Thursday

CURVED GLASS CABINET - chartreuse paint

 
 
With every internet search I could think of and all my years
of loving vintage furniture I have never come across such a
unique piece as this one. And to think it has made it through
the years without either curved glass panel in the doors
getting broken or even showing a chip. To helped this cabinet
stand out from the rest I pick an extra special color.

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Wednesday

VINTAGE KEY HANGERS - combining wood with white

 
 
I find something very appealing about natural
worn wood working next to a fresh white
palette. The old pieces of wood I use for
projects like this are from vintage furniture
that have gone past the point of saving in
there original form. The wood used behind
this painted tree & house key hanger was
the side of a deep filing drawer in a turn of
the century desk almost a half inch thick.
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Friday

SIGN MAKING CLASS - this Sunday or Monday


 
It's that time again!

My next stencil sign making classes are just around the corner.
You have 2 different days to choose from, this SUNDAY or
MONDAY in downtown Langley BC. The classes run from
1pm to 4pm at The Passionate Home. Call 604 532 5931 right
away to book your spot.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Wednesday

WHITE INDIA DRESSER - repair tips

 
 
I wasn't looking to buy any furniture the day
this dresser crossed my path. The lady who
owned it had bought it as a refinishing project
and was told the side panel that was split and
separated was an easy fix. I felt compelled to
save it and the owner, as this is NOT A
SIMPLE FIX for the average refinishing
project.
 
 
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Saturday

UNWAXED WHITE CHALK PAINT - shabby chic cabinet

 
 
I'm happy to finally share with you my
beautiful white storage cabinet that sits
in the corner of my kitchen. It was a
found pieces sitting on the side of the
road. I fixed it up and painted it with
Annie Sloan Pure White Chalk Paint
almost two years ago. I never waxed
the paint and the finish is doing
incredibly well two years later.
 
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Sunday

A LITTLE DESK & SOME MAGIC LOVE

 

 
 
This little desk made it into a pile of
furniture I had given up on. It had been
photographed in it's uncared for and
ugly state and advertised as a give
away on my Facebook page.
 

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Saturday

OMBRE DRESSER - tips, tricks, and graduation

 
Have you wanted to paint an Ombre dresser?
Have you ever asked why it's called Ombre?
Ombre in French translates to *shadow or
shade* ... so that explains a little. 
 
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Friday

STENCILLED SIGNS - ideas, colors, and textures

 
My last sign class brought
together a fun group of ladies
that had a blast creating
all sorts of different signs with
all the stencils available to us at
The Passionate Home.
 
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SIGN MAKING CLASS - sign up for this sunday

 
The Passionate Home has over 90 different stencils to
choose from, over 30 different paint colors to play with.
This Sunday afternoon is my next sign making class so stop
watching those kitchen reno shows where they tear out the
cabinet doors and send them to the landfill. Come join me
and the other ladies at The Passionate Home to save some of
those doors and make them into a special sign for your home
or maybe the perfect gift for a friends home! We supply
everything you will need, vintage hardware to accent your
masterpiece, a good selection of different shapes and
sized doors, and lots of imagination.
  
Give the store a call 604 532 5931 right away to sign up.
 
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Thursday

Q&A - spray painting, upholstery, and sandpaper



 

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Wednesday

SPRING FLING II - annie sloan florence chalk paint




Once upon a time I painted a dresser
light turquoise, white, & green,
and named it the SPRING FLING
dresser. The color combination was
extremely popular and I was challenged
to recreate another dresser with a
complimentary look.
 
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HOW TO GET DARK DISTRESSING UNDER WHITE - tutorial

 
I started with 4 brand new wood
chairs. They had no color, no
stain, no paint and I wanted to
end up with a white distressed
finish over a dark color. I did
not want to spend the extra time
and hassle staining the wood.
This is how I did it in one day.
 
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Monday

SALVAGE YARDS - inspiration


 
It's time to look up your local salvage yards
and think about taking a stroll one weekend
afternoon and see what you can find. Maybe
a load of bricks for a garden walkway, a
vintage washing machine to plant some
flowers in, a fancy architectural window for
that blank wall space in the living room, or
maybe you will fall in love with an antique
lighting pieces and a whole room makeover
might start.
 
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STENCILED SIGNS - inspiration


 
I have been teaching a hand painted stencil
sign class at The Passionate Home using old
kitchen cabinet doors. Here is a look at seven
signs that I have help the students to create.
Included is a Paris apartment sign in grey and
a Paris bed & breakfast in yellow. We made
a red Patisserie and a white Patisserie sign with
an added touch of a ladle to hold a candle when
the power goes out. The 2 beach signs were a
lot of fun and we also did a kitchen chalkboard
tray from a large cabinet door.
 
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Saturday

A LOOK INTO A SALVAGE YARD - inspiration

 
 
This is a look into a salvage yard I often visit.
Everything from bricks to radiators, grills and
gates, with a look at some amazing old beams
that were removed from a 100 year old
building. The price tag on the iron work gate
I loved the most was $200, I'm still sad I did
not get it.
 
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Wednesday

MAKING A MAGNETIC CHALK BOARD



I was given the challenge to create a vertical message center with a magnetic chalk board and this is what I created with
the help of a broken mirror.
 
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Sunday

SHIPPING BOXES & PACKING TAPE - tutorial


When I need to ship something
in a box I prefer to recycle an
old box but then I have to use
brown paper to cover all the
labels on the box. This doesn't
seem like a very green
alternative. I've learned I can
turn most boxes inside out.
 
