Monday, July 20, 2015
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!!!
Let me know if you have the perfect spot for these! And have a great week with, thankfully, much more pleasant weather for us!
Thursday, July 16, 2015
And I do!! We are in the big push to get everything set up for the Prairie Market Sale this Friday and Saturday, whew!
At any rate this rare gal will be there waiting for someone to find her. And she's wearing her heart on her
Debi's Design Diary DIY Paint in 'Hey Sailor', triangles in Cowgirl Coral, Weathered Wood, Fancy Farmgirl. Crystal Clear Chandelier Liquid Patina to seal. Love that stuff! At the barn sale you will find a couple of pieces painted that coordinate well with her. Come check this sweet gal, and all her friends, out!
July 17 & 18, Friday, 10-7, Saturday 10-3, 11722 S. 216th St., Gretna, NE
In addition to Restyled Furniture and Home Decor we have a local honey vendor who has also created some lovely, lovely Succulent planters this year, and some new granite oil candles for this year!
Have a super weekend!
Monday, July 13, 2015
This Mahogany desk came by way of one of our Prairie Market customers that was having a garage sale and thought someone might want it as a project. That is so sweet! I wish I had a before of it. The top had a huge stain on it and some of the delicate carved fretwork was missing, and the finish had a lot of texture. Many times I've found some of these pieces were stored somewhere in extreme heat and they end up with a bubbly/alligator like finish. That doesn't always bother me though as some texture can be fun to work with on an antique piece. At any rate, I went with Black Velvet for a color. Hello, mahogany you famous bleeders! The top sanded down beautifully. And I was able to scab together enough of the detailed fretwork to leave it on the front legs.
I guess you could even use it as a small kitchen table. It is on pretty metal casters also.
The details on this piece: The stain is Minwax, Jacobean, Finish is Minwax, Antique Oil
Paint: is DIY Paint, Black Velvet (Do you all have to sing the song whenever you say this name? I do.) Finish is DIY Paint, Crystal Clear Chandelier Liquid Patina. An awesome wipe on water based finish!
The paint products are available in my booth at The Brass Armadillo, Omaha booth 43. or from the Affiliate link button in the upper right hand corner of the blog, or you can connect here:
Hope to see you all on Friday!
Friday, July 10, 2015
The Bohemian Blue Buffet, B3 for short, was a fun gal to repair and restyle. She did have a lot of veneer damage on both sides at the bottom. It seems so many of these pieces, as they are moved through the generations, show some damage. I imagine it is where people grabbed them to lift, and loose veneer doesn't need much encouragement to come off completely than a touch. And once they start tearing off watch out!
But she cleaned up nice didn't she? Don't you just love that original hardware?? Oh my gosh, I get so excited when I can keep the original hardware, and this stuff though the brass was worn and peeling in spots was so cool.
I added some copper mica powders to Aqua Clear Top Coat (an Heirloom Traditions Paint product) that I carry. Brushed on a couple of coats and the hardware is nice and shiny again.
The top was a worn out mess, but turned out beautiful! That dark wood top looks gorgeous with the teal like Bohemian Blue from my DIY Paint line. Debi Beard knew what she was doing when she created this color! It is so soothing and subtle and will work well on so many different types of furniture. I just love the classic lines from this Art Deco period piece.
And look, those damaged sides ended up looking pretty darn good thanks to that little trim board that covers up and resupports that broken and thin edge. Sweet!
So, how about you, what fantastic redo's are you working on this weekend? Happy Friday everyone!
To purchase the DIY Paint: Bohemian Blue or the Aqua Clear Top Coat visit my booth at the Brass Armadillo, Omaha #43 or use the Affiliate Link shopping button in the upper right hand corner of my website. Thank you!
Monday, July 6, 2015
This is the last of the Sorority house desks! I know, I'm sad too. This last one just had to be a bit different from the rest right. Let's see, we made restyled a couple as...desks...a few as nightstands...one as our check out counter...how about a Bar/Kitchen Cart next! And so we did.
The Mr. added 2 handy pull out shelves for me, wheels and a couple of handle/towel hangers and a trimmed out Oak Top.
Sweet huh?! Love him!
This cart comes complete with some vintage barware and a Bamboo Owl cutting board. I lined the drawers with some great old maps that I had.
The shelves will pull out part way from either the front or the back. The color on top is Faded Linen and I used the Dark & Decrepit Liquid Patina as my finish coat. The oak top is stained and protected with Antique Oil. It is water resistant and wipeable and can be reapplied every couple of years for added protection.
