Thursday, August 7, 2014

Seaglass and Dark Wax, O How I Love Thee

At this point, I have painted a few dressers.  Sometimes a paint a few in one day.  But when a dear friend asks you to paint one of her family heirlooms... um, that can be a game changer.  
Just moving the dresser made me break out into hives! 

I get this pretty little thing in the barn and I stalk it... I circle it.  I prayed over it. 
 (Well, maybe the prayer was a little selfish - this one was all about me)  We had agreed on a general look but the exact finish, which all finishers know can't be totally planned out, was all on me.  


Dear friend's precious family heirloom BEFORE
We knew our colors, from the Coastal Color Beach Chic line we chose Summer's Fog (grey) and Seaglass (navy blue).  The original stain was dark, so I wanted the distressed layers to show as dark/light/dark.
After a good cleaning, I laid on some Summer's Fog.   This happens to be one of my favorite all time neutrals.
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After it dried I applied a good coat of Seaglass.
I distressed a bit, I have never been a fan of heavy distressing...
 unless we are doing a chippy look that is a

But it needed another texture so I pulled out my Fiddes & Sons Jacobean dark wax.
Top drawer with dark wax, bottom two drawers with the clear. Hard not to love the texture with the dark wax...

Using my large round wax brush, I applied the dark strategically, wiping off as I went.  
Crevices... edges... fading from out to in...
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Here the piece didn't have much detail, so I added some brush strokes with a large round brush when I painted.  This creates texture for the dark wax to "catch" on.

Here she is all waxed and buffed out.
*Tip - if you are waxing a lot of items, particularly large items... use a buffer brush for your drill.  It is so much faster... and the quality of the buffing far exceeds anything I can do with my hands alone.  If you are interested, I will be adding these soon to Chaffin inventory and the Etsy shop.  Let me know if you want one ordered for you!

After cleaning the hardware and adding it back on... well take a look...
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Shabby Chic doesn't have to mean shabby.  This dresser has a very classical look.

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Love my Fiddes & Sons products.  This wax is beyond compare with anything else I have tried.

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See the Summer's Fog gently peeking through the Seaglass?  I love subtle touches to refinished furniture.  
And now she is ready to go home!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

My New Coastal Colors Display Case!

Come to Chaffin Interiors and see for yourself! 
 I had a friend giving away an Ethan Allen tv armoire...
This sucker is HEAVY!  But I knew what I wanted to do with it.  
The previous owner advised me not to paint it...

...but don't you just LOVE IT NOW! 
The wood was very pretty but very dated with the orange undertones... but now!  
Seaspray interior and Turks exterior. 
 Such a cheery and fun look to house my Coastal Colors Beach Chic Paint
 I am so excited about our new display piece. 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Who Rescued Who?

Sorry for the break between blogs... This summer has been very difficult for me to get into a rhythm.  The business is going great, I am in the spot where I need to hire help, but am not ready to do it yet.  This is a great sign of growth and I am very proud.  There are lots of good things goin' on... and lots of bad things... but mainly...

I miss my mommy.

I know we all experience these losses of loved ones who are close to us.  It is experience gained, lessons learned, and another reason to lean on our Savior. 

But I still miss my mommy. 

I miss the phone calls discussing nail polish colors, meal choices and her letting me go on and on about my latest adventures.  She always said that Lucille Ball had nothin' on me. (I always chose to take that as a compliment)  Mr. Star has mentioned to me several times lately to... well... "please, please stop talking".   I am not offended, things have not changed for him... 
but I think he forgets that my chit chat buddy is gone.

Last week my daughter flew away to visit friends, my son went to scout camp and I was eerily free of any obligations.  So Bella and I went to the beach together. 
Girl's getaway selfie!
 See Bella and I have a bond.  I adopted her a couple of months ago... right after my mom died.  My excuse was that Brown Dog needed a partner to help calm him down.  But in all honesty, I think I needed the new partner.  Bella had recently lost her owner and at 9 years old found herself without a family.  So I tracked her down and "rescued" her.  And I found myself with an overweight, tired rottweiler who was just plain sad.  Right away I knew I had to take her in.

Bella missed her Daddy.

Bella missed her Daddy, and I missed my mommy.  

So we are healing together.  

I am doing my best to fulfill her needs of safety, companionship and protection.  
Who rescued who?
And in turn, she is doing the same for me. 

It's ok to miss the ones we love.  One of my dear friends who has lost a child and recently her mother, told me that it's "ok and your life goes on, but it's just going to always be different".

And isn't that the way it's supposed to be?  If we stay the same our whole lives we are never growing and changing, and frankly we don't even want that do we? 

So Bella and I are changing... and healing... AND we are still having our adventures. (I like to think that my Mom watches my silly antics and shakes her head while laughing at me.)  We stay busy because we like it, but it also helps us cope.  We count our blessings together.  We make fun of Brown Dog together.  We have each other.  
Animals were put here to teach us life lessons and if we listen, truly listen, we learn.  

We learn and grow and continue to go on, 
 just in a different way.