I LOVE WHEN IT CHIPS....!

I just love it when milk paint does its thing and always disappointed when it doesn't.  But this time it did not disappoint.  The milk paint chipped exactly to perfection.....the sun was shining......the curtains billowing in the wind.....a perfect photo opportunity!

This highboy was very masculine looking in its original dark mahogany wood.  I chose to paint it in 'Linen' milk paint by Miss Mustard Seed.  The front of the interior drawers were painted in 'Henrietta' Chalk Paint®

It"s a great piece for storing vintage linens, or if you are lucky enough to have a large bathroom, it would be great for towels too, or of course as a bedroom dresser.

I replaced the plain wood knobs with these aged brass beauties which I ordered from Lee Valley Tools

The wax seals the chipping, scaly paint.  A question I am asked often.  Two coats of clear wax will contain all the chipping paint.

Scalloped backsplash.

I have a small lavender patch where I picked a few of the lavender blooms, but........  {Note to self:  Need to plant more lavender so I can pick a huge bouquet.}

This is a faux lavender wreath but I think it looks pretty real, don't you think?  Great trick, by mixing real with faux, it often tricks the eye.

Here is how this piece started.

"BEFORE"

"BEFORE"

Have a great rest of the week.  How is your summer weather?  It's been really cold here.  To my American readers, Happy 4th of July.

-Mary-

Link parties:

French Country Cottage * The Painted Drawer * Craftberry Bush

The Shabby Nest * The Interior Frugalista *

Mums Take Five * Stone Gable

 

GLAZED CANDLEHOLDERS

Hello friends,

Today I am sharing an easy DIY project using thrifted candleholders which can easily be purchased for a few dollars each.  I painted and used glaze to age them.  Country Chic Paint has just added glazes to their growing line of products and I had the opportunity to try them out.  I have many candleholders that are white but it's nice to have some available in different colours to change up your table settings.  

I don't have a "before" picture but trust me these candleholders were gaudy gold and ugly!  As you can see they are not a matching set, but painted in the same colours they now go together.

I started off by painting and distressing the candleholders in "Elegance" Country Chic Paint.

I left the paint to dry overnight and then applied the glaze with a paintbrush.  I used "Smoky Quartz" for this project.  After you apply the glaze, just wipe away the excess with water and a rag and the glaze will stay in the nooks and crannies which will enhance the details.  If your project is large, just work in small sections.

There is also a clear glaze available that can be mixed with any paint color in a 4 parts glaze to 1 part paint ratio, and besides the pre-tinted Smoky Quartz that I am using on this project, there are two other pre-tinted colours, Tiger's Eye and Graphite.  You can view Country Chic Paint's tutorial on glazing here

Here are some close-ups.  You can see where the glaze has settled and enhanced all the details.

You can apply a Tough Coat or Wax over the glaze for added protection.

Rainy days are perfect for projects like this.

Thrifted candleholders using paint & glaze

Thrifted candleholders using paint & glaze

Lavender bunches

Lavender bunches

I hope you are having a great day!

-Mary-

Joining these link parties:

The Dedicated House

Kammy's Korner

Knick of Time

Craftberry Bush 

Mums Take Five

Stone Gable

 

CREATING LAYERS (GREY HIGHBOY)

I love a layered paint finish on furniture and this was my vision for this makeover.

Creating Layers (Grey Highboy)

Creating Layers (Grey Highboy)

Here is the seller's "before" picture.

It is an oak dresser with beautiful details and was part of a set which I decided to split up.  The other dresser was painted in white.  You can read about it here.

The first thing I did was reconfigure the hardware.  The three pulls at the top were just not working for me. 

I used Country Chic Paint in "Cobblestone" for my first layer. 

 I then painted a second coat of Cobblestone that was lightened with some "Vanilla Frosting".  I painted this in a haphazard fashion and distressed it slightly.

At this part of the transformation, I was second guessing myself.  There is always the "ugly" part of the transformation.  You have to just keep playing and it usually turns out beautiful!

I then painted the interior in "Icicle".  My favorite blue.

