The Table that Tugged at my Heart.

I did this table one afternoon. I was feeling blue and kind of sad. Recently a dear, long time friend of mine passed away. He and those close to him have been on my mind a lot since I heard the news of his passing, along with others gone too soon. I painted this table how I envision peace, tranquility and my version of heaven. I see white, blues, yellow and green when I think of someplace peaceful. I didn’t want perfect lines. I wanted it to be a bit blurry and somewhat abstract. I hope you enjoy.

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Thee Velvet Glove1) Coat of Direct Green Chalk Type Paint by Heirloom Traditions

2) Coat of A La Mode Chalk Type Paint by Heirloom Traditions

3) Sundance Chalk Type Paint by Heirloom Traditions in random places

4) Synergy Chalk Type Paint by Heirloom Traditions in random spots

5) A coat of Aquaduct Chalk Type Paint by Heirloom Traditions, then distress with 100,150 and 220 grit sandpaper so the layers of different colors come through. Finish up by blending together with White Liming Soft Wax by Heirloom Traditions. For more information on Heirloom Traditions’ Products please visit your local retailer or click here.

Thee Velvet Glove TutorialHeirloom Traditions Chalk Type PaintThee Velvet Glove - Before and AfterFunny story about my friend. His name was Charlie. I remember how kind and caring he was to me when my younger sister, Lisa passed away. He checked on me a lot via email, a phone call or instant messaging. I remember he hadn’t heard from me for a couple of days one time and I was sitting at my desk at work and a message popped up on Instant Messenger from him asking me “Are you there? Hellooo. Where did you go? Are you in witness protection?” and if I messaged him back and I didn’t type fast enough he would say “Are you typing with oven mits on!?” Lol. He would have me smiling and laughing and completely turn my day around with just a few keystrokes. He had an energy about him. When he came into a room he absolutely lit it up. He was larger than life. He will be missed by so many. If you see this Charlie, I hope you approve and I hope you know I think about you often and still giggle at the memories. There isn’t, nor will there ever be, anyone like you. -L


Charles “Chuck” Erik Small ~ August 12, 1969 – July 25, 2015 <3


This picture was in the multiple pics I took of the table. I’ve gone back and forth trying to decide whether to include it or not, but I felt I had to because of its uniqueness. It was too hard for me to just leave it out. I’m not saying it’s him, but I’m not saying it’s not him either. I’m just putting it here. There were several in a row like this; these same beams, some brighter than others.

Sugar Skull Chest of Drawers featuring Heirloom Traditions Chalk Type Paint

I received a message from Paula Blankenship, the Creative Director for Heirloom Traditions Paint, about working together. Intrigued, I gave her a call and we ended up playing phone tag for a bit. Because I was familiar with who she was, I was excited when I finally got to speak to her. In fact, I think we spoke over an hour on the phone. She was everything I had read and heard about her. Easy to talk to, funny, caring, kind and knowledgeable about this business. And now, here I am, writing my first blog post for Heirloom Traditions Chalk Type Paint. I hope you enjoy it!

Isn’t it funny how something so insignificant can spawn an idea? I found this piece of Masonite laying in a parking lot. I actually stepped on it, picked it up and threw it in my purse.

Thee Velvet GloveI just liked the shape of it, nothing more than that and I thought “I can do something with this.” I used it to outline shapes on the top and bottom drawers. So combined with it and some gorgeous colors from Heirloom Traditions I came up with this:

Sugar Skull Dresser by Thee Velvet GloveSugar Skull Chest by Thee Velvet GloveHave you tried Heirloom Traditions Products?! If not, you should! They have an amazing color palette and the finishing products are out of this world awesome!! They have SPRAY WAX, y’all! The products I used on the drawers were French Vanilla Chalk Type Paint, Black Bean Chalk Type Paint, Hibiscus Chalk Type Paint, Tanya Chalk Type Paint, Synergy Chalk Type Paint and Charlotte’s Red Chalk Type Paint. The base I painted with Thunderous Chalk Type Paint and finished off with Dark Patina. See how it gets down in all those grooves? I heart that! For more information on Heirloom Traditions Paint visit a local retailer or it’s also available for purchase online through my link. Go get some. Hurry!

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I use ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape with Advanced Edge-Lock Paint Line Protector for perfect, crisp lines every time.

For more information on the History of Day of the Dead ~ Dia de los Muertos and Sugar Skull Tradition please visit this site. I found it very interesting and informative.

Thank you for stopping by! XOXO -L

Jungle Love – Before & After

Because every girl needs a little leopard in her life. Before and after of a custom piece I finished recently and fell in love with. Shipping to Utah soon. <3 Thank you, Marianne!

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Woodsy Chic Chest of Drawers featuring Debi’s Design Diary’s DIY Paint.

Hello. I’ve had this chest of drawers for a while. It’s actually part of a set that goes with this piece I painted some time ago.

