Rhode Island Monthly Magazine Feature

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


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! 


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.


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!




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.



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!


Source: 1st Dibs

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


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.


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.


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!


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.




Mixing it up with Pearl Plaster & Chalk Paint®

I mentioned in an earlier post that Artisan Enhancements Pearl Plaster is now available at Sea Rose Cottage.  Learn more about the magic of Pearl Plaster or purchase here.

Pearl Plaster adds a lustrous, pearlescent quality to furniture and wall finishes.  In its natural state, its shimmery pearl color is just fabulous!

What is also fun about Pearl Plaster is that you can tint it with Chalk Paint® too!  The general rule of thumb is to use 10-15% Chalk Paint® to Pearl Plaster.  Be careful not to thin it down too much.

I was working on a project over the weekend and ended up tinting the Pearl Plaster with a custom mix of French Linen & Paris Grey Chalk Paint®.  The color had a modern zinc-like feel.

After I saw the result,  I became curious about the many Pearl Plaster color variations that can be created with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and her rich color palette.


While I didn’t mix all of Annie’s 30 gorgeous colors with the Pearl Plaster, I did pick out a few of the more saturated ones.

Like Aubusson Blue and Florence…

Provence and Emile

and Graphite and Old Violet.

I used 1 Part Chalk Paint to 10 Parts Pearl Plaster for my mixes.

I love the beautiful shimmering light blue-grey of Aubusson Blue  & Pearl Plaster.
 The light sparkling spa-green color created with Provence is just exquisite,

and with Graphite, Pearl Plaster creates a wonderful modern silver-grey finish.

Mixing it up with Pearl Plaster and Chalk Paint® is a great way to extend your metallic color range!

How would you mix it up?


Pearl Plaster In Stock!

We are proud to announce that Artisan Enhancements Pearl Plaster is now available at Sea Rose Cottage!

Pearl plaster is a low VOC coating that can be used on walls, furniture and on sealed concrete to achieve an opulent luxurious finish.

Pearl plaster can be painted, rolled, troweled or floated directly onto a surface for varying effects.

If used on wood, it can be dry-brushed onto the surface, tinted with paint, or applied through a stencil.

 The finish resembles velvet with a shimmering pearlescent quality.

Pictured below are 4 examples of Pearl Plaster with paint and dark wax.

 Photo Courtesy of Artisan Enhancements, Work by Michelle Delgado

The Top 2 samples show Pearl Plaster stenciled over a graphite painted base with dark wax applied over the finish.

The Bottom Left sample is Pearl Plaster dry-brushed over a graphite painted base and then finished with dark wax.

The Lower Right shows a natural wood base, Pearl Plaster applied first and then graphite paint dry-brushed over top.  The wood finish was also sealed with dark wax.

Pearl Plaster, like other Artisan Enhancement products,  is designed with both beginners and experts in mind.  It is easy to use, easy to clean up and earth-friendly.

Best of all, it creates a beautiful, shimmering and professional finish!

Pearl Plaster is now in stock at Sea Rose Cottage and will be added to our online store offerings soon.  In the meantime, to purchase please come by the shop, order by phone or simply use the “add to cart” button below to place an order online.

Coming Soon

Pearl Plaster is sold in quart containers with approximately 100 square feet of coverage.

Happy Painting!

Ship’s Wheel Mirror Makeover

When I found this old ship’s wheel mirror, I thought it would be perfect for a fun makeover.

The frame was in fair shape but the mirror was desilvered in sections giving it an antique look. While I find that appealing with many old mirrors, it didn’t match my plans so I removed the mirror from the frame.

The paper backing was date stamped–Valentine’s Day 1949 to be exact.  I love to find out a little history about furnishings…even if they are of a newer vintage.


The plan was to replace the mirror with a chalkboard.  First, I used the mirror to outline a circle on a piece of MDF that had a similar thickness as the mirror.  My husband cut the MDF to size using a jigsaw.   I painted the MDF with three coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (TM) in Graphite and let it dry overnight.

