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Quick-Tip-Tuesday ~ Feed Your Creativity

Quick-Tip-Tuesday ~ Feed Your Creativity

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Blog, Quick Tip Tuesday, Random Chit-Chat | 2 comments

Andrea and I have been MIA for the last few days. We ventured to Buffalo NY for a get-a-way. Stepping back from my daily routine to refresh and reboot my creativity always does me a world of wonders!

When we take our sistahhh trips across the border, our must stops are:

Hobby Lobby for the 50% off knobs and handles… bought a ton!

The ReStore… I like checking out ReStores to see if they have any good furniture or staging supplies. No luck this time.

Good Eats… we love eating. And when I say good – I really mean bad. Our ‘dining’ out included a bunch of junk food. This time it was a greasy Chinese Buffet (which promised crab legs but sadly didn’t deliver) and Mighty Taco…HAD to give Mighty Taco a try because we only have Taco Bell here at home.

Art Galleries… because we’re art lovers. This time we explored a contemporary gallery, The Albright-Knox in Buffalo NY.

I appreciate all art… but let’s be honest. Have you ever stood there looking at a contemporary painting and thought… “I can do that!”. You know the type; a huge blank canvas painted with one bright stripe in the center. Or a piece of board covered in what looks to be a blob of spilled paint…  really? 37K for that?… really?

Because I didn’t have high expectations walking into the Albright-Knox Gallery, it made it all the better when I was WOW’ed by the amazing art work. Different and unconventional. Loved it! We walked out of the museum feeling uplifted and inspired…

 

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From the gorgeous, interesting sculptures…

 

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To the psychedelic “Mirrored Room” created by Lucas Samaras in 1966… {of course the 60’s…lol… I would have loved to be an artsy-hippy ;) }

 

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To this huge freaky three dimensional life-like head fashioned with real hair… all this creativity!

 

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As I was leaving the gallery I had this thought; we all know how important it is to stimulate a child’s creativity. We go to great lengths to encourage children to dream, play, make-believe and expand their imaginations by experiencing new things. So why is it, when we become adults, if what we’re doing isn’t directly linked to productivity, it’s perceived as not important?

Feeding your creativity IS important.

Inspiration comes from unexpected places. All of our experiences expand our perception and help ideas flow more easily.

For me, time away seeing and doing different things gives me a new perspective on my business, family, friends and life in general. It recharges my batteries and helps me feel more creative.

 

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When’s the last time you took a breather from your daily routine? How do YOU feed your creativity? Chime in!  As always, I love hearing from you! x  

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

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Naked or Dressed ~ The Debate on Staging & Styling Your Painted Furniture

Naked or Dressed ~ The Debate on Staging & Styling Your Painted Furniture

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Blog, Business | 10 comments

Naked or dressed? Is staging your painted furniture really important?

I have an ongoing debate with myself when it comes to staging and styling my work. A part of me feels a well-painted piece should stand alone and speak for itself. On the other hand, why not spiff her up to show off some assets?

Here’s a confession…

I’m super envious of you ‘creative-types’ who can throw together a few items and make your painted furniture look amazing. You know who you are. You can group together a couple of rusted soup cans, a painted mason jar fancied up with twine and bam, your piece looks like it should be featured in a magazine. I look for inspiration from you designers, stylists, shop owners and talented bloggers on a daily basis because…I admit…

I’m a furniture painter who struggles with styling.

Here’s how it goes down. I scour my home for staging items. I scour my sister’s home. I’d scour your home if you’d let me in. ;) I search thrift stores and garage sales for props that may work. I end up with a room full of knick-knacks that I spend 2+ hours trying to arrange, then re-arrange… only to re-arrange again.

 

How Important is Staging Your Painting Furniture?

The reality is, we’re visual junkies. Much of our advertising, social interaction, and buying is online. We expect to be WOWed by images. I know I do. And if I don’t see something I like right away, something I will like is just a click away!

So staging and styling painted furniture is important. Styling a piece can draw in more eyeballs by creating additional color, height, and interest. This keeps a viewer’s attention, and in turn, may keep them coming back for more.

 

Does staging help sell your furniture faster?

In my experience no.  Besides custom work, I sell my pieces online (kijiji & craigslist) and via word of mouth. I haven’t noticed my staged pieces selling any faster than my non-staged pieces. My own shopping habits; when I buy furniture, it’s because I love the piece. It has nothing to do with what’s sitting on top or around it.

 

Will styling your furniture bring additional traffic to a blog, Facebook or Pinterest page?