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At this point, I found it was too blotchy.  I had been wanting to try out the Country Chic White Wax and this was the perfect piece for it. It had lots of nooks and crannies for the wax to settle in.  I first applied some natural wax and then the white wax, although I think next time I would just apply the white wax.  I wanted the white wax to be quite apparent so after applying it, I chose not to wipe it off.  But must caution you, if you do decide to not wipe it off, it takes a really long time to dry.  At least 4-5 weeks.  After the drying time, I was able to buff it to a shine.  The white wax helped to even out the blotchiness and at the same time created a nice patina.

I gathered up all my blue and white transfer ware for this shot and loved the result.

Creating Layers (Grey Highboy - painted blue interior)

Creating Layers (Grey Highboy - painted blue interior)

Creating Layers (Grey Highboy)

Creating Layers (Grey Highboy)

I purchased new silver hardware, but found it was just too shiny so I toned them down with just a few strokes of Belt Buckle Metallic cream from Country Chic Paint.  You just apply the metallic cream and wipe away.

Creating Layers (Grey Highboy)

Creating Layers (Grey Highboy)

Creating Layers (Grey Highboy)

Creating Layers (Grey Highboy)

Creating Layers (Grey Highboy)

Creating Layers (Grey Highboy)

Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful dads.  I'm off to cook my husband's favorite dish, Cabbage Rolls.  

Have a pleasant day.

-Mary-

Joining these link parties:

Finding Silver Pennies * The Dedicated House * My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia * Stone Gable * Savvy Southern Style * Elizabeth & Co. * Miss Mustard Seed * French Country Cottage * Craftberry Bush * Anderson & Grant * The Painted Drawer  * Mums Take Five

A DRESSING TABLE AND A BRIEF HISTORY

Hello Friends,

Today on the blog, we are talking about dressing tables.  Dressing tables initially started as small portable cosmetic boxes that were filled with little perfume flasks, combs, nail files, tiny scissors, etc..  Women of high status would have their maids carry them out when the Madame would ask for a comb.  The French called these ornate boxes 'necessaires' (must-haves). 

It wash't until the late 1700s that finally someone placed the box on a table and drew up a chair.

The dressing table, as we know it today, was developed in Europe in the beginning of the 17th century.  By the 18th century, it became known as a mark of social standing as well as an object of fine design and craftsmanship.  Two French women, in particular, helped to make the dressing table fashionable.

The first was Madame de Pompadour (1721-1764), the highly influential mistress of King Louis XV.  She popularized the once-private morning ritual of the 'toilette' by sitting at her grand dressing table to receive guests.

Photo Source:  Wikipedia

Photo Source:  Wikipedia

The other woman was Marie-Antoinette (1755-1793), wife of King Louis XVI, who set the tone for matters of fashion, art and design,

Photo Source:  Wikipedia

Photo Source:  Wikipedia

And, so while we most probably don't have maids dressing us and probably don't wear as much adornments and embellishments, a dressing table is a great piece to own.  Who wouldn't want to get ready for a party in front of this mirror!  I have one as part of my own bedroom set and love it.

A Dressing Table & A Brief History

A Dressing Table & A Brief History

For this project, I had some left over 'Linen' color milk paint from Miss Mustard Seed and also some left over 'Sturbridge White' milk paint from Homestead House.  I mixed the two powders together and added some water and stirred, stirred and stirred.  It's best if you let milk paint sit for a while before you start painting.  I had hoped for lots of chipping.  As you may know, milk paint has a mind of its own.  It chipped a little but not as much as I had wished for so I helped it along by using my paint can opener tool to scrape off some of the paint and also sanded down some of the edges to expose the wood.

I had someone somewhat interested in a dressing table that wanted more details added.  Here is how it looked before the makeover.

"BEFORE"

"BEFORE"

I added some pretty details on the drawer front and cabinet doors with Country Chic's embossing plaster.  I also applied the same technique on a previous dresser I finished.  You can see it here.  A wooden floral appliqué was also added on the mirror frame.  I think it totally transformed it.

A Dressing Table & A Brief History

A Dressing Table & A Brief History

I've been enjoying seeing the interior drawers painted in an alternate color.  Here I used a mix of Vintage Cupcake and Vanilla Frosting Country Chic Paint.  

