Friday, February 26, 2016

Fast Finish

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I'm telling you now this isn't about running a race.  I WISH I liked running, really do.  It's furniture though, and that's ok too.  I have plenty of pieces that take a bit of time to fine tune the look I am going for.  Lots of others that are simple and to the point.  Once in a while though I like to just do a 'quick and done' piece.  Though as I'm writing this, I just realized that it did take my husband a few extra hours to remove the tumbled rock mosaic tiles that were on the top.  Oops.  Ok, but the painting was a fast finish!
This cedar chest was handmade.  And by that I mean well made, quality workmanship, probably with lots of love and attention to detail.  Then time passed and someone decided to put their own spin on it.  I'm kicking myself for not taking a photo of it, but we started demo as soon as we got her home.
There must have been a sale on backsplash or shower tiles at the big box store.  The entire top had mastic adhesively applied tiles laid on in 12 inch sheets.  Fortunately they never really got around to properly grouting.  It looked hideous, and it was a bear to remove.  I'm not sure if some of the gouges were there prior to the tile job, or as a result of removal.  Regardless, if a storage box has dings then I will definitely use them to my advantage to make a primitive piece.  Because I like primitives, and I LOVE trunks.  If I didn't already have 9 or 10 around the house I'd keep this one.  I'm still debating.  I have college kids who will eventually need coffee tables or bedroom trunks after all.

This color is 'Ball Jar Blue' a custom made color by Allison from Refunk My Junk that Heirloom Tradition Paints.  It could be my new favorite.  Lots of wet distressing and a bit of sanding too to get this old worn look.

It was a fast finish for me.  Everyone needs some instant gratification once in a while!
Have a great weekend!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Introducing some New Products

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One of the reasons I am so pleased to have found Heirloom Traditions Paint Company is their forward thinking.  They are always looking to be ahead of the game in formulating new products that our customers who create want and need.  I honestly don't know when they sleep they are always working on not only products, but focused on making it easier for their retailers to best reach out.
So before I forget, I would like to remind you that you can not only get 10% off your online orders by using my coupon code:  TWICENICE every time you order, but for a limited time you will receive a free paint brush (value, $39) if your order is over $75! Sweet deal!

My booth has been totally restocked and I've not only brought in newly released products but also 2 new colors that have been custom created by either another retailer or one of our product ambassadors.  Many of those colors are not on the normal color charts, but are available online for you to purchase and available with retailers who choose to add them to their stores.  

First up, a Drop Dead Gorgeous Blue by Lori of Thee Velvet Glove, Graceland Blue.

I absolutely can not wait to try this color out!  And yes, she said her inspiration for this color came from the Velvet Curtains at Elvis' Graceland.  Isn't it stunning?

Next, fellow retailer Susan, from Extending Grace, has created a must have in your stash color called Olive You.
Not only is Susan a gifted painter, but she definitely has an eye for colors that will appeal to all of us. I just love this chest!

I also added these newer products to my booth to help serve my customers better, and I am very excited about them.

These are our new Metallic Top Coats.  Metallic Masters Top Coats add sheer metallics that still allow your paint color to show through.  You might remember that I used them on my little black side tables.

I mottled mine intentionally, but it is just as gorgeous in a smooth brushed on finish.  It is formulated to go over fully cured wax surfaces for added durability.  I am stocked in these colors:  Champagne Shimmer, Copper Penny, and Tarnished Silver.  

Finally, let me show you something that is truly a game changer!  Re-Luv.  Re-Luv is formulated to help you recolor your worn leather furniture, but it would also work on your leather briefcase, leather purse, or that leather pad on your desk.  Endless possibilities!  Here is an example by my friend Julia of Shangri~La Lane
Isn't that amazing?!  You can bet I am looking for a piece of leather furniture to try this out!
It comes in 3 colors now, Mahogany, Ebony, and Chestnut.  I am stocked in Chestnut, but will be ordering more colors soon.  I believe they also plan to develop a lighter color at a later date.
I think this will be a great addition to our already wonderful line of products.  I invite you to go to to watch the video tutorials on any and all of these great products!
Of course I also invite you to contact me with questions too!

Have a fantastic and creative week friends!

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, Coupon Code:  TWICENICE
You can always find information about shopping at the top of my page.  Have a fabulous weekend!

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!