Traveling France – Saint Remy

Traveling France – visit to Saint Remy

We were off and running this morning for a treasure hunt in Saint Remy.  This town was said to be a wonderful Sunday marche day.  We left the parking garage like we were old pros and were on our way without any mishaps.  No wrong turns, stalled car, or whiplash!  WooHooo we are on a roll.  Into Saint Ramy we go and quickly find a parking spot, because they are at a premium.  We take a picture of the corner to help the blonde and redhead remember were we parked.

Remember this corner!

Remember this corner!

As we began the hunt, we stumbled upon a whole street of artists selling their work.  Scolded once again to not be taking pictures we moved on and found a lovely gentleman working on his palette knife paintings.  He didn’t speak much English but was pleased to spend time talking to us about his work.

Great Texture Artist

Great Texture Artist

After we wandered some more we finally asked and the marche we were looking for is no longer there on Sunday.  Oh, well, we can always find another one another day so we just enjoy the town!  As we head out of Saint Remy, the car does a few circles first.  Those roundabouts can make you dizzy if you take them more than once or even three times!  We decided on a direction and off we went taking another route back to Aix.  We enter the town of Eygalieres with great confidence only to find the road barricaded to traffic.  Oh, oh – now where do we go?  Follow the flow of traffic!  Heck, let’s not try to find out what all the commotion in this town is all about, why not?  We quickly turn back to the direction of town and take that first parking spot on the sidewalk (yes, those are parking spots).  Ah, a wonderful flea market with a mix of antiques, treasures and junk!  Once again, we wish we had lined up a steamship container.  It’s killing us!

Wonderful flea market!

Wonderful flea market!

There were so many items to purchase for mixed media, painting furniture or collections that the eye can see. Check out these cabinet doors!  They look normal, but the hardware is to die for!  Neadeen and I could have walked to the car and hooked up a UHaul trailer.  The ideas and inspiration was incredible!

Cabinet door hardware!

Cabinet door hardware!

Back on the road again, we decide that a bathroom stop is much needed.  Nothing is open and of course there are no roadside bathrooms!  Yikes, we will make it back in time!  I am tapping my feet and Neadeen is leaning forward saying just pull in on some country road that is not to be found.  We slow down with traffic and out the rearview mirror, there is a lady walking and she slips behind a wall.  Ah, not all the traveling French have blander control after all.  That’s how they use the bathroom on the road?  Anyway we magically find the right parking area in Aix and rush to the nearest bathroom.

Stay tuned………

Barbara

Traveling France – Painting Furniture

Traveling France – Painted Furniture

Today was the first day were rented a car during our stay in France.  Behind the wheel of an unfamiliar vehicle, cannot read French and have no clue what road to even be on, did not worry us much.  If we got lost, the vehicle has navigation and surely we could get back!

One of the things we found was a wonderful antique store full of furniture in great condition and some was even painted.  The color combination and looks were interesting to look at and we took it all in.

Check out this piece that has been heavily distressed and used a color very similar to Chloe!

green distress closeup

Look at how heavily distressed this table is done in a color similar to maybe baguette.

Distress Table

How about this piece for uniqueness?  It was given it’s look with a dark wax over a cream color.

interesting table

Be sure to follow my fb artist page to see other parts of our journey!

Stay tuned for more to come……..

Barbara

 

Maison Blanche Furniture Paint to the Rescue!

Maison Blanche Furniture Paint to the rescue!

This mirror was glorious in its day a decade ago.  I have a few of them myself, but this one was a find on a local garage sale site.  It’s heavy and has a wonderful quality mirror in it.  Definitely not ready for the junkyard!  Look what a few layers of furniture paint can do to home decor besides updating furniture!

Furniture paint revives a dated mirror

Furniture paint revives a dated mirror

Those clunky old gold frames are so ready to be renewed.  What better way than to use Maison Blanche furniture paint?  This mirror really is fabulous but not in gold!  The first step was to give it a good cleaning with TSP.  It was also a beautiful day to photograph outside and capture the wonderful blue sky in Texas.

 

 

Frame first layer is Silver Mink

Frame first layer is Silver Mink

This frame begged for layering to enhance the very ornate detail it has.  The color family that was aimed for was in the grays so the first layer down was Silver Mink.  When you have a surface this ornate that has so many crevices, don’t use a pristine brush!  This multi-purpose round work great and is very reasonably priced.

 

 

A layer of Confederate Gray was added and wiped back.

A layer of Confederate Gray was added and wiped back.

After the Silver Mink was dry a layer of Confederate Gray was applied.  While it was still wet, it was wiped back to reveal some of the Silver Mink.  This accents the high points of the mirrors detail and deepens the crevice area.

