Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sonora Phonograph Cabinet Makeover and Accentuating Details with Chalk Paint®

 
Every so often I get so wrapped up in a painting project, that I can't sleep until it's finished.  This was one of those projects.  With it's curvy legs and gorgeous, intricate appliques, I couldn't wait to see how Chalk Paint® would take it's beauty to a whole new level! 
 
 
This one kept me up way past my bedtime!
 
 
My mom had actually purchased this antique Sonora Phonograph Cabinet at a garage sale a few years ago.  It had been completely gutted, and a few repairs made so that it was ready for refinishing.  The couple selling it had either lost interest or decided they just didn't have the time for it.  It had sat in my mom's garage for some time and I often stared at it and dreamed of painting it.  I had offered to paint it for her and was planning to do so once she figured out where she was going to put it.  Just recently she asked if I wanted it to resell as she had decided she just didn't have a place for it.  Without hesitation I agreed to take it off her hands, but not for resale!  How could I possibly part with this?
 
 
If you've been following me at all, you know that I gravitate towards pieces with romantic details like carvings or appliques.  There are many ways in which Chalk Paint® and Annie Sloan's soft waxes can be used to accentuate details on a painted piece.  One of my favorite methods is to choose one or more complimentary paint color to brush onto those details with a small paintbrush and then apply lots of dark wax to settle into all of the crevices.
 
 
This ornate frame was one of my earlier Chalk Paint® projects.  I shared photos of each stage of the process in my blog post Grab Your Brush and Follow Your Gut.  In this post I also went into some detail about why I love Annie Sloan's dark wax.  I am sure you can see how this frame inspired me in my phonograph makeover!  It was one of the first times that I did some detailed brushwork, incorporating colors other than white.  I knew I wanted to create a similar look with the applique on this cabinet.
 
 
 The body of the cabinet is painted in a custom mix of Pure White and French Linen, approximately 2:1. 
 
 
 
The details are painted in Pure White, Versailles, Antoinette and Duck Egg Blue. 
 
 
  I applied clear wax to the entire piece and accented with dark wax, focusing on those details.  The dark wax made all the difference here.  I love how it creates shadows in all the right places.
 
 
This may just be my favorite furniture makeover to date!  I still have some work to do on the inside before it gets placed in it's new spot in our family room, but I just couldn't wait to share it with you! 
 
 
I am making a few more little changes in the family room and promise to share more photos soon!
 
 
How fun is this ornate old shell of a clock that I found at Camas Antiques a few weeks ago?  The little nest with pretty eggs seemed an obvious filler for spring décor, but  I plan to enjoy it year-round by changing up the look for each season!  The gorgeous tulips were a timely surprise today from a very dear friend!  Aren't they lovely? 
 
  Thank you for your sweet visit!  Have a very blessed Easter weekend!
 
Best Wishes,
Amanda
 
 
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

In With the Old and a Mirror Painting Tip!

 
After passing on this large, old gold mirror at one of my favorite thrifts on three separate occasions, I finally decided it was time to bring it home with me!  It's hard to tell from the before photo, but it was in pretty sad shape, which is I am sure why no one had picked it up before me.  Each corner has a piece of broken molding, probably from being moved around a bunch over the years.  Still, the details were gorgeous and I knew that a bit of Chalk Paint® would help to mask the drastic imperfections.
 
 
I bought it with the intention of painting it and taking it to my booth at Camas Antiques...(I know I've said that before, many times!)  But, I started looking around and realized that it was meant for our family room wall, and that it was meant to be pink...Antoinette to be exact!
 
 
The pretty rose print that hung here before will now be for sale in my shop space.  If I could find a wall for it in our home I would hold onto it, because I still love it.  However, I can justify keeping the pretty mirror I had bought to resell by parting with the print.
 
 
After two coats of Antoinette Chalk Paint®, I lightly distressed the frame to reveal a bit of the old gold underneath.  I chose not to wax this piece, for a couple of reasons.  It isn't necessary to wax something that is going to hang on the wall and not be handled frequently.  I decided I liked the mat finish in contrast with the other pieces in the room that I have painted and waxed...more on that later!
 
 
Now for that mirror painting tip!  When it's not possible to remove a mirror or glass from a frame (or you just don't want to take the time to do so!), try wedging strips of heavy paper (think poster board, cardstock or index card weight...not printer paper) between the glass/mirror and frame.  I have found that this works so much better than even painters tape!  It pulls out easily and doesn't tear.  There's also no paint mess to scrape in the end!  This works for glass paneled cabinet doors as well!
 
