Thursday, June 20, 2013

Our Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint Center

Business has evolved. With the creation and popularity of pinterest, the resources available on you tube and the wonderful world of blogging, the whole "do-it-yourself" market has grown...exponentially. More than ever, people feel not only empowered, but very capable to tackle their big projects. 
What was exclusively a small, shabby chic furniture store almost two years ago, knot too shabby is so much more today!
You may not have noticed, but I've taken a bit of a blogging break. Not intentionally, it's just that my focus has been on fixing up the look and feel of the store. And, with the growing demand for paint, I've been dedicating more and more space to paint and paint related products.

Extending past all of the paint product and display cabinets, I've added an extra ten feet of space for supplies.

Paint brushes in different styles and varieties, waxing brushes, sanding blocks, buffing rags...

I FINALLY hung my awesome Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan image transfer that Michelle Black photographed and made for me as well as the file rack for workshop fliers and other brochures. 

I painted up a new shelving unit in Old White and Graphite Chalk Paint® and painted 29 books in the different Chalk Paint® shades (all colors except Old White) as a color display.

The front covers and spines have a dark wax finish and the back cover is clear wax as a sampling of how the shades change depending on the wax finish.

I free-handed the paint colors on the spines.

An additional piece going in my paint display is this piano. Wait til' you see the finished pictures of how we are using this as an educational piece in the store.

On a side note, I had fun with the Chalk Paint® this week and repurposed some old violin cases as wall hooks. Greek Blue and Arles transform these vintage pieces and make for a good conversation piece. 

Come check out our new displays this weekend. Thursday, June 20th is the first "Third Thursday" in the Glendora Village where businesses and restaurants will be open until 8:30 pm and we are always open late on Friday nights until 8:00 pm. Plus, Glendora Farmers Market is Saturday morning from 10:00-2:00. It just seems that there are lots of reasons to visit the Village. :) See you Downtown! 

Painters Tape and Milk Paint

I went to take a "before" picture of this desk at least five times and was constantly interrupted. By the time I finished the first coat of paint, I realized I never took the "before." So, use you'll have to use your imagination. 

I used painters tape to make it chip. It was a bit of an experimentation process.

The finish was a high gloss, so I mixed about 2/3 linen to 1/3 Kitchen Scale and added a little bit of the bonding agent so that the paint wouldn't peel off. Well...that was my intention. I wanted it to chip a little.

I painted stripes on the front of the drawers and was hoping that the bonding agent would prevent the tape from peeling the paint right off. It sort of worked. It took little pieces of the paint with it making the chippiness look authentic.

The sides didn't chip at all so I started slapping tape around it to manipulate the chipping. It totally worked!

I had to chip around the tape so it didn't look like straight lines fo chippiness.

I think this desk looks nautical. The blue and white stripes and brass handles. I could just see an anchor hanging on the wall above it and a fun red chair.And, I love how the stripes aren't so "in your face."

All in all, it was a good experiment and another technique I can use in the Milk Paint Workshops!

On a side note, I got a couple of new pieces today.

An antique organ with matching bench, and...

an antique piano. 

If you are interested in either, send me a facebook message! 

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Antique Buffet, Milk Paint and Chalk Paint® decorative paint

My poor husband. He puts up with so much of my garbage. Like, constantly changing our home d├ęcor. A throw pillow here, new rug there. Anytime new furniture comes into the mix, it always involves a, "HEY BABE, will you help me move (insert name here)?" He's so gracious about it...I mean, he totally rolls his eyes every time, but he's gracious.  

So, my Dad went to check out some furniture for me a few weeks ago.

I nearly freaked out when I saw this buffet! My dad says to me, "did I do good?" Are you kidding me. This was awesome. I did my classic, "I'M GONNA KEEP IT," yell! Hence, my hubby rolling his eyes again because it meant moving some furniture out of the house and into the store in order to make room for this piece.

You would think that I'd have an awesome, fully stocked workshop at home. But, I don't. I have mostly empty cans of paint and leftover bags of milk paint. When it comes to needing a larger quantity of paint, I usually have to mix leftovers together to get enough. This was no exception. I wanted a blue shade that would pop in my kitchen. I had some French Enamel Milk Paint, Linen, Grain Sack...I threw them all together. It was too blue...not enough teals and greens. That exhausted my milk paint supply. I had some Duck Egg Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in the garage so threw some of that in there. It was too I added some Old White and Paris Grey to knock it down a bit. It all went in the magic bullet and I blended the heck out of it.

It was a bit on the bright side, but with some dark wax the color would be much calmer.

The right side is painted before wax and the left side is after wax. The difference is night and day!

And, there it is all set up in my kitchen.

The top wasn't in bad shape, so I lightly sanded it and added a coat of dark wax to finish and protect it.

The white details are painted with Linen Milk Paint and chipped beautifully.

The Chalk Paint® served as a great bonding agent because the milk paint base and Chalk Paint® mix didn't chip at all.

I had fun displaying all my little trinkets and treasures.

The ultimate irony...this piece isn't in my kitchen anymore. I found another piece for my kitchen and scrambled to find a new place in the house for the buffet. Which meant more moving furniture, having to get rid of a piece...oh and having Geek Squad come out to re-wire for the TV all to make room for furniture.

My husband says to me..."you can't just leave well enough alone, can you?" Ha Ha!!! Where's the fun in that?

Please tell me, I'm not the only who has to constantly re-arrange...???? 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Image Transfer on Metal Cabinet

A few months ago, Michelle Black and I partnered up to do an image transfer on an old metal cabinet that I picked up at a yard sale. 

