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Furniture Makeovers - The Turquoise Iris

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Oh, This Serpentine Dresser Makeover Makes Me Think of the Ocean

Let me be honest.  

If I really try, I can make anything remind me of the ocean. 

The serpentine shape of this antique dresser is the ocean waves.

The blues and greens of the paint colors remind me of the warm salty water.

The yellow drips are the rays of sunlight.

And, the golden glass knobs are the shiny happy smiles on my childrens' faces.

I love using the paint from CeCe Caldwell's. It's very thick and creamy and works so well with my style. I often water down the paints and blend them so the original thickness is a perfect match for my art style. I used three colors on this piece but it also had an aqua all over it from a previous makeover.  The green you see is Alaskan Tundra Green and the blue is Windsor Blue. I love a highlight color ( same for my makeup actually) so I added Carolina Sun Yellow to this one, hence the sunlight reference earlier. This blue and green are both two of my favorites with CeCe's paints. If you haven't tried them yet, I recommend you do.

This little gem is now available on  my website, The Turquoise Iris.

For those of you following my artwork on Instagram, my new 
floral release date is March 30th!!!

I'm so excited to share all of these paintings!

~ Dionne

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Blue & White But Not Traditional Furniture Makeovers & New Artwork

Denim Jeans,
Antique China,
Fading Skies,
Blooming Iris,
Salty Waters,
Soaring Blue Jay

These are all my sources for inspiration.
 Blue fading to white is timeless and impressionable.

I used paint from CeCe Caldwell's Paints for the two furniture makeovers I'm sharing today. For this ombre finish, I used Windsor Blue, Antique White and Blue Montana Sky. I think I could use these colors on every single piece I paint! The coverage is amazing and if you're a painter also, you know that shades of blue cover so easily...and I like easy!

Here I am, bringing back this fun Otomi paper again. I paired it with Windsor Blue (again) and highlighted the blue with Sante Fe Turquoise. Look closely and I'm sure you'll see the Carolina Sun Yellow I add to almost every piece I makeover.

I had to add these fun hand painted knobs, also.

You can find both of these pieces in my online shop, www.theturquoiseiris.com

On a new lighter note, I've been having the best time painting canvases 
and guess what, my friends?!?!?? They are selling!!! I've already sold 11 paintings for February. I honestly do a happy dance every time someone purchases a piece of my art.

Here are a few. 

Isn't it amazing that we can keep learning, keep trying new things, begin and begin over and over again? I don't know about you but I still have so many things I'd like to try my hand at. 
If you could learn a new craft or skill, what would that be?

Until next time,


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Frumpy to City Slicker Furniture Makeover

No lie! 
This piece had great bones when I bought it but I honestly NEVER brought a piece of furniture home with so 
much "child like carvings" on it.  
My first thought was, "please, get this child some paper!"

I sanded and sanded and sanded.  

It became a diamond in the rough and now I had a problem.

My plan was to do a all over navy with silver wax but then I saw this gorgeous wood grain and opted to not cover all of it.  

Moving on to Plan B...

I decided to water down the midnight navy paint from General Finishes with a 25 / 75 paint / water ratio. I then applied this to the top,  sides and the drawers. LOVE!! This application allowed the grain to peek through but with a navy tint.  I painted the trim, legs and top drawer in the solid navy. 

This is where the silver wax came in to the picture.  CeCe Caldwell's makes a easy to apply silver wax.  I wanted to use this over the solid paint and maybe add an edge to the stained areas....BUT, that didn't turn out as well as I hoped.  

Plan C? Yes, please.

After help from my Facebook Live followers, I sanded the two drawers back down and started over.  This time, I just used the watered down paint and held off with the wax on these drawers.  

Once I finished completely, I applied a clear coat to to the entire piece, which also helped to bring out the wood grain. 

Frumpy to City Slicker 

Are you checking out these legs?!?!?

This piece is now available on my website, The Turquoise Iris.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Sometimes A Girl Gets Lucky

Yes, sometimes a girl just gets lucky. 
When the timing is right, the place is all set and who you know is more
 important than what you know, luck steps in for the win.
Such was the case when I found these three pieces a few weeks ago. 

Carolina Sun Yellow & Jersey Tomato from CeCe Caldwell's Paints
over a pretty turquoise that was on this piece when I purchased it.

I'd admired them years ago in a local salon owned by some friends of mine, 
Jenny and Jessica. I was online hunting for furniture for sale in our area and stopped on a photo. I immediately recognized this cabinet 
(  solid turquoise before  ) and my heart skipped a beat. 
All I could think was, MINE!!! Back OFF!!!! It's MINE!!!

Then, I noticed who had it for sale. WAIT, I know her!!! I thought, "I've got this" and immediately sent a message to my friend. 

Yay! Still available and waiting for me, yes, me to buy all three cabinets.  SOLD!!

And, the best part was their dad already had them loaded on a trailer and delivered all three right to us. Now, not only am I doing the happy dance, but my husband is as well....no, not really but he was happy, too.

The label on the back says they're imported from Romania.  
They are old, and solid, and so very cool. If you are the type that loved unique and authentic furniture, these are for you.  I'd love to see one of these cupboards used as a coffee or wine bar. 

Windsor Blue & Carolina Sun Yellow from CeCe Caldwell's Paints
with a turquoise blue underneath that was there when I purchased this piece. 


Steamer Trunk by Vintiques from Heirloom Traditions
I used the turquoise Aurora Staining gel and finished with the white wax.

I'm truly smitten with all three of them. 
I don't know what you had in mind, but for a girl always hunting furniture, 
this is
 my kind of lucky!

These primitive cabinets / cupboards are available 
on my website, The Turquoise Iris.