The Studio on the Lake in Tennessee

The Studio on the Lake in Tennessee
The Studio on the Lake in Tennessee


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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Shabby Chic Vanity & Mirror Tutorial

Shabby Chic Dresser with Mirror

Here you see one of my "treasures" that I purchased in Georgia. This little guy had all the castors, and a large round mirror that I had taken off the vanity before this picture. I don't know if you can see the top, but I had sanded it down to the solid wood top. I did give it one coat of a darker walnut stain by minwax. After that, I finished the top with two coats of polyurethane, steel wooling in between and after coating. It turned out so pretty....

I then decided to give it a white, shabby chic, finish on the lower part and the frame of the mirror. There was a large flat area on the lower edge of the mirror frame. I felt it needed a little feminine touch and I shopped at www.doityourselfChic.com to get the perfect applique. They have very affordable resin based products that add a special, one of a kind trim to your projects. I chose #F2 which was a small floral embellishment. I then glued it to the spot on the frame, taped it down with painters tape and left it overnight to dry. The next morning, I stained the applique with the walnut stain, I had used on the top, as the appliques come in a "raw" wood tone. I took a taper candle and rubbed it over the areas on vanity and frame where I wanted the paint to come off easily when I distress sanded it. I chose Annie Sloan Soft White Chalk Paint and painted two coats on frame and bottom of vanity. I used this on the outside of the drawers, but painted the inside of the drawers with the Paris Grey color. After drawers dried, I papered them with a Jeanne D'Arc paper I have been hoarding. To freshen the really lovely hardware, I removed and gave them a light coating of Gilder's Paste in African Bronze. I then antiqued the entire piece with a gentle sanding to give it the appearance of being loved and used. I did not use the wax on the lower edge or the frame as it seemed that the finish was smooth. Knowing the top had the urethane, I knew that would be protected! What you see below is the final result. It is now in our booth at Antiques on Main in Gallatin, Tennessee where it will go to its new home. Once again, I was able to take an item that needed a little help, freshen it up, and hopefully give it a new path to loveliness. I urge you to find a piece and give it a try. You may surprise yourself, like I do.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Chateau Grey Milk Painted Dresser

Hope everyone is not getting tired of the "redos" of the furniture that I have worked on this summer.  Last week, I took on the challenge of a six drawer Drexel dresser marked Parisianne on the back.  It appeared to have gone thru a few lifestyle changes of her own.  I saw evidence of aqua blue, yellow, and ivory, along with a final coat of taupe grey with pale yellow trim.  The paint did not seem to be sticking very well.  I was right in my assumption that someone had attempted to paint latex over an oil base.  That is never a good option, and I was always told in classes to never put thin (water) over fat (oil) paints.  I did need to fill in some areas with wood putty.  When I went to sand them smooth, the outside latex paint started to peel.  I knew that I would have to strip all the loose paint, and make a smooth transition to the paint below.  The photo looks worse than the procedure, but it did add to the time element.  I emailed the Jennie Leigh Studio,www.jennieleighdesign.com, and they assured me that the chalk paint would be an excellent option for the previous finishes on the dresser. 

It helps to have staff that are willing for you to bounce ideas off of their heads!  (Or a cookie off of their noses!!)
The next step was to make sure the dresser was ready for the chalk paint with a good cleaning.  I then applied two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Chateau Grey.  Did I tell you this is my newest "favorite" color?  After allowing this paint to dry, I was able to lightly distress the edges back to some of the other colors that were on her.  Again, I cleaned with a tack cloth.  The next day I applied two coats of Annie Sloan clear wax.  I did not use the darker wax as I did not want the color of the paint to darken. 

 As you can see, I finished the inside of the drawers with a really pretty paper I found at Hobby Lobby in the gift wrap section.  This was printed on a craft paper stock and worked perfectly for the drawer lining. I used Locktite adhesive spray to fix the paper to the drawer bottom after fitting it to size. I think it is always fun to have a "surprise" inside when the drawers are opened! 

And here is the finished dresser, at Carol's Corner in Gainesboro Tennessee, ready to go to a new home!


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Economy Priced Chalk Paint!

Yep, You heard me right, affordable chalk paint.  Downside, it comes in a limited palette, black!  I apologize Annie Sloan and CeCe Caldwell, but I was in the middle of a "hurry up" project and reached for what I had on my supply shelf.  I knew I had a can of Valspar Chalkboard paint that I had used for another project, and I remembered the finish to have a soft sheen to it..... so...... brush in hand I attacked my $7.00 auction table.  I thought, "what the heck", it can't be all that bad, and I sure don't have a lot of money tied up in this piece of furniture.  The fact that this was going to be used on our screened in porch justified my decision.  You know how sometimes, things just fall into place....Well, that is exactly what happened here. 

You can see this little table had some really great details, perfect for family meals on our porch.  I sanded the top as this had been in the barn for some time, and it looked like engines had been changed on it!  I gave it two coats of Warm Pecan stain by Minwax, followed by two coats of Minwax Polyurethane with a day in between staining and sealing.  I did sand with a triple 000 steel wool between and after the coats of poly.  Two coats of the chalk board paint applied to the apron and the legs, and she was ready for her new home!  Nicest compliment I had was from a friend who saw it in person, and declared it to be as nice as a piece from the Pottery Barn! Thanks Laura!
Still want to try some of the recipes for some of the chalk paint on the Internet, and I will still use my "expensive" chalk paint, but for black, this is what I will be using.  Give it a try, you will be glad you did!

Partying this week at Make It Pretty Monday and
Wow us Wednesdays,http://www.savvysouthernstyle.blogspot.com/
Show & Share at Southern Lovely, http://www.southernlovely.com/
Petites Passion at Passion Parade Soiree,http://myricandreasen.blogspot.com/
Redoux  Linky Party #71 and Mes Preferes,http://www.redouxinteriors.com/2012/09/link-party-71-and-mes-preferes/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Redoux+%28Redoux%29
The Shabby Nest, http://shabbynest.blogspot.com/2012/09/frugal-friday.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheShabbyNest+%28The+Shabby+Nest%29
Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Friday, http://missmustardseed.com