Barcelona Orange Bedside Tables

My latest project was updating two matching bedside tables–straight from the 1970′s.  The old surface was a faux ”green oak”  laminate veneer.

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My hope was that a fresh update with Chalk Paint® would help usher the furniture into the modern era.

I decided to banish the faux oak laminate with Annie Sloan’s bright and bold Barcelona Orange Chalk Paint ®.

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Provence Chalk Paint® will be used inside the drawers for a special touch.

Provence_OpenLidFirst I used Annie Sloan’s Graphite paint to cover the faux wood grain of the veneer.  This allowed me to achieve better coverage overall.

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Next I topped it off with Barcelona Orange.

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The paint was sealed with Annie Sloan’s Clear Soft Chalk Paint® Wax.

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The jewelry-like drawer pulls were updated with spray paint in oil-rubbed bronze.

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It is amazing how the power of paint can transform such outdated pieces!

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Once timeworn and lackluster, these fun & functional side tables have fresh modern appeal!

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Thanks to Barcelona Orange!

 

Coastal Cottage Piano Seat {Before & After}

I love furniture that has cottage appeal!

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When I found this Eastlake era walnut bench I thought it would look fabulous with a fresh new look.  I didn’t realize it was a piano seat with storage until I brought it home! A nice surprise.

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The plan was to pair Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan with one of my favorite fabrics from Oliveira Textiles.  This worn velvet fabric will be replaced with….

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Oliveira Textiles colorful Anemone print in Mystic Blue!

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This colorway pairs perfectly with Greek Blue–an exuberant paint color created by Annie Sloan and inspired by the Mediterranean.

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I love the organic and graphic quality of the sophisticated coastal-inspired pattern.  The fabric comes in beautiful colorways and custom colors as well.   Be sure to shop Oliveira Textiles while you are in town or pop over for a virtual visit here.

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Thanks to some handy upholstery by a local artisan, the fabric is artfully carried on inside the bench.

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While it is a far cry from its late Victorian origins…

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Brighten Up with Barcelona Orange!

This sturdy dresser with dovetail drawer boxes was found at a New York Flea Market.

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Knee deep in home renovations, my neighbor asked for some help getting the dresser updated for her son’s room.  She had one simple request.  ”Paint it the brightest orange you can find.”

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Annie Sloan’s Barcelona Orange was the obvious choice!

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The first order of business was to remove the ornate metal scrollwork accents on the top and bottom of the dresser to make it a bit less fussy.

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While changing out the hardware was initially anticipated, in the end we stuck to the original drawer pulls which pair well with the brightly painted finish!

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Now buttoned up in a fresh coat of Chalk Paint® this dresser is ready for its newly refurbished home….

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and just in the nick of time!

 

 

 

The Blithewold Chair {Before & After}

Last September I lined up outside the Blithewold Mansion Carriage House waiting excitedly for the Blithewold Furniture Sale to begin.  Unfortunately I slept in longer than I should have and was farther back in line than I would have liked!

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Not surprisingly, my friend Rachel Duchesne (a very talented Interior Designer) was in line ahead of me and we both commiserated about not getting there sooner.

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Source: Blithewold

Blithewold Mansions, Garden & Arboretum is a beautiful waterfront estate in Bristol, Rhode Island and is one of the finest garden estates in New England.  The property boasts a “forty-five-room English style manor house filled with antiques and artwork, all chronicling the rich social history of the lives of one family over a span of more than eighty years.”  Blithewold is a special property that has been protected from commercial development and is enjoyed by visitors year round.  I count myself among the lucky ones to have been married there!

All furniture from the  Barn sale belonged to Bessie Van Wickle McKee and  was being sold “as is” with the proceeds benefiting the conservation of Blithewold’s permanent collection.

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As advertised, the furniture included chairs, daybeds and sofas with the prices reflective of the current condition in the hopes that the pieces would be restored for future enjoyment.  The lucky purchasers would have a rare opportunity of owning a piece of Blithewold history.

By the time Rachel and I made it to the door, many of the larger pieces had been spoken for but there were a number of chairs still available for sale.  I found this upholstered piece in need of some love and attention and, after Rachel and I tested it out, I brought it home.

