Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Blessed Dresser

I had no intention of painting today, but there was an overcast sky ...
and a cool breeze...and it was only around 85 degrees!  

Which compared to how hot it's been in Texas this summer that is 
pretty much like heaven!  I even saw a little rain today.  
A blessing indeed.

So I thought to myself, "What should I do to enjoy this great weather?" 

Back in the day, before Chronic Fatigue Syndrome entered my life, 
the answer would have been running fer sure 
(More on CFS another's close to being a part of my past and not my present!  
So another blessing!)
But now, the answer was painting, of course!!

I can't tell you what a blessing it has been to find a new 
passion in my life.  Painting furniture for me is something that 
compares to that runner's high I used to get when I ran.  

Now, if I don't paint every few days or so I get 
that itch...that craving...that longing...for my painter's high!
And no, I'm not being literal on that.  
Since I use only Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint there is virtually no odor.
So no huffing for me!  
(Isn't that what they call it?  I don't know!)

And, I had the perfect dresser to work on I headed to the GARAGE!  
And because it was such a blessing to paint it, I decided to name it 
"The Blessed Dresser".

Oh, look at her.  I think she is blessed too.  
I mean sure, she's a little boxy on the outside, but just look at 
those great curves and details inside.  
Her inner beauty! What girl doesn't want some great curves?

It started out that she was going to be very simple...all Old White.  

But as I was painting I realized I didn't have quite enough Old White 
to finish her.  And...I really wanted to just keep enjoying my painting 
instead of running out to buy some more paint.

So Plan B was formed.  

I tried several colors before I decided on using Louis Blue.  
I purchased Louis Blue the other week because everyone in the 
blogging world kept raving about this color!  

I brought it home, tried it out, and no disrespect to Annie Sloan, 
I didn't get what all the hoopla was about.

Oh was I wrong though!
I tried Louis Blue on one of the drawers 
and then added clear and dark wax 
and voila...I was in love!

And I also had planned to leave the hardware as is, 
but with the breeze in the air I was feeling a little frisky.  

So Old White and I developed a battle plan.  
I would hold down the hardware while Old White attacked!
But then Dark Wax wanted in on the action too!

I think we won the battle...

Oh that is some yummy goodness right there!
 Don't deny it.  You think it's yummy too!

So it was a blessed day with a blessed dresser.  
Hope you all had a blessed day too!

I am planning to take "The Blessed Dresser" to the Frisco Mercantile 
on Friday so you can check her out there.  

I think I am going to swap her out and with "Behind Closed Drawers", 
bring BCD home and make a fun little change on her, 
but that's for another blessed day.

"Don't live with ugly furniture!"

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Grannie's gone groovy

Well actually, Grannie ended up being french!  Who knew?

I purchased two end tables a while back and kept putting off
 painting them.  Honestly,  I didn't think they were going to look as
cute as I had envisioned them when I first bought them.

My original plan was to give them a really slick, updated look...groovy.  
But as I worked on them I didn't get the groovy vibe any more.  

It seemed they really wanted to make a trip to France...

(Sorry, but I've gotten really bad lately at taking before pictures...
so here come the afters...)

ASCP in Old White and Graphite

I'm sure many of you remember having tables similar to this in
your homes growing up or at your grannie's house. 

After painting them in Old White and Graphite,
 I decided to add a cute little french stencil on both of them.  

Stencil on Grannie #1

Stencil on Grannie #2
I didn't feel  that the usual brown wax would complete the 
look I was going for at this point.  So, I mixed together a little 
Paris Gray wax to add some color, texture and aging.  

Finished the look with some cute knobs.

I'm happy that I finally got around to painting these 
because they ended up being a lot of fun to paint. 
 Plus, I really love taking a piece of furniture that no one 
wants any more and transforming it into something fun!

Well, Grannie may not be groovy, but she certainly is enjoying 
her new french look!

I hope to have both Grannies at the Frisco Mercantile soon!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

You want to grab my what???

Ohhhh..."BUTTON" you say?  What do you mean?  What's a button?  
I should grab your "button" too?  Now I am really confused!

There is so much to learn about the blogging world and 
new lingo to learn as well.  It can get confusing and 
frustrating at times, but overall it's a lot of fun trying 
to figure all this out as I go!

I know what "buttons" are, but how do I get one?  
How do I grab one? 
How do you add a link to your Facebook page?
"What's a permalink" I ask in a sweet child-like voice 
just beckoning someone to help me!!!

I've posted in some linky, dinky furniture party thingys 
(you furniture/home decor people know what I"m talking about) 
on Miss Mustard Seed, Perfectly Imperfect and probably other sites
but I don't know if I did a permalink or not so...........

A shout out to my fellow bloggers out there to send me any tips 
you might have about blogging and setting up a blog site!  

And yes, I said tips...get your mind out of the gutter and have a great day  ;)