Saturday, April 5, 2014

Turquoise Rocking Horse









Looking for a few more unique items to sell in our booth, this little giraffe caught my eye. Cute as he is....I decided to update him a bit.



A base coat of Annie Sloan graphite, Valspar weathered crackle glaze and a top coat of oops return turquoise paint transformed Mr. Giraffe into a sleek riding pony.
 A new mane, ears, and a tail were added using burlap with a fleur de lis print, and a couple silver accents that came out of my scrapbook stash. These were glued on and a bit of soft trim that looks like barbed wire finished the mane area.


Two wood drawer handles were attached using a doweling screw for new eyes.


Yee Haw!  Grab your lasso and saddle up!

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Junk Style and Steampunk Jewelry







MIA in the blogging world.  That's what I feel I have been. With starting a booth for occasional sales of vintage items and painted furniture last Fall, most of my time is now devoted to that. My house is overrun as I await the first show of the year in May. We will be venturing out this year and traveling to other towns, fun and nervous, since I am not much of a risk taker, this worries me some. What if nothing sells?
That is what I always go in with in my head. I love it when someone likes my stuff, and when they actually buy it?? well hoooot! We had 3 very good sales and 2 flops, in all fairness, venue and advertising had a LOT to do with that, lesson learned! Still I hope this year goes well and am excited to finally get underway.

If you want to keep up with me on a more active post basis, follow my page Junkflirt on Facebook or my Instagram account. I update much more often there now.

I have a new (like I need one) hobby, I decided to try making some jewelry and I love it! It is so relaxing. I can piddle away hours with old watches, chains and junk pieces. I thought I would show you a couple I have been working on. These will debut at my first show for this year, May 10- JunkMarket in West Fargo ND.






I really love Steam Punk style pieces! What is not to love about watches and cogs?!






I hope you like a peek at my jewelry and consider following along on Junkflirt's facebook page or my IG account!

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Saved by Paint and Graphics- A case for painting furniture



Most of us that restore furniture have faced the dilemma of painting an antique piece, even if you, yourself, have no qualms about it, you know someone somewhere is going to give you a hard time for ruining a piece.
I have seen times when the naysayers are right....some beautiful historic pieces have been ruined (in my opinion), and in fact I predict in about 10 years a new fad on restoring painted pieces to original finish with sweep the blogosphere.


But...for those of us who like painted furniture may I present a reason to paint- several reasons actually!





This is a lovely piece we received free from a friend. Looks are deceiving, first it looks tough, second, it was in much worse condition that it looks like. Gorgeous rich wood tones are lost to chipping, bubbling laminate, one of the key drawers is missing and it was in poor structural condition. Lots of people would have given up on her but not us!
First recreating a matching drawer was too difficult due to the convex curvature, so we elected to remove it along with the first large drawer, this gave us a pocket to use for display and also room to reinforce the structure. Next a few pieces had to be replaced along with new wood drawer slides etc. I am not sure how long my husband spent....but it was many hours.


board placed for support as well as looks


Some of the laminate had to be removed. My husband use a putty knife and a heat gun to scrape it away. No easy task- but I bet you knew that.


 After some discussion with others I decided to white wash the back, I think leaving the back unfinished is a great way to maintain the history of the piece, keeping the wood style, condition and age represented. Since I will be showing this piece at a booth, it stood out like a sore, very sore thumb, so I taped over any markings and then lightly washed some color over it. The result is an easy to see through, easy to remove key to the history of the piece.

As for the rest, I went with Annie Sloan Versailles for the main color, and Graphite for lettering. I decided to use a good quality chalk paint because old pieces can be choosy as to which paint they like, sometimes they rebel against latex and won't adhere as well. Chalk paint grabs on, dries fast, and seems to have that softer finish that blends better with an old piece, kind of like giving your obstinate child a cookie to calm them down.
  yes, furniture speaks....you just have to listen- no, I don't take meds for this.


The graphics come from The Graphics Fairy. Save them in a .jpg form and go to Blockposters and blow them up. I went old school and used plain old carbon transfer paper, and then hand painted them by brush. I honestly find this process relaxing, for an upright item, I recommend painting the connected areas vertically and then removing the drawers to finish, if you do it all on the vertical you will get a bit of a back/neck ache. Paint pens are available, I have never used one but if you have feel free to leave a comment about them.

***** amended note- transferring with the carbon paper onto chalk paint did not give me smear issues, I have however since done it on glossy latex, this will smear, you can fix it but just use caution and be more careful.

after the carbon paper is removed

after hand painting, bees are a stencil


 Here is another piece, done the same way, you can see the blown up graphic with the carbon sheets behind it.

