Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Coastal Cottage Waterfall

I've been looking for this Waterfall chest of drawers for about a year. Why this one in particular? I had another Waterfall very similar to this one last summer. Not only did it sell in 5 days over the phone but, I've had numerous requests to reproduce this. Most Waterfalls are very geometric in style and don't have as much detail as the earlier pieces so, there's not that many out there. I located this on Craigslist and as usual for a Waterfall the veneer was in horrible condition! One side came off completely with one good tug! Lol! There was a little more scraping on the rest but, as veneer goes (usually a job for sure) it only took about an hour to get the rest off. I chose to repair the veneer on the drawers because it wasn't that hard and I loved the angles and thought the wood grain would show through nicely underneath the MMS Milk Paint I had planned in eulalie's sky. So here's what it looked like when it was delivered (yep I said I had a Craigslist delivery and that's another story and post!) and the veneer looks in tact huh?

Never judge a book by it's cover. Literally here, that's all you can see. But, what I COULD see regardless of the veneer is the detail across the middle with the serpentine drawer and fluted fan above it. Not to mention those gorgeous chunky feet adorned with the same fluting and fans. This is what makes a piece fabulous when painted. It brings to life all the detail. In fact this one almost got away and I was offered another. As you can see it's just plain in comparison to the one I purchased. There is a small band across the middle but, all geometric and really nothing else.

I chose to replace the hardware because it seemed plain in comparison to how I wanted the piece to present. I also decided to do the drawers in Linen MMS Milk paint so it wasn't identical to the one from last summer (I actually ran out of eulalie's sky lol!)

See how much prettier this hardware is? I think it changed the whole piece. I only slightly distressed it because I didn't want it to take a way from the detail. I do think a bit more wouldn't have hurt anything but, for now I'm happy with the results!

See how you notice the detail on the feet so much more? I actually didn't even notice the little scallop across the bottom myself until it was painted. 


See the variation in color as I got to the bottom of the jar? That's one of the reasons I love Milk paint, you never know what it's gong to do with each piece. A happy accident in a way. I hope you enjoyed seeing how this Waterfall came to life.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

My favorite Farmhouse style

I know, I know, it's been months since I've blogged. Since I've taken on my little shop, time just seems to slip away before you know it but here goes. This is my absolute favorite Farmhouse blog. In fact if you check on my sidebar, you'll find it there. farmhouse5540.blogspot.com has a way of bringing "Primitive" and "Shabby" together like no one else I've seen! Since I came from a background of Primitives AND I've loved and used Shabby for almost twenty years, this is just perfect to me. In fact I'm in the process of gathering up any and all "farmhouse" I can find for my own house and will be implementing it to change over my style indefinitely. Megan and her husband have been restoring an old farmhouse in Pennsylvania and although there are many rooms and projects on her blog I particularly wanted to share what they've done to their back porch.

The colors are no less than amazing. I've been using shades of white at my house for the Shabby look and here she's used shades of taupes and greys for her farmhouse style. There's still the staple white background but, the colors are just a little richer and in turn I think show off the rich wood tones.              

Simple benches and a great farmhouse table ready for guest at a moments notice or dinner with your family.

There's hardly anything in this home that wasn't purchased at a yard sale or thrift store. Of course she puts her magic touch to it with some painting and distressing but, not anything that any of you can't do. In fact I see a simple project right away here. See the little shelf next to the door? I see them all the time at Goodwill for a few bucks. Give it a coat of paint, add some hooks and you're set!

I actually happen to have this exact chandelier. At the moment it's covered in moss and hanging on MY back porch as a "garden" channy but, will soon be coming down and getting a little makeover. I'll use milk paint for sure. It will just take some time before a bit of rust starts to show.

I love the way they placed the stone around the bottom. Beats lattice work for sure and how original!

The stair case is simple but not plain. The stairs are grey and the handrail is "chippy" white and yes that is a word in my field anyway Lol! The grey almost seems to have a blueish green cast to it that lends itself perfectly to the outdoors. How about that landing? Looks to be maybe 9 stones and seems like it always been there!

You don't even notice that the benches are different from one another but, with paint it all goes so well. An old galvanized pan and picnic screen on the table with a sweet little pitcher finish off the ticking table cloth in cream and almond to a "T"! If you're trying to get this style you don't need to look far or spend much. I'm just going to start painting what I have AND maybe a little stripping down to bare wood to get this look. Most of us already have what we need to do have the farmhouse style. we just need a little paint and sandpaper to bring it to fruition. Make sure you wax to protect your pieces and if you're trying to keep an original paint job in tact , just brush a clear coat of poly over it and you're good to go!