Tuesday, March 10, 2015

How to Create a Watercolor-Like Finish!


Create a watercolor effect on furniture and accessories by layering pastel color tinted glazes
over your paint finish!


Start by painting your piece in a solid color. Antoinette was used here for one piece and Duck
Egg Blue for another. Once the paint has dried, you may choose to add a stenciled design.
 
 
Part of the Artisan Enhancements Chandelier stencil design was applied here in Old Ochre to
frame the metal hook that would later be added. When the stenciled design had dried, it was
sanded lightly with fine grit sandpaper for a more natural, muted look.
 
 
Artisan Enhancements Scumble can be tinted with paint to create a custom glaze color. Here
1 part Louis Blue to 5 parts Scumble was mixed for one glaze, and the same ratio Paloma to
Scumble for another.
 
 
The Scumble mixtures were applied one at a time with a brush, and then wiped back with a
damp sea sponge. The extended open time of the Scumble product allows you to wipe away
the glaze, add more and play with the finish until you are satisfied with the results.
 

 Here both Antoinette and Paloma were mixed with Scumble to create 2 separate glazes that
were applied overtop a board painted with Duck Egg Blue and stenciled in Old Ochre.
 
 
Once you have achieved a watercolor effect that you are happy with, you will want to protect it
with a durable sealer. The Scumble product leaves you with a flat, silky finish. To enhance the sheen, apply a thin coat of Clear Finish. Wait 23 hours and apply a second coat. For more of a matte finish, choose Artisan Enhancements Clear Topcoat Sealer.
 
 
With Artisan Enhancements Scumble, you can mix any number of custom tinted glazes and feel like a true artist as you layer them onto your paint finish! Consider creating a watercolor-like finish for your next furniture or home accessory makeover!

 
Disclosure: This is an Artisan Enhancements sponsored post, however the opinions and ideas expressed here are mine and I will only ever promote products that I enjoy using and feel may benefit my readers.
 
 
 
 
 
Thank you so much for your visit today!
 
Happy Creating!
 
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda
 

 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Fantasizing About a Pink Armoire...

 
For months now I have been fantasizing about a romantic pink armoire filled with lacey vintage slips and nightgowns.  Does that sound silly?  Why?  Don't you fantasize about furniture?  Surely something must have triggered the image in my mind...a dream or maybe one of the dozens of old glamorous Hollywood classic movies I have loved throughout the years.  Either way, I couldn't shake the vision.  I searched for the perfect armoire.  A few candidates popped up on Craigslist but they all slipped through my fingertips until I came across this one.  I was the first to call on the ad.  I felt like the winning contestant on a game show!
 
 
I knew immediately that a few beautiful appliques from The Purple Pear would add just the right amount of glamour and romance needed to start the transformation.  I first removed the wooden bar handle that was screwed onto the front of the door.  It wasn't bad, but it interfered with my vision.
 
 
The appliques were so easy to apply.  I steamed them for a few minutes by placing them on a cooling rack that rested on top of a pan of boiling water.  This made them pliable enough so that I could lay them flush against the face of the armoire.  I should mention that the armoire was laying on it's back while I was applying the appliques.  I added just a little bit of wood glue to the back of each applique before adhering them to the armoire.  I was able to curve the long floral piece along the top of the door just the way I wanted it by working with it while it was still pliable after steaming.
 
 
After giving the wood glue about 24 hours to fully bond the appliques to the armoire, I went to work painting the entire piece in Old White Chalk Paint®.  I then used Artisan Enhancement's Easy Crackle in several areas to add some extra patina.  Once the Easy Crackle had dried, I went back over the entire piece with a custom mix of 3 parts Old White to 1 part Antoinette.  Just as that top layer of paint started to dry, the cracks began to appear!  After some heavy distressing around the edges, I sealed the finish with Annie Sloan's clear and dark wax.  I just love how the dark wax looks in those cracks!  Patina perfection!
 
