Monday, July 28, 2014

Versatile Wardrobe, Meeting YOU, and Prayers

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Happy Monday!  I've got a new reveal for you today.  I've been working on lots of littles lately and they are mostly at all kinds of stages of the process.  Here's a pic of 2 of them.  Nice big chalkboards made from the doors off of my display cabinet at the Brass Armadillo.
I actually used some APC Top Coat on these to make them more wipeable for the chalk markers.  Regular chalk still works too.  These will be available at The Prairie Market, but I may do one more to put in the Brass Armadillo soon.

I also finished this HEAVY duty piece.  It is super sturdy and extremely versatile.
It was a nice pickled oak from I'm guessing the 80's or early 90's.  It's clean as a whistle and has oodles of great storage potential.  Look!

Cubbies, shelves, drawers, oh my!  Where would you use it?  The Home Office, the Craft Room, the Family Room, the Nursery, the Play Room, the Kitchen, the Bedroom??  Seriously, this piece would fit everywhere.
I even kept it pretty neutral and painted it in American Paint Company's Rushmore over Dollar Bill.  It is waxed and buffed for a nice finish.  What do you think of it?

The Brass Armadillo staff has told me the paint is really taking off and that several of you asked to see me.  Unfortunately I'm not able to be there every day, though I do stop by a couple times a week to restock and fluff the space up.  I would LOVE to meet all my new paint customers though so if you  let me know, and I can make it work, I will meet you out there to talk paint and projects and questions.  In the meantime, take my card and call or email me and I'm always happy to help.  There are new classes listed at the Armadillo and they can also be found up above if you push the APC Paint Classes button.  Hope to talk to you soon!!

And on a personal note, I would gratefully accept prayers for my little warrior Chickie as she undergoes surgery tomorrow.  She is a brave, strong, smart little girl, and I know she will bounce back from this procedure quickly, but having the prayer warriors among you out there whispering her name is always welcome and appreciated.  So, keep Ellarie in your prayers!
Love you to the Moon and Back Baby Girl!

Have a beautiful week!

Friday, July 25, 2014

New Workshop Dates posted

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Happy Friday everyone!!  I have been having an awesome week helping at our church's VBS and Ice Cream Social.  Hope your week has been joy filled also!

This adorable table is from my last "Paint-a-Piece" painting workshop.  It turned out amazing!  So, I wanted to let you know that I have posted a bunch of new painting workshop dates.  You can find them under the 'APC Painting Workshops' button at the top of my blog page.

If you are wondering what we do here is a brief recap.  First of all APC stands for American Paint Company.  This is a line of made in America paint with a Clay, Chalk, & Mineral Base.  It is NO VOC (harmful chemical pollutants), easy prep, superior bonding on all surfaces paint.  In the APC 411 class you learn about the paints, several ways to use the paints to create unique finishes, we use many of our fabulous finishing products, and you walk away with your own sample pots and painted samples to continue working on some projects at home.  In the Paint-a-Piece class you will actually bring a small (can be carried with one hand or two hands easily) project and we will paint it and finish it for you to take home that day.  You should have already taken APC 411 or have some previous furniture painting experience for this class.  You will also leave with a high quality brush as my gift to get you started on your own amazing transformations.  This is just a brief synopsis, click the button to get more details and contact me to reserve your spot in the workshop for a class.

If you don't see a time that works for you, contact me anyway and we will see if we can work out something.  I will be adding a few more classes to be held the end of Oct. and early Nov. very soon so keep checking back!

Have a super weekend!!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Omaha, Omaha!

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A piece almost always seems to tell me how it's going to look before I even start it.  Most of the time it even works out that way.  I have to say I had a plan, and then the plan went sideways.  At the same time I was talking to a friend and she encouraged me to do another Omaha Subway art piece.  Perfect timing/divine intervention do you think?  Of course it was!  So I took this dresser/console piece and here it is...Omaha Subway #3.

Remember the NFL playoff games and Payton Manning's famous "Omaha, Omaha" calls?  Yeah, around here we got enjoyed that a lot.

This is a Kent Coffee piece from "The Fanfare" line.  It had a few minor nicks that needed filled and a couple of chips out of the top, and it was a bit tired looking from lots of use.  Those 6 drawers are nice, deep, dovetailed, and really clean.  It has a 1951 stamp on the back.
Once again, I picked lots of different historical or significant fun buildings and areas to highlight.  It is by no means a complete collection, but hopefully some that will stir some pleasant memories for many.
It might not really make sense but I love to vary the fonts and size to make this a really fun piece.  Some day I might try symmetrical, but I'm not really sure if I'm a "symmetrical" kind of gal. Ha!
I'll let you know later just where to find this piece if you are interested.  Unless it ends up in my house because one of these days I'm going to keep one of these Babies!!

