Posts Tagged ‘furniture’

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make me pretty – fancy sideboard

October 13, 2015

I found this side board at one of my favorite estate sales, Overbrook Estates. They gather up stuff from lots of different estates and bring it to one warehouse location. I decided to get a little fancy with this one!

I painted the whole thing in a pale grayish blue and then highlighted some of the details with a warm platinum metallic paint. I painted the drawers and inside parts of contrasting orangy-red. A little distressing, an antiquing glaze and new drawer pulls and she is ready to go. Find her at Orange in Carytown!


  

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make me pretty – now it’s your turn

April 30, 2015

I am so excited about my new painting workshops offered at Governor’s Antiques. These workshops will be two hours each, on Wednesday evenings. Each workshop will focus on one or two paint techniques for furniture. The first workshop will focus on chalk paint – how to make your own, how to paint furniture with it, distressing and antiquing, perfecting the chippy layered look and the best ways to use wax.

We will also be offering workshops focusing on milk paint, stenciling, metallic finishes, dry brushing, distressing and antiquing, glazing, and decoupageIf you haven’t visited Governor’s Antiques you are missing out. Part salvage yard, part antiques shop, it’s like a giant candy store of cool old stuff! So stop by sometime and check it out or follow them on Instagram or Pinterest for lots of fun decorating ideas. And of course I would love to see you at one of the painting workshops!

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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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make me pretty – little bookcase

February 6, 2014

I have a small wall that I needed a bookshelf for. It needs to be so narrow, I looked and looked and couldn’t find anything that would fit. I was about to pay full price retail, which is something I rarely do, when I stumbled onto the perfect little book shelf at the thrift store. It’s solid wood, had a nice little carved detail at the top and it’s the perfect size! It just needed a new paint job.

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I painted it a light bluish gray and then did a darker coat on top. Then I got my boys to help me sand off a lot of the first layer. I now have the perfect spot for my kind of out of control cook book collection!

 

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now you make things pretty!

January 27, 2014

Want to learn how to paint furniture like a pro? Want to try out chalk paint without making the $45 dollar investment for a quart of paint? Want to hang out with other fun creative people for a weekend while learning how to turn old furniture into beautiful new treasures? Then you should take my class!

I am teaching a weekend workshop of paint techniques for furniture at the Visual Arts Center on February 15th and 16th. The class is covers everything you need to know to start fixing up furniture on your own, from where to buy furniture, to what to look for in a piece, how to make repairs, and everything about how to paint and finish the piece.

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We talk about different paint options including chalk paint, milk paint and regular old latex. And we cover distressing, antiquing, how to get that layered chippy paint look, metallic paint, stencils, and decoupage. There is a lesson on basic upholstery and we go over the final finishing steps – providing a protective coat for your paint finish.

Each student will get to work on and complete 7-8 wooden test tiles and we will completely refinish one chair as a class.

I just checked and there are only two seats open so sign up quick. I teach the class four times a year so if you miss this one you can always sign up in the spring or summer!

Here is the chair that my last class put together. It is really fun to have everyone  vote on the fabric and paint. You never know what is going to happen but the chairs always turn out cool!

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orange in carytown – super cute furniture and housewares by local artists

June 6, 2013

There is a new store in Carytown that you should check out if you are in RVA. It is super cute. The kind of store I love to shop in so I knew it would be a great place to sell my furniture and switch plate covers. It’s Orange and its right next door to World of Mirth.

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That’s my ottoman in the window!

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