Monday, June 29, 2015

No Bench Left Behind!

A friend of mine asked for help getting his bench back to business... Here is what I received...

Note the three pieces of wood that are just barely hanging on...
This is what we replaced totally with beautiful Oak.
We trimmed them to size (Mr Star and the Grom helped me with this while I worked some other projects...

Here is the Grom wondering what in the work he has gotten into.              

After painting the metal a beautiful gray, staining and sealing the oak, Mr Star and I assembled the bench.  Yes, 4 hands were needed, but many hands make light work, right?  Quite a few hours went into the project, but I am very happy with the result.  The color choice really updated the look of the bench.
So now you know... don't pass up on those metal bench pieces on the curb.  ;)

Saturday, April 25, 2015

New Store for Coastal Star!

Ok, OBX fans... there is a new store coming to you in Rodanthe, and I am honored to be a part of it!  Sandbar Dreams is opening in Pamlico Station in May.  They are selling Art Supply and hosting an Artisan Gallery.
Sandbar Dreams will be selling Coastal Star Furniture, Decor... AND COASTAL COLORS BEACH CHIC PAINT and Coastal Star endorsed brushes!!
Set up the Coastal Colors display last week.

Here are some of the goodies going in tomorrow... Check my facebook page to keep with the goodies going in!  Coastal Star's Beach Country look is coming to OBX!

Pet Bed/end table
Coastal Star can also be found at Mint Julep Antiques in Historic Downtown Hampton
Design & Consign Artisan Galley in Historic Hilton Village
Concrete Creations in VA Beach
Absolutely Outer Banks in Nags Head (limited amount)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Great Expectations

"No expectations, no disappointments"
"Expectation is the root of all heartache"
"I really need to expect less of people"
"Peace begins when expectation ends"
"I find my life is easier the lower I keep my expectations"

We expect things from everyone.  We expect love and priority from our family and close friends.  We expect that our paycheck will be on time.  We expect that the school bus will pick up our children every school day and bring them back.  We expect that people in office will fulfill their duties as determined.

And when expectations aren't met, we are disappointed.  Sad, Mad, Hurt, Inconvenienced...
"No expectations, no disappointments"  I use this quote when I am licking my wounds.
So don't expect anything anything from folks and you won't be disappointed, right?
I found myself continuously in this boat.  I had expectations... I was not included, someone didn't step up to the plate as they should, a Dr misread a test result etc etc.

So I was justified to be hurt, right?

UM,   NO.  Just, NO.

Does that teeter on entitlement?  They didn't do as they should have so now I am entitled to feel this way?  UGH.  I HATE THE WORD ENTITLEMENT.  

Time to get a grip.  Why let others control your state of mind?  I had two situations recently.  One of them I went into a meeting with NO expectations.  At all.  Just thought I was making a good business and life contact and learning a little in the process.  Turns out I was completely blessed in that meeting.  My fairy Godmother appeared and granted my three wishes.  No expectations, BIG PAYOFF.  The other situation was completely different.  I had unrealistic expectations of family.  When they didn't do as I expected,  I was completely hurt and disappointed and felt as though I didn't make a cut.
Perfect examples of why we should not have expectations, right?


Dropping expectations is not healthy.  Expectation can be a very healthy motivational tool.  You can't let failed expectations take you to that unhealthy place.  The key, for me at least, is managing my expectations.  Expect things in situations and in people that you can have some influence in.  Your children.  We have expectations of our children.  Are we going to be disappointed?  You betcha.  But they need us to have expectations of them to give them goals and guidelines.  Our loved ones.  Our careers.  If there are no expectations in your career, how do you stay driven to do your best work?
The key to managing our expectations may be in knowing in what situations to have expectations.  My lesson?  When I am experiencing disappointment from failed expectations, what can I do next time to influence things differently?  Nothing?  Very good... learn and move on.  Everything?  Learn from it and change MY OWN behavior.  Change how you perceive.  So hard, but so worth it.  

Mom, you were right again.

"Too many people miss the silver linings, because they are expecting gold."

Monday, March 9, 2015

Kitchen Sink

I really got tickled this morning when I walked into the kitchen and saw my sink area.  It occurred to me that even though this is normal for us, how funny this might look to others.  And yes, I scrub each brush.... every time.  My Daddy taught me to always take care of your tools, and they will take care of you.  Happy painting y'all...get into something good today!
Don't overlook this handy tip: I use my Grandma's towel holder to dry my brushes so my bristles hand correctly.
There actually are some pots and pans back there.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Custom Medicine Cabinet

Sweet Medicine Cabinet brought into Mint Julep antiques & Art for me to revive...  It's a sweet homemade piece, but definitely wanted a little lovin' and updatin'.

