DINING SET (FALL INSPIRED)

Fall inspired Buffet.

Fall inspired Buffet.

Are you enjoying crisp Fall days?  I do love this time of the year but hate what is around the corner!

I was commissioned to paint a full dining room set which  I've been working on and off for over a month. Because the pieces were given to me and delivered at different times, I am unable to show it to you as a whole set.

My client did not want it painted WHITE.  She describes herself as more of a "beige" person.  We agreed to paint it in "Coco" Chalk Paint®.  Coco is one of my favourite neutrals.  I also love teaming up Coco with Country Grey.  You can see some of my other finished pieces in this combination.   Restoration Hardware Table and Driftwood-Like Dresser.  After sanding lightly, painting and distressing, I sealed it with a clear wax.  I also highlighted some areas with an antiquing wax.  I did not use the Annie Sloan Dark Soft wax as it can give a little bit of a greenish tone on some colours.  You can see the difference in the above-mentioned other pieces I did in which I did use the Annie Sloan Dark Soft Wax.  I would love for Annie Sloan to come up with a greyish dark wax.

Here are some pictures taken in all of Fall's glory!  I am lucky to have a nature park a few steps from my house, which is where these pictures were taken.

Fall inspired painted buffet.  Annie Sloan "Coco" Chalk Paint®.

Fall inspired painted buffet.  Annie Sloan "Coco" Chalk Paint®.

Painted buffet and painted pumpkins

Painted buffet and painted pumpkins

Antiquing wax was used to highlight some areas

Antiquing wax was used to highlight some areas

I did apply just a bit of gold gilding wax on the hardware just to brighten them up a bit.

Gold paste wax on hardware.

Gold paste wax on hardware.

I did take some quick I-phone pictures of the other pieces, but nothing styled.

Six chairs that will be re-upholstered.

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Here is a work-in-progress picture of the table top.  I just wanted to talk a bit about this.  My client specifically asked that the table top not be waxed because she wanted the ease of a Varathane (poly) finish instead.  Now, because the rest of the dining set had antiquing wax applied in certain areas, I had to replicate this look with the poly.  Since you cannot mix wax and Varathane, after I applied the first coat of Varathane, I went in with an angled brush and painted Graphite Chalk Paint® in the edges of the moulding and then wiped most of it out, leaving only the Graphite paint in the grooves, thereby replicating a Dark Wax.  A second and third coat was later applied all over the top.

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Here are the "Before" pictures.

"Before"

"Before"

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Since we are in Fall mode, here are some pictures taken in the same park one early Fall foggy morning.  I've shared these on Facebook, but for those who follow me here, thought I would share these here too.

Early Fall foggy morning. (Parc de la Cité, Saint-Hubert, Quebec)

Early Fall foggy morning. (Parc de la Cité, Saint-Hubert, Quebec)

Canadian Geese (Parc de la Cité, Saint-Hubert, Quebec)

Canadian Geese (Parc de la Cité, Saint-Hubert, Quebec)

(Parc de la Cité, Saint-Hubert, Quebec)

(Parc de la Cité, Saint-Hubert, Quebec)

Can you see the squirrel running across the electric line below?

(Parc de la Cité, Saint-Hubert, Quebec)

(Parc de la Cité, Saint-Hubert, Quebec)

Happy Fall everyone!

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A BROWN TABLE

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My client had purchased a dining room table which had a few scuffs so she attempted to touch it up without stripping it but gave it a light sanding and then applied a varnish over.  Needless to say her attempt did not have good results.  Lots of bubbling when it dried.  She called me to ask if I could help her.  She did not want to invest in stripping it completely so I offered her to paint it in a Dark Chocolate color, which would still give the same look.  She also did not want a wax finish.

I suggested Dark Chocolate General Finishes Milk Paint with their High Performance Satin topcoat.  I had already used both these products on this table and got really nice results. 

Here is my client's "Before" picture, before she attempted to restore it.

"Before"

"Before"

This is the "Before" picture when the table came to me after I gave it a good sanding and removed her mistakes.

After a good sanding. 

After a good sanding. 

I applied two coats of paint, waited 24 hours before each coat.  Then applied 2 coats of the High Performance top coat all over and a third coat on the tabletop for extra endurance.  I must say I was extremely happy with the results.

General Finishes "Dark Chocolate" Paint.

General Finishes "Dark Chocolate" Paint.

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General Finishes "Dark Chocolate" Milk Paint.

General Finishes "Dark Chocolate" Milk Paint.

My client kept only the armchair that was original to the set.  She was purchasing the Ikea Henriksdal Blomstermala chairs to go with her dining table.  See how pretty it is all going to look!

Ikea Henriksdal Blomstermala chair

Ikea Henriksdal Blomstermala chair

She had purchased one extra slipcover and asked if I could cut it up and re-upholster the armchair that she kept.

