Monday, August 24, 2015

Follow Me to the Faire!



With just a few more days left to prepare for the Downtown Camas Vintage & Art Street Faire, I am getting butterflies in my stomach, hoping I can pull it all together!  This will be a brief post as I have designated this day for project wrap-up...and there is lots to do!

I took this photo of my daughter yesterday in an old rusty wagon that was previously red and now Antoinette pink!  The wagon is one item finished and ready for the Faire!  And here's a little tidbit for you if you're now thinking you might paint a wagon with Chalk Paint®!  It's hard to tell in the photo but I wanted a "dirty pink" so I used lots of dark wax over the Antoinette.  Now, we all know that wax is not recommended for outdoor use and I wanted this wagon to be usable outdoors, so after giving the wax a couple of days to cure, I sealed the wagon with Artisan Enhancements exterior grade Clear Topcoat Sealer.  Yes, Clear Topcoat Sealer can be used over wax!  In fact, it can also be used under wax.

Okay, back to the Faire...
I love being a part of this fun event!  


Here is a peak at some fun smalls I will have with me at the Faire.  I've been busy embellishing felted pumpkins!  So much fun!  And the concrete cherub is so precious!


I shared a little bit about the history of these wooden drawers on Facebook last week and though they will not be for sale, they will hold lots of little treasures that will certainly be available!  The drawers were built by my husband's grandfather and he made them out of the shipping crates that carried his and grandmother's belongings out west in the 40's when they moved to Camas from Tennessee!


I have quite a collection of beautiful mismatched plates to bring to the Faire as well.  Though these did not belong to my grandmother, this photo was inspired by her.  

On a recent visit with my grandma, she shared with me that as a young mom she could not afford a set of china. Determined to have pretty dishes to use, she collected mismatched china plates from garage sales and thrift stores. My mom chimed in to say how much fun setting the table was when she was a little girl. She loved choosing which unique and beautiful plate she would use. My grandma embraced shabby chic before it was trendy!

Thank you for your kind visit today!  If you live in my neck of the woods, I hope you'll stop by on Saturday and say hello!  Now, wish me luck wrapping up all of those projects today!  
Hopefully I will have more to share later in the week!

Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda



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Thursday, July 2, 2015

"LOVE"ly Hand Painted Wall Display


Just a quick post today to share a wall display I finished up yesterday for my shop display!


I am loving the new Vintage Alphabet Stencil set from Artisan Enhancements!  If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you have probably already gotten a glimpse or two of these stencils in use!


Aren't these gold arrow drawer pulls fun?  I'd love to find a cabinet to use them on!


This sign is now up in my booth at Camas Antiques, sweetly displaying a few darling little vintage tops!


Many more treasures were just recently added to my booth!  Fun fun!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda




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Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Beautiful Dressing Table...For the Broadway Starlet

 
 
I love love love the pretty details on this beautiful vintage vanity and thought long and hard about how I might accent them in a unique way. 
 
 
 I knew I wanted to brighten up the overall look with a lighter paint color and after much consideration eventually decided on Old Ochre Chalk Paint®.
 
 
I had a small jar of a pretty blue Chalk Paint® color that I had mixed up long ago that turned out to be just the accent color I had in mind for the carved details.  Unfortunately the jar wasn't labeled, so I can't be certain but I think the mix was Aubusson Blue, Old White and Paris Grey. 
 
 
I used a small brush to quickly paint the blue over the details and into the carvings, then immediately wiped it back with a baby wipe, exposing the Old Ochre on the raised edges.  By applying a little more pressure with the baby wipe I was able to lightly distress the carvings as well, exposing the original wood and bringing out the details even further. 
 
 
The distressed details on the leg carvings really added a whimsical element to the overall look, don't you think?
 
 
Always looking for an excuse to go fabric shopping, I painted a small sample board in Old Ochre and added some splotches of my custom mixed blue and set off to the fabric store for bench upholstery.
 
 
This unique and interesting fabric was nothing like what I had imagined for the vanity bench but when I saw it I just knew it was right!  I think it has a real 1920's abstract Parisian boudoir feel to it which totally suits the style and era of the vanity. 
 
 
The hardware was lovely and complete, so no replacement or alterations were needed.
 
Once painted and distressed, I sealed everything with Annie Sloan's clear wax and took this beauty out into the backyard for a photo shoot!
 
 
Unfortunately I don't know the history on this beautiful piece of furniture, but I love to dream up stories, so... 
 
