Thursday, June 28, 2012

Florence Arrives.

Chalk Paint ™ decorative paints newest color is here!

This sweet desk got a beautiful refreshing with Florence followed by a finish of Paris Grey tinted Clear Soft Wax.  Paris Grey was also used on the inside of the drawers for a fun surprise.

I'm pretty sure Florece and Paris Grey is my FAVORITE color combo this month.

Warning: I had extreme problems with my white balance and so I had to adjust my photos a ton in Picassa to get this to look green and not blue. ;)




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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

1 Girl. 1 Can. 1 Day.

Ok, I've been dying to try this ever since I saw One Girl In Pink's post on the 10 projects she did with one can of Chalk Paint ™ decorative paint and 2 tester pots.

So yesterday I had an order for an Old Ochre side table. I opened a new can and got started.  And Old Ochre is such a great color I decided to shoot a table and gossip bench I had around. And why not a chair and some picture frames for that art project I've been planning.  And then someone dropped off an old TV cabinet so I cleaned that up and shot it.

Then I thought--whoa--I'm at 8! Let's go for 10! Well, I got to 11.75 before my can ran out!

Girl Scouts Honor. 1 can.

Ok, I know you all want the specs.

Color: Old Ochre-- which in my opinion gets the best one coat coverage of all the white/creams. Another fav for coverage is Paris Grey

Application: HVLP Graco Spraystation 3900 with 20% water added to the paint.  Two coats were sprayed on each piece.

Hours: Worked the pieces from totally dirty, defunct raw stage to first coat of Clear Soft Wax in the following times: 11:30 am-2 pm,  2:30-4:15, 9:30 pm-1:30 am.  (Yes, I know you're all seeing an element of crazy here--but it's easier to work when the store is closed and the kids are asleep.)

Here are my pagent gals:
1 French Provincial Side Table
1 Gossip Bench
1 TV Cabinet which will be turned into an Ipod Player
3 Chairs (One of which will need a final touch up coat--that's the .75)
1 double flip round table
3 large Picture frames
1 ceramic jug
1 metal container thingy





 I probably could have finished the chair on the right if I had decided I was heavily distressing the table BEFORE I put a perfect top coat on it--which I later sanded almost completely off. ;)
Ok, yeah I know this isn't typical--I normally expect to paint 2 large pieces of furniture (think 9 drawer dresser) 2 coats each--out of one can. Some colors go farther due to their unique makeup and some need more coats.  But still--considering the value of my time--to get this many pieces done in one day?! I'd say that's a well spent $3.31 a piece on paint!

Of course those of you who know me, know the real accomplishment here. That would be me keeping my ADHD in check long enough to paint 12 pieces the same color. ;)

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Monday, June 25, 2012

I was in a mood.

It was the end of a long, sweet day of painting. I had been churning and burning it. Finally when it came time to rinse the gun and call it a day, I took a look at what I had created. And I saw a theme.
Yes, a very definite theme.
One might have thought I was in a somber mood by the looks of it. But no, I was just enjoying the simplicity and sophisication of a dark palette.  Black. Dark Gray. And Black.

Do you ever find yourself in a "color"mood.  Are your thoughts reflected in your art? Sometimes I really do feel like a little bit Jekyl and Hyde.  I love calm beachy beiges and blues (as we well know) but I also love rich sophisticated black. And then there's the quirk that needs to throw in some apple green every once in a while just for kicks and giggles.
Hum, so much paint. So many moods. Good thing there seems to be an endless supply of old furniture that needs reviving.










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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Pack Leader Perch

I just wanted to show off a piece my hubby built for one of our favorite clients. She was such a sweet heart to surprise her hubby with the for Father's Day.

How much fun is this?? I gave her some paint so they can add their "paws" on the sign. ;)



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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Vanity Conversion #4.0

Ok, so I've done a bunch of these--hence the 4.0 right? They are so perfect for our taller pillow top beds--and what about that Style?? eh? Love it!!

Craftsman-smaftsman! Give me some curves!

Spell check didn't like 'smaftsman'. Funny that. You know my theory on made up words right? If I used it and you understood it . . . Game On. Shakespeare did it, why can't I? Not that I would ever compare myself to the Bard. er. uh. Guess I just did.  Well, you get the point.

Vanity converted into Side tables

Painted in Chalk Paint ™ decorative paint in Graphite on top and Old Violet on bottom with Clear Soft Wax and Dark Soft Wax glazing.


And just for a little flourish, I painted the top lip of the drawers in graphite. Why not?

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A little plush, a little bling bling

If you've been in my store lately, you might have noticed a sitting chair, hidden in the corner, piled with mirrors, frames, and all sorts of decorative things. As if I didn't want you to notice the chair at all. And that would be the case. I had an idea for the chair, but tried to make due with fabric that I had on hand. And well, sometimes it just doesn't pay off to "make due."  It was a sore in my side ever since I finished it, and I finally got around to getting it redone.

While silky smooth ultra suede wasn't the fabric I had in mind, it was the right deep tone gray. And the only upholstery fabric in the store that was that exact shade of sophisticated deep gray that I wanted. So ultra suede it was. And I gotta tell you, I love the contrasting textures in this piece--the soft, plush suede with the hard, edgy silver. I wanted a piece that was grungy, sophisticated, and romantic at the same time. And while I know I could keep creating and playing around to get even closer to my vision . . .  as my mom says . . .

"Sometimes finished is better than perfect."

I'm pretty happy with the final, final result.
Painted in Chalk Paint ™ decorative paint in Paris Gray with silver leafing and Dark Soft Wax. Fabric from Hancock fabrics.

Please check out my tutorials if you'd like to tackle this yourself!
Egads. Gotta love those finger prints. What can I say? I was photographing under duress. My kids were ransacking the store.


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