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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Ivy and Veronica

It's been a long time since my last post.

We've moved twice, I'm studying for some exams, and I have twin 5-year old boys who make my life beautifully crazy.

I also have a full time job, I'm the company newsletter Editor and the de-facto Social coordinator. So, in other words, "I'm swamped".


And to make matters worse, I've not been able to find ANY fun real estate photos.  I think it's a Realtor conspiracy against me.

So, to get kick-started back I signed up for the Aspasians Marketplace on October 10th.  I have to get several pieces ready!  So without further ado, meet Ivy and Veronica.  I won both of these pieces at Auction.

Meet Ivy


Ivy seemed like she might have been sitting in water - the lower portion was water damaged and missing a lot of the wood veneer. I patched the missing veneer with wood filler and chose to paint her in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint's Old Ocre.  I finished with clear wax.  She's missing her mirror so I got a long wooden dowel, painted it and now it can hold linens, necklaces, or anything else that needs a-holdin'.  She has some pretty little details.


I tried cleaning the original hardware but it just came out too spotty and brassy for Ivy's tastes after HOURS of work.  So I spray painted them with oil rubbed bronze.  She's much happier.  Did you know that finding replacement hardware for these type of cabinet pulls is impossible?  It's true!!!

OK, It's not true.  But it took a lot more work than I had the patience and time for.  I think she looks very feminine with her sexy glass pulls.

Meet Veronica

Veronica is a Duncan Phyfe style dresser and was in pretty good shape, but she was missing some molding and the top was heavily scarred.  I patched the scratches and moldings then painted the body in Limestone Fusion paint (my first time using this brand).  I have to say I'm pretty happy with this type of paint.  It's a mineral based paint that doesn't require a top coat.  WAIT WHAT?  Yep, you heard me.  NO TOP COAT.  It's OH-mazing.  I sanded down the reddish stain on the drawers and then applied Min Wax stain in Weathered Gray.  I finished the drawers with 2 coats of polyurethane for just the right amount of shine.

I had hardware-cleaning phobia after Ivy, so I decided to paint the drawer pulls.  I chose General Finishes Milk Paint in Driftwood.  Mostly because that's what I had on hand close to the right color.  They turned out "fine".  Ask my husband... I do not care for FINE.

Me:    "Honey, how I do look?"
Paul:  "You look FINE".
...Back to the closet.

They needed a little more OOMPH.  I found some pearl glazing and brushed on the top.  PERFECT!

If you are in the neighborhood, come see me at my booth on October 10th!!