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The Christie Antique Show – Spring 2015

The Christie Antique Show – Spring 2015

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Blog, Featured Shops, Random Chit-Chat | 6 comments

Hi my friends – I hope you’re having a great day and all of you south of the border are enjoying your Memorial Day long weekend!

This past Saturday, I put aside a few hours to treat myself to some eyecandy at the Christie Antique Show in Dundas – so glad I did!

It was a perfect sunny afternoon, and I was surrounded by hundreds of vendors displaying quality antiques, collectibles and fine art. A few things that caught my eye –

Antique farm equipment – love the rust and chippy red paint on this piece …

 

plow wheel - Christie Antique Show

 

colorful antique depression glass….

 

glassware - Christie Antique Show

 

antique knobs and hardware – I would have luuuved to dump these in a box and take them ALL home! :) …

 

Antique Hardware - Christie Antique Show1

 

and old ‘props’ that are perfect for staging painted furniture. I would have picked this cutie up if I hadn’t already bought the exact same one from the ReStore a few months ago!

 

Torcan Fan - Christie Antique Show

 

But the favorite part of my day was browsing the furniture and meeting a few of the wonderful vendors!

 

furniture - Christie Antique Show

 

Here’s an adorable piece by Pamela at Bluestone Cottage. Pamela has a paint line (chalky, silky and milk paints) that I can’t wait to try!

 

painted dresser - Bluestone Cottage Paints

 

mason jar - Christie Antique Show

 

Bluestone Cottage Furniture Paint

 

Lorna at Graham & Brooks displayed salvaged doors, antiques and furniture.

 

Doors - Graham & Brooks Dundas

 

And Mary and Anita from Pepper Pot Place had a beautiful booth showcasing Annie Sloan painted furniture. Don’t you just love the upholstered chairs?!

 

desk - Pepper Pot Place

 

dresser - Pepper Pot Place

 

cabinet - Pepper Pot Place

 

To end my day, I couldn’t leave the grounds without trying the mini-donuts. True fact: I’m a DONUT MONGER and I have to try donuts wherever I go! All of you in the States may argue that Krispy Kreme or Dunkin’ Donuts is the best, but I’ve tasted them all and nothing beats our Tim Horton’s! ;)

 

donuts - Christie Antique Show

 

A BIG thank you to Pamela from Bluestone Cottage, Lorna at Graham & Brooks, and Mary and Anita at Pepper Pot Place for sharing their beautiful creations!

Feel free to leave a comment below… even if you don’t think Tim Horton’s is the very best! ;) I always love hearing from you!  

Denise x

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Finding Your Center

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Blog, How To Tips, Quick Tip Tuesday | 2 comments

Happy Tuesday…  I hope all my Canadian friends had a fun Victoria Day long weekend!

Today’s quick tip is all about finding your center!

Here’s a really easy way to find your center point when working with something perfectly square.  Rather than measuring, I like to use a straight edge and draw a line from corner to corner to find my center drilling point.

 

Adding Furniture Legs & Finding Center

 

Super fast and easy and makes for a perfectly centered drill hole every time.

What method, tips or tricks do you use to find your center point? Have any other measuring or drilling tips?  If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below! As always I love hearing from you!  

Catch last week’s Q-T-T here – and if YOU have any ideas or tips you would like to share on the SI Quick-Tip-Tuesday-Series, send me an email!

Enjoy your day and have fun with your next project!

Denise x

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The Simplest Way To Add Furniture Legs

The Simplest Way To Add Furniture Legs

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Blog, Furniture Repair, How To Tips, Quick Tip Tuesday, Tools | 12 comments

Happy Tuesday to you!

Later today I’m delivering this night table to Dianne. She’s a fun client of mine who purchased this raised stencil dresser - then requested this night table be painted to match. The night table is perfect for her needs but it was a few inches too short.

For today’s Quick-Tip-Tuesday, I’ll show you how we added height and interest to Dianne’s piece – the easy way.

 

Simplest Way To Add Furn-Legs

 

The simplest way to add furniture legs to a smaller piece of furniture is by using T-Nuts!

T-Nuts (aka Tee-Nuts, Rivet or Blind Nuts) can be found in local hardware stores in the fastener section for usually less than 50¢ each.

They come in various sizes to accommodate large and small screws, and once installed, they’re a nice secure fastener.

 

T-Nuts and Furniture Legs

 

Here are the materials I used:

:: Furniture Legs

:: T-Nuts

:: Hammer

:: Measuring Tape

:: Drill + Drill Bit

I start by finding the center point where the legs are to be attached. After marking the center, I drill a hole the same depth as the length of the screw on the furniture leg. Here’s an easy DIY Drill Bit Depth Stopper.

