Thursday, July 18, 2013

Pinky Rosy Coral Dresser

 I am smitten with this sweet pinky coral chest. One of my favorite furniture flips in a while! Here is the before pic

 You just can't go wrong with all of that pretty detail. I have been painting a lot of cream and black lately, so I was ready for some color. I decided coral would be perfect for the piece. Now, I don't know how it is that I have 2 million gallons of paint sitting in the shelf but never the color I'm looking for. It is the painters version of having a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear! Not wanting to make a trip to the paint store I mixed up a color that somewhat matched the picture in my head and got to painting. It was a little in your  face to start with so I toned it down with heavy distressing and glaze. The turquoise bird knobs are from Hobby Lobby and I really have to hold myself back from wanting to put them on everything!

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Favorite Finishes ~ Lamp Black

This week I am going to start a blog series called Favorite Finishes . Every week I plan to share with you one of my favorite products to paint  with. The first product I would like to highlight is General Finishes Milk Paint in Lamp Black.  Before I discovered this paint  I hated to paint with black, now it is one of my favorite finishes.  The Lamp Black is a gorgeous true black and like all General Finishes Milk Paints it levels beautifully whether being sprayed or applied by hand.

 General Finishes Milk Paints are not to be confused with traditional powdered milk paints. It is actually  a 100% acrylic paint. The paint goes on smooth and dries hard. In addition to the supreme adhesion and durability, it sands like a dream. When you sand the General Finishes Milk Paints the paint powders off and the surface becomes super smooth. I like to finish my Lamp Black pieces with Polyurethane but wax would work as well. I hope you will give this fabulous paint a try! I truly believe it is one of the best on the market.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Jewel Toned Beauties

 I sell my all of my painted furniture  The Plucky Peacock a one of a kind shop that I share with my partner Lisa of Artichoke Alley.We both paint all month long and one weekend a month we have a big sale with all new inventory. It is so much fun and allows us to have time to paint and take care of our families without having to run a shop everyday. We never plan our sales as far as colors, style etc but things always seem to come together. This month I have really been into bright , bold, jewel toned pieces. I thought I would share some pics of some of my favorites so far.

If you are local or possibly traveling through I would love to have you visit The Plucky Peacock. Our June sale will be June 28, 29 and 30.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Tiger Oak Buffet in Antique White

I wanted to share some pics of this unique antique buffet I have refinished for our monthly sale at The Plucky Peacock. I don't have a before picture. She was in rough shape when I first acquired her and that means she went straight to the workshop with no pics. My husband fixed her up and sanded to the original wood. I knew I wanted to preserve some of that gorgeous tiger oak. It is such a striking wood, my personal favorite. The buffet had a lot of inlaid wood designs but most was badly damaged and a lot of the pieces had fallen out. Luckily the top was salvageable! Just look at the lovely design in the wood!

I used General Finishes paint in Antique White for this piece. Light distressing was just right to showcase the lovely details and unique design. The hardware was mismatched but the original castors were still intact. Such a lovely antique beauty!

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Antiqued Silver Desk

I have done very little metallic furniture in my "career" but when I saw this chest from Redford House I really wanted to try this look for myself.
Here is the before shot of the desk , I am going to have to get better about taking these now that I am trying to get back to my blogging. Which, by the way, I am thoroughly enjoying!

I always try to sell my pieces in their original condition before painting them unless they are in need of extensive work or repairs. This desk was a solid wood mahogany piece, very well made. After giving it a fair shot at selling as is, I decided to paint. My hubby sanded her down to the natural wood. I love to prep my pieces this way, it erases flaws and paves the way for a super durable, smooth finish.
My original intention for this piece was red, I happened to be painting a china cabinet red at the same time so it just made sense. Once the red was on I just wasn't feeling it so I decided to give the antiqued metallic finish a go. I must say I am in L~O~V~E!!! What do you think? Did I knock it off pretty well?

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Two Tone Dining Room

I painted this dining table and chairs for our May sale at The Plucky Peacock. I think it was my favorite to date! I L~O~V~E my job and am so very thankful for it. However, there is one downside, the front rooms of my house, which consist of a formal living and dining room, are always full of furniture waiting to be put together or moved to to the shop. Otherwise, this set would be living with me as we speak :).
The fabric for the chairs pretty much led all of my color choices. The chairs were painted with Spring Stream by Behr. The table is mahogany and has 8 legs. I painted the base in General Finishes Antique White and refinished the top with Kona stain by Rustoleum. The entire set was sealed with several coats of poly for protection and durability.

 The matching buffet had gorgeous burled wood on the drawer fronts that I couldn't bear to paint over. So I went with a two tone look. The body is General Finishes antique White. The drawers and doors were refinished with Rustoleum Kona stain. Unfortunately my pics do not do the beautiful wood grain justice!

There was originally a matching china cabinet as well. I had the entire dining room suite, which is rare for me. However, I tire quickly of matching sets and by the time I got to the china cabinet I was ready for a change. I painted the china Earthnut (Behr) and Lagoon (SW). Apparently my customers are not big fans of matching sets either because a different person purchased each piece. Even the table and chairs were separate. How about you, do you prefer a matching set or would you rather mix it up?

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