Sunday, October 26, 2014

Vintage Farmhouse Style Sewing Box (SOLD)

This is such a sweet and useful box. I purchased it from a barn sale and painted the exterior. The lid slides to open and close. It is a vintage wood sewing box, but it would also function beautifully on a kitchen counter as a "junk drawer" to keep small items handy.

Wood handle

Sliding lid
Track for lid

Wood interior

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Step-by-Step Part 1: Chalk Paint & Wax

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The color is deeper with wax. A light coat of dark wax adds further dimension.  You can enhance the effect even further by applying more dark wax. 

This post has step-by-step photos of the chalk paint and wax process used in my "Beehive Box" project that I featured earlier in October. (Click here to view the Beehive Box micro project post.) I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, however, there are instructions for making your own on the web. Mixing your own chalk paint can save you money but you might not achieve the same quality. You choose which is the best the option for you.

Working on a small piece is a great option if you are new to using chalk paint or just want to practice your technique.

I used Annie Sloan products for this part of the project:

  • Primer Red Chalk Paint
  • Soft Wax
  • Dark Wax

 1. Apply paint to cover the original finish. You don't need to remove the old paint. You can lightly sand the old finish if you want/need to (depends on what you're painting), but I did not pre-sand this piece. Apply a 1st coat of paint and after it dries, apply a 2nd coat or as many coats as it takes to cover the original. The number of coats will depend on how thick you apply the paint and whether you are putting a dark color on top of light, or vice versa.

If you want a smoother finish or want to distress the piece then you can sand it at this point. Some people apply soft wax and then sand. There are pros and cons to both ways. I chose not to sand this piece as I wanted the texture of brush strokes. You will notice the paint is VERY flat and "chalky" -- after all it is chalk paint! But you can transform the look and feel using wax.

Two coats of ASCP Primer Red
 2. Apply soft wax. You can use either a wax brush or a lint free rag to apply the wax. I have used both and frankly I much prefer to use a lint free rag. I feel it gives me more control. Dip the rag (or brush) into the can of wax and rub the wax onto the piece. I rub with the grain of the wood and in circles, but always finish with a final rub with the grain of the wood.

How much wax to use? Well if there are dry spots that don't get covered as you rub it in then you need to use a little more. If you use too much it will not lay flat. The goal is to achieve a VERY thin layer of wax over the entire area, not too much and not too little. The wax will "set" or harden after it cures, but if you use too much it never really hardens. If you apply to much while you are waxing simply wipe it off.
Soft wax applied
 Here is a close up of the pre- and post-wax. Can you see the subtle difference the soft wax makes? The difference in the feel is beautiful, too:

The waxed piece is the same color but deeper and slightly darker than the un-waxed version.

3. Apply Dark Wax.  I don't always use dark wax but chose it for this piece to give it a more aged look and to add dimension. The dark wax also gives the final finish a wonderful feel after it sets and hardens. Again, you can use either a brush or lint free rag to apply the dark wax.

I did not apply dark wax to the center where I will apply a graphic transfer.Can you see where I didn't apply the dark wax?

I will post Part 2 of the step-by-step photos showing the graphic transfer process soon.

The Beehive Box

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Work in Progress - Booth #139

A work in progress. I am learning as I go.

OK this is definitely a work in progress, and I hesitated about sharing photos of the actual booth. It's just not set up the way I want it. I am learning as I go and sometimes you have to make do with what you have.  

I'm working on sprucing up the walls and floors. The Peddler's Mall has restrictions about what you can and can't do with the walls so I need to factor that into my plans as well. I am also working on developing a focus or overall theme for the booth. Once I have that nailed down then I think things will come together.

Speaking of nails, the pictures are randomly hanging on nails left by the previous booth owner. Except for the framed 4 Seasons folk art prints. I posted about those in September, and as I mentioned, I really don't want to sell them so I hid the prints in the back of the booth. But my husband brought his hammer and nails to the booth and displayed them for me. Up front! Oh well they haven't sold yet and I'm OK with that because they will look lovely in MY house.

I snapped the photos at the beginning of October and the booth has changed a lot since then. Right away I see some things that have already sold. Whenever I get a sales report my first reaction is "Yeah!" quickly followed by "Nooooooo!" as I fall in love, and I mean In Love, with each piece I work on.

I went on a few buying trips this past weekend and have added new inventory. I will be taking up some more new products later this week, too. Jeff has been muttering a lot lately and it sure sounds like he has said, "Hoarder" at least a couple of times. He hates the cow in the bottom photo but I think it's hilarious and it makes me smile every time I see it. I called it "Standing Cow" on the tag (never sure what to tag things as) but in my mind I call it the "Laughing Cow". I am chuckling as I write this. LOL :-)

Laughing Cow!!!!! LOL!
Please let me know if you have any booth design suggestions. I am open to ideas!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Delivered the China Cabinet

The china cabinet from my blog post two days ago was delivered to my daughter's house today. I think great-grandma's china looks beautiful displayed in the cabinet. I hope you enjoy it Sarah!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Country Shelf with Heart

Not the best photos, but I was literally on the way out the door going to the booth when I decided to take a few pictures of this shelf that I painted. I don't post pictures of everything that goes to the booth, but I really loved the way this country shelf turned out.


