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.

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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.