Well I haven’t blogged for awhile. Been so busy with custom orders and getting ready for my new venture in my business of selling a chalk based paint line and teaching furniture painting classes. So excited for this new part of my business. But first I want to show you the projects I have been working on.
This is a before and after of a vintage sofa table I did for a customer. The colors were a dark grey called Freedom Road by American Paint Co. and Annie Sloan Old white distressed and finished in a clear and dark wax.
This is a vintage fruit box I found at the good will. They don’t use those anymore. Now they use cardboard boxes, which is unfortunate. This was an order for a customer who ordered it to be painted in Annie Sloan Old White and Chateau Grey, which is an olive green color, and a french stencil with some light distressing and clear waxed.
This is 2 vintage side tables I did for a customer in Annie Sloan Duck Egg blue, heavily distressed and finished in a clear and dark wax and the top was sanded and done with 3 coats of General Finishes Java Gel, which is like a stain, but goes on very thick and if you don’t wipe it back after applying is more like a paint. The customer provided the picture with one of the tables next to the bed at her home. Love how it looks. She loved the tables.
These great antique side tables were done for a customer in Annie Sloan Florence, distressed to show dark wood undertones to give it a “shabby chic” look and finished in a clear wax.
This is a vintage Lane Cedar Chest. Ugly right? Well here is it’s transformation in to a statement piece. This was done for a customer. She chose Annie Sloan French Linen and Old White with a stenciling on the drawer that really makes it pop.
Look at the inside. The inside is in amazing shape and has such a great cedar smell.
This is a Drexel Buffet I bought at an ARC Thrift Store for a great price and painted for a customer.
I painted this piece with a coat of black and then Annie Sloan Emperors Silk, which is a red, and distressed piece to show black undertones and added new hardware. Finished with a dark wax.
Side table painted for a customer who wanted it plain white with some distressing and I added some fun new knobs. My customer provided a photo with it in her house. I love how it looks with her furniture and decor.
I forgot to take a before photo of this but it was dark and dreary. It reminded me of a Santa Fe style of furniture and this color just seemed to fit the style. This was painted for an antique store that I paint furniture for. I surprised her a little with the color but she likes it.
Custom order that is going to be a Christmas gift for a young teenage girl. She chose Annie Sloan Country Grey, which is a taupe, and a light pink. I spray painted the hardware and finished the piece with clear wax.
Another all white piece, which sometimes is boring for me, but it’s a custom order and you have to do what the customer wants. This piece started out off white so because she wanted it distressed and for it to show a dark color underneath when distressed I had to paint two coats of black and then about 4 coats of white. A little time consuming. But when I distressed it I love the contrast and so did the customer. Happy customer, happy me. Haven’t had one disappointed yet.
This piece was done for the antique store I paint for. I decided to try the new Annie Sloan color Burgundy and after I got it painted I thought there is no way I can the original hardware back on and I just saw it being adorned with glass knobs and yes that is exactly what it needed. I love this piece.
Before and after of vintage frame painted in a teal, distressed to show gold undertones and dark waxed.
So now for my new venture. The gal I paint furniture for at Our Place Antique Store and I have teamed up and made an investment in retailing a line of chalk base paint called Country Chic. I have used the paints and I really love it. I love how well it goes on, and of course it is chalk based, which means no sanding or priming, just start painting. It also dries smoothly and distresses easily and with no dust from the sanding. It is a little less expensive than Annie Sloan, which is a plus and has great colors. So not only will we retail the paint at Our Place Antique Store but we are going to have furniture painting workshops that I am going to teach. Teach? Me? I am really looking forward to teaching these classes. I am going to be teaching something I am very passionate about and have taken a lot of time to educate myself on over the last 13 months so I am feeling very confident about teaching the classes. I am doing some preparations though. I like to be organized so I will have a type of lesson plan for myself and an informational packet for the guests.
Our first classes are forming right now to be held November 14 and then one on November 16. We will be holding workshop with 10 guests for a 2 hour session providing each guest with a choice from two pieces to paint and take home, snacks and wine and a fun girls night out. We will have classes once a month. People will also be able to come in to the store and buy the paint and other products we will carry like brushes and waxes. After we have basic classes for a few months we will then start to have an intermediate class where guests can pick a small furniture piece like a small side table or chair or even bring a piece from home that they want to transform.
Next on the list of business goals is:
1. Open my own retail store.
2. Take my pieces to outdoor open markets that usually occur from spring to early fall.
3. Find a new house on a small acreage with a HUGE WORKSHOP. My workspace has created great stress in my life because #1. I have no space to work and #2. I have no more room to put furniture. Frustrated!!!!!!! It’s all a work in progress. As they say. Rome wasn’t built in a day.