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Sunday, May 22, 2011

A Chalk Paint Giveaway at Screaming Meme!

 
I wanted to clue you good folks into a great Annie Sloan Chalk Paint giveaway over at Screaming Meme!  I’ve been absolutely frothing at the mouth to try the stuff, but still to cheap to bite the bullet, so I’m really excited about this giveaway!  ;)

Hop on over an enter for yourself.  Pretty please mention that you found her giveaway through Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely so I can pick up a few more entries as well!

Good luck to everyone!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Ornate Bombay Chest of Drawers

If you follow Twice Lovely on Facebook, you saw this gorgeous chest of drawers I picked up a couple of weeks ago.

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I love the subtle bow-front drawers and all that detailing on the bottom.  It’s a very versatile size that could be used as a large bedside table, a small bedroom dresser, an entry piece, a dining buffet, really the possibilities are endless.

It had it’s kicks, scratches, and boo boos, but the shape was calling out to me! The biggest boo boo was that part of one foot had been broken off.  It didn’t effect the stability of the piece, but it certainly wasn’t helping it aesthetically.

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For the repair, I used a product that I had been wanting to try out for a while now called Kwik Wood from JB Weld.  You can pick it up at Home Depot or Lowes for around $5 a tube.  I used a whole tube for this repair.  Once kneaded, you end up with a wad very much like an egg of silly putty.  Same consistency and everything.  :)

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I just shaped the putty in the shape of the missing part, looking at the opposite foot for reference.

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It sets up in about an hour, and you can sand it and paint it.  It worked so great!  It’s a great tool to have in your furniture refab arsenal!

Here’s how the finished foot looked once it was all painted.  You can’t even tell there was ever a problem.

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Like always, my wild side and my side that needs to actually sell the furniture she paints were at war.  ;)  My first plan was to paint it a glazed metallic silver with a black top.  But, I decided on a little safer plan of attack and went with a creamy off white with a little bit of distressing and a heavy antiquing glaze.  I’m so glad I did, because I absolutely love how it turned out!  With all those details, it would have looked too Liberace in metallic.  :)  I finished off the old world look with a faux leather top, achieved with crumpled brown craft paper, Mod Podge, and some burnt umber craft paint.

Here she is all finished up!

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You know that yummy plum paint I blogged about picking up at the oops counter last month?  I’ve been too scared to paint it on a piece of furniture yet, although I’m totally smitten with it.  Well, I snuck it in on this piece by painting the insides of the drawers the lovely plum. (It was difficult to capture this luscious color and do it justice.)

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This piece is available for sale, so please contact me if you’d like more information.

Just wanted to remind you all, if you haven’t already done so, please stop by and check out Cara and my new Etsy shop, Garden Laundry, selling vintage bedding and linens.  These are a super duper source for upcycling vintage fabrics. 

Great for you sewers! (I’m jealous of sewing skilz, BTW.)

And remember when I used a vintage table cloth to upholster these chairs?

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Check out the inventory.  We’re adding new things often.  (I have lots here that I need to get on top of listing.)  If you like us on FB, and email us on Etsy, we’ll send you a code for 20% off your purchase as a thank you for helping us get the word out!  :)

Hope you all have a super great weekend!

 

Linking to:

House of Grace, Primitive & Proper, Domestically Speaking, My Backyard Eden, The Shabby Nest, Chic on a Shoestring, My Repurposed Life, Finding Fabulous, Thrifty D├ęcor Chick

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Some Super Sales and A New Venture

It’s me!  Boy, as I’m entering into my third trimester, I really feel myself slowing down quite a bit.  As such, the furniture redos around these parts will be fewer and farther between.  I do have a great one that I should be able to share with you fine folks either today or tomorrow.  Here’s the before, just to wet your whistle!  ;)

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I have a few lingering furniture pieces that I’d really like to move along to new, happy homes, so I’m offering them on crazy sale for folks who can pick up in the Prescott, AZ area.

The first is this fantastic white hutch with a dark walnut stained top and chicken wire doors.  It was originally listed for $395, but I’m knocking $100 off!  $295 or best offer on this one!

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This one was a blogland favorite.  The Damask Dresser was originally listed for $300, but I’ll drop it down to $250 for (hopefully) a quick sale.  :)

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Also, I’d like to point all you vintage lovers to Cara and my brand new Etsy shop of vintage bedding and linens called Garden Laundry.  There’s lots of soft and yummy treats loaded in the shop, with new items added (just about) every day.  Like Garden Laundry on Facebook, and you can email us at Etsy and get a code for 20% off your first order! 

Pop in and take a look around.  I think you’ll like it.  :)

I’ll be back in the next couple of days with that fantastic dresser redo!

‘Till then,

Friday, May 6, 2011

More Paintings too!

Look's like we'll soon be saying good bye to Spring. I'm not looking forward to the blanket of heat that will be coming my way. But I felt inspired to celebrate the moment with some Spring/Summer paintings for the next shipment going out. I really enjoyed painting these. Maybe you might enjoy them too?


I have been doing small studies for my larger paintings as of late. I do a slew of them, taking my lead off juicy pics I find on the web-yep-the web. I'll admit it. Then I choose from the best which ones I will expand into something bigger and better. Take this "Aspens in the Park". 


It came from a smaller 8x10


which... I honestly like better because the greens in the trees are a good color and are not as varied, which helps to pick up on the subtle highlights and depth. Green is tricky. I've been using it a lot this past week, and it's very difficult to mix--very subtle shades are hard to achieve.
For example, here's another 8x10 study which got me into the swing of the green. See all the subtle green colors? Although it was difficult, I had a blast playing around with the mixes here.




And here is the 26x26 expanded from that study. I feel I learned a lot from it.


Seeing the picture on the internet is tempting me to lighten up the blue on the upper left-hand corner, don't ya think? So the rest of the 8x10's never made it to bigger paintings as of yet. BUT I am tempted to move this "Yellow Ranunculas to a larger size. I love it.



I love how the plum in the corner works with the goldens, and actually decided to pair them after seeing this pic Anne Marie posted a couple back on the color Plum. Absolutely dying to see what she does with that color.




And I'm tempted to capture that arrangement on the table, too! Here's some plum again:


And another study of Sea Glass Blue:


Hope you enjoyed my little art walk on this fading Spring evening. If anyone is interested, my studies will now up for grabs on etsy. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

mediteranean blue and an update

Hey guys, I realize Rie and I have both been MIA lately. I actually went into hiding, myself. I know you can't do both. Either way, there's been some sort of war going on. OK, I really did go into hiding. It happened when Anne Marie posted this:



after I posted 87 pictures of this boring box--bad camera and everything (stomach twist). And right then and there, I decided to secretly go into hiding. I felt like a hack.

I posted several boring pieces, each one seeming to get wierder and worse, finally ending with the rectangle, above. But on Miss Funky Junk's recommendation, I pushed up my sleeves, and got the rectangle a new paint job and hardware. I love Miss F.J.'s blog help articles. They are very down-to-earth and well, SMART. Like her.



A bit of a peek.

You know I love cerulean. I got carried away and painted the inside of this vintage glass lamp, too:


Here's a small picture of it before, and I agree it looks cool in the before, too.


I think it looks lovely in my whitish room. AND if you were wondering the progress of this room, I will let you in on it for another day. But just know this. I trashed my Phoenix coffee table. You know, THE coffee table. I guess I was just trying too hard, so I started fresh with a beautifully shaped new piece and simply painted it a chippy white and was done with it. Yikes. Never take furniture too seriously. That's the moral of the story, folks.
 
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