Saturday, March 29, 2014

Awww Patina! Patina Mirror - $100

Happy Spring Sweet Readers,

A Faux Patina Finish was just what I was wanting to do with this mirror!  Patina describes the oxidized look that is created on metal over a period of time.  All the colors of metal, green, blue, and white come together for that look we all awe at!

This is what I started with..

This is what I accomplished...
Mirror is ready for your tea party!

Paint Colors of Gold, Greens, Blues, & Whites Makeup this Patina Finish

Refreshing Paint Colors can Wake Up Your Space!

A bouquet of pink roses would compliment this mirror. 

The mirror measures 26 1/2 wide and 36 inches tall (measured at its widest points)

You can place this anywhere for a lovely statement...A mirror makes a room feel very airy

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Turquoise Chunky Candleholders - SOLD

Greetings Cowboys & Cowgirls,

It's rodeo time here in Texas and like most of you I am so loving wearing my best pair of jeans, boots, and my turquoise jewelry!  I just love the colors and can't get enough of it.  I went through a time where I made my own necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.  I haven't stopped completely, I just hadn't had the time to make more.

Although, there are variations of the color turquoise, I like to paint using the bluer tones of turquoise.  It is so important to me to get the color right when I paint a piece of furniture.  A couple of days ago I went to the hardware store with my handmade necklace in hand, I wanted to be sure that it was a match before choosing a paint color.

Below is one of the pieces I often wear and is the piece I carried into the store.

Necklace Used To Color Match The PERFECT Turquoise Paint Color
It was a Perfect Match, and Love at First Sight
The Chunky Candle holders were Lovingly Painted By Me
The Circumference measures 15 inches around the widest part
The diameter measures 4 inches, the height measures 8 inches tall & 10 inches tall

The ornate portion of the candles were painted with a dark glaze.  I just love how they turned out!  The candle holders are made of plaster and poly resin.  Look for them under the "Shop" tab.


Mary Elizabeth


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

YES! You can! - Paint A Faux Leather Piece of Furniture

Hello Sweet Readers,

I have been wanting to share this quick tutorial with you for quite sometime but work and household chores got in the way.  I was able to make a huge casserole last night and because there was plenty of left overs it gave me a night off of cooking!  Yay Me!  (Truth be told, I really dislike cooking).  I paint with all kinds of different paints and techniques.  They range from oil paint, to enamels, and all the way to chalk paints.  I will try and do some tutorials on each of them soon.

Today I will be sharing Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  It is a high quality furniture paint.  It is thick, silky, and amazing.  It is said that no sanding or priming is required.  The only drawback it is quite on the expensive side.

I have had this ottoman for about eight years and it had been used for four of those eight years and was still in excellent condition.  I had put it away in a safe place as I really enjoyed the tufting and the big buttons!  I thought I would give it a little facelift.

I started with a clean faux leather ottoman

I sanded it for good measure (Annie Sloan is really known for skipping this step)

After sanding the entire ottoman, I opened a jar of Annie Sloan English Yellow goodness!  This 4 oz. jar of paint was $12.95.  You can use a good quality brush, this one was about $30.

So, I painted...(Caution, it will look horrible after the first few coats)
And Painted...
And Painted...
And I Painted, Whew!, it did take a whole jar, but it was still cheaper than re-upholstering the entire thing and wasn't as time consuming. You have to admit, 4 oz went a long way!  It took about 5 coats.  After it dried for 24 hours, I sealed it with wax.
Although it took several days to work on it, it did give me an Instant Gratification!
Up-close and Personal you can see that there are no cracks..
Smooth and Silky
I jumped on it and squished it and has held up very well!  I love how all the stitching shows up behind the paint!
Tea Time!  Enjoying the Cookies of my Labor!
Look for this Ottoman under my "Shop" page.
Yellow/Green Ottoman
I hope I have inspired you to paint something you might have thought of throwing away.

**UPDATE -  This ottoman can be painted using Le Chalk chalk paint powder (Click here) for 1/3 of the cost of Annie Sloan.  One bag of Le Chalk will make an entire quart of chalk paint.   A quart of paint can be purchased at your local Sherwin Williams for $7.  Annie Sloan chalk paint is approximately $40 a quart.  That's alot of savings!


Mary Elizabeth