somebody’s been playing in the paint…

There is a color out there in design magazines and stores that keeps catching my eye.  It’s not blue, it’s not green…It’s kinda teal.  But seriously, who says the word “teal” anymore? 🙂 I’m sure there is some fancy new name for it in the Pantone color world, I don’t know what it is…but I know I love it!

I’ve said it before, I love chalk paint. My experience with milk paint was definitely a good one, but I won’t ever give up working with chalk paint.  Chalk paint just isn’t a paint, it’s a medium meant to play with, mix colors, water down, thicken up, wax on, sand off, and layer some more. Sometime the hardest part is knowing when to quit.

But back to that beautiful color….

I played around with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Florence and Graphite and came up with this….

florence graphite paint

I’ve identified the perfectt victim in my project stash, and will be posting a great makeover post soon!

meet Frenchie

Here she finally is…that sweet little antique halltree/bench I’ve fondly named Frenchie.  Again, I changed my mind several times on how I wanted to paint her…but ultimately, I knew I needed to play up her feminine details to show her off properly. And even with all the trouble,  I have to say the new hardware was totally worth it.

Unfortunately, we are experiencing a particularly grey day here in the Pacific Northwest (shocking, I know)…so I was working with very little natural light trying to capture some decent photos.

Here is a full shot:  (If you need a reminder of what Frenchie looked like “before” you can see her here.)     Continue reading

second guessing…and why I need to stop!

Do you ever come across something in a store, pick it up and think “this would be perfect for….”  then set it back down for no good reason and walk away?  I do this ALL THE TIME – and seriously, it drives me nuts.

I don’t know why I do it, sure sometimes I don’t want to spend the money, or I second guess myself and think I should keep looking or it couldn’t possibly be this easy.  But that poor decision bites me in the butt nearly every time!

Well… I just did it again.

I was up in Lynden last weekend (both boys had a basketball tournament in Bellingham) and stopped in Grandiflora (one of my favorite stores) to pick up some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  I came across some adorable cast iron hooks, picked them up and thought “these would look really cute on that antique hall tree”….set them down, and WALKED AWAY.

Stupid.

After driving around most of the afternoon on Wednesday looking for just the right hardware…I came home with not one, not two…but THREE failed attempts. None of them were as perfect as those cute ones from Grandiflora!

Fortunately, I know some good folks up in Lynden that don’t mind helping me out (thanks, Mom).   So those cute little hooks arrived in the mail yesterday and guess what…they ARE PERFECT!

Frenchie Hooks

Frenchie is one step closer to completion.  However, if I wouldn’t have second guessed myself those hooks would be on and she’d be done by now!  🙂

I’ll post the “new” and improved Frenchie on Monday.  Have a great weekend!

hardware hunting

I came home from bootcamp this morning to a message that my hair appointment was cancelled. Bummer…right now it really is me more than my stack of furniture projects that needs the makeover. But on the bright side, now I have some extra time I didn’t plan on… so I’m off to find some replacement hardware for the antique hall tree I’m working on.

Here is a reminder of what it looked like before…

hall tree before

I have changed my mind several times about how I wanted to paint this one. At one point I was sure I wanted to do something really bright and whimsical, but ultimately decided with all of the ornate details on this piece, it would look best with a french inspired look. I’ve even named her Frenchie somewhere in the process. Frenchie is a great piece, but this girl has some ugly hardware. Brassy gold with white knobs.  They looked bad before, but with her new paint job coming together, those clunky, brassy things need to go.

Here is a sneak peek at her in process:

Frenchie closeup

So instead of me getting a new look today, I’m on a mission to find the finishing touch for Frenchie. Hopefully, at least one of will be lookin’ good soon!  🙂

milk paint table reveal

Here it is!  My first milk paint project!

Again, here is the picture of the table “before”

end table before

And here it is “after”

MMS table

Isn’t the “chippy” finish cool? I have to admit I wasn’t sure what was going to happen once the paint started to bubble and peel, but I really like the finished product. I couldn’t achieve this type of look distressing by hand. Once the paint had time to dry, I used a putty knife to gently scrape the flaking paint off. There was a lot of it!   Continue reading

milk paint sneak peek

If you follow my blog, you may remember during one of my fun friday finds I visited Nest Home and Gifts, a lovely local shop in Mill Creek (Also happens to be the shop where I consign some of my work).  During that visit, I purchased a great new product they just started carrying called Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint. Milk paint has been around forever, but Miss Mustard Seed is quite famous in the blog world and just recently launched this new paint line. This blogger turned entrepreneur has been such an inspiration to me over the past couple of years, and I’ve learned so much about painting furniture by following her blog.  So when her milk paint line came to the Nest….I knew I had to try it.

FF Nest milkpaint box

I use chalk paint in nearly all of my projects. I like the consistency of the paint, the ease of not having to use a primer, and most importantly the ability chalk paint gives me to “work” the paint to get the distressed, layered look I love. So I was a little hesitant to try something new… Continue reading

hello friend…

A great friend of mine just moved into a fantastic new house.  And if you’ve ever moved or remodeled, you know there are always those boxes full of “stuff” after all the unpacking that just doesn’t make the cut.  Sure it was fine in your old house, but now that everything is exciting and new, well…it just doesn’t work. In fact, why did you ever buy that hideous porcelain cat figurine in the first place?  No worries, just congratulate yourself on your new and improved taste and start the search for that perfect something new. However, if you just bought a house or remodeled,  you most likely just spent an unthinkable about of cash and you have a long list of big-ticket items you still have your hopes on.  Spending extra money on new accessories may just have to wait.   So…this is the time to get thrifty creative.  Or in this case, you drop it by your crafty friend’s place, after all it was her “great” idea. Continue reading