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Friday, December 23, 2011

Mahogany Make Over

This little jewel was purchased from a friend who bought it at an auction.  I’m rather thrifty, and don’t usually pay this much for furniture ($140)…but it was in excellent condition.  The only problem I had was deciding what color to paint it – even though it looked great as it was.
IMG_20111217_132321 This was the before pic – a very stately piece.
IMG_20111202_160826 And the after, with a coat of paris grey/old white mix, then clear wax and a teeny bit of dark wax to highlight.  I think I might add some old white to the detailing on the drawer and doors – it needs a little something.  I distressed the edges slightly with a sanding sponge.
I hope everyone is ready for the holidays.  Merry Christmas from Southern Junk Chic!! :)
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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Quick Christmas Screen Transformation

I created this Christmas screen from an inspiration window I found on pinterest!  I love pinterest – tons of ideas and tutorials!!
This was the inspiration – I loved it because I have tons of these windows left over from another project.  But I wasn’t sure how I could cut the lettering, since I won’t get my cricut until Christmas…so I thought I would improvise with other things.  And then I found a cool screen…so I decided to use it instead of a window!
Christmas Window project
So I added lots of Christmas touches to it…so I could use it to hang cards and ornaments.  I love this because after Christmas, I can decorate it to match my everyday decor for a note holder and hang pictures…a message station really!  I can’t wait to do that!  There were screws & bolts already on the frame so I just wrapped the garland and I used a few brad tacks and some hot glue for the bow.  It was so simple and easy…and QUICK! 
This was the screen before…rather Plain Jane but still with alot of potential and character, and I had the inspiration window!  I found this heavy duty screen from a local junk store – and it was a steal!  I knew I could so something creative with it.  I liked the white paint, so decided not to do anything to it paint-wise.  The screen is pretty big – although it doesn’t look it in the pics.  It’s about 2 1/2 feet square.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Very, Very Versailles

How about this wonderful Versailles chalk paint make over?!  …with a little old ochre peeking through.
While junking one Saturday I found this wonderful dresser.  It had some stains on the top, but otherwise in really good condition.  I knew it would be perfect for another chalk paint make over. 
Here’s the before…
And after the chalk paint take over…
I painted old ochre around the edges and other places I was planning to sand so it would peek through, then painted the entire dresser in Versailles followed by a clear wax.
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I love how the chalk paint gives you lots of texture…
I didn’t realize it would “blend” so well with the wall color…which was a very similar green!
And this last picture gives you a glimpse of my next project…a mahogany china cabinet redo!
Thanks for checking out my blog!  Hope you enjoyed it.
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Friday, December 9, 2011

Neo-classical gilded table

After seeing some of Annie Sloan’s creations in her book Creating the French Look..I had to try the neo-classical gilded table.  I had a Duncan Phyfe table that was beautiful but had lots of small scratches, so it was going to be the guinea pig for this creation.
Here’s Annie’s creation….
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And here’s mine…I love it! 
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Using Paris Grey, clear & dark wax, and gold composite leafing – I attempted this project.  This was my first time working with gold leafing…and it took lots of patience!  It was really fun and somewhat easy – but you really do have to go slow in applying the leafing and wait until the set fix is tacky.  When I tried to rush, I tended to bunch the strips or tear the gold sheets (purchase with a 40% off coupon from Michaels).  It took about one package.  I cut the sheets into strips that were about 1 1/2 inches wide to make it easier to fix to the table.  If there was a place that gold wouldn’t adhere, I just applied a little more set fix and used a scrap piece and put it on with my finger tip.  You will get small pieces of gold leafing EVERYWHERE as you are brushing it on…I did this in my kitchen and for weeks after found small gold shiny pieces.  After painting and applying the gold leafing, I waxed the table with clear, then distressed it with dark wax.  The dark wax give the Paris Grey a bluish tint. 
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gold leaf actual app  gold leaf
The pictures don’t do the table justice.  It really looks much better in person.  The dark wax doesn’t show up as blotchy as it does in these pictures.  Sorry!
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Second Attempt with Modifications:  I really loved the first table I created, sold it right away, so decided to try another one, but wanted to try and make it easier.  I painted a second table mixing 1/2 and 1/2 of Paris Grey and Old White to make a lighter grey so when i applied the dark wax it wouldn’t look so dark and have the blue tint. 
 Second DP  
Second taping
On this table, I thought I’d try some gilding wax versus the gold leafing – because I was lazy!  I taped off a 1 1/2 inch border and used my finger to apply the gilding wax.  It was much easier than the leafing, although not as shiny, I think it looks just as good.
Second gold wax 
When I distressed it with the dark wax, I mixed about 2 teaspoons of the clear wax with about a 1/4 of a teaspoon of the dark wax and it wasn’t as dark or blue. 
Second gold & dk wax
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Second final dk wax 
As always, thanks for reading my blog and I hope I shared some tips that will help you.  Thanks!! 

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