A new year is almost here and it's time to reminisce
about all that has happened in the past 12 months.
I have been teaching ladies in other countries through email ... thanks to Google translator
Phil Robertson got booted from Duck Dynasty only to be reinstated 10 days later
and more importantly
I quit smoking ... but I have taken up eating.
2014 bring on the next chapter
 Thank you to everyone who follows along with my adventures!




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This dresser was named the Spring Fling because of the soft colors used to finish it and it was spring
 time when I was painting it. It was originally a road side find. Many of the drawers were in pieces
 and the top drawer was completely missing. We asked to leave our number in case the missing
 parts could be found. Luckily we did get a call to pick up the missing drawer and what a pretty
 drawer it was. Now the work had to start to get all the drawers put back together and working right.
I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Florence mixed with Pure White for the base of the body.
I used the same color mix on several other pieces to decorate my summer deck space:
All the details in the face of the drawers was original and I just followed the lines while hand
painting the details. I used a white on many of the flat raised areas and green in the grooved lines.
Be brave when hand painting your furniture.
I used small artist brushes and sometimes went out of the lines. It's okay to color outside
of the lines. Confidence is the key to trying things you are uncomfortable with and always try to
use a guide to help you along the way. Maybe it is an already existing design like I have followed, or
you can try using a projectors to trace an image on your furniture.

Check out some other hand painted pieces I have pinned for great tips and ideas:

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(Sounds like an adventure novel if you ask me)

Everyone has been asking to learn more about my painted leather chair, even Annie Sloan herself has been getting impatient with me. I didn't want to get everyone excited about something that might be a fail so the plan was to wait and finish this post now during the holidays offering some time and use to report how it is holding up. Unfortunately the trials of life stepped up this week to give us a warning.

Dec 24th was for last minute grocery shopping, a few small gifts and visiting with friends.
My well laid Christmas plans quickly changed first thing as the caller explained my Mother was on her way to the hospital having a stroke. It ended up being mild and she was home that same night to recover. My family spent the next 36 hours filling in where they were needed to get all her cooking, cleaning, wrapping, and decorating done. The holiday definitely had a different meaning for the grown ups and the kids simply asked why grandma was using a cane. I want to thank those who have sent messages, well wishes, and prayers.

Now it's time to get back to the famous painted leather chair.

I think this has been my favorite painted chair project so far, maybe because I'm keeping it.

Here is a look at some of my other painted upholstery.
My Union Jack chair  and my French Berger chair were both very successful
and both offer different ways to redo upholstery with paint.

My painted leather parlour chair has settled into my space well
and I don't see it going anywhere soon.

It all started last summer when I got two of these chairs. You can't see it in these photos but there
was a lot of damage to the underside including the frame and leg that needed to be reinforced.

The original leather on the seats is old and worn with cracking which will crack the paint.
More on that at the end.

I sprayed the right chair in ASCP and distressed the frame with 220 sand paper.
When using my sprayer the paint is always watered down slightly, more info on my sprayer here:
The color of the white chair is a 50 - 50 mix of AS Old White and Pure White.

The entire chair was then clear waxed.

Then a day later her frame was dark waxed.

The stripe and graphic came next. The stripe is AS Coco and marked out with painters tape. 

After she was finished she was invited to attend a Home Show and hang out with Annie Sloan.
See there is Annie and George talking about the chair or me but they are pointing at the chair
I'm sitting in, I'm sure of it.

3 months later the seat is showing all the cracks the original leather already had.
The paint is not coming off but the cracks are showing and it looks great!!!
My favorite part about painting upholstery is that when you are done and you wax it,
it is now so easy to wipe clean with a cloth. I have also bit the bullet this fall and painted
a velvet chair to show you how costly and catastrophic it can be to paint the wrong type of material.
Don't hold your breath on that post but it will show up in your email eventually.
For more info and ideas check out my Pinterest Folder of Painted Upholstery here:


Have you stopped into firstfinds hardware store lately?
Here are just some of the items available for your projects.

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I started applying a graphic to an antique tall boy dresser last week.
After many hours of the smell of sharpie markers I have finished.
this project is for an advance DIYer
I found the graphic at OLD DESIGN SHOP:
and I used a box of a dozen sharpie markers to fill in the image.
Transfer methods can be found here
Read through the list of 12 options to find the method that will work best for you and your project.
Here is a look at the dresser before I started.
I ended up printing this image on 8 sheets of landscape paper (side ways), 2 across and 4 down.
You can use http://www.blockposters.com/ to divide your image up, I definitely recommend it.
Here is a close up showing what it looks like after waxing and sanding the image.


ALSO ...
Stop in to see what's new in shabby chic white hardware available at firstfinds.
There are over 1000 pieces of used hardware to choose from


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Ornate white frames can be used for so many different things.

Look at that batch of white frames!

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I've mentioned my storage box spring a few times over the years and every time I do I get asked
more questions about it so I figured it was time to offer my thoughts on owning one.
The short and sweet answer is ...
I love it! Best furniture purchase I have ever made!
Hidden under this unassuming well made bed is all my Christmas storage.
And it's easily accessed by a looped nylon strap at the end of my bed.
Check it out!!!
After I moved the last time I was fed up with my useless box spring. I wanted to get rid of it and
 have some kind of platform bedframe instead. Box springs take up so much space in a small home
 and I wanted to reclaim the space for storage. I learned about these new and amazing storage box
springs and had to have one. When closed they look like any normal box spring and your mattress
sits on top of it.
I have a super heavy Tempurpedic mattress and the lifting shocks hold it up just fine.
For those of you thinking about getting one I hope I have offered some insights.
Use the search words *HYDRAULIC STORAGE BED* when looking.

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