I love turning old vintage finds into new usable items. This silver tray was in desperate need of a polish. I don't have a before picture. My mom used some silver polish and elbow grease to shine this gorgeous tray up. I don't know about you, but I rarely have an occasion when I would use a silver tray. So I decided to make it a little more modern.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
I have made some more message boards for upcoming shows this summer and I wanted to share them with you!
This first one has chevron fabric on the magnetic side and chalkboard paint on the other. This would be a great addition to any office!
This message board turned out better than I expected! I bought an old quilt top at the Christie antique show this past may. I knew I wanted to use the fabric on one of my boards. I love the cottage feel it gives off.
This next board is made out of an old window frame I bought at the aberfoyle antique show. I loved the patina on this window frame. I added a floral fabric which gives off such a country feel!
This next frame is a custom piece for a friend. She wanted a chalkboard and magnetic board for her office.
This last piece is fun and traditional all at the same time. I love that the fabric is off center.
Let me know which one is your favourite?
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Happy Father's Day!
On this special day I am working on projects in the beautiful sun and reminiscing on how my dad would help me out or give me advice on how I should proceed with a project.
Last year I painted a chair mint and loved it. I have a chair that is too rough to use. The seat is split. However it is perfect for a garden. I can see a beautiful flower pot on it. I gave it a coat if ASCP mint paint that I mixed myself. I don't have perfect recipe. I just eye ball it. I use Florence, Antibes green and old white. I didn't wax it as it hopefully will be a wonderful accent to someone's garden! Pieces of furniture don't need to be waxed if they are outside with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
Here is the chair!
Monday, May 26, 2014
I recently went to the Christie Antique Show. It is my favourite show in Ontario! I bought this window frame and piece of tin at the show. It was pure happy coincidence that the tin fit into the frame! I just had to trim the one side a bit. I was elated and knew I could make the other side a chalkboard. Have a look!
I love it when things just work out!
Saturday, April 12, 2014
My mother has had this old east lake chair in her basement for awhile. I have always wanted to refinish it but have been to scared to tackle it. I never wanted to destroy a nice chair, but once the veneer was coming off in places I knew I couldn't make it worse. I decided I would paint it as I said the veneer was coming off in places. Here it is before I did anything. The maroon crush velvet fabric definitely date this piece.
I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris grey followed by a coat of ASCP country grey. I used ASCP clear wax to provide a durability to this piece. I used fabric I bought last year in michigan.
I then had to cover up my staples with braid. I tried to closely match my colour of grey in the fabric to the braid colour. This isn't an easy task as there are so many different shade and undertones to grey.
Anyways here is my first reupholstered chair!
I'm in love with it!
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Happy weekend friends!
I hope you are all enjoying your spring weather that has finally started to appear. Last week I gave you a sneak peak at my Nephews nursery. The theme started with the vintage map of Walt Disney world my sister purchased at a flea market a couple of years ago. She got it framed and mounted in red. It was a great piece as there are so many different colours to pull from it. We repurposed furniture her husband and her had in their extra bedroom and office by painting them. I painted a dresser and bedside table in ASCP's Emperors silk and finished with a clear wax. These two pieces turned out great as the colour really pops against the grey walls. The colour of the walls is CIL zeppelin from Home Depot. The change table is an old washstand my mom had got from my grandfather when he owned an antique store. He had refinished it thirty or more years ago. I painted the bottom in ASCP's old white and kept my grandfathers finish on the top. My sister added some accents from IKEA in the baskets and children's coat rack.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
My sister recently had a baby boy. I had the opportunity to help her decorate his nursery. She wanted a retro Disney theme nursery. A couple of years ago she had picked up a map of Walt Disney World from the 70's. It is fantastic and had a range of colours in it. Here is a sneak peek of a gallery wall I created for the room. The blank space in the middle will be her boys initial. She was keeping it a secret until he was born.