Sunday, January 25, 2015

"Amazing Grace"

Introducing "Grace", I don't know how much you know about this lovely girl but the word out on the street is that she is just simply "Amazing!".

This old tattered and scuffed up piece took inspiration from the classic favorite hymn "amazing grace". 

I had found some very old hymn books at a local garage sale where a lovely family of Mennonites lived, their children gathered and eagerly helped me with all my items out to the car and curiously asked what I would do with the items-as I told them of my plans on how I would use the sheet music from the hymn books, all of their eyes just lit up with excitement! I knew I had to make this piece extra special in the spirit of those children-and so begins this journey.

I always like to do any sanding thats needed first, so out came my my handy dandy rotary sander for this job and i must say it finished up pretty quickly.

Next I chose my colors, in this case I'm using General Finishes "Halcyon Blue" along with "Millstone". The colors turned out absolutely beautiful and the application was just smooth, silky and leveled out wonderfully! 
(No, I do not sell paint, I like to try out various brands and use them accordingly, I also like to mix my own colors and styles so ... that was purely an unbiased opinion and is "just my own opinion", you should always use what you personally like and are comfortable with).

I love the contrast of crisp clean paint along with richly stained wood so next 
I made sure the counter was free of any dust and then chose General Finishes "Java Gel Stain" to use as the finish.

I applied it in a nice even coat with just a simple foam brush in a open and ventilated area.

Next, use a clean rag or T-shirt to wipe off any excess stain making sure you are working in the same direction of the grain.

What an absolutely lovely rich finish that Java Gel gave! I couldn't be happier!

Now for the "artsy fartsy" part! I Decoupaged the sheet music to the top drawer and the cabinet panels with Mod Podge. I like to kinda lay out my random design first as shown above.

Next, brush on a thin even layer of Mod Podge working in small areas. Use a soft cloth to wipe and smooth out any bumps or air holes you may see until the pages are glued flat.

After it dries, I like to take a small piece of fine sand paper -sanding off or away from the edges for a crisp clean line finish.

Edges are now smooth and have a finished look, I am ready to do a little artwork as the hymn pages serve as the perfect canvas for this!

I chose to use some of the words from the classic favorite hymn "Amazing Grace" (also I made sure I decoupage the Amazing Grace sheet music front and center). 
In keeping the thought and the spirit if those sweet children in mind I decided to keep the artwork light, cheerful and whimsical. You can get soo many ideas for your furniture work by learning about artistic techniques and taking art classes, this will always help give you fresh ideas that you can incorporate or translate into your home decor or furniture pieces.
When the artwork was finished, I applied a couple of layers of the Mod Podge over the painted artwork, make sure you sand between each coat to smooth over any page edges that are rough.
And the en end result is a sweet fresh updated "One-Of-A-King" finish that is sure to bring a smile to anyone's face!

"How Sweet The Sound"

"Once Lost"

"Now Found"

I hope you had fun with me on this project, I love to interact with all of you and would love to hear about your one of a kind projects that you have done, or maybe even some products you have used to get a specific look or texture, I'm always looking to learn about great new techniques -so don't be shy, stop by my blog or any of my socials and say hi!
-Until next time, keep those creative ideas flowin' and those brushes wet!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Tis' The Season

Put an element of surprise into your wreaths by adding an antique tool or a salvaged piece as the focal point for an unexpected touch!

No fireplace? No problem! Just tuck an old mantel in behind the tree for that Christmas nostalgia feel! Adding an old weathered wash tin makes the perfect tree stand too!

Add old wooden crates as risers, tuck in an old porch column for interest and then an old sleigh always works in perfectly with any winter display.

Residential site. this tree we keep in the natural woodland with berry look that blends with the homeowners style of decor, and whatever you do....don't skimp on the is everything!

The remainder are various commercial sites that I contract with a seasonal company during the Holidays to do a bit of Christmas Interior decorating. No sleep, lots of gotta love it to do it every year :)

Commercial sites-even the small details matter! 

Commercial Sites-offices


Corporate office
Corporate offices

Corporate office tree

Retail public space -A bit of whimsy for this commercial site!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A dash of boho with a pinch of shabby chic

Started with an old antique bed frame, the seat was made with nice heavy pieces of slat boards.
Entire piece was painted in layers of clay/chalk/mineral paint from APC, then a wash of light glaze was applied to give it richness and dimension.

I then made a custom tufted upholstered seat that was permanently attached for a designer finished look

Custom tufting close up 
Great shot showing the light glaze technique effect.

Extra wood scrolling detail was added for that additional customized and designer touch.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Dance of the Painted Lady

Home from the Putnam Historical District in Zanesville, Ohio painted with the inspiration from "The Painted Ladies" style color combination.

The base colors here are applied in bright bold colors-almost shocking to the eye!

I then work in various layers with black glaze until I reach the exact tone and texture that is complimentary to the exterior of the homes surface.

Close up of the glaze, you can see all the movement from the grain of the wood, all the wonderfully naturally aged marks are brought out instead of hidden to give it a rich beautiful texture to the final look.

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