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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Few of Our Favorite Things

No, I did NOT get a "before"
I know...I'm really terrible about that

close your eyes and visualize very light golden pine...
yep, you've got it. 
Not pretty.

Nothing, of course, that a little paint won't fix!

I call this my FAVORITE THINGS dresser
because I used some of my favorite products to complete it


 I've really come to embrace these dramatic triple mirrors...
they really make a huge statement!
(also, that little sign sums up my life...
it's not perfect, but my hair sure is!)


This is a much better representation of the true color
I used Luxe Grey from Amy Howard at Home's One Step Paint line for the base
(and on the hardware)


The hardware simply received two coats of OSP, wax, and Dust of Ages
Our wax of choice is Carnauba Wax from Real Milk Paint Co


I wanted the body of the dresser to be a bit more dramatic
(not as soft as the hardware)
so I used a custom blend of General Finishes Glazes


I'm crazy about how the glaze settled into the oak, highlighting the grain and the wear marks
(I know they are fabricated to mimic age, but who cares...they looks amazing!)

Here's a run-down of a few of my FAVORITE THINGS:

What are your favorite, "go to" products?

M~

Friday, November 7, 2014

Eastlake Bookcase...NO, we don't paint everything!

We're sort of known for our painted pieces
but did you know we also do complete restorations?
(are you shocked we don't paint EVERYTHING?)

I shouldn't say "we" as I want no part of stripping,sanding, staining...
no thanks!

Ken, however, is THE MAN
when it comes to restoring furniture to it's former glory

This stunning Eastlake bookcase
had sentimental value for our clients...
it's always such a privilege to be entrusted with pieces 
that hold such meaning

I can't locate a "before" shot, 
but it had water damage,
the three piers no longer fit together,
the finish was rough,
the hardware was...actually, I have no words!
And to top it all off, it was no longer level

A challenge, to be sure

If you HATE stripping and sanding like I do
you will find these photos unsettling
(when I think of the HOURS of hand sanding all those nooks and crannies...YIKES)



It's amazing how, 
after removing all the gunky build-up from repeated cleanings and re-staining,
the details come to life!
It's really quite beautiful in this natural state

The necessary repairs were made, the hardware was cleaned, and the pieces were stained
then sealed with a hand rubbed poly finish
(looks and feels like a buffed and waxed finish but more durable)

Seriously, this thing is STUNNING




Ken's sad to part with it...
he says it's been a pleasure to have in the studio

It's ready now to steal the show for another 100 years!

Thanks for stopping by!

Michele

Indecision...

We recently went through our existing inventory 
in preparation for the upcoming "busy" season at the store

This adorable dresser was already painted
but it sat, and sat...and SAT
(you can tell how long ago this was...the font is my OLD logo!)

I rarely re-paint pieces,
but quite honestly, I was sick of looking at this 


 It had a lovely metallic finish...nothing really wrong with it,
other than WE STILL OWN IT!


So I took the plunge and re-painted it in a soft shade


Something about this soft Tiffany Blue really brings this sweet piece to life


I think it's PERFECT for a nursery...or in a cottage-y bedroom
Coastal chic, anyone?

Lots of great ways to fit this piece into a design setting


I initially spent MUCH time had painting the original hardware gold...
so I opted to dry-brush a bit of color on the surface
to bring the "fancy factor" down a bit

I don't expect we'll own this piece much longer!

Michele

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

New at 607 Vintage Marketplace

Lots of changes recently at 607 Vintage Marketplace
(all good!)
Vendors moving to new digs, holiday merch coming in...

Here's a quick glimpse of our shop within the shop!



 I'm in love with the finish on this sweet little pedestal table...
and at only $399, it's pretty close to perfect!



add this sweet little buffet and it's the ideal grouping for a small holiday gathering


Original paint on this amazing table and chair set...



Farmhouse dressers...perfect for a cottage feel


Need extra storage?  
This vibrant cupboard makes a statement!

Stop by 607 to see all the gorgeous new items! 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fancy Flea and Fried Chicken

My friend Jenni and I hit the road on Friday
for Plant City...Home of Fancy Flea
(and lucky us...also home of Maryland Fried Chicken)

I've avoided going to Fancy Flea the last few years
because it gets SO crowded...
I mean crowded like you can barely walk down the road 
much less actually SEE anything

Because Fancy Flea was a two day event this time,
and day one happened to be Halloween
I figured it wouldn't be too insane

Thankfully, it was not. 

The weather was gorgeous, the crowds were manageable,
and much to my relief, it was NOT a sea of painted furniture
as it has been in the past

There was a lovely assortment of items for sale

See for yourself:







This table made it into the van!


Along with a few dozen of these sweet birdies on salvaged posts


And this clock MIGHT be hanging on my dining room wall  right this very second!


Flatware wind-chimes....




How funky is THIS?  Imagine the salon this dryer chair came out of...! 









Yeah...this is pretty much where I stopped, dropped, and swooned!



Overall, we had a wonderful day
Shopping, chatting with friends, sipping lemonade, 
(there may have been some cupcakes involved)
eyeballing all the eye candy, 
all topped off with fried chicken

ain't NOTHING wrong with a day like that!

M~

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Get in Gear

I've officially run out of my current color OBSESSION
(Tick Tock from Amy Howard at Home)

so I cracked open another recently released color that is also 
GORGEOUS!

GET IN GEAR...


We primed this solid wood cabinet in white before applying Get in Gear
then distressed with a medium grit sanding sponge
to reveal both the white and the dark stained wood
(I've found if you distress One Step Paint right after it's dry, it distressed fairly easily)


The color is rich, vibrant, and saturated...
I love how the Mercury Glass hardware  glistens against the blue-green shade


I opted to keep the interior very simple
in fresh, clean white
(the doors had decorative wood inserts, but I loved the more modern look
of the plain glass doors)


This is a wonderful statement piece, don't you think?
I imagine this piece in a neutral dining room
(perhaps mostly white?)
with some natural wood elements

Haven't tried Get in Gear yet?
Go for it! 

M~

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

a Buffet and a Box

I've been chasing down a buffet to paint for a few months now...
as usual, one turned up right down the street
(the best stuff always turns up close to home!)


Great bones, GORGEOUS wood on the drawers ad doors...
The top?  Not so much.


I used AHaH One Step Paint in Luxe Grey
with clear wax and Dust of Ages
Not a bit of distressing, yet it still looks wonderfully aged
Dust of Ages adds SO MUCH character and patina


I restored the drawers and doors
(I decoupaged inside the top drawer with antique sheet music 
but forgot to get a pic!)

The original hardware wears a distressed gold leaf finish

No, it was NOT fun painting that trim on the doors...
If I never have to do that again, it will be just fine with me!

I had the supplies out to decoupage,
so I decided to do a little experiment on a plain wood box




This was a fun project, and SO EASY!

I mixed 50% Elmers glue with 50% water
and applied to the box
then smoothed on the sheet music I had already cut to size
I then brushed the glue mixture over the top to seal and let it all dry
(about 30 minutes)

Next, the fun part...
I sanded the heck out of with a medium grit sanding block,
followed by clear wax mixed with Dust of Ages to create a weathered wax

the finish looks old and worn but feels like silk...
I forsee this treatment on something larger in the future!

These items can be found at 607 VINTAGE MARKETPLACE 

Thanks for stopping by!

Michele~