A Dressing Table & A Brief History

A Dressing Table & A Brief History

To me, white and pink truly define "shabby chic".  It's a perfect combination.

A Dressing Table & A Brief History

A Dressing Table & A Brief History

The chair also got a fresh coat of white paint.

A Dressing Table & A Brief History

A Dressing Table & A Brief History

A Dressing Table & A Brief History

A Dressing Table & A Brief History

A Dressing Table & A Brief History

A Dressing Table & A Brief History

A Dressing Table & A Brief History

A Dressing Table & A Brief History

My friend Christie offered to give me this angel statue.  She seemed to think it was really gaudy, but I think she is beautiful!  What do you think?  I may later paint her in a distressed patina.

A Dressing Table & A Brief History

A Dressing Table & A Brief History

I've also been enjoying the last of my lilac blooms.  So sad to not have the fragrant lilac scent in my home anymore.

A Dressing Table & A Brief History

A Dressing Table & A Brief History

A Dressing Table & A Brief History

A Dressing Table & A Brief History

A WHITE DRESSER (Pure & Original)

Converting dressers to baby changing tables is really trendy, isn't it?  75% of the dressers I sell are usually purchased by expecting mothers that convert them to changing tables.  

A White Dresser - {Pure & Original}

A White Dresser - {Pure & Original}

I was just finishing up painting this dresser when I had someone contact me who was looking to convert a dresser to a baby changing table.  It just happened to be the right dimensions!  After the baby is grown this dresser can go on to be used as a regular dresser, or it would be perfect used as a buffet in a dining room and also would be perfect used in a foyer/entrance.

A White Dresser - {Pure & Original}

A White Dresser - {Pure & Original}

This dresser was finished with Pure & Original's Classico Chalk Paint.  Never heard of  Pure & Original?  Well, Pure & Original is a new paint line from Scandinavia making its way in North America.  They sent me a quart of "Warm White" Classico Chalk Paint to try out on a project.  This white is in between a pure white and an antique white, which is just perfect when you can't decide on which shade of white.  They may still have a contest going in which you can enter to receive some free paint.  You can check it out here at  PureOriginalPaint.com.  

A White Dresser - {Pure & Original}

A White Dresser - {Pure & Original}

Pure & Original is a high quality paint containing only natural pigments.  The great thing about this line is that you have a great selection of colors to choose from.

A White Dresser - {Pure & Original}

A White Dresser - {Pure & Original}

Besides their Classico - Chalk Paint, they also sell Fresco - Lime Paint, Marrakech Wall Paint and others.  This paint is water-based and has a very low odour which totally disappeared after the curing time, which is about 2-3 days.  Drying time is about 1 hour and you may re-coat after 4 hours.  Now their instructions mention that dilution is not necessary or max 10%, but I actually found this paint to be extremely thick, almost like putty and so I diluted it quite a bit.  I personally prefer painting with a thinned out paint.

I did not prime or sand my dresser.  Pure & Original paint does not require a primer.  The paint adherence wax excellent after the curing time.  I believe it is for outdoor and indoor use and does not need to be waxed, they do suggest a sealant but I was not provided with one.  I did apply some furniture wax,  just in case.  All in all, it performed very well.  

There are more and more decorative paints coming out on the market and most of them are great paints.  As a furniture painter who does not sell paint, I am happy to have the different options available.  I guess with more competition, it will come down to price and availability of the product.

But back to my dresser........  My client initially wanted to finish it in a peach color, but since I had already painted it white, I suggested we could paint the interiors peach instead.

A White Dresser - {Pure & Original} (Painted interior drawers)

A White Dresser - {Pure & Original} (Painted interior drawers)

....... she had an even better idea.....Ombré!  The peach colours are from Behr Premium Plus Interior.  The colours are Melted Marshmallow, Sensual Peach and Tomorrow's Coral.

{Ombré painted drawers}

{Ombré painted drawers}

A White Dresser - {Pure & Original}

A White Dresser - {Pure & Original}

A White Dresser - {Pure & Original}

A White Dresser - {Pure & Original}

Here is how she looked before:

"Before"

"Before"