Wine Crate with Winter Foliage

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Have you ever seen those fantastic wine crates?  The ones with the embossed wine label on the side?  The ones that liquor stores just throw away?

Say WHAT?!  Yes, they just throw them away.

Here’s a secret…..

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Wine Crate with Winter Foliage

photo 1 (6)

Have you ever seen those fantastic wine crates?  The ones with the embossed wine label on the side?  The ones that liquor stores just throw away?

Say WHAT?!  Yes, they just throw them away.

Here’s a secret…..

Continue reading

Two Toned Dresser

So I had this dresser….. I bought it over a year ago because I loved the look and shape of it, just not the finish.

Then we moved, my BFF lovingly stored it in her basement until we found our permanent home.  That is when the dresser moved to the garage and sat for months until I finally decided what to do with her.

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And so the transformation began.  I had the place in my house that I wanted her to go and I knew what picture I wanted to hang above.  So I hatched a plan that would tie the picture and this chest of drawers together.  I was going to paint her in a lovely terra cotta color.  But once I painted the top, I changed my mind.  That would be a whole lot of orange!!!  I decided to paint just the top a terra cotta color and the rest old white and then lightly distress it.  To get the right color, I mixed 2 parts Annie Sloan Barcelona Orange with one part Emperor’s Silk.

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Once the painting was complete I roughed her up a bit and then gave her a good coat of clear wax before starting the dark wax.

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I really worked in the dark wax and wiped it off quickly.  I didn’t want the white to get too dark but I did want it to settle into all the details.

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Here she is with her intended art:

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I’m still not sure about the orange top, but that’s the beauty of chalk paint.  She can be changed in a short afternoon!

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Craigslist Chair–Before and After

I am totally in the throes of packing!  We closed on our home on Thursday!  A few days earlier than we had originally planned but everyone was ready so why not?!  I am sooo excited!  My Prince Charming has allowed me to redo the kitchen and keeping room (yes, I have a keeping room!!!!!) immediately and I can’t wait to share it with you.  Meanwhile, I have been planning some other odds and ends and I thought I would share one with you.

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I bought this little accent chair off of Craigslist for I think around $50 bucks.  I’ve had it for over a year and just haven’t messed with it.  It became a clothes rack in my bedroom.  But recently I decided to show it a little love!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Annie Sloan came out!  French Linen is a beautiful gray color.  I painted 2 coats on the chair and then lightly distressed it.  I didn’t want this chair appearing too chippy.  I had the best fabric picked out for it and the grey would look wonderful with that fabric. 

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After it was painted I went over it with Annie Sloan Dark Wax.  I let it seep into the crevasses of this chair.  There was some detailing on the arms that I really wanted to come through.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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After all of the layers had dried and I buffed it really well with an old tee shirt (my rag of choice), I sent it to the upholsterer.  I do not attempt to upholster myself.  I think it is quite a talent, and I don’t have it! 

This is what the chair looks like now:

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Yes, those are boxes in the background.  There’s just too many of them to hide!!!

I’m not sure where the chair will go in the new house, but I need to find a proper place for it.  I just love the way it turned out!!