Thursday, December 12, 2013

Lingerie Closet

I found this amazing lingerie closet in a little resale shop just a mile from my house.  I have never seen a piece shaped like this one.  I knew I had to have it and I knew whatever Wood Icing™ finish I used on it would have to be worthy of this exceptional piece.  Therefore it sat around in the studio quite sometime before I could get the nerve to touch it,  There was lots of anticipation as to what I was going to do  from customers and students visiting the store. Thanks to some of my very talented friends making a few suggestions, I worked up the nerve to get started on it.  My friend Kathy Otto loaned me her gorgeous custom stencil and my friends Tim Glasteter and Mark Tillman offered the suggestion on the partial use of the stencil and the placement of it

I could swear I took a before photo of this but I cannot seem to locate it in any of my files. So what you see here is the beginning of the application of Wood Icing™ troweled through a stencil. I broke out the stencil and only used portions of it to embellish particular areas.  I used the basket of flowers across the two drawers on the bottom, then used the scrolls on the top half of the door. On the sides you are looking a raised relief with the use of lace.

The sides and inside drawer fronts just screamed for a lace design to accentuate the lovely curves.  A stencil would have been extremely difficult to execute inside these inset areas.  I could choose to spread the Textura Paste on first, then press the lace in or I could lay the lace down then trowel the Textura Paste over the top of the lace, then pull the lace out.  Since I wanted a really high relief I chose to lay the lace down then trowel the paste over the top of the lace.  I pull the lace off right away. 
Here is a little photo demo on how this is done.  (this is not the lingerie closet in the demo but another project done with the same technique,)  
1. Paint with any brand of flat or semi flat paint with good bonding 
qualities or prep with a bonding primer before painting.

2. Lay down lace

3 Trowel Textura Paste over the top.

4 Remove the lace immediately. While the paste is still wet..

This is where I will admit I had a mini breakdown while trying to attempt to apply the lace on this vertical surface. So, I will share with you what I learned from that experience.  I tacked three or four small brads inside the top of the panel.   I then hung the lace on these brads so the lace would be held in place for me while I did my magic with the Textura Paste and lace.  Normally this technique works like a charm. further

Unfortunately, it did not this time.  I would spread the paste on then pull it off and big chunks of the paste would come off with the lace,.  I think I did this about four times before realizing that the problem was, the surface is too slick to hang onto the paste.  So I started over again.  But first I applied a coat of a soft warm white flat or semi paint. which has the perfect texture to allow the Textura Paste to grab onto the surface and I never worry about failure.  Some paints have too slick of a finish that causes the paste to slide during application so look for a good bonding flat to semi flat paint. Ideally, it would be best to apply a bonding primer before the flat or semi flat paint.

Once I crossed that hurtle I was on my way to finishing this project.  Unfortunately, I never have more than and hour here and there to work on something like this, so it sat around partially done for quite some time.  I think I got on a few peoples last nerve for taking so long on this one.

I chose to paint it with the color "CoCo" color and embellish the raised reliefs with "Light Blue" paint. It is breath taking.  I know these photos do not show just how beautiful this piece really is, but I love this piece so much that I may just have to keep it for myself.  Maybe someday I will get some professional photos done of it so I can share the real beauty of it with you.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wood Icing/Compass Stencil Project

Mary Nasser, a very talented artist friend, has created this amazing "Compass" stencil for Stencil Girl Stencils and to celebrate with her she invited me to participate in her blog hop. 
As the inventor of  the Wood Icing I thought it would be best to use the Wood Icing Textura Paste to showcase how easy it is to create the appearance of carved wood with a simple overlay stencil.  If you have never seen or heard of Wood Icing this is just the tip of the iceberg for our super versatile product.  We have so much more in store to share with you at

I decided to makeover an unfinished wood frame.  We use these frames in our Wood Icing Studio in some of our workshops for beginners.  They are something everyone enjoys working with and they allow the students to learn the techniques while creating something that fits their personal style.
I spray a little repositionable adhesive on the back  of my stencil to keep it in place.
Spread the paste evenly over the top of the stencil.  The thickness will depend on how high you want your raised relief to be.  For the more detailed and intricate cut stencils you will need to spread the paste a little thinner to avoid the paste coming up when the stencil is lifted off.
Remove the stencil immediately after spreading the paste over the top. Allow the paste to dry.  Drying time depends on the humidity and how thick the paste is applied. You can speed up things with a hair dryer.
Sand all the bumps and harsh edges with a higher grit sandpaper (160). Take care not to create scratches which will show up later when the glazing color is applied.
Using our Wood Icing Glazing Color "Mud Pie" brush it on all over in a generous amount.  Blot away the excess without removing too much.  Our glazing colors are semi-transparent, unlike semi-opaque stains, allowing the wood gran to show through more readily.
Use a dry brush to manipulate the glazing color for the desired shade. Keep in mind when working with unfinished wood, you will want to see the wood grain showing through.
While the Glazing Color "Mud Pie" is still wet apply a thin line of Wood Icing Glazing Color "Licorice".
Blot back the excess "Licorice" glazing color then blend with a soft cloth to create a shaded effect.

