meet Stephen

I’ve been meaning to write a post on this dresser for awhile now…but with all of the craziness of opening the new shop it just seemed to take a hit on the priority list. Poor thing, he really is pretty cool.

Most of the pieces painted with chalk paint have a layered look that looks amazing. I love that look as well, but sometimes a certain piece just seems to call for something different.

That was the case with this old maple dresser. We’ve all seen his guy around before…if you are like me, your brother maybe even had a bunk bed in the same style. So maybe it was a little of me reminiscing or just the influence of my all-male household…but this dresser needed to be painted more masculine.

Here is a photo of the dresser before:

Stephen before

 

But with this simple combination of FrogTape and chalk paint in OXFORD by Vintage Market & Design …

oxford

look at him now!

Stephen dresser

 

Stephen is for sale at BEACHGLASS for $375.

first day

BEACHGLASS

Today was my first official day open at BEACHGLASS! I had an amazing Launch Party on Wednesday night to celebrate my new venture with friends and family, but today it was official.

It was a perfect day. I opened the doors at 9am to a fun couple visiting Mukilteo from Austin, TX and my last sale was to a another group visiting from Florida. Who knew Mukilteo in October was the tourist hot spot? ūüôā I assured all of them that there really were mountains out there behind the fog….geesh, we have to be the only place where people shout “look! the mountains are out!!”

I had a steady flow of locals all day and some great friends popped in… it really was so much fun! It felt good to have all of the “grunt work” of getting the shop ready to open behind me and just enjoy helping customers throughout the day. I was even able to squeeze in a little time to post some pictures on my Facebook page and place some much needed orders to replenish what flew out the door on Wednesday night.

Today was just what I hoped for…this is one happy girl.A board

my happy place

I’ve been doing a lot of custom work this summer, which has been awesome. My business is growing, and it’s beyond exciting for me. However, I have learned that along with all of the custom work, it is important for me to just paint. Paint for the pure joy of it…not for a particular end project in mind, or busting my tail to get something finished to fill a hole in my shop.

So today after completing a particular challenging custom project and finishing writing my last blog post…I needed to find my happy place and just zone out to some great music and let the creativity flow. I had a recent thrift store find I was anxious to work on and thought it was the perfect piece to add to my shop before the weekend.

Here is the poor thing before… ¬† ¬† Continue reading

Nesting…1,2,3

June has been an incredible month for me at the shop. I’ve had record sales…(okay it’s only been 4 months, but a record is a record!) and I’ve made some great connections with local artisans to carry additional home accessories I’m so excited about! ¬†I’m learning I can’t do it all, and quite honestly…there are some people out there that just do it better, darn it! ¬†Exciting changes to come…

With a great month in sales also means empty space, so I’ve been working to finish a couple of pieces that have been on the back burner. One being this french style set of three nesting tables. Continue reading

meet Carolina

I would use the old saying “when it rains, it pours”… but I feel like that has a negative connotation¬†that I really don’t mean. Things have been so crazy around here, but in a good way. I honestly don’t remember a time that I have been this busy in nearly all aspects of my life. But its all good stuff…and I’m certainly not complaining.

I knew going into the month of June that I was going to be busy wrapping up the boys’ school year activities, basketball tournaments, travel plans, and several out of town guests coming to visit. I’m also completely booked with custom jobs in June, so I worked like crazy getting my shop stocked and ready to be neglected for a few weeks.

Whew! It was stocked and looking good and I could finally breathe a bit and focus on all of the other things I had going on.

Well that was the plan…

Then last weekend I sold about half of my inventory, and I was in Portland at a basketball tournament.

It’s that moment of “woohoo!!” followed by the “wait…oh crap!”

Luckily, it was REALLY full before I left and when I scrambled in there Monday morning and did a little rearranging….it didn’t look too bad. But I needed to get to work and at least finish one additional piece (I really should do two) ¬†before I head back out of town.

I knew just the victim…

Carolina before

This dresser has been moved around my garage over and over, ¬†and it just kept getting passed over for other projects. I’m not sure why…I liked it right from the start. But sometimes when I don’t have a plan for particular piece right away, it can sit awhile as I change my mind five or six times about how I want to paint it.

