So many things are changing around here right now! Today marks the beginning of another (this would be the third this week) new series on the blog called Friday Favorites. I was originally doing a link party, but I feel like there are so many link parities out there in the blogosphere – I really wanted to do something more original. So I decided to feature one of my favorite bloggers each Friday to help you find new inspiration.
As I get older, the meaning of freedom is a question I am continuously reassessing. When you’re young, you are, in a sense, “blind” to reality. You’re reality is that which your caretakers present to you. It’s like one gigantic magic trick. But as you get older, the veil slowly falls and, if you’re anything like me, concepts like freedom, that seemed so simple, become more and more complex. [Read more…]
I’m just so happy about our new line of Chalk Based Paint. I’ve gotten to work with the paint over the last few weeks and have really enjoyed working with it so far. Each month I will demonstrate a few ways you can work with a highlighted color for each month. This month I chose the color Candlelight. [Read more…]
I’m so excited! After months of picking our colors, testing out paint samples and working with paint distributors, we finally were able to create our own line of Chalk Based Paint. Basically we took the technology of our chalk based paint and put it into our favorite paint recipe to create 12 custom, hand picked colors just for you! [Read more…]
I love the color Cotton from our new line of Chalk Based Paint coming June 2015. It’s a beautiful grayish white that looks beautiful on pretty much everything (at least in my opinion – I’m not biased at all though). It reminds me of old painted brick walls in Europe. So when one of my friends asked if we could restore a beautiful cedar chest for her mom in this color for mothers day, I was really excited to get started!
Last week I did a tutorial on how to apply Antiquing Powder using Wax and Mineral Spirits. That technique gives you ultimate control of how heavy your apply the product and is ideal for dark Antiquing Powders done over Light Paint or Natural Wood. Today, I wanted to show you how you can apply the powder with out Mineral Spirits by removing the excess powder with additional wax. This is more ideal for light colors of Antiquing Powder where the look is more subtle or you want a more dramatic effect with darker colors.
I’m so excited to introduce you to Elizabeth. She’s a real beauty. I actually love her so much, that I decided to keep her! This dresser actually was my very first attempt at leaving just the drawers natural wood (although I did put a stencil over them) and I must say, I like it very much. When I was originally deciding how to restore this dresser, I was extremely frustrated with the fact that the top was just too far beyond repair. The veneer was falling apart and it was too thin to sand down anyways. So I was really unsure if I would like the natural wood drawers without a natural wood top to balance it out!
When we originally released Vintage Storehouse Antiquing Powder last year, I did a tutorial on how to apply Antiquing Powder with wax and mineral spirits. Since then, I’ve gotten much better at videography, so I decided it was time to re-do a few of my older videos, including this one. [Read more…]
Remember the post I did a few weeks ago about using a stencil to apply metallic powder to this gorgeous Nightingale Dresser? Well when I ordered that stencil from Royal Design Studio, they were having a sale where if you bought $$ of stencils you could get free shipping. I was already really close to the amount, so I decided to throw in another stencil to get the free shipping. I’m so happy that I did, because later on, when I was deciding how I wanted to restore this gorgeous dresser… [Read more…]