Thursday, October 9, 2014

Brass Chandelier Update: A Whole New Look With Shimmer and Shine!

 
 
This little brass chandelier wasn’t turning any heads at the estate sale where I discovered it a few weeks ago.  That was lucky for me because I knew from the moment I spotted it, I knew that I could turn it into something special with my paintbrush and the arsenal of amazing products I had waiting for me at home! 

The unique milk glass bulb decoration inspired me to create a finish with some pretty shimmer and shine that would compliment it well.  In order to achieve the look I was after, I turned to Artisan Enhancements Pearl Plaster and Clear Finish.

 
The first step was to mix the custom color I had in mind for the chandelier.  I started with 3 teaspoons of Pure White and 1 teaspoon of Provence.  I then added 2 teaspoons of Artisan Enhancements Pearl Plaster to give that pretty aqua blue some nice subtle shimmer!  If you’ve never played with Pearl Plaster before, you should know that it is a very versatile and fun product to work with!  It can easily be mixed in with your paint to give your color a pearly finish.  For more dramatic results you can also dry brush it over your paint finish or water it down to create a wash.  It is also absolutely beautiful pushed through a stencil to create a shimmery relief.  To find an Artisan Enhancements retailer near you, visit www.artisanenhancements.com. 

 
Once I had my pearly pale aqua color mixed and ready, I went to work painting the chandelier.  I used a small brush and took my time making sure to cover up every inch of shiny brass. 
 
 
The trick to getting consistent coverage was turning the chandelier around and upside down every so often to be sure I wasn’t missing any areas.  Because the products I use have low to no VOC, I was able to work on this project over the course of a few days right in the middle of my kitchen island.  With three busy children and a family with a very full schedule, this is the only way I am ever able to complete a project!  Even if I have just 20 minutes to spare while dinner is cooking, I grab my brush and paint!
 
 
After 2 full coats and a bit of touch-up here and there, I could no longer see that shiny brass.  Once the paint had fully dried, I was ready to apply a sealer.  For a project like this one, wax is not the best choice as the chandelier bulbs will put off a certain amount of heat which could have an adverse effect on a waxed surface.  Artisan Enhancements has two wonderful products that work great to protect and finish your paint projects, Clear Topcoat Sealer and Clear Finish. 
 
I chose Clear Finish for this chandelier because I wanted a finishing product that would enhance the shimmer of the Pearl Plaster by providing a glossier finish.  Clear Finish is an all natural varnish that protects your painted project and it's easy to apply. 
 
After giving the product a good stir, I applied a thin layer of Clear Finish to the chandelier with my small brush, again moving and turning the piece as it dried in order to get complete coverage.  The key is to apply the product sparingly.  You can see how little product I actually needed on my brush.  A little bit goes a long way!  Artisan Enhancements recommends applying a second thin coat of Clear Finish 2-3 hours after the first. 
 
After my second coat of Clear Finish had dried (about 30 minutes after application), I was ready to add some bling to my shimmery blue chandelier!
 
 
A beaded garland purchased at the local craft store was a fun and easy way to give this piece a little more sparkle!
 
 
Before you pass up another out-dated brass chandelier, consider the possibilities! 
 
 
Artisan Enhancements has developed the products to create an unlimited number of beautiful finishes without exposing us or our environment to harmful chemicals!  I think that’s pretty exciting, don’t you?  This little brass chandelier, with it’s lovely new color, shimmer and shine is on it’s way to Camas Antiques where it’s sure to turn some heads now!
 
 
Disclosure:  This is an Artisan Enhancements sponsored post, however the opinions and ideas expressed here are mine and I will only ever promote products that I enjoy using and feel may benefit my readers.

 

Thank you so much for your visit!  Stop by again soon!
 
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda


 
Sharing With:
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Home
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch To Yours
 Friday's Unfolded at Nancherrow
 Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Pretty New Pillow!

Hello!  I am working on a few painting projects that I hope to share soon, but in the meantime I thought I would show off my beautiful new pillow made by very dear friend of mine!

 
I have a hard time finding pretty throw pillows that work well with my décor.  So, imagine my excitement when my very talented friend who sells her pretty stenciled pillows left and right at Camas Antiques, painted one with Chalk Paint® in Antoinette with me in mind! 
 

Doesn't it look perfect below my mirror, also painted in Antoinette?  I adore the chandelier and the saying is "Welcome to our home" in French!  I can't imagine a more perfect pillow for this spot!  Thank you, Denise!  If you live in the PNW and shop Camas Antiques, Denise's space is called La Casa Bella and she sells these beautiful pillows in her booth!  Find her on Facebook too! 

 
I recently pulled out my hot glue gun and had some fun with the flowers I've been drying!  This basket was one of my favorite little projects.  I also did a few small wreaths.
 
 
And here is a peek at one of the painting projects I've been working on.  I think I'm having a bit of a "mental block" on this one!  I love the applique, purchased at The Purple Pear and had such fun painting it.  It's the rest of this piece that isn't working for me quite yet.  Hopefully I will get to a point soon where I am ready to share the whole project!
 
Thank you so much for your sweet visit!
 
