Tuesday, August 20, 2013

FURNITURE FASHIONISTA'S....Tina from What We Keep!

 Hi, I'm Tina and my blog is What We Keep.
I'm so pleased to be here today!
My blog is filled with completely random posts about home decor, sewing, embroidery, painting, etc.
I guess I'm kind of a blog mutt...a mix of everything.
One of my long time hobbies is painting furniture.
Back in the day it was so labor intensive that I didn't have the time or the inclination to do many pieces.
It's a whole new world now!
You might have seen a post in my first days of blogging that featured this piece. 
I'm thinking of repainting it soon,
 so I thought I'd take the opportunity to share it here at the Inspiration Cafe.
Thanks for having me ladies!
This hall tree was found at an estate sale and was pretty dismal looking.
I started with Annie Sloan Old Ochre and topped that with Antibes Green.
A clear coat of AS wax and some rough handling and she was ready.
Antibes Green is cheerful and fun.
It's the "in yo face!" green and great for this high traffic and constantly grubby space.
This sits at my side door entrance to the porte cochere that is also adjacent to the back stairs.  
It's so narrow that it's difficult to photograph.
I used a small palm sander to beat the poor thing up pretty bad, but I wanted that look.
I can see a few things that I would have done differently now that
 I have more experience with Chalk Paint.
It will be a breeze to repaint- right over the waxing-slap it on and wax again.
One of my favorite things about painting furniture with AS is that I can repaint on a whim
and with no sanding or prep work.
Thank you, Annie....a million times, thank you.
I started using Chalk Paint over two years ago and I am still madly in love.
There are many different brands of  "chalk like" paint now and a wide array of colors. 
If you haven't tried painting furniture yet...what are you waiting for?
Grab that old chair that Uncle Fester left to you and make it pretty again.
Kick the dogs off and start painting.
Just start.
I promise, you'll be hooked.
Yes, that's the same chair.
Ready to grab that brush and get after it?
I hope you will!
Thanks for reading and I'd love for you to visit me over at What We Keep.
Thank you, thank you to the inspirational ladies here...keep inspiring us.
We love seeing new and  inventive ways to craft and decorate. 
The recipes are great, too.
Danni, are those Downton bells in production yet???  ;)
I'd like to order 15 and have them by the time the new season begins...
you'll whip those up pronto, m'kay?
Have a great week and be sure to come back for the 
September feature of  Furniture Fashionistas
here at the Inspiration Cafe.
You'll love it!

36 comments:

  1. It's gorgeous Tina - what a beautiful combination of colors!!!
    And isn't it amazing how we even consider repainting pieces on a regular basis since furniture painting has gotten so easy lol???
    XOXO

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    1. Thanks, Suze! Yes and we are a fickle bunch, aren't we?

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  2. WOWZA! 'So many lovely things! Can Tina come over and help me? ;-) -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  3. I so want some chalk paint to be sold here!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful hall tree with us! I also live that you called yourself a blog mutt lol

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    1. I am definitely a blog mutt! No access to chalk paint yet? That's no fun, Mel.

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  4. HellOOOooo, Miss T. Your green piece is ADORABLE like you. :) I am a fan of chalk paint, too.
    -Revi

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    1. Thanks, Revi! Yes, you sure are fan of chalk paint. Is there anything untouched at your home? Not much! And always for the better.

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  5. Hey - I left the first comment - where IS IT????????????
    lol - this seems to be happening to me a lot lately
    Tina I love your hall tree - but love the colors and the technique you chose most of all - it looks so old world!
    Beautiful job!
    XOXO

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    1. It's up there, Suzan. Thank you again, eh? LOL

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  6. I love the bright and bold, Tina! They have such a great look when distressed. The dogs would be sad if you change the green. They told me.

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    1. Well...if the dogs told you so then I'd better listen. I can't have a bunch of mopey Eeyore looking pups around here! Thanks, Karen.

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  7. Tina, you are so speaking a foreign language. You use wax for paint jobs? So confused...I thought waxing was only for mustaches on women. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Thankfully my mustache is thin so I have a lot of wax left over.

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  8. Shoot- I lost my comment. Anyway, I said I had forgotten how many great projects you have shared. This hall tree is wonderful and I love the AS paint, too. I know there are other sources but that is the one I have used. I do love her wax, too, but have used other waxes as well. GREAT guest post- xo Diana

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    1. Thank you, Diana. I still think you are Doris Day masquerading as Nana Diana.

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  9. Love it and love AS paint! You did such a great job distressing! I want some of those bells too Danni!!!

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    1. Make the bells, Danni! She thinks I was kidding, Deneen! LOL
      I really LOVED that bell.
      Thanks for the compliment!

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  10. In YO face green! Love it!

    Do you have fall decor up already?!

    I'm so behind...

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    1. Of course I do, TOT! Nah, I'm a big fat liar. I grabbed stuff for the photos. I can't feel the fall air when it's still 100 degrees outside. You'll get some autumn winds long before I do, Miss Minnesota.

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  11. Love the Antibes green--I have some that I'm going to use when I find the right project. Great job, TL!

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    1. Thanks, Kirby! Will there be a green box to go with the big yellow box? I hope so.

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  12. I just love your style! Great colors!

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  13. What a fun color! I keep saying I'm going to try chalk paint on something, but I haven't find the right piece yet.

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  14. Grab anything, Dana! Paint something up for your new digs.
    Thanks for coming by.

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  15. Tina - I LOVE that green - gorgeous! What colour would you repaint it? And the chair is great - a really fresh update. Thank you so so much for being here at the Cafe - we have loved having you xx Nat

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  16. Thanks, Nat! I haven't decided what color I'd like to paint it yet and I'm wondering if I'll regret it when the Jolly Green Giant doesn't greet me at the door. Thanks so much for the hospitality!

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  17. Love it! I'm doing painting therapy today. :)

    xo
    Pat

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  18. Look at you! Your famous and the work is so cool.

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  19. I wasn't following you in the early days, so this piece is new to me. LOVE the green, of course. It's the perfect piece to welcome visitors to your home.

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  20. Love the hall tree-great color!
    Susan

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  21. So bright and different...love it! I have yet to try the chalk paint, but I do get inspired by bloggers such as yourself.

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  22. Tina thanks for popping by. I love a good pop of color. Lovely!

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  23. Nicely done! Ya kinda have to just commit and go for it right? :) Anne S. paint is so easy. You really can't go wrong and if you don't like it? ..repaint it!

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