Monday, May 18, 2015


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Apothecary is one of the new Debi's Design Diary DIY Paint's newest colors.  It is a soft blue/green color.  Honestly it is a changeling.  Depneding on the lighting, the undercoat, the background it can appear to read differently.  I love colors like that!  It reminds me of the Sherwin Williams Colors that I have painted my bedroom in, Sea Salt.

It just such a fun color to work with and it certainly brightened up this rather beat up piece.  When I'm working on an old gal like this I'm reminded about my family, specifically my great Grandmother's family.  My GG Minnie came from a family of carpenters.  All of her brothers were cabinet makers.  I imagine them working on a piece much like this one and the great sense of pride they must have felt when it was complete and oh so grand looking.  This particular dresser, like many that I find, had huge oil rings left on the top, chipped veneers and a few dings and dents.  Many, once newer prettier furniture was purchased were sent to garages, barns and basements to store everyday cleaning/work supplies.  Thank heavens they weren't thrown out.  So while I can't always repair the hard use they've endured I can give it a few more good and useful years with a pretty coat of paint.  I think all those great Uncles might appreciate that.
I love these knobs with the dresser.  I think it perfectly reflects the age and color of this piece.  But I opted to do something different on the top drawers, which were much smaller.
What do you think of these sweet little deer heads?  Oh my gosh I love these so much!!

I'm pretty sure Apothecary will be making many appearances in my projects.  It's just too lovely not to use over and over.

Have a blessed week!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Into the Woods...

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Couple of things...

1.  I seem to be musically driven even though I have no particular gifts in that area.

2.  I like bright colors.

Here is another piece that actually ended up being named.  I don't know why it is that some pieces I find/buy sing to me, but they do.  Right away the lines on this particular piece said fairy tale.  Which immediately took me to "Into the Woods" one of my favorite musicals.  Probably because it presents so many lovely fairy tales in one fell swoop!  I knew my DIY Paint line was releasing a new red color and I found the most perfect little knobs and voila`, Little Red was born.

This gorgeous, rich color is Marquee.  Debi Beard nailed this color.  It is so saturated and deep and alive!
I am aware that this hardware was most likely intended to be a fox.  I'm pretending it could also be a wolf, but really we're in the woods so it really doesn't matter much does it?  Creative license.

I decided to leave the back paneling alone as it fit my interpretation for the sideboard.
Works pretty well with my Fiesta Ware collection doesn't it?

Here is the before photo that I almost forgot to take.
And after...

"Into the woods, into the woods..."  The movie was good, but if you ever get a chance to see the filmed Broadway production it was great!  It's on my NY bucket list!

I am fully stocked with Marquee and the other 6 new colors at my booth at the Brass Armadillo Omaha, #43, and at my home workshop.  Let me know when you are ready to try one of them!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

May Paint Classes

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Pinterest Inspired Paint Parties for May have been planned!!

Come learn simple techniques to create something fun and perfect for that special Guy/Dad in your life just in time for Father's Day!

This fun beverage caddy can be filled with their favorite drinks and treats.  The cost for this 2 hour class is $35 and includes all supplies.  Light snacks are provided.
May 14, 7-9 pm; May 19, 9:30-11:30 am; May 27, 7-9pm

Use the contact me for more information or to sign up for your class

Enjoy the beautiful weather!!

Friday, April 17, 2015

What lies beneath...

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A fellow DIY Paints retailer, Josi shared a wonderful technique she uses sometimes and encourage us to give it a try.  Let me tell you people, I couldn't find a piece to demo it on fast enough.  I LOVE this!  See the all caps?  I really do love this look.  It is a stencil technique, but the unique thing is how you hide it.  So it is like a peek-a-boo stencil.  Here is the close up of my first attempt.
How fun is this?  The base color for my dresser is DIY Paints, Hillbilly Blue.  I used various metallic paints I had on hand to stencil the drawer fronts once the base color dried.

