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Quick-Tip-Tuesday ~ When’s the Last Time You Finger-Painted?

Quick-Tip-Tuesday ~ When’s the Last Time You Finger-Painted?

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Blog, Painting Furniture, Quick Tip Tuesday | 0 comments

Hi everyone… Happy Tuesday to you!

If there was a spy-cam in my studio, you would see me working away garbed in paint-splotched jeans and a t-shirt; probably a little paint in my hair, and definately some color on my fingers and hands. How do I clean my paint clad fingers? All ten are wiped on my splotched jeans and t-shirt.

Lynda from Pleasant Pickin’s has a better idea. She has created this beautiful soft effect by finger-painting the raised details.




So Denise…here is a tip for you!

When I painted this piece I found it difficult to paint the raised panels without getting paint on the cream colour.

I decided to paint it with my fingers!!

Worked like a charm because you can feel the edges. And it gives it a cool, almost cloudy look.

Lynda :)


This piece looks amazing Lynda and I L-o-v-e the soft faded effect! Unconventional tools and methods can create beautiful unique results!

To see more of Lynda’s painted furniture creations, you can visit her Facebook page.

And I’d like to know when’s the last time you finger-painted? Do you have any unconventional tips or painting methods? Chime in because I always love hearing from you! 

Catch last weeks Q-T-T here - and if YOU have any ideas or tips you would like to share on the SI Quick-Tip-Tuesday-Series, feel free to send me an email.

Enjoy the day and happy painting!

Denise x


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Mid-Century-Modern Buffet Restyling

Mid-Century-Modern Buffet Restyling

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in Blog, Business, Furniture Repair, Mid Century Modern, Painting Furniture | 4 comments

For those of you following my shenanigans on Facebook, you already know how grateful I was earlier this week. A neighbor was kind enough to drop off not one – but two gorgeous Mid-Century-Modern (MCM) pieces right to my front door!

Whooohooo and win-win!

My neighbour avoided the hassel of balancing these heavy pieces on a 3 foot snow bank for bulk-pick-up… or loading them in -20° weather to drive them to a donation center. I’m feeling like a winner for scoring these soon-to-be-beauties. Thank-you!

Tip ~ For those of you starting in this business; it’s a good idea to let family, friends, neighbours, co-workers and your pizza delivery guy know that you restyle and upcycle furniture. People are constantly getting rid of pieces. Tastes change, they downsize, or a piece needs TLC and they just want to get rid of it. Whatever the reason, let everyone know you’re available for pick-up or drop-off.


MCM Painted Buffet B&A


I don’t usually search out mid-century-modern furniture but I’ve had fun restyling MCM pieces …and it’s always a fun change.

This MCM piece has great lines.

The top and sides were scratched but this was easy to fix and fill with Elmers Wood Putty. An all purpose wood putty works great when painting. But if I were to stain, it would have required a stainable wood filler.




What I really like about this piece is the stained black detail running right under the top and the mirroring black detail on the legs.






Masking off the small details was easy to do with these cheap and cheerful tools I purchsed from the Dollar Store.

After I masked everything off and all the scratches were filled, I primed the areas to be painted with Zinnser B-I-N Primer Sealer with shellac. This primer costs more, but it does an amazing job at blocking bleed-through, stains and odors. It can be recoated in 45 minutes but usually one coat is enough. Great stuff!

Rather than use my spray-gun or a paint brush for this piece, I used a roller. The secret for smooth paint results using a roller – use a high density foam roller (not the fuzzy ones!) and roll with a light hand. Also, watering down the paint a little bit is helpful to eliminate any roller marks.

The paint I used was Sherwin Williams All Surface Enamel in “SW 7010 White Duck”.

The stained drawers and sliding doors were in very good shape so no sanding or restaining was necessary. Instead I used a product called ‘Trade Secret Scratch Remover’ to recondition them. This masked any small scratches and brought the wood back to life again.

The original hardware was painted to match and voila…

I LOVE the end result! And the black detailing really makes this piece stand out!
















And here’s hoping spring is on the way!!!!!





So what do you think of this MCM before and after? Are you a fan of the Mid Century Modern retro look? Do you have any MCM pieces in your home? You can find more MCM inspiration on Pinterest!

Have an amazing day and relaxing weekend!

Denise x


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Quick-Tip-Tuesday ~ Tools For Taping Off Small Details

Quick-Tip-Tuesday ~ Tools For Taping Off Small Details

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Blog, Quick Tip Tuesday, Tools | 2 comments

Taping off a large straight edge is easy. But I find, when painting my furniture, taping off the small details, grooves, nooks and crannies is not quite as simple.

I’m working on this Mid-Century-Modern (MCM) Buffet and it’s a perfect example. Do you see that small black detail running right under the top and again down the center of the leg?




I want to keep this black detailing as is!  To achieve a clean crisp edge, it requires a really steady hand or the help of some painters tape and a few tools every household has on hand.

I also find masking makes my job faster and easier because I don’t have to be as particular when painting. And this way I get a perfect edge every time!

Here’s what I do.  I use painters tape, a putty knife and a utility knife to create the perfect cut and seal. I hold the putty knife as a guide firmly against the edge of the detailing and then cut along the edge with the utility knife.  This makes perfect sharp lines and corners.




If you have any questions or tips on how you tape off your small furniture details, chime in because I always love learning from you! 

You can see more on safely removing painters tape or catch last weeks Q-T-T here. If YOU have any ideas or tips you would like to share on the SI Quick-Tip-Tuesday-Series, feel free to send me an email.

Have an amazing day!

