Spring Colours

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I really wish I could remember to take pictures of the before’s. This lane chest started out a medium brown wood with a faux leather black top.
Not pretty. I painted the bottom in a white and added the pretty multi colour top. The material is Sunbrella so it is very stain resistant.
Aren’t transformations wonderful? I didn’t add any distressing as the top has enough design, I didn’t feel it needed it.
This would look wonderful in a hallway or at the end of your bed.

So Grateful…

I have been so absent from this website but only for good reason.  I would have never imagined how busy I would be with my little workshop, creating, painting and just having fun!   I am so grateful to all of you that have brought my your cherished pieces to update and make them reusable in your space.  I feel so fortunate to be doing something that I love so much!

I thought I would show you some of the pieces I have done and a few before and afters.

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Antique White Cedar Lined Dresser
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Custom Black Glazed Sofa Table
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Custom Black Cabinet being used as a side table in a bedroom
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Antoinette Pink side table purchased for a little girls room
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Country Grey cedar lined hutch
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Heavily distressed desk and mirror
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After

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Have a wonderful day!

Pretty Pink Dresser

I loved doing this dresser.  Two great reasons why…twins!  Our friends Aleesha & Jeremy are having twin girls.  How exciting!  When they asked if I could paint this dresser for them I didn’t hesitate.  The dresser came from Jeremy’s mother…so nice it can stay in the family.  Aleesha wanted pink for her little princesses as the nursery is in a pink theme.  

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I adore Annie Sloan Antoinette Pink.  It was the exact colour I was looking for, no mixing of colours required.  Once it was all painted, I thought it needed an extra colour as it’s quite a large dresser and it was a lot of pink!  Hence the Old White chandeliers dropping down the front of each drawer.  Perfect for little girls don’t you think?

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I’m happy with the way it turned out.  And I couldn’t resist putting these little sock monkeys in the drawers, they were just waiting for Aleesha & Jeremy when they picked up the dresser.  I purchased these and half the proceeds go to the Stedman Community Hospice.  What a great cause.

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Pretty in Pink

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We loved doing this for you and your girls Aleesha & Jeremy!!  Can’t wait to meet them!

Chalk to Me…

I adore chalkboards.  And recently I’ve discovered a very simple way to have wonderful writing on them.

Did you know you can sharpen chalk?

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I read online that this could be done…I guess I just never thought of it before.  (Don’t mind my sharpener, I also use it for makeup pencils).  This makes it much easier when you use your everyday stencils to write on the chalkboard.  That’s right! Use your stencils for chalking!

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How easy is that!  Once you are finished, use a fine brush with a little water to get rid of chalk you don’t want and presto you are done.  I can’t wait to do more.  Here are my results…what do you think?

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How easy was that?  The key is the sharpening of the chalk!  Have fun creating with chalk…

 

Owyn’s Dresser

It’s always great when you can bring something old to life again.  Our son and daughter in law brought over a dresser so I could finish it for our grandaughter Owyn.  While it was a beautiful dresser as it was, it just needed some updating.  Image

The colours turquoise and purple were requested for Owyn’s room.  I love this colour combo!  I used ASCP in Florence and mixed a custom purple for the drawers. Once it was finished I just thought it needed something more.  After all it was for Owyn!!  I found these great stencils that give such an important message to any young person, that is to “dream, believe and inspire”.  The added touch of Old White to the dresser brought it to life!  Add some bling with glass knobs and she was done.

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When I took pictures of the dresser I sat a very special teddy bear on top! My Nanny made him for my son Tyler when he was a baby.  I have him for safe keeping…for now…

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How wonderful is it that we can pass old treasures down…if not a teddy bear , a great little dresser made especially for Owyn will do.  The dresser had come from Owyn’s great grandmother as well.  Treasures to keep!

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Paint Options

I was recently in California visiting my sister. She has never used the Miss Mustard Seed Paint before so we thought we would go on a search and find some. We checked the Miss Mustard Seed website to find retailers in her area. The first store in Vacaville we went to had discontinued carrying it. I couldn’t understand why as I absolutely love the results using this paint. We were told that it was too time consuming and more difficult to use than the Annie Sloan paint. We also went to Napa, and again the store there had stopped carrying it for the same reason. While I agree that it does take time to mix the paint yourself and it is entirely different than the ASCP, the end results are fabulous and well worth the effort put into it.
I use many different types of paints, including Miss Mustard Seed and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I don’t think that one paint can do everything! While they are quite different to use, they both have their uses and applications.
Here is a great article from Miss Mustard Seed. Milk Paint vs. Chalk Paint

Courtesy of Miss Mustard Seed
Courtesy of Miss Mustard Seed

So whatever paints you choose to use, know that they are all different in their qualities, colours, and end results. But have fun trying different paint options!

Treasures Found and Memories Kept

This has been an awesome weekend so far.

Yesterday I went hunting for new treasures at a local thrift store.  These 2 small candle holders caught my eye because of the colour (I love green) and texture.  Just something small to sit amongst other items.  I picked them up and when I looked at the bottom it brought tears to my eyes.  They were made by my grandmother (Nanny) in 1976.  I was just a teenager… She is no longer with us so I can’t tell you the feeling I had to be holding a part of her creativity.  She had a small shop in her home where she taught ceramics and sold pieces she created.  Some of my fondest memories were going to Parry Sound on summer holidays and her letting us “create” with her.  I will cherish these…

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I also found on Kijjiji…(much like Craigs List for you Americans) an awesome find of old glass top Crown jars.  Not only were they a great price, there were 9 of the green glass ones in the box!  I’ve already given 2 away to someone who appreciates them like me! (I can see them on your shelf now Dayna).  I have so many ideas for my collection of jars….

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Last but not least, I went to St George, ON this morning for their annual community yard sale.  I got the most amazing deals on some wonderful furniture pieces that I can’t wait to start.  First of all though I need to empty what is in my garage now.  My sister Kim and I had to make 3 trips back to her house with my treasures!  Thanks Kim for letting me know what a great day that is and for storing it all in your garage until we get Mark’s truck to pick it up.

It’s really the small things that can make us happy, and I think that if we keep that perspective in our lives we will be content and happy!

Have a great long weekend everyone!