 
I finished the inside of the door just as I had the exterior, but the interior of the armoire ended up getting a quick wash of an Old Ochre/Old White mixture.
 
 
The appliques, much to pretty and special to leave as is were hand painted first in Old White, followed by clear and dark wax and lastly, heavily highlighted with King's Gold Gilding Wax from The Purple Pear.
 
 
The pretty pink armoire is now in my booth at Camas Antiques, filled with beautiful vintage slips and nightgowns.  At this time it is not for sale.  I've decided to enjoy my fantasy for a while...plus I have more pretty vintage frocks to add to the selection soon.
 
 
This basket of elegant treasures is just awaiting vintage laundry day...  Coming soon!
 
And for those of you who live in my area, here are some details about my upcoming workshops at Camas Antiques!  You can register in the store or by phone, 360-834-4062.
 
Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have:  onegirlinpink@gmail.com
 
 
Remember that amazing Downton Abbey inspired servant's bell board that Tommy made for my window display in January?  It was such a big hit that he decided to make another! 
He just listed it on Ebay!  What a fun addition this would be to the home of a die-hard fan!
 
 
Thank you so much for your sweet visit today!
 
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda
 

 
 
Sharing With:
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Home
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch To Yours
 Friday's Unfolded at Nancherrow
 Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
What's it Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

All the Charm of an Antique Dresser, Minus the Spiderwebs!


Pictures can be deceiving.  The photo that drew me to this majestic dresser posted on Craigslist was somewhat dark and grainy.  After making a quick call to the seller, I was on my way to look at what I thought was an old oak dresser.  Yes, I should have asked more questions before I got too excited but was worried that taking the time to ask questions would give another buyer a chance to say, "sold!  I'll be there in 10 minutes!"  It happens, a lot!  Used furniture sales are very competitive these days!  

So, I was a little disappointed when I arrived to discover that the dresser I had driven across town to see was a reproduction.  However, the drawers were dove-tailed and the piece was solid and clean.  A pretty dresser with great bones and drawers that opened and closed without needing any TLC!  So what if it wasn't old, I decided it was a perfect candidate for paint.  What a treat to not have to do any repairs, vacuum away cobwebs or scrape finger nail polish out of drawers!  I just hauled this big heavy dresser home, did a quick wipe down and got to work!


The color is a custom mix of 1 part French Linen to 1 part Old White.


I painted out the wood carved accents in Old White.  After a coat of Clear Wax, I used Annie Sloan's Dark Wax to further age and bring out the details in the carvings.

I removed the hardware and painted it in the custom soft grey mix and then waxed it just as I had the entire piece.  I considered painting the hardware in Old White like the carvings but decided that it would be overkill.  Sometimes less is more, as they say.


I have a confession to make.  I absolutely despise waxing the insides of cupboards and drawers.  I am not a contortionist.  So, even when I've chosen to seal a piece of furniture with wax, I find Artisan Enhancements Clear Topcoat Sealer to be ideal for sealing any paint finish on the interior of the piece.  Just brush it on, let it dry for 24 hours and apply a second quick coat.  No more standing on my head to buff out wax on the top of a cupboard's interior!


I am really loving how this piece transformed.  It may not be antique but I think it now has just as much charm and character as any 100 year old piece pulled out of a decrepit farm house, minus the mold, mildew and spiderwebs!

Thank you for your sweet visit today!

Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda





Sharing With:
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Home
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch To Yours
 Friday's Unfolded at Nancherrow
 Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
What's it Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants



Sunday, February 15, 2015

Art with Dimension, Purpose and Old World French Style!


Old wooden silverware boxes make great canvases for playing with artistic finishes. They can
generally be found at estate sales or thrift stores and once completed, you have a one-of-a-kind work of art that doubles as useful storage!

Consider layering several techniques to create a finish with plenty of depth and interest. Do
you love an Old World look with French flair? Let’s walk through the layers of art finishes
used to create the weathered French Postcard look on this old wooden silverware box.


