Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Approaching...

Summer is ending a Fall is approaching. Its been a very nice summer, nothing super exciting or fancy travels but a lot of good ol' quality time with friends and family and nature. Some of this weeks images below,. I am going to miss having the little guy around all day and walking the garden and finding something new each day.  I also approached my first Annie Sloan Chalk Paint  project too...

I have to say I am addicted ..it was fun, could be quick (if I only had a moment to myself!) and relatively easy. No priming, No sanding, No problems. I bought my bedroom set 23 yrs ago but could only afford the sleigh bed and a small dresser at the time and never got around to night stands. By the time I could afford it they were long gone. These tables were from our girls bedroom. They were my daughters Great grandmothers. I had painting them white years ago with latex paint ..Not so good! Then I heard of chalk paint. I know I am pretty late to the game with Annie Sloan Chalk Paints but, if you are too, you need to check out Deneen from Dreaming in Color. She is a fellow Jersey girl who has this amazing blog filled with all her creations and furniture pieces. This new obsession is all her fault now ;-), as I just ordered three more paint colors and now have multiple pieces lined up to transform. I used Paris Grey as the base color and with the Clear Wax then a subtle hint of the Dark Wax and then finally gold leaf. The possibilities are endless. You can layer the paints, distress, add gilding waxes. You can go with a heavily distressed look or smooth plaster look. I went with very little distressing here and the French Gilding Wax in Kings Gold cause I am from Jersey after all and I do like my glitz!  I think they blend nicely with my bed and the hint dark wax really brings it all together. I am going to paint the inside of the drawers in Versailles. Next on the block is my girl's bathroom vanity. This was actually my first project but Paris Grey wasn't the right color. I will be using Scandinavian Pink with Old Ochre over top and lightly distressed. i got all my supplies from Classic Wall Finishes. I highly recommend Classic Wall Finishes. They are quick with shipping , great prices and extremely helpful. Patty, called me when I placed my first order and spent about 40 minutes on the phone with me walking me through different techniques. She was fabulous. I am looking forward to taking one of her workshops one day. Luckily she is only about an hour or so away from me.
I strongly suggest if you are looking to paint some furniture to try Annie Sloan paints.

I hope you all have a great holiday weekend. We are taking a few days off and are going to fit in some day trips before school starts.I apologize for not having a recipe for you today...I am having the cooking blahs at the moment.Well at least today that is!

Be Well,
Donna

I am also repainting my bedroom in the next few weeks too... A little bedroom makeover is in order, it's been 13 yrs with the wall colors!

Will Smith's family's faces during the Miley Cyrus performance at the VMA's.... priceless!But not her performance :-(

10 comments:

  1. I am in love with that sweet table!! It came out great! Thank you for your kind words too! I love painting furniture and you are right it is addicting! Can't wait to see the rest!! So glad you like it even if it is my fault! lol

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So glad you like it!!! Thanks for stopping by!

      Delete
  2. You did a fantastic job on those! I have been wanting to try chalk paint. Hopefully I can find time for something like that soon. I'm pretty sure you will be inspiring me! :) And I couldn't agree more on the Miley performance. How disappointing to see what she's turning in to.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Cindy!! You must find a small project to try it out !!

      Delete
  3. amazing photographs, you are very talented :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. What a lovely project. Isn't it fun to create or have beautiful things in your home?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is Andi, I feel like such a "big girl" when i go to sleep at night with my new pretty tables...with drawers to boot!!

      Delete
  5. You are so crafty! I love the transformation of these nightstands and love how they have history within the ohana.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you !! I am transforming my whole bedroom and the only new items are the paint. everything is being re-purposed...for now ;-) Thank so much for being here!

      Delete