First commissioned piece!

I wanted to show you a risky project I took on for my dear friend Ev- she chose some wild colour choices that I wasn’t sure were going to work, but my art training told me that they would.  Here is her little hutch before: 1491657_1529350237295805_9179328950978977106_n

Here it is after applying Emerald Green and a coral-y red:






I love how it turned out!  Thanks for pushing me out of my comfort zone, Ev!


Distressed blue side table

I’ve been loving the super-distressed furniture trend that is so ‘in’ right now.  Up to this point, I have played it pretty safe with my furniture distressing and stayed within my comfort zone as I try to figure out what my style is.  However, I want to keep growing and challenging myself in this business so that I improve.  I decided that with my next project, I would take the distressing to a new level.

I decided to try this out with this boring little side table my husband picked up for me last month:

Original table

Original table

As you can see, to start with, the table was nothing to write home about.  It was actually a bit nasty- this picture doesn’t pick up the chippy, peeling varnish and the thick layer of dirt adhering to the surface.  However, I cleaned the table (don’t worry) and applied the most perfect paint colour.  Take a look:

Too nice to take a sander to?

Too nice to sand? Nah.

It looked so pretty just like that; even prettier when I added my new stencil in white.  I could have just left it like this and had a stunning little table (that’s what you were thinking, weren’t you); however, I’d already decided that this was the table that would feel the wrath of my sander.  So, with some trepidation, I started her up and tentatively began sanding the drawer to explore exactly how distressed I wanted the table to be.  I think using a power tool went to my head.  By the time I was done, the drawer was basically raw wood with flecks of paint. Oops. Maybe a little too distressed.  I had to start all over again.  I am learning as I go, what can I say?

Here is the finished table- I think it turned out pretty well for my first attempt at some serious distressing.  What do you think of the mega-distressed look? Comment and let me know!

Click on the first picture to scroll through the gallery:

This project was painted using Caribbean Blue and Warm White chalk paint from The FAT Paint Company and sealed with clear beeswax polish.  Please email us at for purchase inquiries.  

Distressed Steamer Trunk

This post is dedicated to my dad-

Myself, my dad and my sister

Myself, my dad (back when he had hair) and my sister


a) because this trunk reminds me of him- he still has the steamer trunk like this one that he got in Depot with the RCMP many, many years ago.  Every year, my sister and I (well, mostly just me) knew that we could snoop inside the big blue trunk and find our hidden Christmas presents.  (I often knew what I was getting for Christmas before Christmas morning.  I was that kind of child.  My sister wasn’t- I just forced her to tag along).

b) because my dad invested in my ‘company’ and bought me the white and green chalk paint used in this project. He’s always believed in me and supported me well.

c) because we are all in a process of restoration, just like this trunk.  As you will see below, this project was difficult, stressful and frustrating at times, but I did the hard work, endured to the end and the result is beautiful, as restoration always is.  Remember what a mess I once was compared to where I am today, Dad? Let’s keep pressing forward.  The best is yet to come.

SO- 18 hours later, I have finally completed this trunk.

Here is what it looked like when we first picked it up:

Outside of trunk before

Outside of trunk before

Inside of trunk before

Inside of trunk before

After a few hours of cleaning, scraping and sanding, it looked like this- getting better, right?

Scraped clean

Scraped clean

Inside of trunk, stripped

Inside of trunk, stripped

A few more hours later, it was sealed and primed and looked like this:

Sealed, primed and ready!

Sealed, primed and ready!

Then, my dad bought me some new paint to choose from and I decided to be adventurous and try an ombre look, from Emerald City green at it’s darkest, to a pale mint green at it’s lightest.

three shades of Emerald City paint

three shades of Emerald City paint

I usually enjoy creating my furniture projects, but painting an ombre looked was more frustrating than I’d expected.  Putting on a solid colour is simple and there is minimal room for error, but doing an ombre look could have turned out disastrous. It was tricky to keep each layer wet so that I could properly blend the shades without looking streaky.  However, I love how it turned out, although I wish I had done four shades instead of three.  Too late now! Here it is before distressing:

Finnegan was never far away during this process... his painted tail is proof!

Finnegan was never far away during this process… his painted tail is proof!

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Home stretch- ready to finish. *finally*

I started distressing and found that it was so difficult to sand through the paint and primer by hand that my husband insisted on buying me a power sander!  Yay!

I finished distressing, waxed everything with clear beeswax polish and added finishing details with the dark beeswax polish.  Then, Nick meticulously measured and lined the inside with a roll of wall paper that was gifted to us at a paint store and just happened to be the perfect match (Coincidence? I think not).

So, after all of that…

Here it is. (Click on the gallery to scroll through the photos).  A steamer trunk that can be used as storage, as a coffee table or (imagine!) luggage!

What do you think?

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This trunk was primed with Bullseye 1-2-3 Primer/Sealer and painted with FAT chalk paint in Emerald City and Warm White.  The ombre look was achieved by using full strength Emerald City on the bottom, 2 parts Emerald City to one part Warm White in the middle and 2 parts Warm White with 1 part Emerald City.  The trim was painted with Warm White.  The interior was lined with a marble wallpaper with hints of white and green.  

