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Cindy Pizzi

Annie Sloan and General Finishes make over

I love to find great pieces of furniture to upcycle. Sometimes I find a piece and know right away what I want to do with it. Sometimes I think about it for a while before I start the make over. I spent some time thinking about this project and even thought I had a good idea of what I wanted the end result to be, this project changed several times during the process.

I started by sanding the tops of these tables in hopes of staining the wood inlay. I decided to try out a wood stripper for the edges of the top to remove all of the stain and polyurethane top coat.

The wood stripper worked great with a stiff nylon brush. It removed all of the original stain from the crevices, but it was really messy. Like REALLY messy. But by far better than trying to sand it out of the crevices. Unfortunately when I tried to stain the top, the stain was not even over the different wood inlays and the wood edge. Sigh ๐Ÿ˜” So General Finishes Gel Stain to the rescue! You may remember my postย Painting and Staining our stair railing part 2ย , I used a mix of GF Nutmeg and Grey. For these tables I used the same mix and it covered the top beautifully.

With that disaster taken care of I painted the body of these tables Annie Sloan Paris Gray. I wanted to add some Pure White and Silver accents. I painted the cut outs on the legs with a small brush and originally I painted the drawers white as well as the corner cut outs. In my head that looked better. In reality it was too much white. So I painted over the drawer fronts and the corner cut outs with Paris Gray.

I distressed it, used a clear and dark wax and then highlighted the buttom edge of the table and legs with Annie Sloan Bright Silver Gilding Wax. This took a while. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But completely worth the time. All of these products help to bring out the shape and character of this piece. The beautiful handles on the drawers got a coat of spray paint and these tables are done!

This wasn’t exactly what I envisioned when I started this project but I love the end product now that they are done.

 

It takes some time and sometimes several different products but getting to the end of a project is always satisfying. Don’t be afraid to change it up if it’s not working out as you want it to. There’s always a solution if you come across a hiccup.

Leave a comment or a question if you have one!

And as always, thanks for taking a look at my blog ๐Ÿ˜Š

Cindy

Peacock Blue Serpentine Dresser

If you’re like me you love Pinterest. A while back I pinned a picture of a beautiful dresser painted in an ASCP custom mixed color and have been dying to try it. I found the recipe on thepurplepaintedlady.com and it’s called Peacock Blue. I found the perfect piece to try this amazing color on.

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Hello beautiful

This is my favorite piece to date! I absolutely love this color not to mention this amazing piece of furniture! I love this style but who doesn’t right. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ok here’s the recipe:

2 parts Napoleonic Blue 1 part Aubusson Blue and 1 part Antibes Green. There are so many possibilities with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Pinterest is the perfect place to find examples of what you are looking for.

I started refinishing this Dixie Federal Style Serpentine dresser by sanding the top and putting a wood conditioner on the exposed wood to prepare it for stain.

Minwax wood conditioner is easy to use. Wood condition helps to give a more even coverage to the stain. I chose MinWax Jacobean and I put 2 coats on. I followed the instructions on the can and sanded between coats and the second coat came out nice and even. Tip: always use gloves when applying and wiping off the excess stain or you will also stain your hands. ๐Ÿ˜‰ When it was dry I applied 3 coats of Semi-gloss polyurethane to seal it. You can use a brush for this but I used a foam brush and it worked well.

Then it was ready to be prepped for painting. I always wipe each piece down and remove all dust as well as any stickers or dirt, sticky spots, etc. This helps the paint go on smoothly and keeps anything from bleeding through. Chalk paint is very porous so cleaning before painting will keep that from happening. If you do end up with some bleed through that’s causing the color of the paint to change color, use some spray shellac over the area and repaint over it. Works like a charm.

I removed all the hardware and used wood filler in the areas that needed it. Some trim along the bottom was broken in places and needed to be removed. I sanded any areas that were ruff or uneven.

Spending a little time prepping a piece is important. In the end you will be glad you did. Next taping. I don’t love this part. It’s time consuming especially on a piece with lots of curves like this one. But you get clean lines and less mess so it’s worth it.

I painted this piece with 3 coats and didn’t do any distressing. I wanted good coverage on this so 3 coats were needed. Then I sealed it with clear wax and added black wax for an amazing finish.

You can see the difference the black wax makes in theses pictures. I painted this in my garage under florencent lights so the paint color looks a bit lighter in these pictures.