Let's just imagine this pretty vanity backstage on Broadway in the dressing room of a young starlet, where she sits at the end of opening night, surrounded by piles of pink roses... The very dressing table where generations of stage actresses before her had stopped to quickly reapply lipstick between scenes, practice a line or two in front of the mirror, or just sit down for a moment to enjoy the reality that their utmost dreams were coming true.
 
Thank you so much for your sweet visit today!
 
 
Find me on Instagram at onegirlinpink for more photos from this shoot as well as many others!
 
 
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda
 


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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Booth Display Update, Roses and Projects!


I have so enjoyed my roses this spring and can hardly believe it's almost time to trim them back!  I am always a little sad to do so, but it helps to know I will have more to look forward to in just a few weeks, and the hydrangeas should be in full bloom any day now!  Everything has been a little on the early side this year!  I am not complaining!


At least once a week I have been taking bouquets into my booth at Camas Antiques.  


Not only do I feel they add something special to my display, but they seem to sell too!


I also recently added more cute little vintage baby dresses to my space and created this painted sign with hooks to display them on.


The little piano just sold!  I am so happy that it's found a new home!


I will soon have a few more beautiful slips to add to my pink wardrobe!  This has been such a fun addition to my business!


Here we have a little cast-off nightstand updated with Versailles Chalk Paint®.  The drawer was stenciled with Artisan Enhancements Floral Scroll and a new glass knob was added in place of the old brass handle.


This unusual little side table was painted in Old Ochre.  I used Artisan Enhancements Transfer Gel to adhere the pretty Paris papers and sealed the whole piece with Clear Topcoat Sealer.

Both of these tables are new to my booth as of yesterday!

Thank you for your sweet visit today!

Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda





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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Le Petit Piano: A French Style Makeover for a Tiny Piano


A few weeks ago I walked out of Portland's largest garage sale with a piano under each arm.   Of course, these pianos were quite small, tiny really.  I imagine they were designed for a baby just barely walking, at the most two years old.   I have seen tiny pianos such as these on occasion at antique stores and just imagined how cute they would be painted.  Well, here was my chance.


I will admit that it was more of an undertaking than I had imagined.  In order to properly paint this piano, it had to first be disassembled.  I cautiously removed the top panel and was immediately glad that I had not decided to attempt painting without first taking the piano apart.  It was pretty dirty inside, in fact each key needed to be cleaned individually.  Talk about tedious work!  I will think long and hard before attempting a full sized piano cleaning/painting after working on this tiny instrument.


The chair I had found separately but it was the perfect size and therefore paired up and painted to match.


  Both piano and chair were painted in Old White and lightly distressed with fine grit sandpaper.


Right from the start I knew I wanted to do something with vintage sheet music on the front of this piece.  It wasn't until I had finished painting that I discovered in my stash of ephemera this antique French piece titled "Le Petit Piano."  A friend had given me not one but two of these sheets some time ago!  Are you thinking what I'm thinking?  
Two tiny pianos and two Le Petit Piano music sheets?  
Suddenly I needed to know how to say"meant to be" in French!  I googled it...  "destiné à être!"
I used Artisan Enhancements Image Transfer Gel as a decoupage medium to adhere the paper to the front panel of the piano.  Did you know that Transfer Gel also works as decoupage?  It does!  And, you can paint a layer of it over top your adhered image and it will serve as your sealer as well.


Once I was finished with my decoupage and it had dried completely, I finished off the entire piano and chair with Annie Sloan's clear wax along with a bit of dark wax in a few specific areas such as around the decoupaged graphic and in some of the corners where dirt might have collected were the pieces naturally aged.


Do you like my little vintage millinery doves?  I brought home a whole flock of them from an antiquing trip with my mom a few months ago.  They have been waiting to make their way into a photo shoot.


Can you spot Le Petit Piano up there on the table in my booth?  It's difficult with all of that merchandise crowding the display!  


Something else that is somewhat hidden in that display is this great antique oak pedestal table on wheels, also painted in Old White!  I think it is quite lovely, and although it is for sale I don't mind telling you that I secretly hope it sticks around for a little while at least because it sure is handy to have in my booth!

Hopefully this Mother's Day weekend will be a busy one at Camas Antiques!  All of my dealer friends have been filling their booths with new treasures in preparation of the holiday weekend and the Mother's Day sale on Saturday!  If you live in our area, be sure to visit our Event page on Facebook for more details and do come to downtown Camas for the festivities on Saturday, May 9th!


