Sunday, October 27, 2013

Painted buffet....

Hi Everyone!  It's beginning to look like my Studio.  I spent the weekend rearranging the studio to accommodate all the furniture that has been out in the shop in anticipate of my upcoming Open House.  But before I got to far into it, I decided I had better get the buffet painted that I purchased at the auction this summer.  The before picture...
 I loved this piece as soon as I saw it advertised for the auction...but I didn't love the orange color.
 I still can't believe I was the winning bidder on this piece.  I brought it home and it's been sitting in the studio, untouched, ever since.  Until Friday night that is....
 I love the legs!  They are gorgeous!
 And the details are incredible!
 I painted it in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.  I distressed it lightly.
 I love how the paint brought out the details....
 ...and I was able to reuse the hardware...I just cleaned them up a bit.
As soon as it was painted, it just made me smile.  I think it looks so much better this way.  What do you think?  Would you distress it a bit more?...or leave it lightly distressed?  And even though I love it, it will be for sale at my Open House on November 9th and 10th.  Thanks for stopping by.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Headboards and more headboards....

Hi Everyone!  I'm busy getting ready for the Holiday Open House at my Studio in a couple of weeks.  I have to finish making a few shelves, some wooden ornaments and spindle trees.  I still need to rearrange the furniture in the studio (it's full).  And I need to decorate the Studio for Christmas since it is the Holiday Open House.  My Mom is helping me get ready for it (thanks Mom!).  But in the meantime, I thought I'd show you some headboards that my friend Lynett and my Aunt Barb picked up for me recently.
 I love the large turned posts.  I'm not a fan of the lattice work but I'm thinking that needs to be removed and the center pieces upholstered.
 This one is large.  Not only is it long (it's a king size) but it's tall too.  I'm thinking of just painting it and leaving it as a headboard instead of turning it into a bench.
I like this spindle bed.  The foot board is missing it's finials on the sides of the center piece but I think I can find away to replace them.
I love it when I get matching ones.  These are actually bunk beds.  I love the solid backs.  I can't wait to work on them.
 I love this one.  It didn't have a foot board but I have one that I think will work.
I know it's not a headboard, but it is bed related.  It's a Jenny Lind crib that I can take apart and use in a lot of different projects.  I will be busy this winter working on different projects with the headboards.  What would you do with them?  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Fair Recap....

Hi Everyone!  This weekend was the Clarinda Craft Fair and it was a good.  I got to see some friends and family that I haven't seen for a while, and met some new friends and clients.  It was a good day!  The fair was good.  Not as great as last year, but then I took a chance this time by bringing mostly large pieces and saving my smaller items for my open house next month.  I had some good sales but came home with more than I thought I would but that just means less that I have to make for my open house, which is good.  Now on to the fun!
 The black bench that looks like chair backs sold as did the little trees. 
 Two white frames with chicken wire by the dresser sold as did several of the spindle trees.
 I was surprised that the dresser didn't sell, but I got a lot of compliments on it and several ladies are interested in it.
 Several ladies were also interested in the sewing base table but it came home with me.
 I sold the decorated mitten tree and the two small spindle trees as well as all the soap dispensers (in the wooden bowl by the little trees).
 The ladder, both rolling crates, the backless bench and a couple sheet music wreaths sold.
 The headboard shelf (in the corner between the benches) sold but the kid table and chairs came home with me.  I didn't do as well as I did last year, but it was a good day.  Now I will be focusing on getting ready for my Open House on November 9th and 10th.  I have a few things to make for it but the studio is full.  I need to rearrange things to make room for the items I wasn't expecting to bring home with me and decorate it for Christmas!  If you are in the area I would love for you to stop by for the Open House.  I'm really looking forward to it.  Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Pre-fair madness....

Hi Everyone!  It's been a long day....week...month.  I've been getting ready for the Clarinda Craft Carnival this weekend.  Tonight I finished upholstering a bench seat, made a bulletin board frame, some flower magnets and flower push pins and then packed up all the small items.  The only thing left to do is pack up the sheet music wreaths but I always wait until the last minute to do that so they don't get crushed.  Tomorrow I work in the morning, pick up the trailer at 1:00 pm, then pack up the trailer and head to Clarinda to set up at 4 pm.  I'm taking more furniture than I've taken to this fair before so we'll see if that's the right thing to do.
 A little peek at a few of the benches I'm taking.  I built this one to look old and painted the base in Lagoon, stained the top and then grey washed it and added the stripes.  I distressed the whole thing to give it an aged look.  I'll take better pictures of it after setting up my booth.
 I painted this twin bench in Old Paris and I love the fabric on the seat.  A modern fabric on an antique twin headboard and foot board.  Isn't it fun!
I love how this one turned out.  Distressed black with a black, cream and green upholstered seat.  Again, I'll take better pictures of it once it's in my booth.  If you are in the area, I'll be at the Pavilion in Clarinda, IA on Saturday, stop by and say hi.  Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Kid table and chairs...

