Saturday, May 20, 2017

Caravan Hutch

I find staging and photographing a piece of furniture so rewarding and fun, especially after I have put a lot of time and effort into painting it and making it beautiful!  I knew this hutch would be a great piece for showcasing some of my floral ironstone and I could hardly wait to photograph it!

The unusual rounded top is really what drew me to this colonial style hutch.  Something about the shape and scalloped edges reminded me of an old gypsy caravan!  Do you see it?  

I decided to go with a soft color palette, hoping to transition this piece into more of a Scandinavian/Cottage style.  I added the crown applique from Bomar Designs for a touch of grandeur.

I started painting the interior in a mix of Paris Grey and Pure White Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan.  Part way through, I had ran out of Pure White and switched to a mix of Paris Grey and Old White so I layered the two, wiping them back with a damp cloth as I painted.  The result is a sort of water color effect that I really love!  A happy accident!

On the exterior I painted one coat of Old White Chalk Paint® followed by one coat of Country Grey.  I then added a wash in Old White and sealed it with a coat of White Wax.  The Old White wash and White Wax really soften the already neutral Country Grey for a look that is almost ethereal.

Of course the original colonial style hardware wouldn't do!  I opted for some fancy bin pulls from Hobby Lobby and painted them in the same colors and style as the hutch.

This pretty hutch has joined the Secret Garden window display at Camas Antiques!

I hope you are having a lovely weekend!

Best Wishes and Blessings,

The Window to The Secret Garden!

I had the pleasure of putting together a display in the big window at Camas Antiques this month!  As usual, I turned to a favorite novel for inspiration! 
As the annual Plant and Garden Sale in downtown Camas was also in May, I wanted to go with a theme that would coincide.  The Secret Garden was a natural choice for inspiration!  I spoke with the owner of the Liberty Theatre two doors down about showing a version of the film at some point during the month.  After some research and deliberation, it was decided that a special showing of the 1993 Secret Garden production would be featured on Mother's Day!  I set to work planning a cross promotion event with the Antique Store and the Theatre...a first time collaboration!

During the months leading up to May, I scoured estate sales and Craigslist for garden decor and vintage finds that would reflect the feel of The Secret Garden.
My husband patiently hauled concrete and furniture for me from one place to another.  My father in law helped on more than one occasion as well.  My dear friend Deanna spent hours unpacking truckload after truckload with me on the day I moved into the window.  I am so grateful for these people in my life who humor my crazy ideas and are willingly help!

The Mother's Day featured film event was a huge success and so much fun!  We had an incredible turn out and so many of my dear friends came with their families to enjoy the movie and visit the store for treats and a drawing for prizes.  I loved every minute of it!  I hope we can put together another collaboration event with the theatre in the near future!
Thank you for your visit today!
Best Wishes and Blessings,

Monday, April 17, 2017

One Stubborn Dresser...

I am not going to sugar coat the description of this dresser makeover.  When I picked this piece up, I figured it just needed a good cleaning, a little wood filler and paint!  My original plan was Paris Grey on the body and Old White drawer fronts.  Oh man, let me tell you...  Those drawers did not want to be white!  I have had bleed through issues before, and I assure you that it doesn't matter what kind of paint you are using, bleed through stains sometimes happen.  Typically, a quick coat of matte spray Shellac will seal that that stain and you're good to go!  Rarely do I even need 2 coats of Shellac.  
I'm not sure how many coats I used on these drawer fronts before I gave up...4 or 5?  

Finally, I decided to try going over the Old White with a darker color.  One coat of Paloma, distressed to show the Old White coming through underneath around the edges of the drawers. That was the ticket!  I finished it off with a clear wax and a fairly generous application of dark wax.  

I've said it before and I'll say it again...  Don't give up on those troublesome pieces!  Sometimes they have a mind of their own.  Sometimes they don't accept the fate you have in mind for them.  Sometimes they turn out better than you had imagined!  I am loving this color combo and the layered, distressed paint finish on the drawer fronts!

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you caught a glimpse of this beautiful bridal set that I have staged here with the dresser.  It was a recent estate sale find.  I shared that during the sale I overheard women saying, "she was the sweetest lady!"  I wish I would have had the opportunity to meet this sweet little lady who wore this beautiful dress on her special day.

Thank you for your sweet visit today!

Best Wishes and Blessings,

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Don't Think, Just Paint....and Bake!

What a whirlwind of a week we had!  Friday was the first day of a three-day anniversary event at Camas Antiques, which meant my booth needed to be fully stocked!  It's a good thing I had found a couple pieces of furniture to paint because I sold a large table on Thursday!  What timing!

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you've already seen these pics.  Bare with me, I have more to share!

This was another one of those pieces that I almost passed on.  It was almost vintage but not quite! It was chunky and funky and not my style in the least!  But...I knew I had some appliques in my stash that would make all the difference, so I gave it ago.  The main color is a mix of Paris Grey and Pure White.  The details are painted in Pure White, Scandinavian Pink and Versailles.  Lots of dark wax pulls the look together...oh and a little Gold Gilding Wax too, of course!

Monday night I picked up a vintage dresser from a gal who said it had belonged to her grandmother.  The drawers worked great, the hardware was all there, still it had obviously had a hard life!  Whoa!  I'm not sure how a dresser gets as beat up as this one was!  I gave it a good cleaning and filled in a few holes, but much of the nicks and dents are still there.  Rather than polish her and make her pristine, I decided to celebrate the fact that this dresser had experienced life!

