Saturday, January 28, 2012
I found this French chair replica at garage sale at 2pm this afternoon for only $15. This is just the look I am going for in my bedroom. I can just picture it with new paint in Old White and Paris gray and finished off with dark wax for patina. I think I 'm just going to have the upholstery cleaned, the fabric is actually a great color. I have been storing a wingback chair in my garage for months. I have just been working up the courage to do my first reupholstering piece. I was planning on that chair going in my room but I instantly changed my mind when I saw this chair. I guess the old wingback will be an item I will sell.
Friday, January 27, 2012
In case you haven't noticed I love to do very feminine pieces. I felt like I needed to show myself and my husband that I was capable of something different. This is my idea of whimsy for boys or men?
I got this roll top desk on craiglist, and I've had this chair in my garage forever from a dining room set I bought and didn't use just one chair. For the desk, I used Aubusson Blue Chalk Paint with a mocha glaze, then polyurethaned the whole piece. I used a spray can poly for most of the desk but on the writing surfaces and top I did a paint-on poly. I just felt like wax wasn't going to be strong enough for what might happen on a desk. Last, but not least, I distressed with a medium grit hand sanding block.
The chair was originally black. I used Old Fashioned Milk Paint in barn red. Milk paint is really wonderful, it has a great matte look and distresses in its own unique way. Old Fashioned milk paint is sold in a powder that you mix with water. I found it online, but some local home improvement stores sell it in cans premixed. It is cheaper than the chalk paint and goes a long way. It doesn't have a long shelf life once you have mixed it in water, so just mix a little at a time. It is non-toxic and works really well on porous surfaces or bare wood. It has something in common with chalk paint too- it can stick to any surface if you purchase a bonding agent called Ultra Bond to mix in. Well, I was out of this bonding agent, but I remember thinking it looked and smelled a lot like glue, so what did I do? I added a little (you guessed it) MOD-PODGE! It did the trick and stuck amazingly. I did notice that it distressed a little differently than with the ultra bond and it was even more matte than usual.
I put a new cushion on the chair and had a rough time finding a way to fit the chairs odd shape. Not my best easy reupholstering job. To get the ship design on the fabric, I printed a picture off of the internet on regular paper and Mod Podged it on to some canvas material. Then I sprayed water on it, ironed it, and let it sit for a couple of hours. I gently rinsed off the paper, then let the fabric dry and stapled it on the chair. Lastly, I put a very thin layer of Mod Podge over the ship for protection. The desk and chair will be available for purchase in my shop.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
If you haven't noticed already almost all of my pieces have been finished with dark wax. Why do I love it? What difference does it make in my pieces? Dark wax produces a look that I can only compare to a glaze. Many DIYers use glaze or stain over their latex paint to give it an "old" or "dirty" look. Annie Sloan dark wax reminds me of shoe polish, it is soft and sticky and it can be applied by rag or brush. I think a brush works best to work it into carvings and paint strokes. Annie Sloan sells her own brand of wax brush but it is a bit pricey, plus I've noticed in her books that she doesn't even use the expensive wax brush! She just uses a cheap 2" brush, so that's what I use too.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I have been getting a lot of e mails asking me about A.S.C.P. and how to use it. (By a lot I mean like more than 2 that aren't family, really this website has only been up like a week). In the next day or two I will be working on doing my first tutorial and it will go over what I have learned through experience and searching the web.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
I should have a pretty unusual coffee table to show on Friday so be sure to check it out!
Monday, January 16, 2012
Saturday, January 14, 2012
I immediately noticed that these pictures had amazing chandeliers. I am in the stage of my life where spending a couple hundred dollars on a light fixture just isn't wise, so what did I do? I headed to my favorite local thrift store to see what I could find. I bought a cheap brass chandelier for $5. A little white Rustoleum spray paint fixed the cheap brass look in minutes. My next stop was Hobby Lobby for some faux crystals. I first checked the jewelry section and they had some pre-made strands but not enough matching ones and it was a little pricey. I bought a few faux crystals that I knew I wanted to hang solo and headed over to the christmas decor section where I found I huge package of white garland-type beads. These were a great alternative and much cheaper. I got my hot glue gun out and in one evening, I had this for under $20. What do you think?
Friday, January 13, 2012
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Monday, January 9, 2012
When I told my sister I had been reading some design blogs and was thinking about starting an at-home furniture business, she was more than surprised. She said she couldn't even see me reading blogs, let alone writing one. I guess I never gave off the vibe of being a great homemaker and computer whiz. Weird. If you had asked me 3 years ago, I would have had much different plans for myself. For the past 7 years, I thought my mission in life was to medically save every animal that I came in contact with. I spent all my time working at a vet hospital, or going to school to learn more and move up in the working world. If you had asked me if I was ever going to stop working while I had children, my firm answer would have been "No".
I went through some painful growing over the past few years. I finally couldn't take dropping my screaming newborn at my sister's house almost every morning to be watched while I went to school and work. I was frantically trying to juggle finishing school before moving out of state for my husband to start his doctorate elsewhere. I ended up not finishing, but what I learned from this juggling act was far greater than any school lesson I paid thousands for. I learned that I didn't have to save every animal myself. I learned to define myself not by my past career. I learned to slow down and enjoy one day at a time. I realized that in the long run my sweet daughter didn't care if I was a genius, she didn't care about how much school I finished, and I wasn't born to be anything better than her mom. My daughter will only remember the time I did or didn't spend with her, she would remember how I treated others, and she would remember if I was happy, stressed, or worn out. The best thing I could be was exactly what I thought I never wanted. I love being a mom, nothing is more important.
This past year I have spent a lot of time studying furniture books, history, blogs, and magazines. It is something I enjoy. This is a great new start for me, I am so blessed. I am able to work at home and be there for my daughter when she needs me. I am able to bring beauty into our home to make it "our" place and to provide my family with the comforts and joy that a loving home should have. This is the beginning of a new phase in my life that I now can happily embrace... There is always time for more school later, right?