Monday, October 20, 2014

Buffet in Primer Red and Arles Chalk Paint

Do you know Colorways with Leslie Stocker?

If you want fabulous inspiration for beautiful paint finishes, you should.

She does short posts with a picture of a beautiful finish with a breakdown of the Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan colors needed to achieve the look.

Just seeing the piece broken down into colors makes me feel like I can do it.

So, a while back I saw this.

I was painting a piece for Vera's Daughter and knew that it was the perfect finish for it.

This is Arles over Primer Red.

I'm told this is called "two color relief" - where one color sands back to reveal another.

Those knobs could be my favorite thing about it.

This is the original hardware.

The finish was perfect so there was no reason to paint it.

I had never worked with Primer Red before. It is much prettier than I thought it would be.

I had the perfect wallpaper for the drawers.

In a nutshell this is what I did:

One full coat of Chalk Paint in Primer Red

A second coat of the red on the places where I knew I would be sanding back the Arles

One almost full coat of Arles on the entire piece

Another two coats of Arles on the top

Wet sanded the whole piece lightly with a non-scratching sponge

Did heavier sanding where I wanted the red to show through more

One coat of Miss Mustard Seed Antiquing Wax on all surfaces

When waxing the top I moistened the wax brush with mineral spirits before I dipped it into the was. This makes it easier to get an even finish of dark wax on large flat surfaces

One full coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax

I love it. 

It's for sale at Vera's Daughter.

Don't you love this towel by Mary Gregory Studio?

Soooo sweet! There's more from Mary Gregory at the store as well.

I hope you will check out more color inspiration at Leslie Stocker's place!

Get inspired!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Mantle for Fall

My fall mantles are usually filled with my yearly hydrangea crop. 

I mean, I have to put them somewhere.

Why not on the mantle, where I can see them all the time?

This year there are very few hydrangeas.

That stinks.

But I'm surviving.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

How To Make A Tree Round Table

I'm thinking that this is going to go down as a good year.

This could be the year that all my 2 year old projects get done.

Already this fall I've finished this, and this, and this, and this.

That's a lot of this-es.

Perhaps though, my favorite this, is this

or actually, these

The thinner slice of wood came from a neighborhood tree that blew over in a storm. When the tree guys came to saw it into pieces, I bribed them into cutting me this slice as well as the smaller slices I used in my garden way back when.

The larger piece was one of the last pieces left from a tree that was chopped down in a nearby park.  I think it was still there because it was incredibly heavy.

I dragged Mr. Quirky out to go pick it up. We opened up the back of the SUV and squatted down to pick it up . . . and nothing happened. Nothing, except that strain you feel in your chest when you try to lift your car.

We had to go pick up another friend to come and help us.

We brought it home and rolled it into the garage to dry out.

After about a year of drying I got out my chisel and hammer and started knocking off the bark.

Some people use a grinder for this.

I removed everything that was bark colored - which was really about an inch all the way around.

It took a while to do this with a chisel but it wasn't too long. I did it all in one sitting of maybe a couple of hours.

Then let them sit for - oh, maybe 6 months or so.

That was a mistake.

During that 6 months or so they both cracked.

I will say here that I don't have the scientific answer to why the wood cracked. I do wonder if there is a connection between removing the bark and splitting. But I do not know.

Dang it!

And then . . .

I sanded.

and sanded.

and sanded.

and sanded.

Believe it or not this picture was taken after a considerable amount of sanding.  See all those chainsaw marks? I wondered if I would EVER get rid of them

I sanded with a belt sander and with an orbital sander.

I sanded with 60 grit.

Lots of it.

I sanded for hours.

I sanded for days.

I sanded until I could no longer sand.

I sanded on the top.

I sanded on the sides.

I did NOT sand the bottoms.

Or at least not too much.

Then I sanded with 220 grit.

That went a little faster.

Thank goodness!

Then I went to Lowes and bought these casters.

I wanted rubber casters so they wouldn't scratch the floor if there wasn't a rug underneath. But man, they looked completely unlike I wanted them to look.

So I wrapped the outside of the wheel (the part that actually rolls on the floor) with painters tape and sprayed them all with Rustoleum's Oil Rubbed Bronze Enamel.

They look quite a bit better, don't you think?

I screwed them on the un-sanded side of the table and a table was born! If you look closely you can see that I had to shim one of the wheels to help balance the table.

Then I went to the basement and found the hairpin legs that I bought from an estate sale just to put on the thinner table top.

The thinner table is covered with 3 layers of hemp oil and then about 8 coats of Homer Formby's Tongue Oil Finish.

The thicker table has been treated with about 3/4 of a bottle of hemp oil.

It's weird how the wood is so irregular in color - especially on the sides.

I'm getting used to the flaws.

They are wonderful.

They are interesting.

They are heavy.

They are perfect!

I especially love the cracks.

If you came here to find out how to make a wood stump table stay tuned for a short version of the instructions.

If not just skip down to the comments and tell me how wonderful my tables are. I need to hear that - after all that sanding.

To make a tree stump/slice table:

Tools needed:

Orbital sander
Belt sander (not imperative, but they do work faster)
Lots of 60-80 grit sandpaper
220 grit sandpaper
Legs, casters, or whatever you want your table top to sit on
A product to finish and protect the wood - you pick your favorite, I prefer the finish I got with just the hemp oil.

What to do:

Let the wood dry out for a few weeks. You may actually get a puddle underneath the wood.
Remove the bark with a chisel and hammer
Attach legs
Finish and protect the wood with the product you chose.

That's it. It's that simple.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Silver Leaf Gourds For Fall

This is a post about a tablescape.

When I do posts about tablescapes I get a little excited.

You know what a tablescape means at my house?

A clean dining room table.

That's a big deal in these parts.

An even bigger deal was that for this tablescape, the guest room was actually clean at the SAME time!

These gourds came straight from Silo Hill Farm.

Thanks Danni!

Then I left them in my trunk for -

wait for it - 

2 years.

Then I silver-leafed them.

And man-oh-man are they beautiful!

I. Love. Them.

This is really isn't a tablescape.

More like a centerpiece I guess.


Pretty simple. Just my usual burlap runner with a bunch of my dried hydrangeas.

The gourds are really the stars here.

Don't you think?

Someday I'm going to make a video of the silver leafing process.

Because I don't think I will ever stop leafing.

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An Outdoor Gallery Wall

I have to admit it.

It's really fall.

When I lived in the South I loved fall.


Now that I live in the North?

Not so much.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

A Little Dresser In Flow Blue Milk Paint

Did your parents ever ask you if your were raised in a barn?

Mine did.

I'm not sure why.

I'd never even BEEN in a barn!

Before this little dresser was moved to my garage 2 years ago, it had spent the previous forty or fifty years in a barn.

So in essence this dresser was raised in a barn.

Poor thing.


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