With all the talented bloggers, designers and store owners showcasing their painted furniture online, a well-staged piece can bring in additional traffic. When I track visitors via Google Analytics, traffic does increase when I post a popular piece of furniture.

But if staging isn’t your thing, don’t let this stop you from posting a non-staged piece. One of my post popular pins on Pinterest is of this China Cabinet that has NO staging or styling.

 

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So you see, the debate continues!

If you’re starting a furniture painting business, staging is a wonderful tool but not necessarily a must. And like me, you can seek inspirations from those naturally talented ‘creative-types’… and learn as you go. :)

What are your thoughts on staging and styling your painted furniture?  Are you a natural, or do you struggle with your staging efforts?  Have you noticed your furniture sells faster if it’s staged? Leave your thoughts and ideas below… I always love hearing from you! 

Have an amazing day!

Denise x

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Quick-Tip-Tuesday ~ Wax On And Socks Off

Quick-Tip-Tuesday ~ Wax On And Socks Off

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Blog, Quick Tip Tuesday, Tools | 9 comments

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

After cleaning out my drawers, I was left with a handful of old socks that had lost their elasticity. I was about to throw them in the trash when I remembered a Martha Stewart Tutorial. Martha used an old sock to apply and remove her wax.

Using an old sock sounds kind of weird and unglamorous.

It can’t possibly work any better than a soft lint free cloth.

But being a thriftista, I’ll try anything once. Maybe these socks could be of use one last time! One last hurraahhh before they’re looking up at the top of a trash can.

 

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WAX ON – SOCKS OFF – SOCKS WORK AMAZING!

I put on my latex gloves. Working in small areas I applied my wax with my fancy wax brush.

 

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(Want to know how I make a hard wax buttery smooth?… check it out here!)

I put a sock on my hand and rubbed the wax off. Then I moved onto the next area.

Once I saw the wax starting to build up on the sock, I simply turned it around, folded it in, or turned it inside out. I did this so I was always working with a clean part of the sock.

 

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Waxing with a sock feels more controlled. Getting into all the crevices and rounded areas was easy and it definitely shaved time off my waxing process!

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LOVE IT… this is my new go-to waxing technique. I found it so convenient I’m going buy a bag of 100% cotton socks specifically for waxing.

Glad you dropped by… and be sure to come back to see this finished dresser restyled in Miss Mustard Seed’s Boxwood!

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Have you ever used a sock for waxing? If so, do you know if the waxy sock(s) can be washed and reused over again? It would be great if they are reusable! Leave your favorite method of waxing or any waxing tips your may have below… I always 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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Quick-Tip-Tuesday ~ Hardware on a Stick?

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Blog, Quick Tip Tuesday | 2 comments

Happy Tuesday to you!

The sun is shining, spring is in the air and Trillium Park Designs has shared a fun quick tip; a simple solution that makes painting hardware a breeze using something we all have lying around.

I love all the innovative tools and ideas you guys come up with!

 

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“Discovered a good use for those take-out chopsticks threatening to take over the silverware drawer! Use them in pairs over a small box to hold bail-styled hardware for spray painting. It’s an easy way to keep the pull up and out of the way and avoid smudges while the paint dries.” ~Jennifer

 

And because I know you all love before and after pics….

 

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To see more of Jennifer’s beautiful work, feel free to visit Trillium Park Designs!

Have any questions about painting furniture hardware? Do you have any tips or paint methods you’d like to share? I hope you chime in because I always 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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Dressing Up A Classic French Provincial with An Easy-To-Glue-On Applique

Dressing Up A Classic French Provincial with An Easy-To-Glue-On Applique

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Blog, Chalk Paint, How To Tips, Painting Furniture, Product Reviews | 16 comments

Here’s a sweet Classic French Provincial piece that I dressed up with my paint sprayer and an easy-to-glue-on applique. I LOVE these things! Appliques (aka onlays or mouldings) can turn an ‘real uguls’ (a term my Mum use to use) into a beautiful focal piece.

And they’re not just for furniture!

These decorative mouldings can be applied to frames, cabinets, doors, planters or pretty much anything you want to fancy up with some detail and dimension.

For past projects I’ve used wood appliques, but this was my first time trying a resin moulding. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Will it hold properly? Will it look seamless? Will it look as professional as a wood applique? Yes, yes and yes!

 

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I was really surprised that it only needed gluing.  I wanted to use a pin-nailer or finishing nails to help hold it on , but the resin material felt pliable yet breakable.

Flexible yet easy to tear… it’s weird.

I’m sure shooting it with nails wouldn’t have ended well so I just followed the manufacturer’s instructions. Wood Glue, No More Nails, Joint Compound or Gorilla Glue are all excellent adhesives for these appliques.

