Rhode Island Monthly Magazine Feature

So excited to have my work featured in Rhode Island Monthly Magazine’s May, 2017 edition!

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Several months ago RI Monthly contacted me to see if I would be interested in contributing a project to a story they were doing on furniture restorations.  I was more than happy to collaborate! 

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I had a fun project in mind—bringing new life to a much loved and well-worn midcentury modern desk.  It had great lines and was sturdy, but the walnut veneer was worn and stained in sections.  I was hoping to be able to showcase at least some of the original wood veneer as part of the restoration.

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The project was approved and the next step was to outline options for the furniture restoration.  I did some sketches and was given the thumbs up to go forward with any one of my choosing.  That was probably the hardest part!

 

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After taking a closer look at condition issues, it was clear that I had to rule out all of my designs that retained the original wood veneer as a feature (top row pictured above and 1st sketch in the 2nd row).  That was unfortunate as I discovered the desk was made by American of Martinsville and dates to the 1960′s.

 

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In pristine condition with the original chair, the set could fetch upwards of $1,000 in the right market (California & NYC).  Not bad for a thrift shop find!

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I decided to go with a fun and multi-color palette that felt most true to the mid-century modern design.

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The final restoration features Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in English Yellow, Graphite and Pure White.  I also mixed two custom grey paint colors for the drawer fronts combining Graphite and Pure White.

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The piece was finished with Annie Sloan’s Soft Chalk Paint® Wax in Black (over the Graphite painted sections) and Clear Wax over the rest.  The drawers cleaned up nicely — and were left bare to keep the maker’s mark intact.  The original hardware was updated in an oil-rubbed bronze.

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Finally, the much awaited photo-shoot.  We all met at a lovely light-filled East Side location.

It was fun to meet the RI Monthly Team in person and find out about the two other design contributors–the amazing folks at Kreatelier and Kristen + Guy Lemione —the dynamic duo of Home Imagined.  We chatted about our work while things got underway.  It was great to have a behind-the-scenes look into the process and such a treat to have our work professionally photographed by Nat Rea–and fabulous to see it in print!

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I love the furniture restorations and tips featured in May’s Rhode Island Monthly Magazine, the great write up by Courtney Coelho and beautiful photography by Nat Rea.  Thrilled to be a part of it! On newsstands now —pick up a copy and be inspired.

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RI Home Show Chalk Paint® Challenge!

Sea Rose Cottage is pleased to announce the DESIGNER SHOWCASE CHALK PAINT® CHALLENGE at the 67th Annual Rhode Island Home Show!

 

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The Chalk Paint® Challenge is Sponsored by Sea Rose Cottage and Unfolded and will showcase Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

 

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Participating designers will be using Chalk Paint® to colorfully transform surfaces and interiors in their 2017 Designer Showcase rooms! The theme for this year’s Showcase is “The Gracious Gardener’s Home.”

 

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We can’t wait to see how the designers work their magic interpreting the theme while bringing the rooms to life with Chalk Paint®!

 

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We hope you will join us at the RI Home, Garden & Flower Show at the RI Convention Center March 30 – April 2, 2017.  Follow our progress on Social Media for an opportunity to win free tickets to the show.

 

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The winning Designer will receive $250 in Annie Sloan products from Sea Rose Cottage.  There will be a corresponding prize for one lucky RIBA Home Show attendee.  Come see us at the Designer Showcase for an entry form and to join in the fun!

 

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Hope to see you there!

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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!

 

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