Friday, November 4, 2016

It's not a party until...

Hi everyone! I'm back with you today to show you my most recent custom sign. I was contacted by a neighbour who also happens to be a member of the RCMP regarding a sign that she had seen on Pinterest. She loved the wording but the sign, but the design itself was not to her style so she asked me to design something that would fit more with what she had in mind.

This sign is on the larger size and measures 16" x 30" and is made with one pine board. These can be found in your shelving department at almost any big box hardware store, in my case it was at my local Home Depot. These are what I use for many of my larger signs and you can buy them in various lengths and the store will cut them to size for you. This is a great option to save on some time.

My customer was looking for something with bold text as well as a script and wanted red, black and white. I painted the sign with Country Chic Paint's Liquorice (AIO), Simplicity (Chalk Style) and I ended up using the very last of my Devotion (Chalk Style) to finish it up with that wonderful punch of red.

The sign was going to be hung indoors so I sealed it up with Natural Wax, added my hanging hardware and called it a day. I love the sense of humor in the wording and I hope that it hangs in a place of pride in her home :)

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Honey Oak to Farmhouse Chic

Hi everyone! I'm back to show you how I took a little honey oak side table to farmhouse chic with the help of a few of the new products. Let's take a look at what I started with...

This plain table was well built but had zero personality. It's made of oak and therefore had plenty of wood grain that isn't always the best for painting because it's not an overly smooth surface. Now lets take a look at the cast of characters that helped me with the transformation.

Before I started painting, I added a faux drawer to the front of the table to add some interest buy using a scrap piece of wood and some wood glue. To change up the appearance, I used Luna and Hollow Hill from the fall Limited-Edition paint line, a Beeswax Bar, Antiquing and Natural Wax and the newest product in the line up - Texture Powder. 

The Texture Powder is a colourless powder that you mix with equal parts of paint to make a thick paste. You then apply it to any paintable surface using a paintbrush with the "pouncing" method. You can either knock some of the peaks down with a dry paintbrush before it's completely dry or just attack it with some sandpaper at the end of the project like I did.

I wanted to make sure the Texture Powder had a base coat to adhere to so I base coated the table with one coat  Hollow Hill because of glossy surface. I then mixed up some of the Texture Powder with a little more Hollow Hill and just applied it to the areas where I though dirt and dust might settle over the years, or where the oak grain was too prominent. This allowed me to conceal some of the grain lines.

Once the Texture Powder/Hollow Hill mix was completely dry on my table, I heavily rubbed the beeswax bar over the edges and in random spots so that I would get some paint chipping for the final look. I then painted 2 coats of Luna for solid coverage and waited for it to dry before sanding it and watching the magic happen. When the sandpaper hit the table, it ground down the texture peaks and left the base coat of Hollow Hill as well as lifted the Luna off in the areas where I rubbed the beeswax bar to look like paint chipping.

I finished off the table with both Natural Wax and Antiquing wax so that it both protects the piece as well as added the extra touch of aging the table. This chippy table is now ready add to your shabby chic decor :)
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Mandala's aren't just for adults anymore...

2 blog posts in one week! Look at me go! Ha ha ha!  I'm back today with this sweet and funky toddler's rocking chair :) This chair was a little tired looking and needed a little help from some wood glue but otherwise was in pristine condition and it was free!

I was inspired by this chair's classic design and opted to create a unisex  rocker that would fit with any one's decor. I am the first to admit that I adore colour however, sometimes the colours that toddler furniture comes in doesn't always look great sitting in your lovingly decorated room ;)

So, what's classic and fit's with everything? Country Chic Paint's Liquorice of course! I almost left it solid black, but I wanted to play with their Pocket Watch Metallic Cream again, so... Black + Gold = Win!

I found a simple mandala online and created a stencil with it using my Cameo Silhouette and some vinyl. I applied the vinyl to the chair and then added a few layers of Pocket Watch to create solid design. It was magical peeling away the stencil to see the stunning details!. The metallic cream works really well for stencils and the effect against the Liquorice paint is gorgeous!

I then added some Country Chic Antiquing Wax to finish it up and buffed it to a shine. I can't really tell you how much I adore this chair! This chair almost makes me wish that I has tots running around again. Almost ;)

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Put a little crackle on it...

