Monday, September 29, 2014

Twirl and Take a BOW Link PARTY and Features!


Guess what time it is?

Its time to ......
I have been getting some major furniture projects done for the booth which you can see

But Now its time to see what You all have been
working on.
First lets see our FEATURES! 


Twirl and Take a Bow...Hanging on to Summer

I know what you are's Fall...let's get on with pumpkins and beautiful colored leaves and mulled cider. But in the Adirondacks it has been 80 degrees and sunny for the last few days, so I am holding tight to summer. We even went swimming in the lake this weekend in between soccer games and emailing Vern Yip. The water was 64 degrees, but it didn't stop the kids...or my husband for that matter. So in the spirit of wanting summer to last just a little bit longer my features all reminded me of my favorite foot loose and fancy free season. Enjoy the inspiration! Let's be friends: FacebookPinterestGoogle+Twitter

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Little French Side Table Makeover using La Chaux

Good Morning my Beauties!!!
Can you believe this Beautiful Frenchie piece used to look............


Like THIS!???????
Well it did!
I had bought this small little piece at Goodwill
looking to experiment with it.
I love the French Provincial look,
but this purple and broken knobs left MUCH to be desired.
I had some La Chaux
from Maison Blanche that I was dying to try and I thought..
YOU KNOW WHAT?? You can't get much more FRENCH than
French Provincial and French Lime Paint.
So I grabbed my brush and some other things that are not normally in my 
painting arsenal and got to work.

Now here comes the BIG OLE disclaimer.
DO NOT..I repeat...DO NOT try this at home.
You are Suppose to pre paint your piece using regular Maison Blanche paint to 
assure proper adhesion of the lime paint. 
Seeing as you are dealing with different styles of paint.
but being the giant REBEL without a CLUE;
I bucked the old rule (because I am anything if not a lets see if this works my way first, and if it doesn't work we will do it the right way, kind a girl).  :)
It was a very small piece and I knew there wouldn't be a ton of DRAMA
if I did IN FACT have to go back and repaint. 
Plus deep down in my heart, as much as I hated the bordello purple as I
like to call it, I still wanted part of its old self to peek through.
You know the old "whiskey in a tea cup" kind deal.
So I lightly sanded the whole thing and got crackin
on getting this beauty transformed.
 I started base coating the whole thing in Printemps...a gorgeous
pale earthy green...You can see the texture already going on with just the brush.
The Beauty of the Maison Blanche French Lime paint,
is that it is a  a traditional Lime Paint made of pure, European Lime, mixed with natural pigments. The result is a eco-friendly, zero VOC paint product made with minimally processed natural ingredients that will allow you to turn your walls into art and to paint furniture with stunning results.

It is highly alkaline, so it's naturally resistant to fungus and mold as well as being anti-bacterial. This feature makes it ideal for bathrooms, kitchens and children's rooms. 

La Chaux is more textural than chalk based paints. Lime Paints have been used for over seven thousand years and have even been found applied to the insides of pyramids! This is a very traditional European product and gives the look of multiple layers of paint with only one coat.  I think you will see in the post what I am talking about.

 Now here my BEAUTIES is where the FUN really began.
First in my arsenal I pulled out an old plastic grocery bag.
While the paint was "setting up" I used a crumpled up grocery bag to add some texture to the top
of this piece.
Remember I am going for old world FRENCH..
I want this piece to appear as she has TRAVELED the WORLD and carried all of her memories 
with her.

again after I let the paint that I had added texture to with a bag set up a little bit more
I just used a small scrap of cardboard to lightly knock down the raised paint. It gives it a bit more old 
plaster feel.
Then it was time to work on the rest of the piece.
While the base was drying I got to the drawers.
I covered those in Parchment.
It is the exact color that you would think..
You can smell the the old library and books just looking at this color.
It is a truly beautiful Parchment color.
 You see how I am doing it just a bit thinner on the drawers than on the top and sides.
Its because like I said before, I want that little bit of purple to 
still peek through.
Show people that even though now she is a dignified classy lady,
she once had a bit of a fun wild streak in her. :)
 Now in order to make those details really POP,
and add a nice aging to the piece I used Maison Blanches
Tobacco antique glaze.
I generally don't glaze pieces but again..
wanting it to look OLD world I really wanted to give her the works.
When the glaze was all dry I used Maison Blanche Clear antique wax
and waxed and buffed her.
I think all the work was worth it.
The handles were replaced with some vintage handles that I had saved off
another old piece.  They were I imagine the type of handle that was probably on this type of piece 
before they had been replaced with the plastic one in the original picture.

You can see in this picture how that little bit of purple still comes through, just enough
to show her past.

