DIY THURSDAY: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE STRIPES.

A few weeks ago, I purchased my very first quart of CC Caldwell’s chalk/clay paint. I’ve been anxious to try it and compare it to Annie Sloan as I heard there were a few noticeable differences. So I picked up a beautiful shade of Green (Tundra Green) and waited for the perfect project to begin my experiment.

When I stumbled upon this adorable antique dresser while browsing Craigslist, I knew it had to be mine. I loved the original castors, the lines, and the engraved detail and immediately envisioned what I was going to do with it – it would look beautiful in a tundra shade of green!

Antique Dresser copy

Of course, in my excitement, I forgot to take before pics but the gal I purchased it from was kind enough to email me one of the pictures she had posted on Craigslist.

So on the first good weather day (what is going on with all this rain ya’ll?!), I went to work. As I began applying the CC Caldwell paint, the first thing I noticed was that it wasn’t quite as chalky as the Annie Sloan paint. CC’s is also a noticeably darker shade when wet (due to the clay in it) so you can easily see how quickly it is drying. This may initially freak you out as it did me – your masterpiece will look awful and quite blotchy until the paint is fully dry!

As I continued painting multiple coats, I also happily noticed the lack of odor in the CC paint. Don’t get me wrong, Annie Sloan paints have little odor but it seems to be non-existent in the CC paints! For a pregnant woman, this was a huge plus.

Once I painted on several coats of tundra green, I realized that the dresser needed just a little more oomph. So I pulled out my measuring tape and frog tape, and taped away. For the stripes, I fell back onto my beloved Old White (Annie Sloan). And what a difference the stripes made!

Antique Dresser Unfinished copy

Not the best picture – taken with my phone….

Once the piece was fully dry, I lightly distressed with 180-grit sandpaper, and began waxing. Now, I have used multiple waxes, from Minwax to Miss Mustard Seed Beeswax, to Annie Sloan’s waxes. So I thought I’d give the CC Caldwell wax a try this time around and I must say, I wasn’t disappointed! The can could be a little wider in order to fit in a wax brush, but instead I just used a cloth and it went on nice and light – not streaky at all. And again, there was practically no odor! As you put on the wax, you’ll notice the paint become a darker shade, but again, once it is dry it will go right back to its original color so don’t freak out!

To be quite honest with you, I’m not the biggest fan of the Annie Sloan wax, although I use it often. It’s a little too gloppy and…waxy for me. It seems to streak just a little more than some others. Plus, there is most definitely an odor with the Annie Sloan wax. So far, my favorites have been the MMS wax and now, CC Caldwell’s. Both go on incredibly smooth, have very little odor, and leave a nice streak free sheen. But to each there own!

And voila, after a little buffing of the wax, the dresser was complete:

Antique dresser Macro

Antique Dresser Green

Yep, it’s definitely all about that stripes. This lovely dresser is now in the shop so stop on by 7572 Greenwood Station Rd. in Greenwood, VA (540-456-4681) if interested!

GREENWOOD ANTIQUES & AN APRIL SALE…

Well, you know I can’t go too long without a shop update…

Greenwood Space 4 copy

Not the best quality photo as it was taken with my phone!

After much sanding and painting, I fell a bit in love with the blue console table you see in the corner. Apparently, a client did as well – the piece sold in a single day! I can’t wait to share with you the DIY process and a few more pictures of the piece (coming Thursday!).

The small blue and white coffee table also found itself a new home and the bookshelf you see in this picture…

Greenwood Space Continued

…finally sold as well! The winter months are typically the slowest so I’m definitely looking forward to the warmer months ahead. Once things start heating up, I will be a painting machine!

(for immediate shop updates and sale items, follow me on Instagram!)

In other news, a fellow Greenwood shop owner and I will be hosting our first quarterly sale of the year! Come join us April 12th – 13th at our “Flea Into Spring” Spring cleaning and vintage market. You’ll find fully refinished products, “project” furniture, handmade craft items, miscellaneous home décor, fashion pieces, and even a few baked goods made by me! For a little added bonus (or bribe?), you’ll receive a 10% off The Modage Cottage and Miss Homebody coupon for your shopping pleasure at Greenwood Antiques! So mark your calendars…

Flea Into Spring Final

IN THE WORKS…

Today is a day that makes me feel as though Spring is right around the corner. Unfortunately, come tomorrow, temps are going to drop again, but a girl can dream can’t she?!

