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Everything a girl loves..shopping, boys and PINK!

I received an email from a client explaining that she wanted a pink desk and black chair for her daughter.  She asked me if I had any unfinished or unspoken pieces  available and I told her “Yes!”  Then we emailed inspiration photos back and forth and she loved ALL of them:) It took her awhile to decide on the finish but when she did I was excited to get started.

Now, pink and black are not my favorite colors and if I had painted this on my own to sell it I would NEVER have painted it in this palette. But, the customer is alway right…so I went to work.

The first thing I did for this piece was remove the hardware and sand everything down.  I had to sand a lot on the front of the drawers because the old handles had left indents (I knew I was adding new hardware). I did have to fix a few drawers where the dovetail had come apart.  I did this by filling the dovetails with wood glue and using bar clamps.  I also had to address some issues where the top layer veneer had separated from the wood on a few drawers.  To fix this I inserted wood glue underneath by using a tooth pick and pushing the glue into the cavity as far as it would go.  Then I used a piece of wood to put pressure on the area and clapped it. This sat overnight to ensure proper drying time.

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Next I sanded the excess glue off my drawers and wiped down the desk.  I jumped in my paint booth and sprayed my first coat of paint.  Spraying furniture is an art in my opinion.  It takes a lot of practice and patience. My fiancé and mother in-law have taught me well:) The first coat was a light pink color. The second coat was the same color. The third coat was a few shades darker.

The next thing I did was wash this piece in a shade even darker than I had previously used. Then a shade lighter, then the original pink color(first 2 coats) then the color of the 3rd sprayed coat.  Lastly, I lightly white washed it and dark waxed it with Americana Dark Wax.  It has so much depth and color variation, its really pretty!

 

A similar pink color palette I used for this piece.

I similar pink color palette I used for this piece.

 

I distressed the edges in spots that I think would naturally be worn and decoupaged the drawers. I used mode podge to adhere the paper and seal it.

For the chair, I used black paint (made into DIY chalk paint). I painted 3 coats and distressed it to show the gorgeous wood color underneath. My next project will be black! I loved the way the chair turned out.

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I have to say that in the end I absolutely LOVE-LOVE this refinish. It was outside my comfort zone and really made me work. Her vision has inspired me to try out some new color combinations and you will see these soon!

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Jeanette Marie

Mason jars “on deck”!!

I have been super busy today painting up mason jars for Ka’bloom Flowers and Gifts, a florist in Sylvania, Ohio.  Mathilda, the owner, has already purchased a dresser from me and has it displayed in her shop:)  Sylvania is having an art show this weekend and she thought it would be a great idea to have some mason jar flower vases and a piece of furniture from Baycreek Boutique Home Decor for sale in her store. I have to say, I couldn’t agree more!!

Ka'bloom's display dresser they purchased from me!

Ka’bloom’s display dresser they purchased from me!

So, here are my super cute mason jars I have been working on all day! There’re so pretty..OH! so pretty.

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I am selling Mason Jars now because I think they are a really cool addition to any home.  They have so many uses and are very unique when painted. I plan on doing quite a few things with these jars when I find the time!  The jars are selling so fast right now! Everyone loves them. Shoot me an email if you are interested! I can paint them any color you want:) The jars are all sprayed so the finish is flawless!! I love all of them and I love them in every color I have painted so far.

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What a great idea for the summer!! Order your set today

SUMMER   TIME   IS   THE   BEST   TIME!!

Summer is FINALLY here!! I really thought we were never going to see warm days again after this long and cold winter we fell victim to this year..I had cabin fever so bad I actually cleaned my shower heads one evening. I took them all apart and very meticulously cleaned each one! BORING!!!!

Last weekend I removed the lids off my Jeep Wrangler and joy rode around with my 9 year old daughter. It was great fun and I am so super excited to feel the warmth of the sun, as I am sure you are.  It’s time for picnics, beaches, hammocks, reading under a tree, barbeques, and bars that have their patios open!!!!

 

Kaylie Michelle and Owen Michael..MY LOVES

Kaylie Michelle and Owen Michael..MY LOVES

♥♥♥They were hanging in the sun and she was singing to him♥♥♥

Anywho..lol..if you happen to be in the Ohio area you should swing by Ka’bloom Flowers and Gifts to say hello and check out their cool spot right downtown Sylvania! Tell Mathilda I said HELLO!!

http://www.kabloomflowersandgifts.com

 

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Jeanette Marie

Antique Low Boy

Today I am going to talk about my super cool low boy dresser.  I forgot to take a before picture of the dresser.  What a bummer..but ill try to give you an idea. It was pretty beat up and looked really neglected:(   The drawers were covered in carvings spelling the phrase “Jonny loves Susan.” and some other things.  It was your basic dark walnut wood color and it was very shabby on the top of the dresser.

I debated leaving the carvings because I thought they were really neat.  Until I walked into a craft store and saw the scrapbooking paper with the writing on it.  I fell in love instantly and knew just what I was going to do with it. I purchased 7 sheets and and headed home.

How I created this look:

1.  Remove all the hardware and check the piece for broken drawers or anything that needs to be repaired.  The knobs on this were actually glued in so I had to chisel them out and then drill a new clean hole.  Fixing these issues in the beginning is a time saver..I PROMISE!

2.  Sand the dresser with a 120 grit sandpaper and then a 220 grit sandpaper.  {Remember to always clean your surface when changing grits and to also change your sandpaper frequently.}  Clean the whole thing with an air hose or a damp rag.  Let it dry completely!

3.  Decide on a paint color {make it into DIY chalk paint} grab a brush and hand-paint the entire dresser, including the drawers.  I kept the brush movement with the grain of the wood, but thats up to you..

4.  Wait for the paint to dry, chalk paint dries very quickly, less than 30 minutes. Grab the dresser drawers and placed them on their bottoms.  Now, get ready for the FUN part! The papered fronts!!

5.  I used polycrylic,to glue the paper down to the drawers not mogdepodge, because the modge podge makes the paper way to hard to sand off later.  Used a brush to wipe on the poly and then place the paper on top making sure you dodn’t have any bubbles underneath.  {I put the whole piece of paper on and sand the edges away later. Makes the job easier.}

6.  Wait for it to dry and then sanded away until you like it.  There are no rules! Just do what feels right for you.  Start with the corners and work your way in.  I wanted a very distressed look for this, so I sanded a lot!

7.  Then paint over the paper with the same color you had previously used, let it dry and then distress again!

8.  Distressed the rest of the dresser and wax it.

9.  Lastly seal the drawers with poly and let them dry. Put the hardware back on and do a photo shoot with your new beauty:)

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Jeanette Marie




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