Denise x


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Happy Valentine’s Day

Posted by on Feb 14, 2015 in Blog, Random Chit-Chat | 2 comments

I rarely post on weekends… okay, actually never… but I want to wish you a beautiful Valentine’s Day.

I hope you’re sharing the precious gift of your heart with family, friends, and “someone special”.


Antique_Valentine_1909_02Source Wikipedia


Vintage Card dating back to the early 1900’s with cherub’s painting!

Have a great one!
Denise x

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Quick-Tip-Tuesday ~ Missing Chunks? Plastic Wood to the Rescue!

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Blog, Furniture Repair, Product Reviews, Quick Tip Tuesday | 5 comments

Warning ~I have a bad case of ‘weather envy’ towards my featured guest.

Today’s tip is brought to you from my friend Josi at Vintage Home in Boulder City, NV. Josi is romping around under sunny skies in 75 degree weather while I’m piled under 4feet of snow freezing my you-know-what off.

I’ll forgive her though because she’s sharing this great tip with all of us today. ;) :D




Andrea and I visiting Josi on our last trip to Vegas…  sun + friends = smiles!




“I want to show you how easy it is to repair a piece that is totally missing.

Look at the foot of the dresser. The light part is remade with a product called Plastic Wood. You buy it at Lowe’s or Home Depot. It’s about the consistency of play dough. You scoop it out of the can and mold it right there.

A whole chunk of that foot was missing now it’s not noticeable.”


Brilliant! I’ve never tried this product but after seeing this repair, I’ll definitely be trying Plastic Wood in the near future! And thank-you for sharing your tip Josi.

If you have any questions or tips on how to repair missing pieces from your furniture re-do’s, chime in because I always love hearing from you! 

You can see more of Vintage Home on Josi’s FB Page and catch last weeks Q-T-T here. If YOU have any ideas or tips you would like to share on the SI Quick-Tip-Tuesday-Series, feel free to send me an email.

Have an amazing day!

Denise x


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Raised Stencil: Time To ‘Fancy’ My Furniture

Raised Stencil: Time To ‘Fancy’ My Furniture

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Blog, How To Tips, Milk Paint, Stenciling | 8 comments

I’m always on the lookout for inspiring ideas to fancy-up my salvaged furniture.

Embossed and raised stenciled furniture has been around for years. DIY’ers have now come up with a variety of easy and inexpensive ways to achieve this look. With these easy methods, a raised stencil can be used on furniture, cabinets, books, frames, walls, or pretty much anything you can apply a traditional paint stencil to.






This was my first time applying a raised stencil. It was a fun learning experience and easy to do. Through trial and error, I’m sure I’ll get better, faster and more adventurous with my future designs.

A big thank-you to Sausha at Sweet Pickin’s Furniture who’s beautiful work inspired me to give this a try! In true Denise fashion, I only glimpsed over her tutorial. I confess, I’m challenged when it comes to following instructions and prefer to dig in and learn as I go. I’m sure sometimes I could make things a lot easier for myself by learning from other’s experiences – something I could work on.

Sausha suggests Vinyl Spackle because it’s very durable. When I read the product I bought (non-vinyl Spackle), the instructions said “Do Not Use For Skimming”… well isn’t that kind of what I needed it for? This was a concern because when it first dried, it seemed crumbly-soft to me. Like if I was to touch it, it would fall off like sand. However, once I gave it sufficient drying time, the Spackle dried perfectly hard and durable. Yaaay! After posting this project on Facebook, many of you chimed in with various products to use for raised stencils. Spackle, Joint Compound, Gel Medium, Embossing Cream, Decorative Cement Mix, Texture Paste, and Fine Stone by Artisan Enhancements just to name a few. Thank you everyone!

Another thing I could have done differently is choose a more durable stencil. I used a Martha Stewart stencil because she has gorgeous designs, but her stencils are thin and flimsy – sorry Martha, I call’s it like I see’s’ it. ;)  The stencil would have been easier to work with if it was heavier and had a little more depth to it so the embossing would have been a slightly more raised off the dresser.

Here’s the supplies I used for this raised stencil technique:

:: Martha Stewart Stencil

:: Miss Mustard Seed’s “French Enamel” Milk Paint

:: Flexible Plastic Putty Knife

:: Dap DryDex Spackling Compound

:: Painter’s Tape




Here’s how I applied the raised stencil:

After cleaning and sanding my piece, I gave it a good wipe down with my enviro-friendly tack cloth. Then I positioned the stencil exactly where I wanted it. I taped it in place with painter’s tape (you could also use a spray adhesive). Holding the stencil perfectly flat against my drawer, I pushed the Spackle into the stencil area using a flexible putty knife making sure to fill all areas evenly.




Once the entire stencil design was filled in with Spackle, I gently removed the tape and pulled up the stencil to reveal the design. I did this while the Spackle was still wet.




After each stenciled drawer, I washed and dried both sides of the stencil because otherwise it made a mess. Here I’m cleaning my design up with a toothpick which worked really well.




This is the dresser all stenciled and ready for paint. It took me a while to decide on color. I went with Miss Mustard Seeds ‘French Enamel’.




After two coats of Milk Paint, I gave the paint and raised stencil a sanding. I really like how the white showed through and I’m guessing you can tint the Spackle to whatever color compliments your furniture.




All sanded and ready for dark waxing.




And here it is antiqued in a dark wax.







I really like the embossed effect (even more than the traditional painted on stencils) because it adds extra dimension and interest to a piece.










You can find more inspiration on raised stenciled furniture on Pinterest or see how I made my own DIY Stencil here.

Feel free to let me know what you think of this piece and if you have any questions/tips on decorating furniture with a raised stencil technique, I’d love to hear from you!

Look forward to seeing you tomorrow for Q-T-T!

Denise x


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