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Saturday

FURNITURE MAKE-OVER PROGRESS IV - behind the scenes


 
Last time I spoke with you I was installing
legs on a new project in the yard. Here is
a photo from behind to show those fancy
legs installed.
 
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Friday

FURNITURE MAKE-OVER PROGRESS III - behind the scenes

 
Here is another piece of furniture in my yard getting a make-over. This is a smallish 70's side board cabinet that I'm installing some old coffee table legs on.
 
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Thursday

FURNITURE MAKE-OVER PROGRESS II - behind the scence

 
 
The next stage in refurbishing this tall 70's
shelf was to add a little character on the
bottom. Yes I'm going to add feet ... again!

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Wednesday

FURNITURE MAKE-OVER PROGRESS I - behind the scence

 
I have pulled several furniture pieces out into
the yard to work on all at the same time,
including this tall 70's book shelf. Greedy
I know but the weather is sooo nice!
 
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Sunday

PAINTING A METAL TRUNK - beach house inspiration


 
I turned a lovely rusty metal trunk into
a cheerful seaside cottage piece with some
paint, wax, and some hand painted lettering.
It was in pretty rough shape when I got it but
with persistence and a good cleaning it was
transformed.

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Wednesday

GREEK BLUE and COLOR LAYERS - nightstand inspiration

 
With the summer weather being so
nice the bug has hit me to start a
million different projects and not
finish any of them. The rest of the
year I'm quite focused and I don't
start one thing with out the last
being wrapped up and ready to go.
Well I am pleased to let you know
one has been finished and it's cute
as a button.
 

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Tuesday

CANADA DAY

 
In honour of our Canada Day Celebrations I wanted to share some RED with you.
 
http://4theloveofwood.blogspot.ca/2012/10/how-far-does-annie-sloan-go-red-dresser.html
 
 
http://4theloveofwood.blogspot.ca/2011/09/princess-and-frog-blue-bedroom-chair.html


http://4theloveofwood.blogspot.ca/2013/05/bench-built-from-bed.html

 
http://4theloveofwood.blogspot.ca/2011/11/miss-cherry-pie-red-buffet-pt-2.html


http://4theloveofwood.blogspot.ca/2011/10/captain-and-his-soldiers-pt1-union-jack.html
 
 
http://4theloveofwood.blogspot.ca/2013/09/distressing-primer-red-dresser.html
photo courtesy of Logan's mom. 
 
HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!!!!!
 
 


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Saturday

PROJECT INSPIRATION - before and afters

 
 This post is a little inspiration for your weekend projects with some local news at the bottom.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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LOCAL NEWS
 
 
If you're too busy this weekend to get to your projects you can always bring your inspiration and
 join me making sign at The Passionate Home in LANGLEY this coming Wednesday July 2


I am teaching a sign making class with stencils from 1 to 4pm. 
 
 For more details & sign up click this link below or call the store directly 604-532-5931 .....
http://thepassionatehome.com/workshops/handmade-sign-making-workshop/

 
Hope to see you there!!
 
 



 



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Friday

SEARS BONNET DRESSER - french provincial inspiration

 
 

 
 I refurbished a vintage Bonnet Dresser available back in the day at Sears. These dressers and the matching pieces were hugely popular with moms and kids from the late sixties all the way into the early eighties. Some of the drawers on this one were not working well or were missing parts so I fixed them and removed the extra detail things from the fronts of the top 3 drawers. I sprayed it in a creamy white and added a new vintage set of Chippendale handles. It looks like there are 12 drawers but really the bottom ones are double deep making for 9 drawers.
  
 
 
If you are looking for a unique set of handles for a large dresser check out the popular
Misfit Chippendale sets listed at Firstfinds Etsy shop. You just never know what will catch your eye:




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Saturday

THE MERCANTILE CABINET - butcher paper graphic transfer

 
I wanted to add some black typography to the doors on this cabinet and I thought this would be
another great project to use the butcher paper transfer on. This method transfers the ink from my ink
 jet printer onto the raw wood using butcher paper. Butcher paper has a waxy side and when you print
 on it the ink isn't absorb into the paper and stays wet. You then position your image face down over
 your project and press it into place. The surface you are applying the ink to must be porous so it will
 absorb the ink.
 
 
 
The trick to this method is you only have one opportunity to get it right so extra planning in advance
 is a must.
 
Butcher paper is not printer friendly and doesn't go through the rollers well so I cut and tape it to a
 regular sheet of white paper. I tape the whole leading edge that feeds into the printer. Be sure to
remove the white paper from your butcher paper before doing the actual transfer on to your project.
Locally I get my butcher paper at Brick and Mortar Living in New West.
 
 
 
I started with the word MERCANTILE and used Algerian font. I worked with a programs on my
 PC to get the arch and size I wanted. I printed out everything on regular paper and position it
 to see where I wanted it and how it would look.
 
 

Above you can see the fresh ink sitting on the paper so handle it very carefully.
 
Below you can see two sheets ready to go.
 
 
When you know you are ready carefully turn your image to face the wood and hoover for a
 moment to make sure it is positioned right before the final lay down and press it into place.
 
 
 
The transfer is immediate that is why you have to get it positioned right and don't want to move.

 
If you would like to order some of the butcher paper I have used check my Etsy shop:
 
 
Above is a close up of the ink right after the transfer, it is almost completely absorbed in the wood.
Below are the doors finished.
 

 
 
 
The finished Mercantile Cabinet is listed on the SHOWROOM page with price and dimensions.
 

 




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