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Several months went by and one of my customers came for a visit–she was on the Silent Auction Committee for Blithewold’s Annual Gala and she wondered if there was something that Sea Rose Cottage could contribute to their major fundraiser of the year.

I thought about the chair and contacted Rachel to see if she wanted to collaborate with me to have the furniture restored and ready for a new home in time for the event.  Rachel generously offered to help and also to offer some design consultation time for the winner of the silent auction.

We considered all the beautiful fabrics from Annie Sloan’s European Fabric Collection (available at Sea Rose cottage of course!) and decided on Gigi–the 100% cotton Belgian Ticking fabric in garden colored pinks and greens.  Very fitting coming from the lush estate and in keeping with the Art in the Garden event theme!

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For a modern twist, Rachel smartly suggested using a horizontal stripe rather than the traditional vertical positioning of the ticking stripe fabric.

We considered Annie Sloan’s gorgeous paint color palette and decided on an equal mix of Old White and Pure White to achieve a creamy white finish for a bright and cheerful look.

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Rachel suggested we work with Patriot Upholstery who also generously provided in-kind support to help make this project a reality.  After painting the chair it was off to the Upholsterer to work his magic with the beautiful fabric.

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It was a great collaboration and so wonderful to see the finished chair restored to its former glory and back in its original setting!

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 At least until it finds its way to its newest home!

Step Back Hutch {Before & After}

We have been playing musical furniture in our house a lot lately.  My favorite hutch found a new home in our dining room.  While the cabinet has made a world of difference in its new location, it has left a gaping hole in our kitchen!

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Lucky for me, I found the perfect sized Step Back Hutch at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod.  It came from an old kitchen in Osterville, MA and is thought to date from 1910-1930.  Surprisingly it has a solid one-piece backing (the top cannot be removed).

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Although the size worked,  I hesitated because I thought it was a bit primitive looking and the hardware looked out of place.  I wanted something more farmhouse style and was not quite sure if a paint and hardware update alone would do the trick.

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I sketched out a plan in my Annie Sloan Workbook to help visualize the changes without any distractions.  Sorry for the terrible rendering but it gave me a quick idea that the piece would work!
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Once in place,  I cleaned the cupboard (with help from my Mom and one of my willing daughters) and removed the old hardware using wood filler to banish the holes.
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I found left over cabinet drawer pulls from our kitchen renovation (classic bin pulls from Pottery Barn) that would be a perfect fit for the larger drawers.  For the smaller drawers I  decided to use file-label draw pulls in a matching finish.
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The plan was to paint the cupboard with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.  The exterior and shelving would be painted in Old White with a pop of color planned for the shelf backing and the inside of the drawers.
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I decided on a custom color mix using Provence (2 parts)  Florence (1 part), and Old White (2 parts).
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This is the in-progress version (before wax).
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I  love how the Old White brings a more unified look to the hutch while the custom color brings the piece to life.  Next, the hutch was finished with Annie Sloan’s Clear Soft Wax and the new hardware installed.
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For a more streamlined look, the cabinet door hardware was eliminated.
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After a short respite at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod, this freshly painted hutch is back in service as command central in our kitchen.

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Hopefully it will keep for another 100 years!

Painted Weathered Sign Tutorial

I found this great wood sign in need of a little color.  Lucky for me it already had an interesting texture from layers of paint built-up on the surface. 

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I decided to paint the sign a more appetizing color—Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Tricycle Red.  I also planned on distressing the painted finish to give the sign a weathered look.

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The white surface would probably require multiple coats of red paint to get full coverage—typical of most bright red paints over a light base.  Since I would have to use multiple coats of paint anyway, it was a great chance to make the project more colorful.  I started by painting the sign a dark red color using Primer Red Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

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Once dry, I painted over Primer Red with Provence Chalk Paint® –not trying for perfect coverage.  The combination of paint layers and a more gentle approach to distressing the paint will allow me to avoid revealing the ‘original’ white finish later.

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When the surface was dry, I ran a wax puck over some of the edges of the sign so it would resist the Milk Paint allowing some of the underlying color to show through.

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Photo courtesy of Miss Mustard Seed

I mixed up a batch of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Tricycle (the perfect Americana red color!) and painted the sign being careful not to overwork my brushstrokes.  

