ADDING PRETTY DETAILS

Here is my latest project.

So a little while back a family member gave me this table.  It is a solid table, but definitely lacked some details.  Below is how it looked initially.  I knew I wanted this table distressed so I first had to  paint out the top in a dark brown paint to bring it as close as possible to match the bottom color.  I had on hand some General Finishes paint in Dark Chocolate so I used that. After it dried, I sealed it with a spray Varathane varnish to create a barrier so that I could distress and have the dark brown color show through.

Below is a picture after I painted out the top in the brown paint.  BTW, that dresser in the background is part of a whole bedroom set.  It has gorgeous wood detailed handles.  Can't wait to get started painting it.  I can see past the two-toned wood stains.

I painted this table in Coco as the base coat and added a wash of Country Grey Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

To pretty it up, I decided to add some rope moulding and some wood appliqués on the apron and legs of the table.  Below is an i-phone picture taken in my dark garage of the individual pieces used.

Adding the rope moulding on the bottom edge of the table made a huge difference, don't you think?  

Rope moulding and wood appliqués added to a plain table.  Finished with Coco and a wash of Country Grey Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

Rope moulding and wood appliqués added to a plain table.  Finished with Coco and a wash of Country Grey Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

This is the side view, without the extension.

Christmas cactus in full bloom

Christmas cactus in full bloom

The above picture was taken back in December when my Christmas Cacti were still in full bloom.

I started out with just the table and as I was finishing it up, I was able to find 6 solid wood chairs which I painted similar to the table to make a set and re-upholstered the seats with drop-cloth.

I shared on my last post how I wax chairs "The Easy Way" here.

I am now selling (local sale only) the table and chairs as a set.

Here is how they look together with the extension on.

I know a lot of my readers in the U.S. are digging out of a major storm today, so stay warm.  We've been spared the storm here in the Montreal area.  Have a nice day everyone.

-Mary-

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WAXING CHAIRS (The Easy Way)

Hi Friends,

I'm just popping in briefly to talk about waxing.  Waxing is never a really fun job, right!  And especially when you have to wax DINING CHAIRS.  You know, you feel like you will never get to the finish line!

I love working with brushes for waxing, but on something like chairs, I found this method below works so much faster.

I decided to make a short video tutorial to show you.  See below.

Do you have any tricks when it comes to waxing furniture?  I'd love if you would share your ideas  in the "Comments" below.

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FEEDBACK PHOTOS

Every once in a while a client will send me pictures of furniture I painted for them taken from their home.

 It is always such a great thrill for me that I've decided to start sharing them with you all in a new segment entitled "FEEDBACK PHOTOS".

So I painted her sideboard, 10 chairs, table and a tea cart at various times, so it's fun for me to see how she put the whole room together.

 I only wrote a post about the table.  Remember this image?

 You can read my post here.

I love her choice in upholstering these beautiful Louis XVI chairs which she scored at an auction.   My client has young children, so having a darker material on the seat will be more forgiving for little hands!  I never did blog about the chairs either, but did share them on Facebook.  They have such beautiful engraved detailing on the wood frame.  I've never seen any like these.  Here is the picture I had shared on Facebook.  I had asked advice from you all on how I should treat the engraved carvings with regards to distressing.  I ended up just doing a little distressing, no dark wax or glaze was added.  I think using a dark wax or glaze would have been just too busy as the engravings were all over the frame.

For these chairs, I did not WAX them at all, but sprayed them with a satin varathane.  This is another way to  seal your chairs.  It is quicker than waxing but you need to do this outdoors! 

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SNEAK PEAK, WHAT'S UP NEXT.......

Transforming a manufactured table to this.....

ANTIQUING POWDER

Happy New Year!

After a small break, I'm itching to start painting again.  I am enjoying this time of the year when all my custom paint projects are up to date and I can concentrate and finish some projects I started earlier this summer but was never able to complete.  A little while back Kelsey from The Vintage Storehouse (formerly known as Blue Minerals) sent me some Antiquing Powder to try.  I had read about it on a few blogs and knew it would be great to try on some mirrors and odd items I had on hand.  Your item needs to have lots of raised or very rough surfaces to work best.

So here are the finished products.

I only remembered to take a "Before" picture after I had applied a coat of Coco Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan of the shelf.  I also gave a base coat in Coco on the vase too,

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Their Antiquing Powder comes in 9 different colours.  You can see all the different color choices here.

I used White Cashmere on the shelf and Wrought Iron on the vase.

The powder is very fine so it is great for getting in all the crevices and in between the raised surfaces.

I went much heavier with the Wrought Iron and applied it all over the surfaces of the vase.   With the White Cashmere on the shelf, I removed most of the Antiquing Powder from the raised surfaces, leaving the powder only to settle in between the raised surfaces.  You can add as much or as little as you like.   

So I had actually first tried this on a mirror earlier this summer and here are some "in progress" pictures on how to apply the antiquing powder.

