Thursday, May 29, 2014

Grandma's Tables Upcycled

painted ethan allen furniture

These beautiful end tables were dropped off to me by a client several weeks ago. They belonged to her late grandmother who she spoke very fondly of and remembered her always loving the way she decorated. She wanted to pay homage to her by having these tables in her home, but their current finish wasn't meshing well with the rest of her decor. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Video Tutorial #5 - Dark Wax


Today is the final installment of my Chalk Paint vlog series, and we are talking about dark wax. For those of you who haven't worked with it before, this stuff is amazing. It gives your piece a antique look in no time. If you love that lived in, shabby look, you will love dark wax.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Cottage Inspired Dining Hutch - Before & After

I know I owe you one more video tutorial on dark wax to complete our dresser makeover we have been working on for a couple of weeks now, but I have lots of other things I have been painting that I have been dying to share with you. So today, I am excited to reveal my cottage inspired dining hutch.



paris grey kitchen hutch

Monday, May 19, 2014

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Video Tutorial #4 - Clear Wax


Here is the next installment in my Chalk Paint video tutorial series, clear wax. This is the trickiest step in my opinion. There is a learning curve with the waxing process, but I love the finish it creates. It is a lot prettier than a poly which can make your furniture look plastic coated.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Video Tutorial #3 - Distressing

chalk paint video tutorial
In today's video, I am talking all about distressing. This step is one of my favorites, so much so I named my blog after it. Distressing really brings out the character of a piece. Instead of looking like something that was sprayed or dipped with some paint, it gives it depth and texture. Check out my tips on how to make your piece pretty distressed. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Video Tutorial #2 - 2nd Coat of Paint


In today's video, I am showing you how to paint your second coat of paint when refinishing a piece with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®. It was a really windy day, so I hope you can hear me.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Video Tutorial #1 - Prepping and 1st Coat


Over the next couple of weeks, I am going to share several videos that will document the refinishing process I use for furniture from start to finish. Today, I will cover prepping a piece along with painting the first coat.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Taking a Break...


My husband's brother got married this weekend, and it was one of the best nights ever. We danced the night away and are still trying to catch up on sleep from a long week. It is so refreshing to take a break every now and then. Stepping back and taking the time to enjoy life gives me a fresh perspective and burst of energy once I am ready to tackle a new project.

I will be breaking out my paint brushes this week. I have two pieces I am trying to finish up for our neighborhood garage sale and two possible jobs in the works for clients. Spring is in the air, and I am ready to create! Reveals coming soon.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Making of a Makeover

In my last post, I revealed my recent sideboard upcycle. There were simply too many details to share with you in one post, so today, I am going to give you the nitty gritty on this makeover. 

This piece arrived via a client and is something that I typically wouldn't gravitate toward refinishing on my own. The client didn't really have a vision of how she wanted it to look and gave me free reign to let my creative juices flow.

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