Saturday, October 10, 2015

Still Here!

Oh boy, have I neglected this blog! Life has gotten busy, and while I've stayed more active on my Facebook page, I have really failed in the blogging department! Eventually, I will get my act together, but until then, you can follow me on Facebook (here), to see my current projects!

My house is for sale, and it has slowed business down substantially, but in the new place, I plan to have much better work space, and therefore, pick up my pace quite a bit. Don't give up on me! Stay tuned!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Antique Mirror Revival

Finally, a quick and easy project!

Well, sort of! After I rebuilt some of the detailing, and fixed up the gapes where some detail had been removed, I was able to give this sweetie a quick facelift! I used Shabby Texture, by Shabby Paints to fill in, and to rebuild the detail. It is a really cool product that can be used as filler, build appliqu├ęs, or to add texture and make something look like plaster.

This is a corner that I had to rebuild. It looks small, but it was the most difficult, because I needed to match the shape of the rest, and I had no mold.

This curve needed rebuilding as well, but it was easier to shape.

 There used to be detail on the bottom sides, similar to the ones on top, but someone had removed them, and left a gaping hole on each side, so I fixed it up, and you can't even tell it was ever there.

I do always take some time to ponder, before painting an antique like this. If at all possible, I prefer to restore, but some pieces are too far gone (Most of the ones I get are, actually). This piece had already been modified too much to hold any great value (since pieces had been removed), and it needed enough repair, that paint seemed like the best option.  I painted it with Shabby Paints Worn White, and sealed it with Pearl Revax. You can't see the pearlescent sheen in the photos, but it's phenomenal in person!

Here are some larger after photos. I am very pleased with the turnout! I think she is going to live with me for a while!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Dining Table Makeover

I am thrilled with how this beautiful dining table turned out!

I found it on a local classified site, for a low price, and immediately saw the potential. The top is nice and thick, solid wood, and I have always loved tables with chunky legs. It had carvings in it, and it was grimy.  I was appalled when I turned it over and found about 40 pieces of chewed gum stuck to the bottom!! But I cleaned it up thoroughly, and got to work!

Once I got the top all sanded down, it looked like this...  Mostly bare wood, but not perfect. That's the beauty of this stuff!

I used all Shabby Paints products on this project. I LOVE how easy and durable they are, but honestly, the biggest bonus is that they are 100% non toxic (even before curing), 100% food safe, 100% VOC free, and made in the USA.

I painted the legs and the skirt with Vanilla Bear. Then I distressed lightly and sealed with Sheer Vax.

For the top, I  mixed Hazelnut Revax, and Black Revax (Probably 75% Hazelnut, and 25% Black). It took 3 coats to get the desired color, and then I added a coat of Shabby Varnish. You can only apply  2 coats in 24 hours, so it took me two days (about an hour each day). This finish is incredibly durable! The revaxes have sealer in them so every single coat is strong. I have used it on several pieces in my home, and I am telling you, it stands up to abuse!

Here is how it looked after one coat:

2 Coats:

And here it is all finished. I am so pleased!

I can't wait to get my chairs done! My paint is on the way!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lovely Round End Table

Lately, I have been working on a lot of large projects. One example is the bed in the last post (stay tuned for updated photos). I can't wait to share my current large project, hopefully next week!

When I am working on so many large projects (that take forever, but are very gratifying in the end), I like to do a quick project, just so I can feel like I finished something. This adorable end table is one of those quick projects.

She had beautiful shape, but she hadn't had the best care. Someone had slopped on some clear coat at some point, that was uneven, and crackly, and also some gold paint along the edge of the table top. When sanding off the bad finish, I found that the original finish was chippy, which is probably why someone slapped that clear coat on in the first place, to try and stop the original from chipping more.  Anyway, there was no making this piece perfect, so I decided she needed to be shabby. I am pleased with the result.

Here are the before photos:

And, here she is now... Isn't she gorgeous?!

This project was done 100% with Shabby Paints products. The body was painted with a custom shade of grey, using three Shabby colors, and the top was painted Buffalo Brown, and glazed with three different top coats to create a faux wood finish.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

A New, Luxurious Bed

I posted this bed on social media this morning, and it blew up! It has gotten way more attention than anything else I've done, so I am excited to share it here.

This bed is going in MY room and I'm SO excited! I am getting ready to repaint, and redecorate the whole room, so you will get to see the bed again (setup) when the room is complete. For now, just use your imagination!

I picked this bed up from a yard sale over a year ago, with this vision in mind. When I finally started it, I learned quickly that it was going to be a very big job. In the end, it was totally worth it!

I used all Shabby paints products for the wood, and I upholstered every part that used to be whicker with a linen fabric. You can't really see it in pictures, but the fabric has a shimmer, and it adds to the luxurious feeling of the bed. I can't wait to put it in my room!

***NOTE: The footboard still needs buttons and trim! I was just too excited to share, and wanted to take the pictures while I had decent light.***



As always, please feel free to share and pin away!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Gorgeous and Unique Buffet/Server

I have a thing for buffets. I tell you, I need a larger house, so I can feed my furniture addiction! At least I can still get my hands on beautiful pieces, and love them for a short time until they find a new home, right?

This one is so unique. It has so many details. Even the hardware is ornate!

It was in disrepair when I got it. It was wobbly, the finish was very scratched up, and one of the drawers was missing the entire side. I repaired it, restored the top using Howard's Restore-a-finish, and painted it to bring out the gorgeous details.

For this project I used Vanilla Bear and distressed, then sealed with Vax, and glazed with a 50/50 mixture of Brown Bronze Shimmer Paint/Vax, all by Shabby Paints.  The hardware is painted with Brown Bronze Shimmer Paint.

These pictures do not do this piece justice, but I am never a good photographer, so you are probably used to it=)

(This piece is available for sale. It has a felt lined silverware drawer, and a larger drawer on top. It is 35" Wide, 19.5" Deep, and 33" Tall. If you are interested in purchasing it, please contact me on my Facebook Page.