Monday, February 16, 2015

French Chairs

This is one of a pair of French chairs I found about a month ago. I didn't wait long before I tore into them. I knew exactly what I wanted to do as soon as I purchased them.
I gave them a couple of coats of a French Grey, distressed them, waxed and a little darker grey glaze. I used a drop cloth from Home Depot for the fabric Cost about $10. Whenever I use a drop cloth for upholstery I wash it and then run it through the rinse cycle 3-4 times with liquid fabric softener. This breaks down the stiffness and leaves a little bit of a coating or barrier.against dirt. For stains I would fabric protector on any newly upholstered piece.  I used to tape off a few lines and then using a navy blue fabric paint,  made a grainsack stripe down the center. After that I used chalk paint in black and a grainsack stencil I had for this fabulous result. 

Needed a Fresh Perspective!

I have a rule. If it hasn't sold in 4 months (the listing time frame for Etsy) I re-paint it. This piece was really not bad in the CoCo chalk paint but, I have that rule for a reason. If it hasn't sold, well it isn't appealing to the masses and maybe it will now. So here's the before.
 Now here's the after.
Although I might still do a black glaze over this, I think it's much more French Country Farmhouse than before. Anything else I have painted in this Tiffany Blue  actually Kitchen Scale and Linen Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint has flew out the door. Only a couple of shades lighter is Eulalies Sky from MMS's line and THIS piece sold over the phone within 48 hours from 50 miles away until she could pick it up for fear that it would sell before she got in town!
Another piece that I painted (this was a custom mix because I was out of Eulalies Sky) wasn't at the shop long either!
As you can see it's a little more on the blue side but, still close to the turquoise or Tiffany blue like Eulalies Sky and Kitchen Scale. This is milk paint as well. I absolutely love working with milk paint. It a great way to get a painted piece to look more authentic. This works out well for me because recently I have decided to change gears a bit and go a little (maybe a LOT) more on the Industrial Chic side. That's another post for another day but, will be soon. There's SO much to tell you and I'm hoping to have it launched before March 1st but, if not before April 1st at the latest. Thanks for dropping in and please leave a comment or ask questions if you would like.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Waterfall Chests

This little beauty was really just plain Jane as far as I'm concerned. I picked it up at a garage sale earlier this Fall. I gave her a quick coat of ASCP in Provence and she's ready for a "Shabby" home!

 When it comes to the waterfall style, I really have to have just the right piece before I'll tackle it. Most are very geometric in detail and I prefer pieces with a softer more elegant style. This is a piece I did in "Eulalie's Sky" from She has recently come out with a new color line called European colors. I'm happy to say I was one of the first in the country to have them in my possession and you'll definitely be seeing what I've been up to with them VERY shortly!

A few before shots to show you the detail on the piece and why I chose it.When you paint a piece it's all about the detail. Otherwise it speaks for itself in it's original state

It was missing hardware and chipped veneer so this was a perfect candidate for paint. Although I don't have any problem painting a piece that is in perfect condition if I think it will be a better choice for my customers!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Camper Makeover

I wanted to share with you this incredible camper makeover that I found over on One of her customers had always wanted to redo an old camper and BOY did she! Her name is Loretta and she used a beautiful color combination of cream and beige. Here's what it looks like from the outside.
As you can see, right away the colors are amazing!

She has painted the inside, added lace curtains and beautiful bedding. Would you just look at those pillows, the wreath and chandelier crystals!

 This is a little bar or breakfast area she created. A beautiful frame was turned into a chalkboard and hanging near is a little mirror and wreath.

And last but not least look at the custom chandelier she made for the ceiling. Perfect! One of these days I'll get around to doing something like this myself and if it's only half as cute as this is, I'll be tickled pink!