Alice in Wonderland Table

Sweet Serendipity is one of my favorite sites to follow. She is always creating beautiful one of a kind pieces of furniture. Most of all, she is so good at sharing techniques of how she does it. This is one of my favorite pieces she’s done lately. She based it on the children’s book, “Alice in Wonderland” and as I teacher, it really spoke to me. She was kind enough to share in this tutorial how she created it. Enjoy!

You’re not mad, you say??? “You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”……  Click on the link below to view the tutorial.

Source: We’re All A Little Mad…

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Private Painting Class

May 11, 2017 – What a great night last night with a fun group of women.  I have serious workshop envy with the shop we painted in last night.  Full bar, huge sinks, bathroom, lots of space, tables, you name it, it was there.

The items brought in to paint were unique and it was fun to see the ideas ffor the pieces forming and final projects.  We may be doing a repeat here this summer.

old school desk – remember these? Missouri Limestone Paint Company “Cupboard Green” on the seat blends well with the rusty legs. A “Cupboard Green” wash on the back brings out the carvings. : )

See the ratchet piece under the top. This table adjusts in height. Very clever. Painted with Missouri Limestone Paint Company “Clothesline” and then distressed, it is beautiful!

This was a family heirloom that needed a new look. Painted with Missouri Limestone Paint Company “January” and “Cupboard Green” then distressed, it will look great in a farmhouse styled space.

This unusual piece is an antique plant stand of some kind. Just one coat of Missouri Limestone Paint Company Rural America brought out the wood grain beautifully. A little more distressing and wax – it is now a stunning piece of art.

This table base is painted with Missouri Limestone Paint Company “Grannie’s Lace” and is now waiting for a new table top.

Tip of the Week – Did you know? You Can Make Your Own Drawer Knobs?

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TIP OF THE WEEK:  April 28, 2017 –  Did you know?  You can make your own drawer knobs.

It has been awhile since my last tip.  Sorry.  I’ve been a little busy with Easter, grands, and painting.  But this tip got me back in the saddle again, so to speak.

I have pretty much been obsessing all day today about drawer knobs.  I started my latest painting project last night – a 13 drawer chest.  Yes 13 drawers!  I couldn’t wait to start on this and have been thinking about drawer knobs and pulls for several weeks now.

Here’s a little sneak peek of my beauty in progress.

Before:

Stain/Painted Drawers:  Different pastel hues

But back to my obsession.  13 drawer = 23 knobs.  I thought at first I would like handles, but that just didn’t seem right, plus I didn’t want plugged holes and didn’t want to drill new ones.  So, then I moved onto – glass knobs.  I wanted something light and possibly beachy looking (rather than boring old wooden knobs).  However, I’m cheap and didn’t want to pay more than $1 for them and I wanted them NOW.  Did I also mention I’m IMPATIENT when I want something?

So, I went to my friendly facebook group on painting furniture (Painted Furniture Before and After Questions and Answers).  That name about says it all, doesn’t it?  If you are a painter of furniture, you really should join this group.  It is very helpful.  I think there were over 50 posts back and forth over my question on where to buy cheap glass knobs.  Lots of ideas and inspiration was shared – so much so I started rethinking what I wanted.  Someone mentioned Sea Glass spray paint.  That was a great idea.  I’ve heard of that.  Then I wondered if it would work on porcelain knobs because I had quite a few of them.  Not enough, but could get more cheaper than glass.  But I still wasn’t entirely sold on that idea.  In the back of my mind, I’m thinking that I’ve seen actual (or fake) sea glass pieces.  So now my obsession is moving toward that idea.  I couldn’t see myself gluing sea glass to the top of a wooden knob, though.  So, I was stuck there for awhile.

I went back to painting drawers and all the while I’m looking around the shop area thinking what could you use for a bottom so that a screw would go into it.  Of course, nothing jumped out at me.  So, it was back to Google.