With a studio that lacks heat, and the lack of a garage or basement, I have to take advantage of days like today (paint doesn’t work too well in temps less than 45 degrees!). With that said, I hope to finish at least one of these projects I have in the works…

Cane Back Chair UnfinishedCane Back Chair Partial

Set of 4 cane back chairs needing a new paint job and reupholstering.

Game Table

A game table.

Vintage Mirror

A lovely vintage mirror.

Console Table

And a soon-to-be fabulous console table!

The chairs I will actually be keeping for myself, but once finished, the rest of the pieces will be on sale at Greenwood Antiques!

First come, first serve ya’ll! Smile

GREENWOOD ANTIQUES, BUSINESS CARDS, AND A SHAMELESS PLUG.

Aye yi yi! I fell off the blogging bandwagon for a bit, but have actually been a busy bee in my silence and have much to share with you!

First, I’ve been in the process of updating my very own space at Greenwood Antiques and have been quite the painting machine! Walls, furniture…..nothing is safe from my paintbrush these days. Here is a quick evolution of my space since Feb. 1 (forgive the quality of the photos – most were taken with my phone!):

Greenwood Space Before

This is the space before I moved in. There are definitely some cute pieces, but I was ready to shake things up a bit and add a little pizzazz….

Greenwood Space 1

The space was a bit of a mess at this point, but I was in the process of moving in! I started by painting the wall, which somehow took far longer than intended. Painting straight lines is not an easy feat! And while I still need to paint one more stripe on the wall, I think it adds a fun pop of color, yes? The drum table, turquoise mirror, and cola cooler that you see in the pic quickly sold so I immediately had to reorganize…

Greenwood Space 2 copy

I think the hardest part about this job is having to sell pieces that I absolutely LOVE. Frankly, everything that I have in my space I have either had or would have in my own home – and they are not easy to part with! That perfectly rusted industrial arrow, for example, was love at first sight and when it sold, I cried a little on the inside. And that obelisk topiary that you see behind the pink chair, oh my! This was a piece that I immediately brought to the store because I knew if I brought it to my home, it would never leave. I cringed the moment it sold. *sigh* But in the end, I suppose this is not a bad problem to have!

Greenwood Space 3

This is what my space looks like now (that fan is another piece that I had a hard time parting with!). And I’ve got a few more pieces in the works that I’ll be sharing with you later in the week!

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Next, thanks to Natasha from My Cute Lobster, I’m excited to finally have business cards!

BusinessCard_Front

BusinessCard_Back

I know, a long time coming. And for just a little shameless self promotion, if you are within the Charlottesville area and want to add that extra oomph to a piece of furniture or require some added inspiration for your party planning, feel free to contact me!

A BIT O’ PICKIN’ & SOME DECORATING.

Well hello and I hope everyone had an excellent weekend! I spent my weekend picking up a few things for my new space over at Greenwood Antiques (more on this below…) and, of course, finally picking out and decorating the Christmas tree. I’m not quite finished with the latter – I’ll be adding a few handmade pieces throughout the week – but the lights, the bulbs, and ribbon are on and my home officially feels like Christmas. Hallelujah!

But, back to Greenwood! Greenwood Antiques has a bit of a Old Lucketts Store feel, but without the fan base….(yet!). It’s located on a beautiful country road with views of the mountains galore, and wineries and orchards located just around the corner (pictures coming soon). It’s quite heavenly, actually, so if you find yourself in the Charlottesville area, I highly suggest that you stop on by – 7572 Greenwood Station Rd., Greenwood, VA. I’m sharing a space with a friend that has her own fabulous pieces (I will have my portion of the space up and running in January) and we’d love to see you! Here are just a few things I managed to pick up over the weekend that you will soon find in my space…

Antique Finds 1

An old industrial arrow, and some iron (and incredibly heavy!) horse heads.

Antique Finds 2

Yet another industrial piece and a chippy green wire basket!

Antique Finds 3

A concrete foo dog (don’t you just LOVE foo dogs??!) and industrial iron letters.

I also picked up a couple of furniture pieces that I’ll be refurbishing soon.

Now, onto Christmas! I wanted to keep things fairly simple this year, and went with a white, gold, and silver theme, with a few birds thrown in there for good measure:

Tree

(I’ll be adding a handful more bulbs and some handmade vintage sheet music ornaments…)

Unfortunately, the twinkle is lacking in this daytime photo, but you’ve got yourself the gist of it!

Tell me, have you managed to get your tree up and fully decorated yet?