A Special Savings for my Customers

Hello. Who doesn’t love to save money? Just a quick post to let you know you can save 10% off regularly priced items shopping online from the comfort of home. YAY!! Just enter coupon code: VELVETGLOVE upon checkout at Heirloom Traditions – Code must be entered in all capital letters with no spaces. 🙂

Coupon Code - VELVETGLOVEHeirloom Traditions has tons of great products: chalk type paint, topcoats, spray waxes and a long list of specialty items. One of my favorite is FAB!, a fabric primer and sealer used in the chair makeover here. Another is 1GEL Transfer & Decoupage Gel that I used to give this chest of drawers and sleigh bed new life. Also Chalk Type Paint, Aging Powder and Waxes that I’ve used on several pieces, including this coffee table, and dresser. Another is Reluv Leather Renew, used in the video demonstration below. It brings life back to old, stained and faded leather and can be used on leather furniture, boots, handbags, etc. The options are endless!


Thanks for stopping by! -L


Painted Lady – Chest of Drawers using Heirloom Traditions Products

As far back as I can remember I’ve loved the tv show, “Gunsmoke”. My younger sister, Lisa, and I used to watch it at my Mema and Papa’s house when we were little girls. I was always fascinated with the fabulous dresses and hats that Miss Kitty Russell, the saloon proprietress, along with the saloon girls wore. The jaunty feathers, ruffles, vivid colors, gloves, tassels, fringe, hats, puffed sleeves, lace and beaded bustiers in the dance hall always caught my eye. I can still hear Miss Kitty say, as she was looking in the window of the store at some fantastic shoes, “$2.65 for a pair of shoes! It’s too high. Wilbur Jonas is a bandit, Matt. You ought to arrest him.” (I found the clip! Posted below.)

I purchased this print from Legends of America. I used the colors and patterns as inspiration for this piece.

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For the base of the piece I used Heirloom Traditions Chalk Type Paint in Sundance. I used 1gel Transfer & Decoupage Gel ALL-IN-ONE (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!) to decoupage the paper to the drawers and also to seal. I left the top as it was, naturally raw and rustic, and sealed the paint with Heirloom Traditions Clear Spray Wax and Muddy Pond Soft Wax (My favorite!) by Heirloom Traditions.

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“Honey, you just throw your shoulders back and get down there and howl.”

“Saloon girls wore brightly colored ruffled skirts that were
scandalously short for the time – mid-shin or knee-length. Under the
bell-shaped skirts, could be seen colorfully hued petticoats that
barely reached their kid boots that were often adorned with tassels.
More often than not, their arms and shoulders were bare, their bodices
cut low over their bosoms, and their dresses decorated with sequins
and fringe. Silk, lace, or net stockings were held up by garters,
which were often gifts from their admirers. The term “painted ladies”
was coined because the “girls” had the audacity to wear make-up and
dye their hair. Many were armed with pistols or jeweled daggers
concealed in their boot tops to keep the boisterous cowboys in line.

Most saloon girls were considered “good” women by the men they danced
and talked with; often receiving lavish gifts from admirers. In most
places the proprieties of treating the saloon girls as “ladies” were
strictly observed, as much because Western men tended to revere all
women, and because the women or the saloon keeper demanded it. Any man
who mistreated these women would quickly become a social outcast, and
if he insulted one he would very likely be killed.

In the early California Gold Rush of 1849, dance halls began to appear
and spread throughout later settlements. While these saloons usually
offered games of chance, their chief attraction was dancing. The
customer generally paid 75¢ to $1.00 for a ticket to dance, with the
proceeds being split between the dance hall girl and the saloon owner.

After the dance, the girl would steer the gentleman to the bar, where
she would make an additional commission from the sale of a drink.

Dancing usually began about 8:00 p.m., ranging from waltzes to
schottisches with each “turn” lasting about 15 minutes. A popular girl
would average 50 dances a night, sometimes making more a night than a
working man could make in a month.

To the saloon owner, the dance girls were a profitable commodity and
gentlemen were discouraged from paying too much attention to any one
girl, as dance hall owners lost more women to marriage than in any
other way.” ~ Article by Kathy Weiser/Legends of America.

For more information on Heirloom Traditions Products please click here or visit your local retailer. Thank you for stopping by! -L

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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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

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 Chic Thee Velvet GloveI 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. 🙂

Thee Velvet GloveI did a little distressing. Here is the finished piece:

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La Gringa – Chest of Drawers

La Gringa – Chest of Drawers

In 1927 (Oklahoma born) New Mexico cowgirl, Miss Vonceil Viking won a $25,000.00 wager when she rode her horse, “Broadway” from New York to Los Angeles. She told a reporter she was making the ride, “so as to prove the hardiness and courage of today’s American girl.”  She later appeared in several early silent movies. I came across this fine picture of her and used it as inspiration for this piece.  I went with the more muted colors (which is not the norm for me) in CeCe Caldwell’s Paint line of Miss Viking’s blouse, fringed vest and skirt getup.  Thank you for looking.


Miss Vonceil Viking, claimed her name, Vonceil, “is a Cherokee Indian word for of the sky.”






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Le French Flair

Le French Flair

Add an element of grandeur to your home with this vintage solid wood Frenchy Commode fashioned with an aura of elegance. Hand painted in vibrant layers of golds and blues to create a simply eye-catching piece, embellished with opulent gold ormolus, distressed then glazed in a deep whiskey hue. Three dovetailed drawers. Scalloped front. Authentic craftsmanship accompanied by fabulous character. Very out-of-the-ordinary.

Would be stunning in an entry way, hallway, boudoir or as a dressing table in a powder room. She’s also ready to go onstage as a prop in a bridal photo shoot. An heirloom piece for those who fancy details, mystic and the furniture of yesteryear.

Dimensions: 47″ Wide x 20″ Deep x 31″ Height







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Blonde BOMBE

Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle – BLONDE BOMBE – Marilyn Monroe Bombe Chest of Drawers. Painted in Black and Red with Inca Gold Highlights. In Memory of The Baddest Chick ever, “Imperfection is Beauty. Madness is Genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring”  Curvy curvy curvy!  Dimensions: 36″ W x 17 D” x 36 T”.





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