I think I started searching using sea glass spray paint on porcelain knobs and saw a link that said “make your own drawer knobs” so I tried that.  The big Pinterest pic showed a decoupage look on a wooden knob so I didn’t go there (yet).  I just started scrolling down.  Wow!  I hit the drawer knob jackpot.  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/527413806331630014/

But there it was – Make your own Drawer Knobs.  I clicked on the link and what do you know…..you can use something to make the bottom of a drawer pull. Here’s the link to the website:  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/337840409518371097/

The piece you need is called in hardware terms, a connector nut or connector cap.  Who knew?

So, for now, my obsession is on finding these connector caps and seeing how expensive they are and maybe buying some pieces of real (or fake) sea glass.  Or maybe check more into the sea glass spray paint.

Decisions.  Does everyone obsess over something so simple as drawer knobs when painting?  If so, I hope I have helped you in your search.  I saw this meme the other day in one of my groups.  I’m sorry I don’t know if the person cited is the original creator or not, but it is perfect.  I think it sums up my feelings about all this redefining furniture and turning it into one of a kind “masterpieces.”

Patio Chairs Prettily Painted

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TIP OF THE WEEK:  March 28, 2017 – Patio Chairs Prettily Painted

I was on a swap site close to my home and noticed a set of patio chairs for sale. I knew these had potential to look great again. They looked to be an expensive set at one time and I had looked for some of these comfortable swivel rockers last year so I knew how expensive they were. I just happened to comment on the post that whoever bought them could PM me and I’d tell them how they could paint them. A funny thing happened. The lady selling them PM’d me. Long story short….she removed her post….hired me to paint them for her….and is planning an in-home painting class this summer. She was thrilled with the final result and was hoping to get at least two more years out of them as they were going to be selling and moving closer to a daughter in another state. So, this was a win-win for both of us.

As you can see, even though the metal was in great shape and only needing painting, the fabric on some of the chairs was pretty threadbare in areas. It would be good to note that if you are planning on painting patio furniture fabric, you’ll have even more success than we did with these. They turned out very nice, but some were pretty threadbare and that still shows.

 

 

What I did next is not what you want to do next. On the first chair I painted the metal black first. That was a mistake. Why? Because when you paint fabric, you’ll want to wet the chair down first and then add some water to your paint – in this case we used the Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-based paint that we sell in the color “Crisp Kale”. So…..when painting with watered down paint, you’re going to to get that watered down mess all over your freshly painted black metal! What was I thinking? That one had to have metal repainted in many areas. So….moral of that story is paint the fabric first.

I also taped off the first one. I didn’t need to do that at all. My chippy brush allowed me to paint the black and not touch the green fabric, so no tape was used on the other chairs.

There were a couple of chairs that were really pretty threadbare. I had read that you could repair those with Bondo. I did that and those areas turned out ok and the paint covered them well, but I would recommend only using it if you had a small hole to fix. I wouldn’t do larger areas again.

I never use a roller when I paint with chalk-based paint but for the first coat on these chairs I did since the paint was watered down. That really helped the paint get into the threads of the fabric and adhere. I did two more coats, using a brush for them and that worked out great!

 

There is no need to seal chalk-based paint for outside furniture. The sun and heat cures the paint and makes it very durable.

Were they perfect after painting? No, not by any means. Will they hold up for my client for a few years? Yes, they should work out just fine for her. Are people going to be going up and getting eye to eye with the chairs and searching for flaws? I hope not. : ) Or, will they see the overall picture of the bright and cheerful patio chair set on her patio and wish they had one just like it. That’s what I’m hoping for! In the natural light and with the grass peeking through and trees starting to bud out in Missouri, the set looks beautiful on her deck, don’t you think?

 

A private painting class and one at Gift Emporium

After some nice weather teasing us with spring, we’ve had interest picking up for painting classes once again in February and March.  Our latest was a private one March 24, 2017 and we traveled all the way to Boss, Missouri.  We had a lot of fun with 8 people (including a 3rd grader who is used to following directions and did great!  What a sweet little girl!  She couldn’t wait to try out the dry brush technique.)  It was held in a gym at a church so we had plenty of room to spread out.