Once the stencil was dried I applied my top color, in this case DIY Paints Gravel Road., a lovely pale gray.  Then I simply wet distressed back to reveal my stencil.  Tip #1, if you don't want any of your original wood to show then seal the freshly stenciled piece with liquid patina prior to painting your top coat.  Tip #2, if you are planning to distress back a lot don't worry about completely covering with your final paint coat.
Here's the finished piece.  Have a super weekend!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

It's all about that Prom, bout that Prom

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It's finally Spring, and if you have a high schooler you know that means.  It's Prom time!!  Dresses, and shoes, and up do's, and flowers, and, and, and.  Oiy!

It's all fun and fun to see them all dressed up and acting all grown up.  How that happens when they were just toddling about a few years ago is beyond me, but there you have it.

This year, the school is not holding a dinner.  Rather than go out, my daughter and her friends decided that we would host a dinner and they would all chip in with sides and desserts.  I actually think that is a very smart idea.  And it gave me an opportunity to diy some spring decor for the dinner.  Here is one of the projects that has been sitting on my pinterest board for a long time.

I picked up some Ball canning jars and game them a couple of quick coats of paint to make flower vases for the tables.  HL even sells the flower frog lids for them!  These are several of the DIY Paint line colors (L to R, Old '57, Queen Bee, Petticoat Pink, Mint Chip, Prom Dress, Fancy Farm Girl, Cowgirl Coral).  It works great on glass!  I wet distressed, sealed with the Crystal Clear Patina, and had some fun decorating them with some clearance jewelry pieces I had picked up, jute and burlap ribbon.

Remember the 'A-Team'?  "I just love it when a plan comes together".  Yeah, that feeling!

What are you working on this Spring?  Check out the class schedule for April in the bar at the top of the page!

Have a super, springy week!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Number 1, Number 1!

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For someone who doesn't even like math I seem to have a thing about putting numbers on furniture.
I believe this might be my 3rd or 4th piece where I used numbers to freshen up a flat, dull, beat up piece of furniture.  This classic, simple buffet came with doors falling off, missing veneers and stains.  Don't they all these days?

I used American Paint Company Paints on this one.  Leather Boots is a nice medium brown was my base coat.  After applying the vinyl numbers I followed up with a couple of light coats in Peacock.  It is definitely one of my favorite blues.
I kept it random and in places the original wood showed through on the numbers.  I heavily distressed this piece as I kind of liked the almost faded denim look of the peacock.  Now it reminds me of my girls ripped up jeans.
The original hardware was chunky and fun so I simply cleaned it well, resealed it, and put them back on.  This reminds me the button on an old pair of jeans!
The entire piece has been finished with two coats of Hard Coat our most durable finish product.  I think this would be a great bar piece or Big Screen console.

Happy Hump Day!

Monday, March 16, 2015

DIY Paint Retailer

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I am proud and pleased to announce that I am now a retailer for an amazing new line of paint and finishes, Debi's Design Diary DIY PAINT!!!

It is an exciting new development for Twice Nice as the DIY Paint line is a delightful line of paint in colors designed by Debi Beard and produced by Heirloom Traditions, a company with years of experience in the industry.  Our DIY paint is a clay and chalk, or Chalk Type, Zero VOC, no prep, no primer, paint.  It flows on like a dream in rich, vibrant colors with lots of depth.  I absolutely fell in love with this paint immediately.  The DIY line has 3 waxes currently, clear, dark, and white.  We also have a Liquid Patina in Clear and Dark that is fabulous to work with.  There are 3 paint sizes, Quarts, Pints, and 8 oz. Samples.  I am getting the booth stocked up as quickly as I can and the initial set up is being completed today.  There will be many more paint sizes and finishes added in the next few weeks.  I'll try and post some photos of the booth once I complete moving product in and getting everything in place.

Carrying two lines of paint allows me to give you more options.  These paints allow you to create your own masterpieces for your home.  Be sure to contact me if I can help you in any way.

I am working on the next class schedule and trying to come up with some new fun ways for you to play with the paints!  If you don't see exactly what you are looking for then contact me and I'll work with you to set up a special class just for you!

Stop by Booth #43, on Utah Ave. at The Brass Armadillo, Omaha, NE and check out the new paints!

You might also want to check out the Youtube videos created by Debi's Design Diary which are sure to inspire your creative bug.  They are fun, hip, and full of tips for using our products.

Enjoy the birds chirping and the fresh promise of Spring on the way!