Friday, May 31, 2013

Here Comes The Bride

I have weddings on the mind. Perhaps it's because my anniversary is this weekend and I'm feeling nostalgic. Or, maybe it's simply because it is the month of month. 

Did you know that we rent our furniture and other stuff? I wouldn't go as far to say that we are a rental company...but we can be a great place to find that last minute "something" that you need to finish your reception and ceremony space!

Like that cute chest of drawers with vintage decorations! Yep...that's one of ours.

Maybe some mis-matched tables and chairs for the pre-reception waiting area. That's one of our tables, too!

Who doesn't love photo booths?! This one goes along with the vintage, farmhouse theme with all of the cute accessories. Most of those came from knot too shabby.

Even if you aren't feeling the whole vintage vibe, with the right eye you can add some unique flair to your decorating!

This Peacock themed color palette mixed it up with splashes of yellow...or more specifically, Arles. That's our Duncan Phyfe and farm chairs! 

Like I said...last minute rentals. We only reserve items for rent for up to 30 days. But, the plus side is that it is very cost effective! Chairs are only $10 to rent and tables run anywhere from $25-$75. The accessories are as little as $5 each and if you need stacks of vintage books for decorations...well, those just cost $1 to rent. 

I have to give huge props to Meghan Wiesman who took all of the photographs above at several stylized wedding shoots! She is super talented and comes highly recommended. Also, these shoots were stylized by Aliki at Firefly Studio Events and Designs who has fantastic vision and can pull some of the most obscure items together for an intricately detailed and magical wedding. get married! I wish I could do it all over again...the wedding that is...not the marriage. I wouldn't trade that for anything.The wedding, however would be completely different. But, after eleven years, whose wouldn't? Last year, for our ten year anniversary I had this goal to be able to fit into my wedding dress. Well, I didn't even bother to take it out of the box because I knew there wasn't a chance in my wildest dreams that it was going to budge over my excessively wide hips. This year...well, just maybe I will be able to zip it up. We'll see...and if I can get it on, I'll take a picture!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Paint Color Recipes for Chalk Paint® and Milk Paint

In my search for some variety with my painting, I have been mixing colors...a lot! I thought I would share some of my most recent "recipes" along with some of the newest furniture pieces.

It's hard to believe, but this dresser is painted with milk paint. I mixed it in the magic bullet and got a deliciously, frothy mixture that applied with a super smooth finish. Bonding Agent prevented it from chipping, even on that higher gloss finish. 

I don't have an exact recipe since I used leftovers, but you can play with the combinations until you find the shade you like. I mixed about 2 tablespoons Boxwood with 2 tablespoons Kitchen Scale and then added about 1/2 a cup (maybe more) of Grain Sack to lighten it. The white color on the accents is Old White.

This little chest of drawers is so cute and charming! 

I mixed leftover Greek Blue, Arles and Paris Grey. It was a pretty random mix but I was using the bottom batches in leftover cans. You know...making the most of my Chalk Paint®

This mid-century dresser was screaming for some visual interest. I used an ombre affect to add a splash of color. 

The bottom drawer is mixed with 2 parts Louis Blue to 1 part Antibes. I used that same base color for the middle drawer, but added 1/4 part Old White to lighten it, and another 1/4 part Old White for the top drawer. It's a beautiful sea-foam green color.

This hall tree that I've been hanging onto for over a year I finally painted. I used 2 parts Provence to 1 part Olive to get, yet another variation of the sea foam green color.

This classic Duncan Phyfe table is a custom mix of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint.

I mixed roughly equal parts of Kitchen Scale and Mustard Seed Yellow to get another green shade. 

You can clearly see where my mixing colors trend to go...definitely to the blue greens. I guess that's my way of moving away from blue...using blue as a base and adding yellow. At least I'm trying to go out of my blue comfort zone. 

On the more classic side, this twin bed is painted in straight up, Paris Grey. I hardly ever display beds so thought I'd throw this one in the mix. Plus, I beam with pride over this one because my six year old painted it and did all of the distressing. To date, it the largest project she has ever tackled. 

I added the stencil and let her have a break from all of the waxing. 

What is your favorite mixed color? Please share on our knot too shabby Painters Facebook page so we can share ideas!!!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Kitchen Scale Colored Wax over Grain Sack Milk Paint

If you love to paint, you probably get bored doing the "same old, same old." I do. I like to play around with the colors, mix 'em up, fiddle around with the wax...stretch my limits with the possibilities. 

One of the things I love about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® is using the paint to make colored waxes. I don't do it often, but sometimes just the right piece comes along and colored wax is perfect to set it apart!