After - top view of shelf

Love it!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sneak Peek of China Cabinet

The china cabinet I've been working on is just about finished. It's going to be picked up by my client this weekend. It's currently in two different areas of my house waiting to be moved to it's final home, so I couldn't get a photo of it all together. It also has glass shelves but those are wrapped up waiting for moving day. I'll try to get a shot of it together after it is moved.

It's a lovely china cabinet given to me by my Aunt. I was back visiting my home town again, but this time I was smart and arrived with a Uhaul truck. Between my aunt, mom, and sister the truck was full for the return trip home. Thanks guys! 

My client is my daughter Sarah who was looking for a cabinet for her dining room. I love it when we can keep things in the family. 

My daughter's personality has a little bit of bling and sparkle, but she keeps her house neat, tidy, and organized. She is an organizing machine. If you're thinking she takes after her mother you couldn't be further from the truth. It is typically chaos at my place.

In any event, I decided to keep the paint technique clean and simple. I chose a two-toned look of Paris Grey on the exterior and Old White for the interior of the top section. I choose new hardware for the bottom section. The center door doesn't open so I decide to use a coordinating knob. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she likes it!

After: top view

Top section - before.

Top section - after.

Top section - after. Glass shelves will be added once it arrives to the final destination.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

French Country Container - Micro Project #3

I found this container in a thrift shop and fell in love with it. Granted it didn't look too good as-is, and my husband had That Look (read: "you are buying this why?"), but it was just so cute! And I knew it would make another wonderful micro-project for October.


First I cleaned the entire piece. Next I spray painted it to give it a good base coat to work on. I left just a few tiny hints of the former green peaking through. Then it was ready for more paint. I used 2 quick coats of ASCP Louis Blue, lightly distressed it around the details, and then applied dark wax.

After: Painted with graphic applied.
For the finishing touch I used a decoupage technique and added a combination of two graphics from The Graphics Fairy (love her website!) to give it a French Country feel. The finished piece has a lovely contrasting combination of both smoothness and texture.

This is such a versatile container that I couldn't decide just where to photograph it. So I took a few shots of it hanging on a hook, wall, and a door knob. It has a flat bottom so it is suitable for standing on its own as well. It will be available for sale soon once I have a chance to take it to the booth.

Hanging on a hook.

Hanging on the wall.

Hanging on a door knob.

Standing on a shelf.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Beehive Box - Micro Project #2

The Beehive Clothing House

I've named today's micro project "Beehive Box". The box is a thrift store find which I painted to give it a more rustic farmhouse style. Application of dark wax gives some added dimension to the color without the use of distressing.

I documented this project throughout with photographs and posted it into two tutorials:

Part 1: Paint and Wax Tutorial
Part 2: Graphic Transfer Tutorial

In any event, I used the free Vintage Bee Hive graphic from The Graphics Fairy's website, printed it as a mirror image (she has it available already as a reverse image but I overlooked that initially), and transferred it with mod podge. I also used a graphic of a bee (also from The Graphics Fairy), reduced it, copied it, and added it as an embellishment to the larger graphic. If you look closely you can see 3 tiny bees buzzing to and fro.

The box has a hole making it suitable for hanging on a wall, or it looks great sitting on a shelf or mantle. It's perfect for storing mail, cards, or you could add a display for decoration. The box will be available for sale within the next week once I have a chance to stop by my booth.




One more "after" shot. This one includes my little friend the rocking horse ornament. I needle felted it last winter. Now that the weather is getting cooler it's time to start working on wool crafts again.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Birdhouse - Micro Project #1

What a cute little birdhouse! It was another fun project I worked on in between other larger projects. Small projects are a great way to use up left over paint and also to practice using new techniques. In lieu of distressing I practiced refining my use of dark wax and love the way it gives subtle dimension to the colors. 

I transferred some adorable graphics from I used her primitive stars and a bird holding a star. She offers a number of free transfers. Be sure to check out her website for transfers and other projects.

Before. I think the cashier thought I was overpaying for this! But it was only 50 cents!

After: front

After: back

After: side

After: side 2

Not bad for 50 cents! It will look great on a shelf or as part of a larger display.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Eagle Cabinet (SOLD)

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Wow isn't this cabinet sharp? Each of the cabinet knobs features a proud eagle. It is a high quality piece of wood furniture. I painted the base in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Old White. The paint treatment was sanded, waxed, and buffed and the end result is as smooth as glass. The top was re-stained in an espresso gloss finish. All the hardware was refinished in bronze. 

It was a rainy day here today and I tried to snap photos whenever the sun peaked out. Nevertheless, the indoor lighting was never quite right, and the photos do not do this piece justice.

I debated not refinishing this piece because it was beautiful to start with. But now that it is finished I am pleased with the final outcome. The color scheme is neutral and the eagles are more prominent due to the contrast of light and dark. This is a versatile piece that will give any room a touch of elegance while at the same time offering additional storage.

It's a solid piece and not too heavy to move; however, due to the size I cannot lift it myself. Once I find a moving helper I will take it to my booth. It will be available soon at the Lebanon Peddler's Mall. UPDATE: The cabinet is now in the booth and available for sale at ROW 5 BOOTH #139.

The dimensions are 40" wide x 12" deep x 30" high.

Before. Beautiful but unassuming.


Interior with removable shelf.

Close up of door.

Top view.

Love the hardware!