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make me pretty – our new house!

September 17, 2014

I have been totally slacking on this blog and I haven’t painted a piece of furniture in at least 3 weeks and I am going into withdrawal! My time has been totally absorbed with packing and unpacking because we moved! We had been living in a lovely house in Byrd Park in the City of Richmond for almost 9 years. I really loved that house and our neighborhood and our especially great neighbors. We just needed more outdoor space. With three kids, two of them wild boys, our postage stamp, brick paver, back yard just wasn’t cutting it anymore.

So we moved to Ashland, to this crazy cute storybook english cottage. I am totally in love with this house. It is very charming on the outside but a bit of a fixer upper on the inside. I think the last time anyone did any real interior updates was in the 60’s.

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But I’m not afraid. I am really excited to turn this house into exactly what we want. I am especially excited about this great kitchen space that we are going to gut and re-create. So stay tuned for posts about the house re-do, and of course there will be more furniture transformations too!

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And check out my amazing new studio space!

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make me pretty – milk paint

August 14, 2014

Since I taught a class all about milk and chalk paint this past weekend at the Visual Arts Center this past weekend I thought I should do a post about milk paint. If you have never used it you might want to give it a try. It has some similarities to chalk paint (no sanding or priming – wax finish) but it is sort of opposite in it’s consistency. It’s watery to milk paints creamy. And it doesn’t really cover completely (unless you add a special solution to your first coat.)

I used Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Boxwood on this table and stained the top. I finished with a coat of Annie Sloan clear wax.

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Milk paint usually comes in a powder that you mix yourself with equal part water. It only lasts for about a week once it is mixed – make sure you store it in the fridge.

If you would like to make this table your own go to Orange!

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the wonderful world of chalk and milk paint

August 7, 2014

If you get into painting furniture you will eventually try chalk paint and you will most likely fall in love. Chalk paint has so many benefits (no sanding, no priming) but probably the best part is in the act of painting. Chalk paint goes on so smooth and covers so well. I could go on and on, and I will in my next class at the Visual Art Center.

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Join me Saturday and Sunday, August 16 – August 17 (Sat: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Sun: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM) and bring a piece of furniture. We will go over everything you need to know about re-doing furniture, from where to find it, to what to look for in a piece, types of paint, an upholstery tutorial and finishing steps. We will also paint and finish each piece that you bring in.

Visit Vis Arts to sign up.

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learn how to decoupage paper onto furniture

July 8, 2014

Join me tomorrow on Virginia This Morning where I will demonstrate how to decoupage paper onto furniture. Or check the latest R•Home magazine for step by step instructions.

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Here are some other pieces I have done using this technique:

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Happy Cabinet

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Sweet Dresser

 

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expanding the pug pillow empire – introducing bunnies!

June 26, 2014

I am so excited to show you these new pillows. My six year old Jasper is completely obsessed with bunnies so I am so excited this project worked out. Thank you so much for the use of your amazingly cute bunnie’s pictures, Kelly from the wedding rabbit!

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So let me  introduce you to Gnocchi:

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And Orzo:

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And Ziti:

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You can find all this cuteness at Orange in Carytown!

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make me pretty – crazy alley mirror

June 12, 2014

I found this mirror in the alley one day when I was walking our pug frankie. The mirror was broken but I thought the frame was pretty great. And it was plastic, so even though it is very large, it doesn’t weigh a lot. So I removed the mirror and used it to trace a pattern before I threw it away. I had a scrap of plywood  and I cut it to fit inside. This is kind of a big deal because I usually get someone to cut this kind of thing for me. But I got a jigsaw and did it myself. It was actually really easy and I am so happy to be able to cut things out by myself now.

I painted the plywood with a couple of coats of chalkboard paint and spray painted the frame. Then I put it all back together and there you go – super cute chalkboard!

You can find it at Orange!

 

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make me pretty – two new pieces for the orange anniversary party!

May 7, 2014

This first re-do is actually the second time around for this little table. I painted it orange about a year ago but was never able to sell it. I guess maybe the orange was too bright. Maybe there just aren’t that many orange people out there. So I decided to a go a little safer this time around with a nice blue paint and an Ikat stencil.

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I also found this towel rack at the thrift store that I thought would be perfect for the bathroom art shoe at Orange. I had to loose the cross stitch and replaced it with some of my favorite Amy Butler fabric. I painted it with chalk paint and distressed it. I am kind of in love with it. I almost kept it for myself!

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