Annie Sloan recently came out with a line of gilding waxes and I purchased the Bright Silver to use on this dresser. I accented some of the detail as well as the hardware. This product is easy to use. I squeezed a little out on a paper plate and used my finger to apply most of it. For some of the areas I couldn’t cover with my finger (small crevices and hard to get to areas) I used a brush. The brush works well but using your finger is faster.

Using a gilding wax really brings out the small details and adds to the overall look of a piece. The black wax really adds another demention to the paint color as well as giving it an aged look.

I love how this turned out. I spend some considerable time trying to find a place for this in my home. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But this beauty so is currently for sale in my booth. I may ask for visitation rights. ๐Ÿ˜‚

I really want to hear your thoughts on this piece. What do you think of this color? Do you like the bright silver accents? Leave a comment below! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Thanks so much for checking out my blog. I appreciate your interest in my project and what I do. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Cindy

 

 

Antique or Vintage Chair Reupholstering

I picked this chair up at an estate sale a few months ago. I can’t say for sure it’s an antique but I know it’s old. When I bought this chair it had been recovered with a leather like material.

I decided to take it off right away and discovered what I believe to be the original seat cover underneath. I believe it was the original because it looked old, and was attached with nails.

As you can see from the picture the material looks pretty worn and aged and you can see the small flathead nails used to attach it. Underneath the chair you can also see the jute webbing. So I’m already feeling like this chair is fairly old but then I took a look at the inside of the padded seat.

Straw and horse hair! What!! I don’t have a lot of experience with antiques and vintage items so this was all brand new to me. I did a little research and horse hair and straw were used in the mid 1800’s and into the early 1900’s. I believe it was sometimes used into the mid 1900’s but not as often. Other than that I can’t seem to find any more information on this chair. There’s no manufacturers name or any info at all printed or attached to this chair. So I’m left to wonder.

I wanted to reupholsterย this chair but I didn’t want to remove any of the original seat cover or insides. Because I’m not sure of its age I just want to keep all the original parts intact. So I put the nails I pulled out back in and added some extra padding over the original material. Then stapled the new material over that. To give the seat a finished look I decided to add a little trim around the back and the arms. I measured each piece, cut it and used a hot glue gun to attach it.

I love the wood finish on this chair and the beautiful carved back. With the simple pattern on this material I think it’s the perfect accent chair for a farmhouse style home.

I would love to hear from anyone who knows anything about antique and vintage furniture. If you have an idea’s on the age of this chair or any advice on how to find out please leave a comment below.

 

Thanks for checking out my blog

Cindy ๐Ÿ˜Š

 

Add a Stencil

Sometimes my vision for a piece doesn’t work out and I have to go in a different direction. This bench was going to get a lovely coat of dark stain with Old White legs but as you can see that didn’t happen. Here’s why:

I sanded the dark brown paint off the top of this bench and treated it with a wood conditioner. Then applied a dark stain to it. You can see the results. I’m not sure what kind of wood this is, possibly poplar, but parts of it weren’t taking the stain. So on to a new plan. General Finishes Gel Stain! I had just a small amount of the Grey left from a previous project but it didn’t take much to cover this. Once the gel stain was on I sealed it with one coat of polyurethane and started painting the legs Annie Sloan Old White. I wanted to add something to this piece to give it a little more character. So I pulled out my stencils.

I used a sponge brush and added 5 of the same design to the top.

I sealed the top with about 4 more coats of semi gloss polyurethane then distressed the legs and also sealed the chalk paint with polyurethane.

Although this didn’t turn out as I visioned I am really happy with it. Stensiling is an easy way to add a little something to a piece you are painting.

I would love to hear what you think of this fun bench.

Thanks for taking a look at my blog!

Cindy

Milk Paint first impressions

I’m excited to tell you about my first experience with Milk Paint. I have been painting furniture with Chalk Paint for several years and I love it. But I decided it was time to try something new. Honestly I love the shabby chic look as well as the farm house style and Milk Paint fits the bill for both.

I have a booth at All Fixed Up in Lehi Utah where I sell my pieces and for a long time the store only sold Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and so we only painted pieces with ASCP. But several months ago the store started selling Sweet Pickins Milk Paint. So this week I brought home a sample of Sweet Pickins Sweetie Jane. This little shelf seemed the perfect candidate for a Milk Paint make over. Here’s the before picture.

