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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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Rustic Farmhouse Cabinet


Happy Thursday! Today I'm breathing some life and colour back into an old fir cabinet. Here is what the cabinet looked like before I started.


This was just a simple cabinet constructed of fir and had a drippy coat of chocolate brown oil paint on it. Some of the cabinet on the interior was never sealed so over time it started to accumulate odors. Before I started the painting I sanded down the drips in the oil paint and did some minor repairs. I then washed it down with soapy water to make sure the surface smells and dust were washed away because let's face it...nobody wants to store things in a smelly cabinet.


Before I painted, I took my Beeswax Distressing Bar and rubbed it along the edges of the cabinet and then lightly into spots on the cabinet that might see some natural wearing over time like at the bottom of the cabinet where things like brooms and vacuums might cause a little damage over the years, etc. I then took my can of Sage Advice (chalk style) and painted every inch of the cabinet to seal the wood and any leftover odors in.

Because I'm not sure what this cabinet will be used for, I sealed the entire interior with Tough Coat so that it stays pristine and so that the wood was entirely sealed to prevent any odors in the future. I really I love working with waxes so I used the Natural Wax on the exterior of the cabinet. This allowed me to keep the existing soft green of the Sage Advice and to have that beautiful buttery smooth finish that makes my heart skip a beat :)


I adore pieces of furniture with a touch of whimsy added to them so I took the opportunity to add some gorgeous coordinating fabric to the backing board. To do this, I removed the backing boar from the cabinet, cut the fabric to size and added some Krylon spray adhesive to permanently adhere it to the back. I then nailed it back on to the cabinet and trimmed up any stray bits of cloth.


I did the same for the drawer liner and added some new black ceramic drawer pulls. This tied the whole piece together and created an updated shabby chic cabinet.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

And Why Not?


Hello lovelies! I'm back again with something a little bit different for you...OK, maybe something a lot different! I know what you might be thinking. "Why did she put octopus tentacles on a headboard?" Well, the answer to that my friends is why not? :) The idea for this actually came from a few different things like the fact that I live on an island on the west coast of Canada and the paint colour I used is one of the new 2016 Spring/Summer limited edition colours from Country Chic Paint called Sea Storm (All in One Decor Paint). Put those together with the desire to add a little trendy design element to a rather plain headboard and there you go! It was also inspired by THIS octopus dresser that I painted last year.

Onto what the before looked like:


Now I'm thinking that this was someones Pinterest project gone severely wrong! It had 2 shades of white, 2 shades of pink underneath, one cream colour and 2 shades of green spray paint, one of which was glossy and made the "lace" look like alligator scales in the light! Scary, I know!

I originally purchased this headboard second hand as a project piece for my own room and 2 years later, it still looked like this (sadly, I did use it this way but kept my bedroom door closed so as not to scare away any guests). I have many project pieces in my house and I unfortunately always get my personal projects pushed to the back burner in favour of other projects, but thankfully, none so as "interesting" as this! :) Anyway, I purchased a cast iron headboard for myself the other day so it was imperative that this headboard get its makeover now so it can go to another home.


I started out by filling in some of the larger blemishes on the headboard, sanding and then washing it all down. I decided to try my hand at some of the All in One Decor paints this time and I think that I'm in love! As I mentioned earlier that this is called Sea Storm and it covered over the 4+ layers of spray paints in one solid coat of paint and then some spot touch ups! I was so impressed at the coverage! I then added my tentacle design in Vanilla Frosting (Chalk Style) and gave it a final sanding before I put the finishing touches on it.


With the Country Chic All in One Decor paints, you don't need to put a top coat on them, however I love how you can age a piece with the Antiquing Wax so I put both Natural Wax on and the Antiquing Wax. I used both waxes because I wanted to tone down then intensity of the Antiquing Wax to preserve the beautiful colour of the Sea Storm paint. I then buffed this up to a very soft sheen and it's now ready add a little whimsy to someones coastal decor themed room :)

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Red Baron Strikes Once Again!


Today, I'm back with a bold and fun dresser for you. This waterfall dresser started out with a few veneer blemishes, a chip or two missing from the corners and some structural issues with the drawers but overall, it was in great shape and was the perfect candidate for a fresh new look.


When I buy a piece of furniture for painting, I generally have and idea of what I want to do with it right away but this one left me with a million possibilities. Whenever I come across a waterfall dresser they always seem like a blank canvas because the overall appearance of the dresser is usually fairly plain. Because of this, they are my favourite to add something fun to :)

It just so happened that my package of Country Chic Paints containing a pint of Devotion (chalk style), a pint of Vanilla Frosting (chalk style) and a few other paints arrived the same day that I sat down to watch the Peanuts movie with my daughter. While watching the movie,  I had a "light bulb" moment during the scenes of Snoopy vs the Red Baron in the movie. You see where this is going don't you? ;)


For those of you who may not know, the Red Baron was a German WWI  fighting ace named Manfred von Richthofen who is credited for more that 80 air combat victories before he was finally shot down. He did fly other aircraft but he is widely known for his all red Fokker Dr.1. He was also Snoopy's chief nemesis in the Peanuts movie ;)


Now that the history lesson is over, back to the dresser. Devotion is a beautiful colour. I love red and this is the PERFECT shade of red for me...and also for the Red Baron. Reds in general take more coats of paint to get solid and bright coverage, so I put on 2 coats of Devotion and then an additional 2 coats that were watered down slightly for a smooth finish.

I wanted to make it like the Red Baron was flying right at you so I modified a blue print image of the Fokker Dr.1 and painted it on the dresser with Vanilla Frosting. I kept the original draw pulls to keep with the integrity of the waterfall dresser but painted them in devotion so that they were slightly camouflaged and didn't draw your eye away from the tri-plane.


Once everything was painted, I did a final sanding and put a coat of Antiquing Wax on for protection and to tone down the contrast between the Devotion and Vanilla Frosting paints. This dresser turned out exactly as I was hoping for and would definitely be a statement piece in any room.


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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Cobblestone Chic


I'm finally back again to show you these little pair of matching dressers that would be the perfect addition to any little girls room. These started off as an inexpensive pair of pine dressers with a really dark stain that had seen their fair share of fights...and lost.


They were pretty beat up and every square inch of these had dents and grooves that refused to be sanded out so they received some wood filler and a slightly shabby/worn look with 2 coats of Country Chic Paint (chalk style) in Cobblestone.


  I had originally thought of adding some accents and highlights in Vanilla Frosting, but once I got these coated they were so pretty so I left them as is. To modify the look of the dresser a little bit, I removed one of the pulls from the top drawer and added some wooden appliques that I picked up from Home Depot. 


 The brass drawer handles that came on these dressers just so happen to be my least favourite to work with but pulls can be expensive to replace, so I cleaned and painted right over them instead. This is something I rarely do but it made such an impact to the dresser and changed the look entirely. I was really pleased with how they turned out :)


Because I didn't add any Vanilla Frosting to the front, I thought that I would have some fun with the sides of the drawer liven them up with a punch of Full Bloom. The combination of these two colours is so feminine and because of it's versatility I think that Cobblestone may just be my new go to colour!


To protect the dressers everything was finished off with Antiquing Wax. I love how it deepened the colours and picked up in all the little dents and grooves. I wasn't able to hide them but it certainly helped to make them look like they belonged there. I also made sure to leave wax in and around the wooden applique and handles to help define them :)

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