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda



Sharing With:
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Home
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch To Yours
 Friday's Unfolded at Nancherrow
Pink Saturday at How Sweet The Sound
 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pink and Gold Chandelier and a Glammed up Pumpkin

 
Finding a chandelier at a good price to redo and sell in my booth is always a thrill!  Not only are chandeliers great sellers, but I love having the extra lighting in my booth!  This one is vintage and had a pretty unique finish to start off with.  I'm not going to bash the finish...it was funky cool, but not quite right for my aesthetic.  I first gave her a couple coats of Antoinette Chalk Paint®.
 

Now, I used to despise the color gold.  Everything was silver in my wardrobe and my home!  Anything gold that I came in contact with received a coat of paint...almost instantly!  Things change.  Now I loooove gold...especially that rich, soft, vintage gold!  I recently purchased a small jar of French Gold Gilding Wax from The Purple Pear in Portland.  Wow!  I am having fun using this wax to accent my painted pieces.  However I must admit that I have been spoiled by Annie Sloan and Artisan Enhancements products with their no odor, low VOC "green" properties!  I am so used to getting right into a paint project smack dab in the middle of my kitchen.  It didn't dawn on me that I would need some ventilation with this gilder's wax.  Lesson learned!  Next time, I'll be taking my project to the garage or patio when I get to the "gold" accents!  I added the gold to this chandelier with a small brush.  It went on beautifully and I love the combination of it with the soft pink!
 
 
 Originally the chandelier had a few amber glass baubles.  I must have removed them before I took the "before" photo.  I couldn't pass up the opportunity to add some bling to this pretty piece, but I was in too much of a hurry to get her completed and hung in my booth to wait around for an order of chandelier crystals.  Thankfully a good friend and fellow dealer from Camas Antiques had some she was willing to part with.  Thank you, Mary!!!
 
 
 This isn't the first chandelier I have painted with Chalk Paint®.  Usually I finish them with Annie Sloan Wax, but this time I opted for another product.  Artisan Enhancements Clear Top Coat Sealer is a great product that works well with Chalk Paint® because it is a quality, no-VOC product.  It dries clear and with a matte finish which is just what I wanted for this piece, and all I had to do was brush it on!
 
 
Now I think she is perfect for any shabby chic/romantic home décor!  And so she's off to Camas Antiques where she is welcome to hang out in my booth for as long as she like!  I don't think I could get tired of her.
 
 
Last week I shared this pretty pumpkin on Facebook.  It started off as an inexpensive, foam pumpkin from Walmart.  I painted it with Pure White Chalk Paint®, pushed Artisan Enhancements Fine Stone through a stencil to create the raised design, and then accented it with the Gold Gilding Wax.  So far it's the only Fall decoration I have out in our house!  Time to get those boxes down from the attic and start decorating!
 
Thank you so much for your sweet visit!
 
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda
 
 
Sharing With:
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Home
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch To Yours
 Friday's Unfolded at Nancherrow
Pink Saturday at How Sweet The Sound
 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Vintage Faire Project Wrap-Up... Paint Colors, Products & Techniques

 
If you follow me on Facebook, you have probably already seen most of these photos, as I had posted them just before the Vintage Faire, but I wanted to share a few details about paint colors, products and techniques used for anyone who might be interested!  Most of these items have sold but a few are still available in my booth at Camas Antiques!

 
This sweet little table ended up with a much more distressed finish than I typically go for but I was loving the contrast of it's shabbiness next to some of my more elegant pieces!
 
 
I started with a coat of Paloma Chalk Paint®, followed by a coat of Old White.  After a whole lot of heavy distressing, I got this wonderful marbled look with the original wood grain showing through in places.  I completed the finish with Clear Wax.


I am really trying to savor these final blooms from my garden!  I think the thing I miss most about summer once it's gone is going out into the yard early in the morning to pick a pretty bouquet to enjoy.
 
 
Three vintage suitcases got a whole new look with Antoinette and Old White Chalk Paint®.  I used Martha Stewart's Peacock Feather silk screens from Michaels to add some design interest and finished them off with both Annie Sloan's Clear and Dark Waxes.  The coffee table was painted in Old Ochre, distressed and finished with Clear Wax.
 
 
This cute little log cabin was my first sale of the day at the Faire!  When I bought it originally it had been painted a glossy white.  I gave it a quick coat of Antoinette and a wash of French Linen.  As much as I love Annie Sloan's wax and use it exclusively on furniture pieces, I couldn't bear the thought of waxing in and out of all of those little crevices.  However, I did want to protect my paint finish so I brushed on a quick coat of Artisan Enhancement's Clear Top Coat for an easy matte protective sealer.
 
 
Two sweet little chairs painted in Antoinette were adorned with crowns.  This was a fun project that I hope to do again!  The crowns were printed from The Graphics Fairy on a laser printer, then transferred onto the painted surface with Artisan Enhancement's Image Transfer Gel.
 


And now I think it's time to start a few more projects!  I hope to have something special completed to share next week!  Have a wonderful weekend!  Thank you for your sweet visit!
 
