Monday

HOW TO SUBWAY ART - subway art tutotial


There are a few tutorials available around blog land showing how
to achieve a subway art look, so why am I offering another?


I wanted a certain finished look and was able to achieve it using
some of the unique qualities that Chalk Paint possesses.


I used vinyl letters creating a reverse stencil on top of white chalk paint,

The letters were made with commercial adhesive vinyl
left over from my contractor days.
I used my PC and Printer to get the size and shape
then cut them out by hand.

I did not want all that extra white coming through areas that were going to be distressed.


Because Chalk Paint is water soluble (before it's waxed)
I scrubbed the extra white off as seen in the photo above.


The remaining steps I took are:
#1 painted over everything with graphite
#2 remove the vinyl letters once the graphite was dry
#3 wax your complete drawer face
#4 distress with sand paper
#5 wax and buff to a shine


Coming soon to an email near you ...
Within a day or two I will be able to show you what I've been doing with this graphic.
For those interested in what it says I've translated it.
Cologne
specially distilled by
Giraud Son Paris
for
colonial society
department stores
Saigon - Hanoi

Here is a sneak peak taken late at night while the elves are working.

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Saturday

ART DECO TURNED SHAKER - vancouver subway art dresser


How to take an Art Deco Dresser and give it a Shaker Style.


One thing that dates art deco furniture is the flush and rounded tops.


So I removed the original top and replaced it with a nice fresh pine board cut to size.


With some walnut stain, wax, and my new gloves we were off to the races.




Having a curvy kick at the bottom is common in a lot of furniture
but I removed this one to get straighter lines and offer a masculine feel.


Two final steps to help achieve the look was to add the vintage metal wheels
and simple metal knobs down both sides of the drawers.



And that's how you get a shaker look from an Art Deco Dresser.

More beauty pics can be seen on yesterday's post


Next time I'll share how I did my lettering and finish on the drawers.


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Friday

VANCOUVER ART - subway art tall dresser


I've been wanting to do a true tall boy subway dresser for some time.

 

And recently a couple of my fellow blog ladies have inspired me to get moving on that project.


First up is Bliss @ Bliss Ranch with her Kodak Dresser.


  
And secondly is Suzan @ Simply Vintageous



My main inspiration started with this fabulous shaker style tallboy @ Lindauer Designs



But I had to do it in the VANCOUVER style,
and add what I'm calling my signature typo.


Only those who know Vancouver should be able to find the spelling mix-up,
but for the most part you read it the way you are suppose to. 



  

Next time I'll share how I transformed this mid century look into a shaker style,
in a few steps.


Let me know if you see the typo ...

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Wednesday

MORE THAN JUST A PEDICURE - lions foot chest


The veneer on one side and top had to be completely removed due to water damage.
We have all come across those bubbling and wavy surfaces and sometimes it can be fixed.


But not this time.
I stripped and sanded and filled and sanded some more,
then added several coats of paint and wax to get this crisp clean white surface.


The right side veneer was saved and I restained the wood on the left.

She has her original key locks still in place and I out fitted her with a set of reproduction handles.


She is painted in ASCP Old White and clear wax,
and is the perfect height for a grand bedside table.


 
You can find a side by side before and after pic here.

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Tuesday

STEP INTO HER WORLD - jen's home tour



When you enter, you are greeted by a whimsical white cuckoo clock
(and yes it does cuckoo)
then your eye is drawn around the room to find a royal welcome mat.


This is a tour through the home of a good customer
and someone we now call friend.


Her living room clock is also amazing, it looks like a mercury glass mirror,
picking up all the wonderful colors reflectioned from the sofa.


Jen has come across some fabulous finds since setting up her home.
(these photos were taken 3 months after moving in)


The master bedroom is still being worked on but with a bed this glamorous to
climb into each night who really worries.


George has decided he wants a bed just like it, I want a patch work cow hide rug


She has fun accesories found in every room.
There's George enjoying a chat while I'm playing photographer.


For the bathroom, Jen ended up buying 2 different shabby chic ruffled shower curtains,
now that she has figured out which she likes better she is reselling this one below.


If anyone has been looking to get one and is interested in saving some money off the retail price,
let me know. She's only asking $70.
I'll post another photo in the SHOWROOM with information.
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Monday

I SHOWED GEORGE HOW TO GAIN 3 INCHES - ornate night stands

Three inches to a night stands that is.


We all love the miss matched styling of shabby chic decor but most of us also
like to have a matched set of tables for our bedside.


Most vintage night stands are just too darn short for our current fat and luxurious mattress'.
So that's where I step in and raise them up.
This pair of solid wood carved night stands started at 24 inches tall before
I installed a vintage set of casters, lifting them 1.5"
and a solid frame added under the top to raise them another 1.5".


Here they are on there way to be sprayed in ASCP Old White, before a coat of ASCP clear wax
then Minwax dark to accent all the detailing of these pieces.


Originally there were no handles on the doors, I have no idea how someone would ever
get the cupboard doors open with out taking the drawer out first and reaching inside.


Maybe thats why they were stored away in a shed and not used.


A side by side before and after pic can be seen here.

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