Monday, October 31, 2011

A Whimsical Makeover: The Plain Jane Buffet

Meet in, Plain Jane. She was one of our purchases from the man in Rockford. She doesn't have much detail or defining characteristics but she is solid and works well. This was a piece that I was going to do quickly for the Na-Da event so that I could have several large pieces there. I was not prepared to fall in love.
Well, after a bit of work, Plain Jane became Wow Jane! Just have a look...

 I used ASCP Versailles and Old White. I am in love with the color combination. I used a slight textured finish on the top and in the white area to give it a bit more depth and character. It didn't sell at the event so I had to bring her home for a while. This buffet just happened to fit perfectly in our dining room! Amazing how that happens isn't it. It won't be staying here long though. It will be joining us at the Kane County Flea Market in November.

Hope you like it! Next week...a book case!

Saturday, October 29, 2011


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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Antique Screen = Creative Canvas

Remember all of these cool screens? I have been dying to get my hands on them. They are in fabulous shape with great color. Just a bit of wipe-on poly needed. So what to do? What to do?  Stencil, of course!!  Here is one of my favorite decorative screens.

Now...I know your wondering what type of paint I used. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Are you surprised? This is a combination of the Arles and Versailles. Teacher Friends: I used the leaf die-cut from the teachers lounge. I am very please with how it turned out. Interested in purchasing one? Contact me or visit Carter's Cottage in Dekalb.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Whimsical Perspective Etsy Page!

 After a few months away to deal with life, school and the shop, I am back on Etsy. I have a large collection of items that I like to collect, touch, feel and gaze at. However, sometimes these items do not go with the theme of my booth. So I will now be placing these items on Etsy.  This is my first phase of items. Keep an eye out for more to come.  Please feel free to shop and enjoy.

Whimsical Perspective Etsy Page

Monday, October 24, 2011

A Whimsical Makeover: The Happy Birthday Console Table

Ok, so my entire summer was consumed by garage saling, picking and resale shopping. I came across almost everything. So when my friend Niki mentioned that she was looking for a skinny console table to place under some picture frames in her dining area, I said to myself, "This will be the perfect gift for her! I will find one, paint it and gift it."
Easier said than done. I scoured and searched and even had some of my shop friends on the hunt too! Then the Na-Da event happened and low and behold this console table appeared! After the craziness of the event and we were all packing up, this piece was hidden and used strictly for display. My friend Christie immediately called me over to look at it and I immediately bought it.
I got it home started working on it. It had a few flaws but I knew I was painting it so I didn't worry about it.
I used her rustic, shabby picture frames as inspiration. I used a combination of ASCP Old White, Louis Blue and French Linen. Then I finished it with Clear and Dark Wax. I also sanded it heavily.

So...Here is the finished product:

I used a sander instead of my normal sanding block. Wow! What a difference and so much easier!

I used a Q-tip to get the paint into the grooves. It was the perfect size.

I taped off the original lines on the top and did a Louis Blue rectangle with a dry brushed French Linen.
I hope you like it (I hope Niki likes it too!).
Here is a sneak peak at next week's makeover.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Stop me if I have a problem.

So I have recently mention that I paint anything I can get my hands on. I am really not joking. I am seeing my almost-finished projects lined up this morning and thinking to myself "Huh! What a strange thing to paint." I can't wait to show you a few things. Until are some dried gourds that I painted with ASCP in Arles and French Linen. I also did a few in Provence. I just love that Arles!
I hope everyone has a great weekend.  Off to paint!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Oh The Colors!...Wreath

Oh, I just love these colors!!! This is one of my favorites yet.  As I anticipated the fall seasons, I tried to decide on color combinations for various projects. So I took a trip the local Hobby Lobby and purchased a yard of everything fall. Then my Grandma and I mixed and matched and played with color combinations. This one was a winner.
I used a 24 inch wreath so this is a large one.  If you are interested in purchasing this wreath, it is currently at Carter's Cottage in Dekalb. You may also visit my ETSY page.
Custom wreath orders are also available.


Monday, October 17, 2011

A Whimsical Makeover: The Parlor Table Editon

I bought this elegant Parlor Table from that same wonderful man in Rockford. It has great shape and cool feet. However, the top wasn't in great shape and it is leather. I wasn't quite sure how to attack it but I knew the chalk paint could handle it!
I chose the new ASCP color of French Linen. I love it. I set out to paint my first coat and it went on nice and smooth but there was a slight bleed through were the leather met the wood. I sealed it with a clear shellac and applied coat number 2. Now normally that was all I would do but the leather was a bit crackly. My friend Christie has been playing around with different finishes with the paint and actually messing with it when it was almost dry. I tried it. I took a small piece of cardboard and moved the paint around a bit and created a slight texture that camouflaged the leather and added more depth to the piece. Then I added the stencil and here it is:

Here it is at the Na-Da event! It is now currently at Carter's Cottage.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Na-Da Event: Part 1 - The before

We started our week long Na-Da adventure by unloading furniture and box after box of paint and smalls. We were the first vendor to move in so we were able to laugh and be silly with out worrying about driving other vendors crazy. Don't get me wrong though...Christie put us right to work!
The paint took a good deal of time to unload and organize. Our large pieces took major effort to get there and in place and the smalls had to stay clean and dust-free for the whole week!
The Paint was finally getting settled.