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda

 
 Sharing With:
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Home
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch To Yours
 Friday's Unfolded at Nancherrow
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Good Times at The Vintage Faire and a Table Makeover with Chalk Paint® and Efex Decorative Latex Appliques

 
Where did the summer go?  I have a lot of catch-up blogging to do!  August was such a busy month!  We celebrated a little guy's 6th birthday, made all of the necessary preparations for going back to school, packed up the kids for an end of summer road trip and participated in the Downtown Camas Vintage and Art Faire!
 
 
The Faire was a lot of fun and my husband was a huge help.  I loved that he spent the whole day with me!  I met so many wonderful people and enjoyed visiting with old friends!  Lots of treasures were packed up and made their way to new homes and I had the opportunity to chat with a whole lot of folks about Chalk Paint® and workshops at Camas Antiques!
 
 
Today I thought I would share the details about one little table that went to the Faire with me.  When I first spotted it, I knew the potential was there.  It just needed something extra to make it special!
 
 
 I was recently given the opportunity to choose a few Efex Decorative Latex Appliques to try.  I was interested in this leaf drop trim and it turned out to be the perfect addition to my little oval table.
 
 
What makes Efex appliques so unique is that they are stretchy and bendable, making them ideal for wrapping around curves.  They are also incredibly easy to cut.  I cut one length of the leaf drop trim into four pieces in order to continue the motif all the way around my table.
 
 
With the newly added detailed interest on all sides, this table would work beautifully alongside a sofa in the middle of an open concept living room. 
 
 
After giving the contact cement glue plenty of time to dry (which is hard for me...because I am incredibly impatient!) I painted the entire table and right over the appliques with Old White Chalk Paint® followed by a wash of French Linen, a little distressing and a coat of Clear Wax.
 
The addition of the Efex applique and the lighter paint finish gave a simple, sleek table a shabby romantic new look!
 
 
Thank you so much for your sweet visit!  I'll be back with more Chalk Paint® makeovers very soon!
 
Create, Inspire and Share!
 
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda
 
 
 
Sharing With:
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Home
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch To Yours
 Friday's Unfolded at Nancherrow

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Layers of Patina Advanced Technique Workshop at Camas Antiques

 
I have had such a blast lately playing around with the Artisan Enhancements products!
Last month I had the opportunity to go to a special training for Chalk Paint® stockists where I gained loads of information about the whole Artisan line. 
 
 
A few of the products such as Crackle Tex and Pearl Plaster, I had already been using on some of my furniture makeovers, but the others were fairly new to me and the ideas I gathered at the training really broadened my painting horizons!    
 
 
 These eco-friendly, low VOC artistic mediums were designed to work in harmony with Chalk Paint® and the finishes people are creating with them are incredibly inspiring!
 
 
I could hardly wait to share this wonderful line of products, which we now carry at Camas Antiques with my painting friends!  I have put together a fun advanced technique workshop to introduce the following products and some ideas for using them: 
 
Artisan Enhancements Fine Stone
Artisan Enhancements Crackle Tex
Artisan Enhancements Scumble
Artisan Enhancements Clear Topcoat
Artisan Enhancements Transfer Gel
 
In this workshop we will create a beautiful work of art on a 16x20 stretched canvas, all the while learning several unique products and techniques that while fantastic on their own, are just stunning when applied in layers.  The cost is $90 and includes all materials as well as light refreshments. This workshop is designed for those who have previously taken the Introduction to Chalk Paint® workshop and are ready to take their paint finishes to a new level!

  Layers of Patina Advanced Technique Workshop Dates:
 
Monday, August 18th 7pm-10pm
Monday, September 22nd 7pm-10pm
 
 
Preregistration is required as seating is limited.  You can either register by email and I will send you a Paypal invoice, or you stop by Camas Antiques and register in the store!
 
If neither of these dates work for you but you would love to attend this workshop, would you do me a favor and let me know! I would also love to hear what techniques you are interested in learning for future workshops!
 
 
If you don't live in my area but are interested in the Artisan Enhancements products, please visit their website to find a retailer near you!
 
Best Wishes and Happy Painting!
Amanda 
onegirlinpink@gmail.com
 



Friday, August 8, 2014

When Pickin' Friends Know What You Love!

 
Last night I gave my little booth at Camas Antiques a much needed overhaul.  Many of my dealer friends were there working away in their own booths and chit chatting with one another!  Truth be told, often times there is more chit chatting than working!  But we're having fun and getting things done, so it's all good!  One sweet friend stopped by my booth to say hello and mentioned that she had found an adorable pink baby scale that reminded her of me.  Moments later I spotted said scale out of the corner of my eye, sitting  near the back door of the shop!
 

It was love at first sight!  This friend knows me all too well!
 

 

She sold it to me for the price she paid for it...super generous friend that she is!
 
 
And so, I have a fun new accessory in my pink kitchen!  It looks perfect on the island but will display beautifully on top of the cupboards too!  I had the best lighting for photos on the breakfast nook table today, so I set up my little photo shoot there.
 
 
I just couldn't wait to share my new pink treasure with you!
 
Have a wonderful weekend!
 
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda
 
 
 
Sharing with:
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Home
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
What's it Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound