Friday, September 14, 2012

Salon Make-Over Already?!

My station at work was really cute.. but it wasn't very practical. The drawers in the dresser were not functional. I could barely get in and out of it. So now I've learned that when buying from an antique store always check to make sure it works :)

I went back to the Frisco Mercantile quite a few times looking for a replacement. After lots of measuring I finally decided on this desk. It is in great condition and most importantly the drawers open, hehe. I'm not a big fan of green, though, so I decided to give painting a try. I had never done this before so I looked on Pinterest and asked my parents for tips.

Basically, I sanded it down by hand a little bit then used a liquid sander. It was easy to just rub on with an old t-shirt. That acted as a primer and since I was going to paint it black I didn't care too much about getting all the green off. I only did one coat of black paint. It looked fabulous! So I left that alone and did one coat of pink paint on the drawers. I liked that some of the green would show through - it looked like I distressed it and put a black glaze on it, but I didn't - just one coat of pink was enough! The handles had a bit of green paint on them, too, so all I did was spray paint them gold. After waiting a few days I painted a clear coat on and waited a few more days before moving it into the salon.

I also bought a different mirror while at the Frisco Mercantile. The gold frilly mirror matched Trenette's on the left and felt more exquisite. And I added some cute vintage pictures to the wall from I am really happy with how it turned out! I love using my station at work now - it's functional and pretty!


  1. I've never seen such a cute station. Most of them are all so contemporary. It must be fun to put your own touch on what you enjoy doing! You have such an edgy look which totally bounces off your chic style of furnishings. Love it.

  2. For never having done a project like that before, you did a great job! It turned out really nicely!

  3. Ooo, love the makeover! This looks so good! I'm thinking about doing something like this to the dressers in my studio... =)


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