Scroll past the March class photos to see all the projects from the February 25, 2017 class.  It is always fun to see all the old come to life new again.  Loved these pieces that were brought in.

Boss, Missouri Private Class:  March 24, 2017

Before photos:

During:

After:  Their projects turned out great!  I missed getting a pic of the finished plant stand, but it turned out having a great rustic look with using “Old Tin Barn”!

Gift Emporium Class on February 25, 2017

Some Before and During:

A few After Photos:

 

Nightstands & Storage Bench

The problem (not really a problem) with selling chalk-based paint is that with everything you paint, you really want to keep it all. Take my bedroom….we bought nightstands about a year ago. We’d never had nightstands before much less matching ones and I was going to paint them. We bought themnightstands_somethingblue at Mary Ann’s Home Decor and Consignment in Rolla, Missouri, about a year ago and they were in such good shape I really didn’t want to paint them. So, I compromised and painted just the drawer fronts, then gave them a coat of wax. I’ve really enjoyed the size and the drawers and the drawer fronts I painted with Missouri Limestone Chalk-based paint in the color “Something Blue”, which is similar to a light teal color.

Then about a storagebench_pier1month ago, our son Trevor found at an estate sale in Cape Girardeau,  a really neat rattan storage bench for me to paint and sell. It was from Pier 1 Imports originally.

Hmmmm…that would look so nice painted with the same color as my drawer fronts and sitting at the foot of my bed storing clean sheet sets. I gave this a couple of coats  of polyurethane for protection.bedroom_somethingblue1

 

 

 

 

 

Sold! To me!  See, I told you it was a problem. I had to keep this one.

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Update: Painted Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops

We’ve had so many people lately wondering about painting their kitchen cabinets and what to do about outdated counter tops, I thought I would share the post documenting what we did with ours around 2014.  Both the cabinets and counter top are holding up well and I still love them.  Click here to see the blog on our kitchen makeover. The information about our kitchen is toward the bottom of that post.

I used Annie Sloan chalk paint on my cabinets….Annie Sloan was my introduction to chalk-based paint and I was in love.  I still like the Annie Sloan line. At the time, I didn’t even mind the price as it does go a long way.  It was hard to find in my area, though, and there weren’t a lot of color choices. Then, we stumbled across Missouri Limestone Paint Company’s chalk-based paint, founded in the Missouri Ozarks, and the rest is history.  We are now established distributors of this line, selling paint and painting to sell, and I am more in love with chalk-based paint than ever!

The counter top product we used is truly amazing:  Daich Coatings Spreadstone Countertop Finishing Kit.  It was a long process but well worth it in the end.  To this day, it looks pretty much the same as the day we finished it.  It is wearing very well and I am very happy with it.  Our counter top was the 1980’s white “leather-look” laminate.  I thought we would be able to sand it down, but that was wishful thinking. That laminate is tough stuff.  So, underneath my lovely counter tops with flecks of colored stone, is an interesting “leather-look”, but it really doesn’t detract from the looks of the counter top at all.  Read more about our counter tops on my Pinterest Board.

The Daich Company advertises they give you a generous supply.  That is true.  We had a lot left over in our kit.  I ended up a couple of years later doing the top of a laminated kitchen table to match the counter tops.  This company now has a new finish called Mineral Select, that looks amazingly like (from the photos on their website) a granite or quartz counter top!

I highly recommend chalk-based paint for painting cabinets.  These days I naturally recommend using the product we sell, Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-based paint, available in 4 locations in the Sullivan, Missouri area and then sealing the cabinets with polyurethane. The quality and price of our product is outstanding.

For countertops I recommend the Daich Coatings products. I have no affiliation with this company.  I just know I used it, loved it in 2014 and still love it now.  I just checked out their prices and the Spreadstone product we used is even cheaper than when we purchased it.

If you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer them.  Just fill out the form below and I will get back to you within 24 hours.