Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fine Dining and other ramblings

I have had a pretty good week. I finished quite a few projects. Now if I could just get my fall decorations out and decorate! I did it way to early last year and by the end of the season I was more then happy to take them down! So I'm procrastinating a bit.

I finished this table and chairs this week. I had found the table at a thrift store but it had no chairs. I had to dig around in my hoarder pile and found 4 chairs pretty similar and painted them to match.I put some french typography on table which I got from Graphic Fairy of course and a stencil design on the seats.


 Fine dining at it's best!
 Couldn't you just see this set in a cute little french village having wine,bread, and cheese!

 I transferred the design with the old graphite paper trick. Then filled it all in with a paint pen. I'm no artist! Don't even claim to be one!I'm getting a bit better at this. My first one I did was kinda harrowing but the more you do it the better you get! So don't be afraid to try it!

I also wanted to tell you all I tried the ruffler foot just played with it as it takes a bit to get acquainted with it. But once you get used to it and figure out the settings it is wonderful!! There are a lot of videos on YouTube to get you started with it. The one I bought at Hancocks had no directions with it! So I had to watch a couple of those videos to figure the contraption out! I can't wait to make something with it!!
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!
Traci
 
I will be over at                                                                              Feathered nest Friday

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Is there a such thing as a wood hell?

It all started innocently enough went to a pickers dream garage sale on Friday. This lady was selling all kinds of treasures at amazing prices. I think it was a divorce situation. I found a piece I just couldn't do without a sideboard very ornate and done with tiger oak. So I bought it and brought it to my shop to set out to work on it. Needed some repairs and I was debating whether to paint the body or not. After much debate with myself wondering if there is a hell for people who paint over beautiful wood or not? I know silly right?This piece was probably from the late 1800's and had seen better days and someone had butchered one of the doors at one time adding new hinges. So I assured myself it was for the best to paint and moved forward. I did refinish the top as it was in very good shape. I painted it with ASCP old white. Distresses some and then waxed the whole piece. It does look lovely but why do I feel such guilt about painting it?? I hope it sells quick cause I can't hardly handle looking at it much longer! Would love to hear if anyone else ever feels guilt for painting sometimes?





 
I also did a small hutch this weekend too. I definitely felt NO guilt painting this piece!
 
 Isn't it cute! If I thought I could squeeze it into my kitchen I would! It was a boring maple hutch with a veneer top. I used ASCP and then stained over it and polyed over it.



 
Here is a piece I did earlier in the week and took up to my booth to sell.


I know I'm really into the wood and paint look. It is such a nice look. I'm often amazed how nice some of the pieces turn out when they start out so ugly and neglected. I feel truly lucky to be able to do this. I had a new friend stop by this week to look at a pair of dressers I had and she looked around at my stash and said wow how awesome would this be to get to play with all this everyday! I agree even though sometimes it is work just like any other job. 
Well hopefully you all have a wonderful week! I will stop stressing out about the piece!
Traci
I will be showing this at:
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
WhiteWednesday at Faded Charm
Furniture Feature Frday

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The numbers have it

I know I have this obsession with numbers lately! I know I'm not alone you see them everywhere on everything or just by themselves. I know it is a passing fad but I like it and am going to enjoy it for as long as I can!

This dresser was one me and my MIL found on the curb for trash clean up. It was large it was heavy and part of the back was coming off but we couldn't leave it!! It is old and I think hand made by someone. It doesn't have a lot of wow factor but it a sturdy piece of furniture! So it sat in my workshop for a few months I kept putting it off because it didn't excite me all that much. So a couple of days ago I got tired of seeing it get buried beneath more stuff so I dragged it out and painted it. I did a soft creamy cross between cream and soft yellow color. Then I shabbied it and stained over it then put poly over it all and added the numbers. I think it is a simple piece so I kept it simple.
I must say it makes me happy when I look at it. Something about it just sings to me. Yeah a couple of the drawers stick a bit and it doesn't have fancy or ornateness about it but I like it! I hope someone else too!

 Notice the lovely barn wood behind. Well this morning when I decided to take the pics I said this is ridiculous that I have to drag pieces outside to photograph so, I started manically nailing barn wood on the one wall and tacked the tin above it then white washed a couple of boards that didn't blend in that well! Yes all that to take a simple pic! I also justified it with the fact that this winter I won't be able to drag stuff out in the snow! I know crazy!


I went out and bought some more ASCP today and excited to try it again! I bought old white and duck egg so I'm sure you will be seeing it soon enough on pieces! Have a great evening! Traci


I will be sharing over at.
Feathered nest Friday
Show and Tell Friday
Furniture Feature Friday

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Fun Table and Chairs

I just finished painting another table and chair set that has already sold! Gotta love it when that happens! It was a plain french provincial set. Funny when I say plain I mean not painted!I know painting everything isn't some peoples thing but it is mine! The chairs did have a lot of detail though and table did have some character with great curves.


Here it is mid way I was going to sand down the top and stain it but had a mishap as I sanded through the veneer top! OOPS so had to paint! Lesson learned take it easy with the sander! Here it is all done.
 




Added a Fleur d lis to back

Shabbied up and added a number to each chair.
I thought it was a very fun kinda whimisical look!

On another note I got a ruffler foot for my sewing machine this weekend! I'm very excited to use it for all kinds of projects! Wonder how Mr. SN would feel about ruffled T-shirts? Jk honey! Well here's to hoping a productive week!
Traci