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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

a Buffet and a Box

I've been chasing down a buffet to paint for a few months now...
as usual, one turned up right down the street
(the best stuff always turns up close to home!)


Great bones, GORGEOUS wood on the drawers ad doors...
The top?  Not so much.


I used AHaH One Step Paint in Luxe Grey
with clear wax and Dust of Ages
Not a bit of distressing, yet it still looks wonderfully aged
Dust of Ages adds SO MUCH character and patina


I restored the drawers and doors
(I decoupaged inside the top drawer with antique sheet music 
but forgot to get a pic!)

The original hardware wears a distressed gold leaf finish

No, it was NOT fun painting that trim on the doors...
If I never have to do that again, it will be just fine with me!

I had the supplies out to decoupage,
so I decided to do a little experiment on a plain wood box




This was a fun project, and SO EASY!

I mixed 50% Elmers glue with 50% water
and applied to the box
then smoothed on the sheet music I had already cut to size
I then brushed the glue mixture over the top to seal and let it all dry
(about 30 minutes)

Next, the fun part...
I sanded the heck out of with a medium grit sanding block,
followed by clear wax mixed with Dust of Ages to create a weathered wax

the finish looks old and worn but feels like silk...
I forsee this treatment on something larger in the future!

These items can be found at 607 VINTAGE MARKETPLACE 

Thanks for stopping by!

Michele~

Monday, October 13, 2014

Whitewashed Grey Dresser

I was down with Strep Throat for almost TWO WEEKS...
I'm not sure what was worse...the Strep or not painting!
(OK, Strep was the hands down worst of the two...)

I was incredibly eager to get back to work

This dresser had been awaiting paint for several weeks
and I'm quite pleased with the outcome


The wood was pretty enough, but sort of orange and quite dated
I debated on going very fancy with colored panels and gold leaf details
but I've been craving softness and gentle distressing lately



For this soft, romantic finish I mixed 
AHaH's Luxe Grey One Step Paint (OSP)
 with Black OSP
(3/1 ratio)
Then I glazed the paint using White Glaze from General Finishes
The white slightly lightened the grey, 
settling into the recesses and brush strokes

You could use a glaze, like I did, or a white wax,
 or even a watered down white wash
all would give you a similar look
I like to use what I have on hand, and I had glaze


I lightly distressed the edges while the glaze was still a bit damp
then sealed the entire piece with clear wax once dry

The hardware was painted Ballet White OSP
then waxed and finished with Dust of Ages for a lovely patina

Wouldn't this piece make a wonderful bathroom vanity?  

Available at 607 Vintage MarketPlace

Thanks for stopping by!

Michele

Friday, October 10, 2014

Metallic Drexel Desk

Poor Kenny...
he's been stuck on clean/repair/prep detail for FAR too long!
He's been longing to get creative

He's the master when it comes to using a spray gun...
so when this desk needed a revamp, 
Ken got to it

The before wasn't terrible...
the desk is Drexel and the quality is exceptional

The client, however, wanted a rich copper desk...

The process wasn't quick

After removing all the ormolu and hardware, 
the piece was cleaned and sprayed with high quality gripper

The inside of the drawers were stripped and re-stained
so they look like NEW

the body of the desk was painted with three coats of 
Copper Penny from Modern Masters


Once the final coat was dry,
Ken applied four layers of antiquing glaze
to richen the copper color and highlight the details

Lastly, he applied multiple thin coats of lacquer 
providing depth, gloss, and protection


The ormolu was gold leafed using Amy Howard at Home products


I love how rich and authentic gold leaf looks, as opposed to using gold paint
This will age naturally over time


Sadly, the customer this was created for purchased it before she secured her new condo
and the desk doesn't work in the room! 

If you LOVE this desk, I'd be happy to put you in touch with her :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Michele



Thursday, September 25, 2014

H.O.L.I.D.A.Y.S

September is drawing to a close...
(where did the entire month go??)
and at 607 Vintage MarketPlace
we're gearing up for that dirty word...

