spotlight - mls auction piece

It's that time of year again - Spring :-) Spring is an exciting time of year for us b/c we get to get outside and start painting in the gorgeous weather. Believe it or not, we are painting rain, snow or sun - year round, but we seem to be so much more inspired in the Spring. Today we are spotlighting a GORGEOUS piece that we sent off to our annual school auction. We love a piece that has a dual function. We envision this one used as a dresser or buffet/entryway piece.

Every year (for the past few years), we have carefully eyed our pieces and selected one for the auction. We bought this piece from a local dealer and thought it would be the perfect size and condition - lots of potential!!

If you look closely, you can see some damage - missing trim and some peeling veneer, but overall a very solid piece with beautiful knobs. So we got started......can't skip the prep work. For this one, we sanded a bit, removed the trim on the drawers and filled some peeling veneer with stainable wood filler. We prefer to use Elmer's in the plastic tub. We've used so many different kinds and this one gives us the best results when staining. We used a General Finishes gel stain over this and you could NOT see the filler - awesome!! Another bonus is the tubs are easier to work with and don't dry out like the tubes.

Here is why it is so important to clean your piece after all the prep work :-) Yuck!

To get our auction piece bid worthy, we wanted to choose a color that is neutral enough to match most decors, but pretty and eye catching too. This year, we chose Dixie Belle Stormy Seas. The name alone is enough to sell me on it!! The smokey blue/gray colors are so popular right now - check out how beautiful it is:

We finished off with a General Finishes Antique Walnut gel stain. Gel stains by far offer the best coverage.

Knobs were sprayed using Rustoleum Flat Chestnut and piece was sealed in General Finishes Satin topcoat with a clear paste wax on the base. We were thrilled with the final results and couldn't wait to deliver it to the auction. We received lots of bids and were able to raise a nice sum for the event :-) Success!! Enjoy browsing pics of the finished piece while we decide which piece to paint next in Stormy Seas!!!

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