Sunday, August 22, 2010

Night Stands in Metallic of course!

I’ve officially entered my “metallic” phase.
The Metallic Gold Vanity/Dresser sold before I even had the chance to list it. (Thank you Rosemary & Sara).
My next project was a set of night stands/end tables, that I then had a request to do in metallic silver. I eagerly obliged!
I’ve run amok with metallic paint.
This is what they look like in their original condition
Not bad little tables really.  But not without signs of obvious wear and tear.
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In addition to all the scuffs and scrapes, the marble had scratches and coffee cup rings, and yet I chose to cover up the marble as if to protect it for some reason.  I knew it wasn’t going to match the new metallic look, but I thought, what the heck.. maybe I can work some magic later on.
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First start with a coat of primer.  Then on to two coats of metallic silver.
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I mixed up a batch of antique glaze.  I used Lowes brand, Valspar Antique glaze, but I added a little more clear glaze to it to thin it out and spread the color a little thinner.  Below are drawers, one unglazed and the glazed one on the right.  In my opinion metallic paint on it's own can be overwhelmingly bright, so I always tone it down with glaze.  This application gave the piece a stainless steel look.
Paint on the glaze then wipe it down with a damp rag. 
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I also dry brush it all over to really smooth and even out the glaze.
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As you can see below, the top section has been glazed the bottom has not.
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This has been finished all over.Silver Metallic Night Stands 021a
And as expected the marble just looks BLAHHHHHHH
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Time for a change.
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As for the hardware, I really wanted glass knobs, but that was not meant to be.  The doors were too close together to allow for any knobs at all, so I worked with the originals but sprayed them a pewter color.
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And of course… the after shots. There are two tables, but we’ll show one.
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With the addition of the mirror on top, this piece has been brought back to life.
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Unfortunately for me, they’re spoken for.
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Monday, August 2, 2010

Gold Vanity Dresser

Well I finally did it.  I finally finished a vanity that I had stored for about a year. There are many reasons NOT to store something that long before finishing it. Topping the list is the fact that ultimately something gets ruined or broken.  R.I.P Mirror.
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I decided on gold for this Vanity.
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Most times when using a metallic paint, I like to tone down the brightness with a glaze. I had a glaze that I used for my kitchen cabinet doors already mixed and stored. It’s a great brown.
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Paint on the glaze with a brush and wipe it off with a cloth.  Gold Antique Vanity 006
Now it’s a nice rich gold.
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Add some great scrapbooking paper and modge podge.
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Enter lonely, hideous, banged-up stool. This poor friendless fella was hiding in the dark corner of a Goodwill Store, ashamed, I’m sure of its dated clothing.
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Getting ready for its ‘gold’ star treatment.Gold Antique Vanity 014a
I took off fabric # 1 and was left with this peach material, but I ended up taking that off as well.  Good thing I did. There was a thick layer of dust under it. I actually stripped it to the bare wood underneath.  Oh, and don’t forget to add batting to cover the foam piece.
Gold Antique Vanity 020a And finally…
Get ready for a LOT of after shots.. Accessories will probably be different in every picture.
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Notice the aging of the paper on the drawer fronts.
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I decided to do nothing but clean the handles as I thought they were perfect for the piece just as they were.
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Each drawer was lined with paper.
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For the middle section, I made a collage of all the paper I used for the drawer fronts and then added a piece of glass for protection.
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My mother gave this little hand mirror to me.  She has had it for as long as I can remember.  It’s just perfect for this vanity.
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I definitely think we’ve recaptured her charm.Gold Antique Vanity 046a
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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Easy Peasy Birthday Sign

I can’t tell you how many old windows I have stacked in my shed. One by one, I’ll get to them.
This weekend was my baby’s 19th birthday.  Nadia decided to put the new fire pit patio to good use and have a party.  Decorations were minimal.  We strung lights around the yard, under the canopy and around the tire planters. But at night it all came alive.
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I pulled out one of the old windows from the shed and decided to make a Happy Birthday Sign for Nadia as part of the decorations.
Starting with your basic ordinary, yet fabulously old, window.
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Using Liquid Chalk Ink, I write my Birthday greeting.  By using this erasable chalk I can use the window over and over again, for future birthdays or any occasion. If you’ve never used these before, give them a try, they’ll really make your chalkboard pop.  They’re great on just about any surface.
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The sign is hung and the lights are strung. Old Window Birthday Sign 027a Old Window Birthday Sign 020b
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Happy Birthday Sweetie!happybirthdaynadia
As for all my stored old windows ?  We’ll get to those soon, but for now, this little window will be saved strictly for Chalk Ink and special messages.
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