This box was first painted with 2 coats of Old White. The script used for the background can
be found here . The image was emailed to an office supply store with the request
that it be printed in reverse, on a laser jet printer with specific dimensions to fit the lid of the
silverware box. With the white border cut away, the image was ready to be applied to the
painted box. For a more rustic effect, the Transfer Gel was brushed onto the lid of the box
with a crisscross motion as opposed to a smooth application. The image was then applied,
face down onto the wet gel and any wrinkles or bubbles were gently smoothed away.


After having dried overnight. It was time to remove the paper fibers and reveal the transferred
image. The paper was dampened with a kitchen sponge and rubbed away, not being too
careful to preserve every bit of the transferred image, as the rough spots only added to the
rustic finish. In fact, heavier rubbing around the edges of the piece helped eliminate the clean
edges and enhance the old world appearance of the French letter.


With the background in place, it was time to add dimension to the piece with a raised stencil
and Artisan Enhancements Fine Stone. Fine Stone is a plaster product with aggregate
texture and has no odor or harmful chemicals so it’s safe create with indoors along with all of
Artisan Enhancements art finishes and sealers. The Paris France stencil, also from Artisan
Enhancements was set in place and the fine stone was troweled over-top using the color
shaping tool. As soon as the stencil was covered, it was lifted straight up from the surface to
reveal the raised image on the box lid. The excess Fine Stone was scraped off the stencil
with the color shaper and returned to the container for future use.


Once the Fine Stone had completely dried, Scumble, a tintable glaze-like medium was mixed 5:1 first with Coco and Burgundy and applied just to the raised stencil relief. After being brushed on generously, the glaze was carefully wiped away with a damp sea sponge.


A second tinted Scumble glaze was then applied with a mix of 5 parts Scumble to 1 part
Graphite. This glaze was also applied to the entire box and then wiped away for a subtle aging effect.


Once the Scumble had dried, the stencil was laid back down over the relief and Old White was stippled on with a stencil brush to further highlight the design.


The result was a weathered, raised Paris, France passport stamp with just the right amount of
shadowing created with layers of tinted Scumble glaze, highlighted with Old White.


The Fine Stone Stencil Relief added a special artistic touch to the aged French letter and
dimensional quality that looks complicated but was actually very easy to do!


A thin layer of Clear Topcoat Sealer by Artisan Enhancements was brushed over the completed art finish. Twenty four hours later a second coat was applied for optimum protection. Clear Topcoat Sealer is an eco-friendly, high quality sealer that dries to a protective, clear matte finish.

What was once a discarded, boring brown box is now a beautiful piece of art to hold special letters and photos or maybe to sit on the coffee table for storing remote controls. Take this idea and run with it! The possibilities are endless with Artisan Enhancements and with eco-friendly products, you can create a masterpiece in the comfort of your home without exposing yourself, your family or the environment to harmful chemicals!

Disclosure: This is an Artisan Enhancements sponsored post, however the opinions and ideas expressed here are mine and I will only ever promote products that I enjoy using and feel may benefit my readers.

Thank you so much for your sweet visit!

Happy creating!

Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda




Sharing With:
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Home
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch To Yours
 Friday's Unfolded at Nancherrow
What's it Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

How to Create an Aged Vintage Wallpaper Finish


If you love the look of peeled back layers, layers of paint, paint that’s been worn away to
reveal pieces of beautiful old wallpaper, you are likely to appreciate the finish created on this
little chest of drawers!


This project started with a dark, dated piece of furniture and a roll of vintage wallpaper
purchased at an antique show. Whatever paper you choose for your background, whether it
be wallpaper, fabric or even scrap booking paper, take it to any printing business that uses a
laser jet copier and have color copies made in the size and quantity you will need for your
project.


Once you have prepped your surface with a good cleaning and a coat of paint, (Paloma was
used for the base of this piece) cut your image to size, brush on a coat of Artisan
Enhancements Transfer Gel and lay your print, image side down on the wet gel.