What luck, the seat of the slipcover fit almost to a "T".  I was able to position the seat with the seams showing.  I found this gave it a professional upholstered look.  Don't you agree?

Chair slipcovered with the Ikea Henriksdal Blomstermala slipcover.  Cut-off the top portion and adjust so seams show to give a professional upholstered look.

Chair slipcovered with the Ikea Henriksdal Blomstermala slipcover.  Cut-off the top portion and adjust so seams show to give a professional upholstered look.

Ikea Henriksdal Blomstermala slipcover used to upholster chair.

Ikea Henriksdal Blomstermala slipcover used to upholster chair.

Well, I wish I could say that it all ended happily there.

I waited three days after I finished varnishing to deliver the table and chair.  As my husband and son were loading the table into our van, it started drizzling.  I wiped the raindrops off the table and we delivered the table to my client.  When we got there I noticed that white watermarks had formed where the rain had fallen.  I was confident it would disappear within a few hours.

The next morning my client advised me that the white watermarks were still there.  Yikes, not you want to hear!!!!!!  Here is an image she emailed me.    Grrrr!!!!!

Watermarks

Watermarks

Well, this is one job that has to be started again!  Lesson learned - don't deliver furniture until the two week curing period when using the above products.

Happy Thanksgiving Day to my Canadian readers.  We celebrate Thanksgiving Day here in Canada today.  It is not as big a celebration as the U.S. Thanksgiving.   I'm off to cook my turkey for my husband and boys. I'm working on a few other projects which I hope to finish up in the next few days and post soon.

Have a great day!

----UPDATE:  FAST FORWARD, on week later, my client now advises me that the watermarks have disappeared!

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ANNIE SLOAN CANADA 31 DAYS OF CHALK PAINT "Antoinette"

Annie Sloan Canada is running a customer appreciation contest throughout the month of October.  I will be participating in this contest on some of those days, depending on the designated color.  You can read all about it on their Facebook Page.  Link below.

ANNIE SLOAN CANADA 31 DAYS OF CHALK PAINT

Today's designated colour is "Antoinette".  Here is the project I submitted today.

Little girl's room.  Painted pieces in "Antoinette" Chalk Paint®

Little girl's room.  Painted pieces in "Antoinette" Chalk Paint®

I would be so grateful if you would head on over to Annie Sloan Canada 31 Days of Chalk Paint's Facebook page and vote for my  project by giving it a "Like".  You will find it in the "Comments" Section.  Today's designated Canadian stockist is The Painted Bench in Hamilton, Ontario.

Thank you for your support.

Mary

 

HOLLYWOOD GLAM CONSOLE MAKEOVER

Gilded console table

Gilded console table

I just finished working on this console table for a young client.  She purchased this table from The Bombay Furniture Company, and like all their furniture, it was originally a dark cherry wood colour.  My young client wanted it to be painted black with gold accents.  I had previously used "Liquorice" by Country Chic Paint before on these end tables and was very happy with the results.  It is now my "go-to" paint when I want a "true black".   The coverage is so great.  It only required one coat of paint on this table!  Yeah!   This paint is self-levelling and so it does not leave any brush strokes.   When I was working on this piece, it was quite warm so I waited 24 hours before distressing and waxing.  So after it dried properly,  I waxed the whole piece with a clear natural wax.

This is what it look like "Before".

"Before" (Bombay Console Table)

"Before" (Bombay Console Table)

So initially the plan was to distress a little of the black paint and do just a bit of gold highlighting. We kept all the original hardware and just sprayed them with Rustoleum Specialty Metallic spray in the gold colour, and to make extra sure the gold would not rub off, I sprayed a clear satin protective spray lacquer over it.

Hardware sprayed with Rust-Oleum Specialty Metallic (Gold)

Hardware sprayed with Rust-Oleum Specialty Metallic (Gold)

The picture above is the test I showed my client with some distressing.  In the end my client did not like the cherry colour peeking through, so I repainted the legs.  However, distressing is very easy with this paint.  As you can see, when you first apply the Liquorice colour, it appears to be more of a dark charcoal, but once waxed, it truly looks black.

For the gold highlighting on the table, I used DecoArt Metallic Lustre - Gold Rush.   It's just like Rub 'N Buff.  I purchased both gold products at Michael's.  I first attempted to apply the gold wax lightly with a daubing sponge on the rings of the legs and all the edges of the table top.  This is what it was looking like.......

Very uneven and blotchy.  It actually looked worse in person.  I found there was just too much contrast between the dark color and the gold, and my lines were not straight.  Grrrrrr!  I personally would have stopped with just a bit of gold on the legs, but my client wanted gold all along the top edges too.

Since the Metallic Lustre is a wax, I knew it could be removed with mineral spirits, and that is what I did.  It removed quite easily with just a bit of rubbing with a rag.  

