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Removing Veneer from an old end table.

Sep 18, 2014
I found this glorious piece of furniture at a local yard sale for $10!!! I couldn't believe my eyes that no one had picked it up yet, considering I was the opposite of an "early bird" that day and showed up to the sale an hour after they opened... I took her home and started working on my evil plan to strip the top of its old veneer.

To do this project yourself you will need:
Chisel Scraper, Hammer, Gloves, iron, chemical lacquer stripper, steel wool.

#1 Use the Chisel to slide under the veneer at a flat angle as to not detriment the good wood underneath.
#2 Use the hammer to tap the chisel further underneath the veneer for maximum exposure.
#3 After you have peeled up what will come off voluntarily, use your iron on medium heat with steam and set it on top of the remnants for a few seconds to warm up the glue.
#4 Use chisel to scrape off any thing that will come up.
#5 Use #60 Grit sandpaper and an electric hand sander to strip off any remaining debris and to smooth out any splinters or dents in the wood.
#6 Pour Chemical stripping agent onto glue debris and let sit 5min. Use Chisel to scrape up residue. Clean up with damp cloth.
#7 smooth out the beautiful wood underneath with 150 grit then 220 grit sandpaper.
#8 Stain preferred color and seal with two coats of high gloss polyurethane.

To see more images of this project please visit my Before and Afters album on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.792948600769711.1073741844.607664952631411&type=1

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Getting that AGED look!

May 19, 2014
I am in love with the way this mirror turned out! To start off it was just a faded wood carved mirror with lots of cracks and wrinkles in the finish. I first spray painted it with Metallic Gold and then mixed up a custom color using Cece Caldwells chalk and clay paints. After two lightly brushed coats of paint I water distressed the high points on the carvings. Then I clear waxed it. After that I used Maison Blanche's Aging Dust to create a unique "aged over time" look. I think that the aging dust creates such a beautiful patina if used in the right ways. This mirror is going to look fabulous in my hallway!
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Painting Mahogany or dark stained peices of furniture.

Apr 6, 2014
You know those really lovely dark stained pieces of furniture? The ones that look old and once were beautiful but now are covered in scratches, dings and chips? I deal with this type of furniture ALL the time and I find that they are the best for painting. Unfortunately there is an extra step that must be made before painting! Shellac based Primer!!!! If you do not prime your piece with this before painting, there will be bleed through of the stain every time, no matter how many coats of paint you put on! Here is a close up picture of a rocking chair I recently painted that was dark mahogany originally. It was so porous that the bleed through was even showing up on the primer coats! So just remember... Prime your piece with Shellac based Primer before painting a dark stained wooden piece of furniture! Don't be scared to paint over the primer once it is dry even though you can see the pink/purple bleed through on the primer.... it is sealed in and should not break the seal of the paint.

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Fun things Friday!

Mar 21, 2014
I love all things art! So I have decided to start making and selling these signs in my shop at Leafs Tree House in Coos Bay,OR. They are $20.00 a piece for the normal size ( about the same size as a piece of printer paper). I have made a few of them so far but my favorite has to be this one! It was put on this old boat oar that my client found long ago and I just think the photo she chose fits perfectly on it! Send me a message if you would like a custom sign!

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Turquoise Thursday!

Mar 20, 2014
Here is what I am working on today! I found this dresser set off of Craigslist a few weeks ago and am just now getting to redoing it. I am super excited for this one because I love the color! It is going to have a few different shades of turquoise, some chalk paint and some latex paint.... I still use the latex paint but only when I DIY it into chalk paint. I am loving the color " Santa Fe Turquoise" from Cece Caldwell's line of chalk and clay paints! I am going to use it as an accent color, the dressers body is painted in Bali Blue. The Santa Fe Turquoise is really fun to work with. So here is the before of the dresser and end table... The dresser looked just like the end table before I applied the first coat of paint. Not very attractive if you ask my opinion, very Gaudy and Mod! My mother has told me that this style of Gaudy furniture was totally in during the 70's, but now? Only if it has had a fresh coat of a bright color, I have noticed that a lot of people are doing that because it really puts the life back into the piece! I will be posting the before and after pictures of this set in Before and Afters. It will also be for sale in my vendor booth at Leafs Tree House in Coos Bay, OR this weekend! Come and check us out! Thanks for reading and have a terrifically colorful day!
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ST. Paddys Day!! Also, a very manic monday!

Mar 17, 2014
Sometimes after falling asleep to the sound of the rain I find it difficult to crawl my sleepy legs out of bed. This morning was easy because I had the promise of a hot cup of coffee and the company of my little mermaid friend to help me get motivated! I am also preparing for the opening of my little 10' x10' shop in Leafs Tree House, a vendor antique mall in Coos Bay, Oregon. There are a lot of fun painting projects for me to accomplish today and its going to be a crazy day! What do you do to get motivated in the morning? Hot breakfast? Workout? COFFEE!!!?? lol
I hope everyone has a great ST. Patrick's Day!!
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Turn latex paint into chalk paint fast!

