Before and Afters featuring Heirloom Traditions and Vintiques Chalk Type Paint Products

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Hello! How are y’all? I’m a big time lover of before and after
pictures. I think they say so much for what could be, especially if
you have a hard time imagining what can be created. I know quite a few
people that abandon a project because they can’t make it through the
ugly phase and the struggle is real, folks. I’ve had my moments too.
Every time I tell my mom what I have planned for a piece she looks at
me like I’m crazy. LOL And most times I am wild, bold and rowdy in
my designs, but that’s me and that’s what I do. Sugar Skull? Yea.
Leopard? Yea. Decoupaged Magic Horses? Yep. Lots of stripes, bold
colors and harlequin. I’m working on a hutch now that looks like it
belongs in a carnival. A full alligator piece and a splatter piece are
coming soon. So for my mom and others like her, or for those of you who simply dig before and afters I thought I’d put all the ones I’ve done using Heirloom
post. I hope you enjoy!

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Thee Velvet Glove Before and AfterThe Table that Tugged at my Heart

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Painted Lady Before and After Thee Velvet GlovePainted Lady Chest of Drawers

PicMonkey Collageblue2Nightstands featuring Vintiques Chalk Type Paint

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PicMonkey CollagebeforeandaftertvgButtercup Buffet

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PicMonkey CollagebeforeandafterbokPainting Plastic – 20 Minute Makeover

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bacollagebeforeandafterEasy Spring Decor – Painting and Distressing Glass Bottles

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THISONEPicMonkey CollageTHISONEARMATEXTGrit to Glam – Black Leather Recliner Makeover featuring Reluv

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PicMonkey CollagetvgOmbre’ Candlesticks

beforeandafterThrift Store Folding Chair Makeover with 1GEL.

Thee Velvet Glove before and afterSimply White and Totally Out of My Comfort Zone

See all this fun stuff?

HTP Products Thee Velvet GloveTVG ProductsYou can find it all and more here!  I can’t say enough good things about this paint company! So many different product lines to chose from, great staff and great support!!!

For more information on Heirloom Traditions products click here.

To locate a retailer in your area click here.

Thank you 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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Ruby ~ Chest of Drawers

She’s Sophisticated, Soulful and Sassy all at once! Feather boas and fringed shawls belong in her drawers.

Vintage Frenchy Louis XV Style 6-drawer Chest of Drawers – Made by Henredon – Custom Folio Two Collection through House of Lindberg

Bring GLAMOUR to your Boudior, Dressing Room or Powder Room with this ornate styled Chest of Drawers featuring intricate carvings, moldings and gorgeous curvy legs.  This Beautiful piece is given new life with vibrant shades of  several Annie Sloan REDs and Antique Gold Hardware then hand waxed and buffed to a gorgeous satin sheen for a durable finish.   Drawers are constructed with dovetail sides and slide like silk. Top 2 drawers are divided into 3 sections each. Top drawer also has an additional divided section for small items such as jewelry, keys, coins etc.  Original Pulls and Escutcheons have been Re-Vamped in Brilliant Gold and highlighted with accents of Oil-Rubbed Bronze.

Dimensions: 55″ Tall x 40″ Wide x 17.5″ Deep

*Founded in 1945, Henredon was the concept of four men. For these men, the company began with the desire to build custom-quality furniture. Henredon’s product line originally boasted only three chests. Henredon refers to its furniture as a good match for individuals with discriminating tastes. Designs are taken from the fine antique shops and flea markets of Paris. Genuine artistry and patient, devoted research are evident in this exquisitely crafted, solid piece.








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