Happy Fall All! After a hectic start to September,  I'm back today to show you a project I finished using a couple of the new Country Chic Paint products that were just released. This piano bench looked like someone had started a project but never actually finished it. It was in great shape and a perfect piece to test drive some new goodies :)

First of all I prepped my bench by stripping the top and underside of the bench lid due to thick coats of paint and patchy decoupage on the underside. I then gave everything a quick standing and wiped it down with a damp cloth. I new that I wanted to build up some layers of paint on this so I started out base coating the bench in Liquorice with one of the new Painting Sponges. This little sponge is great for putting on thin layers of paint over both curvy and large flat areas very quickly. In the minute or two that it took to do the entire bench, it was already dry and ready for paint layer number 2! Love it!

I zipped around the edges with the Beeswax Bar in order to make the distressing a little easier later. I then added 2 coats of Vanilla Frosting so that I had some nice solid coverage for the next step...Crackle!

The Crackle Medium is new to the Country Chic line and just what I needed for this bench. I really wanted a natural effect so instead of having the Liquorice show through the cracks, I kept the paint tone on tone so that I could use the Antiquing Wax to highlight the cracks at the end.

I applied the Crackle Medium then I let it dry before adding a thick, haphazard coat of Vanilla Frosting (AIO) combined with Harmony (chalk style). I decided to do this at the last minute so that it would add more colour variation when I tackled this piece with sandpaper to distress it. I was aiming for the "well loved" look and all of these colours together helped me do just that.

Once the thick layer of paint hit the dried crackle medium, the effect started happening almost immediately. It's more fun to watch than paint drying :D. Once everything dried, I added Vanilla Frosting/Water wash over the entire bench to help give the crackles a more aged appearance - almost like it's been painted multiple times over the years.

The last step was to add a French Typography graphic from The Graphics Fairy website and gave the whole thing a good sanding to knock down some of the uneven coats of paint, and to help show the layers. To protect this multi-layered beauty and to show off those fabulous crackles, I added a mix of Antiquing and Natural Wax.

The inside of the bench was in great shape as well, but for some added fun, I lined the bottom with some vintage sheet music.

I'm really pleased with how this turned out and this look is perfect for the person who just wants to slap some paint on and have some fun. You really can't mess this up! :D

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

The ART in Camouflage

Hi everyone! I'm back today with a refreshed vintage sewing cabinet makeover using Country Chic Paint's Liquorice (chalk Style) paint, wood glue, elbow grease and a little bit of ingenuity. Don't let these simple lines throw you, she's a classy gal. Stay tuned for the reveal!

This sewing table came with a dilapidated Kenmore cast iron sewing machine that I promptly removed for ease of working with the table (it weight a ton!). The first thing that I noticed about the table is that it had a large amount of veneer lifting all the way around the top, so I set to work with my wood glue. Once repaired, I tackled the top of the table with some sandpaper and furniture stripper.

It had a some superficial scratches and a few light black marks which I thought that I could sand out so instead of painting the top, I stripped it back to the bare wood. Who was to know that lurking under this unassuming topcoat, were all kinds of evils waiting to appear?

Ahhhh! What is this? Water damage? Burn marks? Not what I bargained for but...oh well... I was on a mission to make this table pretty again so I carried on and stained it anyway. I would figure out some sort of concealment later.

At first I may have cursed, but then I realized that sometimes these things are a blessing in disguise. These marks forced me to stretch my imagination and come up something that ended up taking this table from plain jane to an original, arty piece with some wow factor.

Clock faces and gears anyone? To cover over the marks, I carefully measured and plotted out where they were so that they were sure to be covered when I made up my stencil. Take a look at how this beautiful wood shines even though the surface was once heavily marred by strange marks! The Liquorice paint is such a rich black that it covered over the marks easily and completely modernized the table.

The top was stained with Special Walnut, painted and then sealed with a glossy wipe on poly for both looks and protection. After painting, I waxed the skirting and legs with a mix of Natural and Antiquing Wax and added classy chrome pull. This sewing table is now perfect to use as an occasional table, laptop desk or a bedside table.