 

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It was super easy to apply. I used LePage Carpenter’s Wood Glue and centered it evenly on the top drawer. If you want it perfectly aligned, you can measure and mark out the exact spot you want your applique. As you can see from my pic, I didn’t measure. Instead, I used the filled-in hardware holes as my guide and eyeballed it.

 

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Here are a few tips when applying an applique to furniture~

1. Whether you’re applying an applique on furniture (or any other project) a flat surface is needed for proper contact and good adhesion.

2. Clean and sand the area where the applique will be applied. Remove any shiny surface or topcoat, dirt or grime that might interfere with adhesion.

3. To get a seamless look, cover the entire applique with glue and then press down or clamp.

4. Clean off any squeezed out excess glue with a damp cloth. I used a chopstick and toothpick to get into the tight areas.

5. Follow the manufacture’s instructions and give the applique extensive dry time before priming or painting. I let my applique dry overnight for 24hrs.

6. Prime and paint! I spayed light coats rather than heavy. If too much paint were to get into the nooks and crannies of this applique, it would have been a dripping mess!

7. To make an applique really pop, apply a dark glaze or wax, dry brush, or paint it in a totally different color to make it stand out.

 

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After paint and prime, I sealed and protected with a clear wax for a clean look.

 

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And since we’re showing off this classic girl, let’s flaunt her smooth custom “DIY Chalky Pebble Beach” finish, golden restyled hardware, and her shapley legs. :)

 

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Once these appliques are fully adhered and all painted up, honestly, you can’t tell that it’s not wood! From now on, I’ll spend the extra money on wood appliques if I plan to stain. Otherwise, polymer, resin or plaster appliques are my new go-to for painting!

You can find some amazing appliques at Chic Mouldings, on Etsy, Bomar Designs or Do It Yourself Chic. Home Depot, Lowes and Lee Valley also carry them but it’s a limited selection. I’ve even seen some bloggers make their own.  Hmmm…sounds like something I may have to try one day! :)

So what do you think of this French Provincial before and after? Have you ever applied appliques onto your projects? If you have any questions or have some additional tips you’d like to add, chime in! 

Now onto my next project!

Denise x

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Quick-Tip-Tuesday ~ The Best Roller For Painting Furniture …And 9 Helpful Tips

Quick-Tip-Tuesday ~ The Best Roller For Painting Furniture …And 9 Helpful Tips

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Blog, Quick Tip Tuesday, Tools | 6 comments

After posting my MCM Buffet, (which sold to a wonderful couple from the UK yesterday) I recieved an email asking me what type of roller is best for painiting furniture.

First off, I don’t often use rollers to restyle my furniture. A regular ol’ paint brush and my spray-gun are my go-to’s. But when I do roll… this is how I roll… (big smile)! I make sure to choose a roller that doesn’t leave any fuzzies – like those textured rollers do, or show ugly roller marks – like those cheap spongy rollers do!

The best roller for painting furniture is a High Density Foam Roller with a Rounded Edge. I look for brands that are used by contractors for cabinets, trim and doors. These rollers also indicate ‘fine/smooth’ finish on the package. These high density foam rollers won’t leave air bubbles or fuzzies in your painted furniture’s finish!

 

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Here are 9 tips to help you get a smooth finish when using a roller:

1. Foam rollers come in 4″-6″ and choosing the correct size for your job is helpful.

2. Pre-load your foam roller with product before you start to paint. A fully loaded roller reduces the risk of uneven paint application which reduces roller marks and flashing. (Flashing is when paint is applied or dries unevenenly and the finish appears to have different sheens or textures once dry.)

3. Use a good quality paint that lays and evens out nicely. Don’t be afraid to thin the paint down with small amounts of water to make the paint flow and distribute smoothly.

4. Floetrol (for latex) or Penetrol (for oil) are two products that can also be added to your paint to slow down the dry time and allow the paint to lay nice and even for a smooth finish.

5. Leave a wet edge to roll into otherwise you may experience roller marks or flashing.

6. Use the weight of the roller and very light pressure to roll on your paint. If you apply too much pressure it will result in roller marks.

7. Roll in one direction so you get an even painted surface.

8. Don’t over work the paint. Roll a few times to distribute your paint and then let the paint level and do it’s thing.

9. High density foam paint rollers are reusable. To keep them in good shape so that you can use them over and over again, after painting, rinse with warm water and squeeze most of the paint out. Then wash with a mild soap and water and let dry.

 

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Have any questions about painting furniture with a roller? Do you have any tips or paint methods you’d like to share? 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 your day and happy painting!

Denise x

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