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!

 

 

 

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!

Kitchen Wall

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.
Hutch Before
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.
Hutch After Open
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 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.

Dresser Plan Workbook

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

Waterfall Dresser Before

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.

Waterfall Dresser Before Side

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.

Trolley Postcard

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.

Underpainting

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.

Taping Off

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.

Stencil Print Out             Kenmore Stencil

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.

Graphite Wash

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

Subway Car Dresser After

Just in time for its maiden voyage…

Subway Dresser Sideview After

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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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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Coming Soon-Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint!

I have been so busy with the Brimfield Antiques Show and Workshops that I haven’t had time to share the exciting news.  I will be carrying Miss Mustard Seed’s new milk paint line!

As many of you know I am a big follower of Marian Parsons and her popular Miss Mustard Seed Blog.  I am thrilled to be working with her as a retailer on her latest undertaking–the launch of her new Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint line!

Marian’s products will be available at Sea Rose Cottage by early August  (if not sooner!)

If you have followed her blog, you know that Marian loves to restyle furnishings with a variety of paint (including Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan), but she has always had a special place in her heart and her practice for milk paint.

She has achieved stunning results using this medium but has often longed for a bit more variety in the color palette.  Now, with her hand-selected custom colors she will have everything she needs at her fingertips.

 

The best part–she is sharing it with the rest of us!  Not only through her retailers but also through her series of Tutorials on how to use her milk paint to achieve a signature finish.

Marian has been revealing her colors one by one with a blog series of painted dressers in her new milk paint colors.  One of my favorites is Miss Mustard Seed’s Tricycle!

Right now I am busily working to get ready to launch the paint line in my retail and online shops.  As soon as I receive my first shipment, I want to be ready to go!  In celebration, I will be doing a special giveway with my friend Danielle from Finding Silver Pennies to make it twice as fun.  Stay tuned for the Giveaway and more news!

In the meantime, if you want to reserve any product from my first shipment, please email me at nan@searosecottage.com.

 

 

Back from Brimfield – Part I

It was a fun but very hot week at the July, 2012 Brimfield Antiques Show.  I must say I prefer the heat to the torrential rain we experienced last Fall!

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the Brimfield Antiques Festival is really a collection of shows.  I participate in the New England Motel Show.  The field opens at 6 a.m. sharp on Wednesdays of the show weeks scheduled for May, July and September of each year.

I was still pricing and tweeking my space at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning after doing most of the set up on Monday and Tuesday.  After the work was done my space looked like this…

I set up a wall area to display some Annie Sloan product and sample finishes.

For seating, I brought along my restyled wicker chair painted in a mix of Provence and Old White Chalk Paint™.

My friends Robyn and Mohammed from Kingston Krafts are my nearest neighbors in the co-op tent we rent for the show.  They are the sweetest couple who do fabulous painted and restyled vintage and antique furniture.

They have a gorgeous Etsy Shop and a Workshop/Studio space in Providence where they do custom furniture refinishing.  A number of their pieces are finished with Chalk Paint™ so our spaces are very complementary and visitors flow freely between them.

The star of the show was their amazing zinc top table!

Since most of my booth consisted of antique and vintage smalls, and my friends had some large furniture installations, I opted to share part of my space for the July show.

Just shortly after the show opened, my largest piece–a rustic white farm table –found a new home on Martha’s Vineyard along with a folksy hand made boat and a dotty 50′s era glass ice bucket.

This vintage aqua bottle is going to be used to house a sea glass collection — only the very smallest fragments.

One of my gothic cabinet doors (salvaged from a former Newport Mansion) was sold to a sweet couple who are making an old church their new home.

The pre-1940′s carnival wheel will be gracing the walls of a family game room.  The yellow Abington Acanthus art pottery vase (directly below) is now in the home of a collector that was admiring its rich color and near mint condition.

 The Daniel’s Auto Radiator sign was happily carted off by another ‘Daniel’—no doubt!

One of my favorite finds was a pair of vintage green and yellow water skis.  I just love the color and the slightly worn finish.  They were purchased by a sports collector.

I also, love-love-love this sculptural deco watering can!  It came home with me from the show so I get to enjoy it for a little while longer.  The pair of candelabras in the background were purchased by a Connecticut photographer to be used as studio props.

I didn’t get a great picture of the vintage yellow and red Royal Crown Cola cooler, but it had spectacular color and just screamed nostalgia. The couple who bought the cooler were not collectors, they just loved the color too!

As things get sold (or not sold!) the space is rearranged multiple times before packing up and heading home.

By the end of the show, it is hard to even remember the initial set-up as items are re-grouped, moved to a more prominent location or set aside as ‘sold’ to be picked up later.

All in all, it was a fun and successful week.  Thanks to all for coming by to visit!  It was great seeing all my old friends and meeting some new ones, talking antiques and vintage-and of course Chalk Paint™.  Now off to unpack–and then luxuriate in some air conditioning! More to follow…

Annie Sloan ™ Paint Brushes are here!