The outcome
Sometimes a piece can be saved and not ruined by paint.
My guidelines are
- too far gone structurally for reasonable cost and time restoration
- bad laminate
- mid century and newer pieces that have lower quality wood or are just plain ugly (shh, don't let the piece hear you say that)
and yes.....just because you want to paint it, someone will yell at you- but it is your piece so you can't paint it if you want to.








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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Painting Furniture/ Annie Sloan Paint or Latex







I am sure you have all read reviews and opinions on which paint to use by now. One more isn't going to change your mind, but I might as well add mine to the pile. Last year I started painting furniture for booth sales. Mostly I use oops paint...returns and remixes from local hardware stores- usually that ends up being latex, eggshell or satin. Once in a while you get a flat paint- perfect for making your own "chalk paint".
   I had on occasion even mixed in some plaster of Paris with satin, semi gloss or eggshell, seeing if it would give a better adherence. Mixing your own chalk paint is perfectly fine- with the flat, here is some of what I learned along the way.
  you have probably heard to strain your paint, I have done this.....and been to lazy to do it- official opinion- strain it!! oh my  for junk and clumps that are already in paint!
Next use only flat paint to make your own- really anything else will result in wasting left over paint, it chunks, clumps, and deteriorates.
  Mix your plaster of Paris in warm water and then add it to the paint. I used the the recipe of 3 Tbs plaster powder to 2 Tbs (maybe 3) of warm water mixed into 1 c paint.

Dear Annie,
For a long time....mostly because of budget...or lack of, I stayed away from fancy paint. Locally only Annie Sloan chalk paint is sold. After a couple successful booths, I broke down and treated myself to Annie- first I just tried a little pod
   next a quart
then the wax
then a brush
Official opinion......it is like butter baby! There is a reason that stuff is so expensive, it works! It works well, it covers well, and the colors are rich and amazing.



before



This table is done in Emperor's Silk and Graphite.
If you have ever painted with red before you know......there is a reason red is a head ache to work with, often it requires 5 or even more coats to get a rich consistent color. Sometimes requiring a base coat- and if you're me, always making a mess and regretting I went for red. (unless it comes from a spray can).



Annie's red- yep 2 coats and perfect coverage. Most of time it is said you can get her paint to work in one coat, I do find 2 is just better for me. Annie calls it one and a half, once over and then get where you missed or paint is thin, I think if you're a good painter that would apply. The paint is relatively easy to sand and distress.
As for her wax- I have used a few waxes, mixed my own too and all I can say is, budget willing I will never use anything but Annie Sloan wax again!!!  Wax hardens in about a day and completely cures in a week or so and it pretty tough.
Keep in mind, her dark wax is powerful and a little has a big bang!

       
stencils from Artistic Stencil Designs

Latex
For most pieces I still end up going with the oops paint, at 50 cents to a couple bucks you can't go wrong. Often you are limited in choice, but once in a while you strike it rich with a beautiful color.
Whites are still, and always will be a favorite. The thing with latex is, it distresses very easily- sometimes too easily and you may chip or sand off more than you want, but if you really want a rustic worn look this is a good paint to use, especially since you will be removing much of it with sand paper. The paint does not adhere as well as chalk paint and takes a while longer to dry, usually it doesn't need sealing....but it never hurts, especially if you want to be sure every bump won't remove more paint.
stencils bought at Hobby Lobby


These pieces are satin latex white and home made brown chalk paint on the details. A light coat of wax was applied after distressing.
  You can see latex distresses easily and larger chunks pull off.  This is more of a time worn look in my opinion.

The yellow is another latex with hand painted craft acrylic details, waxed on top to prevent them from wearing off.






Back to Annie, below is an example of rough wood, using Provence and dark wax. If you want a softer dark look you will need to mix your wax with clear or place a coat of clear first and then a second coat of the dark to keep it from such a deep color. I tend to like the real dark stuff on some pieces, but you can see how much it changes the look, see the box below? Same color but with clear wax only.





 Provence, same color as above but with clear wax only.  Note- the inside is a regular latex paint. This piece is a great example of how helpful Annie's brushes are; because they are so thick and concentrated in that lovely round form, they really hold the paint which is helpful in crevices. Although they were created to get large flat area coverage with minimal brush lines they are also the bomb for things like this.


before

after

When all is said and done, don't let paint or lack of paint stop you from creating, use what ya got and have fun, everything can be painted over if you don't like it. But yes, ASCP is a great product and worth the extra money.

True advantages of  Annie Sloan chalk paint (ASCP)- no primer needed
                                                 very low odor
                                                  good coverage with less paint
                                                  rich beautiful colors, and consistent - no need to wait for mixing at the store
Advantages of ASCP wax- low odor!
                                          soft and easy to use
                                           tough surface after drying
Advantages of brush-   excellent coverage, holds a lot of paint


I was not contacted or paid to do this review.
I have not tried other name brand paints such as CeCe Caldwell or Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint



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