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,

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.