Fifi ChicI was scrolling through Instagram one day and ran across Lucy the extremely talented artist from Craftberry Bush and saw some of the beautiful deer she’s painted. I knew right then I wanted to use one on my chest. I had the perfect spot for her “Fawn” print in the oval on the two bottom drawers.

My friend Debi, from Debi’s Design Diary, had just come out with a new paint line, DIY Paint, and sent me some paint to try. I love trying new lines!! The colors I used for this project were Carnival Red, (It matched the flowers on the “Fawn” print perfectly.) Petticoat Pink, Faded Burlap, Layered Chocolate and Black Velvet. I sealed it with her Liquid Patina in Crystal Clear Chandelier (No buffing! Cheers!) and Dark & Decrepit to bring out the details. It was a pleasure to work with! She has a beautiful color palette and the paint goes on so smooth. Thank you, Debi. :)

debiI did a little distressing. Here is the finished piece:

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How to Begin (and Thrive) in Painted Furniture – eBook Review and Giveaway!

I had the joy of reading the new eBook, “How to Begin (and Thrive) in Painted Furniture” by Mandie of Altar’d Furniture and Christine of Great Oak Circle (website and branding specialist).  It is 54 pages loaded with valuable information from how to find furniture to pricing to branding to tips on choosing a paint line.  Questions I am asked on a daily basis are answered in this book. It offers solutions, encouragement and wisdom that comes only from experience. You can purchase your copy here How to Begin (and Thrive) in Painted Furniture.


I am also GIVING AWAY one copy. YAYYYY!!!! To enter simply comment (by clicking the little balloon on the upper right corner of this post) and then be sure to click the Rafflecopter link below to register your comment. Good luck! The giveaway will go from September 14th to September 21st at 12:00am. A winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen.



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FUN GIVEAWAY – Allison Griffith from Refunk my Junk’s – Lazy Girl’s Guide to Furniture Painting E-book

I had the pleasure of pre-reading Allison from Refunk My Junk’s ebook “The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Furniture Painting” and I love it. In honor of it’s debut I’m going to host a giveaway of 5 copies.  Plus, my awesome fans get 50% off of the book until Friday!  Use the coupon code THEEVELVETGLOVE at checkout! Download it here.

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Bravo, Allison. A fabulous tool! This book is a delight. Excellent tips that will save you time and money. Very well written, informative, easy to follow and fun. A lot of bang for your buck. Great for a novice or experienced furniture painter. So much goodness here. Well done, Allison. 5 stars!!

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Jean Harlow Chic – Jean Harlow Inspired ~ 9 Drawer Serpentine Dresser & Mirror

Before Marilyn there was Jean. Jean Harlow, born Harlean Harlow Carpenter, in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 3, 1911, was the Original Blonde Bombshell and goddess of the silver screen in the 1930′s. She lived such a short life (26 years), but her career and gutsy over the top style had a huge impact on Hollywood. When I look at pictures or clips of Jean Harlow, I see a sassy, glamorous firecracker with an “I dare you” attitude. I’ve been wanting to do an all gold glam piece for a while. This piece seemed like the perfect candidate.  Painted in layers of gold, glazed with Shabby Paints “Vibrant Gold” Glaze and finished off with Hazlenut ReVax also from Shabby Paints.






Some interesting facts about Jean Harlow via
– She was the idol of Marilyn Monroe, who backed out of a biographical picture on her life. After reading the script, Monroe reportedly told her agent, “I hope they don’t do that to me after I’m gone.” Both Harlow and Monroe co-starred in their last films with Clark Gable, Harlow in Saratoga (1937) and Monroe in The Misfits (1961).
– Harlow was photographed nude at age 17 by Hollywood photographer Edward Bower Hesser in Griffith Park in 1928.
– Harlow went on a salary strike from MGM in 1934, during which she wrote a novel, “Today is Tonight.” The book was not published until 1965.
– Her final film, Saratoga (1937), became the highest grossing film of 1937 and set all-time house records, due almost entirely to her untimely death.
– The premiere of her first feature film, Hell’s Angels (1930), on May 27, 1930, drew an estimated crowd of 50,000 at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. The film also has an expensive eight-minute two-color Technicolor sequence – the only color footage of Harlow that exists.
– Harlow is ranked #22 on the American Film Institute’s “100 Years, 100 Legends” list in June 1999.
– She was the very first film actress to grace the cover of Life magazine in May 1937.- Was the godmother of Millicent Siegel, daughter of the notorious mobster Benjamin Bugsy Siegel.

– Dated the notorious mobster Abner “Longy” Zwillman, who secured a two-picture deal for Harlow with Harry Cohn of Columbia Pictures by loaning Cohn $500,000 in cash. He also purchased her a jeweled charm bracelet and a red Cadillac.

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