Monday, September 29, 2014

Thyme to show you how you can re-purpose any piece of furniture and use it for something other than its intended use

I bought the vanity you see pictured
over 20 years ago


This was my dressing room 
in
the master suite of our former home.
I painted all the furniture in there.
I used a sponge and a stamping technique
to paint all the furniture


Thus the surface had a textured raised look.


I had always loved the graceful lines to this piece
but I no longer had use for it as a vanity once we moved.
I decided that I could use it as a writing/computer desk for my studio.


I choose to use
to complete my piece.
Normally you 
DO NOT
have to sand a piece prior to painting with 
chalky finish paints.
I choose to give my piece a light sand with my
 electric sander 
because of the previous application of paint that had left a 
textured surface

Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paints are specially formulated to provide excellent adhesion to wood, metal, laminate, decorative glass, terra cotta, ceramics, and more. There's no need to prep the surface with time-consuming stripping or sanding... you just clean it and go!
  • No priming or prep needed (Unless the surface has an old finish that may bleed when painted, then Stain Blocker should be used before painting.)
  • Excellent one-coat coverage with most colors and on most surfaces
  • Very matte, chalky finish
  • Durable due to the unique cross-linking feature of the paint resin system
  • Easily distresses for a vintage appearance
  • Can be buffed to a smooth, shiny finish when waxed
  • Water-based for easy clean-up
Besides the paint, which is available in 29 inter-mixable colors, the line also includes waxes, varnishes, brushes, stencils, and stain blocker, as well as image transfer and crackle mediums.


Before beginning your project
make sure you have the right brushes to ensure a perfect outcome for your piece.
DecoArt carries everything you will need!



I began by first painting my piece
using
Americana DECOR Rustic Chalky Finish Paint,



when dry I painted over it 
using
Americana DECOR Primitive Chalky Finish Paint




I let that dry completely

I then used my sanding block to WET sand my piece


Wet sanding
allows you to give your piece a more 
primitive antique 
look

Try to sand your piece in areas where they normally would see "wear"


DecoArt offers several different finishing options
I used



to complete my piece





I reused the original hardware






A whole NEW look!


I also refinished an old book case 
with the same colors




Here is my completed writing/computer desk and bookcase.

DecoArt Americana DECOR paints are so easy to work with!
The end result is always amazing!
DecoArt provided me with the paints to complete this project as part of their
Helping Artist Program

Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint is available 
at 
Home Depot, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, A C Moore

Visit the Deco Art Chalky Finish website
For more design ideas and inspiration!

Happy Painting!

Lynn













Friday, September 26, 2014

Is it THYME to MAKE THE MAGIC HAPPEN yet?

Every year I'm lucky enough to have my 
ELF
help me 
at 
Christmas


Last year was
HINKLEY'S
first year on the job!

You can read about how he came to live with me 


I never quite know 
WHEN , WHERE or HOW
my ELF will show up for work

It just seems to happen!!

Well much to my surprise
HINKLEY
has 
reported to work!



Yes.....he's back!

Let this seasons
ELFCAPADES 
begin!

"Now that is something to CROW about"
said
one crow to another!

"HINKLEY'S  back" 
Happy FALL Y'ALL!







Sunday, September 21, 2014

Thyme to show you a bureau and mirror make over using Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paints


Today 
I wanted to show you a bureau makeover done with 
Americana Decor Chalky finish paints





are 
wonderful to work with!
  • Ultra-matte Chalky Finish
  • Available in 29 vintage, intermixable colors
  • Adheres to even the slickest surface
  • Easier to distress than any other acrylic paints
  • One-coat coverage with most colors on most surfaces
  • Durable due to unique cross linking features of paint resin system
  • Water-based for easy clean-up
  • Made in the USA

I had done a "make-over" on this maple bureau in 2009


I used sponges and stamped a flower design on this bureau,
 thus creating a textured surface.
I also used a GLOSS varnish to finish this piece.
Normally you would not need to sand a surface to use
chalky paints.




Because of the textured, gloss surface 
I chose to give this piece a 
light sanding with my electric sander
 before 
painting



I first applied a coat 
of

Americana Decor RUSTIC



when dry I applied a coat 
of
over the 



When dry I wet sanded using a sanding block
to give my piece a primitive look





This also allows for the coat of RUSTIC that I first painted to show thru.


Deco Art offers several different finishing options



I chose to use the  
Americana Decor Clear Creme Wax 
on this piece

I used my waxing brush to apply the creme wax


I purchased new hardware to complete the look of this bureau



I then began the "makeover" 
of a 
oval OAK mirror


I used 
to paint this mirror 



When dry I wet sanded again for a primitive look
using a sanding block


I then applied
Americana DECOR Clear Creme Wax
to finish the mirror
I let the 
Clear Creme Wax 
dry
then went over it with a coat of the
Americana DECOR Deep Brown Wax
to tone the BLUE down



I really love the result!




Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint is available 
at 
Home Depot, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, A C Moore

Visit the Deco Art Chalky Finish website
For more design ideas and inspiration!

Happy Painting!

Lynn


Friday, September 19, 2014

Thyme for a new look!

Today I am busy in my 
STUDIO
doing some much needed up dates to my 
BLOG!
Hope you like the new look and layout
which I'm still working on!

I have the help of my 
STUDIO ASSISTANT
COLBY


Enjoy this wonderful day!!!

" BELIEVE with all your heart that you will do what you were made to do"
~ Author Unknown


Hugs,
Lynn

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

It's THYME to show you an armoir make over using AMERICANA DECOR Chalky Finish Paints

As a member of the DecoArt Helping Artist Program


it is
ALWAYS
fun to receive a box of wonderful supplies
to experiment with



are 
wonderful to work with!
  • Ultra-matte Chalky Finish
  • Available in 29 vintage, intermixable colors
  • Adheres to even the slickest surface
  • Easier to distress than any other acrylic paints
  • One-coat coverage with most colors on most surfaces
  • Durable due to unique cross linking features of paint resin system
  • Water-based for easy clean-up
  • Made in the USA




Today I am going  to show you just how easy it is to transform a piece 
and 
give it a whole new look using Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paints!


This is an old armoir that once belonged to my husbands uncle.
I rescued it from my husbands grandmothers basement over 20 years ago.
It was painted ORANGE  at the time!
I stripped it down to it's "natural state" .
That is how it has remained all these years!
 It is not a solid wood, rather a veneer.
Because of its age there has been a lot of 
chipping and breaking off of the veneer 
along the bottom.
It would be difficult to repair so I decided to paint it once again.


Always use the 
GOOD QUALITY BRUSHES
when working on a project
to ensure
THE BEST POSSIBLE RESULTS!



I used



for this make over.
I painted the entire piece first using
CARBON


When dry I then painted over the 
CARBON 
using
LEGACY
which is a 
BRIGHT BLUE


I then WET sanded my piece using a sanding brick as pictured


In doing this I exposed some of the 
CARBON color 
that I originally applied to show thru.
This process gives your piece a prim distressed look.

AND
Now for the 
FINISH!
DecoArt has a line of Varnishes and Waxes to complete your piece.
  

I finished my piece by using




When the
  CLEAR  creme wax
was dry I rubbed on some
AMERICANA DECOR Deep Brown Wax
in areas 
to tone down the 
BRIGHT LEGACY BLUE


and to further distress my piece.


The 
AMERICANA DECOR CHALKY FINISH
paints are a fun, easy way to change the look of a piece and give it new life!


Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint is available 
at 
Home Depot, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, A C Moore

Visit the Deco Art Chalky Finish website
For more design ideas and inspiration!

Happy Painting !
Lynn