Monday, May 18, 2015


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Apothecary is one of the new Debi's Design Diary DIY Paint's newest colors.  It is a soft blue/green color.  Honestly it is a changeling.  Depneding on the lighting, the undercoat, the background it can appear to read differently.  I love colors like that!  It reminds me of the Sherwin Williams Colors that I have painted my bedroom in, Sea Salt.

It just such a fun color to work with and it certainly brightened up this rather beat up piece.  When I'm working on an old gal like this I'm reminded about my family, specifically my great Grandmother's family.  My GG Minnie came from a family of carpenters.  All of her brothers were cabinet makers.  I imagine them working on a piece much like this one and the great sense of pride they must have felt when it was complete and oh so grand looking.  This particular dresser, like many that I find, had huge oil rings left on the top, chipped veneers and a few dings and dents.  Many, once newer prettier furniture was purchased were sent to garages, barns and basements to store everyday cleaning/work supplies.  Thank heavens they weren't thrown out.  So while I can't always repair the hard use they've endured I can give it a few more good and useful years with a pretty coat of paint.  I think all those great Uncles might appreciate that.
I love these knobs with the dresser.  I think it perfectly reflects the age and color of this piece.  But I opted to do something different on the top drawers, which were much smaller.
What do you think of these sweet little deer heads?  Oh my gosh I love these so much!!

I'm pretty sure Apothecary will be making many appearances in my projects.  It's just too lovely not to use over and over.

Have a blessed week!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Into the Woods...

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Couple of things...

1.  I seem to be musically driven even though I have no particular gifts in that area.

2.  I like bright colors.

Here is another piece that actually ended up being named.  I don't know why it is that some pieces I find/buy sing to me, but they do.  Right away the lines on this particular piece said fairy tale.  Which immediately took me to "Into the Woods" one of my favorite musicals.  Probably because it presents so many lovely fairy tales in one fell swoop!  I knew my DIY Paint line was releasing a new red color and I found the most perfect little knobs and voila`, Little Red was born.

This gorgeous, rich color is Marquee.  Debi Beard nailed this color.  It is so saturated and deep and alive!
I am aware that this hardware was most likely intended to be a fox.  I'm pretending it could also be a wolf, but really we're in the woods so it really doesn't matter much does it?  Creative license.

I decided to leave the back paneling alone as it fit my interpretation for the sideboard.
Works pretty well with my Fiesta Ware collection doesn't it?

Here is the before photo that I almost forgot to take.
And after...

"Into the woods, into the woods..."  The movie was good, but if you ever get a chance to see the filmed Broadway production it was great!  It's on my NY bucket list!

I am fully stocked with Marquee and the other 6 new colors at my booth at the Brass Armadillo Omaha, #43, and at my home workshop.  Let me know when you are ready to try one of them!