This was one of those projects that I jumped into without a real plan.  Paris Grey, Pure White and Honfleur, mixed, blended and applied in a haphazardly fashion...I had fun and felt like an artist working on this piece!  As Annie Sloan says, "Don't think, just paint!"  I never would have imagined these three colors would have worked as well as they did together.

My booth pre-Anniversary Sale!  I imagine it looks quite a bit different now!  Hoping I have a chance to skip down to the store and straighten things up sometime tomorrow.

On Friday I had to switch gears, put down my paint brush and pick up a spatula.  This cute little "girl in pink" turned 5 yesterday and she had big birthday cake goals!  Please don't expect any birthday cake tutorials on my blog.  This bunny cake might look cute, but...

Structurally, it had some major issues!  As it turns out, baking cakes requires a little more thought and careful planning than painting does!  
Nevertheless, cake fails make real birthday memories!  We got some fun photos and the cake itself was delish!

Thank you so much for your sweet visit today!

Best Wishes and Blessings,

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Image Transfer Obsessed!

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know that I've been more than a little obsessed with image transfer projects this winter!  Part of the fun is just searching for the beautiful graphics!  I could spend hours on Etsy perusing the brilliant designs and downloads. 

I just finished up these clipboards last week!  A couple have sold, while the others are now hanging in my booth at Camas Antiques.

I love how they turned out and can't wait to do a few more!

This Patisserie sign almost didn't make it to the store.  It looked so pretty in my kitchen!

I am always on the hunt for interesting shaped trays to transfer onto.  This one took on a major transformation!  It sold before I had a chance to set it down at the store!

I can't wait to use this beautiful Valentine graphic again!

Here's another heavy wood tray.  This one was calling for a slightly more masculine look.

Trunks and other wooden boxes are also great pieces to paint and embellish with image transfers!  This was one of my earlier transfer projects.

If you're curious about the method I use for image transfers, here's a video tutorial that I put together last summer.  I think it's a great introduction to the process, plus I've shared a few tips that I have learned through trial and error.  

I have experimented with a few other transfer mediums and methods, but Artisan Enhancements Transfer Gel is absolutely my go-to for these projects!

Thank you so much for your sweet visit!

Best Wishes and Blessings,

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Petite Cabinet Makeover Video Tutorial

Happy New Year!  I have really missed blogging and am going to make it a point to get back into it this year!  

My poor blog seems to have taken a backseat to all of the other social media platforms that I am active on and I didn't mean for that to happen!  I have many projects that were shared on Facebook and Instagram but for one reason or another never made it onto my blog.  I apologize if you come across some repetition here as I get caught up!  I promise to throw some new projects and tutorials in the mix to keep things fresh!

Here is a video tutorial I put together not long ago featuring a pretty paint finish created with some fun products from Artisan Enhancements!

This video is a little long but if you're looking for guidance in creating this paint finish, I think you'll find all of the details you need here!

Stay tuned!  More to come!

Best Wishes and Blessings, 


Saturday, December 17, 2016

Peggy Del Rosario's Lovely Painted Home

For some time now, friends from my antique business world have been telling me how much I would love faux finish artist, Peggy del Rosario's home.  Knowing my affinity for old world paint finishes and vintage and antique decor, they encouraged me to visit if I ever I had the opportunity.

I had that opportunity this week!  The experience was one that I will not soon forget!

My dear friend Phyllis, formerly of the Portland shop The Purple Pear, invited a few woman whom she had met through her store over the years to enjoy refreshments in her own lovely home and then take a tour of Peggy's home.

This group of women, Peggy and Phyllis included connected through their love for decorating and creating beautiful surroundings.  We were almost giddy with excitement over the inspiration and magic that came with touring Peggy's home and chatting about the common thread that had brought us together.

Peggy's home was warm, inviting and so carefully curated.  Everything about it spoke true to who she is and perfectly reflected her impeccable style.  What made the tour extra special was the details that Peggy shared with us as we meandered from room to room.  The classic art pieces that inspired the colors and finishes she chose, the stories behind pieces she had purchased new and then painted to look centuries old...all of this made each room all the more magical.

Anyone who has ever walked into Peggy's home will surely never forget the canvas painting on her sitting room ceiling!  Peggy shared with us that her great uncle, a prolific faux painter himself had painted this round canvas and it was one of Peggy's most beloved treasures.  She said she had it hung on the ceiling because it was too large for any of her walls.  
The result is both genius and breathtaking!

One of Peggy's more recent painted pieces resides in her dining room.
The colors and details she applied here are exquisite.

It has been said that Peggy has touched each and every corner of her home with her paint brush.  I believe that statement to be true!  Her attention to detail is absolutely amazing and so inspiring.

This attic space bedroom took everyone's breath away!  We all agreed that it were ours, we would never want to leave this decadent room!

Just beyond the sumptuous bed is the most beautiful claw foot bathtub!

Peggy shared that when this bathtub first came into her possession, it was black with cartoon-like fish painted on the sides!  I wish we had a before photo to see the transformation which I am certain would be astonishing!  The finish that Peggy created on this tub is beyond stunning.  

Another example of Peggy's eye for detail and unique approach to decor...

We'll end this photo tour with Peggy's charming outdoor space.  This out building was a labor of love, built by Peggy's wonderful friends using reclaimed wood and other unique architectural pieces.  What an enchanting space for a garden party!

I feel so blessed to have met Peggy and this group of lovely, like-minded women and to have shared such a wonderful afternoon with them all.  I came home that evening feeling so inspired and motivated to go beyond the furniture with my creative paint finishes and to spend more time adding personal touches to our home.  

I was also reminded of the importance to slow down, appreciate and enjoy even the smallest details that make life special.

Best Wishes and Blessings,