Thursday, August 30, 2012

Learn to transform your hand-me-downs into a piece of furniture you'll love!

“Painting Furniture 101”

October 13th 10 am - 4 pm 
$95.00 ($45 deposit & remaining $50 due day of workshop)

Using chalk paints you will learn painting, aging, and distressing techniques. You will also learn how to properly finish with wax to create a  durable, gorgeous finish.  I will teach you how to customize your finish on your furniture with tinted wax , as well as tons of furniture painting tips and tricks to save you time and help you become more efficient in your creative process.

Workshop includes instruction and furniture painting tips and tricks.  I will be available to answer any questions you may have as you finish your piece of furniture with CeCe Caldwell’s Paints & Waxes.  Classes are limited to 5 participants, so everyone gets one-on-one instruction!  I’ll provide a catered lunch, snacks, and drinks. 

 *Workshop fee includes all paint and supplies.  You simply show up with your piece of furniture, wearing your painting clothes, and be ready to have fun!

Please bring one piece of furniture you want to beautify!  Small pieces only because space is limited.  A chair, end table, or night stand would all be great choices.  Please feel free to message me if you have any questions.  Hope you can make it!

To reserve your spot please send a private message to Hand-me-downs by Hanson’s Facebook page.  Space is limited so if you are interested hop on it!

Payment and Cancellation Policy: Cash or checks only please.  Cancellations up to 14 days prior to the date of the workshop will be able to attend a future workshop date. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

"Oui Madam!"

She lived happily ever after!  I loved the detail on this china cabinet, very french country.  I had to take her a color that would show off all her loveliness.  I choose a vintage white with the slightest hint of grey and some dark wax to add some character and age.  I did take more pictures of the whole process this time.  Enjoy!

I use an old cloth and windex vinegar and wipe the whole piece down and let dry completely. 

 Remove all hardware and paint with brush (I did two coats).  I use a chalk paint that requires no sanding or priming.  My kind of paint! :)  More about the paint here!

Let dry for at least a couple hours.  Then apply clear wax to entire piece, remember not too much!  Less is more, wipe away any excess as you go.  Let wax cure for at least 30 minutes.  Then I use a piece of light grit sandpaper and begin distressing the edges and detailed pieces.  Wipe down with clean cloth.  Then I go back with a dark wax in creases and detailed areas to add more character and age.  Wipe with cloth to remove excess dark, work kind of fast so you don't get too much dark wax on the piece.

After wax has set for a couple hours you can go back and buff to desired shine.  
Here is the final product!

If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comment section below.  Thanks!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Black Beauty!

Finished this lil lovely last night!  I don't usually go dark with furniture but for some reason this buffet just looked so masculine and what better color than Slate with gold gilding.  I picture it with a glass of scotch on it and Frank Sinatra playing in the background.  Hmmmm, I think I even smell a cigar burning. OK, OK I know I'm crazy.  I find myself doing that all the time, I try to mentally place where each piece would go and each one has it's own little back story.  :)

Hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Dining room table and chairs

I was flipping through the pictures on my phone I stumbled upon these pics from a year ago!  Neal and I were visiting Wichita (living in KC at the time) and helped our good friends re-finish their dining room set.  Granted these are not the best quality of photo's but you can get the idea.



Tuesday, August 7, 2012

New items for sale

Well I finally did it!  Neal and I decided it was time to rent a booth at our local antique mall.  Quite frankly I'm tired of our house looking like there's a constant estate sale happening.  It's been fun shopping and working on projects with my hubby.  We even went on our first "picking" adventure, I was in antique heaven!  I could have spent all day in there but it was over 100 degrees out and the warehouse didn't have AC.  But the jewels we did find were worth all the suffering!  We've got our booth all set up and ready to go.  Please take the drive out to Augusta to see our things.  The mall is great and I promise you'll find something you can't live without even if it's not in my booth. ;)

Here are a couple big items that are for sale.

Hutch $380.00

Secretary w/ side cabinet $295

Coffee table $280.00

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

It's been way to long!

I can not believe that I haven't added any new projects on here for so long.  I promise I have several projects lined up right now.  I'm on a waiting list to get a booth out at Paramount Antique Mall.  So Neal and I have been searching, sanding, painting and loving every minute of it!  Well except that we are working in 100 degree heat usually.  Turns out Everett even likes antiquing, probably because there is so much to look at and he is our lil people watcher!

Here is a Pinterest inspired project I decided to tackle a couple weeks ago.  What I thought I could do in 5-7 days turned into a 2 week project!  But all the hours were worth it, I'm loving how it dresses up the dining room.

Before:  The wall was just asking for some love. :)

This is the template I got off Pinterest (free to download and print), I then cut out a cardboard copy that was easier to trace with.  Go here for template.

I traced the pattern over and over until the whole wall was covered.
(use pencil, there will be mistakes)  You could use a level but I didn't, just eyeballed it, it won't be perfect but that's OK.

Here is day one of painting. 
 I used Martha Stewart's Precious Metals collection, the color was Silver Leaf.

You need a good paint brush the width of the your desired line.  Trace along the inside of the design.

After:  I love the sheen of the paint, it really brightens up the room.

Far from perfect but you can only see the mistakes if you really stare at it for a while.