Well, tonight was the night (and my only free night) to get it done, and I decided to try something new.

I’ve used milk paint a few times before, and I nearly always use chalk paint…but I’ve never used the two in combination together.

Why not? Continue reading

meet Edward

Well here he is…Edward.

He is one big awesome empire dresser. Love him. I decided to paint the majority of the dresser in Old White with a dark wax. The drawers I painted in Coco by Annie Sloan to better highlight those beautiful glass knobs.

Here is a reminder of Edward before…his original finish was in pretty bad condition, but it’s easy to see he made quite the statement in his day.

Empire Dresser before

and After… Continue reading

meet Fergie

Remember this broken down buffet?

Fergie before

This girl needed some work…she had obviously experienced some good times in her day. But all of those years of entertaining had “Fergie” looking a little rough. She had a leg that needed some repair and many areas of the veneer were chipped or loose. Here are some photos of her repair work.

Some parts of the veneer just needed to be re-glued. A little wood glue and some clamps does the trick, but I also found a great use for those granite samples I still had from our remodel. Those little pieces are heavy!

Fergie Clamps

The veneer on one of the drawers was so damaged I could just peel it off. ¬†Since I was planning on painting the whole buffet, it made more sense to remove that part of the veneer and just sand it down for painting rather than using wood glue. ¬†Here is a shot of that process…

Fergie drawer before

Here is she all finished and on her way to the shop!

Fergie After

Fergie -inside

The English style of this buffet has so many details I wanted to keep the paint simple. I used Franciscan Grey by Maison Blanche chalk paint company and the interior is painted in Aubusson Blue by Annie Sloan.  Lightly distressed and finished with a clear wax and a little dark wax for added depth.

Here is shot of Fergie holding her own down at the Beachglassblonde shop in Home Inspirations. I think she looks ready to host another party!

Fergie Shop

union jack

I’ve been wanting to try painting a union jack for a while now. But I just didn’t seem to have the right furniture candidate, or maybe more honestly…the time. ¬†I’ve seen some really cool dressers done, but none of the dressers I’ve picked up seem to have that industrial edge to pull it off.

Then I came across this vintage typewriter table. ¬†I took this picture after my first layer of paint…when the “oh crap, I forgot to take a before shot” hit me.

Union Jack Before

Great metal style with casters and flip down sides. ¬†I decided this was going to be a “jack” if it killed me. Continue reading

beachglassblonde adds Facebook page!

Hello! It’s been awhile….too long, really. ¬†As many of you know with the addition of the beachglassblonde shop to my life, things have been a little nutty. ¬†What?! ¬†Yes, I know it’s always been a little crazy around here…but it’s been off the hook.

I feel like things have settled down a bit just in time for me to take off for sunny Arizona for Spring Break. I’m sooo looking forward to that first ray of sunshine on my face and a little break from the paintbrush! But first, I need to frantically clean this disaster of a house for the dog/house sitter. Pretty sad when your house has been neglected to the point it probably won’t even meet young bachelor cleanliness standards. ¬†ūüôā

I also placed a big order of home accessories several weeks back and guess when it’s scheduled to be delivered? TODAY. ¬†I’ve been anxiously waiting and waiting to get all of the great items I picked out ¬†in my shop, only to have it arrive just in time to sit in my garage for another week!! Fingers crossed it arrives closer to 11am and I can get my hands on a few things and bring them to the shop before we head to the airport. I also need to squeeze in the Dr. Appt for my son’s cast change and throw in a few things in a suitcase for myself. Hmm…what time is it?? ¬†I better get back to cleaning.

But before I go!! After a little casual research, I’ve decided to add a Facebook page for my shop. It will focus on new arrivals, products, events, etc. ¬†I still want to keep this blog, I really enjoy it and think it can still serve as a great place to share ideas and inspiration. It also serves as a better medium for the design side of my business.

So “LIKE”¬†Beachglassblonde shop by K. Miller Interiors on Facebook and keep up with what is happening at the shop!

Have a wonderful EASTER!