I cleaned it up and started mixing the Milk Paint. It comes in a powder and needs to be mixed with equal parts water to powder. I read on the Sweet Pickins Furniture blog that warm water is best for mixing the paint.

This package had 2 oz of powder so I added 2 oz of water. This is my first try at Milk Paint so I wasn’t sure what to expect but it seemed a bit too thick to me so I added a few more drops of ย water until it felt like the right consistency to me. It went on smoothly and I was comfortable with how it was spreading so I went with that. The 2 oz covered this piece with one coat and I had just a small amount left. I only planned to put on one coat because I wanted this piece to have minimal coverage but I wouldn’t have had enough to do another coat if I had wanted to. This is what it looked like with one coat.

Like Chalk Paint, one coat does not completely cover. You can still see the brown finish showing through. I left the house for a few hours after painting this and when I got home it looked like this.

Lots of chippy goodness! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ I used a fine sandpaper and started lightly sanding. I’m going to tell you right now I didn’t do enough sanding. I will get to the wax I used in a moment but when I started waxing this I was getting a lot of paint chips still coming off. I think this piece may be unique in the sense that the original finish was chipping a lot. It was pulling off with the Milk Paint and by its self. Milk Paint has a way of deciding where it wants to stick and where it doesn’t want to stick. I will do another post on Milk Paint after I do another project with it and tell you how that one goes compared to this one. I’m curious to see how it will react on a different finish.

Anyhoo I resanded using a lot more pressure and a lot more of the Milk Paint came off. Which was what I wanted. ๐Ÿ˜Š There is a learning process with this paint just as there is with Chalk Paint. But both paints are very forgiving so mistakes are easy to fix.

There are a few different kinds of Finishes you can use over Milk Paint. Sweet Pickins has an oil wax and a cream wax and a few other finish product but for this I chose the cream wax. The oil wax has a mildly unpleasant smell that goes away once it’s applied and buffed but the cream wax smells like a mix or citrus and bubble gum. It goes on easy and smoothly and buffs off easily as well.

I used a lint free rag to put it on and buff it. I let it sit for 10-15 min before buffing it off. I was still getting some paint chips but for the most part it was the brown finish coming off. But after buffing the cream wax the paint was nice and smooth and beautiful. I let it sit for 24 hours to finish setting and I LOVE it! ๐Ÿ˜ And no more chipping paint!

This looks like it came right out of an old farmhouse. I love that in some areas the paint chipped completely off. It makes this cute little shelf all sorts of interesting! I’m loving Sweet Pickins Milk Paint and I already bought more and am ready to try it on another piece. I will do another post soon and tell you more about this product and what I have learned about it. But I can tell you right now that you should try this yourself. This was really easy to use. There are lots of colors to chose from and I would suggest going to Sweet Pickins Furniture and see what she has to offer. I think I may try the oil wax on my next piece so I will share my experience with that as well.

Have you used Milk Paint before? Please leave a comment below and tell me your experience and I’d love your advice. If you have any questions about this or any of my other posts please leave a question in the comments.

Thanks for taking a look at my latest post! Hope you have a great day!

Cindy

Entryway Bench

Have you ever been obsessed with a piece of furniture or decoration and you can’t stop thinking about it until you get it? Ya me too! ๐Ÿ˜‰ My recent obsession was this cute entryway bench.

Well actually not this bench, but one that looked just like it. I was shopping the Facebook Yard Sale sites and saw a farm style entryway bench that would fit my space. Right size, right style, perfect color. So I thought about buying it, and thought about it, and thought about it and then someone else bought it. ๐Ÿ˜• Ugh!

Problem was, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I checked on line to see if I could find something similar but wasn’t having much luck. Every time I walked into my entryway I imagined how much better it would look with that cute bench sitting there. ๐Ÿ˜ฉ After obsessing about it for a few weeks I came up with a plan. ๐Ÿ’ก

Maybe someone could make one for me that looked just like the one I let get away!! ๐Ÿค” Turns out I know someone who makes furniture. His name is Colton, he’s 17 and he’s my daughters friend. I figured it couldn’t hurt to ask, right? So I sent her the picture of what I wanted and asked her to talk to him. A few hours later he was at my house getting measurements and specifics. I’ve seen some of the furniture pieces he’s built from scratch and they were really nice. So I figured if he said he could build it, he would be able to. And he did. About a week later he brought it over.

