Friday, December 23, 2011

"Chippy Goodness" at it's best!

Ok, I know I said I was super busy and I am, but I kept walking past this today and just couldn't wait to share.  I tried a new paint  and I am super excited at how this turned out! I has that "Chippy Goodness" that we all love so much!  Plus, once it was waxed, the finish is just beautiful. If you are looking for the chippy look, this paint is for you!

So what did I use?  

Milk Paint has been around for hundreds of years.  I would have to say I was familiar with the name as it was a name I had heard tossed around when I was little, but I had never personally used it until now.

I used a combo of colors to get the one you see here, but it was super easy to use and when used with a fan to speed the drying process, the chipping is to die for!

 So here is the skinny!  I used the following recipe to get this look:
  • Wash the entire table with TSP-PF.  This helps the paint adhere better, but not too good that it won't chip and peel like we want it too.  I would assume if you skip this step, it's going to peel and chip even more.
  • Old Fashioned Milk Paint: 1 Tablespoons of Slate, 3 Tablespoons of light cream and 4 Tablespoons of water
  • Paint 1 coat and turn on a fan!  As  you speed the drying process it will begin to curl and peel even more than if it dried naturally. 
  • Once the first coat is completely dry, lighly sand to remove any loose pieces
  • I applied a light second coat (I wanted the "non-chippy" areas to be opaque in color)
  • Again, turn on the fan to dry it faster.  It will still crack and peel, just not as much as it does with the fan.
  • Then lightly sand all over
  • Finish with 2 coats of wax.  I happen to use only natural on this one, but you could use the dark wax too if you like
  • Hand buff to a BEAUTIFUL soft luster
  • I did not use the Extra-Bond on this project, but I have another table (I will share later), that I plan to use that on.  I am excited to see how that turns out!

 I LOVE, the way this came out!  It looks like it has been around for years and "naturally" chipped and peeled!  

Good news is....Old Fashioned Milk Paint, is 100% VOC Free and chemically safe so it's friendly to you and the environment! 

Happy Painting and Happy Holidays!

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Pottery Barn Meets Annie Sloan

 I am going to keep this post short and sweet since I have lots to do to get ready for family
coming in a couple of days, but I wanted to share the final piece with you. 

If you read my blog regularly, you know that Mr. T found a fabulous Pottery Barn table and chair set at the Goodwill earlier this summer.  Well I finally finished the darn thing!  I think it turned out FANTASTIC!  The person that ends up with this table is going to get a fabulous piece of furniture at a severely discounted price.  When Mr. T purchased this, it still had the original price tags attached.  The entire set totaled just over $1300.00.

Here is what it looked like before!  Can I just tell you....who ever owned this previously really needed to learn how to clean!  It was the nastiest, dirtiest thing (especially when you think about eating off of it) that I have EVER seen.  I think I spent more time cleaning it than I did painting it.
If you notice, the chair in the back needed a bit of help from Mr. T, the cross bars on the bottom of the chair were missing. So he replaced that with new wood.  Other than that and the DIRT, this piece was still very solid, just very DISTRESSED...and not in a good way!
Here is what it looks like now.
This is without the leaf in

I think Pottery Barn and Annie Sloan make a very nice pair!  What do you think?

Happy Holidays!

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Annie Sloan Gift Basket and American Tour!

If you haven't heard yet, Annie Sloan is doing an American Tour starting in March of 2012.  

Gift Basket Contains: 2 quarts of Chalk Paint, 1 tin of Clear Soft Wax, 1 tin of Dark Soft Wax, Annie Sloan book, “Quick and Easy Paint Transformations”, 2 Furniture Paint Brushes (2″ and 3″), Set of 5 “Better than Cheesecloth” Towels, Waxine™ Queen of Wax Brushes, and Wax Polishing Brush.

Debra at Wallartistry Studio is a Stockist for Annie Sloan products in Ohio. She is hosting a contest to win the basket shown above. You don't want to miss this chance to win this awesome basket! Register to win this gift basket worth over $200 by visiting Wallartistry Studio! All the details on how to register are listed on her site.  So head on over and check it out!  Lots of ways to win!

