Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Painted Sideboard Wears Family Stamp

It's old.

It's ours.

It's been through a few floods on the Platte River.

But we're embracing this piece

passed down to us

and making it our own.

Here is the before.

I am so excited about the arrival of my Milk Paint

and this is just the piece I decided to try it on.

I'm hooked.

Even though I didn't get a lot of chippy happenings,

I got a lot of nice distressed areas that are perfectly worn looking.

I applied two coats of paint in Shutter Gray. (love)

There was definitely more breakdown reaction after the second coat.

A little scraping with a putty knife.

A little sanding.

Then onto my tattoo.

I decided to brand my sideboard with a stamp.

Because the generations before us lived on the Platte River

so did this furniture.

Because they survived the floods

so did this furniture.

It's where they came from.

So we'll wear it proud.

A pencil transfer, a chalk outline, and liner brush detail

create the faded look I want.

I sanded it a bit

and then applied the clear wax.

I added just a small amount of dark wax to some of the edges.

I used new hardware

and liked the mix of the black with the glass.

I also liked the natural wood top

(stripped two coats of sealer then waxed)

We will be using this as our new tv stand.

You might remember I painted one before in Bahama Blue.

Well, you gotta like change around here

because the Bahama Blue

and found a new home.

Our new inherited piece will stay with us.



Just the way I like it

The Family Stamp

will make sure this is home.

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So it's official.

Milk Paint Love Here.

Can't wait to try it again!

Always glad to have you visit friends!


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Friday, November 23, 2012

Snowman on Shutter Gray Fence Board

It's here!

My Milk Paint has arrived.

Merry Christmas to me!

I can't decide what I'm more excited about...

my "Santa Claus Blend" coffee beans

or my Ironstone and Shutter Gray Milk Paint

Paint and Coffee beans are two of my favorite things.

I have a plan to use the shutter gray

on a sideboard that will be our tv stand.

I will post about that soon.

But I had some extra paint

and I thought it would make a great winter sky

for my snowman painting.

Love the blue gray color!

I  cut two pieces from a cedar fence board,

attached them with a thin piece of of wood and screws

on the back, and stained the entire piece.

Then I brushed on the gray,

and painted a happy snowman

peeking out behind his scarf.

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I look forward to sharing my new/old sideboard

painted in the shutter gray.

I will show you how it turned out next week!

Hope you're all enjoying the weekend,


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Friday, November 16, 2012

Whimsical Christmas Chairs

Look who's showing up
everytime I turn around...

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Update:  You can get the Santa Pattern
Download Here.
I know.
I still have to get my turkey out to thaw this weekend
and make my wild rice casserole,
sweet potatoes,
green bean casserole.

But while I'm doing all of that
I'm painting all of this...

No ice on the lake.
Just sunshiney warm November days.
But Christmas is coming!

The base coat of red went on quick
because there was already a nice wood base.

I used one coat of red gloss
so I could still see some layering beneath.

Chalk in your pattern
and fill the lighter areas with Kilz Primer.

I like to shade the white with camel.

Then I added a little brushed ribbon detail.

These chairs will add a little Christmas Cheer
and brighten some corner
for the Holiday Season.

Happy Art.

Merry and Bright.

I hope you're all enjoying this fun time of year!
I always appreciate your visits,
Update:  Free Pattern Download is available.
You can find the info. on this page.

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Sticks and Glitter Christmas Home Tour

I'm so excited to share some photos
of the Christmas Home
that I toured
this week!

Ann Etienne
is the owner of
does she have a way with glitter and sticks.

Come tour with me!

We'll take a walk through her shop...

and her home...


Here are the twinkly trees in the entry.

and for your dining pleasure...

Now we make our way
into the sunroom library

Now into the kitchen...

So much Christmas loveliness!

Even the backyard makes you smile.

If you aren't inspired enough already
here are some more
goodies in her shop.

Ann was so kind to let me photograph my fun day.

So my "point and shoot"
really got a workout
and I went home
and started dreaming
Christmas Decorations.

I'm glad you could tour with me!

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