Trunk- part 2

Every spare second I get, I am working on my Sapphire projects.  I don’t have anything new to show for it yet because this trunk is taking so. much. work- scraping, sanding, tweezing, cleaning, disinfecting, gluing, hammering, and finishing with a double coat of primer/sealer.  The trunk is now positively pristine.  Take a look at my progression by clicking on the first picture in the gallery and scrolling through.

It is now ready for its real transformation.  I just bought three new cans of paint colour and am still deciding which one to use (although, I am strongly leaning toward a certain colour…).  Take a look and let me know what your vote is! (left to right: Buttercup, Warm White, Caribbean Blue, Emerald City and Indigo)

Hmm...which to choose?

Hmm…which to choose?

Yellow Credenza

When I first decided that I was going to pour my creative energies into furniture restoration, my husband took me out to look for my first piece. At the end of a long day with nothing found, we stopped in at a garage sale on the way home and discovered this little guy tucked away in the corner. Nick carried the table home five blocks on his shoulders which was an amusing sight. Our neighbour stopped him and dryly remarked, ‘Just taking your table out for a walk, I see…’

Just taking the table out for a walk.

Just taking the table out for a walk.

I called this a side table, but I was informed that the correct term was a ‘credenza’. So, here is the credenza before:

Yellow Credenza- before

Yellow Credenza- before

As I mentioned in my previous post, I got a coat and a half of Buttercup Yellow paint out of the FAT Paint sample jar I’d picked up last week and then ran out. Those pots go far! We trekked back to New West and committed to a full quart of the yellow paint and a large pot of clear wax. That’s twice in one week so far. I have a funny feeling we are going to get to know each other real well over the summer.

*Sidenote- check this out- Victoria was kind enough to give me a shout out on the FAT Paint facebook page! Awesome! (scroll down to Wednesday, June 26th’s post- look for my dog)*

The credenza needed more coats than the side tables did. I rolled on three coats before I was happy with how it looked: (yes, Finnegan needed to make another appearance. He’s such an attention hog! Did I mention he was once featured in a magazine? See here and scroll down until you see Finnegan’s featured post)

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Finally, I hand-distressed waxed (with clear and dark wax) for a few hours and ended up with this:

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I love how it turned out! What do you think?

I am going to put my first pieces up for sale in a few days and am curious to see what will happen.

Thanks again for stopping by!

Side tables!

Here I am the moment before starting my very first project.  Can you spot my husband?

Here I am the moment before starting my very first project. Can you spot my husband?

Here I am the moment before starting my very first project in my very professional ‘studio’. (Can you spot my husband?)

So, I began by painting the table tops with Fat Paint’s Warm White and true to its claim, chalk paint really does stick on anything with no sanding required. Major bonus!When the tops were done, I rolled and painted the body and the drawers with Fat Paint’s gorgeous Ocean Spray- a gorgeous sea green colour. It went on well, dried quickly and I started anxiously distressing- which was a little distressing when you’ve never done it before! My technique was to simply distress the spots that made sense to me.

After, I rubbed both tables all over with the clear Fat wax and then applied the dark wax, which was a bit of a learning curve. I was thrilled with how they turned out.

Again, here they are before:

Side tables before

Side tables before





Now take a look at how they turned out- click on the first photo to access the full-sized photos.

What do you think of my first project?

Sapphire Restoration begins

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My first chalk paint and wax

As the end of the school year approached, I was itching to start doing something creative after 10 months of stressed-out teaching. After carefully researching my options (aka scrolling through Pinterest), I decided that this summer, my project(s) would be refinishing and distressing old wood furniture, shabby chic style. So, mid-report-card-writing, I found a local dealer who not only sells chalk paint but manufactures it and headed over to New West to purchase directly from the owner, Victoria (see more here). The Fat Paint Company was recently featured in House and Home magazine, which is amazing, considering they are a brand new company!

Anywho, I had a meagre budget, so was pleased to find that they offer small little sample pots of both the paint and the wax, so instead of getting one quart of paint and one pot of wax, I was able to buy three (sample) pots of paint and both clear and dark FAT wax for the same price! Yay! My thrifty husband was especially pleased!

The next day we went out garage sale trolling and I found these beauties:

Side tables before

Side tables before

They look pretty good in the picture, but they were pretty terrible, varnished with this terrible glaze and beat up table tops.

As soon as we got home I set up my ‘studio’ (my foyer- I know, I know, usually you start out in your garage, but since I don’t have a garage, my studio is my foyer).

I am officially ready to begin my new venture.  I have felt very creatively frustrated for the last year and a half- needing to express myself artistically yet unable to find my ‘niche’.  I’ve considered many, many means of creative expression the past few years, but it’s never felt right- until now.  Ever since I came up with the idea to restore and distress furniture, I have felt like this is what I have been waiting for.  It feels very ‘right’, when for a year and a half, nothing else did.

So- tomorrow it begins!