 
I am so glad that I finally decided to rescue this sad old mirror from collecting anymore dust at the thrift store!  I think it looks right at home in our family room now!  I have another project in the works for this room that I hope to share next week! 
 
Have a lovely day!  Thank you so much for your sweet visit!
 
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda



 
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Color and Shimmer for an Old Tilt Top Table

 
I often wonder if I was meant to live in a different age and time.  I do think I could have been quite happy living during the Victorian era, sitting quietly day to day, sipping tea and laboring away at needlepoint and writing long, thoughtful letters to dear friends.  I am sure that the troubles and tribulations of that time would be wearing and I might change my mind, but it's fun to romanticize and dream about these times past.
 
 
 
Although this tilt-top table isn't from the Victorian era, it is older and was modeled after the tables used in parlors for tea time.  I have always wanted to get my hands on one, but up until a couple of weeks ago had not come across one for sale.  For this reason, I was willing to pay a little more for this table than I normally would for a piece this size.  Also, it was very sturdy and the mechanism functioned well.  It seemed worth the investment.
 
 
I knew this table top needed something extra special, as it would not only serve as a place to set things, but as a piece of art when displayed upright.  I started with a mixture of Louis Blue and French Linen Chalk Paint®.  Once this was dry, I applied a stencil by layering and alternating colors in Paloma and Pure White.
 

Once I had the stencil technique just right, I brushed on some slightly watered down Pearl Plaster by Artisan Enhancements to give the finish a beautiful Pearlized effect.
 


I applied the Pearl Plaster all over the entire table and sealed it with Annie Sloan's clear and dark wax.
 
 
I was hesitant to use dark wax on this piece, but when I got to the point where the decision had to be made, the finish was looking a little too modern for this table. 
 
 
The dark wax seemed to add just the right amount of aging to get the antiqued finish I was looking for.
 
 
The day after waxing, I buffed and buffed this sweet little table to give it a lot of extra shimmer and shine!  The finish feels velvety and soft.  I am really pleased with how it turned out.  It now sits in my booth at Camas Antiques awaiting a chance to grace someone's lovely parlor (or living room) and hold a beautiful tea set and needlepoint work (or a glass of white wine and a kindle).
 
The more I think about it, the happier I am to be living in this day and age.  At no other time in history could a woman sit down at her computer and correspond with other like-minded, passionate, creative individuals all over the world!  Amazing, isn't it? 
 
I will fill my longings for times gone by with Masterpiece movies and mini-series!  They transport me to a romantic era, fill me with creative inspiration and offer a glimpse into a different kind of life.  When I can, I love to watch (or mostly listen) to period films while I paint.  All during the time I worked on this piece, I had the North and South series on in the background.
 
 
If you love period dramas like I do, you've probably seen North and South many times.  If not, it is available on Netflix and Amazon Prime!  All you Downton fans will surely recognize the gentleman on the far left in this promo ad!
 
Thank you so much for your sweet visit today!  I appreciate you stopping by!
 
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda
 
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Decorative Column...from Brassy Gold to Concrete Chic

 
Last Saturday morning I set off to Camas Antiques for a Chalk Paint® demo.  My mom had just given me this heavy, ornate, solid plaster column, and I thought it would be a fun piece to demonstrate my favorite decorative paint on! 
 
 
The column had been previously spray painted a bright, shiny gold and was desperately in need of a Chalk Paint® update!
 
 
I had to really push my brush into all of those nooks and crannies to fully cover the bright gold paint.
 
 
  After roughly 2 coats of French Linen, there was no sign of the original shiny gold finish.
 
 
I let the paint dry overnight before applying a wash in Old White.  Normally I wouldn't wait this long, but I wanted to be absolutely sure that I didn't reveal any gold during the wash or wax process.  I have a tendency to be a little aggressive with my buffing, and sometimes buff away the paint in spots on a shiny surface.  I am learning to be more gentle, but in this case allowing the paint to dry overnight seemed to do the trick!
 
 
I love how the Old White wash brought out the amazing imagery here as there are so many interesting things going on with this piece.  It was hard to fully appreciate the details when it was painted a solid color.
 
