May 27, 2015

Try This Extreme Layered & Chipped Paint Technique

Yes...that wild paint job above was definitely on purpose!
A few years ago I saw this piece in a show home in the Utah Parade of Homes. I have meant to re-create a similar piece ever since (the photo is crappy - it's old).
With that as my inspiration - I came up with this technique to accomplish that dramatic weathered look.
Starting with a wood dresser that was already stained dark brown I just sanded it down to take away the glossy finish. On just the drawers I randomly gooped on Vaseline in large chunks leaving just enough wood to take the white spray paint that went on next. I covered the whole fronts of each drawer in white spray even on top of the Vaseline.
I mixed an "oops" turquoise paint color with lots of Plaster of Paris in a cup and painted a thick, but not even, layer of turquoise color over the white sprayed areas where I could see the wood was drinking in paint. Avoid the goopy petroleum jelly areas at this point if possible.
I even used "flipping" sort of motions with my saturated brush to get splattered paint spots.
Once the paint dried completely (which was fast due to the plaster in the paint and the dry sunny day) I used my five in one tool to scrape the Vaseline off. This is very messy so grab a roll of towels.
You get the idea?
Then sand so the surface is pretty smooth.
Next came some dark walnut stain. I brushed it on over the wood and paint then quickly, before it gets a chance to dry, wipe it of with a t-shirt. Immediately follow with polycryilic and continue to wipe it down and reapply polycrylic until you have the antiqued look you desire. The polycrylic is clear so it helps to dilute the stain.
The stain and polycrylic sealed the paint and toned down the brightness. They dried well together on top of the gritty, dry plaster mixer.
My husband was asking me why I wanted to scrape away so much blue paint. :) Sometimes I just don't have words or reason why I do what I do. I just have to go with the inspiration without any real explanation.
And in this case - it worked out just as I was hoping it would.

Thanks for reading! :)
Happy creating and painting!
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May 21, 2015

Furniture Before and After Projects

Hello Blog Friends! :) I am not one to make excuses for not posting regularly but I do recognize that I am slacking in that area, however, for good reason. Let me share some projects that I have completed that have been keeping me from sitting down to write a post. 

May 15, 2015

Design with Vintage Wooden Car Ramps

A couple of weeks ago Richmond, Virginia had a Vintage Home Market. It was amazing to see all the unique items each vendor brought in. 

May 11, 2015

Square Island on Wheels

Hello Friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day. My boys were really good to me, as usual. When they asked me what I wanted for a gift I replied...pretty please don't fight with each other all day long (oh, and some lemon meringue pie sounds yummy!). :)

Apr 30, 2015

Project Challenge Link Party - Furniture {a dining table upgrade}

Welcome to our Project Challenge Event for April! :) (a day early or 6 days late - however you like to look at it)

Apr 26, 2015

This End Up Desk turned Rolling Island

This project was so fun to do. I refinish furniture pretty often so when I picked up this desk I had no idea what I was going to turn it into.

Apr 18, 2015

Sofa Table Made w/ Wood Scraps

Happy weekend friends! We are having the most beautiful weather here in Virginia. The windows are open and a fresh breeze is blowing through the house. I love these days. This post isn't about the weather but when it's nice out that means I get to create comfortably outdoors.

Apr 15, 2015

Wood Trellis Clip Board w/ Wire Accent

The garden center in the spring time is one of my favorite places to go. The outdoor bird feeders, planters and live plants bring hope for warm weather and some fun outdoor living.

Apr 13, 2015

Chicken Wire & Screen Door Display

A few months ago we had some neighbors that were moving out of their house. On garbage day they put this old screen door out at the curb to be hauled away.

Apr 11, 2015

Natural Cedar Wood Accent Wall

When my family and I lived in Connecticut we had several cedar trees in our wooded backyard. A few of them died and my husband cut them down. The smell is of cedar is heavenly. I brought some branches into the house to display on our fireplace hearth because of the beauty and natural scent. 

Apr 4, 2015

Create a Unique Dining Set

Hello Friends! Happy Spring Break!
This week was super busy with furniture make overs. I recently finished this dining set.
I get asked "Where do you find these dining sets?"

Mar 27, 2015

Project Challenge Link Up {leather or linen)

At the first of this year I joined a group of bloggers for a monthly event called Project Challenge.

Each month we have chosen a type of material to use in a project to share in a link party. It's fun to see what each blogger does differently. We are opening the link party up to all of you this month to see how you use the chosen item too.

Mar 24, 2015

Cottage Style Dining Set in White and Grey

I just finished this cute little dining set. I fell in love with it at first sight, although it was an orange tone stained wood, I knew a little paint would make it just darling! Look at the table base. It matches the shape of the three chairs.

Mar 21, 2015

Modern - Rustic - Country Style

I snapped some pictures of our family room yesterday after I straightened it up. There are some different pieces in here now that make my style more country - as in cowboy country. :)

Mar 17, 2015

Dining in Black and White

I had to share what I have been working on for all of last weekend through today. This is my shop space and that gorgeous table has kept me busy for days.

Mar 14, 2015

Using Websters Chalk Paint Powder

Using new paint products has been on my list of things to do but I was stuck using my same paint methods that have always worked.

Mar 9, 2015

Plaster and Semi Gloss Chipped Paint

This solid wood book shelf was painted in a white semi gloss paint mixed with plaster of paris. (recipe here)

Mar 6, 2015

Merchandising a Shop Space....

Do you have a retail shop? In our town I rent a little space in The Lazy Daisy. Our town is full of antique shops & consignment stores, which makes the trip here worth it. But The Daisy is the most shop-able and affordable and mostly right on with the trends (really!).

Mar 3, 2015

Recovering Dining Chairs


Hello there! I don't know about you but I am done with this winter weather. Our internet and cable went out last week while the kids were out of school b/c of the snow. It forced us to find other things to do. We survived and I got something done that has been hanging over my head.

Feb 22, 2015

What do you do with old relics?

I found a few things at a moving sale last weekend. One old little relic I picked up that I just love is...
...a copper belt buckle that is still attached to a portion of it's original leather belt.

Feb 21, 2015

Transferring an Image onto Furniture with Wax Paper

Have you tried transferring an image onto furniture? I have wanted to for so long but it was a little bit out of my comfort zone.

Feb 17, 2015

Jute Ribbon & Lanterns on Scrap Wood

Today is a snow day here in Virginia. It would be sort of fun if we could all carry on "business as usual" but that is not the case. No school, shops closed....etc...
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