Sunday, October 23, 2011

Numbers Chest

I had this chest sitting in my basement completely finished but I wasn't happy with it. Then I saw this chest 


and I knew what I needed to do.  I didn't have any vintage numbers & didn't want to make the investment in some.  I found metal numbers at Hobby Lobby on sale 50% off.  Perfect!  Now I am very happy with the look.  I took it to City Antiques & Interiors.  I am hoping someone else will like it as much as me!

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

I Finally Took The Plunge

I did it, finally! I rented a booth at an antiques store. We moved everything in yesterday. I found City Antiques & Interiors last Friday (October 14th) and moved in yesterday! It was crazy! I wasn't sure I had enough stuff to fill my booth so I was crazy busy this past week trying to finish up & start projects to go into my booth.
I was so excited when I paid my first months rent. I thought about how I have always wanted to do something like this but I have always been afraid of putting myself out there. So the first 3 days there was excitement (thinking of the sales, planning my booth space) but then the nerves came in. I was suddenly regretting my decision. What if I fail? What if no one likes my stuff? What if nothing sales? I had already put the money out there & told everyone I knew. Now they would all know if I failed.
Luckily when I got everything set up in my booth & I took a step back ,all those feelings went away. I was excited, I was emotional, I was so glad I did it! Even if no one likes my stuff, I was so happy decorating my booth & putting everything out there for everyone to see. So what if I fail, if I never tried I wouldn't know what I could be capable of!
I did get a sale the first day! We set up the booth in the afternoon & then went to look at a warehouse with a paint booth. We were gone 15 minutes. When we came back into the store, there was a lady leaving with (what I thought) was one of my items. My daughter and I ran back to my booth to make sure it was really gone. It was! I had my first sale!!! It was a small sale but it felt huge!!!!
Here are some pictures of my booth:





I do have to give a huge shout out to Stacey @ Faux Studio Designs.  I was painting the Provence chest to go with the bed & nightstand I had already finished when I ran out of paint!!!  I was thinking there was no way I could get paint shipped to me & finish this piece to go into the booth Friday.  I have ordered chalk paint from several stockist & I knew Stacey was really good about getting her orders shipped quickly.  So Sunday night I ordered & had the paint on Tuesday when I got home from work!  She is crazy fast!  She didn't even know I was in a hurry to get it!  So if you need chalk paint in a hurry, order from Stacey, she rocks!

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Everything But Paris Grey

I am refinishing a piece for a friend's lake house (how fun, right?!  A lake house!) Anyway, she had these great comforters & needed a dresser for some storage in the bedroom.  I thought the blue would be the best color to go with (and I already had the perfect piece in mind).
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We were trying to match the blue in the comforter, I ended up mixing every paint color I had to get this color, except Paris Grey!  I used-Old White, Duck Egg Blue & Provence.  It was a pretty good match!
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The photo below is the most accurate color:




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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Farmhouse Table & Benches

I was brought this set by a client.  She purchased it at an antiques fair, she loved the style & the green color but wanted it a little more shabby chic.  The benches are 6 feet long & very heavy!  I removed most of the paint from the top of the benches, distressed the sides & added some dark walnut stain to the whole bench.  Unfortunately I learned the hard way about putting the stain on & wiping off on the legs.  I got a very, very deep splinter close to 1/2" long!  I was able to dig around & get half of it out but it broke & it hurts, really, really bad! :(  The top was a little more difficult.  The original plan was to do the top like the benches, removing most of the paint & staining.  As I started sanding the top, I realized we had several fun colors to choose from!  Under the green was a lovely neon yellow, purplish gray & dark gray.  We decided to completely remove the paint & stain the top but after sanding for a while I realized the dark gray wasn't budging!  So I decided to use my stripper.  Didn't work, either!  My husband finally got the belt sander out & was able to remove the top green layer of paint (the color we wanted to keep) some of the neon yellow & some of the purplish gray but the dark gray was really sticking, we aren't even sure it is paint!  So next plan, I took a glob of the green paint to Home Depot & matched it to Martha Stewart Rhododendron Leaf.  It is a perfect match!!  So I painted the top again & sanded down some areas where we were able to remove all of the other paint colors & roughed up some other areas.  Then I wiped on a dark walnut stain, leaving it heavier in some areas & wiped off.  I sealed it with 3 coats of wipe on poly in satin.  I love the shabby chicness of this piece!!
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