Wednesday, December 26, 2012

a rockin' good time

I hope your holiday was full of joy and wonderful family times... My kiddos and I had a great time opening gifts and I spent a quite afternoon watching them play with all their new toys... Legos were at the top of their wish lists and its great to see them use their imaginations. And my hands are sore from the hundreds of twisted up ties that are used to hold down one simple lalaloopsy doll!! 

Now onto some furniture... 
I went to a barn sale late this past summer. It was a dark dusty barn full of beautiful antiques!! It was hard not want to buy the whole thing! The man who had lived there had passed and his niece was selling off the contents. He was in his 90's and had refinished/repaired furniture his whole life! I was able to get loads of old drawer pulls, table legs, several decorative bits and pieces as well as a beautiful old mirror. There were bins and stacks of furniture pieces and parts and ALL were antique and ornate! Like I said, it was hard not to buy it all!
As I wound my way through the barn this little gem really caught my eye... 

The details on this chair were absolutely stunning!! It was ALL hand carved and hand made with a tremendous amount of time and care! The seat in the photo did not go to the chair and was just sitting on it when I bought it... I had a thick piece of oak cut to make the seat.

It was absolutely filthy and after I got it home and began to clean it up I found that it had TAR all over the one arm and down the front!

That tar took a great deal of time and elbow grease to chisel off!
Next was to deal with the bits of upholstery that were left...
It was tufted leather and would completely crumble when you touched it... After pulling it all off I had 10,000 nails and staples to pull out - And that's only a slight exaggeration, believe me!

I neglected to take any "during" photos - need to work on that!!
I painted it Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen and accented the detailed carvings with Old White. Lots of clear and dark wax as well as some new drop cloth upholstery gave this rocker a new lease on life...
I sold it at the Rural Society Antique and Garden show to an expecting mom who was going to use it in her nursery!
It is so nice to know a piece I put so much time and energy into will be rocking a sweet baby to sleep...

I wish you a very happy and warm new year, full of joy, happiness and success!!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

a shimmery finish

Metallic finishes have become popular in furniture lately and I was anxious to try my hand at it.
I picked up this wonderful oval side table at a flea market. It had GREAT details and lots of character but NOT so nice finish...

(I remembered to snap a couple "before" pics after I had started painting - oops!)

I made a custom mix of Paris Grey with a little Louis Blue and French Linen - which turned out to be a very rich bluish grey! I LOVE custom mixing my own colors - I like that it lends a real uniqueness to my pieces - Plus its fun!!

This is after its been painted, stained, distressed and clear waxed

Then the fun begins!! I decided to get that metallic look in my waxing step. I had picked up some gilding wax in both silver and king's gold and wanted to experiment a little...

After taking a few scoops of clear wax in a bowl I added in some of the silver gilding wax. Not too much as the stuff is very highly pigmented. I'd say a ratio of about 3:1.. But you can certainly play with it to achieve the look you want.

This is what it looked like mixed up:

It was SO buttery to work with! Went on so easily and gave it the most beautiful shimmer!!

Here's how she looked after...

The wax mixture gave the paint a subtle sheen - not too much - a very sophisticated look!

I think the metallic finish gives a distinct and sophisticated look to the right piece of furniture.. I really like having new products to play around with and look forward to experimenting more with it in the future!

Furniture Feature Fridays

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The reveal...

Well here's my new look!! I think Kristin did an amazing job and was incredibly patient while I asked a TON of questions (and was overall clueless) about how to set up a blog!!

For my first kick-off post I'd like to show off a piece I did a little while back...

I found this gem at a yard sale in a little farming town nearby!

I had not planned to stop, so I had no cash on me at all. I begged the lady NOT to sell it till I got back. I raced home (only about a 10 min drive), raced back and paid her as fast as I could!

She was SOLID mahogany.. Stunning detailed carvings and HEAVY!

After taking the top decorative piece off and pulling back some of the upholstery I decided to leave the original fabric in place. It was not done in your typical stapled kind of way but more a part of the construction of the piece. I decided to re-upholster right over top of the existing fabric..

I typically use drop cloth canvas to re-upholster with. It has a great look and texture. I always wash and bleach it before using it though - that really helps to soften the fabric and makes it easier to work with.
I draped the fabric over the sofa and cut the pieces to follow the lines of it. Its like cutting out puzzle pieces.. You just have to figure out how to make the new fabric fit together like the original fabric did.

After LOTS of cutting and piecing I was ready to get out the staple gun!
I use an electric staple gun - it REALLY saves your hand/arm from a lot of aches and pains you get from a manual staple gun!

My upholstering skills are still in the "baby" stage so I've not mustered the courage to use real vintage grain sack material... Yet.
BUT, I feel very confident with my hand-painting skills so I simply hand-painted an antique grain sack image onto the fabric. And yes I did it AFTER all the upholstering was done - no going back!

I did paint the wood using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in CoCo with some dark wax.

Here is how I styled it for The Summer Market show I did in late July!

It was purchased by a man who was a buyer for MTV! He took my number and I (some would call it begged) that if it was going to appear in a show he'd let me know...

My phone hasn't rang yet... But you NEVER know!! ;)

Furniture Feature Fridays

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

**Under Constuction**

This little blog is about to get a whole new look!! A complete over-haul is in the works and I can't wait to share all the new things that have been happening around here!!!!
Stay tuned...