Apr 10, 2015

Hello There, Gorgeous! Dresser Makeover in MMS Shutter Gray

It's finished!

I shared this gorgeous dresser with you the other day.  I love the details and the size.  It's bigger than most of the others I've done recently and a good solid piece.

If the veneer was in great shape and I didn't need to do some patching, I would have definitely refinished it!  However, I have to admit, the paint really brought out the beautiful details of the carvings and the handles.  When in its original state, they all seem to be hidden in all of the darkness.

I've been having a thing with grays and blues lately, and I knew what I wanted to do with this one.  I chose Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Shutter Gray, a nice blue-gray shade.

The details were accented with white acrylic paint.  I chose to only do the drapes and around the legs to keep it from being too busy.

I didn't do any distressing, other than the very little that occurred when I sanded it before giving it a coat of MMS Furniture Wax.

I brightened the handles a little by using some gilding wax, giving the overall piece a more elegant look.

I had planned on taking this to Lucketts if I didn't need it at the shop, but I did.  Not a bad thing, though!

It's available now in our booth at R&R Antiques!  The green hutch is sold and will be moved out this weekend, so I'll be on the hunt for more!

'til next time!

Apr 6, 2015

A New Dresser Project and An Update On Our New Dog

Boy, have I've been busy!  With Lucketts right around the corner and working on inventory for the shop, my days have been long.  No doubt, though....that's the way I like it.

I'm ashamed to say that I haven't put a whole lot of stuff together for the Market next month because the shop has been getting most of what I've done thus far.  Luckily, I hit the jackpot in my hunts last week and now have a good pile to work on!  It's just a little over a month away and I seriously need to get moving.

Go here for more information on the Market!  They've added an extra day this year - Friday will be a VIP Early Buying Day!

We picked up this piece a couple of weeks ago and it may or may not make it to the show...depending on whether the shop will need it first.  I'm so excited about it - and those carvings!

I've decided to paint it with Miss Mustard Seed's Shutter Grey and Ironstone on the details. I can't wait to see how it turns out!  IF the overall condition was perfect and the veneer was good, I would have definitely refinished this piece.  Since it has some issues, I will be painting it.  But, have no fear.... I'm confident it will be gorgeous. :)

Another thing that has been filling my time, and driving me a little crazy in general, is our new dog, Shelby.  I seriously love her, but being a 1 1/2 year old Black Lab, she's still a puppy,  Very energetic and needy to some extent.  We are working with her and she's making great progress, but my being able to get everything done around the house is on hold for now...  Needless to say that I'm super excited about our backyard fence we're getting next week - where she'll have a safe place to play while Mommy works.

If you ever have a doubt that shelter dogs greatly appreciate a second chance, I would love to share with you the change in our baby in just a few weeks.  The left pictures show when she was first brought to the shelter after being a caught stray, and the right side are pictures that I took last week.  The color differences are mainly because of the weather (cloudy on the left and beautiful and sunny on the right).  She was REALLY dirty when we brought her home and after a good bath, she shined up like a new penny.

But look at the difference in her face and overall demeanor.  The shelter kept referring to her as timid, and reiterated that fact when we went to meet her like it was a problem.  She fooled them all and turned out to be such a sweet and very smart dog.  She was just so scared.

I really should be doing taxes tonight...but instead, Shelby and I are going to do a little painting....

'til next time!
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