Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Event!

We are very excited to announce Carter's Cottage has been selected to participate in one of Illinois very best Barn Sales located in our own back yard! We have all been painting and crafting in hopes to showcase our very best talents and ideas. I will have  some Whimsical Perspective items and will be there to support Carter's Cottage, the Chalk Paints and Anne Marie of Na-Da farms. Look for me Friday and Saturday night behind the check out counter.

NA-DA Farm's A Very Prairie Holiday held October 7th & 8th. We will be featuring Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, wax, books & brushes along with custom painted furniture and accessories. For more information on this event, please visit NADAFARMEVENTS.COM. 
 I will be joined by some of my very favorite people and talented artists. Drop by their blogs and say hello.
A Ruffled Nest
Carter's Cottage

Sunday, September 25, 2011

A Whimsical Makeover: The Drab Dresser Edition

Since school has started, I have been a bit late to the garage sale game. I can now only go on Saturdays and the pickings are a bit slim by then. So imagine my excitement when I arrive at a large sale and I am able to buy MULTIPLE furniture items.  I was excited about this piece because the drawers worked really well and the body was in great shape. The price was pretty great too.

However, once I got it home, I noticed that it lacked any sort of detail or interesting character. How on earth would I showcase anything on this piece of furniture!?!?!?

*Enter Flea Market Magazine* - This months issue of the magazine had an amazing table done with a dark top and amazing distressed and waxed legs. So off to the shop I went to pick up Annie Sloan's Olive.

I painted a combination of the Old Ochre and Olive. Both colors were very easy to work with. This was nice but not the look I was going for yet. Now on to distressing and some heavy waxing. 
Check it out!

 Now it is waiting patiently at Carter's Cottage for its forever home.

I love being inspired by other bloggers. Check out my inspiration.
A Brush of Whimsy - My inspiration piece!


Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Whimsical Makeover: The Old School Desk Edition

I purchased this old school desk at 3rd Sunday Market last month and was really excited to try something new and different. The teacher in me loves the thought of an old desk.  The metal parts are in great shape and just needed some cleaning and wax. The wood parts were not pretty.  Stenciling was stuck in my mind so that's how I proceeded. Of course...done in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  I chose Louis Blue/Old Ochre and clear wax.
Here is how it turned out:

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Pec Thing Flea Market Morning

My husband and I just returned from a wonderful morning at the Pec Thing Flea Market. I had never heard of it until a friend suggested that I go. This is usually our weekend for 3rd Sunday Market in Bloomington but I am working at the shop and unable to go. The Pec was closer and open on Saturday so Ron and I gave it a shot.
We totally scored. Check it out:
Our Stash!

I purchased 3 hanging wire baskets to use to help display the gourds when they are finished.

All of the screens are in great shape and have the detailed edges. I can't wait to use them for holiday decorations.

Ron picked out the camera with a friend in mind. I picked out the pulleys with myself and the wreaths in mind. They will hang beautifully from the pulleys.

I love the dried gourds. I purchased the rougher ones on purpose because they were much cheaper. My intention is to paint them today for creative fall centerpieces. I will post when finished.
If you are in the area, I highly suggest going to this flea market tomorrow. It was PACKED with vendors and the deals were great. Go early though, it was packed with shoppers by 10. I will definately by going back to the next fair here in May. A true treasure.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Painted Smalls

My everlasting struggle with the "smalls" might finally be coming to an end.  A few months ago, I was ready to first experiment with the Annie Sloan Dark Wax. I choose to use a candle holder as my first experiment. It turned out great but I am glad I used a small item to try it for the first time. I took it to the shop and it sold right away! Yay!
So, I didn't even think about continuing this until I cam across these large pillar candle holders at Goodwill. I couldn't wait to paint them. I chose to do an Old White but couldn't decide on the end finish. I finally chose to do the Dark Wax. 
This is the difference between clear wax and a dark wax finish. I loved the dark wax finish so I continued. Here are some of my recently finished projects.
With exception of the Music Tree and the pin, everything else is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I am completely obsessed with the bowl. It is Versailles and Old White.. I may not take that piece to the store. ;) I am now searching  Northern Illinois for more small items to paint. I wonder what I will find next.
And yes...the tree is super cool!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A Whimsical Makeover - The Formal Desk Edition

I purchased this cute little formal desk at "THE SALE!!!" back in July. I was saving it for the right project. Well...I found it! Every month I attend the Kane County Flea Market and I have a few regular vendors that I love to stop and shop.  One of my favorites is the Print Lady. I love her dollar table and I always walk away with something. This time I ended up with journal pages and an envelope from the late 1800's. I then got the vision for my new project!
Here it is:
I used Annie Sloan Old Ochre and Clear Wax. Then I adhered the journal pages and envelope using Mod Podge.
I had to trim the bottom of the journal paper so I burnt the edges of the newly cut paper to give it the aged look.

An envelope stamped 1883.

It is now at it's new space at Carter's Cottage. The wreath is also mine but the chair is not. I LOVE that green though!!!

Monday, September 5, 2011

A Whimsical Makeover - The Big Ugly Mirror Edition

 I purchased this mirror a few weeks ago and a garage sale and I got really great deal. I was a bit unsure of how I wanted to paint it (probably Duck Egg) but I knew it needed to be painted. It was definitely not my style. It was dark and obnoxious.
I really enjoyed the dainty features so I thought I would play them up. I decided to avoid the Duck Egg and go for something a bit more unexpected. So I chose the Arles and Old Ochre.
Here is how it turned out:
 I girled it up a bit with the paint technique but then destressed to add a bit more detail. I love it!! Sorry about my staging again. I am having a difficult time taking photos of my larger stuff at my house right now. The light never seems to be right.
 On the positive side of things...You get a glimps of Carter's Cottage in the reflection.  :)
Hope you enjoyed my mirror. I hope to repost it again soon with some different staging.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

A Whimsical Makeover: The Hutch Edition

SO my friend Christie totally hooked me up with this great hutch. I was ready to try something that was not "waist high". I think Christie (the shop owner) was happy to hear this as well. So off I go to my favorite colors and dry brushing technique. I chose a mix of Duck Egg (surprise), Provence and Old white.

Here is the end result:
Badly staged in my dining room. It is even still on the wheels.

Dry Brushed and Waxed

My favorite tea cups in my lame attempt at staging. The school year has started and I had to let staging go on this project.
It's new home at the shop. Just waiting for Christie's magic staging touch.