While you are there, take note of her new waxing brush she designed!  
I need to get one of these! No...2 of these!
Waxine™ Queen of Wax Brushes
 The lucky person that wins this fabulous basket will AUTOMATICALLY be entered to win a $350 gift card from Annie Sloan Unfolded, which can be used for a credit on the Annie Sloan American Tour registration in March and April 2012 or $350 worth of product. Tickets for the 8 one-day events across the country are very limited, and cost $350. Annie will talk and give advice during hands-on painting and waxing technique training, sign books, and at the end of the day, you’ll have a chance to mingle with Annie and fellow DIY enthusiasts. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to enter to win. Places for the workshops sell out fast. To learn more about Annie’s American Tour visit Annie Sloan Unfolded.

But before you do that....visit Debra at Wallartistry Studio and enter to win!
Yes...I have already been there to enter!
Monday, December 12, 2011

Work, Work, and More Work, and a FREE Shabby Apple Dress

Thursday was the finale of 4 months worth of hard work and preparation at my "Full-Time, Part-Time" job.  
 I work for a company called Reachmore as a Marketing Manager/Executive Assistant/Admin. Assistant/WECDU (this stands for: whatever else CJ dreams up ....the official term used in my review).  I am very fortunate, it's just me and my boss, so although officially it is a job, most days are very easy going with very little stress.  Wednesday and Thursday were not exactly stress free.  On Tuesday morning I received a phone call from the venue that our event was suppose to be held.  The voice on the other end of the phone had left me a message to tell me that they had "DOUBLE-BOOKED" the room and we were going to be moved to a new venue.  I really don't know how a venue that books events EVERYDAY OVER-BOOKS, but it happened.  So, where I had planned to spend my day prepping paperwork and last minute details, the day quickly turned to a scramble to inform 150 people that we had moved to a new location.  My boss was holding the year-end Marketing Seminar, called Thrive Map-Goal Setting Workshop (which by the way was FANTASTIC). Do you know what your spouse, child, best-friend, family and/or co-workers would say about you in your eulogy?  This was a question posed at the workshop.  Kind of scary to think about!  The workshop was all about setting goals in your life the focused on how you want to "live" your life.  Definitely makes you rethink some of your over-all goals when in the end they all lead to your eulogy.

Thursday morning started out at 5am to be at the conference center by 7am to prep for the event and check everyone in.  We ended up having over 170 people in attendance (unbelievable, especially with a venue change)! The  event ended at 11:30, then we had clean up and interviews.  I arrived home around 12:30.  I had a vet appointment for my 16 year old cat on the east side of Indianapolis (I live on the north side).  Back out the door by 1:45 to be there by 2:20.  China and I arrived home around 3:45.  My mind was racing on all the things that still needed to be completed.  Dinner, JcPenney's for pictures with Santa (for my daughter not me), and then finish a dining table and chairs, magnet boards, an end table, more "Ball of Notes" ornaments, 3 book wreathes and some how find time to get to bed, only to start all over on Friday to finish any remaining things for the Christmas Open House on Saturday morning at the Mall! {Phew}.

My in-laws were in town to help keep track of the little one, so I could attend the seminar (I'm usually off on Thursdays) and get ready for the open house.  When I walked in the door from the vet, they informed me that Santa had a family emergency so our pictures would need to be rescheduled.  AHHHH!  That is 3 hours I just gained in the evening (more time to finish project for the Christmas Open House).  I am very sad for Santa, but relieved that this was removed from my plate.  I hadn't checked emails since Wednesday afternoon, so I decided I would take a moment and do this.

This is where the day, got really exciting!!!  There was an email in my inbox from Susan Smith and a subject: YHOB Dress Giveaway. Hmmm!  I had forgotten that I had entered a contest on Susan's Blog (Your Home Only Better).  I had won the Boogie Woogie Dress from The Shabby Apple. I NEVER win ANYTHING!  I was so excited!  This MADE MY DAY!  I can't wait for it to get here.  Once it does...Mr. T and I have a date!  Not sure where as of yet, but I can promise you....we are going out!  Now...I will probably need to buy some new shoes, to go with my new dress...HMMMM!
By the way, if you have not visited The Shabby Apple, you MUST do so IMMEDIATELY!  They have some of the prettiest dresses I have seen in a VERY LONG time!  Very feminine without showing it all!  

