Thursday, June 20, 2013

French Laundry Ironing Board

About a year ago I seen one of the coolest up cycled wooden Ironing boards & since then I have wanted to paint one.  I found one last week from a fellow vendor that was perfect.  You can see my inspiration here.

I sanded it all smooth & painted it black.  Now it was ready for graphics.

 I had my eye on a sweet french script stencil & this was the perfect project to try it out on.

I found this stencil from a shop on Etsy called "Wall Masque Stencil Co."  I love it's versatility.

I had a vision for the look I was going for.  There was an application I used to do when I did faux finishing called "Shadow Stripe".  It was a shiny stripe next to a flat/matte stripe. This was the look I wanted, but with words. So I used a gloss black for the stenciled words over the flat black paint.

How cool is that!!?

Now I'm not done yet.  I wanted to add white graphics over this.  I created it on my computer & transferred it on with my overhead projector.

I  had intended to paint the words in solid, but after outlining the letters, I liked the way it looked.  Unfortunately I lost a lot of the contrast of the background when I applied the wax.  You can still faintly see it when the light hits it just right. 

It was really hard to get a good picture in this bright light.

I still love how it turned out. These old ironing boards are so much fun to paint.  There are so many new ways to use them nowadays. Pinterest has a ton of ideas.  I would use it for a sofa table or it's perfect for entertaining.  Couldn't you just see it in someone's vintage style laundry room or sewing room?

I'll keep working on this technique.  I've already got a few ideas rolling around in my head.  I just need to get my hands on another Ironing board.

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to check out our Facebook. Take time to enjoy your summer,  Dee

Friday, June 14, 2013

A Few Thank Yous & a Sneak Peek

I hope your Summer is off to a great start.  I for one am elated it is finally here. I've been super busy with custom work & the end of the school year stuff, as I'm sure you all are right now.

I have a few Thank Yous to make I would first like to thank Karen from The Graphics Fairy for featuring my Cycling Coffee table.  

Available at Collette's Vintage in Burton, MI

Karen has great taste in vintage graphics & I so appreciate the hard work she does providing all of us everyday with the coolest free graphics.

This same table was also featured by Kerryanne at Shabby Art Boutique. She has a beautiful blog & she has created a wonderful online magazine called "Simply Shabbilicious". Not only does it feature some of the nicest blogs out there, it's free!  So thank you Kerryanne, I appreciate the feature.

Finally, today Stephanie at Furniture Flippin featured my My Wedding Chairs.


She has such a great sense of humor, I love checking out her Facebook page. She does a weekly feature of other people's work/blog. Thanks again Stephanie!

Now for the Sneak Peek.  I purchased an antique wooden Ironing board last week from a fellow vendor at Collette's.  I painted it Black & am mulling over a few ideas in my head on the graphic. Here is what it looks like now:

Bought some new French script stencils, I can't wait to try.

Stay tuned to see what happens when I combine the two.

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to check us out on Facebook. Have a great weekend!  Dee

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Custom Black & White

I've been a busy bee this past couple of weeks with some Custom work.  Of course I did not get any before pictures, I was just so excited to get started.  You all know how that is, right!?

So this post will be short & sweet, but full of pictures.
My client wanted everything black & white.

I painted another clock face on this cute little Octagon table.

There are two stools so I put No. 1 & No. 2 on them.

A group of pedestals.....

I love how the chalk boards came out.

And the "Creme De la Creme" a beautiful Gate leg table.

This client was awesome, she let me do whatever I wanted, it just had to be black & white.  Custom work always makes me a little nervous.  I was relieved when I saw her reaction after seeing the first few pieces.  She was so happy with all of it.  She has a few more pieces waiting in the wings for me.  

Hope you all have a great week.  Don't forget to check out my Facebook!  Thanks for stopping by,  Dee.