Sunday, April 17, 2011

Cute Cottage Chair

This chair was a $5 flea market find. It has pretty cottage lines and ya gotta just love that orange fabric. I filled in some of the dings, primed and painted it Ben Moore White Dove and recovered it in a pretty blue and white fabric. I had a new cushion made up at the flea market. How convenient is that?  There's a shop inside that cuts foam. One stop shopping...gotta love that! I really love this chair and it goes perfectly w/ my new family room set. I just wish I had space for it :(

Thinking maybe I should slightly distress. My daughter says no, but I would so like my bloggy friends opinions.

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Boogieboard Cottage

Monday, April 11, 2011

Take A Walk on the Wild Side

When I see French Provincial furniture, I always think feminine and painted in pretty pastel shades. Oh, contraire with this tall CL find. In walk Martin and his wife Joellen, a very nice couple that stopped by to check out some furniture. Martin fell in love w/ this tall dresser that had been waiting to be painted. My plan....pale robins egg blue w/ touches of white. Martin's plan....Platypus style, particularly the fresco finish. Say it isn't so. Oh, it's so. If you've never checked out the line of Platypus furniture, you must. The finishes and colors are crazy inspirational. 

Unfortunately, I didn't take pics through the process. I guess I was thinking this will be disastrous. I undercoated the drawer fronts w/ Rustoleum Dark Walnut spray paint because Martin liked distressing and the veneer on this wasn't going to cut it when I took sand paper to it. After the paint dried, I grabbed a white candle ans rubbed it on areas I planned to distress. This is done so you don't pull off all your "hard work"
spraying only to leave yourself w/ the original icky finish.

Next the dreaded orange was painted on the drawer fronts and I am thinking a glass of wine is not a bad idea. At this point, I'm absolutely cringing...the wine helped :) Praying glaze will come through in the end and make all better. The body of the dresser I painted a deep espresso brown...cause Martin said to, ha! Good call, Martin.

Oh how I wish I took pics so you could empathize and feel my pain. I did snap this to show the orange ugliness before glazing...
After I glazed the drawer fronts in a deep brown, I was happily surprised how it turned out. Painting your own vision is one thing but trying to paint someone elses is tough. I hope Martin loves it. He is fantastic, a UPS driver, and since we met takes pics of roadside finds and emails them to me complete w/ addresses! How nice and thoughtful is that?

I lined the drawers w/ a very cool fabric and used a template made out of poster board to get those curves right.

I still have to email Martin pics and am keeping my fingers crossed that I pulled off what he envisioned.

Looks like I have to do something about that area I sanded...maybe paint 'em up like Chrissie does.

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Domestically Speaking

Friday, April 1, 2011

Weathered TurquoiseTable

Sometimes instant gratification is a good thing. Kinda like this little 5 dollar table find. Oh, how I love MY flea market!!! I mixed up a little turquoise paint, painted and distressed the legs and dry brushed the top. Gotta love the simplicty of dry brushing yet the results are super cool.

Remembered the before! I really hate when I forget to take one.

Well check me out getting all creative with those starfish.

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Dry brushing is a technique where you just barely get paint on your brush and lightly stroke it on the surface. So easy and gives a time worn weathered look yet it only took you a few minutes :) Who knew?

Happy Weekend Everyone!!!!!

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