Saving Water Damaged Furniture, A Bedroom Set Makeover

A challenge is always invigorating, right? This chic should be bubbling over then!

My client texted me after picking up this 4 piece bedroom set from a family estate. She wanted to have it painted and pass it down to her daughter. The problem…they hit a detour on the way to the shop. A mud pit! Top to bottom, side to side, the furniture was covered in mud!Bedroom Set Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Bedroom Set Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Bedroom Set Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Bedroom Set Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Now…I decided to share the dirty part of this story just in case you ever find yourself in the same position! In an attempt to quickly remove the mud, my clients sprayed if off with water. That’s what you never wannna do! While it did remove some of the mud, it saturated the wood which took a week to dry out. The proper fix would have been to remove any wet mud with a dry cloth then vaccum the dry mud off before the normal prep cleaning.

First things first, I removed all the drawers and peeled the paneling on the backside off to allow the wood to dry.

Bedroom Set Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

After the wood dried out, I repaired the veneer damage, which was minimal considering the amount of water it received. Once all the repairs were made, I cleaned thoroughly with T.S.P…THREE times!

The cosmetic damage quickly became evident…

Bedroom Set Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Bedroom Set Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Bedroom Set Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Bedroom Set Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Bedroom Set Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Bedroom Set Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Once my cloth returned clean, I moved on to painting! Well, step back…

Knowing the moisture had unleashed tannins, I applied a coat of shellac to all surfaces. This was my attempt to prevent any ugly bleed through and for the most part, it worked! I did have to reapply shellac and repaint the side of the chest and the vanity. All in all, a win!

This solid furniture will, no doubt, be a staple in the family for many years to come! Bedroom Set Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Bedroom Set Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Bedroom Set Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

I accented all the recessed areas with Debi’s Design Diary’s Dark and Decrepit Liquid Patina. I used it a few weeks back on this project and fell in love! It’s so easy to use! As you can see, I simply buried it in all the nooks and crannies…Bedroom Set Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Then wiped away the high points.

Bedroom Set Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Bedroom Set Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

 

See what a difference it makes!

Accenting with Dark and Decrepit Liquid Patina- A to Z Custom Creations Accenting with Dark and Decrepit Liquid Patina- A to Z Custom Creations

 

The hardware was caked with mud too.

Bedroom Set Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

ReFreshing hardware with Scrubby Soap and Daddy Van's All Natural Wax

 

By the way, this perfect neutral color is Benjamin Moore’s Weimaraner. I’ve been singing it’s praises for years and still love it with my whole heart! I mixed it with Websters Chalk Paint Powder for the lustrous finish!

Bedroom Set Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Bedroom Set Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Bedroom Set Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

Bedroom Set Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations

 

Proof that even the dirtiest of things can shine again! It’s all in “The Finishing Touch“!

Smooches!

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Comments

  1. I just ADORE what you did with this furniture. I just can not believe how lovely this it looks and I have to say I was SO happy to see that you didn’t distress it. There was a time when I sort of enjoyed that look although in my opinion has gotten old. I never saw a piece of distressed furniture which said eloquence. This furniture SCREAMS it!!! I adore the parts which you stained and in my opinion this furniture is just stunning!!! I am keeping the name of the paint you used as I have a few pieces of furniture I am needing to do something with. Thanks for sharing!!!!

    • Thank you for your kind words, Cindy! I actually did very lightly distress the edges and imperfections to give a time worn appearance my client wanted. When I say light, I mean you have to be really close to see it. I prefer to distress that way always. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. It was my pleasure to share. All the best! Angela

  2. Thank you for sharing your process with us. To my eye, the end result is far more appealing than these pieces would have looked straight from the factory. The color palette is subtle and very elegant. Your clients certainly chose the right artisan for the job!

    Thanks for the note about the BM Weimaraner – it’s stunning.

    • You’re a doll, Heather! Thank you for your kind words! I shout out the praises of Weimaraner whenever I get the chance! It really is the most perfect neutral! I love it with greys, browns, and especially with
      bold colors! All the best!

  3. Lee Teague says:

    Great job Angela. I have to try that paint color! Is the liquid patina used instead of wax to give an aged effect? And if so can you clear coat over it?
    Thanks

    • Yes, Lee, the Liquid Patina is like a glaze and yes, you can clear over it. Debi has a clear Liquid Patina as well! As always, thanks for your kind words! Xo

  4. I have to agree wholeheartedly with all the girls above. I do believe this is my favorite all time redo. I agree with Cindy too. I like the minimal distressing and the great luster on the finish. I know I have done many pieces and I am in constant awe of the great job most folks do. Two questions – did the Webster’s Chalk Paint Powder actually provide that luster? Usually it is very dull. (I know that sounds ignorant, but you said that in your text.) Next, how did you apply the paint? Brush or roller? To repeat, this is my favorite all time make over. Kudos to you!!

    • Thank you for the kind words, Linda! Please don’t ever hesitate to ask questions here! There really is no such thing as an ignorant one. In fact, I welcome them as they add to the conversation for the rest of the A to Z Community! Websters creates a chalky finish {which is great for the adhesion factor} but it does need to be sealed. I used my custom clear on this set but you can use the top coat of your choice! I applied all the paint with a chinex bristle brush by Wooster. LOVE those! You can watch my techniques live in the ebook, btw. Check out the sidebar for a link ;) Have a wonderful Monday! Angela

  5. Carol Paulus-Kalis says:

    OMG, this turned out fantastic! It looks absolutely great. You could not have found a better set if your would have gone to a fine furniture store. The size of the pieces are a nice size. I never liked huge furniture pieces as they shrink a room. You did a fabulous job and I liked that you didn’t distress the pieces. The dark wax over the ornamentation looks perfect. You have totally convinced me to re-do my thrift store bedroom set find!!!!

  6. You get the friend of the year award in my book. Not to mention the set turned out beautiful.

  7. This turned out so beautiful! Doesn’t even look like the same furniture!

  8. Lisa Fitchie says:

    I just can’t tell you how much the love and care you took with this furniture means to me. It was my Mother’s graduation present from her parents in the mid 50’s. She would love knowing that my granddaughter (her namesake) will enjoy it and pass it down for years to come. You did a beautiful job!

    • I’m in tears. THIS is what makes my work meaningful! I am truly honored you trusted me with these heirloom pieces. They really are gems and I’m so glad I was able to play a part in keeping them around for future generations! From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

      Ps. I cannot wait for to get my hands on the bed!! Xo

    • THIS!!! It’s why I do what I do! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this story!

  9. Wow, I didn’t even know that you could have your furniture restored like this after being damaged! Unfortunately, my home was a bit damaged from a leaking pipe in the basement, so I have a few pieces that don’t look too good. I might just try and follow this guide, and see if I can’t fix my own furniture! However, I’m not going to try and fix the floors myself- I need a professional for that.

    • Hi Delores! I’m so glad you found the post helpful! I’m available. If you have any additional questions! I’d love to help you salvage what you can! All the best, Angela

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