Saturday, 30 June 2012
When I could see what the finished colour of the top was going to be, I could choose my main colours to match.
I opted for the Skimming Stone as an undercoat and Charlston Grey on top as they suited the pale oak.
I'm really happy with the colour. Other pieces in the house are creamy coloured and I wanted this one to be a bit more masculine.
I dark waxed it, then took all the dark off with clear wax. As you do when you change your mind!
The little top bit was nailed and glued back before I waxed the top.
Boot sale tommorrow, it's going to be an early start as there's rain forecast for later on.
Thursday, 28 June 2012
It smells like sour milk. It took five or six coats and I still wasn't getting the opacity I was after so I gave up. Mind you, I was painting pale on dark stained wood. It's cracking is unpredictable and it ended up being very distressed in areas that I wouldn't necessarily distress due to it's flaky nature.
Apparently you don't have to distress it but I don't know what happens to all the flaky bits if you don't. I presume they will drop off anyway.
I'd love to know what you think!
I've got squillions of other projects to show you that are almost complete, including the cute little frenchy oak cabinet. Stay tuned!
Sunday, 24 June 2012
Today's boot sale was a good un! I picked up this little oak bedside table for £18 to add to the, er, growing pile in the garage requiring work! We just haven't had the weather this summer for stripping things in the garden. I love the shape! And yes, it's very heavy and I took it home on the bus! Some people have no shame...
It's had an unfortunate encounter with a tin of orange wax at some point in its life! I got lots of advice on how to go about refurbishing it from the kind folk on the bus. We're a friendly lot here in Hitchin!
The husband is really not thrilled that I've added to the furniture stockpile no matter how french and gorgeous a piece is so I think I'd better do some garage reorganisation this afternoon.
Thursday, 21 June 2012
Then I cut all my pieces of wooden moulding with my mitre saw, glue and panel pin them on.
The most important part is caulk, all around the edges of the mouldings and the mitred corners! Take it from me, if you miss this stage your paint will crack. All along the mouldings! That's what happened to the first door I did! Wipe off excess with a damp cloth.
Today I've been baking all day. One cake for the school cake sale and one for us. A great opportunity to use some of my vintage cake decorations! My daughter decorated the cake for me.
It's my beloved fleamarket tommorrow morning if it's not tipping it down. Roll on Friday!
Sunday, 17 June 2012
I had some vintage florals but then I thought they might look messy with anything draped over them. I don't want clashing so I decided plain was the way forward.
I've actually decided to go with hessian. It will go with everything and hopefully if I paint the legs black it will look a bit like the old (and valuable) stockman mannequins.
I just need to get some more hessian on tuesday so I can get to work...
The great thing about having blogged about her is I feel pressurised to get going with it. Normally she would sit around for months until my husband would get really pissed off and force me into action.
I did think about patchwork as a cover for her! I love vintage textiles and have quite a stash and it would be a nice way to use them but it would take a while...so I figured hessian was the best bet.
But I narrowly missed getting a set of old Avery scales from a sweetie shop for £17. Can you imagine my torment? They had just been sold and they fetch £100 on ebay. Sooo wish I'd got up sooner.
I've ordered some milk paint from Canada which I can't wait to try! Perhaps this stool will be my guinea pig.
Hope your weekend boot sale and charity shop adventures went better than mine!
Thursday, 14 June 2012
Sunday, 10 June 2012
So, what to cover her in? A bit of Cath Kidston? Hessian coffee and potato sacks? Or perhaps an old French linen mangle coth.... Watch this space...
What would you do with her?
The large mirror in my hallway of mirrors came from a charity shop for a few quid. It was garish gold with a hideous cardboard picture of a cottage stapled into the back. I pulled that out and gave the plastic frame a good scrub in the bath.
I stippled on a dark grey chalk paint then rubbed over it with a candle followed by two paler colours in emulsion with less coverage.
Then I stippled on some dark wax, pushing it into all the nooks and crannies, let it dry and buffed if off.