Mar 13, 2014
Before I knew what chalk paint was I was using latex paint. Now that I have discovered the magic of chalk and clay based paints I will never, I repeat, NEVER go back to using straight latex again on my furniture. There is a place for latex out there I just personally have not found it yet with my small business.

Here are a few reasons why I don't care for latex paint:

It is very “fumey” and by that I mean it needs to be used in a ventilated area or you will feel the effects of the chemicals in the paint.

The prep work to use latex is painfully tedious and takes up way more of my time than I actually have. Sanding and then sanding again and then possibly sanding AGAIN! Lets not forget about the primer one must use to get the paint to somewhat stick to non-wooden surfaces, and then when you are all done painting you must finish off with the VERY “fumey” Polyurethane product of your choice, or an over the counter wax full of harmful chemicals.

Lastly, If you dare rub your finished piece on anything the paint scratches right off! Oh my I cannot tell you how many times that I spent hours prepping a piece of furniture only to see all of my hard work stripped away from a minor scratch that peels the latex right off…. 

So the reason for this post is to talk about what to do with all of that latex paint that you have sitting around your house that you may want to keep latex, but also might like to DIY into chalk paint. There is a quick fix for getting that latex paint in the cabinet to work like the chalk paint you hear so much about. I admit that this DIY version of chalk paint is not as great as let’s say “Cece Caldwells” Chalk and Clay based paints, or any other name brand but it does help the latex to stick more securely to your piece! I actually prefer Clay based chalk paint (Cece Caldwell and American Paint Company) over Latex based chalk paint (Annie Sloan and Maison Blanche) any day of the week because I feel that they are more versatile and also sand down much easier when distressing furniture…..I will save that rant for another blog post though.
Lets do this!

Items needed:
• 5 TBS Plaster of Paris
• 2 TBS warm water
• 2 Cups latex paint (Preferably in a Flat finish)

• Tablespoon
• container with a lid ( to mix and store your paint)
• wire whisk
• measuring cup

1. First you put 5 tablespoons of Plaster of Paris into your container and with the whisk mix it with 2 tablespoons of warm water. It should look smooth and creamy with no clumps when you are done mixing.

2. Then go ahead and add 2 cups of Flat Latex Paint ( 12 Oz) I didn’t use the measuring cup because my container had measurements and it saved me the clean up!

3. Mix well

4. Enjoy your new and improved latex based chalk paint!

Try this with your latex paint at home and be amazed!

Please leave a comment for me on my blog and let me know if this post has helped you in anyway 
Thank you for reading! Brittaney

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Coastal Inspirations

Mar 4, 2014
Okay so I have finally finished this small buffet from my first post! It was redone with all different colors of chalk paint and then I added some nautical paper to make it pop! I love this and will not be sad if it doesn't sell ;) Since moving to the coastal town of Bandon, OR I have enjoyed the salty air and the coastal mist on my face. We moved here from a farming town that had massive fields just for hay and grass seed and there wasn't a lot of water around..... well not counting the rain. I am so happy to be back on the coast, which is where I grew up, and am thoroughly enjoying the weather here. Enjoy viewing my coastal creations that have been inspired by this sleepy coastal town and don't be afraid to get in touch with me if you have any questions or special requests!
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patiently waiting.... :)

Feb 25, 2014
OH MY GOSH!!! Cece Caldwell has the most beautiful colors of chalk paint ever!!! I have discovered this miraculous color called " Emerald Isle" by Cece. I ordered a can of it this morning and cannot wait to get it delivered so I can start painting! This desk from Dear Olympia is to die for it is so cute, this color is just so gorgeous!!!
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Revisiting Your Work

Feb 23, 2014
This is my very first post!
I realized the importance of revisiting and re evaluating everything you do and this doesn't just apply to furniture, but in this post I am referring to a specific furniture project of mine. I had painted what I liked to call a "beach wood" dry sink. It had an old weathered look about it when I was "done" painting and at that time I thought would look wonderful in a large coastal home overlooking the ocean. However after looking at it a couple times over the course of the week I realized I was growing in dislike of it.... I went from thinking it was the best thing ever to well, not the best thing ever. I went back to the drawing board on it this morning and with the project completion quickly approaching I must stand back and again reevaluate the piece. I am writing this to let you fellow furniture artists know that it is OKAY to change what your "finished" pieces look like if you are not feeling them when you are done. Don't be afraid to start all over again with a new idea. Remember that when you are working with chalk paint your possibilities are endless!!! I do believe that I will be more fond of this dry sink the second time around. Be on the look out for the finished product on our "shop furniture" section on the webpage or visit us at facebook.com/lovetrufurniture.
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