Once you have your shading perfected on the entire frame, and in order to apply a lighter shade to the raised relief, sand the glazing color off the top edge of the raised relief.
Apply Wood Icing Glazing Color "Rusty Nails" using the same method of a generous amount of glazing color, then blot back the excess color. Dry brush to the desired shade.
Once you have the Wood Icing Glazing Color "Rusty Nails" shaded then add some depth using the Wood Icing Glazing Color "Licorice". 
Allow everything to dry then apply the Wood Icing PolyAcrylic Top Coat.  We have three choices Dull, Satin and Gloss.  I have used the Satin for this project.
What do you think?  Doesn't this photo of Mary Nasser look pretty inside this frame embellished with her "Compass" stencil? 
Thank you Mary for inviting me to participate in your blog hop. I enjoyed my journey with this project and I love the "Compass" stencil you have created.  I cannot wait to try more of your creative stencil designs.
To see the beautiful and inspiring work of Mary Nasser please visit 
*Mary Beth Shaw is a distributor of the Wood Icing product 8oz. Textura Paste. Please visit for more information.






Friday, September 20, 2013

Black and White Room

I have had plans to makeover this guest room for quite sometime, and as always I had put it off until a deadline was looming overhead.  We were expecting my daughter-in-laws parents from Malaysia to see our newborn granddaughter for the first time. This was going to require that room to be refinished in a hurry. No time to run around finding new furniture.  So I was forced to look around the house for some things I had on hand to work with.
First things first, find a bedspread to begin the theme.  I searched online for a bargain and purchased this comforter set.  Mostly because it had the Damask design that I have been drawn to lately. The metallic finish is only explained by my love of all things shiny and glittery. 

Not sure why I chose this color but once the bedspread arrived, it seemed to me my only choice for color on the walls was going to be black. First, convince my husband of this color choice, then off to purchase the paint.
Next was a quick little redo of these little chest of drawers that have been around since before our 43 year marriage.  They began as my little dresser in my bedroom as a teenager.  Once married and expecting our first child we painted them yellow and white for the nursery.  Through the years these little chest of drawers have been every color of the rainbow depending on the purpose they served Once pink in my daughters bedroom then painted black for both kids college dorm rooms. Back home to be used for storage in my studio.  For this project I painted them with white and stenciled the damask design with black.

As luck would have it, at the same time, my husband was cleaning out a storage area and pulled out this old frame that had old chipping paint and said, "You want this in the trash don't you?" My response,  "What??? Are you kidding?? That chipping paint is beautiful!".  I immediately painted it over with white and distressed it. 

Then I deco-podged my three grandchildren in black and white prints onto boards and hung them in the middle of the picture frame openings.  I have since removed the ribbon and have the photo attached directly to the wall.  Much safer, since the ribbons gave way and the photos landed on the pillows the next morning.  I am certain that could have been a rude awakening for my guests in the middle of the night.  They may have thought I was attempting to eliminate my competition for our new granddaughter's affections. (Never crossed my mind, I promise)

We finished this room in one weekend.  I am still on the hunt for new lamps, a chair and a couple of other little additions but at least with the quick little makeover with new linens and fresh paint I didn't feel I was asking my guests to sleep in a storage room.

This room has so much light streaming in and it feels so cozy in these colors.  I just love it.


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Refurbished for an Industrial Decor Finish

I found these photos in a file on my computer and thought I would share the process with you. A few years ago I found this old trunk at a flea market for $30. It had great bones with a beautiful cedar lining.  I knew it was a great Wood Icing project and I just couldn't pass it up.  At the time I found this piece, I was really into the metallic and industrial designs.  I loved the challenge of taking something old fashioned and changing it to fit into the loft/industrial décor. 

Most of my projects require a few repairs, usually the veneers and minor broken pieces and this project was no exception.  There was a crack all the way across the top of the lid, which broke right off and fell on the floor while I was preparing the surface.  This caused a delay in progress because I had to call on my handy dandy husband to put it back together for me.  Since I have the patience of a gnat, I feel he is a little slow to the finish line but once he gets done with a repair it is nice and solid and good forever. 

This area had to be filled in with Textura Paste and smoother over.  I allowed this layer to dry. Then sanded smooth before I applied the checkered design for the metallic finish. 

