Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sometimes More IS Better

Well, it's been almost 2 months since I started using Annie Sloan's chalk paint. Although I've only tackled small projects, I've come to really appreciate how well it covers, and its ease of distressing. I haven't mixed any custom colors yet, because I'm still enjoying the merit of Annie's original colors. 

As I peruse sites showing Old World European interiors and furnishings, I have discovered the great authenticity in Annie's color potions. Although each shade is fabulous on its own, the real magic, when morphing a run-of-the-mill piece into a time-worn treasure, comes when you layer the colors. I've used one, then two, and now 3 colors on one piece.....Magical......

Before, the finish of this wood shelf was a dark red-brown, so it made a great base color for the 3 paint color choices. 
I started with Arles, then Olive, and finally Provence.
The really time-consuming part was painting and distressing all the inner scrolled surfaces, but it was so worth the effort. I love the color combo so much that I only used clear wax, so as not to alter the shades. 
You can't conjure this magic with spray paint!

I can't wait to use these colors on a piece of furniture, though I may have trouble letting go of it, I'm quite sure......

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Color Therapy

It is common knowledge that colors have a psychological effect on us, so no matter what shade you add to your home, you should be thinking about how it makes you feel, and not just if it's trendy or looks good. This is the advice I give to my painting clients when guiding them with their color choices. My personal preferences tend to lean towards warm tones, since I live in Oregon, where the overcast sky casts grey light on everything 60% of the year. So despite the fact that all shades of grey are so trendy right now, I run away from it most of the time. (I would however break that rule for stone walls in a European castle.) But I digress........

That entire rambling paragraph did have a point - my love for Annie Sloan's Duck Egg Blue. Yep. I really love this color. As a painter by trade, I've grown to appreciate most colors, but very few have psychologically affected me this way. I feel calm and content, with a sense of well-being, when I look at the objects I've painted with it. I must have been surrounded by Duck Egg Blue in a previous life, and it must have been a good one........

Remember this in a recent post?

Well look at her now in Duck Egg Blue.........

Mini bottles of alcohol and shakers of glitter have nothing to do with each other, unless you like to drink while you craft, but don't they look cute in there?

I painted the whole thing in a Cream base, to brighten the top coats of Versailles on the inside, 
and Duck Egg Blue on the outside. 
The bottom used to hold drawers, but I think it looks adorable anyway. Reminds me of a miniature china hutch.

Now all I need is a larger version for even more 
sense of well-being.....

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Labor Day Spoils

One of my favorite haunts for junking is the Goodwill Outlet store. I am fortunate enough to live only a few miles away from one. Although this is not as grungy as dumpster-diving, it is still not for the meek, germophobic, or faint of heart. Gloves are definitely on the menu here. Quite the diverse population frequents this place, making it an "interesting" melting pot of social etiquette and lack thereof, so you must approach your mission with thick skin. The first half of this year at the outlet yielded nothing interesting to sell, so I hadn't bothered to go the last couple of months, but Oh how that changed.....

I pirated all this booty and then some this weekend.........

Well, you know I have a radar for aqua, so this sewing basket and enamelware kettle/pail with lid were mine mine mine. The little white basket with bamboo handle is screaming for a tiny Toto. A charming vintage green hard side suitcase with the most divine, kitschy interior.

Metallic quilted vinyl interior, with vinyl ruffle edging and mirror intact!

Folk art corner shelf with cutouts, and a fabulous spice cabinet with mesh screen doors. The bottom compartments probably used to have drawers, 
but is still loaded with character. Striking and tall candlestick that really makes a statement at 15". The bowl is one of those lightweight molded wood salad bowls, 
but this one isn't woven like the ones I'm used to seeing, so I found it interesting. Everything but the bowl will be getting the chalk paint treatment.

More aqua goodness in this dish rack. Textured wood/gesso frame in fantastic condition. Charming rattan basket in a warm vintage yellow top-sprayed in old red. I actually bought 2 of these, and they're screaming to be Christmas decor.

And speaking of woven wooden salad bowls.....
This one is quite substantial, at 14" diameter, 4" deep, and much heavier than others, making this a fabulous 
Retro or Tiki display piece. I don't usually gravitate to wooden spoons, but these lacquer ones are just beautiful with folk art designs. They're either Mexican Olinala or European, but not Russian, and I'm leaning towards Mexican. 
Charming colorful details.

A super cute vibrant yellow flower basket with fiberboard bottom and a red Tonka trailer.
An antique bottle capper that truly brings back 
childhood memories of homemade rootbeer 
in the Summertime.
An oh so fabulous cast aluminum easel stand.
The accent table is all metal, with faux bamboo legs 
and screen top.

Check out this easel, with beautiful Rococo bones.
Great for displaying small artwork, a book, or a plate.
How perfect would this be for holding a 
Spell book on Halloween?

And this table, Oh My......
Mid Century fabulous. I adore the pattern in the screen, 
and the bamboo frame.
After I remove all the rust, I may or may not repaint it, 
even with all its chippiness..... 
It's such a statement piece.

I actually came home with more than I've shown. So much junk, so little space. Time to sell!

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