Say Yes to Custom Painting!

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The other weekend I had a phone call from a couple that had visited Tres Bien Antiques and loved my work but they had just been given a bedroom suit and wanted to know if I did custom paint work. Of course, I said “YES” and as they say “the rest is history”. When we met, we looked at each other and said “I know you”.  As it turns out over the years their family have been clients of our family business and I had been a client of their’s as well. It is a small world.

The bedroom was painted a pretty color so they chose Annie Sloan’s Old White for the furniture. Here is a picture of it before.

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They have great lines and great potential but they do need a face lift to fit into their beautiful new  home.  I was so happy with how they turned out and thankfully my client was equally pleased. Here is the after.






I stripped and stained the tops of the chest and vanity and used my usual MINWAX dark walnut stain. The stain/paint contrast is so pretty to me. The details look so nice with the distressing to highlight them. The bed turned out so nice as did the chest and vanity.

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Remake of a Teenage Bedroom

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Last weekend was spent in Texas with my sister and her family. I had to restock my paint supply from Lady Butterbug and yes…it was a working weekend. This was a labor of love and was so much fun. My niece inherited a hand-me-down bedroom suit that upgraded her from a twin to queen bed. It is very nice but was dark wood. She is the typical teenager that is growing into her own likes and dislikes. Which correlates to “mom I want a new look for my room.”  So this was a good time to introduce Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to the Texas family and start the transformation of her room. She had stripped her room of lights, picture/marker boards, teenage stuff so she can start from scratch. Here is a  picture of her headboard  before being painted.

She chose Old White because nothing else in the bedroom makeover has been decided on, including the color. And probably that will be changed many times before something is decided on. 😉 Oh come on you know I’m right. 😉 I cleaned the bed and bedside tables, but when I started to paint look what happened in the corners.

A quick call to Karla, my stockist, reassured me of possible causes; I did what she said and…I did clean it, I really did,  but I must not have done a very good job at removing the oils. So that means that when my sister said “dust it”, Tori must have really dusted!!!! Good girl!!! BUT what do I do now. This corner was like oil and water not wanting to mix. I have a lot of work ahead and we didn’t get started until after five p.m…it was going to be a long night. I was curious to see what this paint would do after the second coat with this left as is. Will it peel off like latex would have?  So at the risk of having a HUGE mess on my hands I went with it instead of wiping it off and cleaning again. Gotta love this paint.  So after the second coat, distressing, and waxing this is how it looked.

Wow, I couldn’t believe it. The second coat filled in and painted right over the mess of the first coat. Even when I sanded there was not a look of “bubbles” underneath. It was as smooth as a baby’s bottom. What’s crazy is that after painting this headboard it looks like a paneled door. So, painting on family’s furniture is good for something, you can test things out that otherwise would never have been allowed to pass. Thank goodness there is not a redo in my future. At least not until another bedroom makeover is due. UHHH…but I there is Livvie, the loveable, huggable, pesky little sister, growing up fast on your heals Tori.

I hope everyone has found a wonderful, helpful stockist. Karla at Lady Butterbug is one of those that will go above and beyond what is called for to get your paint to you. She knows her “stuff” and while in the middle of opening her third, yes third location she makes sure that her wonderful husband, Steve, meets me with my order. Thank you Karla and Steve for being so helpful.

Here is a sneak peek at the kitchen I started this week. Instead of regular cabinets, it looks like she has huge pieces of furniture. You can see her beautiful floors too. More on all of this home later in the reveal.

Thanks for stopping in. I can’t wait for you to see everything I have going on. Please come back and don’t forget to say hey ya’ll.

COCO anyone?

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I want to thank everyone that checked out our home town of Natchitoches, Louisiana. So many of you have visited us and some have even been to the Fall Pilgrimage from years past. I loved that all of you let me know how much you enjoyed the post and our little town. And…the Humming birds are gone for this year.

This week I am featuring a beautiful bed that I got from a friend of mine. She and her husband are retiring, down sizing their home and no longer have room for it. So…one phone call later and I snatched this baby up. I also have the matching high-low vanity with tri-fold mirror and armoire that I will show later. I vacillated from painting the bed for a little girls room to something more stately. Stately won. Actually, I had just gotten ASCP™ Coco and really, really, really, wanted to use it so some cute little girl is going to miss out on this bed.

As with a lot of these vintage pieces some of the trim is either missing or broken. I tried to repair this 2″ strip that was missing by matching the size with small dowels but even the smallest was too big. So as I was preparing dinner one night I happened across my kabob skewers and low and behold, symbols started crashing, fireworks started going off and look what I did. Yep, I sanded one side to make it flat…done, stained it…done, glued it,  painted it…done and DONE!!!

As you can see the curve of the foot board is definitely something I wanted to showcase so I experimented painting it a couple of ways.

I thought I wanted the top part of the bed to be white but in doing that the legs also had to be painted white which, to me, was not a good look. So I went with my second plan of painting the small trim inside each panel. Do you know what it takes to tape off all of that? I have read where people will just hop in their cars to go purchase the coveted Frog™ tape, but I live an hour away from any Home Depot or Lowe’s. I had regular blue painter’s tape which, to me, works just as well as long as the edges are sealed. Okay to tell the truth, I have never even used Frog™ tape so I don’t know which works better, YET. What I really want in a tape is one that will bend with the curves cuz tearing 1″ strips to make  the curve is exasperating not to mention time consuming!!!! Give me a tape that will curve when needed and I will hop in my car and drive the hour to get it in a heart beat!!!

I also experimented with distressing, but again, I loved the crispness of the look without distressing. I can see this bed with white-on-white bedding. I love the Coco color with the Old White accent. I found the bedroom below on Little Inspirations to inspire imaginations for this beautiful bed.

So here it is, minus, of course, the beautiful bedding shown above.

Here are a few more views.

So what about it…blue painter’s tape or Frog™ tape? I am curious to see if driving an hour is worth it or not. Please let me know whether you feel all the hoopla about Frog™ tape is all that or not.

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