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Thursday, June 5, 2014


I cruise blog land every night for inspiration. Well I found it over at http://atozcustomcreations.net/ . After perusing her site and falling in love with her Venezuelan dresser, I happened across a beautiful dresser on craigslist. I ran right out and scooped her up.
Her legs are what caught my eye..So I kept her hidden on my porch, I had a few custom orders before I could take her outside and start her make over.
I painted a dark blue-green for the base (I love mixing colors), and I am always asked "What color is that?", I answer Rachel's mix.
 I then mixed a lighter color and a little heavier than a dry brush coated her again. Then the Modern Masters paint for highlights...

The trim around the outside of the drawers were a beautiful birdseye maple veneer, and I didn't want to paint over that, so I taped it up.

Then lightly distressed. I did have a mishap with the mirror. It's old and heavy, and when I was taking the backing off, my toe got in the way.
Let's just say, that's pretty compared to what it looked like later that night. (Please excuse the dry skin, I think I need a pampering day...SOON!)

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014


I have been on a French Provincial kick lately. I have picked up several pieces over the past several months. My favorite is the silver credenza I refinished with Modern Master Metallics.
 I found this credenza on craigslist and the ad stated "would be great for firewood". I responded quickly, with my phone #, I responded again from another email address...I wanted this piece! I got the call and off I went.This piece I drove across town right after the huge snow storm we got. The roads were narrow with all the snow piles. As I made the turn...UP OVER the snow bank I went!  Shhh, don't tell my hubby.

I wanted to make a statement with her...
I have been trying to use up this gray latex gallon I got, it's the perfect base coat under the silver metallic paint.
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

March projects

I have been falling behind on blogging, but I have been painting like crazy since the snow has finally melted. Here are a few projects I have finished so far this month.

And my all-time favorite for the month....

Thursday, January 23, 2014

French Provincial dresser

It seems that around here, the French Provincial furniture is in high demand. Even my contacts (places I visit often to buy furniture) have raised the prices.  Well I came across this beauty on craigslist and after the snowstorm (just one of many this season), I went and picked it up!
I stored it in the greenhouse for a few days, thinking about what color I wanted to paint it. Do you have those days? Sometimes when you see something for sale you instantly know what you want to do, but sometimes it takes me days and some times months (mid century modern dresser that has been in the shed for 7 plus months). After chatting with Stacey from Embracing Change (http://staceyembracingchange.com/), we chatted about gray.
And there it sat, again for days. I went on ebay and searched for paint. I found an awesome deal on Modern Masters Metallic Paint. So I ordered a few colors.  I was worried because that was during the Polar Vortex and if paint freezes, well that's it!  Luckily, it didn't freeze, and I was very happy with the selection. So I dragged the dresser from the greenhouse to my living room and started painting.

I started with drawers in Platinum.  I made sure that when applying the paint I brushed in the same direction.
For the body I went with Steel Grey.
Then after several coats (opaque usually take 2 coats, semi-opaque takes about 3), I did try to use a small roller for the top, I think I need to thin it, or I used the wrong roller, it left little bubbles, so I juse used my brush to smooth them out (all in the same direction).

This beauty sold in less than a day!

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Lane Cedar Chest

Saw this sad looking chest on craigslist one winter day. The kids and I jumped in hubby's truck and off we went on an adventure. Why was it an adventure you ask? I rarely drive with snow on the ground, and never in my husband's truck. But I wanted it, and I was determined. The main roads weren't bad, but we turned off the main road and to the long, snow and ice covered driveway. You know the type that are never plowed, there are 2 tire tracks and a big pile of ice in the middle? UGH. Carefully I made it back the lane and into the  driveway. And was greeted by Jane (I have purchased several things from her before, but it was always in the summer)!
I am not sure how old it was, I am not good with that, but I never saw one on legs before and that's what drew me to it! I had to take the legs off and glue, and almost all the veneer was peeling. So I spent a day outside with my iron taking it all off. The I got to painting..my friend Angela wanted the chest and asked me to paint it Tiffany blue (not that I had any idea what color that was).
To Ace Hardware I went, and found a nice color in the oops section.

And I love the little lock detail, real wood! So cute! Angela loved it, and now I know what Tiffany blue is!

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