Saturday, August 16, 2014

The dresser nobody wanted.

Have you ever felt sorry for a piece of furniture? 
 A local thrift store has a silent auction twice  a year.  The events are well attended, the money raised goes directly back into the community.   A few months ago I took part in it.    The first day I went and put my bid on several pieces. The second day I went and adjusted any bids that needed to be, if the piece still interested me.  This ol' girl was sitting by herself, slightly work worn, what handles she had left, hung listlessly, exhausted from years of use.  After two days she still  sat alone, nothing written on her dance card.  Feeling sorry for her, wrote my name down, along with a meager bid, hoping to spark someones interest.  At the end of the three days she came home with me.   She sat in the garage until this morning......

Stay tuned!

Monday, July 8, 2013

The tea table is FAT!

Picked up this little beauty at my favourite used furniture store.
 The top was a mess and the glass in the removable tray was broken.

I decided to make this my first FAT piece.

I used "Buttercup" for the first coat.  Buttercup is a beautiful soft yellow.  I chose "Ocean Spray" for the second coat.  Ocean Spray is an equally beautiful soft green.  I wet sanded and waxed.



For the top I modge podged on several layers of wallpaper looking scrap book paper.  I distressed the top in order to expose a few layers of the paper.


I have used homemade chalk paint and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  FAT paints up nicely, it covers well, just as the other two do.  My only 'complaint' is that it is thick, to the point of too thick and I had to water it down.  That's really not a complaint though is it.  It sanded back beautifully with a damp rag.  It is manufactured in British Columbia Canada.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Say Happy Birthday Canada with pallets.

One of our vendors in the Artisan Market brought in these metal maple leaves for her display.  I  immediately thought of pallets.  This is what I came up with.


Painted with Homestead House "Sturbridge White" and MMS Tricycle also from Homestead House. Sanded back and muddied some up with stain.  



I have been off for the past couple of weeks getting ready for a new display in my booth.  I have been painting like a crazy person.  Can't wait to get it all set up.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Kitchen ceiling redo.

A few years ago we removed the wall between the kitchen and minuscule dining room.  It opened the room up beautifully, but left us with an ugly, scarred, popcorn ceiling.  I quite like our solution.

Before


After

Still have a few things to complete before the kitchen is finished, but the ceiling sure makes a difference.
I painted each strip of board individually in order to get the look I wanted.  I would like to do the entire house this way.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

table + frame+ scrap wood =

You never know when inspiration is going to hit!

I picked this table up for next to nothing.  It had raised plexi-glass top added for some reason, removing it left several screw holes in the table top.  The table had been sitting in my living room for awhile because I didn't know what to do with it.  While painting several frames one day I set one aside, laying it on the end table.    Eureka!!

So with a bit of cutting and fitting,  the table went from the above to this;


Sorry for the bad cell phone pictures.  The scraps I used for the table top are from the kitchen ceiling project we completed a few months ago.  The paint colour is my new favourite blue.  Homestead from Homestead House Milk Paint.



Monday, May 13, 2013

Where in the world have I been?!

It has been a busy few months.   I now have a business partner and we have opened Leduc Artisan Market. The Market is for local artists, crafters and reinventors to display and sell their wares.  Each artist rents a booth from us and sets it up.  We are open 6 days a week and always have a sales associate present.    Laura and I started to discuss and pray about this last year.  We got our partnership agreement and our business plan put together, then in January we started networking.  By the time we opened, April 29th, there was a real buzz in the city about the Market.  Laura and I both have our creations on the market, my home decor and her line of active wear.  

So I am still around, but busy as ever.  

Can't wait to share some of my latest projects.

God Bless all
Donna G.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

What you can do with milk paint

This table is a project for a clients store.   We spent several hours one day going through the furniture stash at her place.  This is one of several pieces she sent home with me and said "do whatever."    We both loved the crackled patina on the legs, so decided I would leave that alone and just do the top.   
Bad cell phone picture of the legs, the drawer is being repaired

A previous owner started to strip the top, gave up and painted black over the entire table top.  When I removed the first layer of paint this is what I found.  Beauty! Wonder if I can replicate this crackle finish?
This is before I stripped the top.  The above is after.  I didn't bother trying to remove the red stain
For the first coat I used  MMS Tricyle, once dry, I wiped a coat of MMS hemp oil, being careful to not put it on too evenly.
 I followed with a very thick and purposely lumpy coat of Homestead House Buttermilk Cream randomly slapped on, I didn't paint right to edge.   You can use the heat setting on a hair dryer to speed up the drying process.  This was followed by more hemp oil, randomly wiped on and 2 coats of Homestead Harvest Coal Black, oil between each coat.  Two coats only because I didn't care for the crackle on the first coat.  One final sanding and a final coat of hemp oil over the entire piece.
Close up the crackle finish

The final result!!