 
I brought the column outside this afternoon to take advantage of the beautiful, soft overcast lighting and to photograph my lovely pink magnolia tree.  Because I did wax this piece with Annie Sloan's soft, clear wax, it isn't suitable to be left outside.  Anything painted with Chalk Paint® intended for outdoor use, should never be waxed as the wax doesn't hold up well to the elements.
 
 
These blooms are so wonderfully fragrant!  I had forgotten just how lovely their scent was until I brought a branch inside to enjoy.  It filled the whole kitchen with it's heavenly fragrance!  I wish this tree would bloom all year long!
 
Thank you so much for your sweet visit!
 
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda
 
 
  
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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Antique Radio Cabinets - Restyled and Repurposed

 
When fortunate enough to find them for a good price, I don't hesitate to pick up an antique radio cabinet.  I especially love the ones with pretty curves and details.  The person I purchased this one from had already cut the cupboard doors and created shelves inside, so all it really needed was paint! 
 
 
I finished it up and took it to the shop on Thursday night only to hear the next morning that it had sold!  I later learned that it was a friend of mine who bought it!  That's always fun to hear!  Thanks for the sale, Diane!  I hope you find the perfect spot in your home for this sweet cabinet!
 
 
To create the pale blue for this piece, I mixed approximately 3 parts Old White to 1 part Louis Blue Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan.  The accents were painted in Old White and the entire piece was finished in clear and dark wax after some light distressing.
 
 
These cabinets are great for holding stereo equipment, dvd players and all of those entertainment components!  This very cabinet was on loan to our play room for this type of storage up until last week when I reclaimed it to paint and sell!
 
 
Now, the cabinet I painted over 3 years ago for our family room will be moved upstairs to the playroom.
 
 
I shared this cabinet here in 2011.  It has worked out great in our family room.  Last week my husband mentioned that he'd like to have something a little larger to house more equipment.  I always jump on an opportunity to buy and paint something new for our home!  It just so happened I knew where to get the perfect cabinet for our family room!
 
 
This beauty, an old music cabinet is now awaiting it's Chalk Paint® destiny!  I hope to get to it in the next week or two!  So, be sure to stay tuned!
 
 
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Thank you so much for your sweet visit!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda
 
 
 
 
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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Made Pretty with Chalk Paint® - My Updated Portfolio

 
 
 
Hello friends!  I hope your week is going well!  I just spent some time updating my 
Chalk Paint® Makeover Portfolio.   I hadn't realized how far behind I was in posting to this page until I sat down to add projects to it.  There are over 80 projects posted here, all Chalk Paint® makeovers!
 
Besides being up-to-date, this page now has a link beneath each photo that will take you directly to the blog post where the colors and techniques that I used are described.
 
I often receive emails asking what paint colors I had used on a piece of furniture that was seen on the Portfolio Page, so I hope that the corresponding links will prove useful for readers.
 
Thank you for your visit today!  I hope you will be back next week as I plan to have some more projects to share with you!  I am on my way to the garage at this moment, waxing brush in hand...ready to finish up a few pieces I've had waiting in the wings!
 
Have a lovely weekend!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda
 
 
 


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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Scalloped Cottage Cream Dresser Details

 
Last month, I replaced my husband's little old dresser of 12 years with a bigger, more masculine piece, painted with love and even monogrammed just for him!  You can see his new dresser here.  The old dresser had a makeover this week and made it's way to my shop space at Camas Antiques!
 
 
Annie Sloan's butter yellow color called, "Cream" lends itself to the cottage style so well.  It seemed the perfect color for this vintage dresser destined for a cozy cottage one day soon.
 
 
The hand painted scalloped design in Old White adds just the right amount of subtle detail to the drawers.  Painting scallops is easier than you might think.  I shared my method in a blog post last year.  You can find it here
 
 
Rather than do any distressing on this piece, I kept my brush strokes uneven and laid the paint on thickly.  After a coat of clear wax, I worked some dark wax into my brush strokes to accentuate them and give the finish an aged appearance.  I typically go this route when painting over something that was previously painted in a color that I don't want to show through my new finish.  It works as an alternative to a sanded back, distressed look.

 
I hope this sweet little dresser reaches it's cottage destination one day soon.  I think it would be lovely in a cozy bedroom, nursery, or even a vintage inspired bathroom.  Dressers are so versatile.
 
Thank you for your visit today!
Have a lovely week!
 
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda
 
 

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