Hi Everyone!  I've been busy getting ready for the Clarinda Craft Carnival which is this Saturday.  I have a couple of projects yet to finish and only two more nights to get them done.  It doesn't matter how early I start, I always have a couple of projects that aren't finished until the night before...someday I will be finished the weekend before!  But in my defense, I have also been getting ready for my Holiday Open House which is happening November 9th and 10th.
A couple of weeks ago I showed you a peek of the kid's table I was working's finally painted and ready to go and I'm really happy with how it turned out.
 As I was building it, it screamed little girl because of the turned I decided to paint it white.
 In fact, I painted it gloss white so it would be easy to clean up.
 You can't see it in the picture, but the top looks like a farm table top since I pieced the boards together with pocket screws from the underside.
 I like the chairs.  They are sturdy...I've tried them out....
....and I like how the front legs of the chairs match the table.  If I were to make this for a little boy, then I would make it with straight legs on the table and chairs.  I will be taking this to the fair this weekend and hopefully it will find a new home.  What color would you have painted it?  Thanks for stopping by.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Dresser remade....

Hi Everyone!  This weekend I worked on getting things ready for the fair in a couple weeks and a couple of custom orders for art pieces.  One of the things I worked on was the dresser I picked up on Wednesday from my friend Lynett.
On Saturday I stripped the top and drawer fronts using Citristrip and then I sanded it all over.  I painted the body of the dresser in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey.  My absolutely favorite color!  (Sorry, no in process pictures.)  Then I stained the top and the drawer fronts with my custom mix of stain.  I waxed and buffed the top.

On Sunday, I started working on the decorative painting....and this is how it turned out...
 I used cream paint for the vines and flowers and hand painted them on....(it looks so much better in person than it does in these pictures).
 I did a little distressing of the paint...
 ...and used a little of the stain on the carving...
 ...I painted the sides of the drawers in ASCP Aubusson Blue...
 ...and added knobs from Hobby Lobby that I asked my mom to pick up for me....(thanks Mom!)....

I took the knobs into consideration when I painted the vines and flowers so that the knobs became a part of the vines.
 I still need to wax the drawer fronts, but I'm waiting a few days to do that.  I really want the paint to set up before rubbing something across them.  I really like how this turned out.  I will be taking this to the Clarinda Craft Carnival on October 19th.  And if it doesn't sell, then it will be available at my Studio Open House on November 9th and 10th.  What did you work on this weekend?  Thanks for stopping by.

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Recent find and a little trip...

Hi Everyone!  Yesterday I left work at 1:00 pm and took a little trip west to Lincoln, NE.  I know...big trip!  I had never been in Lincoln, just by it to get on the interstate when I've gone to Denver.  I went to see my friend Lynett and to pick up an antique dresser that she found for me.  I just couldn't wait to get it so I took some time off of work and headed west.  It was a nice drive, about an hour and half or so.
This is the picture Lynett sent me asking if I wanted it (she knew I was looking for one).  Um Yes please!  Isn't it great!  And I have plans for it.  I can't wait to get started on it.  I want to take it to Clarinda in a few weeks so I have lots to do!  I also picked up a headboard and foot board, but by the time I got home, it was too dark to take pictures so I'll share that with you later.  Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Getting ready for the next fair...

Hi Everyone!  I know I've been absent lately, but I've been busy getting ready for my big fair in three weeks and my Holiday Open House next month.  I was so busy this weekend that I forgot to take any pictures of things in process.  But I did take some pictures today after I had started priming things last night.
 I finally turned this full size headboard and foot board into a bench and primed it in black.  My plan right now is to paint the top coat in ASCP Graphite or Paris Grey.  Any thoughts?
 This is the base of a backless bench that I primed in black.  I think I'm going to paint it in one of my favorite colors Lagoon and the top stained? maybe?
 I built this twin bench and the boards sitting on it belong to the backless bench base in the previous picture.  I think I'm going to paint it in ASCP Paris Grey.
 I made a decorative ladder out of 1x2's and spindles from a Jenny Lind Crib.  I have primed it brown and I'm paining it in ASCP Old White.
 I made two of these headboard shelves.  I still need to add the pegs to them.  I have primed it in brown and top coat in Heirloom White.  I still need to distress them.
 And my favorite thing I built this weekend, a kid's table.  I see this going to a little girl (because of the turned legs).  I'm going to paint it white.  I primed the legs but had to stop for the night because it was getting dark.
And I made two matching chairs to go with it.  I can't wait to get back out there and finish up all of these pieces.  And in case you think I worked all weekend on these things....I also went to my parents and helped my mom with things for the guest room she's redoing.  I gave her the Paris Grey bench that didn't sell at the last fair for her guest room.  So it was a very productive weekend.  And hopefully this weekend will be equally productive.  Hope you are having a great week.  Thanks for stopping by.