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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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Heaven to my Eyes!

First, let me apologize to those of you who received a duplicate post.  For the last four days, I have had issues with my blogger and I had to re post and check for the problem. 

As you may remember, I am on a mission to finish items this year.  However,  I am also on a mission to find items to re purpose and up cycle.  This makes for a huge conflict in one's soul.  I did have a chance to go thru an estate near the Nashville area and score some amazing items.  I have started to list some of the smaller items in my Etsy store and on my website. 

The Blue Heron Studios on Etsy

I want to take this opportunity to thank my wonderful husband who definitely got into the spirit of the hunt and also went back with me driving a trailer to pick the items up on Saturday.  Since I have already brought home an SUV filled to the brim, it was more than appreciated.

Here is a photo of him with his treasures.....all fishing items.....I am sure he is thinking of future expeditions.....probably more on the lines of the lake!

He was very happy!
Now for the amazing part.  Here are shots of the inside of the trailer and the back of the truck on arrival.  For a girl like me, it just does not get any better.  Somewhere between, "How much" and "I'll Take It!" I lost sight of my goals to complete projects already in line.  Oh well......if I don't get thru this by the end of summer, I will sign up for a Hoarding episode.  I wonder what the director would say if I whipped out some milk or chalk paint as one of my options??  For those of you who love the hunt and the refurbishing of home related items.....here are the photos......
It's hard to see exactly what is in here, but I can tell you there is a complete dining room set from Davis Furniture for the 50's or 60's.
Here is a shot of one of the two hutches with that set.
I have to be honest and say with the wood marked "Appalachian Beech", I am conflicted as to painting or just letting her sell as she is with a little TLC!
What would you do???
Leave me a comment, I would love to hear!
On another issue,  I did finish a quilt top last week, so all good intentions were not abandoned!



Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Coffee Table Makeover

I almost forgot to take a photo of this little guy.  I was in a hurry last week to finish some projects to fill some empty spaces at our antique booths.  I know you have all seen similar tables at thrift stores, or garage sales and I want to share with you how I refreshened this piece to give it a new life.

I did a wax resist on the cleaned wood finish.  There were areas that were not perfect and some of the finish had worn off over the years.  I left those as is, as I thought distressing those ares could lead to a very aged look.  I used Versailles, one of my very favorite Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors and brushed it completely over the table.  Some areas I painted with a heavier coat than others, but basically one coat looked like it would do what I wanted.  I then enlarged a great graphic from The Graphics Fairy website. 
This is a very beautiful piece of typography with a lot of detail and flourishes.  I enlarged it, and transferred it to the table top.  It is approximately 2 feet by three feet at this point.  I then hand painted the entire graphic.  I used a very fine triple 0 liner brush and Lumiere paint in a pewter color.  I love this color as it is not as harsh as a black but dark enough.  It seems to go well with every color I like to use, and the consistency is ink like.  I do thin it a little as I paint, but try not to make it too watery.
After the paint dried overnight, I did go back and with a sanding block gave the edges and legs a  distressing.  I also went over the entire table top with more emphasis on sanding the edges. 
I then put a finishing coat of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Furniture Wax when gives it a soft sheen and a moisture resistant finish.  You can find the wax at www.theblueheronstudio.com.
The Finished Table
Close up of the Lettering!

Monday, February 4, 2013

2013.....Still Learning......

With the concept that a blog consists of one's thoughts and aspirations, I thought it appropriate to publicly announce my " Word of the Year."   I know it's late, being February and everything, but it has taken me the entire month of January to decide.  I tried different concept words out, but the one that kept popping up was "completion."  I am hoping that writing this blog and sharing my thoughts and projects with you my lovely readers, will keep me accountable for 2013.  It was important that I take the time to realize the perfect word.  Whether it is preparing a meal, thought, book or project, or whatever else, I want to take the entire process from action to a completed ending.  I feel that this will definitely help one's feeling of self worth and accomplishment.  I don't think that either of those side results can be a bad thing.....so......"completion"....it is. 

I realized as I worked on pulling the house out of the holiday frenzy, and the resulting chaos, that many things were good ideas, but perhaps never fully executed.  So....as January unfolded, I found that I was finishing things.  What a nice feeling.  Now it has given me the impetus to continue and the energy seems to be building on itself.  I have never been one to make resolutions, but I like the idea of a word to focus on and to hold onto for twelve month period.  It will be interesting to see what is accomplished in both my personal and professional life trying this new approach.  I realize that for many of you, this is nothing new, but I am excited.  In the last month, (January 2013) I reclaimed my small miniature scene that many of you viewed, finished a quilt, and with bad weather was still able to up cycle a large china cabinet.  I also made some heart projects and worked on my website to update it.

Today, I want to share with you the before and after photos of the china cabinet.  It is now proudly for sale at Carol's Corner in Gainesboro, Tennessee....  I started with a white cabinet in two pieces with no back.  When I brought this project home, my dear husband, was sure I had finally flipped, but now he is a big fan.  He even helped me with the back and the other hardware issues we were facing. 

And below is the finished piece.  I did paint it in ASCP in Paris Grey over the white base coat.  The backing, which is bead board and the inside of the drawers are Old Violet.  This blue violet color looks wonderful with flow blue china as well as ironstone.  I did distress the cabinet to give it a look of a prior life, and it is now a happy, refreshed piece for sale in my booth in Gainesboro, Tennessee.
So, now I will continue my projects and try to finish them one by one, or sometimes one by two or three?
Have you finished any projects you are proud of lately?  I would love to hear from you!