Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Spray Paint mistake!!

So, I wanted to spray paint a mirror to go over the green vanity I painted with ASPC that I finished last week, and I was thinking a high gloss yellow. So I got a cheapo mirror @ a thrift store for a few bucks. I loved the shape of it, but the color was all wrong.
I started with a primer & my mistake was apparent right away, I did not shake the can well enough & I was left with a mirror that looked like a flocked tree. My family lives in Phoenix & every year they would get a flocked tree. It has to be the ugliest, fakest looking Christmas tree out there, but people pay alot of $ for the tree lots to flock their tree.

see, ugly flocked tree
any who, @ that time I could not do anything about it so I thought I would just go with it. I prayed the entire frame with unshaken primer & the frame is now very textured. Very ugly texture. I let fry & spray on Krylon Bright idea. I applied 2 coats, then a high gloss top coat. It looked horrible. So horrible I didn't have the heart to take a photo of it. I then got a brilliant idea that maybe I could take a sanding block & sand all the 'fuzzy hard texture' off & start over. Problem was, this mirror has lots of crevices that you cant reach with a sander. How about a sand blaster? That would work, but who wants to hassle with a $8 mirror? So I just left it alone after trying to remove as much of the primer as I could. I don't think it looks too bad considering, but I will still be on the look out for one to replace this one. Anyone want a good deal on a yellow mirror?

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Green Vanity Reveal using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I am so excited to show you the vanity I just got done working on!

I was drawn to the beautiful 1920's urn detailing. Structurally they are in great shape, the finish, for it's age, was really not that bad. But I envisioned something a little bit more lively to bring out the details. This is the first piece of a bedroom set I got a great deal on from my Picker.
I have had it sitting in my garage until I figured out what I wanted it to look like. I have worked on it for a week, it is a pretty small project, but I really wanted it to be special. I took my time between coats to let it dry thoroughly.

For the detail, I used Duck Egg Blue, which next to the green looks more grey. I used Annie Sloan clear wax & applied 2 coats. I started with ASCP in Antibes Green & blended it with a bit with Old White. 2 coats is all I applied. I then did a bit of sanding to distress it a bit.

I love how the details now just POP out, where before they were awash with the darker wood.

Here it is set up in my bedroom, beside my bed. Our new bed (which will be getting a new paint treatment very soon), is very tall. A shorter nightstand would not do. This is a perfect height to use as a bed side table as well! The French chair I just purchased on Craiglist, and I can't wait to get my hands into that to paint & reupholster it! I will share when I am done with it. I am not sure if I should do a different color combination on it, like just Old White with a fun bright fabric,
or keep the set the same in hopes someone will want to buy the full set.
any thoughts?

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