Have a good week.  Hope to keep adding some new things to look at as we are now entering the gear up for the Fall Prairie Market Sale!  Details on that in the button at the top of my page.


Linking to:
Elizabeth and Co.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Every Piece Tells a Story

Pin It  My friend Lori and her friend Patti commissioned a special piece for some young newlyweds, and I was happy to do so.  Lori's Mom was my preschool Sunday School teacher so I've known her for a loooooong time.  Good thing too, cuz the piece they picked needed some 'splainin'.  The piece they chose, and no I forgot to take any before photos again, looked pretty decent on the outside excluding a dark stain or two on the top.  What we failed to notice at first was that the drawer bottoms were all patchworked together because the glides were all messed up.  The holes for the old, but not original, hardware were drilled at extremely odd angles and not all.  And the legs had been cut off at some point in it's life.  At least they seemed level as it does not rock at all.  Well, all old pieces tell a story of sorts, and I loved finding an old political sign tacked up as a make-do drawer bottom.  I did not like that all the tiny nails someone had added in the feeble hope of keeping sketchy bottoms attached, but they missed the support wood completely and were lining the back of each drawer to make lock jaw seem like a given.  What I did think, once we removed all the tiny nails was that someone really loved this piece enough to try, despite maybe limited furniture repair skills, and hold this dresser together and make it last.  So to the young couple who receives this dresser, may you share many joys and, if there are rough spots, scratches, and dings along the way, may you use whatever means necessary to patch things up!  The truly good things are worth the work, the stories they tell are more interesting and appreciated.

When Lori and Patti commissioned this piece they gave me a lot of freedom.  Because this piece was quite old and had some oily spots that even my best primers couldn't quite kill I chose to blend 3 different colors for the base.  The movement would disguise any "freckles" that still wanted to bleed through.  And the oak was a bit rough and the graining opened up in some spots.  I used American Paint Company paints in Rushmore, Smoke Signal, and Plymouth Rock.  Just dipping and blending as I went.  It really seemed to soften up some of the rougher areas.
There was a lot of back and forth discussion on what kind of graphic to use on those nice flat drawers.  With the help of the Bride's Mother we were able to access some inspirational pins from the Bride's Pinterest Board.  Such a great idea!  Here is the one that I chose to use on this piece.  With some tiny pops of Peacock and Fireworks Red and Freedom Road for the lettering it all started coming together.
It's always a process with client pieces.  They wanted something bright and graphic and my first attempt didn't quite get it, but you just can't go wrong with Chevrons.  Especially chevrons in a nice happy yellow.  It's called A-Maize-ing, and it is!  We repaired all those wonky hardware holes and added new simple black pulls.    Sooo much better!
It's a good feeling to see this old but wonderful dresser writing a new chapter with a young couple writing their own new chapter!  Congratulations!  Wishing you all the Best!!


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Elizabeth and Co.
Furniture Feature Fridays

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hoping for Patience!

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I have not been a very good blogger lately.  Lots of reasons, some of them related to Summer vacation for the children who already seem bored.  Well, except for the ones who are working a lot!
<Happy Face>  A multitude of medical appointments to get caught up on to keep us all eligible for the schools, camps, etc.  And I am working on trying to get all things up and running for the APC paint line.  I want to create some amazing workshops to introduce you locals to this amazing paints.  So, in between wrangling the children around, I know I only have 3 but it seems like more, I am working on schedules, and plans, and materials, and ordering more stuff, and completing some custom work, etc., etc., etc.  It's all good stuff and pretty darn fun when it all starts to come together.  So keep watching for some new reveals AND a completed class list for workshops here at my workshop!

In the meantime, I begged a few friends to come over and let me use them as "practice students" last week.  I am happy to say that they obliged (wine helps), and they ended up with some awesome finished pieces to take home.  Here are a few photos from our practice Paint-A-Piece workshop.

She painted a cute little oak side table in Amber Waves of Grain and did an awesome job with it!

Nicole used Shoreline to transform this adorable step stool.  I just love that color!

Niki chose a bold statement color, Orange Grove, to rehab this thrift store find for her daughter's room.

