Garage Sales and Milk Glass

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This morning we ventured out to a few neighborhood Garage Sales.  I desperately wanted to stay home in my jammies today since I was out late doing a paint demo last night but I decided against it.  I am trying to soak up the last two weeks of freedom me and my 4-year old have to go run and do whatever we want without having to keep in mind an infant’s nursing and nap schedule.

The Garage Sale fairy was looking down on me today because I scored a a ton of Milk Glass all for about $1.00 each.  I love it when that happens.  Like remember that time I that time I snatched up a pair of Lululemons for $3.95?

Milk Glass

I can always tell when I find something I have to have because my palms and armpits start sweating at a steady rate.  I try to play it cool when haggling a deal but I am sure the sweat on my upper lip is a dead giveaway  as to how desperate I am to take something home with me.

Milk Glass

I also found this Jeanette shell pink milk glass cake stand for $2.00.  It was covered in orange that looked like rust – but I decided it was not rusty since it’s made of glass and not metal.  I came straight home and washed it with a toothbrush.  Just imagine my heart rate when I discovered the exact same cake stand for sale online for $96.00.  For realz.

There is no question I am keeping it for my own collection but it’s a good feeling when you have a find like this!

 

Milk Glass

My milk glass stash is getting rather extensive and I am having to find creative ways to use it.  I have a few pieces on my dining room table.

Milk Glass

I also have some displayed in clusters above my kitchen cabinets.

If I was being really honest with myself I have no business owning NINE new milk glass flower vases.

Milk Glass

So I am finding creative ways to use them around my house.

Milk Glass

I think this jewelry storage is a good start – don’t you?

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How To Paint Furniture { Metallics }

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When I cleaned out my garage a few weeks ago I decided to tackle painting this desk that had been sitting in there for far too long.  And guess what?  Now I don’t have any room for it in the stores I rent space from.  So I’m giving ya’ll first dibs at it for a lower price then I would sell it in my retail space.

How To Paint Furniture

One of my workshop students sold me this desk at an amazing price.  After doing a little research it was over $1,000.00 brand new.

How To Paint Furniture

The desk is made by Hooker and the line is called Seven Seas.

How To Paint Furniture

For you non-painted-wood lovers please don’t throw a fit.  It had some water stains on the top so I didn’t feel one bit guilty painting it.

 

How To Paint Furniture

I painted the desk in CeCe Caldwell’s Beckley Coal, sealed it with Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Wax, and then polished a thin coat of CeCe’s Silver Wax in Sierra Silver.

How To Paint Furniture

The Sierra Silver gives it a dry brushed effect and makes the metallic shimmer so subtle.  Sometimes metallic pieces can veer on the side of Liberace inspired but this is metallic done right.

How To Paint Furniture

This desk is for sale at $499.00 – when it goes to one of my retail spaces it will be $625.00 because of the mall fees and I will be happy NOT to have to haul it! The dimensions are 31.5″h, 59.5″w, 29.5″d.   Email me at allison(at)refunkmyjunk.com if you want to purchase it or if you have any questions.

If you want to recreate this look here are the steps I used.

Step One:  Apply Plaid Craft Liquid Leaf  in silver only to the areas you know you will distress.

Step Two:  Paint two coats of Beckley Coal.

Step Three:  Wet Distress.  If you are not sure what this is all the deets are in my eBook.  This will allow the silver to show through.

Step Four:  Seal with Wax.  I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Wax.

Step 5:  Buff

Step 6:  In a circular motion apply CeCe Caldwell’s Sierra Silver all over.  Immediately wipe off any excess and buff.

PS:  I am headed to Serendipity Market tonight for a free Milk Paint demo – if you are local stop by and see me!

how to paint furniture

PPS: If you try this paint technique please let me know – I would love to see it!

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Family Room {A Facelift}

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I have found as a designer, that during the Summer people are not concerned about decorating their home.  They’re busy enjoying their families and their vacations…as they should.  But, as soon as school begins to roll around decorating shifts into high gear.  This is a recent project that I’ve started working on in Texas.  You might remember the design board that I did for them HERE for their office.  The client wanted their family room to feel sophisticated, yet relaxed.  They already had the existing sofa and chairs; but were wanting to add some new pieces to their new home, purchase window treatments, and accessorize.  We aren’t finished with their home yet…still working towards several new pieces, including a breakfast table and several more touches.  But here’s the start…

family room

family room

family room

family room

family room

In need of some design help this Fall?  I’d love to help!  Feel free to contact me at havenbyhayden@hotmail.com for a design consultation in the Oklahoma City or Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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Furniture Painting Tips on Tuesday

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It’s Furniture Painting Tips on Tuesday!  In case you are new here I share one tip from my eBook: The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Furniture Painting every Tuesday.   I am so passionate about teaching you how to paint furniture the easy way – I want to share with you my trade secret tips here on my blog.

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Since there are over 119 tips in the book it is gonna take me over 2 years to get through the entire book of time saving tips!  If you don’t want to miss a tip you can subscribe to have my posts sent to your Inbox daily and you can follow my Furniture Painting Tips Board on Pinterest!  I will pin each of these tips on the board as they are published so you can follow along!

furniture painting tips

Cheap chip brushes are an inexpensive way to apply furniture wax to your projects.    While I am an advocate of using a wax brush I always tell my workshop students that it is NOT a must – it is worth the investment (usually wax brushes are about $30.00 each) if you do a lot of furniture painting projects.  If you do use a chip brush I recommend trimming down the bristles by about 1 inch to create a firmer bristle.  This makes wax application easier and will mimic the application of a wax brush instead of a flimsy chip brush.  A chip brush will usually only last you 1 or 2 projects while a wax brush will last you 40 or more projects, so you do get what you pay for.

So where do you buy chip brushes?  Lowes, Home Depot, and WalMart sell them for around $2.00 each but the BEST place to score cheapie chip brushes is at Harbor Freight – use their store locator to find the closest one to you.  You can buy a box of 32 – 2” Chip Brushes for $11.99 – that’s about .37 EACH!

You can have access to all of the time saving tips from professional faux finishers, furniture painting contractors, and business owners in my eBook by downloading it here or purchasing it on Amazon Kindle here!  Have you read the book?  I will be your bestie forever and give you a foot rub if you would leave a review on Amazon!  Share your tips and successes with the Lazy Girl method online using #lazygirltips !

See you next Tuesday!

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