Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Holiday Chifferobe ~ Chalk Paint Rehab

Good Morning!

It's been a long time since I have posted and I apologize for that!

I have been so busy catching up on all of my furniture finds and here is my latest piece!

I love rehabbing chifferobes!  I think they are one of my favorite pieces of furniture to do.  A little more time consuming but there are so many things a chifferobe can be used for!

This piece was a multi tone wood color before I started.

I always look for pieces that are structurally sound because I don't have the time to repair furniture.

I used a multi-step process on this one.  I also paint the entire piece including the inside with this technique!

I use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

Step One & Step Two:

Base Coat & Second Coat French Linen 

I like my pieces to have a gray undertone so 2 coats are needed.

Step Three:

Paint Over French Linen With Old White

When I paint on the Old White I paint using a dryer brush, allowing the base coat of the French Linen to show thru.  I also paint randomly, crisscrossing, as I go, almost painting an 'x" formation the entire time.  This actually gives a lot of depth to the piece.

Step Four:

When the Old White has completely dry, I wet sand!  I use a wash cloth and a sponge with a rougher side instead of sand paper.  I want the grey to be my under coat that shows through, not the wood itself, and sand paper is too harsh for this technique.

Wet Sand all of the edges in places that would show wear over the years.

Step Five:

Age With Cocoa!

I Love the color Cocoa!  This is a great color I use to age the piece.  Take a small stiff bristled craft brush and dip into the Cocoa paint.  Wipe off most of the paint onto a paper towel leaving the brush more dry than wet.  Paint the Cocoa onto the edges of the of the piece, corners of the doors, around the knobs, basically any place that will show wear and tear.  Then wipe over a bit with a wet cloth.  I use a rag off technique where I just push the wet cloth onto the Cocoa paint area and lift off removing most of the paint, but allowing some old brown to be there.  Am I making sense?  If not...please email me I will walk you through it!

Step Six:

Seal With Clear Wax!

Then you are done!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fall Pattern Sale

Happy Thursday!  

To end the summer I thought I would offer a wonderful savings to all who like to craft!

I have put together 8 of my Best Selling Fall Patterns for a HUGE Savings for you!

8 Digital Patterns for $10!

On Sale This Weekend For 90% Off!

Here's the link!

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

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French Provincial Dresser Annie Sloan Rehab!

Happy Saturday!  It's been a month since my last post!  The Summer is flying by!  Between long weekends at the beach, gardening and thrifting, it seems like there is never enough time to rehab furniture!  I have decided to get back into the swing of things and start refinishing again.

Here's my latest piece!  A gorgeous solid wood vintage French Provincial 12 drawer dresser refinished in Annie Sloan Old White with a lovely Kona stain for the top!

Original hardware was done in Rust-Oleum Forged Hammer Chestnut which seems to be my favorite spray color for knobs and pulls these days!

This piece is now for sale.  

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

10 Plants To Deter Deer

Creating A Garden That Deters Deer

Yesterday before work, I decided to admire my garden that I had worked on all weekend.  I was surprised to find 2 of my vintage pots completed turned over with all of the flowers on the ground that I had planted.  I looked around to find deer tracks all over the new soil, however I noticed nothing was eaten!  Why didn't they eat anything?  After a little research I found out I have planted everything deer do not like! 

Deer often steer clear of plants that are bitter, spiny, poisonous, fuzzy, coarse, or very aromatic. When designing your cottage garden there are so many plants you can use that fit this category!

Here are 10 fragrant and thorny plants that will look wonderful in your cottage garden and that deer will stay away from.

Climbing Pink Rose







Cat Mint



Black Eyed Susans

Bell Flower



Monday, May 19, 2014

Keep It Simple


Keep It Simple!

When decorating your room or staging a piece of furniture, try to keep it simple!

There's no need for extra frills.  Simple makes much more of a statement when decorating!

A small ironstone pitcher filled with fresh cut flowers not only looks pretty but adds a wonderful smell to any room!

Stacks of old books in contrasting colors to match your room's palette is always a winner!

Bring in some natural elements!   Try adding twig balls, pine cones, branches or seashells to your rooms decor!  Simple things make for a well staged room.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Rehab Cupboard!

Addicted To Rehabbing!

I just finished another cupboard!  I love collecting the 1920's - 1930's pieces!  This cupboard was originally a two tone piece that had a glass door with an ornate wood screen.  To update this piece I removed the door!  Yes, some of you may be cringing but the door distracted a bit from the items placed on the shelves.  Now it is a more versatile piece.

This one took most of the week because I did a 6 step color process on it.  

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

My base coat - French Linen
My second coat Old White
My third coat - Cocoa Wash
My fourth coat - Old White Dry Brush
My first coat - more fine tune distressing
My last coat - Clear wax to seal.

I loved how it turned out and now up for sale.  

Ready to start my next piece.....hmmmmmm another wardrobe coming up:)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Buffet Rehab

Happy Thursday!

