Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Chandelier Make-Over

I found this beee-uuu-tiful chandelier over a year ago while Heather and I were rummaging around in the Habitat for Humanity Resell store.  I happened to be looking down into the box, when one of the clerks passed by, saw me looking it over and said "It's yours for $17 ". I immediately said "SOLD". Which caused Heather and me to crack up laughing at my spontaneous response.

 I think it took me a year or more to decide what to do with it because I was just not too enamored by the shiny brass finish and of course once I made my decision with what to do with it, I got so excited I forgot the before picture so I took one with all the parts in a pile.  
First thing to do was to remove all the crystals. Not as hard as you might think, since what holds them on are these very bendable hooks. Just a little twist and off they came.

               Surprisingly only one or two of these little hooks were missing.

 I love all the pretty crystals. Here they are all washed up and shiny clean.  Gives me goose bumps.
I knew I could not live with the brass, so the first thing to do was to decide on the color, so since I wasn't even sure if I would keep this or sell it, I decided something neutral and went with Chalk Paint® decorative paint color Old White.

The only brush choice was a small flat artist brush. Everything else was too big to reach into the small areas.

It all went pretty fast considering all the detail. The amazing Chalk Paint® decorative pint with it's great coverage and fast drying abilities is what made this job so darn easy. I had it painted with a coat of  clear wax in an afternoon and Jack was already replacing the electrical parts. 

Come see it at Wood Icing in Chesterfield Mall, Chesterfield, MO. Easy to find, because it is hanging right in front of our Chalk Paint® decorative paint display.


Friday, April 19, 2013

The Wine Tap Cabinet

I just love all the embellishments this cabinet came with.  And, I am so excited to show off this makeover.  After this cabinet sat around in the studio for longer than I want to admit, I finally found what I wanted to do with it. This was my most fun project to date! 

I had many suggestions for what I should do with this old radio cabinet, (at least that is what I think it used to be).  The suggestion to turn it into a wine cabinet appealed to me the most, but with a twist. 

Heather and I like to serve wine when we have events in our studio, but serving wine from a bottle can be challenging when we are so busy at the event and preserving the half empty bottles at the end of the night is a problem, so we started purchasing boxed wine to make things a little easier.  We place cool packs inside the white wine box to keep the wine chilled. No buckets of ice to mess with. Sooo much easier and I really think the wine tastes fairly good.  Of course, I am apparently not too picky about my wine (what the ever) ....

At one of our events, while serving someone a glass of wine, someone said we should hide the boxes under the counter so our guests wouldn't know we were serving boxed wine. The truth be known, Jack and I keep boxed wine in our pantry.  We actually do enjoy the taste, besides the two of us cannot seem to finish off a bottle by ourselves so it cuts down on the waste as well.

When I decided to turn this cabinet into a wine bar it crossed my mind that maybe I should create a cabinet for my boxed wine to give it a little  class and to make using my boxed wine more convenient and fun.  Here are the results of my idea. 

Thank goodness I have my handy Jack that knows how to hammer and saw like a pro. 
Yes, these wine boxes get hidden inside this beautiful cabinet.

Of course, this was done using Wood Icing™ and Chalk Paint® decorative paint products.
Custom color mix of  Chalk Paint® decorative paint colors Florence and Duck Egg
a color wash of Old White, clear soft wax and then embellished with Gold Gilding Wax. 
Jack installed these wine glass hangers from the hardware store.

This is the Wood Icing™  "Tooled Leather" finish surrounding the wine box spigot.
Now that we are finished with this one I can't wait to make another one. Wonder what I might find in some little re-sale shop for the next one. Stay tuned ....