HOLIDAYS

 We can't restock aqua Mason Jars quickly enough...they're always gone fast!
These would make a lovely table display, don't you think?

 This lovely vintage Cherub Lamp would look really beautiful on a holiday buffet table
(it's still sporting it's original paint!)


 A lovely mirror for your foyer, perhaps?
Refinished in One Step Paint, Silver Leaf, and Dust of Ages

 Perfectly shabby storage options

 Seriously, y'all...isn't this the sweetest thing ever?

 This antique Milk Crate and four bottles would be adorable as a tabletop display
with pretty flowers in the bottles

 This chest is PERFECTLY sized for a nursery, hallway, or even as a bathroom vanity
Best of all? 
 It's ON SALE for $195

 Extra seating is always a plus

 This antique side chair is perfectly distressed

 We don't expect this vintage Ironstone tableware to last very long!
Lots of crystal and glass sets, too...
imagine these lovelies on your farmhouse table this season



Stop by 607 Vintage MarketPlace to see all these beauties and many, many more!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Aqua Cottage Dresser


Don't you love before and afters? 

I do!


Yes, I know...it's quarter-sawn oak
you'll just have to trust me when I say
 it wasn't in good enough condition to refinish


Milk paint, doing what milk paint does best!


I used Cobalt Blue for the base coat, then used Cobalt Blue, Boho Blue, and White 
to create four different shades of aqua
(all Real Milk Paint shades)


Some layers were heavy, others were simply dry-brushed on
created a time-worn, weathered effect
All the chippy goodness is courtesy of the milk paint
and very little elbow grease


The original beveled Cheval mirror was distressed and tarnished in strange spots
so I used Amy Howard at Home's Antique Mirror Solution to further distress
Randomly painting the back in varying shades of aqua



It's a sweet, happy little dresser now...

Michele

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Old and New

I love antique mirrors....
not just the frames, but the weathered glass, too

Not always easy to find!

We've been having a bit of a love affair lately with two products

High Performance Lacquer Spray

and 

Antique Mirror Solution


I know both of these products intimidate some people...
but I promise, they are easy to use and the results are amazing!



We're loving the uber modern vibe the shiny lacquer gives the frame
juxtaposed with the aged mirror patina





Don't you LOVE the pop of shiny color peeking through behind the mirror glass?




Amy offers wonderful tutorials for these products:



BE FEARLESS!

 Try something new and surprise yourself! 


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Farmhouse Table and Ruffle Chairs

We scored these chairs about three years ago...
they were part of an estate

The seller had some some "interesting" repairs and refurbishing
on many of the items we purchased and these chairs were no exception

A set of four, with perfectly chippy paint
however the seats had rotten wood and janky stuffing
(If Finn and Jake can say JANKY so can I)
along with moldy fabric 
oh, and the trim was actually glued on directly to the frame

Which explains why they've been sitting for so long!

Bye bye, rotten wood, janky stuffing, and moldy fabric!

Hello new wood, new cushions, and a thorough cleaning!

We even added new batting (two layers!) so the chairs are ultra comfy!

We sealed the lovely chippy paint to preserve the finish

The cane back, coupled with the chippy finish, 
provides so much texture to these chairs
Visually, they are stunning
The fabric choice needed to be simple enough to not distract from the finish
yet special enough to co-star

White. White and chippy... Perfect!
White, chippy, AND RUFFLED?
Heaven!


 Not so heavenly?
Sewing ruffles. Ironing ruffles. Attaching ruffles...YAWN
so boring!


Now that they are finished...I LOVE THEM! 
(the fabric is treated to resist stains, too)





And how about that table?
Ken did a cerused (lime wash) finish on the entire piece


To achieve this look, he stripped the entire table down to raw wood
but left all the blemishes intact


using oil paint, he created a thin glaze
(the finish shown took two coats)

Once cured, the finish is practically indestructible! 


You can find these pieces, 
along with so many other lovely things at:


Thanks for stopping by!

Michele and Ken