THE BENEFITS OF DARK WAX - tuscan blue server

One of the main ingredients of the finish on this server is Annie Sloan's Dark Wax.


My goal is to play with my paint finishes and colors a bit more than building.
Building is my ultimate favorite part of what I do but I've been yearning to step out a little.

I'm sharing so many close up shots of this finish so you can get the true idea of how
rustic and lovely it is.

I'm here to tell you though it is hardwork and messy but I love it, and this
piece would be staying home if it was the right size for our little trailer.
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CHANGING A WATERFALL - coco handpainted desk

I've never been a fan of water fall / art deco styled furniture, but it is made well
and there is plenty of it out there.
This piece comes from The Gelco Furniture Company in Montreal circa 1950 - 1960.
I like to change the look and feel of them and have them loved once more.

This pieces was update only with paint, hardware, and some appliques.
Not my usually tear down or build upon approach.
Setting forth to hand paint both end panels and a bit on the front takes just about as many hours
as rebuilding does.
I also played with dark wax on this piece more creatively then I have in the past.
I used appliques to disguise some of the art deco lines
and gave it a feminine feel with the handles I used.

Here is a close up of one of the hand painted end panels.
This hand painted desk was finished with Annie Sloan Old White and trimmed with Coco.
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COOKIES AND CREAM - numbered chest

I'm working on several new furniture pieces for the upcoming Christmas Craft & Gift show,
and this numbered chest is one of them.

I have nicknamed it the COOKIES & CREAM CHEST because of the colors used.

The dark top and trim is a rich chocolate color.

and the hardware is painted to match.

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R UR DRAWERS TIRED - blue tall boy

Time to show you some tips and tricks to refreshing your drawers.
Here is how this dresser transformed on the outside.
The color is just amazing distressed over the dark stained wood.
The dresser was in decent shape with only a few repairs needed.
The biggest problem was on the inside.
 The drawers were lined with gold and black MacTac shelf liner.
I'm sure once upon a time marbled black MacTac was very desirable,
 BEFORE                                                       AFTER
but it's not just about pretty paper.

Everything about the interior was dirty and worn out.

So I removed the sticky black paper, pulled all the staples that also held the paper in, removed the
gluegun glue that also held the paper in, and then washed the entire drawer with soap and water.

 Another simple trick is to lube your drawer runners so they run in and out much easier.
You can use a candle or a bar of soap by simply rubbing them along the bottom of your drawer.
Because I have my furniture paste wax handy most of the time I quickly paint some on the inside
along the drawer supports and even on the inside walls where the drawer might rub. 

I finished these drawers off by lining them with a prepasted wallpaper.
I do offer a tutorial here about how to install unpasted wallpaper.

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