Practice Project: Damsel in Distress

Wow. It’s been awhile! What can I say? It was a cruel summer lol  but here we are and I have scored my first PAYING project. Yay me! My client wants her coffee table redone shabby chic and distressed. I like the look of vintage, rustic pieces myself so I’m excited! Months ago I looked into chalk paint to produce that shabby chic, vintage, aged look but hadn’t tried since, well life got in the way. Now that I have this project coming up soon I needed some practice in working with these paints and distressing. I thought I’d use a table I already had to practice on.

I chose Cece Caldwell’s chalk and clay paint in Vintage White. It is 100% green, non toxic, zero VOC. You can literally paint with this inside your kitchen if you wanted to. There is no odor!

Off I went sanding, painting, sanding, waxing. Yes, In that order 🙂 When I was done, I felt it still needed some depth. I prefer these pieces to look layered. So I experimented and used Martha Stewart craft paint in gold/bronze that I already had and added water to make a sort of “stain”. This made the color a golden off white and brought out cracks, strokes, imperfections, etc. lightly (I don’t own wood stains so I improvised) The final step is applying the waxing cream. This protects, deepens the color and gives a  subtle shine. The portion under neath the table top is just strictly the chalk paint, distressing then final wax.  The second table top at the bottom is just left over paint (latex) that was already in the garage. Didn’t feel like wasting all my Cece’s on this practice piece. I like the way it came out all funky junkie 🙂 The paints are oh so easy to work with, go on smooth, and sand away with almost no effort. You can even wipe off instead of sanding. Can’t wait to work with these again so I can get better!

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American Gypsy

I have felt like a gypsy for much of my adult life. At one time I had keys for 3 different places I was staying depending on which day of the week it was so when I first heard the song “Gypsy” by Fleetwood Mac it struck a chord with me. (no pun intended!) I was only a child when this band was huge so vaguely remember some of their songs but I’m now appreciating what a great band they were. I’m even  finding all sorts of house/electronica remixes of some of their hits! 

Crystal Visions – The Very Best of Stevie NicksI’ve heard people say Stevie Nicks was too “witch-like” but you can’t deny her amazing songwriting skills and her unique voice. In fact, she has inspired me to refurbish/redesign a coffee table I picked up a while ago using lace or lace print. We will see… Enjoy the circa 1982 video and stay tuned! This one might take me awhile 🙂