Friday, April 19, 2013

Asian Vibe

I haven't been posting very much lately, not because I haven't been doing anything,,,quite the 
opposite! Between the ceiling, the floor and scoring on 4 separate MCM pieces, I have been
the painting fool!! I swear, I'm in the middle of 5 different projects! 
I got this really cool Asian inspired chest a few months ago. I knew I wanted
a glossy latex and finally settled on an emerald green (BM Emerald Isle to be exact). 
                           The flash totally wipes out this color. It looks really flat in the photo! 
I used some yellow in certain spots because I wanted it to show through the green when I 
distressed some of the spots. 

I just stuck it in my bedroom area for now. I'm still deciding if I want to keep it or not. 
Ditto for the recycled glass table we made. 

Thursday, April 18, 2013


I'm soooo loving doing these mid century pieces!! I don't know what it is about them!
I don't have them in my house and I'm not crazy about 60's decor (I grew up with
it for God's sake!). But I just like rehabbing these pieces. They're fun. Kinda like the '60's! 

     These are nice and solid pieces they made back in the day. This one used to house a TV. How very
                     cool this must have looked! Love the tambour doors which were quite the rage back then.  
     I sanded the old coating off to reveal the natural wood veneer. Sanded smooth again. Then I applied
    a dark walnut stain to the areas I wasn't painting. (Yes I did sand that door,,,by hand,,,one groove at
    a time.....sigh)  I use a wood Seal Coat by Zinsser. It's a shellac base non wax formula. I swear by it.
     Look at how smooth it came out.  When you use the wood sealer, it's like painting on ice. The paint 
 goes on better and doesn't get absorbed into the wood. So if somewhere down the line, someone 
     wants to restore this, they can without having to hog down the wood.  Use the wood sealer before
you paint your mahogany. Stops the tannins from bleeding through. 

 I thought about covering the bottom in glass mosaic tile, but I don't think it would make much difference in the price. And that would have been hours of extra work. So I found some extra fabric, and adhered it to a piece  of luan.  Voila! 

 Goes great with my mosaic mirror I made eons ago.  I think I'll sell that too! 

Groovy man!