Tuesday, August 2, 2011

How About Some Before and Afters?

Hello friends......happy to have you visiting my little nest again. 
I must say, I am feeling much better and starting to get my creative mojo back.
I would like to thank everyone for all the well wishes and concerns about my health.
You make me feel very loved and special.
Ok...let's play a little game.
You know how the eye doctor makes you look through that giant machine and asks you..
"Is this better now or now?"
Yeah....let's do that!

Remember this pretty antique side table I found at a local thrift shop a few weeks back?
She has some very nice details and is very heavy and substantial. Aside from some veneer repair I had to take care of, she is good piece in need of a little chalk paint love.
So is she better NOW......
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Or NOW?
I must say, she really sparkles with her new colors.
I base coated her with AS Paris Grey, the drawers in Old White and dry brushed some OW on the relief detail.
A little light distressing, some clear wax and she is reborn.

Her original hardware was dull and dark. I was going to replace them.
I started to play with the pulls and quickly realized they just needed to be sanded 
to get the years of grime off.
Beneath the dirt was some very pretty pulls.

For a little element of surprise I painted the drawer interiors with AS Arles, a very pretty apricot color.
It is nice to open a drawer to a color you might not have been expecting.
Kinda makes you smile.
Ok...Next...

Remember this thrift shop floor lamp I showed you last week?
After some chalk paint, is she better NOW....
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*
Or NOW?
She got a base of AS Old White with some Louis Blue accents to show off her rings.
I distressed, waxed and buffed her to a lovely sheen.
Now she just needs a pretty shade to complete the restyle.
Both pieces are headed to my Fox Den shop this week.

I must repeat...I don't know what the special ingredient is in this paint that makes it adhere so beautifully to all types of surfaces, but I just love it!
I just ordered more colors that I am so excited to play with. I want to start experimenting with mixing the colors also.
I think the possibilities are endless.
Some of you have asked me where I buy my ASCP. 
My supplier is the fabulous sister team of Patty and Karen over at Classic Wall Finishes of New Jersey.
You can find them on the web at:
www.bestfurniturepaint.com
Be sure to tell them I said Hello!
Well that's what I have been up to this week.
What are you doing?

Until next time...be kind and stay creative.

                                                                   
PS....mentioning Classic Wall Finishes gets me no special treatment or monetary gain. However they are expected to put me up should my car ever breakdown in NJ while thrift shopping.www.bestfurniturepaint.com

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34 comments:

raggygirlvintage said...

I love how they turned out, especially the side table. I just love working with ASCP, it transforms blah furniture so quickly! Question for you, what do you use to buff once you've applied the wax? (I don't have the proper wax brushes)
Tracey

Claire said...

You know sometimes when I'm at the optometrist and he says 'Is it better now or now?" I have to ask him to repeat the process as it can be a little difficult to pick the difference...........but not so with your makeovers Janet..........

WOW, I love the side table and the colours you used are wonderful, particularly the painted drawer inners.
The lamp looks wonderful too, I wonder what sort of shade you'll find for it.

I have never ever, ever, seen any pieces like these at the op shops I've been too.

I think your creative mojo has well and truly returned,

Claire X

Kathleen Grace said...

They both look better but oh that little chest of drawers is gorgeous! All that pretty detail is brought out so beautifully by the paint. Glad you're feeling better:>)

moreofhim said...

Your make-over's are just amazing! I love the colors and how the paint shows off all the lovely details of the pieces. You totally inspire me!

Blessings - Julie

The LadyBugs Garden said...

I love the new treasures you have redone. My Sal Army is trashy nothing like these there. Just clothes. Lucky you! So glad you feel better!
xo
Stephanie

Kelley said...

Wow, you REALLY love your chalk paint! :D The chest of drawers came out very well. It looks like something from a French cottage!

tammylovesdishes said...

Both transformations are fabulous! I really love how the little side table turned out. What a charming surprise to have the drawer insides painted that sweet and cheery color yellow! These pieces will fly out of your shop!

Deborah March said...

FABULOUS night table!!

Pamela said...

Great transformations!

Kelly Ann said...

Welcome back to the world of ASCP....your pieces look beautiful..

Robin said...

These pieces look fantastic. Love the inside of the drawers. I have that same lamp in my family room. Now I'm thinking it needs to be painted!

Atelier Conti said...

It's wonderful Janet! It looks like you've gotten your groove back completely. I'm so glad. You're right that the pretty apricot color totally adds the finishing flair.

WISPR said...

Excellent.... It is very informative article.... I wanna say thanks for this...

Aprons and More said...

Wow!! Ummm... I have a few old pieces just laying around down here...can I send them up?

Katy :)

Sherry from Alabama said...

What beauty you've created from your finds! I'm so glad you're feeling better.

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

Kathryn Griffin @TheDedicatedHouse said...

They both turned out so nice. I would have a hard time parting with the chest. Glad to hear you are back to it and not having to nurse yourself.

Wanda..... said...

The chest looks a million times better with the chalk paint...doesn't look like the same piece of furniture...really, really nice, Janet!

Lydia said...

So pretty! These really lighten up the room.

missing moments said...

Glad your feeling better ... and great transformation!

Little Blue Mouse said...

Definitely the second NOWs!

Jennifer Juniper said...

I couldn't even see the details on the side table when I first saw it - I actually scrolled back to see if you glued something on there! Amazing, as always :)

the cape on the corner said...

wow! what a fabulous transformation. i love the two toned look.

Annette said...

They both turned out beautiful. I doubt they will last long in your booth! I'm glad you're feeling better and back to creating!

Pamma said...

Love how your items turned out! Beautiful....got a question though--I have been having trouble bringing out the sheen after I apply the wax---are you doing one layer of wax or more?
~Pam
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Bonny@Spontaneousniceties said...

LOOOOVE these! Also, I love the Chalk Paint! Great job!

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

It's a very lovely combination of colors. I can't wait to see what you do next :)

dwellinsafety8 said...

Breathtaking!

Erin said...

Holy cow! That is an amazing makeover! :)

Sommer said...

Oh Janet, I'm smitten! The chest is absolutely STUNNING! I would love to feature this on my blog. I hope you will come show this off at my VIP Party today. http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/08/vip-party-22.html

Sachiko said...

Wow, how pretty! I love the color combination. Thank you for linking to my party Janet!

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

These both turned out beautiful. The colors you chose are perfect!

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Milla said...

This little table is so pretty! I just love the gray and the white together. I am sucker for the detail too. Going to check out other post...
- Milla

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