I removed the raised pieces off the front with a chisel and hammer which caused more damage to the veneer.   But of course that is never an issue with an open bucket of Textura Paste around, just fill and sand smooth.  Now I have a clean palette to go with. 

I am in love with foils and texture together.  First thing I did was create my design of large squares of plastic canvass, custom cut in the exact size to achieve a checkerboard finish  I then spread the Textura Paste over the entire surface (one side at a time)  then pressed in a square of the plastic canvass  into the paste, leaving every other space smooth. 

Once I had allowed it to dry overnight, I sanded it smooth, removing all the boogers and cleaning up the edges. I then stained it with a dark color comparable to our Wood Icing Furniture Glazing Color (Tree Bark mixed with Licorice).  I allowed the glaze to dry completely.

Wood Icing Glazing Colors  click here to purchase

Next was the addition of the metallic silver foil and a clear glossy top coat, comparable to our Wood Icing PolyAcrylic Gloss top coat. The goal was to create a finish  inspired by the look of mercury glass.

We raffled this trunk off during one of our events in our Wood Icing Gallery a couple of years ago.  All proceeds went to Breast Cancer Research.  I would love to get my hands on another trunk like this and do this finish again.  If I just keep my eyes open I feel it will appear on the horizon sometime again for me.

Join me in a workshop, if this finish intrigues you and you would like to learn this and more metallic finishes for furniture and cabinetry  Tuesday, September 10, 10am – 2pm  (lunch included) for $159.
You will create the following finishes
one metallic finish with texture using foils for a rustic finish
one metallic finish with texture using foils for a contemporary finish
one metallic finish using Iron & Rust activator
one metallic finish using Brass or Copper along with the Patina activators
Call the Wood Icing Gallery at 636-536-0409 to register.

Monday, June 10, 2013

400 Mile Sale (Across Kentucky)

I was invited to work June 6-9, 2013 on the 400 Mile Sale, with my friend Donna.  Our mission would be to drive along Hwy 68 from Paducah, Kentucky to Lebanon, Kentucky then back to St Louis, Mo. 
Along the way we were to introduce ourselves to as many vendors as possible, in order to ask them to update their info for the 400 Mile Sale data base, to ensure they will receive the necessary emails and updates for next year’s sale.   Our other mission was to take pictures along the way for the Face Book page of the 400 Mile Sale.
Here is my friend Donna, she takes her job very seriously
making sure every vendor updates their records for the 400 Mile Sale.

Wednesday night we stayed overnight with her cousin Debbie Spencer who is the amazing lady that created this event, 10 years ago. She is also President of WMTH Corporation, which stands for “We Make things Happen”   Whew, and does she ever!
I cannot believe the energy this girl has and what she is capable of getting done in one day.  I was exhausted when I got home late Saturday night.  But I have to say, I had a blast driving around with my good friend Donna, meeting some of the most awesome people of Kentucky and enjoying the incredible views along the way.  Not to mention all the goodies we picked up and threw into our SUV  I will be sharing pictures of my loot once it arrives here in St Louis.  We filled Donna’s SUV one and half times and had to have some of it brought up in a separate vehicle.  Thanks to Debbie’s parents for doing that for us.
The People and their stuff we enjoyed along the way.
Our very first stop was where I saw these little guys having a baker’s convention. Are they adorable or what?

This is what I love about these kinds of sales.  They have everything from chairs and bath tubs, to cars and tractors.
This was an amazing place, but unfortunately nothing was for sale on the walls. The owner was nice enough to open the doors for visitors to see his personal collection. Gosh, that was torture to see it and not be able to buy it. But I was strong and refrained from begging.
This required a u-turn so we could jump out and take photos. It sits in front of a “Collision Specialist” and Wrights body repair shop.

My first  encounter early Thursday morning  was this sweet happy lady named Judy.  I bought a wooden box from her,  which  if you know me you already know this is my most favorite thing to buy at flea markets and resale shops.  I love using these for creating textured and designs with my Wood Icing™  products.  Who would not love receiving a beautiful gift box?
More people we met along the way.
Hunkering down during the rain. They were warm, dry and happy.

Updating the data base with the vendors info was the mission but meeting all these amazing people and hearing their stories was the fun part.
We saw lots of toys for the collectors and the kids to scarf up on.
A spinning wheel!  I think it was real.
This beautiful home was being demolished due to old age and neglect.  The family told me the sad story about the owner that had passed away and they were unable to salvage it from disrepair. Made me so sad to hear that. 
The colored glassware is so  lovely the way this vendor has it displayed 
Sometimes the displays were beautifully set up …

    and sometimes they were set up in a hurry.
Here is the Dish on these two ladies at “The Dish House”

They share a common interest of collecting and selling dishes and they came together for the 400 mile sale.  They lady on the right owns this cute little shop along hwy 68 and the lady on the left has her place a few miles away.  We fell in love with this little shop and these two ladies.  Between the two of them I doubt there would be any question we could have asked about dishes and glassware they could not have answered.  Here are a few shots of this adorable little cottage full of dishes. 

