Aurora Staining Gels on Raw Wood

This little chair was rough and I mean rough, but I like it’s rough and toughness. I sanded it some so I wouldn’t get splinters and got my Aurora Staining Gels out.  I wanted to keep the rustic feel of this chair. I wanted to experiment more with them on raw wood. It was a match made in heaven. If your piece has any varnish on it you’ll need to remove that before applying Aurora Staining Gels. 16I used Aurora Staining Gels in the colors Cherry Bomb, Island Paradise and I’m Jaded. I put the Cherry Bomb on first. It comes in these great squirt bottles! So easy to use!

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Thank you for stopping by! -L

 

Handmade Texture plus a Chalkboard featuring Heirloom Traditions Paint Products

Hello. I’ve been playing with Venetian Texture Medium by Heirloom Traditions Paint this weekend. Venetian Texture Medium is a paint additive. You can add it into any Heirloom Traditions/Vintiques chalk type paints to thicken the paint color of your choice.  Then you can apply the thickened paint with a brush to create an aged, chippy look or with a putty knife to create a Venetian texture pattern. So fun and a great, easy, way to create texture. There are several different application methods out there. I made a few videos (one handed, so please bear with me) of the way I did it. I’ve had this sandwich board for a while now and wanted a more beachy, weathered look to it.

I poured the color “Sand” Chalk Type Paint by Heirloom Traditions into a container.

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I mixed it up until it got thick.

I applied it like this, forming small peaks by stippling, let it set up until it got about half way dry, then I knocked the peaks down.

In the above video I’m knocking down (flattening) the peaks with the flat edge of my 5 in 1 tool but you can also use a credit card (in this case a Cabela’s Gift Card.), etc., by dragging it across them creating a yummy texture.

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Thank you for stopping by! -L

 

My Favorite Piece

I think out of all the pieces of furniture I’ve painted over the years this is my favorite. The colors, the shape of the piece, the artwork, the setting and most of all the message makes me smile when I look at it. I have a lot of hours in this one and I find myself super attached to it for some reason. We hauled it out to Gold Canyon and I got some pictures I’m really pleased with. It was a blank slate. All white. You can see in the before and after photo below.

After lots and lots of searching I purchased two prints I found to put in the ovals on the headboard and footboard. I looked and looked and found the “Be Kind To Others” on a site called Oopsy Daisy then searched the internet for hours (no exaggeration) until I found the one for the footboard “Magic Horses” on Etsy, which I fell in love with. It was then I discovered they were by the same artist!  The extremely talented Katie Daisy. She is absolutely amazing!

I painted it with variety of colors. Bright, happy colors. I used Begonia, Mandarin, Synergy, Sundance, Daredevil and A La Mode Chalk Type Paints by Heirloom Traditions. I used 1GEL to attach and seal the prints. I used Aurora Staining Gel in Snow White to seal the paint. Squeal! LOVE that stuff!!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed working on it. It’s a twin size and is for sale in my Etsy Shop.

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Thank you for stopping by! -L

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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.

Thee Velvet GloveThee Velvet GloveThee Velvet GloveThee Velvet GloveThee Velvet GloveThee Velvet GloveI used Heirloom Traditions Chalk Type Paint in Direct Green, A La Mode, Sundance, Synergy and Aqueduct and finished with White Lime Soft Wax. I took pictures as I worked. I managed to take enough to make a bit of a tutorial of the process. I’ve been asked for tutorials from time to time and this is my first one so please bear with me.

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 Aqueduct 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

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

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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.

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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Something Blue – Drop Down Secretary Desk and Chair

Something Blue –  Drop Down Secretary Desk and Chair

Simply Elegant Little Blue Desk and Chair.  Painted in the prettiest shade of turquoise, distressed and glazed in a Deep Whiskey Hue.  Gorgeous rhinestone knobs.  Desk Dimensions: 41″ tall x 26.5″ Wide x 16.5 Deep.

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Lot’s of ornamental detail.  Table is painted in a beautiful turquoise then Distressed and Glazed in a Deep Whiskey Hue to Grunge it up real good.  Dimensions 30″ Wide x 22″ Tall x 21″ Deep.  DSCF7584a

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