Friday, June 27, 2014

Antique Vanity in Lavender

I have been wanting to try my hand at different finishing techniques and this beautiful vanity was my first experience with both white and clear wax.  This piece was part of a family estate sale and I was super excited to add it to my collection!  Minor scratches and nicks in the finish were easily worked around; I felt they would add character to the finished product, so I did little in terms of repair.

I decided on a gorgeous shade of lavender from Paint Couture's line of acrylic paints.  The color is called Blessings.  Two coats gave good coverage and the finish is matte and almost chalk-like.  400 grit sand paper was used to smooth the surface before a coat of Miss Mustard Seed's clear wax was applied.  Once that layer had dried over a 24 hour period, 400 grit sand paper was used to smooth the finish, and then a coat of white wax was added, also from Miss Mustard Seed.  

Wax is a great way to add an aged appearance, while also giving your furniture a long lasting and protective finish.  Wax will also add depth and bring out the color of your paint, in this case the lavender color became smooth and almost milky and the vanity began to look as if it had aged perfectly, the color softening with time. 

Wax can be applied in different ways; here I used a chip brush to apply and then wiped away excess with an old, clean t-shirt.  Using a high grit sand paper in between coats gives a super sleek and smooth finish.  

Though not pictured in the before pics, one of the side panels on the vanity had peeling veneer.  I decided to remove the veneer on both panels and use fabric to cover the unfinished wood.  The rose print on the fabric gave a romantic look to the vanity and in keeping with that theme, floral stenciling was used on the drawers and distressed, floral knobs finished the piece. 

The result is a soft, romantic vanity perfect for holding your most treasured and beautiful items...

This vanity is part of our Available for Local Purchase collection.  Learn more about this and other items available for purchase here.

Happy Friday Everyone!!!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Antique "Layer" Dresser

This dresser was a great estate stale find from back in Spring of this year.  I wanted to try a more masculine look with this piece and also wanted to experiment with a layering technique, in which I started with a base coat of paint, and then used different finishing products to create a rich, textured finish.

Here a few before pics:

Two interesting characteristics that drew me to the dresser were the double table top:

And the fact that the top layer of wood veneer was peeling back:

I decided to remove the remaining veneer and stain the top of the dresser only, while painting the bottom. Removing the veneer required lots of time and patience, as well as gloves, a hammer and a putty knife. After slowly chiseling away at the top and carefully removing all of the veneer, I filled in any holes with wood filler and sanded everything down.  The top was then stained in a deep espresso stain and left to dry.

I wanted to try my hand at acrylic on this piece and I choose a beautiful color from Paint Couture's line of water-based acrylic paints.  The shade is Amber and it floats somewhere between sandy brown and gold. Two coats did the trick while the color was pretty, I didn't feel I should settle for a clear topcoat and call it a day.  So I decided to try a glaze from Paint Couture's glazing line, cleverly named, you guessed it, Glaze Couture.  Their glazing products are water-based and super simple to use, just paint on and wipe off.  The glaze was pretty but standing back and looking at the piece, I still felt something was missing.

So I left the dresser to sit for a while.

We're talking weeks and weeks.

And the one day, while bumming around my garage and noticing, for the umpteenth time, the dresser sitting there, decided to try some dark wax on top of the glaze.  It was perfect. Kismet.  Exactly what the piece was missing. I used Maison Blanche's Dark Wax and just painted it on with a chip brush, concentrating on small areas.  I let the wax sit for 5 minutes before wiping it off with a lint-free cloth.The result was an aged look to the paint finish, with underlays of shimmer and gold.

I had some old, antique pulls from another dresser project and decided to use them for this piece.  I used silver polish to remove some of the patina and buffed them with a lint free cloth, to bring back some of their shine.  Once the pulls were in place, I used my finger to apply small amounts of an awesome product, again from Paint Couture, called Gilding Wax.  This stuff is basically lip gloss for your furniture.  You can use this wax to add depth, sparkle and texture to furniture, cabinets, hardware, etc.  Awesomeness.  Go ahead, take a look:

So there you have the story of my little antique dresser that could.  I love the rich finish provided by the glaze and wax layers and hope this piece can find a Happy home in the future!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Teacher Gift: Picture Bookshelf

I wanted to share a very special project with you guys today, one that is very near and dear to my heart.  As Livy and the rest of her class finish up their first grade year, the parents have been talking about just what the kids could do as an end of year gift to their teacher.  This is a super special year for this particular teacher, because Liv's class was not only her first ever first grade class, but her very first year of teaching!  As a way to commemorate this first year, and give her a memory that will last forever, the parents approached me to paint a bookshelf for her classroom, and each child would give a special book for the teacher to store on the bookshelf.  We even took it a step further and added pictures of all of the children to the sides of the bookshelf, using Modpodge.  A bit of fabric on the back wall added a delicate and pretty touch and we couldn't be Happier or more excited to present this special gift to this very special teacher, at the end of the year picnic.  Take a peek below and let us know what you think in the comments!

Happy Summer Everyone!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Clothespin Picture Frame

This is a crafty little gift I put together as part of my daughter's end of the year gift to her teacher.  Very simple project here; just a little paint, twine and a staple gun produced a sweetly unique and simple gift for a very special and very much appreciated, first grade teacher!

For those of you interested in how to do something similar, here are some quick directions:

Grab a frame, paint it your favorite color.  Use a fine grit sandpaper to distress the edges if you want a distressed look.  Once your frame dries, use a staple gun to attach twine to the back of the frame, making sure the twine is taught so that it holds up your pictures well.  Add any type of accent you like, in this case I used a paper flower purchased in a scrap-booking package from Joann Fabrics.  Mini-clothespins and some of our favorite school year pics topped off our project and you could use your frame for any type of occasion here; best friend, significant other, memorable event pics, the list goes on and on.

Hope you enjoyed this little project today!  Happy crafting everyone!