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286 Sunset Park Drive
Herndon, VA, 20170
United States

Martha Leone Design. A furniture redesign company specializing in turning each piece of furniture into a sophisticated statement piece with the use of paint and design. This approach produces versatile pieces that are relevant, even as your taste evolves over time.


Martha Leone Design: The blog is where I share thoughts on the creative process and share lots of pictures of each finished piece of painted furniture. Critiques are always welcome!

Dixie Tallboy

Martha Leone

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This mid century tallboy has wonderful details in the woodwork and would have been fine if I had sanded and stained the entire piece. But I couldn't leave well enough alone so I painted parts and sanded others. Original hardware was reused as is one of my favorite things to do, especially with mid century pieces. Inspiration I was listening to music while painting this piece and imagined musical notes dancing across the three top drawers. The unpainted vertical lines resemble the stems of musical notes and play across the drawer fronts in a random pattern. White and Stained MCM Dresser MarthaLeoneDesign2

Process   Raw wood surfaces: Sanded then sealed with Varathane Satin Polyurethane. Painted surfaces: Lightly sanded, primed, then painted with Benjamin Moore Advance Soft White in gloss.

Lesson Learned While sanding the top, I looked away and lost focus. Here's the outcome. Yikes. To fix it I painted the edge. White and Stained MCM Dresser MarthaLeoneDesign3

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