Wild Thing… You Make My Heart Sing ~ Hutch Makeover

I received an email from my client that purchased this “Carnival Chic” piece I painted below from me a couple of years ago for her home in New Orleans.

Carnival Chic Chest of DrawersHer message stated that she wanted her hutch finished in a similar fashion for the new home she bought in Austin, Texas. As we went back and forth coordinating shipping her piece to me, talking design, different colors, color placement, etc. we ended up deciding on a combination of the Carnival Chic Chest and a leopard/floral handbag she’d found.

My son and I went to see Suicide Squad about a month ago and I absolutely loved this quote:

“Normal is a setting on the dryer. People like us, we don’t do normal!” ~Harley Quinn, Suicide Squad. I found it kind of fitting for this piece. Harley Quinn

unnamedAfter she told me to “DO YOUR THING!”, I decided if my Carnival Chic Chest of Drawers and the Leopard/Floral Handbag had a hutch baby and threw in a dash of Harley Quinn (I love her red and blue combo and her spitfire personality.), this is what it would look like. It’s got it all; polka dots, stripes, harlequin, leopard, tons of color, flowers and a little grunge. Some folks are going to say what on earth did she do to that beautiful Ethan Allen hutch? This is what I did. LOL. #teamfearless

Wild Thing - Thee Velvet GloveWild Thing - Thee Velvet GloveWild Thing - Thee Velvet GloveThe picture below is before I added wax and Ancient Agings Aging Dust.

Wild Thing - Thee Velvet GloveIn the video below I’m adding Aging Dust to the crevices of the piece to create some subtle aging. I applied White Lime Soft Wax first so the Aging Dust would have something to adhere too. You can seal with clear wax if you want to, but it’s not necessary.

The base and top of the piece are painted in Vintiques Chalk Type Paint in the color Tiffany. The red I used is Vintiques Chalk Type Paint in the color Engine #9, Black and White “Harley Quinn” 😉 (harlequin) pattern is Vintiques Raven and Chantilly. Stripes on the top side are painted in Vintiques Chantilly and Heirloom Traditions Sundance. The green I used is Vintiques Sweet Pea with a little Jadeite mixed in and some Dark Patina over the top to age it some and tone down the color. LOL, ironic, I know.

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Wild Thing - Thee Velvet GloveWild Thing - Thee Velvet GloveWild Thing - Thee Velvet GloveWild Thing - Thee Velvet GloveWild Thing - Thee Velvet GloveI love, love, love distressing. Distressing, detail work and pulling tape off of stripes are my thing.

Wild Thing - Thee Velvet GloveWild Thing - Thee Velvet GloveWild Thing - Thee Velvet GloveTape, tape and more tape.

Wild Thing - Thee Velvet Glove140 Gold Polka Dots.

Wild Thing - Thee Velvet GlovePink Stripes are painted in Heirloom Traditions Chalk Type Paint in the colors Pink Posh and Begonia.

Wild Thing - Thee Velvet GloveWild Thing - Thee Velvet GloveWild Thing - Thee Velvet GloveWild Thing - Thee Velvet GloveWild Thing - Thee Velvet GloveWild Thing - Thee Velvet GloveIn the video below I’m adding Vintiques Antiqued Brown Soft Wax in the crevices.

Distressed door on the right, non-distressed door on the left. I love distressed black.

Wild Thing - Thee Velvet GloveWild Thing - Thee Velvet GloveAnother before and after:

Wild Thing - Thee Velvet GloveAnd one final shot because, shhhh, I don’t want to give her up. I kinda want to keep her. We’ve spent a lot of time together but her owner loves her and can’t wait to get her shipped back to her forever home. 🙂

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Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful day! XOXO -L

 

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My Favorite Color Combo Recipes

It can be difficult sometimes to visualize paint colors and finishing products together. In fact, it can be difficult to decide on a color alone. There are so many wonderful products out there to choose from. Sometimes, I throw caution to the wind, but most times I do a sample board. Today I thought I’d share some test boards I’ve done of my favorite color combinations from Heirloom Traditions and Vintiques Chalk Type Paint lines with links to the products. I hope you enjoy and possibly find some inspiration.

Color Recipes - Thee Velvet GloveBlack Bean with Snow White Aurora Staining GelHeirloom Traditions Chalk Type Paint in Black Bean with Snow White Aurora Staining Gel.

Alexandrite with Jet Black Spray WaxHeirloom Traditions Chalk Type Paint in Alexandrite with Jet Black Spray Wax.

Daredevil, Graceland Blue, TanyaLayered Heirloom Traditions Chalk Type Paint in Daredevil, Graceland Blue and Tanya, then distressed.

Daredevil with Jet Black Spray WaxHeirloom Traditions Chalk Type Paint in Daredevil with Jet Black Spray Wax.

Direct Green with Jet Black Spray WaxHeirloom Traditions Chalk Type Paint in Direct Green with Jet Black Spray Wax.

Begonia with Jet Black Spray WaxHeirloom Traditions Chalk Type Paint in Begonia with Jet Black Spray Wax.