Gently smooth out the paper onto the surface, working out any air bubbles with your fingers.
It is best to let the gel dry overnight before proceeding, however you can speed up the
process with a hairdryer.


The next step is to dampen the paper with a kitchen sponge and work away the fibers with
your fingers. Work slowly and carefully as too much pressure may rub away the image.


Once all of the paper fibers have been removed and the finish is dry, apply a generous coat of
Crackle Tex. Crackle Tex is a great medium not only for adding crackle to a paint finish but
also for the texture it provides. It allows for a top coat of paint to be pulled off in places to
reveal layers below, all while adding an authentic looking chippy finish.


When your Crackle Tex layer is completely dry, apply a coat of paint right overtop of it. Louis
Blue was used here. Be careful not to overwork
the application of this paint layer as the wet
paint will quickly start to reactivate the Crackle Tex.


Within moments, cracks will begin to appear. At this time, you can grab your lightly damp sea
sponge and start distressing. Push the sponge down into the paint and then lift it off.
Remove as much of the top paint layer as you like until you are satisfied with the overall
finish.


After allowing this layer of paint to completely dry, it is time to add a glaze to create yet another layer of interest to the finish. Scumble is a transparent, tintable glaze-like medium.

Start by brushing on a quick slipcoat of untinted Scumble, straight out of the container. This will create a good workable surface. While your slipcoat dries, mix 5 parts Scumble to 1 part paint to create your tinted glaze. Old White was used here to soften the overall appearance of the piece and to add the look of an additional layer to the finish.

 

Scumble has an “open time” of approximately 15 to 20 minutes, which means that you have
plenty of time to work with the glaze and create a finish you like before the product starts to dry.


As soon as your Scumble glaze has dried, you are ready to seal your finish. Clear Topcoat
Sealer by Artisan Enhancements provides a durable, clear, matte finish and has no VOCs or
harmful chemicals which are often found in other sealers. Brush on two thin coats, allowing
24 hours dry time between each application.
Have fun creating weathered, chippy, finishes with Artisan Enhancements Transfer Gel,
Crackle Tex and Scumble! Consider this look not only for drawer fronts, but for doors,
cupboards, wooden boxes and more! The possibilities are endless!

Disclosure: This is an Artisan Enhancements sponsored post, however the opinions and ideas expressed here are mine and I will only ever promote products that I enjoy using and feel may benefit my readers.



Thank you so much for your visit today!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda




Sharing With:
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Home
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch To Yours
 Friday's Unfolded at Nancherrow
 Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
What's it Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Blank Slate Dresser...All Prettied Up!


Talk about a blank slate!  This little dresser didn't have much going on when I brought it home from an estate sale a week ago, but I knew it had potential.  It was vintage, sturdy and the drawers opened smoothly.  No repairs or major overhaul needed...just paint and some accessories to pretty it up!


I am always on the lookout for pieces that could be transformed by the addition of a beautiful applique.  I have a sweet friend with a large selection of amazing, reasonably priced appliques not far from me and I am always looking for an excuse to visit her and her lovely shop!  The Purple Pear on Glisan in Portland, OR is my source for appliques and she offers them on her website as well, http://www.purplepearshop.com/


She does not yet have all of her appliques loaded on the site, but she recently posted this collage photo on Facebook and I know she would take a phone order as well.


I also bought the lovely new knobs from The Purple Pear, a huge improvement from the original metal pulls, I think!


For paint, I started with a custom mix of Provence, Old White and Olive.  After applying two coats and allowing them to dry, I went over them with a coat of Old White, wiping it way in places as I went along. 


I finished off the look with both clear and dark wax after some light distressing around the edges.


This lovely piece dressed up in her beautiful new finish complete with romantic applique and sweet drawer pulls is ready for a new home!
  

But for now she is sitting pretty in my booth at Camas Antiques!

Thank you so much for your sweet visit today!

Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda



Sharing With:
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Home
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch To Yours
 Friday's Unfolded at Nancherrow
 Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
What's it Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants