Sunday, April 18, 2021

It's All In The Details

 I was very excited when I found this coffee table. I knew that with a good makeover, the ornate details could be stunning.

However, my excitement faded when I realized what a problem the top of the table was going to be. The beautiful veneer on top was badly damaged & so was the ornate trim around the top of the table. So, I started by removing the trim.

Then I moved on to removing the veneer. Some of the veneer came off easily, but some, not so much! 

Removing the veneer took a long time, and it was all for nothing! I took the table outside to sand off the glue from the top & it warped! So, I had to have a new top made for it.

Finally it was time to paint! I chose the color Stormy Seas from the Dixie Belle Paint Company.

Stormy Seas if a beautiful blue, gray color.

The ornate detail of this table was screaming, "make me fancy!" So, to accentuate the details, I added Dixie Belle's Gemstone Mousse in the color, Golden Gem. It is highly pigmented and doesn't take much for great coverage. I used a chip brush with very little mousse and lightly drug it across the details. 

Once the base of the table was done, the top was too plain. So, I grabbed my Royal Damask stencil from Dixie Belle.

I used the chip brush to add more of the Gemstone Mousse.
It was just what the top needed to carry on the "fancy" aspect of this coffee table.

This piece was a labor of love, but in the end, well worth the effort it took to give it new life.

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Thursday, April 1, 2021


 And, just like that, Spring has sprung! 

Trees are in full bloom. Green leaves cover branches. A blanket of yellow pollen covers EVERYTHING! And, birds are already nesting.

Today's project is inspired by our feathered friends.

I used the Re*design With Prima Curio Trinkets mould with the air dry modeling material to create pretty little flowers to add to some faux eggs.

Because of the curved shape of the eggs, I went ahead & glued them onto the eggs using E6000, then set them aside to dry.
Once the modeling material was dry, I painted the eggs with the color, Vintage Duck Egg, from the Dixie Belle Paint Company.
To accentuate the detail, I added glaze in Dixie Belle's color, Van Dyke Brown. I painted it on heavy, making sure the grooves were filled.

Then I took a damp rag & wiped away the glaze, leaving it in the detail of the mould. 
I wiped a little of the glaze on the entire eggs to antique them, then placed them in a nest.

What a sweet reminder of the beauty of Spring.

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