Monday, 30 September 2013

Imperfection love! Before and After Makeover

Hello Everyone!                                                                                     Before and After project makeover... Buffet and hutch were originally dark oak then painted mint green by it's orginal owner and was tired and chippy, just how I like'm.  It as sitting sad in my furniture warehouse and it caught the eye one of my customer's.  She wanted it for her daughter's bedroom.  She had a great vision for it (will ad baskets).  So I proceeded to paint it a cream color and distressed it even more by chipping away with a paint scrapper. Letting some green paint peek through along with the original dark oak color.  My customer was really happy with the final results. 

Steps I followed:
                                                                                                           1.  Used 150 sandpaper to scratch all areas that will be painted. 

2.  Washed with T.S.P all purpose heavy duty cleaner, diluted in water, to clean the surface area. Rinsed well with water.  ( Please use protective gloves for this procedure.  Follow the manufacturer's instructions on the box.)

3.  Painted with Behr's latex mat finish, antique white and I added plaster of Paris to the paint, it's easier to distress the finish after. The ratio I used:  two tablespoons Plaster of Paris plus two tablespoons of water (same ratio) mix well  Add to one cup of paint, mix well again and again
4. Painted in a criss cross pattern overlapping strokes this will ad texture to the finish. Hardware was not removed so was painted over in the same color antique white. 

Creating a charming country finish was lots of fun, chipped away with a small paint scraper and sandpaper letting parts of the original dark oak and green paint peak through.  Passed the scraper over the paint...this technique created fine grey lines ( decorative finish happens because I used plaster in the paint).  I finished with two coats of a mat latex varnish all over including hardware.

Please like my facebook page where we could exchange ideas and I could answers questions you may have. Thanks for stopping by and hope this will inspire you!!!!! Have agreat one!  Suzanne xxoo

 Scratched surface gently with paint scraper
Did not remorve hardware, painted directly for better effect
 Painted over original hardware
Interior cabinet before

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Little Girly & Spunky Princess!

Hi Guys,

Just finished painting furniture for a ''girly & spunky'' little princess. I think the color combo of lavender and pink turned out pretty charming!

More pieces to follow just wanted to give you a sneak peak today.

Top:  painted a very loose plaid faux finish with latex paint in lavender an pink 

Body:  painted latex mat finish, lavender color + antique wash in a soft cream color. 
A princess needs a little bling.. Five faux diamonds purchased at Micheals where added to the four corners of the drawer and above the handle.
Finish:  latex varnish.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great one!!!!!!!  Suzanne

I prefer to start painting with the piece upside down!
Little feet are easier to paint...
Added some bling!

Top painted plaid faux finish in pink and lavendar
I like to add two tablespoons Paris Plaster diluted with two tablespoons of water (mix well together no lumps) then added to one cup of latex paint.  This procedure help me in the sanding  for the distress look.