I attempted a second try, this time I used Frog Tape and taped all around the edges so I would have nice straight lines.  I applied the gold wax paste much more heavily this time so there would not be any uneven blotches. This paste seems to dry almost instantaneously, so there is not much time for spreading.

Applying Metallic Lustre Gold Wax

Applying Metallic Lustre Gold Wax

As you can see above, there was still a bit of re-touching to make my lines straight and this was easily fixed with a Q-tip dipped in mineral spirits.

I think for lighter painted furniture, just dabbing a bit of the gold wax paste would not have been a problem, but with black the uneven contrast just shows up looking very blotchy.

In the end, my client was very happy with the results.  This is the advantage of doing custom work.  Sometimes the client's vision will push you to try something you would never have tried.

Here she is, looking very HOLLYWOOD GLAMish!

Bombay console table makeover.  Country Chic Liquorice Paint with gold highlights using DecoArt Metallic Lustre (Gold Rush) and Rust-Oleum Specialty Metallic Gold spray for the hardware to match.

Bombay console table makeover.  Country Chic Liquorice Paint with gold highlights using DecoArt Metallic Lustre (Gold Rush) and Rust-Oleum Specialty Metallic Gold spray for the hardware to match.

Black console with gold highlights

Black console with gold highlights

The gold wax buffs to a shine.

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DIY HAT DISPLAY STAND

I also wanted to show you this quick DIY project -  The Hat Display Stand.  I basically took an old candle holder and an old wood salad bowl.  I turned the salad bowl upside down and glued them together.  Then sprayed it all with the same gold spray like the hardware.  It took a full 10 minutes in all!  With the rounded full top of the salad bowl, your straw hats will not get deformed. Just think what a great display you can have with many different hats, varying the heights.  My candle holder was metal, but imagine thicker wooden candle holders.

UPCYCLING:  Hat display stand made with old candle holder and wooden salad bowl, then sprayed gold.

UPCYCLING:  Hat display stand made with old candle holder and wooden salad bowl, then sprayed gold.

So tell me, are you like me and tend to purchase straw hats when on vacation and never know where or how to store them?  I hope this solves your problem!

Have a great day!

- Mary -

Disclosure:  I received compensation in the form of products from Country Chic Paint in exchange for writing this review.  All opinions are my own.

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MILK PAINTED BEDROOM SET

In continuing with my curated bedroom which you can read about  here and here, I had cleared out my basement of furniture that I had been collecting and used what I had on hand to furnish a bedroom.   This post will focus on the dressers and bed.

Chippy milk paint

Chippy milk paint

I purchased this bedroom set which was dated probably from the 1930's.  It was in very good condition for its age.  I wanted a "chippy" look so I used Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in "Linen".  It is a little off-white and knew it would look great with my bedding.  The blanket was crocheted by my mom many years ago and am always amazed at the workmanship.  There are hand-made pom-poms along three sides of the blanket.  The rest of the linens are all odds and ends in different shades of white, but it all works together because there is texture.  That is the secret to mixing pure white's and off white's.  You have to add texture.

hand crocheted blanket

hand crocheted blanket

Because you cannot be sure with milk paint whether it will chip or not, I added some Vaseline to some of the contours of the furniture to resist the milk paint.  This assures me that even if the chipping does not happen, it will chip where the vaseline was applied.

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Linen

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Linen

The thing with milk paint is even though two pieces of furniture originate from the same set, they do not always chip to the same degree.  On this set, the highboy had a lot less chipping compared to the women's dresser.  So something you have to keep in mind when painting a set with milk paint and if you plan on selling it back as a set.

So I mixed up the milk paint powder and applied two coats of the mixed milk paint and let it dry overnight.  I had lots of chipping on the women's dresser, but hardly any on the highboy.   I then vacuumed up all the loose paint chips and waxed the two dressers and bed with two coats of clear wax.  I wanted more of an aged patina so I also applied some antiquing wax mainly on the frames and perimeters of the pieces and blended it inwards.  

You can see how the shading is very subtle.

Milk paint and antiquing wax

Milk paint and antiquing wax

Miss Mustard Seed "Linen" Dresser and antiquing wax

Miss Mustard Seed "Linen" Dresser and antiquing wax

Miss Mustard Seed "Linen" and antiquing wax

Miss Mustard Seed "Linen" and antiquing wax

I also added some wood appliqués to the women's dresser and to the headboard just for a little more detail.

The wood appliqué adds a nice touch.

The wood appliqué adds a nice touch.

Here is a "Before".

"Before"

"Before"

The two dressers have sold.  The headboard is still available if anyone locally is interested.  If it does not sell, I may (actually my husband) turn it into a bench.  Something I have been wanting to try and do.

Can't believe September is already here.  I feel the need to hang on to summer just a little longer!  Have a great day. 

-Mary-

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