look at the dresser 'before':

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As always, thank YOU for sharing your projects with me - I love showing off all your hard work and creativity!

If you have restyled something in your home using products from Mango Reclaimed and want to be featured on What'cha workin' on Wednesday?!?, please e-mail your before and after pictures to melanie@mangoreclaimed.com.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

We love to share what you do!

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Aha moments! {spicing up a simple dresser}

This is the second post in a series called "Aha moments!"

We're going to take all the guess work out of restyling furniture, we're going to help you see the potential, we're going to show you what a little paint and TLC can do, we're going to help you have an 'aha' moment, we're going to . . . I think you get the idea, lol!

We start by showing you a piece of furniture that we have available in our studio inventory - and then we'll show you some similar pieces that have already been restyled to help get your creative juices flowing. 

How fun is that?

This week we are showcasing this simple dresser: 

A cute little 3 drawer dresser - with a finish that leaves much to be desired.

Now check out this 3 drawer dresser we found over on Design Sponge:

Super cute, right? I mean admittedly they are different styles, but I seriously love the combination of the stripes and the natural wood front drawers!!

Or what about this dresser with a funky geometric gold design on the front that we found over at Trend Hunter

Pretty cool, right? This would be easily done with some painters tape and the van Gogh Liquid metal paints

Speaking of painters tape - check out the dresser we found over at Howdy Honey looking all herringboned and gorgeous . . . again with some of the natural wood showing too. I'm loving it!

I think pretty much any dresser looks great in a teal or blue/green kinda colour and this next one is no exception! This is a simple little dresser we restyled here at the studio using Miss Mustard Seed's Milk paint.

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I love the naturally worn look that milk paint gives. And new hardware always helps to 'up' the charm factor too!

Alright, so now that you've seen a few different ways to restyle this dresser - tell us which is your favourite??

Wasn't that fun?

If you were to restyle this dresser (or have us do it for you), which style would you go with? 

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Antiquing the details - a 3 step guide.

Hi there! Here's a quick tutorial for you on my favourite way to use the van Gogh french caffeine beeswax.

Let's start with this cute little side table. First it was given a good 'scuff' to rough up the shiny surface. Next it was van Gogh painted in 'Patina', and finally it was given a mild amount of distressing using a fine sanding block. It looks pretty good as it is, but I know that adding some beeswax to highlight the details will make it look a lot better.

Step 1: is to add the 'natural' beeswax overall. I like to use my large wax brush for this. As you can see in the picture below I have added the natural beeswax to the left door. The natural beeswax doesn't change the colour of the paint, it just adds a bit of depth and a smooth gorgeous layer of protection.

Step 2: is always a little scary at first. Before I even bother buffing in the natural beeswax, I take my medium wax brush and add french caffeine beeswax to all the details I want to highlight.

Here's a close up. Don't be afraid! That beautiful layer of natural beeswax that you put overall first is going to ensure that the french caffeine beeswax sticks only where you want it (in the nook and crannies to highlight the details and character of your piece.)

Step 3: is where it all comes together. Take a clean, dry, lint-free t-shirt rag and buff all the beeswax together. Make sure to remove as much wax as you can from the flat surfaces and leave the french caffeine wax built up in the details. This is what helps define the character and creates interest in the details. Just look at the difference between the left door and the right door - the left side has so much more character!

Here's a close up after the beeswax has been buffed. See how it's still built up in the nooks and crannies - really defining the details?

And here she is all finished!

And some glorious details (of the details, lol):

We also painted the hardware on this little table using van Gogh paint in 'Cashmere' - a beautiful soft colour that pairs well with almost everything! To read more about painting out your hardware, check out this previous post.

What are your thoughts? Do you love the french caffeine beeswax as much as I do?