What!! Now I’m not saying I couldn’t build this but……I could not have built this! I mean I could have cut some wood and nailed it together, but it wouldn’t have been something you would want to sit on. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Some people have a talent for building stuff from nothing. I am not one of those people. But my hats off to those of you who are, especially Colton! He saved me from a life time of obsessing about the bench I missed out on.

What I could do is finish it. I stared with picking a stain color. I tried out a few samples on the back to help me decided.

I liked the Minwax Special Walnut, so I put it on and immediately wiped it off so it wouldn’t be too dark. I decided to add a layer of the Minwax Grey over the Special Walnut, and it really brought out the wood grain.

I sealed it with Minwax SemiGloss top coat and it was time for paint. I wanted to paint it Annie Sloan Old White but my trim is bright white so I added some Pure White to brighten the Old White.

With this mix I am still getting a creamy white, but a little brighter and less contrast with my bright white trim.

Once it was painted I put a coat of clear wax on without distressing it. Then it was time to add hardware to the faux drawers. I love the wood against the white. So pretty!

Want to see how close we came to the original piece I didn’t buy?

Amazing!

The first picture is the one I let get away, and the second one is MINE!!

๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค— <- That’s my happy dance! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now I don’t have to imagine what my entryway would have looked like with that cute farmhouse style bench in it. Instead I get to see it everyday!

I’m working on a few more changes to my entryway so I hope you will stop by and check it out!

Leave a comment and tell me what you think of my new bench. Have you build a piece of furniture from scratch? I’d love to hear about that as well.

Thanks for taking a look at my blog

Cindy ๐Ÿ˜Š

 

Annie Sloan Aubusson Blue

Annie Sloan has several Blue options and all of them are beautiful. I did a post a while back and I featured a chair painted in Aubusson Blue and then white waxedย Annie Sloan White Wax Finish. I think this blue is so pretty so I wanted to use it again. With the popular jewel tone colors showing up in home decor I think this color fits the bill.

It couples beautifully with whites and grays and adds a bit of sophisticated color to a room.

I bought theses tables from a neighbor and they were in good shape but had a few blemishes.

If you want a new look to a piece of furniture or have a piece that is worn or scratched, painting it is a great way to fix it and feel like you have a brand new piece of furniture. For these tables I pulled out the paint sprayer and gave them a few coats of paint. Thanks to the spring like weather we’ve been enjoying I’ve been able to work out in the garage a little more. The paint sprayer works better when it’s not freezing temperatures, as do my fingers! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I use the HomeRight Finish Max sprayer and it works great with Chalk Paint. I will do a post soon on using a paint sprayer. It’s a game changer! I usually go around and touch up the paint with a brush to cover any places I missed and once it’s dry it’s time for sanding. I like to take a piece of sandpaper across all the lines and edges of the table to give it more texture and depth. I distressed a few areas of the legs but I didn’t do a heavy distressing. Then a coat of clear wax and these tables were done!

Do you just love this beautiful blue color? ๐Ÿ˜ And again those legs. It’s brand new again!! Tell me what you think. Leave a comment cuz I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for taking a look. I appreciate it!

Cindy ๐Ÿ˜Š

Use a Chip Brush for texture

Some pieces of furniture can seem a bit complicated and overwhelming. This coffee table has a basket weave pattern on 3 sides. As I was considering how to paint this piece I had visions of ย me painting each of the individual weaved areas with a small brush for hours and hours and then waxing each small area for the rest of my life! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Haha So to avoid that misery I decided to go with a different approach.

I thought this piece would be a perfect candidate for a distressed, brushed look that can be achieved with a Chip Brush. A Chip Brush has less bristles and is uneven at the end. This is a great Brush to use for the dry brush technique. When using a chip brush you want to use as little paint on the brush as posible. I dip just the end of the brush into the paint and them dab it on the paint lid until most of the paint is off. Then lightly brush over the area. You will be able to see the brush lines in the paint. You can go as light or heavy as you want.

I was careful not to get any paint in the deeper areas as well as leaving some of the original color showing through. Then I used a rough sanding block to distress it over the large metal pin heads, edges and any areas that I felt were too thick with paint. I used Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint and instead of wax I used a sponge brush and sealed it with General Finishes Top Coat Semi-Gloss.