 

 

 

 

Glaze using Translucide and Wrought Iron.

Glaze using Translucide and Wrought Iron.

Last a glaze of Wrought Iron + Translucide was applied.  Don’t you love how the detail in this frame now stands out?

 

 

 

 

 

New Look - New Home

New Look – New Home

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Furniture Paint Giveaway!

How about a Furniture Paint Giveaway!  Possibility of receiving 2 sample 4 oz jars of Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint plus an additional surprise in the shipment!

Two 4 oz jars of Sample paint will be given away Sept. 3

Two 4 oz jars of Sample paint will be given away Sept. 3

Go to my facebook artist page to have your name entered.  This will give many of you a possibility of giving Maison Blanche furniture paint a try.  There are so many possibilities for painting furniture with this paint.  Each sample jar will complete a small furniture sample.  How awesome no priming and no stripping sound?  Yep, that’s right, to begin to repurpose your furniture the only prep is to be certain it is clean.  My artist page is also full of tips and ideas for you.  Check out the YouTube videos I have available.

 

IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME! Two 4 oz. samples jars of Maison Blanche Paint + a surprise will be given away. To enter –
like and share my artist page then leave a comment to have your name included. I will draw the name on Tuesday, September 3rd at 6:00. So please LIKE, SHARE and LEAVE A COMMENT!  You must LIKE, SHARE and COMMENT or your name will not be included.

Check out my website for all the fabulous colors and mediums available for updating and painting furniture!

Barbara

 

Painted Kitchen Cabinets!

The painted kitchen cabinets get the most comments in my home.  Everyone oh’s and ah’s when they see them and were easy and fun to do.  Two years later, I still love them and so do others when they see them.

metallic painted kitchen cabinets

metallic painted kitchen cabinets

first cabinet doors were primed

first cabinet doors were primed

Because I was not using one of the many paints that have a chalk base in them, the cabinets had to be primed.  There are several companies out there that provide a great primer for this.  Two from the top of my head are Faux Effects and Modern Masters.  All the doors were removed along with the hardware.  I find it easy and faster to not work around them!  The white primer was placed on both sides of the doors and the cabinet framework.  Allow this to dry for at least 24 hours to allow for proper curing.

 

1st layer of metallic paint was green

1st layer of metallic paint was green

The first layer of a metallic green paint (I used a green that leaned to the gray hue) was placed on both the framework, drawer fronts and cabinet doors.  I chose to do the back of the doors but was not too concerned about the process I used – meaning I wanted them darker since they will be closed most of the time.  Using a large chip brush is the easiest way to “get” the paint on.  Neatness isn’t part of this process!  You just want to make sure you have good (opaque) coverage at this point.

 

add additional color layers on cabinets

add additional color layers on cabinets

The next step was to apply a “dry brush” to almost streak on some of a metallic bronze tone to the cabinet framework and back of the cabinet doors.  The look was easily achieved using a 3″ chip brush.  Believe me, the neatness approach is not what you want to do!  You will loose the look and depth.

Again, “dry brush” or streak look metallic dark brown as applied using another 3″ chip brush.  Again, neatness doesn’t work.

Once these layers were dry, a somewhat heavy streak/dry brush was applied with the green again.  Care was not taken to be certain that too much was applied because it very easily is broken up by applying one of the previous colors to break up any areas if necessary.  My choice was to keep these cabinets more into the green value but these colors could easily be applied to have any of the other colors dominant.

Because a metallic paint was used, it’s important to be certain you use a varnish that is made to be applied over metallics.  My entire goal was to add some reflective quality to my kitchen and I didn’t want to loose that at this stage!  I sent my husband to pick up a gallon for me and got quite a humorous comment from him.  When he was told the price, he asked where the rest of the case was!  But, seriously, like in most situations, products are made to work with each other for a reason and using proper vanish is worth it’s value.  Two coats were applied for extra hardness because I am one that continuously wipes down my cabinets.

Hardware was applied and cabinet pulls were put on which also gave these cabinets a finished look.  One word of caution – the bronze in these cabinets did limit the choice of hardware.

The length of time for all my doors, drawers and frame (42 in all and many of them quite tall) only took me 3 days from start to finish.  That includes the 24 hour drying time for the primer, rehanging the doors and putting on the new handles.

You, too, can easily have your kitchen cabinets painted.  It’s a fast, easy with not much physical labor and your kitchen is updated and looking refreshed.

I love the finished look and next my walls were textured and repainted.  I’d love some feedback on what you think of the before and after results.  These pictures show only a corner of my kitchen that have cabinets.

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Barbara

Before Kitchen Cabinets

BEFORE Kitchen Cabinets

metallic painted kitchen cabinets

AFTER painted kitchen cabinets