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 …

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look at him now!

Stephen dresser

 

Stephen is for sale at BEACHGLASS for $375.

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

painting furniture black…and the challenges that go with it!

I’ve painted several pieces of furniture black. A couple were my own, a few custom pieces for clients…and every once in awhile I get the crazy idea to paint something black just because.

Why? Because a well painted piece of black furniture is stunning.

But boy…is it ever challenging.

I’ve used latex, oil based and chalk paint in black, and they all have their benefits and their shortcomings. When it comes to distressing and getting the look I really like…there is no competing with chalk paint. I love the look of warm wood coming through black paint and chalk paint does that beautifully. But there are two challenges in my opinion with black chalk paint. First, it’s not THAT BLACK. It really is more of a chalkboard black. I do think Wrought Iron by Maison Blanche is the deepest black compared to others on the market, so I use it over the others.

Second challenge? WAX. Continue reading

custom buffet transformation

Wow…I’ve been really bad about writing on my blog. Not good.  It just seems like when things get busy, it’s the first thing to go. Well that and laundry…but it’s summer, so who needs clean socks?

We are heading out for a family vacation, but I wanted to at least get some photos out of the latest custom job I finished. I’ve been working so hard to keep up with my shop, doing custom work has been difficult to squeeze in…but I’m really happy with the way this one turned out. I have another custom job that still needs my attention…but after a little R&R with the family this week, I will be ready to tackle that challenge when I get back!

I was really excited to get started on this particular custom project because I just know it is going to have such an amazing impact on this client’s dining room. This buffet is lucky enough to be a part of a 100 year old Seattle home and it’s new color will be the perfect complement to all of the beautiful wood floors, windows and other original wood details throughout this home.

Here is a photo of the buffet before:

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A great piece, and the size and style worked well…but was lost a bit with all of the rest of the similar colored wood in the room.

After a color consultation, we decided on Duck Egg by Annie Sloan. Distressed to highlight the great details and finished with a layer of clear wax and dark wax, both by Miss Mustard Seed.

Here it is ready to go!

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And a close up of the detail work…

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This piece will get one final touch with some new knobs, but we will wait until it gets back to its home before making that decision.

 

 

 

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

empire state of mind

I have been a little MIA from writing lately (sorry about that)…just a very busy time of year. The end of the school year always makes me a little nutty with all of the extra activities scheduled.  Field Day, Fun Run, 5th Grade Olympics, Marketplace, 5th Grade Celebration, Band Trip, not to mention the ELEVEN basketball games we had over the Memorial Day Weekend.

Excuses, excuses…it was time to pick up the paintbrush today.

Fortunately, I have some great pieces just waiting for me to work on in my shop. My favorite being this AMAZING empire dresser!

Empire Dresser before

It is one solid piece of furniture…and those glass knobs (love).  My original plan was to keep some of the original wood as an accent, but unfortunately it just wasn’t in good enough condition to leave unpainted. So instead it is going to get a touch of some chalk paint magic! I’m thinking of doing it two colors to show off its beautiful curves. Hmm…

So stay tuned…I will be working away to finish this dresser and will post pictures tomorrow!

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

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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