July 6, 2014

When a piece does not sell.....

Ironically my last post was about the same piece I will be posting about today....I finished up this beauty to take to Urban Farmgirl's Main Street Market.....While that was a GREAT day for sales.....


 

  
I was surprised she was not one of them.....


I loaded her up and took her to the Spring Market on Moss.......


and once again brought her home...Now the truth is I LOVE this piece....I used her as a buffet in my home for our Easter Sunday brunch this year......The texture of the drawers are something I have not seen before..they look like severe Midwest heat worked it's magic on the drawers....(which could have happened as she was stored in a barn for many, many years....) They have a natural crackle texture.....So now she sits in my home........


Where I think she was meant to be all along......


March 26, 2014

Vintage dresser makeover & I'm a vendor at Urban Farmgirl's Main Street Market!

Preparing my pieces  for Urban Farmgirl's Main Street Market (how awesome is that??!!) I KNEW I wanted to include a "statement eye-catching piece"  to pull  people into my booth to take a peek at my vintage furniture & finds...



I decided to try American Paint Company's new color Peacock on one of my pieces for the Market......Peacock is a turquoise shade that has a bit of a vintage softness to it.....
I am usually a grey, vintage white kind of girl-which I actually did start with on this piece, but they just did not do it for me this time...so I went with Peacock.....


The piece --- a vintag dresser---a late night auction find......



Frist up -  TSP Cleaner for a good wipe down and then sanding the top, beginning with a higher grit and working my way down to about a 120 grit  when I noticed the wood grain.......It looked like a vintage cutting board.....
I was ready to stain the top but the colors of the wood once sanded had such a natural look I decided to leave it and go with the natural look. 




 I went to my go to "make the wood look awesome product"  Miss Mustard Seed's Hemp Oil....It really brings the color of your wood back to life and adds such a natural glow...See for yourself...Look at the grain in the picture below -- and then look at the "before" picture above again...The only thing I did was wipe the top down with the MMS Hemp Oil....


Now -- the painting.....like I said I started with a grey, and then a white shade and neither captured the look I was going for so I tried Peacock and smiled immediately after the first stroke...If you look closely you can see there is natural crackle on the piece (think it must have spent a few warm summers in the barn it occupied for the past 40 years) so I decided to use a glaze to accentuate that feature......





Once the glaze was dry I sealed the piece with American Paint Company Top Coat...I felt a wax might distract from the glaze....I really am addicted to transforming vintage dressers...As I work on them I wonder where was their first home, was this a major purchase for their owner, where or who did they buy it from, how was it delivered--like the Wells Fargo Wagon in Music Man? Their dovetail drawers, time worn tops and wooden wheels.....always pull me in.....

My parting shots are below....thanks for looking.........
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Knick of Time Tuesday
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October 9, 2013

A Sneak peek of painting fabric with American Paint Company Clay/Chalk Paint

I will be doing a full post on this project later this week....but for now I wanted to share these pictures with you.......For those who have done this they know this is a long process.....a great project to do while you are working on another piece as each coat must dry completely before adding the next coat....but for now I am loving the results.....and will share my steps with you.....enjoy your Wednesday!



October 7, 2013

Market on Moss..

Last Spring a group of local DIY'ers got together and discussed the idea of starting a "french style" market in our area....One of the women in our group offered her lawn as the venue...now this is not your typical yard....as you would guess...it can hold over 30 vendors....and hence "Market on Moss" was born....
 
This is our logo-hand painted by Jan Powers-who also happens to own the home where our Market is held.  We use this for our posters that we place around town and on our flyer's......

I cannot believe the response we have had for our little event...and the attendance increases each time.  This was our 4th Market--and we had lines blocks long waiting to get in..We had well over 3,500 visitors at our Fall Market on Moss two weeks ago....We do a Spring and Fall event....

I  will let the pictures do the talking....oh..and yes--our French Chef returned to make his wonderful crepes!
 















 
And now I am picking the pieces I want to do for our Spring event......

September 9, 2013

How to replace missing trim pieces by making your own mold


I picked up this beauty at a local Goodwill store…If you look at the top large drawer on the left you will notice a strip of the decorative trim is missing….On  most makeovers I would just leave the missing piece and paint over the area—but this trim is part of the outline on the drawers and would really distract from the look if not repaired…..So here we go---step by step process on how to make a trim mold and then a new trim piece to replace the missing trim.  In the past I have used silicone for this process – but this time I decided to try a different product…


1.        First step—I used Das Clay to make the mold…This step is easy…roll out the clay on a cutting board or another smooth surface..

 




2.        Next I cut the clay into a long strip that would fit over the piece of trim that I was using as the mold…

  




 I sprayed WD 40 on the clay prior to pushing it on the trim so it would be easy to remove...Next  I pressed the clay on the trim strip that I was using for the mold and pushed into the detailed crevasses so it would form the detail… .Then I gently peeled the clay off the trim piece as to not stretch it out of shape and placed it in the over for 5 minutes at 350 degrees.  Below is a picture of the clay as soon as I removed it from the trim. 







3.       Once hard and dry all the way through—this is your mold.  It will continue to harden so if you leave it over night that would be the best option....Below are 2 of my molds after being removed from the oven. 






4.       Now to make the actual trim piece....On this step I first tried KwikWood - an epoxy/wood filler type product…I had trouble removing this from the mold in one piece so I decided to try the Das Clay again….(I think I may have pressed to hard on the KwikWood…so that was operator error – not the product….. )

5.       I sprayed the mold with WD 40 and pressed the clay into mold– leaving some clay over the edge giving me a piece to hold on to when I removed it…. I only left it in the mold for a few minutes and pulled it out and let it set overnight..I did a few different pieces so I would have enough for the entire strip and some extra’s .......just in case… I sanded the edges of the new pieces and glued them to the dresser…since I will be dry brushing the area I needed the new trim to match the original trim so I stained the trim and painted it a bit to help match…New trim left--orginal trim on right......



6.   And here is the trim with the first coat of paint.....if you did not know the difference it would be difficult to tell!  Give it a try--any questions send me a message on my face book page (there is a link on the left sidebar) and I will be happy to answer your questions....Good luck!!