Saturday, March 22, 2014

Friday Paint Session

Mostly Goodwill finds. 

Much improved. The chair is painted in Paloma ASCP. Light lavender. With a wax/Old white dusting.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Scrappin' Class March 19th

Pam and Helen came to scrap last night. 
Helen brought more beach trip pages to scrap and did 
a great job on those.

Pam brought several things to scrap but we just couldn't get all the elements
together to complete a page! Oh well, maybe next time. 
Enjoy Helen's pages. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 this color!

 I just love this color....Aubusson (of course) it's Annie Sloan chalk paint. It is one of the first colors I purchased. I had envisioned painting the chest this color from my first days of chalk painting. I am not disappointed!

 I had originally planned to stencil with gold leaf. I followed all the procedures but it did not come out right. I think my detailed stencil was just too much. But I will try gold leaf again.
I was able to cut my stencil using my Silhouette Cameo.

Plan B used French Linen ASCP to paint in the stencil.

I then used Florentine in Cire A Dorer Gilding Wax. 
I just love this new color

Remember the top of the chest I had made distressed looking in the before. It was originally white formica. I used Minwax Polyshades Stain and Varnish in Bombay Mahagony Gloss. This worked great. Now it looks like real wood.

Remember the before, much better now. 
Another project I had for this week was to redo this end table. It came from my mom and she had done some stenciling and varnish on it. 

Time for an update. I used ASCP in Old Ochre with clear and some dark wax. 

I added an antique handle I had gotten at an estate sale. I also added some copper gilding wax. This is my table beside my chair. It is my nesting place. Laptop, Ipad, etc, all within easy reach. I refuse to take a picture with all my junk on it!

And here's my next project. I am painting these vintage lamps
 for my friend, Edith. They must weigh 
50 pounds each, I can hardly pick them up!
Thanks for visiting. If you have any questions, please leave a comment. 
Watch for lamps update coming soon!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Spring Break Chalk Painting Marathon

My friend Sharon kept me busy during Spring Break. While others were basking in the sun on far away beaches we worked our butts off !
 But it was fun and well worth it!
These chairs were our big project.

They started our as sun faded wing -back chairs that needed to be reupholstered or taken to Goodwill. The fabric had no tears and was in great shape other than being faded out. That was a plus.

Started painting the cushions before we got the shot(as usual)

We began by spraying down the chairs with a light mist of water. We then made a 50/50 mixture of Annie Sloan Old White and water. 
This is how it looked after one coat.
It ended up taking about 3 coats. Each had to dry over night. Then when it was finally covered we gave it a coat of clear wax and buffed. They are soft and leather like. We painted and distressed the legs adding a little dark wax. 

It took a lot of time but I think it was well worth it! Definitely much cheaper than reupholstering! I have a similiar chair I was thinking of painting. Now that I know how it looks I think I'll go for it.

 This was the cornice board before. You can still see the texture
 of the elephants but you can't tell what they are.

 This table didn't get a before shot but it was dark wood. In very good shape.Again we gave it Sharon's favorite color, Old White.

 We also gave it a few touches of gold. Love it!
She also had this huge urn. It was gold. We painted with French Linen and wiped off showing some of the gold. Much better.

Sharon also had this old phono cabinet. The hole is where the turntable used to be. She still had the door but we did not want it back on.

We gave it a light sanding and painted it, Old Ochre.

I took the handle off the broken door and added it to the side to put a hand towel through. Sharon is going to use this in her bathroom to put towels in with all her cute bathroom bottles and potions on top.

Sharon went by Venable Glass and had a mirror cut for the bottom to cover the speaker area. We used some E6000 glue to hold it on.  She is going to get someone to put in a shelf in the middle part and add a back. 

 I love the way we left the radio and knobs! Really cute! Great idea Sharon. 
She says she has another cabinet on consignment at Repeat Street,
 but it is not as cute as this one!
There are a few other items we didn't finish. I'll share those soon.

Isn't Chalk paint amazing? If you have been following my blog you know that I have painted almost any surface you can think of with this paint. 
It is just amazing! 
I also finished painting the chest in my foyer. I'll save that for another day. 
Hope you all have a fine St. Patrick's day!
Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Here's what we did!

We got some scrappping done last night.
 Helen finished up our Retreat pages.
Pam has been finding Bill's school pictures she never scrapped.

The pages below are of the evening the Guys got together for
dinner while we were gone on the retreat. I think Mike's Lemon pie was a hit as
well as  the Hot Tamales Mark drove all the way to Vicksburg to get.

We managed to get in a painting session this afternoon. It was a dreary day. Just
ran outside long enough to make these pictures!

Judy and Helen finished up these trays. Helen's is Chateau Grey and
Judy's is done in English Yellow with Emperor's Silk

Here's how it started out!

Our friend Sharon joined us to paint this cute bench. She promises to send me
a photo when she gets the cushion covered.

We painted a few small items but did not take pictures.
Hopefully the weather is going to warm up this weekend. I am still working
on the dresser in my foyer. We are about loopy from smelling the polyurethane fumes. Thank goodness the rest will be in chalk paint.
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