August 09, 2014

Dresser in Pitch Black Milk Paint

Hi friends. 

I love this makeover!
 I have only painted one other piece black and that was for a client. Black is not my normal but I knew it would work with this piece. I went to my local WoodCraft and bought a couple sacks of Old-fashioned Milk Paint. It was on sale and I couldn't pass up the price. 


This brand of milk paint leaves a milky, sometimes uneven, finish. 
I think it's perfect because it gives it a more worn look & some depth. 
I need to mention, I do not have my dog pose. He sees the camera, a comfy rug and plops right down. 

 I found these pulls at Target.
I love the hammered finish.

The natural lighting makes this piece look like there is white, or some type of build-up, but it's just the sunlight. 

I have to give my friend Reeves, from The Weathered Door, props for the inspiration to do a the paper art wall. You guys should check out her page. She is beyond talented! 
I found an old book at Goodwill, cut out my favorite pictures, and taped them to the wall. 
They are frame worthy!

I adore how this little dresser turned out. 

July 14, 2014

The Little Table That Could

My friend and client needed an old family table repaired and painted. 
I wish I could find the before picture! 

One side of the table was broken in-half and the top was looking pretty rough. 
My husband repaired the side and the table is in one piece now!


 Who needs old vintage books?! Not me. 
These are my current "must reads".

 My husband does our landscaping & gardening and every summer I can't thank him enough. 
I love cutting our flowers and enjoying them inside.

Quincy photobombs again!
He's lucky he's cute. 

I used posh red (Valspar), distressed, and glazed. 
I make my glaze by mixing clear translucent glaze (it's really a milky white) with black paint. 

I really love this little table and I'm so happy Erika can keep an old family heirloom.  

July 13, 2014

When Coastal Blue & Lime Green Come Together

One of my favorite things to do is mix paints to make custom colors! I had some extra general finishes lime green & coastal blue and decided to see if the colors would work together.

I didn't measure. I added and mixed until it was a color I liked. If I had to guess, I would say it was 3 parts lime green mixed with 1.5 parts coastal blue. (I'm guessing)!!
I think they make a perfect color. 

What do you think of this color? 
Are you of fan of custom colors?

July 10, 2014

Vintage Vanity Makeover

Old furniture is nice.
 Especially when it belonged to your grandmother. Grandma's furniture is better quality, more unique and holds a special place in our heart.

It's not as special when the veneer is falling off and you want your little girl to use that piece of furniture. My client Britt wanted to keep her grandmothers vanity but it needed a new look.

I was only going to remove veneer from the sides but I decided to remove all of the veneer. The veneer came off easily and in long sheets so it wasn't too hard of a job.

**It's hard to take a straight-on shot with a mirror and not expose yourself**

 I lightly distressed the edges

I adore the detail on the sides of the mirror and the curves.

For those who do not already know, here is an tip for painting appliques (all the purple pieces on this piece). They pop right off! GENTLY pry them off. I've used flat head screwdrivers, picks, butter knives......these are not the best ways to remove fragile pieces of wood but I'm impatient.  Please be patient because these pieces are delicate and will break.
You can use a little wood glue & finishing nails to put them back on or an air nailer.
Removing those pieces makes for crisp painting lines when you are painting two different colors. 

Hopefully, this piece will be passed on throughout the years!