I am so excited that my first shipment of Annie Sloan ™ paint brushes have arrived!  As many of you know, I carry wax brushes that I love to use but had yet to find a favorite in the paint brush arena.  That is…until now!

These brushes were introduced during Annie Sloan’s 2012 American Tour and  up until recently were only available in Europe.

 

Annie Sloan’s paint brushes are uniquely oval and are made of pure bristle. It is a great brush for painting but can also be used for applying wax.

Long Annie’s favorite, this type of oval brush is firm but pliable. While strong, the flexibility of the brush allows for expressiveness and is ideal for creating texture. The length of the bristles allow the paint to flow well and spread easily.

The brushes come in three sizes (small, medium and large) and are a joy to paint with.


As a Workshop Instructor on the final leg of Annie’s Tour in Boston, I was able to take a brush home and start using it.

Having fun with friends at Annie Sloan Boston

I’ve had my brush since April and it is now my favorite!  I used the smallest version to paint a pair of bedside tables and it was the perfect size to get the job done.

We are thrilled the brushes are now available at Sea Rose Cottage.  Come by and test one out or follow this link for more information or to order online.

Happy Painting!

 

Painted Wicker Garden Chair

To paint or not to paint?  This is a question I often ask myself.   I love chippy old finishes on furniture and the characteristic dings and scratches that make them unique. Regardless, I’m almost always tempted to paint them.

When I found this vintage wicker stool I wasn’t quite sure what to do.

Then I came across this old green skirted wicker chair.  The chippy finish seemed busy and distracting in comparison.

 You can barely detect the woven diamond pattern centered on the back of the chair.

I decided to paint the chair in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint —a mix of Old White and Provence thinned with water.

I didn’t attempt full coverage of the paint over the wicker.  I like how the original green color peeks out in places.

To paint or not to paint?

Sometimes the answer to that age old question is an emphatic “Both!”

If you are lucky enough, others will agree!

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A Royal Makeover!

Ever since seeing Marion Parsons most excellent Union Jack Dresser, I have wanted to paint one of my own. I figured when I came across a piece of furniture that screamed to be painted as a British Flag then I wouldn’t hesitate to start the project. That never happened—or so I thought.

Many moons ago I bought this sturdy dresser at a local consignment store but did not have a plan of how to paint it.  It sat unattended for quite some time.

I liked that is was a sturdy piece of furniture with interesting details that could be better showcased with a painted finish.

 
That said, I was quite stumped as to how to proceed. The furniture is a more formal piece than I would normally purchase.  Its regal bearing demanded attention with its carved columns that grace the front corners of the dresser, the fan carving at its base and its Queen Ann legs.

           

Finally it struck me—a royal makeover would be in order (in the British style of course)!

I quickly selected my paint colors (Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan in Napoleonic Blue, Emperor’s Silk and Old White) and got down to painting.  I did have a few hiccups along the way.  I thought I would sketch the design out on the front of the dresser and forgo the taping off (bad idea when the drawers are not flush with the face of the dresser). I also had incomplete instructions on how to draw the Union Jack (an even worse idea). Luckily my friend Danielle from Finding Silver Pennies came to the rescue. Funny enough we were both working on Union Flag dressers at the same time!  She shared this “how to”with me that she was using for her own project (which by the way came out fabulous!)

After painting over my mistakes the work in progress looked like this:

I finished the piece with Annie Sloan Clear Wax and used Annie Sloan Dark Wax for an aged effect.

I highlighted some of the carvings and details with gilding wax.  The original drawer pulls were given the gold treatment as well as a few new additions.

Finally after much primping (and a few episodes of Masterpiece Theatre’s  Downton Abbey)–the royal makeover is complete!  Just in time for the next best British invasion—Annie Sloan’s 2012 US Tour!

Cheers!

 

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Repurposing Old Chart Maps

As you may know from an earlier post, I love green-ish blue-ish.  The color catches my eye wherever I see it.  I particularly love the aqua color that is found in nautical chart maps.

Actually, I like all the colors on the map and all the markings land and sea.

After seeing Miss Mustard Seed’s magic with sheet music (including her sheet music dresser and sheet music wreath),  I thought it might be fun to do something similar with old nautical maps.  My first attempt was a paper cone wreath…..

 

I did several of these until I got the hang of it.  I thought I’d try something on a smaller scale–paper ornaments since you can do multiples in much less time.  While the possibilities are endless, I found one version that I liked at Under the Table and Dreaming and just followed the instructions.

 

Now on to furniture!  My friend found this simple side table at a yard sale and thought it might be something I would be interested in painting.  He was right!

I decided to paint the table in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Duck Egg Blue.

To add interest to the plain table top, I added a Compass Rose.

I painted the Compass Rose in ASCP Country Grey and Old White highlighting the table edges  in Country Grey.

I used decoupage medium to secure the map to the dawer front and added a monkey fist drawer pull in place of the original.

I finished the piece with Annie Sloan’s Clear and Dark wax, slightly distressing it in the process.

If you happen to have any out of date chart maps that you no longer need, please send them my way.   I can certainly put them to good use!

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