Tuesday, September 2, 2014
America, America, God shed his grace on thee...
How fun it was to work on a dresser for a wonderful lady named Willie. Willie wanted a dresser done for her grandson who shares her love of Country. She said "Americana" themed and turned me loose.
Have a great week!
Monday, August 25, 2014
A fellow American Paint Company Retailer shared her 'recipe' for making a burnt orange color on our Facebook page a week or two ago. I mixed it up last week and brushed it on a dresser. Tell me what you think of Pumpkin!
I'm rather smitten with her if I dare say so. I think I am looking forward to those cool Fall nights and the crisp sunny days.
It is a super rich saturate color! It kind of made this very simple styled dresser special in my opinion. Well that and those drawer pulls!
I mean, those are pretty special too, right? Yes, they are, and I so love it when the original hardware can be kept with a piece. This dresser, as many of these do, had a lot of texture in the old finish. I suspect that storage in a hot garage or shed causes much of this. I wet distressed and took advantage of it to give it a shabbied up look.
I have both Orange Grove and Saddle currently in stock at The Brass Armadillo in Omaha. My booth is on Montana Avenue. Booth 208. There is also a flyer about upcoming paint classes and tips for painting with Chalk/Clay based paints in the booth! Stop by and check it out!!
Have a fabulous week!
Friday, August 22, 2014
Getting things photographed when you are working at warp speed presents a challenge, but I am super excited to show you this next piece. I've been loving me some stencils lately. I've also been having some fun mixing paints to make some new colors.
Have a great weekend!
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Well, I must say coming up with titles in the middle of the night is not my superpower.
You know the Prairie Market Gals sale is coming up soon right? I don't exactly get into a panic, but about this time every year I start looking around and thinking I better kick it into high gear if I'm going to get through the pile of 'want to do for the sale' pieces. So, you'll either see a bunch of reveals flying at you, or radio silence. Since I like reveals, that's what I'm going to try to do.
Here's a recent finish for you and she's a Grande Dame! We found a beautiful heavy oak buffet recently with a tag that had an added "last chance" sticker. Seriously, would they toss something this gorgeous in the landfill if it didn't sell fast enough?! It makes me sad. But fear not, she has a chance to be useful again!
It's going to be a fabulous week!
Monday, August 11, 2014
Happy Monday all! I have had a busy weekend and first couple of weeks of August. Thanks for all the prayers you sent for our Ellie. She is doing well with her recovery and we thank God for that!
I was able to complete the sweetest little drop leaf table and 2 old oak chairs last week. Thanks to the Mr. we were able to re-glue the top and rebuild the frame for the table. It was such a clever design. That's what I love about Vintage pieces that you just don't see with the mass manufactured. The table top was stained and the base and chairs were painted in Home Plate. You are probably noticing that I am just rambling on describing this to you instead of flashing lovely photos up. That is because it went straight from the workshop into the van for delivery instead of out for a quick photo shoot first. Imagine that, I do seem to do that with custom work more often than not! Maybe Kelly will see this and shoot me a photo to insert in here at some point. Trust me it looked fabulous in her new kitchen!
Never fear though, I will show you one more that I was able to finish last week and since I still own it there are photos!
Be good to each other this week!
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Thank you for the prayers for Ellie's surgery!! It went well and we are hoping and praying for a successful outcome, though we won't know for a while. Before the surgery I managed to grab a piece I had purchased for my middle daughter and get it base coated. Stress management painting, it works for me! A couple of brief work sessions later it is finished.
My middle daughter is a lot like me when it comes to decorating and color and changing things up. She and I like to 'redo' perfectly fine rooms. Hers is just getting a bit of a tweaking since she finally seemed ready to part with the Hot Pink bedding and zebra striped accessories! Yes (insert fist pump here)! I had already painted her room a neutral color a soft beige. Her bed is an antique iron headboard painted black, it will stay, and for now so will the black desk, though she has managed to beat the front to death with her rolling office chair so it will eventually get a tweak too. We are just beginning and until we get "Oldest child" off to college and the Prairie Market and band commitments out of the way it won't be finished. One of the big changes is replacing her old dresser with something new. New being a relative term in our house, right?!
I kept the original hardware which was kind of funky cool. I resprayed it as the old finish was 1/2 worn off so it is nice and shiny now.
I think this will be a nice piece that will serve Maddie well for a long time to come. Or until she talks me into another room makeover...
Have a peaceful end of the week!
Monday, July 28, 2014
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 also finished this HEAVY duty piece. It is super sturdy and extremely versatile.
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.
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!
Have a beautiful week!