Over the holidays I was very blessed to have my husband around a lot. It was wonderful because I like him, and also because I could get quite a bit of work done. Here is one of the pieces I was able to do:
The picture in the lower right is the “lovely” nausea green the piece was when I began. Trust me, this photo does NOT do it justice.
I used van Gogh Confidence on the body (an incredible deep teal) and Balsamic on the top. I didn’t want to strip it and the wood wasn’t in that great of shape… Using Balsamic and Cabinet Concealer, I was able to create a very nice faux wood look with some great depth. You can see a bit of it in the top right photo.
I love having a fun surprise in the drawers. The easiest way to do it is with wrapping paper. Have you ever used Mod Podge? I love it with fabric but with paper, it’s really awful. You paper wrinkles up as it dries and it drives me nuts. I started experimenting with the products I have on hand and guess what? Our Wrinkle Lotion makes a FANTASTIC decoupage medium! I trimmed out the paper pieces and then painted the Wrinkle Lotion on in a thin coat and let it “dry to tack” (that means, ket it dry till it’s clear though if you touch it, still tacky). Place the paper on top and smooth it down. What I love is that if it isn’t lined up perfectly, you can pick it back up again (carefully) without making a mess. Then use a smooth straight edge (think credit card) to push out all the air bubbles and move to the next section. Give it a few hours to dry and then seal it. I like to use Table Top Finish or a spray sealer of some kind to keep it durable. Otherwise if something spills or clothing isn’t quite dry then plead in the drawer, it will mess up all your hard work and you’ll be so mad. (maybe that’s just me…)
Don’t be afraid to experiment with different uses for products… you never know. Just use a sample board the first time so you don’t mess up a prize piece of furniture.
How were your holidays? What are you working on in the coming weeks?
Happy New Year!!