Friday, February 5, 2016

Metallic Top Coats

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I spent some time playing with some of Heirloom Traditions Paint new products over the break.  One of them is the Metallic Top Coat.  It's fabulous, and I'm so happy I'll be able to offer it up for my paint customers.  Here is the before of the two side tables I completed.
Sorry, blurry cell phone photo...but at least I remembered.  The finish wasn't bad, it just didn't do anything for me.  So I painted them first in Black Bean.  A true black by Heirloom Traditions Paint, that is fast becoming a best seller for me.  Over the black I brushed on the Champagne Metallic Top Coat working in small sections because I wanted to go back and quickly rag off, or smudge, the top coat to mimic the look on the Mercury Glass hardware.  See the smudging here...
I like how it also lets more of the black bean color show through too.  The Metallic Top Coats are really nice and opaque.  The trick is to keep stirring your top coat to help keep the metallic fully suspended.

It was so hard to get a good photo of the mercury glass knobs, but aren't they just the cutest little bars?  Found these at Hobby Lobby if you want some too.
I love how each of these tables has the drawer placement in a different place, one up, one down.
These are a great size and a little on the taller end of side tables.   Great bedside tables I would think. And now they have a touch of elegance about them.  

And the side by side before and after:
I'm putting in an order for several of the Metallic Top Coats.  Let me know if you want one!  If you don't live nearby no worries, I offer a 10% discount for online orders through www.heirloomtraditionspaint.com, Coupon Code:  TWICENICE
You can always find information about shopping at the top of my page.  Have a fabulous weekend!
Deb

Thursday, February 4, 2016

New Shopping Link

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I am absolutely thrilled to be able to offer those of you who don't live close enough to shop my booth an opportunity to take advantage of a 10% discount and the ease of ordering online!  Heirloom Traditions Paint has given us the ability to give you a discount that will help to cover your shipping charges as our gift to you!


Here's how it works.  Shop here and use the Coupon Code:  TWICENICE at checkout.
To make it even easier for you I have 2 places for you to find it on the blog page.  The upper right hand corner where it says 'Affiliate Link' will take you there.  I also have this permanently on my Pages Bar at the top of the blog.  You can also find my business page on FaceBook using either the FB button my blog designer added for you, or here at Twice Nice Furniture & Home Decor.  I have a 'Shop Now' button on my header for your convenience.   Like my page and you can keep up with the latest products and news.

I hope some of you will check out the awesome products we offer.  Some of my favorites are the Spray Waxes, 13 colors of Soft Waxes, Venetian Texture Medium, Metallic Top Coats, and Reluv, our groundbreaking new product to refresh Leather furniture.  Between the 2 lines of paint you will find over 80 beautiful colors of Chalk-Type paint for your projects!  Have questions, give me a shout out!  

Monday, January 25, 2016

2016

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Not doing a resolution this year, but I do pledge to try and do better by this lonesome blog!  It seems that more and more I find people interacting on Face book and Instagram than they do on the blogs.  We are an instant gratification society anymore I am sad to say.  While I still enjoy many long blog posts with lots of pictures, or descriptions on how a technique was achieved I fell into the fast track habit too.  It takes time to edit photos that don't come off of my phone.  It takes time to write a blog post too.  Sometimes I'm not really feeling 'wordy' but I try to fill you in on what I am doing.  But the comments and feedback are so few and far between that you begin to wonder if anyone is reading what you put on here anymore.  Well, except for that person in Bulgaria or Finland that I see in the stats pages.  I love imagining what they think of all this stuff.  At any rate, I am not quite ready to give it up and I will try to do better at posting some content and photos, and maybe even some class listings.  Do comment if you need more information.  As always you can find me on FB, and Pinterest by following the buttons.  You can always shop my paint store by clicking on the 'affiliate link' in the top right hand corner.  I answer email and respond to comments generally.  I am here for you Friends!

Let's get on with the show.  Here is a recent finish that is for sale.
And as you can see by the photo it has a spinning top!  I'm kind of thinking this might be the coolest puzzle table that ever lived!  It was a beat up, bedraggled, drab brown, with some heavy scratches on the top.  I don't even want to know what it went through...  This paint color is Peppery and reads pretty bright in the photo due to the warm winter sun shining on it. May I get an Amen for sunshine in the winter?!
I did not spend any time at all knocking down the scratched top because I knew I wanted to add some texture on there.  I had some great napkins that I thought would work well.  Napkins have typically 3 layers or ply.  You have to remove the bottom 2 white layers to get to just the printed top napkin layer to carry off this project.  But if you gently remove it (and honestly I didn't care if mine ripped a little as I wanted some of those peek-a-boo holes and even wrinkles) you can decoupage using our 1 Gel product.  1 Gel is also for an image transfer technique, but that's for another day.  You simply brush on the 1 Gel and quickly lay your napkin down.  I used a dry brush to smooth out the top of the napkin.  I also tore around the edges to eliminate HARD edges on my table.  If I found wrinkles I left them baby!

Once the top was dry I gently sanded it.  Yes, even over those wrinkles.  If it was a bit loose I sanded off the excess tissue to let the paint show through.  The napkin also tends to take on the paint color since it is so transparent with only 1 layer.  Shown are some of the products I used on the table.  I forgot to bring the 1 Gel outside.  I used the Dark Umber Spray Wax to give the top an antiqued look, I followed with a very light coat of clear wax to remove some of the areas that I thought took too much of the dark wax and looked muddy.  After letting that cure for over 24 hours I put 2 coats of Aqua Clear our water based sealant that will provide a bit more protection to the top.  The legs and base were sealed with clear and dark wax and buffed.
And if you are like me you'd like to see what this looks like up close, so here you go!  Thanks for stopping by.  Thanks for reading, and if you have any questions please feel free to leave them in the comments section, or shoot me an email.  If there are specific techniques you would like me to show you let me know.  All products used are Heirloom Traditions Paints.  I retail HTP and their boutique line Vintiques at the Brass Armadillo, Booth #43 for those of you local.  If you are not from the Omaha, NE area you can shop for these products by using my 'affiliate link' in the shop now section.
Have a great week!
Deb

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Sorry. Not Sorry.