Dearly Distressed with Oxydized Patina Spray WaxVintiques Chalk Type Paint in Dearly Distressed with Oxidized Patina Spray Wax.

Jadeite with Peacock Wax and Jet Black Spray WaxVintiques Chalk Type Paint in Jadeite with Heirloom Traditions Peacock and Jet Black Spray Wax.

Graceland Blue with Jet Black Spray WaxHeirloom Traditions Chalk Type Paint in my signature color, Graceland Blue with Jet Black Spray Wax.

Tanya with Copper Mine Aurora Staining GelHeirloom Traditions Chalk Type Paint in Tanya with Copper Mine Aurora Staining Gel.

Sundance with Raspberry WaxHeirloom Traditions Chalk Type Paint in Sundance with Raspberry Soft Wax.

Sand with Muddy PondHeirloom Traditions Chalk Type Paint in Sand with Muddy Pond Spray Wax.

Mandarin, Tanya with Sapphire Soft WaxHeirloom Traditions Mandarin, Tanya with Sapphire Soft Wax then distressed.

Posh Pink with Muddy PondHeirloom Traditions Chalk Type Paint in Posh Pink, a signature color from White Lace Cottage and Muddy Pond Spray Wax.

Mocha with Jet Black Spray WaxHeirloom Traditions Chalk Type Paint in the color Mocha with Jet Black Spray Wax.

Sail Away with Antiqued Brown Spray WaxVintiques in the color Sail Away with Antiqued Brown Spray Wax.

Mint Julep with Muddy Pond Spray WaxVintiques in the color Mint Julep with Muddy Pond Spray Wax.

Thunderous, Tarnished Silver, Jet Black Spray WaxHeirloom Traditions Chalk Type Paint in Thunderous, Metallic Masters Tarnished Silver and Jet Black Spray Wax. You can achieve a very similar finish to the antiqued silver nightstand pictured below with the above product combination.

Thee Velvet GloveOl' Navy with Snow WhiteVintiques Chalk Type Paint in Ol’ Navy with Snow White Aurora Staining Gel.

Jadeite with Antiqued BrownVintiques in the color Jadeite with Antiqued Brown Spray Wax.

HTP Products Thee Velvet GloveColor CombosThe pictures below are additional pictures of the color combinations already listed.

Color CombosTest BoardsGrouped Test BoardsTest BoardsTest Boards - Thee Velvet GloveTVG ProductsFor more information on Heirloom Traditions products click here.

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Thank you for stopping by! -L

 

 

 

Painting Plastic – 20 Minute Makeover featuring Heirloom Traditions Chalk Type Paint

Want a quick makeover? This is a plastic, thrift store frame. Yes, you can paint plastic with Heirloom Traditions Paint Products. It’s got tons of grooves and it’s a great size. It started out gold and was pretty as it was, but I wanted pink and I had the perfect pink on hand, Posh Pink by White Lace Cottage for Heirloom Traditions Paint. I made over this frame from start to finish in about 20 minutes. I used Vintiques Engine No. 9 Chalk Type Paint, Heirloom Traditions Posh Pink Chalk Type Paint and Muddy Pond Spray Wax. Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day so I’m in full blown red and pink mode.

Thee Velvet Glove Before and AfterFirst, I brushed on some Engine No. 9 around the outside edges and corners of the frame. I did this because I knew I wanted a peek-a-boo color to come through after some light distressing. I let that dry, which being in Arizona doesn’t take much time. Then, I painted on Posh Pink Chalk Type Paint. This is a wonderfully sweet, perfect pink! After that I lightly distressed with 220 grit sandpaper.

Next, I poured some Muddy Pond Spray Wax onto a paper plate. I sprayed my brush with a little bit of water and dipped it into the Spray Wax, brushed it on and then wiped some away as shown in the video below. (I apologize for the video quality. That’s something I need to get better at.)

 

Muddy Pond is my favorite wax to bring out the detail and add some depth over pastels and whites. It’s my go to shade of wax.

And TaDa! All finished. Here are some more detailed pictures.

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Happy Valentine’s Day and thank you for stopping by! -L

 

 

 

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!

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Thanks for stopping by! -L

Graceland Blue Dresser

About three years ago I mixed up a color and I fell head over heels in love with it. It’s been my forever color crush since that day. I named it “Graceland Blue” because it reminded me of the blue velvet curtains trimmed with gold fringe (God Bless America and God Bless Fringe.) that hang in the dining and living rooms in Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. I painted a pair of nightstands in that blue and listed them on Etsy and had seller’s remorse when they sold. It’s a sad thing to get attached to furniture but I’ve been there a few times. I’ve wanted to run down the street chasing my carrier’s truck more times than I’d like to admit. I sent Paula Blankenship, Creative Director for Heirloom Traditions Paint a swatch of the color and she matched it perfect and mixed it up for me. YAY!!  I’ve been asked for this color quite a few times in the last three years. You can now purchase my signature color, Graceland Blue on Heirloom Traditions website here.