I love how just a little bit of paint, completely transformed this little neglected table that might have made it's way to the dump if I hadn't provided a little bit of TLC. So people, today's lesson is - let your imagination soar and your paintbrush fly! :D

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A Dresser for Audrey

It's been a little bit, but I'm back today with a sweet dresser makeover that was a custom order for my sister in law. My little niece who is 2 1/2, is close to graduating to a big girl bed and the change table that holds all of her clothing is disappearing along with her crib.

She was looking for a dresser in all white with zero distressing so that she could mix and match pieces of furniture but still keep with the clean lines and versatility that all white furniture offers.

I picked up this dresser locally and it was in relatively good condition. It had some normal wear and tear with a few scratches but the design is sweet and simple. You can see from the photo that at some point the original handles were replaced with wooden knob handles and wooden plugs to fill the holes that were leftover. The pre-drilled holes were not standard sizes so I knew that I would be filling them in. I thought about putting on some beautiful glass knobs, but the holes for the knobs were slightly off center. Rather that filling 3 holes per side and then drilling out a new one for a center knob, I went with a slightly large cup pull so that it covered any shadowing that might be cast on where the extra holes were originally after I filled and sanded them.

After I sanded and washed down the dresser, it was time to break out the Simplicity paint from Coutry Chic Paint in the chalk style. After the first coat of paint I discovered that this dresser was going to be a bleeder. Stains with red pigmentation can bleed through paint sometimes and most furniture painters come across a piece like this at some point but I thought that I was safe with the stain that was on this dresser. Apparently not. So, to prevent this you can use a stain blocker paint like Killz, Tough Coat or a spray shellac. I choose a spray shellac because it was sitting beside me at the time, it's ideal for spot treatments, and it dries quickly.

It took 7 coats of paint and 4 coats of shellac spot treatments to stop all of the bleed through. I have to admit that this was the first time that I have ever come across such a problem like this, and it ended up being a project that I started to lose interest in. With each coat, the stubborn staining just kept popping up like a bad rash, but I persevered because I wanted that meticulous, pristine white finish ...and it was a custom order ;)

Just adding the white paint and changing up the knobs made such a difference and brought this tired dresser back to life. It also helped to conceal the fact that the top of the dresser was not original. At some point in it's life, it had been replaced with a fir top and painted brown to try to match it to the rest of the dresser. I finished off the dresser with a light sanding and a coat of Country Chic Paint Natural Wax for protection.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

It's not Grey Poupon...

It's Fresh Mustard and it's from the Country Chic line of paints and it's the perfect colour for a statement piece in any room because it blends well with both traditional and modern decor. Let's start by taking a look at what this piece looked like before it's makeover. I apologize for the hard to see photo - this was the seller's photo because I forgot to snap a proper "before" picture.

I saw this piece come up for sale on a local Facebook sales group and ended up driving 40 minutes away to pick it up because I wanted to do a painted base with stripped and stained wooden top, but those plans fell through when I saw the sideboard. It was advertised as solid wooden piece but when I got there I noticed that it most definitely was not. This piece is made entirely MDF and it had and abundance of scuffs and blemishes. I usually try to stay away from MDF products because they can be tricky to repair and hard to get paint to adhere to, but this piece had potential and I was armed with a new pint of Fresh Mustard All in One Decor Paint that I was itching to try so...I brought it home anyway.

I took my time sanding down the raised bits where some water damage had occurred and then sealed the spots with tough coat to match the smooth texture of the rest of the piece before I tackled it with paint. I then painted 3 coats of the Fresh Mustard (all in one decor), sanded and lightly distressed everything before adding a thin layer of Furniture Glaze in Smoky Quartz. For those of you that have MDF pieces to refinish, I highly recommend the Country Chic All in One Decor paint and glazes. They painted over and adhered to the surface beautifully :)

When I brought the piece home, I noticed that one of the knobs on the cabinet doors was damaged so I replaced both of them with rubbed oiled bronze knobs that I had on hand. They worked well with the sideboard but weren't an exact match so I rubbed a little bit of Metallic Cream in Pocket Watch on the high points on the knobs to help blend it to the rest of the hardware. It was subtle touch and it made such a big difference! Lastly, to complete the makeover, I put a protective layer of Natural Wax and buffed it to a smooth, silky finish. Now who else is ready to go bold and beautiful with some Fresh Mustard paint? :)

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