"PRETTY IN WHITE" SIDEBOARD

Sturbridge White - Homestead House Milk Paint

Sturbridge White - Homestead House Milk Paint

We added some new "planked walls" to our living room to show off my newest sideboard and antique mirrors.  I love textured walls and this will serve as an additional background to photograph my furniture, as well as adding some visual interest to my living room.  It is a very long wall and a few frames never looked right.  This is much grander in scale and kind of acts like a mural.  I will eventually post some pictures of the full view of the living room.

So I did end up selling the last sideboard which I had painted a few months ago  (Paris Grey Antique Sideboard).  This one is a  little shorter in height and just feels like it is a better fit in my living room.

I painted this sideboard Sturbridge White from Homestead House Milk Paint.  I wanted just a little bit of distressing and no chipping, so I added some bonding agent to the paint.  To get a chippy look, skip the bonding agent like in this vanity I painted.  Same paint, two different looks, although with milk paint it is always a mystery whether it will chip or not!  I finished with a few coats of Clear Soft Wax.

I love the original trophy appliqués on this sideboard.  This piece was in excellent condition so there were no repairs at all to do.  I switched the wood knobs on the bottom to glass ones for now, but I'm not quite fully satisfied with them.  If anyone has any suggestions, I would welcome your comments!

Sturbridge White - Homestead House Milk Paint

Sturbridge White - Homestead House Milk Paint

#white #sideboard

#white #sideboard

#seashells

#seashells

#summerdecor

#summerdecor

Keep dinner napkin sets together by tying a ribbon or twine. 

Keep dinner napkin sets together by tying a ribbon or twine. 

Pretty detailing

Pretty detailing

My collection of mirrors below are all vintage and antiques, except for the middle grey one which I purchased at HomeSense.  I found adding a different colour adds contrast.  I may add some more colour to this vignette, but for now, this is her summer look! 

#summer vignette

#summer vignette

Here is the "Before" picture.

A PLANT TABLE WITH BOOTIES!

Country Chic Paint - "Elegance"

Country Chic Paint - "Elegance"

Well today I set out to paint a small project and have it finished by the end of the day.  I chose this cute plant table.  Don't you just love her cute booties!

The nice folks at Country Chic Paint were kind enough to send me some of their paints to try out.  One just can't help admiring their pretty packaging.  Don't you think?

Country Chic Paint

Country Chic Paint

………….. and I love the names of their colours - Vintage Cupcake, Luscious Lime, etc.  A great range to choose from.  They will even custom mix colours for a small fee.   Country Chic Paint is VOC free and is a chalk and mineral based paint specifically designed for DIYers for refinishing furniture and home decor.

For my first project, I chose the colour "Elegance".  It is a very pretty blue.  They recommend to sand your piece lightly.   The paint is maybe just a little thinner than the Chalk Paint® I am used to, but coverage is excellent. I painted only one coat of Elegance and did some distressing.  I sealed the plant table with their clear wax and also applied some of their antiquing wax on the bands of the legs and the edge of the table.

Here is my plant stand before.  Below is the seller's picture.  She was moving out of the country so I purchased a few small pieces from her which I will be posting about soon.

"Before" picture

"Before" picture

……..and look at her now.  So pretty with her blue colour and matching blue glass.

Blue Table & Recycled Blue Glass Bottles

Blue Table & Recycled Blue Glass Bottles

I just clipped a few honeysuckle vines from my yard and a few clippings from a rose vine.

Country Chic Paint - "Elegance"

Country Chic Paint - "Elegance"

#RecycledBlueBottles

#RecycledBlueBottles

Sometimes, bright, overcast days are best to photograph your subjects.

#roses

#roses

#HoneysuckleVine

#HoneysuckleVine

Love her brass "booties"!

THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKIN'…………….

THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKIN'…………….

Plant table with brass feet

Plant table with brass feet

This plant table is available for purchase.  Details will be posted in the "For Sale" section.

Well good night, it is late and I must get to bed!

- Mary -

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FRENCH LINEN DRESSER

<French Linen>

<French Linen>

Happy Thursday!  Are you looking forward to relaxing summer days ahead?

Here is a project I worked on last week.  It is an antique pine dresser.  It was originally painted in a "yucky" green colour.  This post will show you how I deal with an already painted piece.  How do you get a wood-distressed look with a green base colour?  Well you "fake" it.  This is how the dresser started.

"Before"

"Before"

I started off by stripping, re-staining and varnishing the top.  I used Minwax Special Walnut stain and Satin Varathane.  

For the body of the dresser, I painted one coat of Dark Chocolate by General Finishes Milk Paint (any wood colour paint will do) over the green.  The next step is to seal between the layers.  I applied a coat of Satin Varathane over the Dark Chocolate paint.  This step is important as it will make the distressing much easier.  

General Finishes Dark Chocolate Milk Paint used to "fake" wood.

General Finishes Dark Chocolate Milk Paint used to "fake" wood.

I left it to dry overnight and then applied one coat of  French Linen Chalk Paint®.  French Linen can look so different depending on your light.  It is like a greyish/khaki shade.  I distressed in certain areas with a wet pot scrubber, wiping clean.

I then applied a few coats of Hemp Oil to the body of the dresser and also on the hardware.  This revives them so they do not look so dried up.

French Linen Chalk  Paint® & hemp oil

French Linen Chalk  Paint® & hemp oil

French Linen Chalk Paint®

French Linen Chalk Paint®

I also chose to paint the interior drawers in Florence Chalk Paint®.