For my other paint colors I chose Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (TM) in Greek Blue, Old White and Primer Red taking cues from this fishing boat for my color inspiration.

  When the paint was dry I applied one coat of Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax to seal it…

 and christened the new chalkboard for its maiden voyage…

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Me and My Drum (Table)

I was lucky enough to come by this mahogany table at an estate sale.

It was scratched up a bit in a few places but other than that was in good condition.

All the table needed was a quick cleaning and then I got right down to painting.

Hmmmm….but wait a minute…what color?   I decided to mix some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  I mixed Graphite and Old White as the basecoat and put in a little Primer Red for good measure.

I painted the draw pull black and decided to do a dry brush technique on the table base and apron.

My color of choice?  Cream.

I wanted a solid color on the table top so I decided to paint it Graphite and used clear and dark wax on the table top (and two clear coats of wax on the rest).

Shortly after I finished this piece, my friend and neighbor came by with a yard sale find for my next project.  A trumpet table!


I was on the hunt for an oversized picture frame suitable for making a large bulletin/sample board for the workshop.  I made a short list of the likely places I might find such an object at the right price. 

My first stop was the East Bay Thrift Shop on Franklin Street in Bristol because every purchase supports the East Bay Food Pantry.  It also doesn’t hurt a bit that the price is right!  This means I don’t  have to patiently wait out a mark down at a consignment store which can translate to multiple visits and the very real possibility that my almost prized possession could soon be in the hands of another.  

If that is a miss, my next stop is always Second Helpings on Gooding Ave. in Bristol.   They have a very large selection of items at a range of prices and it is just a great place for scouting out the next great find.  Problem is, I am not the only one on the hunt!  On more than one occassion I have scolded myself for waiting too long to make a purchase and discovered on the day of a final mark down that someone had long taken possession of my object of desire.  I take solace in the fact that I have been on the winning side of the transaction as much as the losing side –but it still hurts!

Since I was plainning to discard the contents of any frame I could find, it made the assignment a bit more challenging.  I found a very large mirror at Second Helpings, the frame was the perfect size but the price was too steep considering I only wanted the frame.  I needed to wait it out, so I did.  Finally, about 4 days before the final markdown I entered the store and found  the once obscure mirror prominently displayed on an easel front and center.  I had a decision to make.  I could wait four more days and save another $7 or I could just take it home before anyone else had the same idea.  I quickly grabbed the tag off the mirror and proceeded to the cashier. 



Once home, I removed the mirror from the frame, apparently not carefully enough because the backing scratched the back of the mirror and de-silvered it in one spot.  Well I’ve always wanted to experiement with antiquing an on old mirror so I guess I have another project I can add to my list!

I quickly cleaned off the frame and then started painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  The first layer was Arles (a beautiful color) and on the second layer I added a bit of Emperor Red and Louis Blue in spots where I wanted to distress the frame.  When that quickly dried I went over it with a coat of Graphite and then a coat of clear wax.  I distressed the piece and then added a coat of clear wax to seal it.  I set it aside and moved on to making the bulletin board.


We cut down a scrap piece of  homosote board to size using a utility knife.  I had some bleached drop cloth fabric left over from an earlier project and attached that to the board using a staple gun.  I bought some 2-inch sticky-back velcro tape at Home Depot.  I lightly marked lines on the fabric where the center of the sticky tape would go.   I then used the staple gun to secure the fabric to the homosote board using the penciled in vertical lines as a guide.  We then cut the velcro tape to size leaving 2-3 inches of overhang on each end.  We needed a couple of hands to keep the velcro tape in place when removing the tape backing and to press and secure the tape to the canvas in a straight line.  When that was done,  we wrapped the ends around the back of the canvas and secured it in the back with a staple gun.

The board was inserted into the back of the frame and secured in the corners with thin wood strips (cut down paint stirrers).  While we first thought about hanging the board on picture wires, we realized that it would be best to secure it directly to the wall which we did with drywall screws.  To finish the piece,  I attached Velcro tape to the back of my sample finishes and hung them on the board.  They are now appropriately framed.