 So I took the door off and really got into the inside.  The top shelf was pretty tight, but my short handled brush was worth it's weight in gold in this tight spot!
 Went with a light distressing... this turned into an elegant distressed piece.  I also changed out the off white ceramic know with a new crystal piece.  The dainty knob transformed the entire piece.  Love changing out hardware!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Mermaid End Table

It sure was an ugly end table.  And it NEEDED to have some serious lovin'.  I was told it was not worth painting and to just throw it away... but y'all know me better than that!
So I knew I never wanted the original finish to peek through any distressing... so I base coated the piece with Coastal Color's Summer Nite, a rich black.  Then I layered Turks and did some light distressing for the Summer Nite to show through.

 But it just wasn't enough... so I added my mermaid... and it still wasn't enough.  I needed more interest.  I added Bennie to the drawer and kick plate... and to the artwork on the top.  And then I added the starfish drawer pull.

 After a good Liquid Steel sealant to protect the paint and artwork... I am finally done with the transformation.  So much better than filling up a landfill, right?

What have you been painting?  Share with me in the comments!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Here We Grow AGAIN!

Well, it's been an exciting week here at Coastal Star Decor!  We love exciting though, right?!  Coastal Star items can now be found in two more locations!  We are presently in Mint Julep Antiques in Downtown Hampton, and Design & Consign's Artisan Gallery in Hilton Village in Newport News.  We can NOW ALSO be found in Concrete Creations in Va Beach, VA and Absolutely Outer Banks in Nags Head, NC.
Concrete Creations is a garden center and gift shop that specializes in concrete statuary. They are family owned and operated for over 25 years.  Coastal Star will have products suitable for your coastal decor in the gift shop.
Absolutely Outer Banks is a fairly new Decor shop on 5000 S. Croatan Highway. They have a multitude of artists creating an eclectic collection of handcrafted items ranging from soaps, textiles, painting, woodwork, furniture, jewelry and more!!  It is a beautifully staged store that you are sure to find exactly what you need ;)
Coastal Colors paint can continue to be purchased online, at Mint Julep Antiques, and Design & Consign's Artisan Gallery.
Thank you to all of my Coastal customers who are helping me reach my goals and are helping me to grow!
Waves, Shells, and Puppy Dog tails,

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

My Coastal Colors Beach Chic Paint Story

Thank you all for all of the questions about what paint I use!  It's great timing... and I will tell you why...   Here is my Coastal Colors story...
I had been painting furniture and selling it for quite a while.  I used latex with primer, latex with built in primer, Annie Sloan Chalk paint, Maison Blanche, Webster's Powder, CeCe Caldwell, homemade "chalk" paint.  I liked it all.  Some of it was priced too high for me (y'all know by now I am a frugal gal), some of them didn't adhere like promised etc etc.

I traveled to Belmar, New Jersey to take the Training Brush course from International artist Sherry Waldman. 

 She had Coastal Colors paint that she used and sold out of her store.  Now, I had already flipped over the paint colors from following her and the product online.  I had already committed to buy some based on her testimony.  But what I didn't know is that I would absolutely start a love affair with this paint.  The colors spoke to me in person that I didn't know was possible.  The names of the shades make you feel personal to each one.

 Daybreak, Maddy, Calm, Dolphin... And the actual paint... went on like butter...Distressed beautifully... adhered like white on rice.  Sherry had been using this paint over her 30 year career and had seen her painted furniture twenty years after painting still having great results.  Without even sealing it.  Yep, she preferred the flat look for many pieces and didn't need to seal, so she didn't.  Because she didn't have to.

  I love a wax look and have waxed most pieces with wonderful results as well.   She uses the paint in her own art work and taught her art classes with it... It is just the perfect product for me. 

So I talked her into letting me sell it.  She sold it personally but didn't have outside distributors.  I brought it home to VA like I was carrying a top secret weapon.  And it has taken Tidewater VA by storm. 

Since that trip to Belmar, Sherry has moved to Florida and acquired more stockists there.  And this month, she has introduced the official Coastal Colors Beach Chic website and online store.  I have also opened an online store on my site.  It's time to share her magic with the world, even if it is a little bittersweet for me.  It's hard for kids to share their toys, right?  Please let me know if you have any questions about this paint, I will do my best to answer everyone's questions in my blog.