Shannon Berrey

Wax on, wax off

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

There are some things we need to discuss..

1. Sarah's Summer House was really only complaint was that it should have been an hour
 long. I loved seeing all the structural decisions and Sarah getting in on the installation process. But,
 they could have easily spent an additional 30 minutes showing us all the behind the scenes of the
 decorating of the great room. Unfortunately, nobody asked me ;)  Did you watch? What did you think?

2. Mothers Day at our house was wonderful. The weather was perfect. Robert cooked us a wonderful
 breakfast including eggs benedict. The kids did their own shopping for moi which included some
super fabulous chocolate truffles. {I've trained them well :) } 

3. This weekend was also spent searching for an antique dresser for a clients guest bedroom. It has
 been a lengthy search due to the fact that it had to be an exact width and an exact height to fit between
 2 full beds and underneath the window...sigh...but a trip to the Antique Tobacco Barn this weekend
 introduced me to the perfect one!


I love everything about it and the oversized knobs are going to work great with the
oversized-custom made-poster beds!

It got a light sanding to open the grain and then a primer.  I then followed up with black semi-gloss paint.
 Only problem was--this antique was in pristine condition. no scratches, no dings, nothing. This wasn't
the look I was after so I had to create my own distressing. I beat it up with a wrench, some chain,
 a screwdriver and a palm sander.      

Because it was primed, when it was sanded the exposed areas were white. I wanted it to appear as
old wood underneath. I used one of my favorite furniture products--Briwax in Tudor Brown.

This colored wax fills in the white distressed areas turning them a great golden brown and
giving the whole piece the most fabulous rich satin patina.  

 {this is after 1 coat, it gets darker with each coat}

I sanded the knobs {on right} and then coated them in linseed oil. Then they got a good waxing.

He's all ready to leave for his new home. Those pics to come!

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CourtneyOutLoud commented on 10-May-2011 01:14 PM
Seriously - can I spend a week under your wing. Think of it as an "internship" where we can drink after work.
shannon berrey commented on 10-May-2011 02:08 PM
Courtney--you know nothing would make me happier! I am thinking if we did the Sarah/Tommy gig new name: Shannon/Courtney, like you suggested, then would we have to film in Kansas??? since it's the halfway point? or would we shoot 1/2 our episodes in San
Fran and the other 1/2 in the NC mountains? These are all details that we must sort out, my friend ;) But, I can guarantee it would be fun to watch, right?!
cassie {hi sugarplum} commented on 10-May-2011 03:53 PM
That looks great -- I hear good things about that wax, I think it's time I picked some up!
Calder Clark Designs commented on 10-May-2011 08:54 PM
Fo' serious, Ms. Berrey? This is ridonk. I lOVE what you did to that dresser . . . you are beyond krafty, a true artiste. Speaking of Briwax, have you ever used their liming wax to transform a table? I have a yellow pine table from Brit Traditions that
I arbitrarily want to be limed/whitewashed/grayed out to make it more Frenchie for our remodel. Any ideas? xoxo
Anonymous commented on 10-May-2011 09:19 PM
Hello Shannon next time you are in Asheville stop in and See me I work 1/2 a mile form the Tobacco barn. I know you miss your old intern
Shannon Berrey commented on 10-May-2011 10:23 PM
Calder-hey girl! You know, I haven't tried the liming wax, but I would love to. When I have tried to achieve that look in the past, I fake it with a watered down white-gray paint. Is your table finished on the underside? If so, you could test the liming
wax on your particular wood and you could practice your technique. It's also a good idea to sand off any poly fiinishes or else the wax just sort of glops up on top of it. When using the wax, you need to put on a thin coat (I use a circular motion) and then
buff it off as soon as it appears dried. I would suggest doing one part of the table at a time. For Instance, one leg, let it dry, and then buff. This way you want get rushed and you don't run the risk of allowing one area to dry too long. I wish I was there
to help you!
shannon berrey commented on 10-May-2011 10:33 PM
Oh Emma....I do miss my very favorite intern! How are you?! I'm sorry I didn't stop in to see you, I was on a 'dresser mission' and only had a small amount of time while Maris and her friend were prom dress shopping. I will be back soon to visit you-I
know you can't be having as much fun as woking at the Tree ;) but...I hope you love it there!
Laura commented on 10-May-2011 11:38 PM
I loved Sarahs summer house. It is interesting to see Sarah design for herself. She is amazing. I loved that room...perfection! Can't wait for more episodes. I wish they were an hour also. I could watch Sarah and Tommey all day!
jane commented on 11-May-2011 09:20 AM
i hope this is mine!!!
Pine Tree Home commented on 19-May-2011 09:17 AM
I always wondered how to make that white primer turn into "wood." Thanks for the tip.
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