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Saturday, March 7, 2015

It's a BABY

Introducing...

Stiltskin Studios
 Baby & Child


Our new collection of nursery and children's furnishings, decor, 
bedding and a few other surprises!









In addition to already-finished pieces,
we are also custom painting cribs, changing tables, 
and toddler beds to coordinate

Not sure what you want?
Nursery and children's custom room design also available

Available exclusively through 

607 Clearwater Largo Road
Largo, FL

Friday, February 6, 2015

Ms. Belgium

We purchased this GIGANTIC china cabinet two years ago...
It's hard to believe we were able to forget about it for that long!

It's STUNNING!



It was also in pretty rough shape with chipping enamel,
yellowing paint, and busted out glass panes

Made in Belgium, circa 1950's
this hutch coordinates with the lovely dining 
set we shared a few weeks ago


I wanted it to coordinate with the dining set, but not be an exact match
(unless a client wants it glazed to match, of course!)


I really liked how crisp and clean the piece looked
wearing nothing more than a fresh coat of snow white paint
(Snow White from General Finishes, to be precise!)


It's a large piece, sure to make a statement
Simplicity seemed best


I could not, however, resist a LITTLE bling
via these gorgeous knobs...
I mean, really...amazing!

The entire piece is solid as solid gets
with custom glass shelves

The inside is minty fresh,
and each panel has lighting

Imagine this full of antique silver...OH MY. 

We also finished up this French dresser


For this weathered look,
we custom mixed a medium grey using
Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint
finished off with a white wash
and sealed for durabilty

The hardware is the reverse, white with a grey wash

I love how it turned out
So simple and clean but still quite interesting

These pieces are available at 607 Vintage MarketPlace

Thanks for stopping by!

Michele

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Before & After French Provincial Buffet and Hutch

Remember these guys?



 They are solid wood but "eh" 
sort of orange in color

My vision?

Creamy white with a grey wash

The orange, however, did NOT want to leave...
it bled through...and bled through...and bled through

It bled through FOUR coats of primer
on the china cabinet...
FOUR!

I know when I'm beat...

Buh-bye dreams of white...

Hello, AHaH's Graphite!



Not to be confused with ASCP's Graphite color...
this version of Graphite is much more brown than grey
a perfectly lovely greige!

I used a creamy white glaze to knock back the brown a bit
and I'm thrilled with the outcome

Light distressing shows off the white beneath

I kept the interior white, but glazed it to disguise any bleed through issues

The buffet, thankfully, had minimal bleed through issues...
and I was able to go with the creamy white

I opted for a warm antique glaze instead of grey
so it would coordinate nicely with the china hutch




I've had these mirrors for awhile...the dresser they went with sold right away,
before I had time to complete the mirrors


Wouldn't this buffet be fabulous re-purposed as a double sink with the mirrors over each side?  
Or what about a changing table...

Love that there are so many options!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Belgian Dining Set Before and After

Talk about STUNNING...

We purchased this dining suite well over a year ago
(maybe two?  Who can keep track?)
and although it's stunningly gorgeous,
it need a LOT of prep work


(the china cabinet is still in the works...coming SOON!)


The enamel (oil paint) was old and chipping away,
so it had to ALL be scrapped off
NOT a fun task on a set this large, and with so many carved details
The cushions were shot
and needed new foam and batting 
before we could even think about fabric


And the tabletop was scratched up pretty badly
(but just look at that marquetry...swoon!)

After two weeks' worth of scrapping
two coats of primer
two coats of Snow White paint
two coats of clear sealant
and a pretty grey glaze...
she's ready to shine again






This one is hard for me to part with...
I love all the carved details
the mitered top
the roomy seats

It's pretty fabulous!

We also scored this amazing farmhouse table
with iron-work underneath
and original paint



we paired the table with these great French Provincial chairs
They were NASTY when we picked them up...
covered in dirt and the cushions were so bad if you touched them,
you were surrounded by a cloud of dust...yuck.

They're much improved now, sporting Java from Amy Howard at Home
The fabric is an uber cool repro European grainsack
(thank you, DecorSteals!) 

That's Linen with a dark glaze on the formerly-ugly-brass lamps...
SO. MUCH. BETTER. NOW.

Both of these sets are available

Thanks for stopping by!

Michele

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Weathered Grey Nightstands Before & After

We love it when great pieces like these 
just turn up at the studio...
we have a fabulous network
 and they know EXACTLY what I love



I know, right?
GORGEOUS!

Made by my favorite manufacturer
White Fine Furniture Co

(sorry, no pics yet of the finished dresser...it is HUGE
and quite heavy)

Lately, I've been really loving the idea of making pieces
look old and weathered without actually distressing them
and I can't get enough of white and grey


Cage-front nightstands have gotten harder and harder to find!


Instead of our usual fancy finish with gold leaf, etc
we kept these pretty simple
with Snow White from General Finishes


On top of the Snow White, Black glaze, watered down
and heavily wiped back


In insides are fresh and clean with Snow White paint 
and several coats of General Finishes Satin topcoat


The hardware is a custom mixed color using One Step Paint
sealed with Satin topcoat from GF


The coordinating dresser wears the same finish
and turned out lovely

I can visualize this set in an all white bedroom
with touches of grey linen on the bed...
gorgeous!

You can find these pieces,
as well as the matching dresser
exclusively at 

Thanks for stopping by!

M~

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Table for Ten

I love to buy dining sets.
I do not love to paint dining sets.

It's no secret my favorite French Provincial manufacturer
is White Fine Furniture

This set...yeah, it's made by White
Oh happy day!

Sort of makes me hate painting chairs 
and stripping tabletops a LITTLE less


 The table comes with a pair of leaves, and is able to seat 10



That gorgeous stain?
None other than Gel Stain from General Finishes
(available locally at Marcotte's, right next door to 607!)
I sealed the stain with General Finishes Salad Bowl Finish
(food safe)


The chairs had horrible blue fabric...
I'm not a great upholsterer, so I painted both sides of the back
In Amy Howard at Home's One Step Paint in Linen
and only recovered the seats


The upholstery tacks give it a more finished look, I think


and seriously...how much do you LOVE this fabric?
I have LOTS of it left...looking forward to using it again

You can see this gorgeous table at 607 Vintage Marketplace

M~

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Musical Chairs (and Tables!)

Inevitably, when I price tables and chair independently
the chairs sell...so I replace the chairs, 
then the table sells, so I replace the table
and on and on it goes...


This pretty lime washed table sold quickly,
so we replaced it with this sweet grey pedestal table
(also lime washed)



Of course, right after we delivered the table to 607 Vintage Marketplace
the chairs sold!

The pedestal table is really well suited to a breakfast nook
or small dining area
so this time, we went with a pair of great chairs
and priced the set TOGETHER


The chairs are done in the palest grey
and don't you love the grey roses on the cushions?


 I love the unusual shield back shape and curvy feet on these chairs
as well as the large cane...they have a really cool, modern vibe


My In-Laws brought a ton of fabulous antique metal boxes and cans back
from their recent road trip to Ohio

We cleaned them up with some linseed oil, which preserves the patina
while restoring some of the luster

They make quirky cases and display pieces! 
(these may still make their way back to our home!)

Have a WONDER-FILLED day!

Michele