Obviously you guys can't believe anything I tell you.
I thought I was done with my study.....
I REALLY DID!!!!!
The other day I was junk storing with my bidness partner Kris when I came across a little piece of furniture I thought would be a good candidate for redoing to sell in Amy's shop in Boston.
that finding another middle aged wack-a-doodle through the world of blogging would supply me with a venue for my creative escapades.
I sell some wonderful things at the Boston Design Center.....
But in my heart is the intrepid junker, looking for stuff to reinvent.
I've run out of places to put my creations.
Amy is willing to be my
As I was saying, before I got side tracked,
like I always do,
Wasn't today ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL???!!!
The weather in the fall can be absolutely glorious!!!!!
I was telling you guys something.
the weather was really fabuloso, and I wanted to have my windows open,
and my neighbor behind me had some stupid alarm beeping and beeping and beeping,
And he doesn't live there anymore.
So I had to call his cell phone to let him know.
I had to keep the windows closed.
OY OY OY!!!
That's not what I started writing about......
I found this little sewing stand.
This is how it looked when I was finished with it!!!!!
I am using it as a stand for my printer!!!!
HERE'S THE STORY.....
I had something to hold my printer.
I didn't really think too much about it.
It was something I've had since my early 30's, and we all know how long ago that was........
Not horrible, not great, nothing special.
This is what I found in the junk store.....
As usual, I forgot to snap a shot before I started working on it.
The finish was really pitiful.
But I loved the shape.
Very 1920's-Louis XVI...MY FAVORITE!!!
The square knobs were stuck to the drawers as if the finish had glued them on.
Pulling them off pulled off some of the veneer, so
Elmer's wood putty to the rescue!!!!
Then I mixed up some chalk paint colors to create the type of green that makes my toes curl.
I am slowly purchasing every Annie Sloan color, since I like to mix them to create my own colors.
I think I have bought all I need.
And then the next week, I realize I need
just one more.....
luckily, Amy wants to come see what I've been up to in my house,
so I have convinced her to deliver the next color.
Home delivery a la Maison Decor!!!!!
I mixed Antibes Green with Chateau Grey
to create the soft green for my sewing stand.
Here's a shot of one coat.....
I added the second coat, and carried my new baby up to my study to see if I was going in the right direction......
I was liking it,
so back down to the basement for the details to be painted.....
I used a mixture of Emperor's Silk and Scandinavian Pink for the accent stripe on the table's edge.
Then I dry-brushed some Scandinavian Pink over it again.
Did the same color pink on the balls.
Used old white on the turnings, then repainted with cream, which I liked better.
I used painter's tape to paint the lines around the drawers.
Being lazy, I just bent the ends of the tape down at the sides.
I added Cream accents on either side of the red stripe around the top edge.
I was liking the direction it was headed.....
But it looked too newly painted.
AND I'M NOT SWEET!!!!!
So, this is when judicious distressing comes into play.
I find this very scary as I tend to go overboard.....
Then I waxed it.....
AND THEN I FINALLY USED
THE DARK WAX CORRECTLY!!!!!!!
I have had a real problem with applying it without it looking streaky and too dark and splotchy.
So I did what any self respecting blogging old lady would do.
I GOOGLED IT!!!!!
I found out a really good technique.
first put on the clear wax.....
then set out a dab of both the dark and clear wax on a plate or in a glass, or
put a little of the clear on the brush,
then put a little of the dark on the brush,
then lightly apply it using circular motions, and it comes out
I replaced the square wood knobs with brass ones that I painted,
'cuz they looked too new.....
So, now I have a wonderful little printer stand that can hold extra paper and ink!!!!!
And on top of all that, look what's under the top lid!!!!!
I'm finished showing off this room.....