Graceland Blue - Thee Velvet Glove

This is my latest piece in Graceland Blue. Lots of layers on this one. I started with gold, then added some Black Bean and Espresso Chalk Type Paint by Heirloom Traditions all over in random places for depth and because I knew I wanted this piece distressed to reveal several colors underneath.

Thee Velvet Glove - Graceland Blue Dresser

Thee Velvet Glove - Graceland Blue Dresser

I trimmed with Daredevil Chalk Type Paint by Heirloom Traditions on the frame, Black Bean on the center drawers and Synergy on the outside drawers. For an aged look I used Vintiques Antiqued Brown Spray Wax (I don’t spray it directly on the piece. I pour it in a bowl, brush it on and use it that way.) with a bit of Ancient Agings Aging Powder around the outside edges of the drawers and frame and then a layer of Muddy Pond Soft Wax over the entire piece. Heavy distressing revealed the wood, black, brown and gold layers underneath.

Thee Velvet Glove - Graceland Blue Dresser

Thee Velvet Glove - Graceland Blue Dresser

Thee Velvet Glove - Graceland Blue Dresser

Thee Velvet Glove - Graceland Blue Dresser

Thee Velvet Glove - Graceland Blue Dresser

Thee Velvet Glove - Graceland Blue DresserYou can see below the progression of layers. Gold, Black Bean, Espresso, Graceland Blue then Graceland Blue with the finishing and aging products along with distressing.

Thee Velvet Glove - Graceland Blue DresserEnter the super ugly stage where if someone sees it they gasp and think I’ve lost my mind. If you paint furniture you know what I mean. You can see below where I brushed on the Black Bean and Espresso Chalk Type Paint over the gold.

Thee Velvet Glove - Graceland Blue Dresser

Thee Velvet Glove - Graceland Blue Dresser

Thee Velvet Glove - Graceland Blue Dresser

Thee Velvet Glove - Graceland Blue Dresser

Thee Velvet Glove - Graceland Blue Dresser

Thee Velvet Glove - Graceland Blue Dresser

Thee Velvet Glove - Graceland Blue Dresser

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Thank you for stopping by! -L

Table featuring Aurora Staining Gels by Heirloom Traditions

Are y’all ready to get messy and have some fun? Heirloom Traditions has a product called Aurora Staining Gels and there are 20 colors! They’re gorgeous and so much fun to use! I had this table I picked up a few months ago and the finish on the top was in pretty bad shape so I thought it would be a great piece to try them on. After sanding the top down, I went for it. I used my hands and then a brush. 🙂

Thee Velvet Glove - Aurora Staining Gels for Heirloom Traditions

Thee Velvet Glove - Aurora Staining Gels for Heirloom Traditions

The staining gels come in a squirt bottle. YAY!! You just squirt them on in any pattern you want and play with them until you are satisfied with the look. I used Mellow Yellow, Island Paradise, Snow White and Cherry Bomb. When those colors are blended together you get several other colors. The possibilities are endless. They are available to purchase as a set or single bottles. They are non-toxic and VOC free. Kid friendly! Plus, they are water based so easy clean up! The icing on the cake? No top coat needed! For the base of the table I used Heirloom Traditions Chalk Type paint in the color Sand and finished in Muddy Pond Soft Wax.

Thee Velvet Glove - Aurora Staining Gels for Heirloom Traditions

Thee Velvet Glove - Aurora Staining Gels for Heirloom Traditions

Thee Velvet Glove - Aurora Staining Gels for Heirloom Traditions

Thee Velvet Glove - Aurora Staining Gels for Heirloom Traditions

Thee Velvet Glove - Aurora Staining Gels for Heirloom Traditions

Thee Velvet Glove - Table - Aurora Staining Gel for Heirloom Traditions

Thee Velvet Glove - Aurora Staining Gels for Heirloom Traditions

Thee Velvet Glove - Aurora Staining Gels for Heirloom Traditions

Thee Velvet Glove - Aurora Staining Gels for Heirloom Traditions

Thee Velvet Glove - Aurora Staining Gels for Heirloom Traditions

Here’s a short video demo by Paula Blankenship, Creative Director of Heirloom Traditions, using Aurora Staining Gels.

 

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Sand by Heirloom TraditionsMuddy Pond by Heirloom Traditions

Nightstands featuring Vintiques Chalk Type Paint

I love blues with my whole heart. I painted these nightstands in Ol’ Navy from the Vintiques line of Chalk Type Paint by Heirloom Traditions. The accents are painted in Chantilly Chalk Type Paint by Vintiques. Lightly distressed to bring out a variation in color and finished with Oxydized Patina (over the Ol’ Navy) and Clear Spray Wax also by Vintiques.

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Vintiques - Thee Velvet Glove

Vintiques - Thee Velvet Glove

Vintiques Chalk Type Paint is the same amazing formula as Heirloom Traditions Paint but with a funky and fun color palette. There are 30 paint colors and 13 wax colors (available in spray and soft formula). “It’s vintage with a modern twist!!!” They also offer an amazing primer, a dark and light patina, and a finishing top coat in three different sheens.

For more information on Vintiques Chalk Type Paint Products please click here or visit your local retailer. Thank you for stopping by! -L