The inspiration for this came out of an old Better Homes and Garden magazine I had. Don't know which issue as I often just tear out a page when I see something I like. I wish I knew who to credit the original design to. If you know, let me know, ya know?!
Hope you had a great 4th of July, now get out there and enjoy the rest of the month because it is going to fly by! This piece will be available at the Prairie Market Sale, which is in less than 2 weeks!!
The DIY Paint and finishes can be purchased in Booth 43 at the Brass Armadillo or from my affiliate link posted in the upper right hand corner of my blog or by following this link and shopping from both DIY Paint and Heirloom Traditions Paint and products. Have fun being creative!
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Whenever we're at the 2 week mark before a big sale it seems I have a lot of (finally) photographed projects to share. Mind you, not all of these were finished in the last 2 weeks, more like the last 2 months. I'll try to take photos right away, but sometimes that just isn't possibly and I'll wait until I can get it done and then take them of a lot of finished projects all at once. Here is another I shot and finally edited this week. Next up, a simple chair finish.
Forgot the before on this one too. One day I just snatched it and decided I wanted to 'get er done'. The nice clean lines of mid-century modern. This one had been chewed on a bit and had some very rough and worn spots that needed some sanding down. Not a good candidate for refinishing and besides, she looks good in green doesn't she?
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Now this is a fun and easy process, but it does require some patience or a night when you are going to be up until 2:00 A.M. anyway so you might as well be removing paper from a vanity. Good thing I had one of those nights!
I'd say it was worth staying up late for this result wouldn't you? DIY Paint's Crystal Clear Liquid Patina is a wonderful Transfer Medium in addition to being a sealant. I practiced on a much smaller piece first and when I achieved success had my poster of fancy ladies all ready to go. Here are the details: 1. Paint your piece first, mine is painted in Vintage Linen over Prairie Gray. 2. Distress and seal your entire piece in Liquid Patina. (You may seal the main body in wax or the Dark and Decrepit Liquid Patina if you are wanting a more aged appearance, but the surface for the transfer should be sealed in the clear patina.) 3. Once dry, measure and cut out your poster/paper. Give it a generous coat of Liquid Patina ON THE PRINTED SIDE. Immediately lay this coated side down on your surface and with a brayer smooth it out, removing all bubbles. You may need to wipe up any patina that squirts out from under so check the edges once you are finished smoothing it. Then walk away from it. Really. Don't get in a hurry to remove the paper.
4. I gave mine a good 12 hours to dry and set itself before I started removing the paper backing. To do this have a spray water bottle handy. Spritz and gently rub your fingers over the wet area until the paper begins to roll up. Then rub and rub and rub until you get all the paper off. It will take some time or patience so good music or a nice long movie is helpful. 5. When it first dries it may have quite a haze. That is either more paper or more likely the dried on liquid patina. So keep spritzing, rubbing off the patina (you can feel it on your ultra sensitive fingertips)until you feel the super smooth finish. I kept a soft rag handy to wipe off the patina as it softened and balled up. This last part takes some time. 6. Once you have removed, gently, all the patina and paper residue let it dry. It might not be crystal clear, but it is not super hazy any longer. There may be some parts that no matter how gentle you might have been did not transfer. I lost one of the ladies' hat. If you have painted your piece in a color that will blend into the background this helps hide those spots. It also helps that my poster print was of a Monet style painting where details were not sharp and clear to begin with. More forgiving. 7. Once your piece is dried seal it. I sealed with the Clear Patina. I actually did 4 very thin coats and I changed direction, horizontal to vertical, to create a linen or canvas effect. For a more durable water resistant finish I topped it all off with 2 coats of Aqua Clear, the Heirloom Traditions top coat that I am LOVING!
I chose to line the drawer with some fun paper, added a new fashion forward knob on the drawer and covered the bench seat in a fabric that I found that mimicked the colors in the poster. TaDa! A fun transformation!
In the upper right hand corner is a Shop DIY Paint with a red 'affiliate link' button under it. This will take you to my online shop within Heirloom Traditions. You can find the Paints and Crystal Clear Liquid Patina within the shop. And better yet, they have packaged a product for those who are only looking for a Transfer Medium under the "Sealers & Additives" section called 1 Gel Instant Transfer Medium & Decopauge! There are also other great products that might interest you creatively!
Have a super week!
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