Thursday, October 24, 2013

Feathers, Boots and Chalk Paint®

Hi there!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  It's been a good day!  The sun is shining and I have neglected all of my household chores and duties to play with paint and feed my creative soul!  Tomorrow will be my catch up day...oh boy do I have some catching up to do!
Oh, but don't worry...I didn't neglect the children!  They spent the day with grandma! 
Thank God for grandmas!  Yay!
I picked up this little chest of drawers from a neighbor's garage sale last month.  He told me that it was his as a little boy and that his parents gave it to him unfinished.  It was his first furniture staining project.  I asked if he would mind me painting it...he said no.  I am sure he was just happy to have it out of his garage.  Still, I felt a little guilty painting over his handiwork.
These lovely feathers are the work of Martha Stewart Silkscreens available at Michaels Craft stores.  If you're unsure about silkscreens...they work similar to a stencil.  I had not had experience with them before this project.  The instructions talk about using a trowel or sponge, but I went ahead and used a paint brush, just as I would with a stencil.  It really worked beautifully!  The nightstand was painted in a 50/50 mix of French Linen and Old White Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan.  The feathers were painted in Old White. 
The pulls were in my stash of vintage hardware.  I tried painting some newer pulls but just didn't care for the look.  These large, ornate gold pulls really add to the funkiness of all the feathers and carry through the old world look I was going for.

 I have been dying to paint a pair of boots with Chalk Paint® for months now!  Finding a pair for a good price in my size wasn't easy.  Whenever I was out and about at the thrifts and antique stores, I was keeping an eye out for the boots!  Do you know where I found them?  They were in a friend of mine's space at Camas Antiques a few weeks ago!  Just my size and only $10!  Thanks, Michelle!
I had the hardest time deciding what colors to paint these boots!  I would love to have some cowgirl boots in Duck Egg or Aubusson time!  I finally decided I had to start with pink!  So, these are my French Linen/Antoinette boots with stitched details in Old White. 
The boot bling is a versatile piece of jewelry by Mialisia that can be worn as a necklace, belt, bracelet or as a great way to dress up your boots!  I have a friend that is selling this jewelry, so I have invested in a few pieces and am really having fun with them!  If you're interested, you can check out Jana's Facebook page here.
This fun little chest of drawers is headed to the shop and the boots are going on my feet!  I'll try to post a photo of them on me sometime soon and I will let you know how they hold up after I've worn them a few times!  I have a lot of faith in the durability of Annie Sloan's waxes, so my guess is that my new pink boots will wear beautifully!
Enjoy the rest of your week!  Get out there and feed your creative soul!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
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
 Furniture & Paint Party at Start at Home
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch To Yours
What's it Wednesday at Elephants and Ivy
Anything Blue or Pink Friday at The Dedicated House
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground


Brooke Larsen said...

Oh my I am loving Peacock feathers this is AMAZING!!! Thank you so much for linking up at my Furniture and Paint Party!!
Start at Home

NanaDiana said...

How sweet is that!!!! I love it and you did an amazing job there! xo Diana


Great job!

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

everything turned out darling!! I will definitely look into the MS product- I haven't seen that one yet. I can't believe how good the boots turned out! Did you use the AS wax on top? The colors are perfect- especially for you :)

Ornate Splendor said...

Hi Amanda, what a pretty makeover for the dresser! Love the soft blue and white. And the boots are just gorgeous! I did not know leather could be painted - learned something new today! Thanks. Catherine

Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

Oh no you didn't! Oh yes you did! I can't believe you painted those boots and I must say that I love them! You picked the perfect colors - or course I'd love pink boots too! And, what a shock to read that the feathers were stenciled on the chest and not decoupage! I thought for sure that was paper when I first looked at the picture. That little chest is adorable and the hardware is gorgeous. I'm sure it will sell quickly! Yes, please do let us know how the paint holds up on the boots after a few wearings! Hugs, Leena

fixitfaerie said...

Wow, your chest turned out beautiful. Love the feather detail and colors you chose. You painted your boots with chalk paint.....brilliant, just love them. Thanks for sharing Paula

Jamie said...

Hi, Amanda! I never would have thought of painting boots. They look super cute! I really like the table with the feathers. I bet it will sell fast. Have a wonderful week! ~ Jamie

Pamela said...

LOVE this! Those boots are fabulous. Thanx for joining THT!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

The chest is gorgeous and the boots are just plain fabulous! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. Here is the link to this week's soiree: Hope to see you again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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