Hello everyone! My name is Jennifer Baker and I’m from the blog Eight Hundred Furniture. If my name doesn’t ring any bells, perhaps you’ve seen me in Marian’s “Prove Yourself Wrong” video. And perhaps you’ve cried while watching it a few times. (Not that I’ve done that.)
I am a blogger and fellow furniture “makeover-ist”. My business is called Eight Hundred Furniture, LLC. The name came from my first apartment, which happened to be exactly 800 ft2. My starter budget forced me to furnish my space with hand-me-down pieces, which were completely dated and not my style at all. (Sorry, Mom!) I turned to yard sales, trash picking, and side of the road scores and slowly began curating pieces that I loved.
I began using paint to transform my $10 deals and discovered I was actually pretty good at the process! I started selling pieces here and there for pocket change and over the years, my necessity turned into a love for transforming discarded and unwanted pieces into masterpieces. Today, it has blossomed into a full-fledged business.
Just like people, every piece I work on has a story and you can follow its journey from start to finish on my blog. More importantly, I see my furniture as a picture of what God has done in my life. He called to me when I was lost, forgotten, beat up, and run down from my exposure to the world. He lovingly and gently restored me and changed me into a new creation and I am His unlikely treasure.
So let’s begin with a story about an adorable little dresser I got from an auction. It has two leaf carvings on the top drawer and the handles look like pinecones or acorns. I posted a collage of it when it arrived on my Instagram account.
Doesn’t it just scream, “Paint me red for Fall!?”
The wood on this piece was just right for milk paint so I turned to Miss Mustard Seed’s Tricycle for the job.
I’ve heard that Tricycle is a hard color to mix, and I found that to be true. The trick is patience and slow mixing. At first, I mixed my first batch too vigorously and it wound up foamy. My second and third batches were much better. Three times really was the charm! I applied three coats of Tricycle milk paint for full coverage and followed up with Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Wax. I’m a huge fan of the consistency of this type of wax, as it’s very buttery and super easy to apply. It doesn’t have any strong odors and it’s incredibly straightforward to use, unlike other furniture waxes. You really can’t mess it up! So if you’re someone that has wax-phobia, try Miss Mustard Seed’s. I’m sure you’ll be pleased!
After the Furniture Wax was applied, the dresser was looking gorgeous but it needed a little more depth to make those carved handles and leaf details sing.
Using Miss Mustard Seed’s Antiquing Wax, I started deepening the carvings. I liked the look so much, I decided to put it all over – including the top! I hand-sanded it and applied the Antiquing Wax directly to the raw wood. I just love how the Antiquing Wax settled into all of the dings and nicks.
I think the dresser turned out perfectly, but I’ll let you be the judge!
This piece was a lot of fun to stage. My boxwood wreath and lanterns from Decor Steals worked together to create the cutest little scene.
My “So Blessed” sign is from Fresh Vintage by Amy in Strasburg. The store has acquired a new owner and is called Blue Dandelion by Tiffany now. It’s still as adorable as ever inside and you can still purchase MMSMP there!
I happen to quite agree with the sign!
This little guy was definitely a labor of love, as it needed a few structural repairs. I’m so pleased with the way it turned out and it couldn’t have been painted in a more appropriate color!
— JENN BAKER
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