Niki sent this photo of the chair once she had the seat recovered and attached.
Isn't that awesome?!!!  I just love this, and bet her daughter does too.

So, all levels of experience with painting furniture and look what these fun and adorable gals took home with them!  Thank you Ladies, it was a blast, and I learned a lot just by having you over!

Email me if you think you might be interested in a class soon.  I'm starting an email list and as soon as the classes are firmed up I'll be sending that information out.  Click on the little envelope button under my photo and bio in the right hand column.

Have a super week!  Stay safe with all this stormy weather around.

Monday, June 2, 2014


Pin ItOne of my VERY favorite new musicals, and no this is not a review.  I do have a piece of furniture that reminds me a lot of Elphaba, the wicked witch, so I just thought that title fitting.  Work with me people, naming these posts is hard enough.

As a new retailer with American Paint Company I am determined to try all of the colors of the paint line.  I'm even going to use the ones that have scared me spitless in the past.  It might not always be in big doses, at times it might be a subtle stripe or accent color, or even an under layer of paint.  This time I went BIG and BOLD and let this color shout out it's gorgeousness!  Meet Home Turf, aka Elphaba from Wicked.
It is definitely a big, bold green and quite frankly a color that scared me a bit.  That's why I rubbed half of it off.  Just kidding!!  My Mr. brought home this bottom half of a hutch, because he knows how to make me all happy, that was just a cute little cottage styled piece.  This was a very light pine, with some fairly mild scratches and just a few dings in it.  To me it seemed like a piece my Great Grandmother would have had in her farm house for many years.  It would have been a practical piece in the kitchen, not the dining room.  It would have housed the things she needed to make bread, or homemade pies, or her meat grinder.
Great Grandma Ethel would have loved that it was bright and cheerful and looked like it had been used well to create fabulous food for her family.  
So I chose Home Turf, which is the color of new Spring Grass that has finally come to rescue us from drab winter hues.  And frankly, this color can be a lot to handle at times.  But wow, look how it makes this cottage piece sing.  
How could you not be happy with this in your space?  I deliberately used a light coverage over the majority of this piece.  I wanted it to look as if time and worn much of the finish off.  I followed with APC's brown glaze, and I deliberately used it on the unsealed paint so that it would absorb  better.  I wanted it to seem old and a bit stained in spots, to feel well loved and well used.  Dark wax finished it up and made it so easy to buff a nice sheen in.
I love the original wooden hardware and the dark metal hinges.  The drawers are deep and would be a great addition for extra kitchen storage, but this bold pop of color would look fabulous in a lot of rooms!  Where would you use it?  The store at the Omaha Brass Armadillo is fully stocked with Home Turf and I'll be updating the inventory with some colors that were out of stock when I got my initial shipment later this week.  Stop by and browse the colors, contact me and I'll help you color plan your piece and walk you through using this fabulous paint!  Coming soon, paint classes!

Have a fabulous first week of June! 
Linking to:

Elizabeth and Co.
Furniture Feature Fridays

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Twice Nice Paint Store is Open!!

It still needs more fluffing and more beautifying, but the Twice Nice booth at the Brass Armadillo with the American Paint Company paints is officially stocked and open! Woo!
A few more colors are being shipped so the complete line will be here by the end of the week.  I've also got a few of the limited edition Ellis Collection is on it's way also.  I absolutely love the Ellis Collection colors and am hoping some of them will find their way to the permanent line.  They will be in pint containers perfect for smaller projects.  

Thanks to my entire family for trooping in last night and helping with the move and unpacking to get me set up and ready to go!  Love you guys!

I feel incredibly blessed with this opportunity, and I can not wait to start hosting some workshops and introducing this paint line to those who love DIY as much as I do.  Be watching for a posting with class descriptions and dates soon.

Some of the colors you see in this photo are (left to right) Desert Cactus over Waistcoat on far left table, Rushmore with stripes of Limoges, Crushed Tea, Waistcoat and Peacock on the dresser.  On top of the dresser a small file box with Liberty and Dark wax, a red tote box with Fireworks Red over Desert Cactus, the large cabinet is Amber Waves of Grain with Freedom Road on the inside, the pedestal bowl is Nana's cupboard, the mirror is Coral Reef, and then a custom mix of Blue Jeans and Navajo White over Navajo White on the dresser to the right.  

Please let me know if I can help you with any of your paint product needs!  Thanks for the support!