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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Spellbound Dresser


While my daughter was at karate I popped into the local thrift store near by and found this ugly, but beautiful dresser!  

Before:



High Gloss

The dresser was old and had great bones (beautiful part), but the paint on it was very high gloss and an ugly brown/orange.  I of course loved it and bought it right away.  

My first thought was to strip the top down to natural wood and so I got out my paint stripping goo and started working. 

A


         BC


A) First layer of stripper                                
 B) Second layer of stripper ( you can see the next layer of paint)                   
C) Third layer of stripper  (layers of brown, yellow,green, tan paint)


Gooey scraped paint


After getting the paint off the top, I did a light sand and then sealed/stained the wood with AS dark wax.  I didn't want it to look perfect and so I left bits of paint so it would have character.  



I first painted a quick coat of white chalk paint on the dresser (it acts like a primer and I wanted hints of white to show through with distressing). I mixed up Spellbound by Benjamin Moore into chalk paint and painted away.  I hand painted the details in white and then distressed.  I like to distress with a scraper and get the chippy look on the edges.  To seal the dresser I used dark wax and hemp oil.   
I love that the original colors show through with the distressing

The dark wax aged the white 

Pretty knobs

Gorgeous legs


Detail on the back piece 


I love the dark wood-it was worth the work! 



I like seeing the paint in the wood-character!

I have to admit that this is one of my favorite pieces and I wish I could keep it! 

Monday, October 27, 2014

My Visit and Purchase at Atelier De Campagne

My rusty crusty purchase! 

As you know I love  Atelier De Campagne and visiting them is a treat.  They had a small event with a few other venders at their business this weekend and I went with a friend.  





Everything is so beautiful and peaceful.



 Everything comes over in containers from Europe and when the new containers come with treasures it's stunning! 

I wish I could buy so many things! 


I so love the chippiness! 




Lovely old horse






This is one of my favorite pieces! 









I bought this rusty, crusty, chippy metal candle holder and love it! 



Swoon