Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fabulous Brown Chairs get Makeover

 My friend asked me to "do something" with these chairs....  
Like a lot of older and antique chairs, the dark brown wood just doesn't fit into our lives today. This must have been an awesome dining table in its day because the carvings and detail were pretty amazing.  

When working on older chairs, know that if they are mahogany, or if a deep stain was used, it will probably bleed through your chalk paint.  It's a simple fix.  Before painting or even trying to paint dark furniture like this, give it a quick spray of shellac.  This will seal the stain and you can get on with your painting quickly.

I started with an ivory color and then added touches of pinks and a very soft green.  Gold paint and gilding wax gave it the glitz it needed to bring out the detailed carvings.
Such a pretty transformation.  <3

Have a great week!


Monday, August 7, 2017

Little Round Table Gets a McKenzie-Child's Update - And A New Name

A friend of mine had this little round table that she asked me to paint.  I just loooove me a small round table!  I think round tables break up a room and add so much character.  This little table was chalk painted and was cute.....but with a few changes I knew she was going to be fabulous!
My friend's new color scheme incorporates lots of blues.... To start with, I painted this table in a rich navy.  I used General Finishes Milk Paint for the first time and I have to say - I love the paint.  It went on very smooth, had a wonderful texture and provided great coverage.  I will definitely be using this again.'s cheaper than Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  The original top was a plain white - but in order to be fabulous, we needed to add some real character (checks) and then some gold highlights.
I apologize that I don't have very many before and during pictures, but you can see the transformation from the picture at the top to the one here at the bottom.
A nice semi-gloss finish and this pretty lady is ready for her new name.  I've decide to call this one "Lady Sings The Blues".  I think it's fitting.   She went from fabulous in just a few days.

Happy Painting!


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Nana Lucy - Corner Hutch Makeover

My husband's Nana Lucy gave us this corner hutch a looong time ago.  Somehow, it has worked and blended in our family background without much thought.  Hubbie was adamant, that Nana Lucy (as I call the hutch) was staying put in all her mahogany/cherry stain splendor.  I have wanted to paint her for years...but I was told that this was "off-limits" to my painting creativity.
Take a look at Nana. You all get what I'm talking about, right?  We moved to a new home and the one thing that just didn't fit anywhere in the house was...Nana.  So I begged and pleaded that I be allowed to do something with her or - she was going to have to go in our bedroom.  (haha)

So first things first.  Off with the scrolled piece up top and off with the decorative detail on the glass.
I painted the inside an ivory and the outside a duck egg. Still a bit plane, I added some cool rubber adhesives that look like wood.
These cool little rubber adhesives, break up the piece and add texture.  The side pieces are wood molding that I cut and glued to the piece. 
Then I distressed her and added both clear and dark wax.  The dark wax, really darkened the color, which is what I wanted.  
With some McKenzie knobs, Nana has turned into my wine bar (please don't judge :). And now, I enjoy seeing her every day.  
What good is an heirloom if you can't enjoy it?
I know Nana Lucy would just love this!  I've got MC knobs ordered for the bottom too.  Then she will be complete!

Do you have an old piece of furniture that you really don't enjoy?  Paint it, strip it, change it - so you love it!

Have a great week