 

Drilling Hole For Furniture Legs

 

Once the appropriate size hole is drilled (in this case the T-Nut and drill bit I used was 5/16) I hammer in the T-Nut until the teeth have gripped into the wood and the nut is totally flush with the surface.

Just an off-topic side note – If you’re a regular reader, you’ve probably noticed this old beat up hammer in many of my tutorials. This is one of my Dad’s old hammers that he gave me when I purchased my very first home. I just can’t seem to part with for nostalgic reasons! <3

 

T-Nuts for Adding Furniture Legs

 

Once the T-Nut is installed, the wooden furniture leg screws in easily.

 

Adding Wooden Furniture Legs

 

Simple way To Add furniture legs

Adding Furniture Legs-Night Table

 

This is the simplest method I know to attach wooden furniture legs to smaller pieces of furniture. So long as the drill hole is a snug fit for the T-Nut and screw, it will hold your wood furniture legs in perfectly!

What do you use to attach wooden furniture legs when restyling your pieces?  Do you have any tools that have sentimental value and you just can’t get rid of? :) If you have any questions,  feel free to leave a comment below! As always, I love hearing from you!  

Catch last week’s Q-T-T here – and if YOU have any ideas or tips you would like to share on the SI Quick-Tip-Tuesday-Series, send me an email!

Have an amazing day and have fun with your next project!

Denise x

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Drill Bit Depth Stop ~ The DIY Kind

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Blog, Furniture Repair, Quick Tip Tuesday | 2 comments

Happy Tuesday to you and welcome to another Q-T-T!

When drilling holes, it’s easy to miscalculate and drill a hole deeper than you need it to be.

You can buy various types of drill bit depth stops that are collars you place on your bit that inhibit any further drilling. But I like to use the cheap and cheerful DIY kind – PAINTERS TAPE!

Here I’m installing furniture legs on a clients night table. To ensure the hole for the leg is the EXACT depth I need, I measured the drill bit to match the length of the screw being installed – then wrap painters tape around the drill bit to mark the stop point.

 

Drilling Hole For Furniture Legs

 

Once the tape reaches the wood, I know I’ve reached the correct depth.

This method doesn’t stop the drill from drilling any deeper, but it’s the perfect DIY visual gauge to let you know when to stop drilling.

So if you ever need to control the depth of the hole you’re drilling, grab a piece of tape!

Have you ever used this method to gauge your drilling? Have any other drilling tips or uses for painters tape?  If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below! As always, I love hearing from you!  

Catch last week’s Q-T-T here – and if YOU have any ideas or tips you would like to share on the SI Quick-Tip-Tuesday-Series, send me an email!

Enjoy your day and have fun with your next project!

Denise x

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How To Feather Glaze A French Country Bird Desk

How To Feather Glaze A French Country Bird Desk

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Blog, Glazing Furniture, How To Tips, Quick Tip Tuesday | 4 comments

Hi Everyone!

Yesterday I posted a decoupaged French Country Bird Desk. The drawers were decoupaged with a gorgeous bird and floral motif, and the body was painted white and antiqued with layers of soft feather glaze.

I’ve already received a lot of questions on this finish, so it’s a perfect ‘share’ for our Quick-Tip-Tuesday!

To create this soft glaze effect, I painted the entire desk white. Then I used General Finishes Van Dyke Glaze cut with Behrs Faux Glaze. Note – I cut in the extra Behr Glaze to extend my working time because the GF dries rather quickly. I worked in small areas brushing the glaze on and then using a soft brush in a back and forth motion to smooth and soften the look.

This short video clip was intended for my sister’s eyes only so the aspect & quality isn’t the best, but it does show how to feather glaze and create a soft antiqued look.

 

 

Once the first coat was dry, I repeated the process by painting on the glaze and feathering it out again. The more layers of glaze added, the deeper and richer the finish looks. Simpy add more or less, depending on how light or dark you want to go.

Here’s the full decoupage tutorial and products used for this French Country Bird Desk – and thanks for joining me for another Q-T-T!

What glazing techniques do you like? Have you ever softened and feathered your glaze?  If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below! As always, I love hearing from you and learn so much from your comments!  

Catch last week’s Q-T-T here – and if YOU have any ideas or tips you would like to share on the SI Quick-Tip-Tuesday-Series, send me an email!

Enjoy your day and have fun with your next project!

Denise x

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