February 24, 2011

There are so many makeovers going on my head is literally spinning. There are furniture pieces being made over for my own house, for clients, for the LiveLikeYou rooms, for friends…and for no particular reason other than they just have to be made over.  My garage is now officially a furniture factory. Thankfully some pieces will be shipped out next week so I can have some space for my car!

Here’s how it typically goes…I spot something in a store…

…get a quick Iphone picture. I prefer to buy from places that support a charity. If a piece has the right measurements, good bones, good wood etc. I buy it.

I bring it to my furniture factory aka garage, and call my go to guy Omar.  I think of how I envision the piece.

I pick a color….for this piece ORANGE.

I pick a finish…SHINY LACQUER.

I select hardware color and finish if the hard ware is good enough… for this piece SHINY CHROME.

Does it need to be fixed?  Yes, this one could use a new back.

Since I sell a lot of these redesigned pieces I want to make sure they’re done professionally.

So Omar, lightly sanded it, added a new back, primed it, painted it, fixed it….

….and today it looked like this:

A shiny orange lacquer chest with shiny chrome hardware.

Makes me wonder sometimes why we always buy new things. This is now as good as new.

The hardware stands out more with chrome.

I had the inside done in orange lacquer as well, however I’m thinking of adding wall paper inside.

Now all it needs is the right home.

Hope you all have a nice weekend!!

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  • Comment by Gretchen O. — February 25, 2011 @ 5:47 AM

    LOVE IT! I could definitely find a place for that one!

  • Comment by Cat — February 25, 2011 @ 6:39 AM

    I often see pieces too that i think would be perfect repainted, but I always think paintin it myself will result in not such a great finish, but have no idea of the cost of professional refinishing. Could you give me an idea?

  • Comment by Erica Eriksdotter — February 25, 2011 @ 6:53 AM

    LOVE IT! It looks fantastic! I'm very interested in seeing it with wall paper inside. What a great idea! ps. love the new signature! :)

  • Comment by Stacey — February 25, 2011 @ 8:35 AM

    This is definitely as good as new. I am in love with the orange and the lacquered finish. FABULOUS! XX

  • Comment by alena — February 25, 2011 @ 9:02 AM

    pure magic! U make it sound so easy when you sum it all up into one post, but I know it takes a lot of work …. my sister and I are redoing a lot of pieces in her room right now, so definintely been saving a lot of your fun projects for inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

  • Comment by quintessence — February 25, 2011 @ 9:13 AM

    FABULOUS!! Love everything about this redo!! The color, the hardware – it's really rather perfect!!

  • Comment by Lisa — February 25, 2011 @ 9:54 AM

    Our garages are cousins….both come from a long line of the "furniture factory" family! Great post…love your humor and style! Omar looks like he likes his pic taken…does he know it goes on the blog, maybe thats way he looks so happy!!!

  • Comment by Lauren — February 25, 2011 @ 7:08 PM

    Love it Jill!!! Can't wait to use your pieces for clients!! This piece would MAKE any room.
    Also- the wallpaper will be the perfe t touch!!

  • Comment by Alena — February 26, 2011 @ 5:50 AM

    Oh my gosh. It's so beautiful. Orange is the perfect color for that piece! And the chrome hardware…wow.

  • Comment by Sarah — February 26, 2011 @ 6:06 AM

    Great makeover Jill… would you share what shade of orange you used, and did you use a spray lacquer in latex for the top finish? Lots of work!!!

  • Comment by livelikeyou — February 26, 2011 @ 6:44 AM

    Yes he knows..!

  • Comment by livelikeyou — February 26, 2011 @ 6:47 AM

    Hi Iris, he uses a sprayer to get a more even finish and because I want a perfect finish. But you could easily just paint it as well.

  • Comment by Karen Robert — February 26, 2011 @ 7:20 AM

    Good eye Jill, I hate to say it, because I;m a decorator myself, but I may have walked right by that piece at a store.

  • Comment by the enchanted home — February 26, 2011 @ 7:44 AM

    OMG you had me when you said the word orange. Then glossy. LOVE LOVE LOVE it! How visionary of you to see a dated piece in a boring brown stain and to see it in glossy orange! I love it..though we are building a very traditional home I want my own small home office to be in orange and blue. Want something bold but colorful, happy and crisp with plays of white. I LOVE how this came out…where will you use it? So wonderful..thanks for stopping by my blog. WIll be back here for sure!

  • Comment by Kristen Hedberg — February 26, 2011 @ 8:11 AM

    Wow! That's a striking makeover! It's hard to believe they're the same piece!

  • Comment by Lacquered LIfe — February 26, 2011 @ 9:42 AM

    This is so fabulous, right up my alley. So glad that you commented on my blog so that I could find you!

  • Comment by livelikeyou — February 26, 2011 @ 10:16 AM

    Hi Sarah, the paint we used was Benjamin Moore Fiesta Orange 084 in high gloss finish. Only primer, then that in two coats.

  • Comment by thedecorologist — February 26, 2011 @ 11:18 AM

    FABULOUS – love taking 70's pieces like that and reinventing them with color.

  • Comment by Joni Webb — February 26, 2011 @ 11:35 AM

    That looks so great! Can't believe it's the same piece.

    thank you for your comment today!!! much appreciated.


  • Comment by cassie — February 26, 2011 @ 2:28 PM

    gorgeous! that color is very similar to a vanity i recently did for my daughter. you can see it here: http://primitiveandproper.blogspot.com/2011/01/em
    i was actually inspired to paint it orange based on your orange vanity/desk i had seen a while ago and loved! i muted it though for her room, but thanks for the inspiration!

  • Comment by Erica — February 26, 2011 @ 6:14 PM

    Wow, truly gorgeous!

  • Comment by cassie{hi sugarplum} — February 26, 2011 @ 8:48 PM

    amazing!!! that piece is going to transform a room! I love how bold your design choices always are…and omar is an amazing painter. Lucky you!

  • Comment by Splendid Willow — February 28, 2011 @ 6:31 AM

    Jill!!! Looks fantastic!!!! (And now you can see the lines so much better). And I love the harware that you picked. 5 stars my friend.


  • Comment by lovely bride — March 3, 2011 @ 8:34 PM

    WOW.WOW.WOW. That dresser looks fantastic!

    Lexi @ http://glitterandpearls.com

  • Pingback by Centsational Girl » Blog Archive » BOTB 6.5.11 — June 5, 2011 @ 3:01 AM

    [...] at your local thrift store and thought about refinishing it in a bold color?  We’re loving this lacquered version in a perfect shade of citrus orange over at Live Like [...]

  • Comment by 1 Funky Woman — June 5, 2011 @ 5:47 AM

    I just found your blog and I'm loving this orange color! It looks fabulous!


  • Comment by Cindy — June 5, 2011 @ 6:59 PM

    I love it! How did you change the hardware to chrome? Thanks!

  • Comment by Live Like You — June 6, 2011 @ 3:59 AM

    HI Cindy, We spray painted it with silver spray paint.

  • Comment by Ash@DesignBuildLove — June 6, 2011 @ 2:16 PM

    absolutely gorgeous! LOVE this buffet!

  • Comment by Cindy — June 8, 2011 @ 9:22 AM

    Oh how easy! It doesn't chip off? Thanks for the reply.

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