Like this side table I painted a year or two ago.

This side table painted in Provence and Antibes with a colored wax using Olive. There was a lot of texture and crackeling from the previous paint job and the colored wax finish made all of those little "problem areas" really pop and look more decorative and intentional.

More recently, we (Elena and myself) were playing with the milk paint and I wanted to see how well it worked as a colored wax. 

We started with a base coat of Grain Sack on this chair.

There was just enough Grain Sack left over to slap on a second chair.

When the chairs were painted, dry and distressed we made two samples of colored wax. The first was using a pasty paint mix. Elena mixed a thick batch of kitchen scale and added it to some beeswax.

Mixed thoroughly, the kitchen scale simply tints the wax. Then you apply like normal, letting the wax set up for about 10-15 minutes before buffing it off. 

The end result was a toned down Grain Sack with hints of Kitchen Scale throughout. The colored wax settled in the grooves of the chair.

The second batch of colored wax we made was using the milk paint powder as the base.

When mixed, it was just colorless grey...the same color as the powder. I didn't think it was going to work, but we tried it out anyway. 

When the wax was brushed on, the color pigments broke up going on with a highly pigmented, marbly look. The blues in the kitchen scale came out, but there were also some yellows and greens.

The differences between the two chairs are so subtle. I'm sure I'm the only one that would ever see the difference between the wax mixed with paint and the wax mixed with the powder. 

When I mix colored wax in the future, I will use the powdered mix rather than the paint mix just because I like the subtle variation in color throughout the piece.

Just add this technique to the list of all the ways you can manipulate paint and get that unique, one-of-a-kind look to your own furniture!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

House Projects and Store Projects

For the past two years, I have been tackling the house one room at a time. I started with the guest bedroom, moved to the living room which snowballed into the kitchen. Then, I made some updates to the Master Bedroom and bathroom, re-vamped the family room, renovated my girls bedroom and even had some time to tackle our smallest bathroom by converting it into a pantry. The only room in the house that I haven't touched is the guest bathroom and the hallway. Those are next. 

In the meantime, I've been needing to make some changes to our outdoor space.

We have this great covered patio right off of the kitchen and family room. It serves as our dining room since we don't have a formal dining room in the house. And, our outdoor space is large enough, that together with our more traditional patio set, we can comfortably seat 14 people for dinner without having to pull out extra tables and chairs.

My wood planked deck was crying out for some major TLC! The varnish had all but worn off over the years and there were a number of rough patches that were getting pretty dangerous to bare feet.

With summer around the corner and the great weather we had last week, it was ideal to start this project.

It took me two days to strip down the stain and varnish and smooth out the planks. I grumbled about it the whole time but stuck with it. My plan for staining was to do a two-tone finish to create a faux rug. I've really been liking the two-tone wood finishes I've been seeing on blogs and pinterest.

I love that floor!!!

Mine did not look like the one online. 

Instead of getting fancy, I opted for simple stripes letting the planks serve as my guide. Let me tell you...I'm glad that I did because it totally didn't work! It looked RIDICULOUS. Once the wood took the varnish, the contrast between the dark wood stain and un-stained finish wasn't that noticeable and the lines were not crisp and clean. It looked like a hot mess.

I was so disappointed. I went back to my original plan which was to paint my faux rug. So much faster and so much easier.

I ended up mixing
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Old White and Pure White for the border and white stripes and Greek Blue for the blue stripes. I was so close to painting it Barcelona Orange but chickened out. 

It took me about six months to find the different chairs and each one is spray painted in a different shade of blue, white or green.

My "outdoor" table came from the Habitat for Humanity Restore on clearance for $30 and a stripped it, re-stained the top and painted the base in French Linen with the intention of selling it. It never did make it to the store. 

The white dresser came from a yard sale and was supposed to get sold at the store, too...but it never made it here. It's ideal for my outdoor decorations and dishes.

 The deck frame is stained in Dark Walnut and shows every single doggie print. But, it is so smooth and clean. It's a nice change.

I need to find a new place for the ladder and shampoos since you can see them so nicely displayed from outside. My six year old pointed that out to me. What an eye she has! 

I might do a stencil pattern on the stripes to add some more visual interest and have been eyeing a new one. This just might be the excuse I need to buy it. 

At the shop this week, I am working on creating a permanent shelving area to display the various pieces of home decor and collectibles that we come across. I've been keeping an eye on crates on craigslist and figured I needed about 40 of them to create some shelving. 

It actually took a lot fewer than I was expecting so I have a bundle of leftovers that I can sell.

Things are coming together! 

Wait until you see what we have planned for this weekend! ;)

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