It was a small one with an awesome surfboard image. We loved the final outcome so much (plus it sold in less than a week), we decided we would do another one if I came across the right piece. (You can read more about this piece here).

Last April during my (not so epic) yard sale weekend in Morro Bay, I came across a much larger metal cabinet. It was the last day, I had a ton of room in the truck and I was feeling deflated about not finding anything amazing. I bargained the seller down to just $10 and piled it in with the rest of my goods and drove it south. 

After three months, we finally got to refinishing it.

We started with a simple paint treatment. The framework is painted in Aubusson Blue Chalk Paint® and the front is Old White so that the image transfer would show up. Michelle had a vintage sports image in mind so we stuck with more masculine colors.

Yep...that's me and this is the only picture I have of the image before it was transferred.

Paper being peeled off.

And, the final product. 

I distressed the heck out of the edges and corners to get some of the original rust to peek through. My dad (who was very genuine about this) told me that he would have been happy to have sanded off all of the rust. WHAT!? I told him you can't pay for rust like that and to keep his grubby sander away from its rusty perfection.

Just to get an idea of how much is involved in a project like this, the painting, distressing and waxing process that we do is the easy part. It only takes a couple of hours. The image transfer...well, Michelle was here for two hours just measuring, cutting and setting the image. It took her another four + (aggravating) hours to peel off the paper. 

This is certainly something I don't love to do...but I LOVE that Michelle Black loves to do the image transfers and hates to paint. So, we make a rather lovely team. Who knows what we'll do next.

You can read more about Michelle's part of this project on her blog!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Summer Break and Recent Keeps

The past week has been a complete whirlwind! School has been out for a week, and on top of adjusting to a new routine and schedule with kids home all day, I've had three full painting workshops, a regular schedule to keep at the store and a mini-getaway with my husband for our anniversary. The getaway was the best part! My hubby surprised me with a night on the town in Beverly Hills. I was begging to load up the truck with nasty looking furniture so we could drive it around Rodeo Dr. and Beverly Blvd just cuz that's more my style. :) Wouldn't that have been a kick? 

As planned, I climbed through the attic and pulled out my wedding dress over the weekend to see if I could get it on and zipped up. There was a big hole in the front of it on the outer layer of tulle despite being all boxed up. Oh well. I got into a squabbling match with my husband trying to get it went something like, (him) "There is no way this is going to zip up." (me) "YES IT WILL...YOU'RE JUST NOT TRYING HARD ENOUGH!!!" 

He managed to get it zipped up...but just barely. I can't believe I was so skinny back then. After a round of some pictures (I promised I would include if it fit), I had to run back in the house and take it off just so I could take a deep breath. 

Anyway, after our weekend in a different world (cuz if you've ever been to Beverly Hills you might as well vacation in a different world), I've spent every day in the store prepping for workshops, keeping up with the furniture inventory and training interns. It seems like this week, more than ever I was having conversations with customers that went something like, "how do you ever get rid of anything?" 

The truth of the matter is...I don't. There are a lot of things that I come across with the intent of selling, but just can't part with it right away. These are some of my favorites at home...

I got this California Date box at a yard sale for $1. It was filled with cassette tapes, and in order to get the box I had to take all of the tapes. Originally, I brought it to the store and snuck it behind some other stuff so no one would see it. Every time someone touched it or even looked at it I'd get a little heated. So, after a week or two I finally pulled it off the shelves and took it home. 

I think these are milk glass. These came from a yard sale just a few weeks ago. I paid $10 for the whole set and was stoked about it because I've been on the hunt for a vintage feeling salt and pepper shaker and a new sugar bowl. The shaker was a bonus because it is kid friendly...perfect for a sprinkle of sugar on our morning oatmeal that even my three year old can handle. 

This past November, I bought a set of locker baskets on etsy to store our Christmas CD's and DVD's for the holiday season. The plan was to sell them once Christmas was over and the movies went back in storage. But, I love the versatility of them. Right now, they are a focal point above my fireplace along with a bunch of other oddities that I've kept over the years. I think I have a collection of about ten locker baskets in and around the house right now. 

The cast iron cookware crate was a yard sale find for $10. and the box beneath it was $2 and is an old file cabinet drawer. Both of those were in the shop for a bit of time, but I finally brought them home and set them up as a side table in my family room. The antique alarm clock works and was supposed to be for store know how it goes...

Ahhh...that awesome, chippy lamp! I'd say it was supposed to come to the store, but I don't think I really ever intended to sell it. I got it at Lucketts? or maybe Chartreuse and Co. in Virginia on a picking adventure with one of my best friends. It works and is ideal for my husband while he teaches piano lessons. It wasn't a screamin' deal, but at $36 it wasn't too over-the-top expensive to buy. 

The large antique glass window was from a yard sale just down the street from my house. I walked it home and propped it behind the table against the wall to get it out of the way until I could get it to the shop. Well, it's been there for a while now. 

I got the two teeny tiny kids chairs at the Irvine Antique Market this past spring. My kids love them...and I love having grown up looking furniture for the little ones. Eventually, they will get sold once my little scrappers outgrow them. 

And, to this day, my most favorite find is the church pew. It was a screamin' deal at a yard sale. I paid just $75 and love it as much as its original owner. You can read about when I first bought it here

That's just some of the cool stuff I've kept over the years. More recently, I bought an antique buffet and secretary that involved lots of re-arranging to keep. But, that's a post for another day!
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