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Taking a cue from resist/textural techniques used in watercolor paintings (often achieved with salt, sand or sawdust), I quickly sprinkled sawdust over areas of wet paint varying the amount I used from heavy to light. 

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The sawdust absorbed the watery Milk Paint and, once removed, gave more of an eroded look to the finish.

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As the sign dried, I rubbed the areas of dried paint and sawdust working the particles off the surface (at least most of them!) 

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I also removed some of the sawdust in the wetter areas to work off larger amounts of paint for a more rustic appeal.

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I carefully scraped the edges (where the wax puck was used) and lightly sanded areas to create an aged effect without revealing the white paint underneath.

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The sign was sealed with Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Wax and Antiquing Wax.  The wax really brings out the rich redness of the painted finish!

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Bon appétit!

 

Painted Subway-Car Dresser Tutorial

Feeling nostalgic for all things Boston (my hometown), I hatched a fun plan for a makeover of a waterfall-style dresser to look like a Boston Subway Car.

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The dresser I sourced had some issues with the finish making it a good candidate for painting.

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Waterfall furniture was mass-produced from the 1920′s-1940′s with new plywood construction techniques that made it affordable to introduce curvilinear elements into furniture construction.

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I usually avoid painting waterfall style furniture at all costs! That was until I came across a vintage postcard of a Boston Street Car when a more playful plan for the dresser came to life.

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Seeing this postcard evoked so many happy memories for me!  Growing up in Boston, the MBTA Green Line was a lifeline to many activities in the city.  My favorite green line station is KENMORE or Kenmore Square– home of Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox.  Images of the big green wall, the iconic CITGO sign and the hustle and bustle of this vibrant section of the city immediately came to mind!

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Once I had the subway-car inspired design plan mapped out in my Workbook, I used Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan to paint the design onto the surface.  I started with an under-painting of Graphite and Paris Grey.

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I also planned on using Annie’s Sloan’s Old White but needed to get into some mixing for that signature subway-car green.

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An equal mix of Annie Sloan’s Antibes Green and Florence did the trick.

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I taped-off areas of the dresser as I went to keep the lines more clean.  At this point I decided to forgo adding the mirror and back support.  The mirror was in pretty bad shape and the support just didn’t look right without it.

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For the lettering, I made my own stencils– printing them on card stock and cutting them with an X-Acto knife.

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I did some dry brushing of Old White and Graphite on the windows and headlight to add shading and dimension.  A script liner brush was used to free-hand the curved lines.

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To add character and grittiness to the piece, a wet distress technique was used to reveal some of the Graphite under the custom green mix.   A wash of Graphite was also used to add to the effect.

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Once the trolley was all detailed, it was finished with Annie Sloan’s Clear & Dark Soft Wax.

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Just in time for its maiden voyage…

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NEXT STOP KENMOOORE!

This dresser is for sale at Sea Rose Cottage – proceeds to benefit the One Fund Boston.  Please contact us for more information.

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Lobster Anyone?

In my recent travels, I came across this bright red painted wooden lobster.   I thought it would make a great sign!

If you have read some of my earlier posts, you know how much I love signs.  I especially love vintage signs

…but a found object can be a fun place to start too!  I could tell someone took great care and effort with a jigsaw to cut out the shape.  It probably took a lot of time and patience.

Fortunately, that left me with the fun part!  To tone down the bright red color, I mixed Primer Red and Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint® together and thinned down the paint mix with water to make a wash.

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I painted the wash of color over the surface, wiping some away as I went.  Once dry, I painted on some lettering with Old White Chalk Paint® using a liner brush.

After  it was dry, I waxed the surface with Annie Sloan’s Clear Soft Wax and then used a little dark wax to tone down the white lettering.

 The wax really enhanced the color and brought the sign to life.

While the sign has since found a new home, the whole project reminds me of clambakes, the coast and summer in New England.  Lobster anyone?

 

 

 

 

 

Gilded Stenciled Mirror {Before & After}

About a year ago we visited our friends Scott & Sandy in Boston.  They were in the process of cleaning out some things in storage and –knowing I like to paint things– they generously sent me home with two of their old mirrors.

