Thursday, March 14, 2013

Out of Africa With Some Zebra Stripes!



I spent the last several weeks, yes WEEKS, working on this zebra dining room table
and chair set. About a week in a customer got wind of what I was doing and wanted it! 
She didn't need it right away so that gave me some time to get everything done and not 
be rushed. It normally doesn't take me weeks to do a project!




The  customer got to chose the image for her chairs. She actually chose two. 
A crown for two of the chairs...



...and she wanted a fleur de lis with some french script on the other two. 
The image I used has a crown as well so it tied back to the crown on the other chairs.




Last night the table and chairs went to the shop so the customer 
could pick them up from there.




Love those zebra stripes!





Wednesday, December 12, 2012

My First Miss Mustard Seed Piece!


Last week I tackled my first Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint project.
THIS was my victim.



She had a few scratches and dings but was quite sturdy.





I chose the color Ironstone, After mixing the powdered milk paint with water, I went for it.
I didn't use the binding agent, as I wanted it to chip and flake and generally look well used.





There was no flaking after my first coat, not that your piece won't, this particular one just didn't.





The plan was to add several coats since I wanted it pretty white to contrast with any of the original finish that would show when the flaking happened.





At this point I began to see a bit of flaking on 2 of the drawer handles.





Yep, third coat. I think I had to mix more paint at this point. Since this is the first time I've used this product, learning how much paint to mix for each project will take some time. It might take a few pieces before I get that nailed down. The second time around I got the paint a bit too watery I think and drips were a bit of a problem, so I just kept checking my work for drips. I could have added more paint but I was too lazy and just wanted to get to the flaking part! I also kept stirring the paint to lift any sediments that had sunk to the bottom. Getting all the chunks out was a bit difficult and I think next time I may try shaking it in a container/jar with a lid. A plain spoon wasn't working and the only wire whisk I wanted to use was okay, but not great. I may also look for some small wire whisks for this very purpose. Now the directions tell you to mix for a solid 5 minutes and it could be that I didn't stir long enough. Again, too eager to get to that chipping and flaking part!









Definite flaking going on here!
Oh YEAH baby!




4th and final coat of paint!  The 2 drawers on the right had the most flaking going on and came off in a snap with my putty knife and fine grit sanding sponge. There wasn't much flaking on the rest of the vanity so I had to make my own. That was the fun part! The part I had been waiting for all along!

I let it sit overnight and when I came back, more paint had peeled on it's own so I rubbed it off. Next
I sealed with Miss Mustard Seed's Wax, twice on the top (where the heaviest use would be) and on the handles where there was heavy peeling.

I have to say, I think I am in love with the wax.  It rubs in so smoothly and hardly has any odor whatsoever. I think it's going to be replacing my Annie Sloan Wax. Which is awful convenient since the shop where I have my space now sells The Miss Mustard Seed goodies!

I will tell you that I also used the Crackle Medium and didn't have a lot of luck with it. I had crackled paint in a couple places but not a lot so in the future I plan to experiment to figure out just what I did wrong and how to make it work. I may not have put it on thick enough.




 I ended up with a little over half the bag of paint left, which may not seem like much but you have to remember when you paint things white over a dark stain, it always takes more paint to get good coverage. Other colors will most likely only take 2 coats or possibly even one, so it stretches pretty far.


Here she is in all her chippy shabby gloriousness at All That Jazz,  awaiting a new home.

Overall it was a great experience. It was fun to try something new and see how it would react once it was added to furniture and the peeling/chipping/flaking part was the best! I'm excited to try other colors and the dark wax, which I'm told is fabulous too. Can't wait!


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Girl's Night Out!



Our downtown area has a special night twice a year called Girl's Night Out. Shoppers can purchase a "passport" to participating businesses and the chance to win prizes and snack on treats,  all while shopping great sales at fabulous stores! I went in to All That Jazz a few days ahead of time to stock up and add some more fall decor to the mix.




All That Jazz































This is my favorite event of the year and the night was a success! Lots of lovely ladies out
and about getting their shopping mojo on!




Thursday, August 30, 2012

The UPS Truck



Does anyone else get as excited as I do when you are expecting a package and you hear the UPS truck rolling down the road?  So WHAT was in the box exactly?




Cece Caldwell Paint and wax! Yipee! I have been mainly working with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for the last year and still love it but I am curious to try this paint line.  It's completely non toxic and made entirely from plant based and natural materials. So it will be nice and healthy to work around, live with and very friendly to the environment.

Next week I have two more packages get excited about. More Annie Sloan, I need to restock to finish current projects and a delivery of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint. I can't WAIT to try that! Hopefully it won't be a disaster, I have read it can be tricky. Fun times!




Oh yeah, do you want a peek at the buffet I got at a garage sale last weekend?



Whatcha think?

I'm waiting on that paint delivery I mentioned to finish this and a dining table/4 chair set I am painting to match, although they won't necessarily have to be sold together.  So she will sit for a bit and I will be getting to work on a couple Cece Caldwell pieces!




Don't forget to visit All That Jazz on facebook to sign up for one of 2 giveaways I'm giving out!






Monday, August 13, 2012

Ode To A Cabinet


Last month I sold my antique chippy green and white cabinet!




I bought the cabinet from Lisa at Pole Barn Primitives~when she was selling out of her garage a few times a year. Now she has her own shop and is open 4 days a week! I knew instantly it would look great in our space and was the first substantial and really really old piece we had bought. In fact I loved it so much I put the dreaded NFS on it! A no no in retail I know but I needed one strong piece to use as a place to display things, a piece I didn't have to stress about it being gone at a moments notice.

At that time I had more partners and we had a lot more "smalls" we had to find a place for. It got to be a bit of a headache finding room to put things when a piece sold and there wasn't one to go in it's place. Hence the hunt for a shelf or other large permanent piece.



This is the day we brought it in and set it up. We immediately had interest but I was stubborn and said NOT for sale! Eventually I did put a price on it, one so high I thought for sure no one would bite!



Over the last 2 years she got gussied up and decorated for the seasons...



Held all sorts of treasures, come and gone...



Seen other pieces of furniture move in and move out...



Until a few weeks ago when I got the call that I had an offer. I paused for only a few seconds and thought, "You know what? I'm ready to let it go." So within days, she was gone. And I survived! Now I look forward to hunting down that next piece I can fall in love with and put another NFS tag on it, hee hee hee! Farewell chippy shabby CABINET, it was great to have had you at All That Jazz!