If you need more tips on how to use the paint you can check out
Its where I picked up the few tricks that I used for my project.

Now that I have showed you MINE be sure to check out my friends did with theirs.

Be sure to check out the other Projects by my friends!
Refresh Restyle
 Bliss Ranch
Hymns and Verses
The Wood grain Cottage

"I received product and/or compensation for reviewing Maison Blanche Paint Company products. All opinions are genuine."

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Two Toned Buffet Bar Makeover

Good Morning my Beauties!
It’s Themed Furniture Makeover Day!  This month’s theme is Two Toned.
So Today I have a fun Two Toned makeover for you guys!.

This was how I Found the piece at goodwill. 
It had that plastic type of coating on the top with the fake grain on the doors. Even though underneath is wood for some reason in the 70's and 80's they thought it looked better to put this fake veneer on top of it. But just like anything Styles change and this piece was looking for a NEW STYLE.
I sanded the top down the best I could to get a good contact with the plastic coating for my paint.
I was going Two Tone for the project so I wanted to do the legs the same as the top.
I did a custom mix of CeCe Caldwells brown and Coal.

While the top and bottom were drying,
I mixed up a custom blue green mix for the base.
I painted the whole thing and gave it a second coat after that on both the top 
and the bottom.

I used clear wax on the whole piece.
I buffed the whole thing and got a nice sheen to it.
Then I replaced the hardware to match the top and the bottom.
I just love how it changed the whole look of the piece.
I really like the change.
I hope you do too!
Oh and that painting on the of my first paintings I did as an adult.
I cried after I painted this Russian Olive tree because
I didn't know if I could still paint after all the years I let it go.
(so thats the back story on that...:)  Never give up)
Want more two tone furniture inspiration?
Then check out my friends below!

Furniture Feature

Monday, September 22, 2014

Twirl and Take a Bow LINK PARTY and Features!

Guess what time it is?

Its time to ......

I myself have been a busy little Bee working on projects like
our new Bathroom Exhaust fan
 Which you can see HERE
and some very fun fall Michigan Scrabble tiles.
Which you can see HERE 

SO now its YOUR turn to show us what you 
have been working on!! 

Welcome to another edition of Twirl and Take a Bow Tuesday!
                        Where you get the chance to link up to not just 1 but 7 different BLOGS!
                                     More Hosts means MORE exposure for Y.O.U.!
                                                Are you guys ready to PARTY???

Hey everyone! It's party time...time to Twirl & Take a Bow! I'm Leslie and I blog at House on the Way and I'm so excited to be choosing the features for this week's party. Trying to choose the top picks are always difficult, but this week I decided to go with the season and focus on Fall.
House on the Way
But before we go any further, I have some exciting news...
We have a new co-host at the Twirl & Take a Bow Party. Please join me in welcoming Chaotically Creative to the party!
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We are so happy to have Chaotically Creative join us for the fun and know they are going to make an AMAZING addition to the party!

Speaking of the party....

This Week's Party Features

This Fall Letter Set from Home. Made. Interest. says it all...
Fall Features
These Fabric Tape Pumpkins are so cute! Upcycled Treasures did a great job on these perfect Fall decor pieces.
Fall Features
How adorable is the Preppy Pumpkin Pillow from Lilikoi Joy?! I love the adorable pumpkin graphic.
fall features
Confessions of a Serial DIYer did a fabulous job on this Fall Centerpiece. I love the mix of patterns and textures.
Fall Features

Our Guest Host This Week is Once Again...

The Heathered Nest
The Heathered Nest

Connect with the Heathered Nest on

Have you seen what Heather has been up to?!
Take a peek at her latest her transformation on this settee!
fall features

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Take a moment and visit all six hosts for the Twirl & Take a Bow Party...

You'll be glad you did!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

WINNER WINNER!!! GIVEAWAY Time! $50 Stencil Credit Giveaway!


 Good Morning my Beauties!!

 I am so excited to tell you about the latest Giveaway!
You know how much I love Loren from Brown Bag Stencil Co. 
She has kindly offered up a $50 credit to her etsy shop
so one of you lucky readers can pick up a 
great stencil all for yourself.
 I showed you yesterday how I made this great vintage bike advertisement.
You can see that post HERE.

But that's not the only stencil I have used from her. 
Check out this dumpster dive bistro set I used with a stencil she made for me HERE

Or this Fun Pallet art I made that you can see HERE

I love my stencils, and she has such great quality that I have been able to use them OVER and OVER again and again. 
So as a special treat, she has offered to giveaway a $50 credit to her shop.
So hurry and enter.
You won't be sorry!

and the winner is.......................................................
I will be contacting you so that Brown bag stencil co and you can connect!!
and thank you allllllll for entering..
This was so fun!

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