Since then, the mirrors have made a home here –waiting patiently in line with all my other unfinished projects for a bit of time and a creative spark.  Luckily inspiration finally arrived…

in the form of Annie Sloan’s Work Book (perfect for color and paint ideas and tips!),

 Royal Design Studio’s Springtime in Paris Stencil (in French Script oo-la-la!)…

and in Hello Lovely’s beautiful stenciled mirror!

I sketched out my project ideas and color mixes in my new Work Book and dug in.

I used Empire Gold Gilding Wax to stencil the poem onto the mirror.  I taped the stencil down and applied the Gilding Wax onto the mirror through trial and error…

In the end, it worked out best to apply a good dose of the gilding wax to the top of a sponge dauber and pounce it onto the surface.

 

I painted the frame in a mix of Aubusson Blue and Old White Chalk Paint™.  After it dried, I wiped off the paint to reveal some of the original gold finish.

Next, I dry brushed Cream Chalk Paint™ lightly onto the surface.  Taking a tip from Annie’s Work Book, I decided not to wax the painted frame.

I love the chalky, gesso-like feel and the flat quality of the un-waxed paint and how the gold script shimmers in the light.

Now finished, the mirror has found its rightful place–over our mantel!

P.S.   Please don’t tell Scott & Sandy!

MMS Milk Paint Giveaway & Before/After

I announced in an earlier post the good news about Miss Mustard Seed’s new Milk Paint line. Well my first shipment is in and I am happily stocked with all the goodies!

In celebration, I will be doing TWO Giveaways.  One here on my blog, and another hosted by my good friend Danielle at Finding Silver Pennies.  It promises to be twice the fun!

Each Giveaway package (worth over $100 each) will include a full sample set of Miss Mustard Seed’s 12 Milk Paint Colors….

as well as her Antiquing Wax and Furniture Wax.  For good measure, it will also include some Bonding Agent should you decide you need it for one of your projects!

To enter:

*  For a chance to win leave a comment on this Giveaway post.
*  For a 2nd chance to win comment on the Sea Rose Cottage Facebook Page.
*  For a 3rd chance to win, share the Giveaway announcement and let me know you did.

To double your chances…

Visit the Finding Silver Pennies blog & check out Danielle’s latest Milk Paint project!

*  For a 4th chance to win leave a comment on her Giveaway post.
*  For a 5th chance to win become a follower of her blog.
*  For a 6th chance to win visit her Facebook Page and like/comment on her Giveaway post.

Entries must by received by Tuesday, October 16th at midnight EST.  The winners will be announced here and at the Finding Silver Pennies Blog on Wednesday, October 17th.  Good luck!

A Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Before & After

Now to share my first Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint makeover – an antique spool table.

I bought the table from a friend who had stored it in his garage.  He had hoped to restore the wood finish but given the passage of time he was more than pleased for me to take up the challenge.

Luckily, he had stripped off most of the old finish, but the spool legs had some remnants of black paint.  I decided to restore the wood finish on the table top and paint out the rest. First I sanded the wood top and then moved on to paint color selection….

Photo Courtesy of Miss Mustard Seed

Once I unpacked the pigmented Milk Paint powder, I could not resist mixing a new color!  I combined Flow Blue, Mustard Seed Yellow, and Lucketts Green.  Here is the table with its new Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint finish and with the table top sanded.

The first coat of paint was mixed with water and then applied with a brush.  The paint took better to some sections of the table than to others. For the second batch I added Bonding Agent to the mixed paint and that did the trick. The paint went on very smoothly and evenly working more like a stain.  I loved the luminosity of the color!

Even though I wrote the color formula down, the second batch of paint ended up being a slightly different color than the first so I mixed enough to finish the project.  I suppose with the powdered mix it matters how you measure…loosely or tightly packed powder.  I just took a relaxed approach and had fun with it.

I used Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Wax and Antiquing Wax on the painted table base.  As the Antiquing Wax was applied, it toned down the bright color working more like a glaze.  It was very easy to use!

I used Annie Sloan Dark Soft Wax to stain the newly sanded wood table top.  I added a few simple wooden knobs to add interest, staining the unfinished knobs as well.

I love how a fresh coat of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint revived this old spool table while the top remains true to the original (and now restored) wood finish.

Do you have any unfinished furniture projects lurking in your garage?  October is a great time to bring them back to life!

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