You end up with a pretty rustic, distressed look. This wasn’t complicated or time consuming but the coffee table has a brand new farmhouse look. Each piece of furniture is unique and it’s just a matter of finding the right paint color and technique to transform it into something beautiful!

 

Love the new look and character of this piece!! Leave a comment below with any questions you may have about using a Chip Brush as well as your thoughts on this technique. I would love to hear from you!

 

Thanks

Cindy ๐Ÿ˜Š


 

Pretty Entry Table in Two Tone Paint

I love the look of two tone paint on a piece of furniture. So many of the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors look amazing together. A friend asked me to paint an entry table that had been her grandmothers. She wanted to update the look of the table and loved the color Versailles but was afraid it matched too closely to the color of her walls. We decided to paint the top and bottom Old White to give a contrast to the wall color, but paint the legs Versailles so she could still have the color she liked on this piece.

This table has lots of pretty lines and those legs! ๐Ÿ˜ I couldn’t wait to get those painted!! Sometimes painting a piece two toned can be difficult because there is a lot of taping and touch up but not so with this table. Just a little taping was required. I was happy about that! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Right away I was LOVING these colors together! Add a little distressing and some clear and dark wax and you have an amazing transformation!

I distressed all of the edges and cutouts along this table to add some extra depth and shape.

Such a fun transformation! Do you have a sentimental piece of furniture you want to update? Or maybe you already have? Leave a comment and tell me about it!

And as always thanks for stopping by!

Cindy ๐Ÿ˜Š

$10 Antique Book Find

Today I got to spend the afternoon with my daughter who is about to graduate from High School. She went with me to run an errand and we decided to make a lunch date out of it. After lunch and a little bonding we decided to stop at a thrift store that was close to the restaurant. My cute 18 year old daughter likes to go thrift shopping with me! ๐Ÿ˜Š She gets almost as excited as I do when we find a treasure at the thrift shop, yard sale or estate sale. And today we got lucky!! After finding some cheap movies and a few of The Office seasons we took a stroll over to the glass display cases to see what was there. There were some fun old and not so old items on display but I think we ended up with the oldest item there.

This book was in this bag so I wasn’t sure what it was but I was surely curious. So I asked the cute lady working there if she could open the display case for me. I pulled the book out and I could see right away why it was kept in the bag. It’s falling apart. So I carefully started to go through the pages to see what was on the inside.

I discovered a few pages had pictures glued to them and I found a flower that had been placed in the book to be pressed, I assumed. I also found the name of the book. The Plays of Philip Massinger with notes by W. Gifford. This is Philip Massinger

He was born in the late 1500’s and apparently his plays were rather popular back in his day. But this book is not as old as him. I found a few dates in the book leading me to believe this book was published in the mid 1800’s. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ There was also a signature in the book that was fading and turning brown. I couldn’t make out the name but…I found another clue! Yes I am a detective! ๐Ÿ˜‰ On the inside of the cover of the book I found a small oval piece of paper that was also glued into the book with a name. A.V. Lesley M.D. New Castle, Del. ย So, back to the signature in the book…

It’s a match!!!! I know I’m a huge nerd!! ๐Ÿค“ In more ways than one, but this is definitely one of them! But seriously who wouldn’t be excited about finding these little connections! And there’s more!! Thanks to google I found a tid bit of information about A.V. Lesley!! (Do you like all my -> !!!!! <- ๐Ÿ˜‰) His full name is Allen Voorhees Lesley and he built a big old beautiful house in, that’s right, New Castle, Delaware. He built his house in 1855 and passed away in 1881.

Soooo if that is his signature in his book, and I tend to believe it is, this book is like 150 years old!!!! (More exclamation points) ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค— (and some jazz hands)

As you can see I ended up buying the book. I don’t know what it is about finding something old and holding it in your hands but I feel like I’m touching a bit of history. This book has seen better days and I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do with it but I’m excited to own it. And all for $10!!!! You never know what you will find at the local thrift shop.

Do you thrift shop, yard sale or estate sale? What’s your favorite find? Please leave a comment below and tell me about it. And if you live close by let’s go shopping!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ I’ll bring the exclamation points and jazz hands ๐Ÿค— !!

Thanks for taking a look at my blog. I really appreciate it!

Cindy