Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Lane Chest Makeover

BEFORE Lane chest
 It's just plain exciting when you get a well known "named" piece of furniture.  This Lane chest was in perfect condition... the fabric was dated and dirty, but otherwise the piece was practically perfect in every way!
So I went straight to the upholstery... I went through my fabric stash... which takes a looonnnggg time.  I am a fabric hoarder.  Yep I said it.  A fabricaholic.  I find what I like, unscrew the upholstery out of the top of the chest and staple on the new fabric.  Instant upgrade. 
I pull the cream out of the fabric and match it up to AHA Coastal Colors  (I happen to sell this at Mint Julep Antiques and Design & Consign Art Gallery and online at coastalstardecor.com.  I used Fiddes & Sons clear wax for a base and then Rugger Brown to antique the piece and pull out detail in the handles.
Painted Lane Chest.
Handle details
Complete Lane chest

Monday, December 22, 2014

Painted File Cabinet

 So I acquired this file cabinet in wonderful shape.  
And I had acquired new sealant called Vax and Revax that I was very excited to use!

 I used Coastal Colors SHUTTER and applied two coats.
upcycled filing cabinet
First coat paint

painted furniture
Second coat paint
 I added some light (wet) distressing on corners and pressure spots...
 I then used a layer of the Vax.  I have got to tell you, the jury is still out on the vax.  I LOVE the fact it is non toxic and NO ODOR at all.  However, you must watch endless videos, add water, use a special sponge and still pray you don't get streaks.  Here is the piece with the Pearl revax.  I love this look, especially on the Shutter color.  But note the streaks?  I have been doing this sort of thing a long time.  I am not sure that this is user friendly with my customers than only do pieces periodically.  I was very careful with the product, and did several practice pieces first. Fortunately for this piece, I like the look of the streaks...
with Pearl REvax
 I look forward to using this again by using the pearl to accent certain areas. 
The pearl adds an element that is absolutely delicious.

coastal Star decor
Completed File cabinet.
I'll keep you posted on my next VAX items... stay tuned :)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Redneck Command Strip

Necessity is the mother of invention, right?  Wanted to share my fun Redneck Command Strip!  Last week we spent the weekend in our camper at the beach.  This beach is pretty remote, and during the off season honestly if you didn't bring it with you you are pretty much doing without.  I had brought Christmas decorations to dress up the space while we there, and while I was hanging Christmas lights... well I discovered I pretty much didn't have anything to attach them to!  I had some command hooks already being utilized in the camper, so I had some leftover adhesive strips... then I found some clothespins... Well, here ya go.  I was tickled at the result and thought I would share... 
REdneck Command Strip
Clothespin with command adhesive strip.

Worked just fine!