Pam, Mike and Travis were awaiting their nest set of instructions. I really wish this suitcase would have come home with me. ;) You can also start to see Anne Marie's decorations. She did an amazing job!

More boxes and Christie's Union Jack. Incredible!!!! You can also see Sherrie's Buffet peeking out in the back.

This is a coffee table that my husband slaved over for 2 weeks. He was so proud of the finished product. He was even more proud when it sold!!!

Towards the end of the evening, Christie was ready to be done! The amount of work she had done to prepare for this event was incredible. Not only did she paint a large amount of immaculate pieces, she did the inventory, price tags and organization. She is truly amazing.
The set up had finished and now it was time for the crowd to arrive. And what a crowd it was! Watch for part 2 to read about the amazing event once the customers arrived.
To read more, Check out the following blogs:
Carter's Cottage Interiors - Illinois Annie Sloan Headquarters ;)
A Ruffled Nest - One of the cutest Shabby blogs out there!

Friday, October 14, 2011

You put a dresser where???

That is right my friends. I put a dresser in my kitchen. My husband and I have very few items in our house that we are attached to  but the list just got a new addition. We picked up this beautiful dresser along with 4 other fun pieces from a guy up in Rockford. This piece was already in rough shape and a bumpy ride home didn't help. Needless to say, we had to send it to Tom the furniture doctor. He fixed the bases of the drawers and gave it a new backbone. Now it is perfect! 
Check out the hardware!

We did have one last problem though...we didn't have room for it anywhere! Finally my husband had the idea to take our small island workspace out of out kitchen and put it there. So after weeks in the garage, it finally has a new home.
Now all I need is fancier liquor to help with the staging. Time to start drinking the good stuff.

Monday, October 10, 2011

A Whimsical Makeover - The Dry Sink Edition

I purchased this sink at a garage sale this summer and it was in pretty good shape. The cool hardware worked perfectly and the hidden drawer slid nicely. However, the top was in rough shape from the basin being removed and the stain being different. I also wasn't really feeling the dark crazy wood. SO.......Annie Sloan to the rescue. 
Can you believe I didn't have to sand or prime this piece!?!?!? Amazing!  Here is the almost finished product:

I was originally going to do it in just Arles with an Old Ochre top. As you can see, the Arles alone felt a bit bland this time. So I decided to to an Old Ochre dry brush on top of he Arles.
 I am SO pleased with how it turned out! I used a clear wax on the base but dark waxed the top. I love the worn look. I did minimal distressing because of the dry brush. That added the dimension I needed.
 I took advatage of the Nada Farms Prairie as we were loading the trucks back up. The scenery is beautiful.
This one didn't sell at the event so it is now at Carter's Cottage just waiting for it's forever home. Did I mention that Carter's Cottage also sells the full range of Annie Sloan Paints? Christie is also gearing up for her first classes. I can't wait!!


Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Calm After the Storm

The crowd is gone...The prairie is quiet...The Na-Da Event has ended.

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

The First Wreath of the Fall Season

This is my first official wreath of the fall season. Yes, I may be a bit behind but this is the week of the wreath and I hope to have many done by Friday. I forgot how much I liked to make wreaths. I have been doing so much furniture lately that I haven't had much time for this fun project. It turned out exactly like I wanted it to.
You will soon be able to visit this wreath at Carter's Cottage in Downtown Dekalb.
Please let me know if you are interested in one for yourself.

Now for the barn door's new purpose...
My garage is SO full of dried flowers that I am having to hang them in the house now too. This $30 dollar red barn door was the BEST purchase I have ever made. It is perfect for filling an empty space in my dining room and a must for staging my photos. It just plays so well will the colors of everything I do.
You can purchase this wreath at my ETSY shop.


It's Fall and Saving My Sanity

So I am sure everyone has felt this way before but I am feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment. School is going well and Whimsical Perspective is going well. However, that means that the daily house chores are not going well. My poor husband is playing housemaid right now and that is not fair to him but I feel like I don't have the time.
So I thought I would take it one step at a time and start with the dining room table. My mom told me that if I always keep it neat and tidy that it will make the house look good. So that is what I have been trying to do. Here is a glimps of how I am going to keep my sanity and decorate for fall.

I felt this is the time to enjoy fall flowers and my Ball Jar Collection.
Cooper love to show up in the pictures.

Keep an eye on this table will be getting an ASCP makeover this winter.
This clean space should help keep me from going crazy. Speaking of going is a look at what I am working on now:
Has anyone else tried the new French Linen? I have and I am obsessed!!!