What'cha Workin' on Wednesday?!?

Happy Wednesday friends!

Just a quickie today - lot's of painting to do :)

First up today is this gorgeous dresser restyled by Sue using van Gogh paint in 'Cashmere'.

This dresser was purchased as a project from our inventory section - when Sue saw it she knew it would fit perfectly in her space - also adding ample storage! I just love what she has done with it! Thanks so much for sharing Sue!

Oooh la la - and new hardware from Mango Reclaimed too! Swoon!

Here's the 'before'.

While we're talking about the beautiful colour 'Cashmere', let's take a look at another gorgeous restyle using this colour! Have a look at this piano restyled by Kristel - so pretty!!

Such a light and bright change from the 'before'! Thanks for sharing Kristel!!

If you want to see another gorgeous piano restyled using 'Cashmere' you can read about one I did a while ago here.

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 [email protected].

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Throw Back Thursday!

{to that time I painted a piano - in a garage!)

Last fall in the midst of renovating and expanding her massage therapy clinic, my good friend Lisa acquired a piano. . . 

 . . . and although it wasn't really in the best of shape, she knew this piano could be beautiful! Renovations were in full swing at Hands in Demand Therapeutics so the piano was brought home to my friends garage for some love.

Enter Mango Reclaimed.

The plan was to restyle this piano in a soft creamy colour so that it could be used as a decorative piece in the newly expanded clinic. Even though the piano was covered in scratches and had quite a rough finish on it, I shared my friends vision and was really excited to get to work on this piece for her. I started out by roughing up (and subsequently smoothing out) the existing finish on the piano. Since it was mostly large flat surfaces I used my orbital sander to get the job done quickly. Here she is after sanding:

We decided that the soft and creamy colour of 'cashmere' from the van Gogh paint line would be the perfect fit for his piano. After wiping off all the dust, the next step was to get the first coat of paint on. I used my medium wax/paint brush for the entire thing as I love how much paint the brush holds, allowing me to get excellent coverage in just one coat! After just one coat I could already tell it was going to look great: 

A lot of colours in the van Gogh line only require 1.5 coats of paint for excellent coverage. The first coat goes on beautifully and then the second coat (or 1/2 coat as I like to call it) is just a chance to touch up some areas that aren't quite perfect yet.

Because this piece already had so much character (read: marks, dings and scratches), I chose to lightly distress it overall using a fine sanding block. This also really smoothed out the finish so it was soft to the touch. I then applied van Gogh's natural beeswax overall and french caffeine beeswax to enhance all the pretty details. Here she is all finished and on display (thank you for the beautiful flowers Lisa) in the clinic:

Here are a couple of detail shots showing the mild distressing and just how gorgeous the details look when enhanced using the french caffeine wax. I love using both waxes together so that I get a clean and true 'cashmere' look overall and also the benefits of detail enhancing and antiquing just where I want it!

If you're in Whitby and want to check out this piano in person - or you are in need of an excellent massage - you should stop in at: Hands in Demand Therapeutics.

If you do stop in, make sure you say 'hi' to Lisa for me!

10 Meadowglen Drive, Unit #10, Whitby, ON L1R 3P8 - 905-665-5033

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