Monday, February 23, 2015
Sometimes I have wondered if I should just set up a little stand right outside the dump where I could look over the contents of trucks entering and save a few old beauties before they finish their last ride. The Mr. and I were at a local thrift store a while back and found, and walked away from, a vintage dresser many times. It seemed a bit over priced considering the top was totally warped and separated from the frame a good inch in both the front and the back. Now replacing a top does not always throw us off, but this was a Waterfall style. Rebuilding that kind of curve could take some time and skills. It didn't help that the mirror obviously didn't go with it and the veneer was covered, interestingly enough, in a sheet of cork glued down. But as I looked more closely at the body of this baby it wasn't too bad, a few chips out of drawer veneers, normal scratches for it's age, pretty carved wood detailing, and all original hardware intact. The manager saw us and told us it had been there for a while and she was about ready to send it on to the dump. We made an offer, and she countered with a lower offer when we said we'd give her the mirror to sell separately. And we left determined to figure out what to do with that top!
Here is what it looked like after stripping off the cork and two layers of veneer.
I opted to use a technique my friend Deb from Lake Girl Paints has shown in tutorials on her blog. Deb is a brilliant, and generous, artist who has used this technique on a lot of her pieces and shows step by step the process she uses. Please go visit her site and check out her projects where she shows you exactly how to use this on your own projects. Deb Hrabik is AMAZING!
Have a super week everyone!
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Yes, I know it is February. At the time my heart was looking for red, I craved a deep, rich blue. Like this...
Have a lovely Valentine's Day with the ones who hold your heart!
Friday, February 6, 2015
Good Morning! We've been busy here at Twice Nice. Busy, and digging out from some nice little snows here this week. Ahh, winter. Luckily APC's paints are no VOC, so even when the snow is flying and means no opening a window while I paint or wax, no problem.
One of our projects was a bit of this...
Which isn't as blurry in person. Really, not sure what happened when I enlarged all of these. #needsaphotographyclassagain
Basically, we built a new display for the American Home Collection of paint colors for the booth.
The colors are lovely and vibrant. The paint is a newer formula release that levels beautifully and has all the other lovely qualities you have to come to know and love.
Here is a much better photo of the entire collection. It is a limited edition collection that is available in cute little Pint size cans and also comes in sample sizes. I hope you will give it a try. They are such fun colors. Brighten up your home with a fun new piece that makes a statement!
Have a great weekend!
Monday, January 19, 2015
I painted a desk and chair and then I got busy, and it got cold and snowy. The poor desk and chair were never, ever photographed. Sad story, huh? Many times they even sell and there is not one photo to show that I toiled, fretted, and sweated over a piece of furniture. I have forsaken before photos a lot, but I almost always try to take a picture of my 'babies' before they leave home. Well, the sun came out for a brief bit, warmed the earth and I moved one of those pieces into my booth and it caught it's 15 minutes of fame.
It is one of the pieces I moved into the new space (#43, Utah Ave.) at the Brass Armadillo.
Here's how it looked when I left. I'm rather hoping there are a few things that have found new homes tonight. Have a super week, go create!
Joining the party!
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Not every piece is going to be easy to transform. Some days you are more inspired than others. Some times the inspiration turns into a fabulous new creation, sometimes not. I have those moments and most of you have had them too. Here's my story of one of "those" days.
I have a nice Ethan Allen long, low dresser with a worn finish outside, but super clean and in good condition otherwise. Simple right? I thought so, and no I did not take a before photo because I just never seem to remember them these days. My apologies. :-)
I chose a deep dark brown base of American Paint Company's Wild Horses. Love that color for a base. On top I painted a couple of coats of Smoke Signal on the body and Limoge on the drawers. New hardware and voila`, finished right?
So back to work and here is what I came up with using Shelly's projects as my muse.
Now, there will be some of you, hello Mom, who probably won't like this any better than the first result. Or maybe will like the first result even better. But for me, it is heaven to see so much depth on those drawers now. I have not mastered that technique by any means, but it was so fun to try it out.
Have a super fab weekend!!
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Well the booth has moved anyway. The Twice Nice booth at the Brass Armadillo has moved to Utah Avenue, booth 43. It's where you will find the American Paint Company paints/finishes, and some furniture pieces, and some other cool things I find along the way. All I have are lousy cell phone photos, but what the hey, I'll show you anyway.
We started with dingy brown walls first thing this morning. 2 hours later we had this.
Anyway, lots more things to take down for the walls, and a desk to float in the middle and fun, fun, fun! Stop by and see the booth local folks! Pick up some paint and find your future project right there in the mall. Wouldn't the legs on the Gate leg table look great painted?!
If it seems quiet over here, find the Facebook button on my sidebar and visit me there. I'm getting the hang of it and posting there more frequently. I can also be found on Instagram. I KNOW, shocking huh? Just started over there and I hope to remember to use it frequently ;-).
Have a great weekend!