Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A (Mostly) Empty Booth

The good news was I had a great string of sales at my booth. The bad news was that I was so busy working on the kitchen cabinets that I wasn't able to quickly re-stock the booth. So things were looking a little bare to say the least.
I didn't stage the booth this way.
This is what I found after a week of good sales.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Painting Kitchen Cabinets

I haven't posted for a while since I've been busy working on a big project. I'm sure the title of the post gave it away -- I'm working on painting kitchen cabinets for a client! I finished the cabinet doors last week and that took a good portion of the week. Now I'm waiting to schedule time with the client to paint the cabinet bases on site. So I don't have a big reveal to share with you yet, but I will share the progress of the project to-date.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Rustic Table Goes Casual

I picked up this table from an auction thinking I would play up the rustic look. My goal was to get the project done with a minimal amount of labor time so I could keep the asking price to a minimum. But after I started working on it I had second thoughts about the rustic design. So I decided to go with a casual look instead while still keeping in mind my time constraints.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Eureka! I Found a Chair for the Vanity!

This beautiful vanity needed a chair. 
I've been on the lookout for a chair or stool that I could pair with a vanity that I already finished. The space in between the drawers of the vanity was narrow and most chairs I've come across have been too wide. Or they would fit but were not the right style such as the upholstered vanity that I recently bought (I'll use it with another vanity that I have). I took a chance on this chair at an auction and luckily it fit like a glove!


This chair isn't a perfect match, but it is vintage and I believe from the same time period (1930's - 1940's?). The spindles on the chair compliment the legs of the vanity.

Similar time period and design.
The chair has beautiful floral carvings but they are somewhat worn away.


The bottom of the seat needed some love.


I painted the chair in the same color scheme as the vanity (Old White and Paris Grey).

The wood on the seat of the chair is rock solid but it isn't smooth. It's not rough in a snaggly sort of way, but what I can only describe as textured. (I'm sure the word I'm looking for will come to me after I post this.) So I played up the vintage worn look with distressing.

The seat has worn gracefully through the ages.
It isn't necessary to paint the bottom of the chair seat, but I went ahead and painted it to give it a totally finished look. Oh and by the way, I noticed how bad my porch looks in the photos. Yes it's a little dirty (don't judge), but mostly it is wet because the contractors we hired to power wash the house just left. The decking is made of Trex and it discolors over time and is due for a washing. We use bleach diluted with water to clean it, but won't do that for another couple of weeks yet.

As I mentioned the carvings were somewhat worn. I went ahead and distressed the area and work with the worn finish.
Beautiful carvings.
I snapped a photo with my cell phone of the chair at my booth along with the vanity. I have a pretty basic phone and it doesn't take fancy photos. But this photo shows how nicely the chair and vanity look together.
A perfect pair!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Two New Projects

I picked up this table and a chair yesterday. Obviously they are not a set! The chair I plan to paint and pair it with a vanity that I already finished. The style isn't a perfect match, but I think the vanity and chair will coordinate well together.

The table was labeled as a sofa table, but I'm thinking it is more of a work/garden table. It's a bit rustic and I want to play that up in some way. I'll think on it and see what I come up with. Stay tuned. . .

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Grandma's Table and Chairs

This table and chair set was passed down to my client from her grandmother. I should say our grandmother since my client is my sister! My sister asked me to paint the set for her. Since she lives out of town (she thinks I live out of town) I initially planned to spend a week in early August visiting and working on the set, but I had a scheduling conflict and had to cancel the trip. So instead we only had two days over the Labor Day weekend to get it done.


Luckily my sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Jeff, were willing to help, and as they saying goes "many hands make light work". Well they probably wouldn't agree with "light" work; it was a lot of work especially with temperatures in the 90's and high humidity. But for me it was a lot of fun working with them. 

The table is solid wood and had a shiny veneer top. It also has two leaves which I painted as well. They don't actually use the leaves, but if they need to use them they are ready and waiting. The chairs were manufactured by S. Bent & Bros. and includes four chairs and two arm chairs. Do to the limited time frame we were working under, we focused on the 4 chairs and Kathy and Jeff will finish the remaining chairs on their own.


The kitchen was recently remodeled and my sister wanted to brighten the space with a painted set. She selected Old Ochre (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint) for the entire set. There was also a microwave cart which she wanted painted the same color. I was a little concerned that it might be too bland with all one color, but now that it's finished I will publicly admit she was right in her choice of color scheme.

Here's a few photos of us working. On Day 1 we applied two coats of paint to the table, leaves, chairs, and microwave cart. I applied a polyurethane to the table top and let it dry overnight. The rest of the pieces were sanded and soft waxed on Day 2. We also squeezed in a couple of parties, visiting, and card games.

Best helpers ever!
They're still smiling (sort of).
It was really hot outdoors.
One down three to go.
Paint drying.
I snapped a photo of Max while the paint was drying.
And a quick shot of Layla. She's a little shy,
but was sweet enough to pose for the photo.


I kept asking questions about how they wanted the finished product. Basically I was told they don't want it to look like brown wood, so anything I do is OK. Easiest clients ever. My sister did say she wanted a more vintage farmhouse look to the set, so I added some distressing which you can see in some of the photos.

Staged with a beautiful bouquet of flowers.
The chair pads coordinate nicely with the new color.
Light distressing was added to the edges to give it a naturally worn look.
I added distressing to the top of the chairs as well,
 but the camera didn't pick up the details.
I added distressing to the table edge, but left the top un-distressed.
I love the base of the table.
Another shot of the base.
This photo shows a little more clearly the worn look applied to the table's edge.
Almost forgot the microwave cart!
My sister is selecting new handles, so it's not quite finished.
I love the quality of the furniture produced by S. Bent & Bros.
Additional distressing applied to the backs of the chairs.
My beautiful Mom :-)

We wrapped up the project on Sunday and headed back home on Monday. I hope you got to enjoy the long Labor Day weekend as much as I did.

Shared with The Painted Drawer's Link Party.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Desk Part 5: Finishing Touches

This is it! Part 5 and the final (I promise!) post about the desk. I usually just write a "before/after" blog post, but for this project I decided to document my progress along the way. 

Initially I ordered two stencils for the project. One was a flourish for the panels and the other was the text "bienvenue" (French for "welcome") for the center panel. Unfortunately the second stencil was delayed forever so I decided to move the project forward without it. As luck would have it the stencil arrived a week after I finished the project. I debated not applying it, but the desk looked unfinished to me, so I proceeded to add it using the same raised stencil technique that I used on the other stencils. 

As I mentioned in Part 4, I debated whether or not there was too much contrast between the dark stained surface and the lighter paint colors. In real life the wood grain actually peaks through the stain which doesn't show up well in the photos. It's not actually as flat looking as it appears in the photos so I decided to leave the top as-is.

As far as desks go the twin pedestal style is my all time favorite. The seating area in the center gives a balance to the design. It also allows for a main work space in the center with room to spread out on either side. The desk functions especially well as a sewing or craft table with the added bonus of drawers for storage. Because the back of the desk is finished it can be placed either centered in a room or up against the wall. I think a functionally versatile piece adds value over the long haul.

The desk can be placed centered in a room or up against a wall.
The top is stained in General Finishes Java Gel.
The base is painted in a custom mix of Louis Blue and Old Ochre.
Plenty of storage!

A centered work space with room to spread out on either side.

Raised stencils were incorporated into the design on the panels.

I selected stencils to give a more feminine touch to desk.

Click on the links below if you would like to follow the project from start to finish.