Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Old Music Cabinet Meets Mackenzie Childs

So my friend had this awesome old music chest.  And it was as cute as can be, but no one in her family wanted it.  It was brown and just kind of melted into the background when placed in a room.  
With a piece like this, there are all kinds of choices you can make.  But if you really want a "wow" piece, you do something fun with it.  In this case we decided to "check and stripe it up".   Starting with some muted checks on the side...(sprawled out on the floor...that's how i work) I begin to work on its transformation. 
And more checks...
And then I try to work in colors that match my friends room and add the little details that make the piece pop. This piece took a lot of work, but really turned out fun and very funky.  But it totally works!

My friend finished this piece with some real MC knobs.  Here is the old music chest in all her checkered glory.    

I'm so lucky to have friends that trust me with their furniture and allow me to creatively transform their pieces.  

Hope you are having a great week!


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Lovely Little French Chair

Ok....this chair doesn't look so great now right?  My neighbor was going to throw away this chair. He thought it was ugly.  But look at it - it has great bones!  Great details, a cane back, cute curves...and so easy to re-do!
Now, you can take this chair to be professionally reupholstered and it would be beautiful.  But, you can also re-do this yourself and have a great outcome. Don't be intimidated, just start taking it apart and save the material as your pattern. With the burgundy velvet off, look how great this chair looks.  It actually looks so much better with the material off which is why you need to look at the form of an old chair and not the material. Now you can see the details and the wood and know that this has so much potential.
With Annie Sloan chalk paint, you don't have to strip and sand the wood on finished furniture, which... would be kind of a pain. You just paint right on it - which makes this super easy.  So I gave this a coat of Old White, which is a soft cream and then added some french linen.  Nothing has to be perfect - unless you want it to be. I just swirl it around, wipe some off, add more back on, until it looks how I want it to look.
Then I added some gold gilding to highlight and accent.  

 I originally thought I'd leave the cane brown, but ended up thinking it looked prettier painted.  When painting cane, use a very little bit of paint on your brush and make sure no drips come through the back.

People tell me all the time, "I could never do this....I'll mess it up."  That's ok....I mess up all the time and sometimes, when you mess up - you get an even better result.  Take this next step for instance... Since the chair pad had all these curves, I opted to get the removable pad, professionally done.  I chose to do the chair portion - myself.  This isn't hard to do, but you do have to pay attention - which on this chair - I did not.  If you look closely at that right arm at the bottom, I cut the material too short (always go bigger first). And of course, I did not have any extra material. Knowing I could not leave the chair this like this (I'm a little OCD)  I went out and bought some new fabric and used a different fabric on the bottom to go with the top cushion.
I found a beautiful new material that worked out great.  Truth be told, I actually like the two different patterns together better and the chair took on a new personality with the difference.
How fun is this?  So don't be afraid to try something for fear of messing up.  If you mess up, try something else.  :)
I love my new little chair.  It makes me happy!

Do you have an old chair sitting around....give it a makeover.  It's easy.

Have a great week!


Monday, November 21, 2016

My Daughter's Mackenzie-Child's Like End Table

After seeing a sweet little table I did for a friend, my daughter asked me to paint an end table for her that looked like a Mackenzie-Child's piece.  She had a sentimental end table of my grandfather's and with the cute little lines I thought this would be perfect.  

This was my original inspiration.
The black and white stripes gave it an immediate "wow" factor and the more I worked on this, the more fun I had with it. 
Next I worked on checking the back legs and then adding some stripes and color.  
The inspiration piece I used had a crackled front and I wanted to do the same. I created this crackle look using regular craft glue.  Yep, regular old Elmer's will work. 
See it all starting to come together?  
Finished up with some additional details and then a nice coat of poly.  

Hope she likes it. :)

Have a great week!