Thank you to Susan at Your Home Only Better for hosting the fabulous contest and thank you to The Shabby Apple for offering the give-a-way.  I can't wait to get it.  If you haven't checked out Susan's blog, that is a must as well.  I read it regularly and it is ALWAYS a great read.

To finish up the weekend, we had our Christmas Open house at the Mall where we have our booth.  It was a ton of fun!  Since Mr. T and I work during the week, we rarely make it in when other dealers are there.  We are the ones adding and straightening on the weekends...not the ideal time, but you do what you have to.  So this weekend, we were able to chat and mingle with other dealers, eat a ton of yummy snacks, greet the customers, make a few sales and gab with the owners.  It was a great time had by all. 

Sunday was all about family and rest....boy did I need it!   I will share some photos of the booth and the FINISHED Pottery Barn Table and Chairs that Mr. T found at the goodwill.  I love the way it turned out!

Ciao for now! Kellie
Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas Open House

Happy Holidays! We hope you will join us!
Main Street Shoppes in Westfield, Indiana is hosting it's 1st annual Christmas Open House this Saturday, December 10, 2011 from 12-5pm.  Won't you please join The Pauper's Castle and other shop vendors for this awesome event! Come out and support local small businesses.  Shop for you or a unique holiday gift!
 Our booth, The Pauper's Castle (#33) will be offering snacks, drinks and a door prize drawing (I will announce what this is a little later this week) for anyone that comes by and says HI.  We will also be offering a 15% discount off everything purchased that day. We have new items to be added on Friday, this week.
 Have CA$H?  

It's "Deal with the Dealer" day at the mall.  Make an offer (reasonable) if you are paying in cash and it's likely the dealer will except!  Score for you!

We look forward to seeing you there!
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"Chippy" distressed technique found by mistake!

WOW!  It has been a bit since I last posted.  I am still here....really!  

I have just been crazy busy.  Outside of my regular work schedule, being a wife and a mom, attempting to slow down for a moment and enjoy the holiday, shopping for Christmas, attempting to clean the house, I have been busy in the garage finishing up Mr. T's Pottery Barn table and chairs find from the goodwill, refinishing an end table and making 95 "Ball of Notes" ornaments (Mr. T helped....thank you!) for a church here in Indy.

Here are some pictures of the end table that I refinished in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint-Cream.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, this paint. Plus, due to the fact that I was out of sand paper (GRRRR, not sure how that happened) I found a new way to distress....a much more chippy look!  

Out of necessity comes great results!!

The pictures are not the best.  I forgot the camera when we went to the booth on Sunday and didn't have time to take "a styled shoot" I took the pics with my cell phone and then sent them to my brother to email back to me.  
Yes...I am a little technologically challenged.  
Yes... I still have a basic phone (no iPhone).  
Hey...I am excited to have a camera on the thing and actually no how to work that!

The drawer front was sanded by hand with a TINY piece of sand paper that I found in a drawer in the garage, but not enough to do the whole table.  You can really see the difference in this pic on how different the distressing looks.
Yes...I also forgot to take before pics.  Sorry...I know this is bad, but I was in a hurry!  I have another one just like it, so I can show you a before pic later?   It was a basic cherry end table with brass drawer pull (which I painted with oil rubbed bronze).  Great condition!  I just decided it need a paint job.  So "Annie" and I had a date.
I painted the entire piece with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in cream (2 coats).  Then I painted the edge of the drawer and table with a pewter buff-in-rub diluted with lacquer thinner.  Then I waxed the entire piece with clear wax.  This is when I learned I was out of regular sand paper.  I could have used the palm sander, but this paint tends to kick up a lot of dust when sanded.  We had just pulled all of our Christmas stuff from the attic (which still needs to be put out) and I didn't want it covered in dust.  So I decided I would hand sand...problem sand paper (again...not sure how that happened).
So I decided to use a scouring pad that I had for my mouse sander.  
I used the pad on the right, much like you would find on a two-sided sponge
 It came with the sander when it was given to me 8 years ago and I always wondered why you might need a scouring pad with a sander...I am glad it existed.  I found a whole new distressing technique.  It gives a much more "chippy" distressed looked than sanding does.  It's also was a lot less messy than using Vaseline, candles wax or the palm sander with sand paper. 
Try it...I think you will like it.  
I don't think it won't work with regular latex paint, but if you are using Chalk works BEAUTIFULLY! 
Again, sorry for the blurry pic, it's from my cell phone
So what do you think?  Do you like the way it distressed?