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You've seen the numbers thing from me before.  I don't even like math people...seriously.  I do like words and word games so you'd think I'd try an alphabet something.  Nope.  I keep going back to the numbers.

This table didn't even start out as a table.  The base is from a Hall Tree stand.  It was in pieces and not going to be a simple repair, so ta da...repurposed!  The Colors are Heirloom Traditions Paint Irish Creme over Black Velvet/Raven.  Love, love Irish Creme, it's such a pretty color.
Just look at all of those dad gum numbers.  Wish I liked Math.

The Twice Nice Booth (#43) at the Brass Armadillo is stocked with my first order of Heirloom Traditions Paints!  In addition to the new colors you can also find new colored waxes and spray waxes.  I'll be putting in another order soon to expand our selections for you.  Time to work on those Holiday projects or get your house glammed up for the Holiday parties!

Not local, that's ok...there is a shop button in the top right hand corner of this page.  Shop all the colors and both lines of paint and it will be delivered right to your doorstep!

Have a great weekend!
Deb

Monday, October 19, 2015

Chchchchchanges

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Fall really is the time for change it seems and I see some new things around the corner here at Twice Nice!  To begin with my DIY paint line is being rebranded and will debut very soon.
Vintiques is the same great paint formula and same awesome colors.  The colors will also be getting new names and an additional 3 colors will be added to the line, and there will be many new products I will be able to add soon also.  Change can be difficult, but I am here to help you find the products you have come to love.

And if that isn't enough to get you excited then how about this...I will be expanding the paint section to include the larger Heirloom Traditions Paint line and products!!

 I am beyond excited to bring you more colors (they offer over 50!), colored waxes, staining gels, and SPRAY WAX (yes, I am just a tad excited about this one)!  It is going to be a grand adventure.  There will be some upcoming demos and classes to introduce you to many of the newer products.  I hope you will follow me on FB, Pinterest, and this blog, which I hope to breathe new life into, as I step out in faith and go BIG! Use the buttons on my page to find me and like/follow to see new product intro's and super inspiration!

I also offer a shop now button on the right side bar for the convenience of shopping at home!

Life gives us all kinds of twists and turns, but one thing remains the same.  Me.  I love what I do.  I love helping you.  I keep my soul fixed on He who guides me, my heart filled with love, and my hands busy using my gifts.  Life is Great!!
Go create something beautiful!
Deb

Friday, September 18, 2015

Something about September

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So, we had the big sale in July.  Which is earlier than we normally do, but we are excited to be offering the Prairie Market Holiday sale in November.  Woot, woot!  Normally I fall out of a rhythm of posting in the Fall, this time it happened in the Summer.  I'm trying to get back on my game people (if any of you are still here).

So, last night I had a workshop.  We had so much fun making the spinning caddy that was a pinterest inspired project.  Great group of women, great project, and great results.  Can't beat that!  Thanks to the Ladies, Laurie, Julie, Darcy, Kay & Deanna for all the laughs.  We all stayed on task and you gals really rocked this project!  Can't wait for the next one!


Monday, July 20, 2015

A Whirlwind

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There was quite the whirlwind around here, as there always is right before the sale.  It takes a lot of work to create enough to stock our big events.  We had a wonderful time, even though the heat was very oppressive!  We appreciated each and every customer that took the time and were willing to wilt a bit while browsing our things.  Not sure if we will choose July again for a sale though!

I finished several pieces that I didn't even have time to blog about.  I thought I would tell you a bit about them now that things are moving a bit slower.

Last year when I did Junkstock I bought a table from a fellow vendor.  She had stripped it down and refinished it.  It's a lovely solid and very wide table with beautiful lines.  This gal was not able to sand down past some of the wear and tear, but I never mind most of that once it is re-stained.  It's the character and story of that piece, just like the lines and scars we all have.  She did a beautiful job, so I left the top alone and only painted the legs and apron.  Then I found some chairs that matched her style and viola`, she was ready to go.  And she was looked over a lot!  Sadly she didn't leave the barn, so she's still available if you are near Omaha, NE!!!
The table base is painted in DIY Paint, Prairie Gray, the chairs in Mermaid Tail.  The seats are recovered in a fabric that matches both colors perfectly.  This table measures 45 inches wide x 54 inches long.  That's wide enough to put two smaller sized chairs on the end for a large gathering.  The large gathering is possible because there are three leaves that are 12 inches each.  She makes into a BIG table!

Look at that beautiful wood.  Solid wood.  Hard to find at a reasonable price these days.  It's stunning and if I could talk my husband into moving the piano downstairs I would probably just keep this one myself.  But, it's a piano, and you know how that goes.

This fabric is just perfect with the 2 colors.  I really debated about going bold with the chairs.  You know though, life is too short to always take the safe route and these chairs are fun, flirty, and say that whoever owns them is not afraid to laugh out loud and enjoy life!  Ok, I made that last part up, but you know what I mean.  Live it up, have fun and here's the dining set to help you do it! ;-)

Let me know if you have the perfect spot for these!  And have a great week with, thankfully, much more pleasant weather for us!
Deb