Tuesday, February 28, 2012

DIY Ironstone

I LUUUUUVVVE the look of Ironstone, but can't always find it. . .

So timeless, and easy to interchange with just about anything. . .

Simple, beautiful, elegant. . .adding the perfect vintage touch

. . .wanna know my secret?

One coat of white primer, and two light coats of high gloss white.


After. . .

Before. . .

After. . .
. . .Shhhh, don't tell! :)

If you want to see more tips, tricks, and ideas, click here to view all our other tutorials. :)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

French Linen over Lavander

I found this beautiful lavender color, and decided to
give it a try with our French Linen Overlay. . .

Such a beautiful color!

The French Linen Overlay gives any color a soft, textured finish...

Here's a close up of the linen texture...

There's something so sweet and endearing about lavender...

I love using accent colors on furniture to give the room just
a little extra pop....

For more information on our
French Linen Overlay Tutorial,
please click here.

"Genius is the ability to hold
one's vision steady until
it becomes a reality."
                                 -George Washington

Monday, February 13, 2012

Oil Glazing Custom Tutorial

It's here!
Introducing our
Oil Glazing Custom Tutorial...

Remember my vintage WWII sideboard? You can read all about her here.

Glazing with oils creates more of an Old World, Tuscan feel. . .
making the finish more rich and authentic.

Our personal favorite oils to glaze with are Dark Walnut and Classic Black. . .

Here are a few samples:

Colonial Red with medium strength black

Antique White with diluted Walnut


Turquoise with medium strength Walnut


Tuscan Tan with full strength Walnut

Nutmeg Brown with medium strength black

Antique White with diluted Walnut

Aqua with medium strength Walnut

Espresso with full strength black

Tuscan Tan with full strength Walnut

As you can see, there is a lot of versatility when it comes to oils.
There are specific guidelines to follow when oil glazing,
but if done right, the possibilities are endless. .

If you would like to order an instant download of the
Oil Glazing Custom Tutorial,
you can do so in our Etsy shop here.


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Some things you just don't change...

A couple of months ago, I was able to score some amazing Farmhouse
finds that I posted lots of pictures of here.

Do you remember seeing this cute little cupboard?

I ho-hummed around some different ideas of what to do
with it, but nothing seemed quite right.

It was then that I realized
that I loved it just the way it was. . .this thing caught my eye
the second I looked in the barn. . .white, chippy, and beautiful :)

So I kept it just the way it was. . .

I actually did make a few changes. . .I sanded and sprayed a clear coat
to prevent any possible lead poisoning since it's a very old piece. . .

The other thing is I traded out the hardware with these from
Hobby Lobby, and painted them antique white with
some minor distressing. . .

I have a special place in my heart for the "old farmer" I got this from. . .
he is a dear friend whom I love and respect :)

"How many of us go through our
days parched and empty-
thirsting after happiness...
when we're really standing
knee deep in the river
of abundance?"
                        -Sarah Ban Breathnach

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

French Linen Overlay Custom Tutorial

Introducing our French Linen Overlay. . .

It's no secret that I'm in love with Restoration Hardware. . . and I'm
even MORE in love with their organic linen fabrics! (see here)

I love the soft, woven texture and relaxed natural wrinkles. . .
simply beau-ti-ful...

Linens are so comforting, casual, and relaxing. . .
which is why we created our
"French Linen Overlay" finish.

I could just see it in a room like this...

Isn't this Restoration Hardware room stunning?

Or how about in this room from Pottery Barn?

Oh. . . the possibilities!

Basically, it's a technique that can go over any painted 
surface. . .giving it a soft, textured linen look.

(the pictures just don't do it justice. . .time for a new camera!)

Before the Linen Overlay was applied. . .

. . .and after

Sigh. . .

Take a look at the Graphite Grey with French Linen. . .


Here is a Harvest Wheat, finished in our Linen Overlay. . .

Look how adorable it would look in this Pottery Barn room!

Oh my. . .I'm in LOVE!

And here's another one. . .

There's something so enveloping about subtle colors. . .

By the way. . . would you like to see what these
 pieces looked like before?

and. . .

Now it's your turn!

If you would like to order an instant download of the 
French Linen Overlay tutorial,
you can do so in our Etsy shop here.