Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Whimsical Makeover: Back in the Game

So...I have been gone for a bit. 

I have been working on the house.

I have been spending time with friends and family.

I have been focusing on the face-to-face side of my business.

Now it is time to get back into painting!

I just finished a custom order piece from a friend that I love to paint for. She challenges me with unique pieces and colors I don't often use.

Today's color is not new to me but the style and challenges that came with this piece were new. 

When I received this desk, it was very dark. The stain was a reddish brown and I knew that meant trouble.

I was worried about bleed through. Not to worry, I grabbed a can of my favorite shellac and coated the whole thing down. 

Still it bled through.  So in comes the Zinsser oil based primer. Problem solved!

Normally I avoid using primer at all costs but with the top coat being Old White, I figured I would allow it.

Here is my finished product:
Classic ASCP Old White and Clear Wax

By the way...the penguin's name is Simon.

*Ignore the rough flooring. That is the next phase of our living room makeover*.

Stay tuned for more furniture very soon! :)

Linking Up To:


  1. love the desk, I have done these types myself...you did a great job,But I have to say I am falling love with your friend Simon...and the looking down at toes....makes me smile...how fun to walk into the room and see Simon...

  2. Beautiful! Oh, and I love your little penguin, Simon! x

  3. This turned out wonderfully! I am now following you.