She even had her flower beds lined with broken or chipped dishes.  Adorable
While we were visiting this fire house this man told us the story behind this bed and how he had found it abandoned in a house with no doors or windows big enough to bring it in or to take it out.  If that wasn’t interesting enough, just  imagine the look on his face when that brazen Donna said to him  “get in bed with me for a picture”. You can see he was eventually persuaded by her charm.
This guy had a huge display of collectibles like knives, dolls and a myriad of items for sale.
How about a Flip Flop wreath?
Man Junk! This was a great place!
I bought a beautiful and huge Fleur De Lis made of rusty old iron from this very nice man.  I plan to hang it over my fireplace. 
Not sure why but there was something about this old Shell oil truck that made me very nostalgic.  I believe they said it was used at an airport in its past life.

Look at the reflection of this lady in that mirror.  Weird optical illusion.

This house and tobacco barn belongs to a member of the Kentucky Headhunters Band

Dare I admit I had no idea about this extremely popular band?  Apparently, I was the only one.  Even the guy driving the tour bus from Pittsburg, PA knew who they were and couldn't wait to find this place.  The two ladies that were there were so cute and fun. They had crowns on their heads and dressed up for the occasion They put smiles on everyone's face that entered the barn.  Unfortunately, Donna thought I took their picture and I thought she took it. Sorry ladies for the omission but thanks for being such a delight to visit.  
We met two tour buses full of wonderful folks.  One from West Virginia and one from Pittsburg, PA

This couple was so cute and happy to be counting their money from their sales.  The had the most beautiful farm I have ever seen.  I cannot imagine how the two of them manage it all.  

You can just imagine that this cutie pie never gets bothered by anyone with these three cool amigos for brothers to take care of her problems.

I think this lady had flowers that were flying out of her booth.  Gorgeous flowers and a nice lady.
Set up starts very early in the morning hours.  It must have been a “Hard Days Night” 
Cows, Cows and more cows.  This Ladies husband said this is not even the half of it.  She had only brought the ones she was willing to part with.  Check out that cow tent.
Hard to tell if those are real or silk flowers. Nonetheless,  I thought they were pretty.
This couple was selling lots of toys.
Sometimes, the hunt is what it is all about.

This sweet little boy was doing such a good job in keeping up with dad and making sure his little sister was safe.  They were headed to this horse and buggy to take off to the next batch a sales. We saw them more than once along our journey.  
Zebras everywhere in this booth.  Check out her shirt.  I think it was Zebra print too.
This family took this event very seriously  they had a complete staff at the ready to sell their wares. The little kids even  had jobs and t-shirts too, but hey were off playing in the pool when we were there, but we were told they pulled their weight as well.
  More stuff we saw along the way.
Had to take a shot of what we thought were Chalk Paint® decorative paint projects in this window. Went by after dinner in the town of Lebanon across the street at Stillman Restaurant, which by the way had the best house Cabernet EVER.  The steak was delish too. We took a picture of the label on our phones so we could find it in St Louis. I think the bartender thought we were a little coo-coo and maybe we were after that long day and our wine with dinner but we really, really loved that wine.  
We thought this might be another Chalk Paint® decorative paint  sighting in a restaurant/gift shop we stepped into along the way.
Lots of hand made projects for sale
Walking canes made with cue balls for a handle.
Donna got a great bargain on some old windows. 
I was a little tempted to buy this but at this point I was already a space hog in the SUV.
Something about this chair in this setting was so pretty to me.
I missed the shot I was going for with this very protective hen and her chicks. With just a “cluck” she ushered her babies away from me when I stepped too close. 
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I hope you enjoyed the pics and the stories behind them from my amazing trip across the beautiful and friendly land of Kentucky.  I plan to take my husband back to see that beautiful countryside.  We were dating when he went to school in Louisville, Kentucky, but I think all we ever saw at that time was the interstate when we would make our long awaited trips back and forth to St Louis to see each other during his college years.  

Just a little crazy fact, from 1968 to 1970,  I would fly down via TWA to visit my then boyfriend and now husband from St Louis to Louisville on standby for a whopping $23 round trip.  It was during the Viet Nam war so a lot of military boys would be on standby too.  I would sometimes get bumped by them but most times not. Otherwise, the fare was a whopping $57 round trip.   I doubt that Donna and I made it to Paducah, Kentucky  for $23 in her  SUV.
Bye for now.
Rose Wilde

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