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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ADDING LEGS TO END TABLES

On my last post I curated a full bedroom with pieces of furniture that had been collecting in my basement.   One of the items were a pair of plain end tables.  I love furniture with legs!  It just makes everything look so much more elegant.  You can easily change the whole look of end tables just by adding legs to them.

Queen Anne legs added to plain end tables. Painted in "Liquorice" by Country Chic Paint.

Queen Anne legs added to plain end tables. Painted in "Liquorice" by Country Chic Paint.

These were two solid wood end tables in excellent shape, but quite boring.  Here is what I started off with. This style of end tables are perfect for adding legs.

"Before"

"Before"

It already had a nice molding at the bottom, so I only had to remove the bottom base.  I flipped it upside down and removed all the screws that were holding the base.  It was also glued on, so a little prying was all it took to detach it.  I purchased 4 wooden Queen Anne legs and these metal plates from Rona Hardware.  You will find the metal plates in the same aisle as the wood legs.

Brackets used for screwing on wooden legs.

Brackets used for screwing on wooden legs.

Here is a picture of the legs I added before they were painted.  I believe they come in two different heights and this one was the smaller one.  These measure 8 inches.

I love a room with light walls and contrasting black or wood furniture so I chose to paint these tables black.  Country Chic Paint had sent me some paint to try out a while ago and one of the colours included was Liquorice - a true black.  I sanded the end tables slightly and applied two coats of paint, distressed heavily and sealed them with their natural wax.

Heavily distressed.

Heavily distressed.

Country Chic Paint - "Liquorice"

Country Chic Paint - "Liquorice"

Love the slide-out tray

Love the slide-out tray

Love light-coloured walls with touches of black furniture.

Love light-coloured walls with touches of black furniture.

Next post will be about the white furniture pieces.

Enjoy the long weekend!  Enjoy it to the fullest!

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A CURATED BEDROOM

Curated bedroom with antique and vintage finds

Curated bedroom with antique and vintage finds

I have been painting up a storm trying to clear out my basement with some of my "orphans without makeup" and thought it would  be fun and challenging to see if I can curate a collection with the pieces I have been accumulating  and try to make them all work together in a room setting.  I had lots of fun with this project.  To me, the styling is what I enjoy most through the whole process. 

So I painted two vintage mirrors, two end tables, a highboy, women's dresser and headboard, and added some props like the vintage steamer trunk.

Here are closeups of some of the individual pieces, and if you are local to Montreal and surrounding area, they are all up for sale.

So here they are -

Some end tables:

Queen Anne black end table.

Queen Anne black end table.

The legs were added to the end tables and they made such a big difference.  I will go more in detail in later posts.

A headboard:

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint  "Linen" headboard

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint  "Linen" headboard

Love the chipping from the milk paint.

A women's dresser:

Shabby white dresser with patina

Shabby white dresser with patina

A highboy:

MMSMP Linen & antiquing wax

MMSMP Linen & antiquing wax

Mirrors:

Painted vintage mirror

Painted vintage mirror

and lastly, a steamer trunk:

Vintage steamer trunk

Vintage steamer trunk

I'm loving how they all pulled together.  I'll be back with some posts on the individual pieces and some "before" pictures.

If you are interested in any of the pieces, they will eventually be listed in the "For Sale" section of my website.

I love getting feedback from my readers.  Feel free to comment below.

Have a great day!

Mary

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BLUEBERRIES…..and a SIDEBOARD

#blue&white

#blue&white

         I just completed another commissioned piece.   It is another white sideboard (we, Quebecers, just love our furniture WHITE), so rather than blog about another white sideboard, I decided to focus on what is on top of it, B-L-U-E-B-E-R-R-I-E-S!  Yes, it's blueberry harvest time!

        It all started when I spotted these two blueberry ceramic baskets at Winners.  They came in 1 pt. and 2 pt. sizes and were around $6.00 and $8.00. 

#blueberries

#blueberries

        I just thought they were so adorable and it gave me the idea for my next photo shoot…….and since blueberries are at their prime right now, I baked some blueberry muffins.  They were so delicious so decided to share my blueberry muffin recipe with you.  These are the larger sized blueberries.  I just love them in muffins and with their bigger size, they are just so moist and delicious when you bite into them!

#blueberries

#blueberries

My Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter (room temperature)

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

2 cups flour

1/2 cup milk

2-1/2 cups blueberries

Topping (I omitted this, so it is optional)

1 tbsp. granulated sugar

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Directions:  Heat oven to 375 F.  Grease 18 regular or 12 large size muffin tin or just line them with parchment baking cup liners.  

In bowl, mix butter until creamy.  Add sugar and beat until pale and fluffy.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each.

Beat in vanilla, baking powder and salt.

With spoon, fold in half of flour, then half of milk into batter; repeat.

Fold in blueberries.

Spoon into muffin cup liners or in greased muffin tin and sprinkle topping (optional) on each muffin.

Bake 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

#blueberrymuffins

#blueberrymuffins

         The best way to store and freeze blueberries according to Quinn Farm, a local farm here in the Montreal area is as follows:

Storing and Preparing Blueberries
Blueberries have a fairly long shelf life, they will last up to a week in the fridge (sometimes longer) do not wash until ready to use. Before using them make sure there are no small stems or leaves by placing them in a bath of water (generally leaves and stems will float). Or pick out pieces by hand.

To freeze blueberries put a thin layer of them on a cookie sheet and place them in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer container (Ziploc or Tupperware) and back into the freezer. This way they will stay separate and you will be able to take out the quantity you want to use instead of thawing a huge block of blueberries.
— Quinn Farm, Montreal area
#blueberries

#blueberries

#blueberrymuffins

#blueberrymuffins

#blue&whitechina #blueberries

#blue&whitechina #blueberries

#blue

#blue

The sideboard is painted with Pure White Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, some distressing to bring out the pretty appliqués and sealed with 2 coats of Soft Clear Wax.

#anniesloan #purewhite #sideboard #paintedfurniture

#anniesloan #purewhite #sideboard #paintedfurniture

I am finishing up painting some bedroom pieces and some random painted thrifted pieces and will show you soon how I pull them all together in a bedroom setting.

Have a great day!

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