Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Craft Fair

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. I always enjoy every bit of time I can spend with my family. Instead of having a relaxing weekend, I was super anxious about taking my V.T.N.E (Veterinary Technician National Exam). I've been studying every day for the past 4 months and I'm happy to announce that I passed it and can now take a very short breather.

Moving on...

Now that that is behind me, I am cranking out some awesome projects. I will be having my first booth at a craft fair EVER! It will be at Eva M. Wolfe Elementary School on December 14th. So far, I'm really excited about the pieces I will be bringing that night. I have some fancy reupholstered chairs, end tables, footstools, a couple of dressers, some cute growth chart crafts, and I've been furiously hot gluing headbands for girls. The headbands are super over the top with gorgeous feathers, flowers, and some bling because that's how I roll.

Here's a little sneak peek of what will be at the craft fair so don't miss out. I will be taking cash, debit and credit cards that night. See you there:)

Eva M Wolfe Elementary School
4027 West Washburn Road, North Las Vegas, NV 89031
December 14th 2012
6pm- until closing

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Another Verdigris Dresser

In case you haven't noticed, I love a good detailed nine-drawer dresser. If I see one on Craigslist for a good deal, I must have it. I loved all the layers and detailing each drawer had on this dresser. I really love to bring out the carving of furniture but I didn't want this one to feel too busy. I've been dying to make another verdigris dresser but was waiting for the perfect piece.

I did a few things differently on this one. I hate doing the exact same thing twice, I like to explore my creativity. I used a diffferent base metallic spray paint and even used 2 different chalk paint colors than last time. I left out the gesso/Old White step to give a more vibrant color and I did much more distressing than the last piece.

If you haven't seen my last dresser or tutorial, check it out on my most popular posts in the right sidebar.

This beautiful dresser and nightstand will be for sale, so contact me if you're interested.


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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Primitive Pie Shelf

I was given a great opportunity to give a new look to a very old piece. When I first saw a picture of the piece I didn't want to paint it. I loved the old worn look. When I saw it in person I understood why it needed a new look. It clearly had a lot of work done on it and wasn't an original. The bead board doors had been replaced,  the hardware was new and the paint job looked runny.

My client just moved to Vegas and was feeling inspired to go for a Southwestern feel. I repainted the outside with a dry brush technique using Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint. I didn't want a solid paint finish. We both wanted to try and keep the integrity of this shelf as much as possible. I love the worn wood peeking through.

The inside of this cabinet got a special treatment. It went from cobwebs and clumps of stuck on dirt to clean, bright, and fresh. The inside was painted in an Arles yellow paint.

The old beadboard backing was removed, along with about a dozen rusty nails sure to cause tetanus. My husband put in new beadboard sure to last a very long time!


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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Herringbone Desk

I ran across this desk that had clearly been painted several times. It looked like someone had tried to strip it and sand it down but gave up. Boy, I know when I'm in that process, thoughts of giving up cross my mind. This piece had some strange rust and cement-like textures on some parts of it. I probably should have just thrown it away, but I thought I'd give it a shot. I wanted to do something fun.

I just love it! I stripped, sanded, primed, and painted. I knew I'd be using chalk paint and milk paint, but I felt the primer was necessary to hold the rust in and all those strange layers. The milk paint crackled beautifully over the primer, I wasn't even trying, it just happened and it looks awesome! The milk paint was easily chipped away with a metal putty knife. I sealed it so all the "chippy" goodness would stay on and not continue chipping.

This item is for sale in my shop, keep in mind this is not a smooth finish paint job, it has chipping, layers and peeling paint. The top middle drawer sticks a bit but the rest work like a charm.


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Friday, November 2, 2012

Swedish Inspired Dining Room Table

I finally finished a table I've been working on, on and off for what felt like months. I've been "educating" myself through Pinterest, Google and Annie Sloan's website, and I'm realizing things I see and fall in love with are almost always Swedish. I think a lot of Swedish furniture and style gets passed off as French when it's not. I realize there is really nothing Swedish about the construction of my table and chairs but I really wanted to do something in the whites, light blues, and grays that remind me of Sweden. I didn't take a before picture, but it was your typical brown furniture. I took this picture in my not so lovely driveway.

 This is the kind of room I could see in my mind while painting this table. If only I had a place like this to use as my backdrop for photos :) 

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