Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Finds of the Week #30

I found some great treasures this past week picking through the thrift stores, Flea Market, and yard sales.  

This gorgeous little French seat is my favorite  find of the week.
I am trying to decide on what color to re-uhpolster it in-any ideas?

Large Aqua Platter

Not sure what these are, but I am going to make them into lamps

French Bistro Chair-needs some TLC

The lady I got these 3 chairs from said they were from France

Old wooden Vent 

Old Dresser

French Provincial Dresser/buffet

Gorgeous headboard that needs some serious help and care

Can't wait to go hunt for more treasures! 

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

My Take on a Frenchy Chest

I have a client who wanted me to "DDize" her chest.  I have done other painting jobs for her, so she let me do my thing. 
She had the chest in her shop for about 9 months without any interest so she knew it was time for a change.

First I sanded down the top and sealed it with AS dark wax and hemp oil ( it was pretty shiny and scratched up).  

I decided that the chest had a French feel, so I mixed up a very light aqua chalk paint and got to painting.  I wanted to highlight the details and I did this by dipping my finger in gilding wax and rubbing it on the raised detailed edges.  The next step was to seal the dresser and deepen the aqua a bit by brushing on hemp oil/dark wax.  As I was rubbing off the excess oil/wax mixture I also rubbed the gold off and I wanted this to happen for a more aged patina. 

 My client was very pleased and she took it right to her shop! 

Gilding wax

I love how the wax ages the piece

Gorgeous legs

I love the side detail 

Natural Wood Top 

This is my take on "French-i-fing" a chest! 

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Grey Antique Dresser and how to tint your wax

Last week I found this gorgeous, but very damaged dresser at the Flea Market and brought it home. 
I also bought some new chalk paint from a very cute couple who had just started their line of chalky paints:  Urban Rooster (theurbanrooster).  I usually y mix up my own chalk paints, but decided to give this paint a try.  I painted this dresser in Smokey Ash and I really like the grey color and the consistency of the paint.  I will be buying more!  
Dresser top before
I wanted the top of the dresser to be natural, so I sanded it down and sealed it with dark wax and hemp oil.  

I have been wanting to try a tinted wax for awhile and this dresser had gorgeous details that I knew would pop with some white wax.   First  I took a few spoonfuls of AS clear wax out of the tin with a plastic spoon and added it to an empty yogurt container.  I then added about 1-2  spoonfuls of white paint to the wax and stirred it up. 

After painting the dresser with 2 coats of Smokey Ash I started to wax the dresser.  I dipped my brush in the white wax and "painted" it on the dresser and wiped off/rubbed in the wax.  I love how it stayed in the grooves of the wood details and gave the dresser a weathered/worn look.  
Here you can see how much the white wax changes the color of the paint
For the details around the drawers I handprinted them with some white chalk paint.  

Love the worn and weathered look of the white wax and the gold hardware

Gorgeous pull

Beautiful wood top and dried roses

Stunning legs! 

Love how the white wax looks here

I love the new chalk paint and using the tinted wax! 

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