Remember, I mentioned that Mr. T found a Pottery Barn table and chairs at the Goodwill.  He bought it at the beginning of summer, but I am just now getting around to refinishing it.  It was one of the DIRTIEST things I have EVER cleaned.  However, in the cleaning process, I found the original price tags still intact. Total price for this set was over $1300.00!!!  Trust me, Mr. T paid NO WHERE near that.  So here is a sneak peak of the before....
I have just a tiny bit more to do and this will be done!  Just in time for our open house on December 10th.  If you are in the Indy area, please stop by and say HI!  Mr. T and I will be there from 12-5pm.  We would love to meet you!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thankgiving

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? 

I am thankful for many things, my fabulous husband, my awe inspiring daughter that reminds me daily of the simple pleasures of life, the rest of my wonderful family, our warm home to live in, the food on our table, our jobs that provide for us, the many opportunities we have been given, our health, our God,...too many to mention, I think this sums it up very nicely. 

Many blessing to your and your family this Thanksgiving Season!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Salt Dough Snowflake Ornaments

 Most everyone has memories of the Christmas tree they had when they were little.  I have a lot of memories about what ours looked liked.  It was a fresh tree that my dad and I would cut down. Then I would sit for hours and watch my dad untangle and then try to make our flower petal-muti-colored lights work. Hours of pulling light bulb after light bulb to make sure they all worked and replacing the ones that didn't.  I thought we would never get to decorate the tree.  Thank God for the lights we have know if one bulb burns out they don't all go out!
We would string the multi-colored lights, gaudy gold or silver garland and of course tinsel icicles! The ornaments were a collections of my great grandma's vintage ornaments that she had passed down, a collection of handmade school ornaments and salt dough ornaments that my mom had made when parents first married.  I remember thinking that we had the best tree ever.  I especially have a fond memory for the salt dough ornaments (my mom will never understand why). So I decided to bring back some of that vintage flair!

If you read my blog on a regular basis, you know that I wanted a Christmas tree for our space at the antique mall. That meant having ornaments to sell.  Here are some that I made.

The last ones I made were the salt dough snowflake ornaments.

Salt dough is super easy to make, a very CHEAP...maybe I should say FRUGAL, sounds better!  It's perfect to get the kids involved and turn the family Christmas tree into a family work of art.  Not to mention wonderful memories you create, plus you save a TON of money in the mean time.

What you will need:

4 cups of all purpose flour
1 cup table salt
1 1/2 cups warm to hot water 
(I would lean more towards hot than warm)

Add ingredients in the order given and then stir.  It will begin to form a ball.  Once it's to this point, start using your hands and knead it like you were making bread.  If the dough is too sticky...gradually add more flour. If the dough is too dry, gradually add more water.  There is not an exact science to this.  The amounts above are just a good starting point.  Once you have your dough completely's time to create.  Sprinkle your work surface with flour, roll out your dough with a rolling pin and use the cookie cutters of your choice.

Bake in a 250* oven.  Bake for 30 min. on one side, flip your ornament and bake an additional 30 minute. This is an important step. If you do not flip them, they tend to want to puff up.  They are not as pretty when they do this, plus it makes them more fragile.  I found the snowflake ornaments took any where from 1 to 1.5 hours.  These baked much faster than others I have done.  I am assuming it's because I cut out the small shapes in the center.  The "Giving Thanks" garlands took almost 6-8 hours to bake. 

"Giving Thanks" salt dough garland.  Painted with water colors
Needless to say, bake in 30 minute increments and check for done-ness (is this a word?.. for today it is). You will know when they are done because they will be hard.  If they are still soft or look wet they need to bake longer.  Here is the completed project.

I decorated mine with Tulip fabric paint (silver and pearl) and rhinestones, but the possibilities are endless.  Use your imagination and start creating memories today!

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