Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Dresser that Caused a Commotion on Social Media!



I shared this photo on Facebook just after updating my booth display last month.  Questions began pouring in about the dresser...the dresser that I failed to get good photos of at home before delivering it to the store!  


I snagged this shot at the store later that week...decent but not a fabulous photo!  I decided to go ahead and share it along with the details, paint colors and techniques used.  

I was totally blown away by the response!  I do believe I had more likes, shares and comments than I have ever had on Facebook or Instagram!  Now, I am really really sorry that I didn't get more photos to share!  The dresser has since sold.  When I have another piece that calls for this look, I promise I will do a tutorial with lots of photos!  For now, here is a basic description of how I arrived at this paint finish:

I started by painting the entire dresser in a custom mix of French Linen and Pure White Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan.  On the drawer fronts only, I used the Floral Scroll stencil from Artisan Enhancements to create a random pattern, bouncing back and forth between Old White and French Linen Chalk Paint®.  I then lightly sanded over the stenciled design and distressed the edges and legs of the dresser.  After a coat of Annie Sloan's Clear Wax, I used a small brush to apply Annie's Dark Wax around the edges of some of the drawers.  I wiped back the areas that were too dark with a little more Clear Wax.  That's it!

Thank you to everyone who commented and shared my post on Facebook!  It kind of makes a girl feel like she's doing what she was meant to do...if you know what I mean?  In a world full of self doubt and second guessing yourself...a little praise goes a long way!


I am enjoying this final round of summer blooms from the garden!


A few more projects that I took into the booth last month...I used Artisan Enhancements Transfer Gel to apply the images to both the bucket and the bread board!  The table is painted in Cream Chalk Paint®.


One of my latest additions to the booth are these pillows, painted with Chalk Paint® using stencils from Artisan Enhancements...the covers are removable and washable!  There isn't much you can't do with Chalk Paint®!  I just added more designs to my display this month!  

Thank you so much for your visit!  I have some catch-up blogging to do but hopefully now that school has started I will be more consistent!

Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Loving My New (Bigger) Booth at Camas Antiques!



What an exciting month this has been!  After a couple of late nights at the store I was all settled into my much larger booth space...and loving it!


Customers and friends have commented that this new booth feels much lighter and brighter!  Just the look I was going for!


I've accented my neutral pallet with touches of blue and green.  I plan to bring in other soft pastel colors throughout the seasons.


It's been a great month so far and I look forward to continuing to stock vintage finds and hand painted furniture in this new space!


This beautiful French floral plate and ironstone pitcher sold quickly!


One of my favorite estate sale finds this month was this amazing Victorian butterfly brooch.  Although I can't bear to part with this one, it was a part of a collection that I will be bringing with me to the Downtown Camas Vintage and Art Street Faire on Saturday, August 26th!  (See flyer at the bottom of this post!)


Last week I restocked with more fun finds and a couple of new projects.


Still on an image transfer kick, I added this authentic French perfume label to this vintage box painted in Antoinette.  Of course Artisan Enhancements Transfer Gel is my go-to product for these projects!



The large grey/blue wall rack is a repurposed bed (footboard) painted in a mix of French Linen, Louis Blue and Pure White Chalk Paint®.


One of my favorite estate sale finds this month is a crowned cake plate that I simply cannot bear to part with.  At the moment it sits on a dresser in the living room displaying a few fun treasures.


The Downtown Camas Vintage and Art Street Faire is just one month away!  I have some fun treasures squirreled away for this fabulous event!  If you are anywhere near Camas in August, don't miss out on the fun!  RSVP on our Facebook event page for updates and sneak peeks from our vendors!

Thank you so much for your sweet visit!

Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Flowers, Finds, Paint Projects and Big News!


Let's start with the BIG NEWS!  After 6 years in my little booth at Camas Antiques, I am moving into a bigger booth on the next aisle over!  I could actually just throw my things over the back wall of my booth now to move into my new booth!  I won't do that, but it gives you an idea of where you will find me starting next week!  I have a handful of furniture pieces I am working on to fill this bigger booth.  I just finished this wonderful dresser and had a lot of fun staging it for photos the other day!


Here's the before.  As you can see it had some veneer issues.  I filled in those patches with wood filler and then sanded those areas before I started painting.  


It would have been challenging to get a smooth finish on this piece, thankfully smooth wasn't in my plan!  As usual, I love a textured finish!  I painted the body of the dresser in Country Grey Chalk Paint®.  The drawers are a combination of Country Grey, French Linen and Pure White.  I played with the finish for some time, applying each color individually, wiping back in places and doing a bit of dry brushing.


Once I had a look that I loved, I did some light distressing and sealed the entire dresser with Annie Sloan's White Wax.  The White Wax really softened the whole look.  


Although I am changing up my look just a tad for this new booth, I still plan to keep that pink wardrobe stocked with frilly, feminine vintage finds!


Roses are pretty close to the top of my list of things I love about summer!




Junking has been pretty good so far this summer!  These andirons were an exciting find!  A friend on Facebook noted that they were "Downton Abbey worthy!"  I couldn't agree more!  They will be making their debut in my new booth!


I never can seem to pass up a pretty dish.  These lovelies sold as soon as I brought them into the store. 


My latest image transfer project is in my booth now.  This big wooden trunk was made over in Pure White Chalk Paint®.  The typography is from The Graphics Fairy, applied with Artisan Enhancements Transfer Gel.  Annie Sloan's Black Wax and Clear Wax gave it the perfect aged effect and sealed the finish.


A project I've had waiting in the garage for a year...this kuckoo clock is finally painted and ready to hang!  My family is so excited to have this up in our kitchen!  I used a mix of Louis Blue and Old White for the birds and trim, Old White for the body, Clear Wax with a bit of Dark Wax for age.

Thank you for your visit today!  I have SO much still to do to prepare for the new booth!  
Please follow me on Instagram or Facebook for updates along the way!  

Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda

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,
Amanda







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,
Amanda
 

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,
Amanda



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,
Amanda