Interior painted in Florence Chalk Paint®

Interior painted in Florence Chalk Paint®

Chartreuse hydrangeas!

Chartreuse hydrangeas!

I think artificial flowers can look as pretty as fresh flowers.  How do you feel?

This dresser is for sale.  Details & info in the "For Sale" section.

Have a great day!

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REPAIRING BROKEN MOULDING

<Repaired Broken Moulding>

<Repaired Broken Moulding>

Next time you see a piece of furniture and it has some broken moulding, don't pass it up.  It is really easy to repair.  This post will show you how.

This waterfall dresser was missing some of the dented molding on one of the drawers.

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<Broken moulding>

<Broken moulding>

 I already had some moulding on hand.  It was not dented moulding, but rope moulding, but it was the correct size.   So that is what I used.  

So since I was using a different moulding, I had to replace all of the existing ones.   To remove the old moulding, I used a combination of scraper and some chisel tools.  I just stuck the scraper between the old moulding and the dresser, and pried it slowly.  It was tacked with some small nails, but removing it was a real breeze.

<Tools used to remove old moulding>

<Tools used to remove old moulding>

<Slowly pry out the old moulding>

<Slowly pry out the old moulding>

I then cut my new molding to size and stained it.   I also sealed it with 2 coats of water-based Varathane before I applied the paint.  If you plan to distress, it is better to create a barrier between the paint and stain.  It will make it easier to distress your piece.  I cut the new pieces to size and used a combination of the staple gun and wood glue to install the new moulding.

<New moulding>

<New moulding>

I also stripped the top of this dresser and stained it with Minwax Special Walnut stain and sealed it with three coats of water-based Satin Varathane.

Top has been re-finished with Minwax Special Walnut Stain and Satin water-based Varathane

Top has been re-finished with Minwax Special Walnut Stain and Satin water-based Varathane

I have not used Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint® for a while and thought it would be a nice change from my usual whites.  I then distressed the dresser with a wet pot scrubber and sealed the body of the dresser with Soft Clear Wax.  

<Waterfall Dresser - Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint®>

<Waterfall Dresser - Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint®>

Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint®

Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint®

My husband built me this cute planter with leftover wood which I painted the same colour as the dresser.

<Matching planter - Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint®>

<Matching planter - Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint®>

I kept the original hardware as they were real brass.  I scrubbed and cleaned them so they would have a little sparkle to them but left with some patina.

<Original brass hardware gets a little scrubbing>

<Original brass hardware gets a little scrubbing>

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<Replaced moulding - Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint®>

<Replaced moulding - Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint®>

I had a young lady come to see me about purchasing another dresser I had for sale.  When she saw this one, she purchased both.  So this dresser is already sold, but the matching planter is up for sale.  I've decided that I will be adding in the future some smaller items to my inventory besides furniture, like candle pillars, mirrors, frames, etc. in the future.  I have had many requests to purchase these small items when customers come to view furniture.   All items that are available for purchase will be listed in the "For Sale" section of my website.  Please email me for any info, or if you would love to have me paint one of your own pieces.

Have a great day!

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RUSTIC DINING TABLE & BLOSSOMS

Spring Blossoms.

Spring Blossoms.

Happy Wonderful Spring everyone!  We are having the most beautiful Spring weather here, but unfortunately, it's coming to an end, as some rain is on the way but we got to enjoy 5 beautiful glorious days. Our blossoms are at their peak and I got out and picked a few to bring in and enjoy.

White lilac blossoms.

White lilac blossoms.

White lilac blossoms.

White lilac blossoms.

Apple & lilac blossoms.  I used recycled Bombay Gin liquor bottles as vases.  Love the shade of blue.

Apple & lilac blossoms.  I used recycled Bombay Gin liquor bottles as vases.  Love the shade of blue.

Spring blossoms make me feel so happy!

Now, on to my rustic table makeover.  So here is a solid pine table.  I was inspired by the Restoration Hardware look and wanted a kind of barn wood look, with lots of layering and patina.

Rustic Table

Rustic Table

 My go to colours for this kind of look is always Coco and Country Grey Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.  So I painted my first coat with Coco.  Then dry brushed some Country Grey.  After it dried, I distressed very heavily with a medium grit sanding block to reveal a lot of the wood, especially on the table top.  I wanted the table top to be smooth as butter, so I hand sanded a second time with a very fine sanding block all over burnishing the paint into the wood until it shined even before waxing.

 It was sealed with two coats of soft Clear Wax and buffed.

The picture above is how it looked after I applied only the clear Soft Wax.  I found it did not have much of a patina and the Country Grey was looking too blotchy.  It looked worse in person.   I still wanted a lot more of a patina so I applied a very generous amount of soft Dark Wax and then buffed it to a smooth shine.  So much better!

Coco & Country Grey Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan

Coco & Country Grey Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan

Hand sanded until the paint was burnished into the wood, almost till it was translucent.

Hand sanded until the paint was burnished into the wood, almost till it was translucent.

The table had lots of dings, perfect for the soft Dark Wax to bring them all out.

Soft Dark Wax brings out all the dings.

Soft Dark Wax brings out all the dings.

Patina.

Patina.

Lilac & Apple Blossoms

Lilac & Apple Blossoms

Wish you could smell the sweet fragrant…...

This table is available for purchase locally in Montreal and surrounding area.  Details are in the "For Sale" section of my website.

Have a great day.

- Mary -

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