Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Mirror to Match the first one!

This wonderful client of mine has had me paint of few things for her.  It has always been a joy.  She brought me a new piece to paint. She wanted it to match the previous mirror I had painted for her.  You can see it here.  That mirror turned out just lovely.  This one will too, only one small difference.  
The first one started out a dark cherry/mahogany,  this one was Not


It started out a bit differently.  painted and distressed with a dark glaze.  It was never the dark cherry/mahogany that the first one was. Hmmmmm...  

As you can see... I was so ready to start the project I almost forgot to get any before shots.  As you can also tell I started by painting it black.  That was the somewhat easy part.  Although all those curls and openings did give me some trouble.  

The issue was how was I going to make it look distressed with the cherry/mahogany look showing through which is what the first one had.  

Nothing to show through here folks.  
Nothing here that was goint to show through as pretty.  
So I used my Rub n Buff.  3 different colors of it. 
I used Antique Gold, Spanish Copper, and Ruby.  

I smushed (yes that is a word) a bunch of all 3 onto a scrap of wood and mixed them together. 



Then using a small piece of an old sweatshirt, I dabbed it into the puddle of Rub and Buff and then dabbed some off, kind of like stenciling cause you  don't want too much on the cloth.  (you don't want it on your hand either cause it is an oily wax and won't come off with water). Then rubbed it onto the high spots of the mirror. 

When it dried I.......... wait for it.......you guessed it,  
I buffed them!!  


First Mirror 



Second Mirror


I could not get a decent picture of the whole mirror,  without getting some really odd things reflecting in the mirror (see the first mirror and my reflections).  Anyhow the edges are highlighted with a warm red/brown and mimic the first mirror pretty well.  

The client picked up the mirror and was very pleased.  

I must say SO was I!!

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Monday, September 19, 2011

By the Sea

Would you believe me if I said I found this by the Sea...?  No probably not.  I found this at another thrift store, and it was not PRETTY!  Ugly handles really dated the piece, BUT the top drawer was really nice even though it was, dare I say it plastic.....  Oh the inhumanity of it all!  How dare they.


The title is by the sea cause I painted it Annie Sloans Chalk Paint in Louie Blue.  It is such a pretty color.  It looks just like the ocean to me.  I used the ASCP in Old White to dry brush over the top of the blue then sanded it all down. Which made it SO smooth!  Its such a wonderful finish when sanded all over, its just like glass.   Here is the after.



I distressed the medallions on the top drawer and painted the little handles white.



The other drawers got some knobs from Hobby Lobby that were brass and I painted them white with the chalk paint.


 It looks like it washed up on the beach!


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Monday, September 12, 2011

The Charity Desk

I have this special place I like to go to find my "precious" items. It's called North Fulton Community Charities.

It's a great place to find things and their prices are not too bad.  I can usually find something there.  This time I found a desk.  It was really nice but needed to be painted. The top was a mess but not beyond repair.....


Here is the after. I painted it Graphite and Mr. Sensible sanded down the top.


Look at that top!!! Oh my its so pretty.  The desk is so Proud!!  Shes happy and for sale at Treasures Upscale Resale Consignment Store


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Two Toned dresser

Today we are looking at a two toned dresser I painted for my neighbor.  She has this cute nursery going on for her sweet little boy and needed some storage. 

She stopped in at Treasures Resale Consignment Store and we had this dresser in the back waiting to be painted coincidence? I think not.  It really had a lot of storage and it was a little bit higher which was good cause she was going to use it for a changing station.



I used the colors she had going on in the room.  She had painted the room a soft white with one wall having a little bit darker tan horizontal stripes.  That was the wall she was going to put the dresser on.  I used the next darker tan on the paint strip to paint the case part of the dresser.  The drawers I painted the soft white that matched the walls.  I left the handles the same.  


I think it turned out really nice.  It will grow with her little boy for quite awhile.
*  Here is a photo of the dresser all "dressed" in the little mans room. 

Have a great "Short" week!





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