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

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 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

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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

custom work

I can’t believe we are in our second week of April! It’s been almost six weeks now since I opened my little shop. In many ways it feels like it has been six months and then when I think about all the plans I still have….I catch myself thinking,  “where did the past six weeks go?”  But I do feel like things are settling in and the crazy factor has decreased significantly. I’m definitely learning along the way…figuring out a balance and what makes sense for me both artistically and business-wise. Unfortunately, those two things don’t always go hand in hand…

Part of that balance is my interior design and custom work.  I really enjoy that side of my craft and want to be sure to carve enough time in my schedule to be able to work with clients independently as well as what I do for my shop.

So today I thought I would share a antique dresser makeover I recently did for a friend. Continue reading

meet Frenchie

Here she finally is…that sweet little antique halltree/bench I’ve fondly named Frenchie.  Again, I changed my mind several times on how I wanted to paint her…but ultimately, I knew I needed to play up her feminine details to show her off properly. And even with all the trouble,  I have to say the new hardware was totally worth it.

Unfortunately, we are experiencing a particularly grey day here in the Pacific Northwest (shocking, I know)…so I was working with very little natural light trying to capture some decent photos.

Here is a full shot:  (If you need a reminder of what Frenchie looked like “before” you can see her here.)     Continue reading