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.

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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.

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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

 

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.

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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

 

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.

Thee Velvet Glove - Legends of America

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

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.

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.

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

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