Today I am going to share a few helpful tips for selling & "Rehabbing Furniture".

Each week, I'm constantly looking through Craigslist ads, antique stores, thrift stores and yard sales to find that perfect piece of furniture to "Rehab".

My client list is mounding up and I have become addicted to Furniture Rehabbing!

Here's some steps to start "Rehabbing" and selling furniture.  I use only Annie Sloan chalkpaint, but there are other paints available.  

1) Find your Piece!

Look through Craigslist ads, Ebay, Yardsales and Thrift Shops.

Once you find your piece, make sure the piece is structurally sound and all drawers working properly.  Selling a piece of furniture that is falling apart is not good business and will not help your business expand.  

2) Fix anything that is possible wrong with the piece.  Veneer chipping?  Fill it in with wood putty and sand!  Missing or loose screws on door hinges?  Fix them!  

3) Wipe down the inside and outside of your piece with a damp cloth to remove dust prior to painting.

4) Choose Your Color Palette!    
Make sure it is something that would appeal to a large number of clients. 

5) To paint the top or not to paint? 

If it is real wood, I prefer not to paint.  If the top is veneer and cracking or chipped, than painting may be better for you.

The original buffet was stained a very outdated orange.  I stripped the top of the buffet completely down to the bare wood and stained the top a dark "Kona" color.  I choose this color often when refinishing furniture.  Then sealed with coat of Poly.

6) To Paint or Not To Paint The Hardware?

 I NEVER paint over the hardware.  I feel in most cases it cheapens the look of the piece of furniture.  Once removed, the hardware was cleaned, then repainted a Chestnut color by Rust-oleum.

Most of my pieces are a 4-5 step color process.  Yes, most of the time I use 3 colors, then dry brush with a color and seal.  It takes more time but in the end it is so worth it.  The multiple layers of colors truly reveal the beauty of the Annie Sloan paint.  

7) To paint, or not to paint the inside of the the drawers....hmmmmmm that seems to be the question!  I do both!

If the inside of the drawer is scratched up and you are wanting to resell your piece, I would suggest taking the time to paint the inside of the drawer.  If the wood is nice inside, then use your own judgement.  On this piece I did not paint the inside of the drawers, however I did paint the base of the cabinet only.  I wanted the true charm of the French Buffet to show through with the knotty wood that's why I chose not to on this piece:)

8) Staging your piece to sell!

Pictures say a thousand words!  Take the time to stage your piece!  No matter how nice the piece is, a bad picture won't help sell that piece!  An simple ironstone pitcher with flowers is all you really need on top.  Try not to over clutter your piece when taking pictures.

9) Pricing The Piece!

For many of us Furniture Rehabbers, we need to put into account several factors!

The cost of the piece of furniture.

The time it takes to go get the piece of furniture and the gas we spend getting there!

The cost of our products needed to refinish each piece:

Stripping Materials
Sanding Blocks

And our course, our time!

You should factor all of this when pricing your piece.

In the end, when the piece is done, I am always satisfied and excited to get my next piece started!

This is how I have been rolling lately....and I'm having so much fun doing it!

Any questions?  Contact me!!!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

FREE Mother's Day Gift Idea Tutorial Butterfly Pot

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Small Clay Pot

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Vintage Buffet Before & After

Happy Sunday!

It's been a very busy week here rehabbing furniture for clients.  I have to say I am becoming quite addicted.  Here is another buffet that I just finished I wanted to share with you!

This piece was originally a dark mahogany in color.  I usually love keeping the top a wood finish, however this particular buffet had a lot of veneer damage so I decided to paint the top with my favorite Annie Sloan "French Linen" color.  

I wanted this piece to be more distressed than usual.

I first needed to fix the top.  This time I chose to use Auto Body filler instead of wood filler.  If you are going to paint a piece, the Auto Body putting is stronger and will not chip out like the wood putty does.

Here is a before shot.

As you can see below, there was quite a bit of veneer damage that needed to be fixed.

A little bit of filling in with Auto Body Putty, than once dry sanding a bit with my palm sander and I was ready to start painting!

My Technique:

Base Coat French Linen 
Entire piece inside and out

Second Coat (1 Part Old White/1 Part Pure White)
Using short brush strokes.

Third Coat - Cocoa Wash Over Entire Outside Piece.

Fourth Coat - Lightly Dry Brush Over Outside Piece With 1 Part Old White/1 Part Pure White)

Top of Buffet:

After you have painted the entire piece with the above technique, repaint the top only with French Linen.

Wet Distress Edges Using A Wet Sponge With A Scrubber On One Side.

I prefer to distress using the "Wet" method instead of using sand paper.  You can see more of the colors using the wet sponge, by just rubbing the wet sponge until the next color starts to show through,  instead of using sand paper where you go directly to the wood.

This seems like a lot of steps, but once I figured out the look I wanted, my next piece went pretty fast.

For the hardware, I chose Rust-Oleum Hammered Chestnut.  I love using this color for most of my pieces.

Until the next project!  Have a great week!