I started with a vintage mirror and painted it in Paris Grey Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.  I then sealed it with Clear Soft Wax.  You have to apply the antiquing powder when your wax is still sticky.

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Don't worry about brush strokes.  You actually want them!  They will have something for the powder to grab after you apply your wax.  I decided to add a wood appliqué to the mirror top.

Use a somewhat stiff brush and dip it into the antiquing powder and just dab it wherever you want to emphasize your details.

Antiquing Powder

Antiquing Powder

Applying Antiquing Powder

Applying Antiquing Powder

Remove as much or as little of the antiquing powder on the raised surfaces as you like.

Remove as much or as little of the antiquing powder on the raised surfaces as you like.

Antiquing Powder on mirror.

Antiquing Powder on mirror.

TOP 10 BLOG POSTS 2014

Hello Friends,

Hope you are having a nice holiday break.  With the New Year coming to an end, it's time for my Top Ten Blog Posts of 2014.  Let's go back and revisit some of my most popular posts starting with the most popular.

1.

Refreshed Bedroom Set

Bedroom set refreshed with Old White Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

Bedroom set refreshed with Old White Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

I have to say that this one surprised me that it ranked right at the top.  Although I do paint a lot of white furniture, those posts are not usually as popular.

2.

A POP OF RED (ANTIQUE WASH STAND)

Antique wash stand finished with Emperor's Silk Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

Antique wash stand finished with Emperor's Silk Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

This was the one and only red painted piece I did...... I may just have to add more pops of color in 2015!

3.

FIREPLACE MANTEL MAKEOVER

Fireplace mantel painted in Coco and washed with Country Grey Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, with lots of distressing.

Fireplace mantel painted in Coco and washed with Country Grey Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, with lots of distressing.

As popular as this post was, unfortunately the post got deleted by error!!!!!  So, it may well have gone on to be my number 1,  judging by its popularity on Pinterest.

4.

UPDATED DINING ROOM SET

Dining set painted in Old White Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

Dining set painted in Old White Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

I think this may well have been my most time-consuming project.  7 tiny posts x 6 chairs!

5.

PARIS GREY ANTIQUE SIDEBOARD

Sideboard finished in Paris Grey on the first coat, then a bit of Graphite Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan was added to the second coat to create a bit of layering.

Sideboard finished in Paris Grey on the first coat, then a bit of Graphite Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan was added to the second coat to create a bit of layering.

I think this is one of my favorites.  The turned legs and details were just amazing.  I really struggled about painting this piece but in the end I never looked back.

6.

DRIFTWOOD-LOOK DRESSER

Dresser finished in Coco and washed with Country Grey Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.  Sealed with Clear and Dark Soft wax.

Dresser finished in Coco and washed with Country Grey Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.  Sealed with Clear and Dark Soft wax.

This antique dresser was just meant to be in this color.

7.

FRENCH LINEN DRESSER

Dresser finished in French Linen Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

Dresser finished in French Linen Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

I just love these 3-drawer dressers.  They are so versatile and sell very well as dressers for bedrooms or great in entrances.

8.

HANGING SCROLLWORK

This rubber mat was upcycled to look like chippy old iron scroll work.  It was painted with Pure White and Old White Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

This rubber mat was upcycled to look like chippy old iron scroll work.  It was painted with Pure White and Old White Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

This is a great easy project that can be finished in a couple of hours.  I love how it turned out.

9.

RUSTIC TABLE & BLOSSOMS

This table was finished in Coco and washed with Country Grey Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

This table was finished in Coco and washed with Country Grey Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

I love pairing Coco and Country Grey.  As I write this post, I notice they also seem to be a favorite of yours too!

10.

"LUSCIOUS LIME" ARMOIRE

Armoire finished in "Luscious Lime" Country Chic Paint.

Armoire finished in "Luscious Lime" Country Chic Paint.

This project was one that really pushed me out of my comfort zone by using such a bold color.  I think because the other "greens" in the room are understated, it just works without it being too loud.

You can read about all the details by clicking in each individual link.

Well that's my Top 10 for 2014.  Unfortunately, a lot of other great custom projects had never been photographed due to time constraints.  Hope you enjoyed going down memory lane with me!  As I look to the future of this blog, I would love to hear from my readers about what type of content you would like to see in 2015.  Mainly furniture paint transformations?  Would you like to see more craft projects?  Would you like to get to know more about me, my life, family?  I'd love to get feedback from you all.

Happy New Year to all my readers.  I appreciate each and every one of you!

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CHRISTMAS 2014 (Part 2)

Hello friends,

Well Christmas is just around the corner!  Yikes!  Just wanted to pop in quickly and wish you all a great holiday season.  I hope you all enjoy precious time surrounded by family and friends.  

At the same time, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my readers who take the time to read and comment on my blog and Facebook.  I so appreciate each and every one of your comments.

I had promised a Part 2 to "Christmas 2014" and so, here it is, better late than never!   

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I hope you enjoyed the tour.  I will be back after the Christmas holiday with lots of furniture makeovers to share with you.

Happy Holidays!

Mary

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