Monday 1 February 2016

Soft Green and Silver Set

This was a four piece set I picked up.  I absolutely adore the way it turned out. So many pretty details, and the custom added legs lift it up off the ground giving  bit of airiness.  
I actually picked this colour up from Benjamin Moore in their mistint pile.  It is such a lovely super soft shade of mint.  I love it.  I still have half the gallon left and will definitely be using it again.

I decided to keep the look soft by doing a silver hardware.  I prepped the hardware by sanding as well as wiping on a coat of liquid sander before spraying it and then glazing it.

 Isn't the raised detailing lovely?

Here are the cute matching nightstands.
And the tallboy as well.  I don't always paint matching sets in the same colour, but I loved this colour so much I couldn't resist.

Cobalt and Gold Nightstands

These little beauties are stunning.  I picked them up with a matching dresser and opted to give them a cobalt/gold outfit.  So much cute detailing on these and lovely legs. Whistle whistle.

The before pictures look pretty good, but they were quite beaten up!

Green and Gold Bohemian Dresser

I walked by this piece for several weeks before buying it.  Mr. Chuckles said I should buy it and paint it an aged white with a wood top.  I wasn't quite sold on the idea, but I did eventually decide to buy the piece.

I had just picked up a great shade of green that I wanted to try out.  It looks really teal on my monitor but it is a true Kelly green and it is complimented with some cobalt blue layering.

The top was super warn and weathered.  I decided to embrace that instead of covering it up.  Its suits the bo-ho element of the dresser, I think.
It was certainly a fun piece to do, and although I don't like the way these pictures turned out, she does look pretty cool in real life.

Gray and Gold

I'm loving grays with Brilliant gold at the moment.  A quick scan of painted kitchens on Pinterest will show just how popular this combination is at the moment.
I have painted a few gray/gold combos at the moment and just love them!
This is a solid heavy oak piece that is in great condition.  It was a bit short though, so Mr. Chuckles and I added the legs to bring it up to counter top height of 36".  I find in a larger room the added height make it feel more contemporary and the legs add an airiness.
I love the contrast the gold has with the gray.  The colour is called Raccoon Fur by Ben Moore.
I personally love being able to see heavy oak grain through the paint, it just adds one more element of interest.
And a cute pair of nightstands painted in the same colour combination.
No before pics.  Apologies!

Navy Blue and Bright Gold Dresser

Hi guys, its been awhile since I updated, so I thought I should get into gear and show a few of the pieces I have been working on lately!

Im still loving me some blue at this moment, and now with so many different paints and tints in my stock, I have a great time mixing up my own colours!  I was aiming for a grayish navy with this one and Im happy with how it turned out, especially with the hardware painted brilliant gold.

I have almost exclusively been using Zinsser BIN as my primer for the last year now.  It costs a pretty penny, and the fumes will get you high if you don't use a respirator, but it is hands down the best primer in terms of blocking stains and bleed through as well as giving amazing adhesion.  Plus it dries super quick allowing you to get a primer coat followed by a first coat of paint during a single episode of Downton Abbey.

I did my usual sanding, vacuuming, washing, wiping, drying.  Followed by a tinted coat of Zinsser and then two coats of the navy in Dulux Diamond Pearl.  I also did a topcoat of acrylic poly on the top for added durability.  Lots of work, but I don't like to skip steps as it usually results in a bad result that won't hold up.