Thank you for your sweet visit!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda



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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sweet Petite Vanity



I've said it before and I'll say it again, I adore vintage vanities.  Everything about them just exudes vintage glamour and romance!  I discovered this very petite piece buried under boxes in a woman's garage where I was picking up another piece of furniture a couple of weeks ago.  I asked her if it was something she was planning to sell, to which she replied yes!  Lucky me!


To the body of the piece I simply applied two coats of a custom mix of 1 part Old White to 1 part Paris Grey.


The beautiful appliques which were all but lost in the original dark wood finish were painted out with a small brush in Old White, Antoinette, Louis Blue and Versailles.  Now they take center stage against the soft, neutral grey background.


After some light distressing with a fine grit sanding sponge, the entire piece was waxed first with Annie Sloan's Clear Wax, followed by a bit of Dark Wax here and there.


I used my waxing brush to get the Dark Wax into the crevices of the appliques to really make them look as though they were painted a century ago and left to weather and collect dirt!


This petite vanity now sits sweetly in my booth at Camas Antiques, waiting patiently for someone to take it home with them.

Thank you so much for your visit!

Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda



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Friday, April 10, 2015

Create Charming Patina in Just a Few Easy Steps!


This outdated oak hutch from the 1990’s had the shape and structure of the sought after
primitive possum belly cabinets. What it lacked was the charming patina that is often found
on those older pieces, the ones pulled out of century old farmhouse kitchens. Recreating that
chippy, crackled paint finish couldn't be easier with Artisan Enhancement’s Crackle Tex.
Here’s how…


Crackle Tex is a one step crackle process that not only creates a great crackle effect but can
also be lifted off or chipped away to offer a truly authentic looking aged finish.
Remember that when applied, it will crackle to show the finish underneath, so you have the
option of painting a base coat that will show through your cracks or apply it directly onto an
original wood finish as was done on this cabinet. After a simple cleaning with a damp, soapy
rag, a generous coat of Crackle Tex was applied all over the entire piece.


Once the Crackle Tex medium was dry to the touch, one coat of Duck Egg Blue was applied.
The paint reactivates the Crackle Tex quickly, so it is important to brush it on swiftly and not
overwork the surface. 

If you need to go back and touch up an area, wait until your paint has
completely dried before doing so. If you want more crackle in an area, touch up that area with
a bit of Crackle Tex first, allow it to dry and then paint just that section, using a light hand so
that it blends in with the rest of the surface.

This finish is especially forgiving in that it is meant to look imperfect and rustic, but it’s also
nice to have some control over where and when the imperfections occur.


Brushing your paint on in a direction perpendicular to the direction you brushed your Crackle
Tex in will give you a more dramatic, all over crackle as opposed to the linear effect achieved
by brushing both paint and Crackle Tex on in the same direction.


While your paint is drying and you are watching cracks begin to appear, take a damp sea
sponge and pull the paint off in spots where you want to see heavier distressing. You can
also come back and distress with sandpaper later on, but the “pull off” Crackle Tex method
could essentially save you that step altogether!


New, heavy iron hardware was purchased for this cabinet and painted in Old White, lightly
distressed and then sealed with Clear Topcoat Sealer.


The glass panels were replaced with chicken wire to add to the primitive look of the piece and
the interior was painted in Old White.

Clear Topcoat Sealer by Artisan Enhancements is a non-yellowing, natural soya based sealer
that dries clear with a matte sheen. It will occasionally take on a yellow or brown hue when
applied over white paints. If this happens, it is not the sealer, but a pigment in the wood grain
or stain that lifts up through the paint and bleeds through. There was no issue with bleed
through or staining on this oak cabinet. The Clear Topcoat Sealer did not change the pigment
of the Old White paint here at all. If you are working on an older piece, especially if you plan
to paint it white and are concerned about bleed through, seal it with Clear Topcoat Sealer
before you begin. This will save you from having to deal with any staining or bleed through later on.


As soon as the paint had dried, the entire cabinet was sealed with 2 thin coats of Clear
Topcoat Sealer. Working in sections, at least 24 hours of dry time was allowed between
coats. The sealer provides a beautiful matte finish that will insure that the cabinet’s new
chippy, crackled look will be water resistant and durable for many years to come.


Creating a new finish for a piece as large as this cabinet might seem overwhelming but with
the right products, it isn't as time consuming and difficult as you might think. With just 1 coat
of Crackle Tex, 1 coat of paint and 2 coats of Clear Topcoat Sealer, this outdated oak cabinet
was given a charming, aged patina reminiscent of an old country farmhouse kitchen!


Thank you so much for your visit!

Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda




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.







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