The lastest article is one of the projects, the "beachy" rocker.  LOVE how it turned out!
HERE is the link below for Thursdays' article.
 Norma Oliver’s Furniture Rescue:
Rocker goes from ugly to beachy serene


You can read the story behind the "beachy" rocker on the link above, so I won't repeat it all.  It opens up on another page.  I will post the pictures for it though below along with the ones for the other project. 

THE VICTORIAN END TABLE
I'm pleased with how the pretty victorian table turned out.  I've been wanting to do a piece with a stained top, but didn't really have one that would work well.  This particular little table had some type of finish added to the top that was bubbled so I had to sand it down.  Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is a miracle paint that covers about everything, but if the finish is already compromised, it would not be smart to cover it up.

After sanding it down, the grain looked so nice I just decided to go with it and stained it walnut.  The darling curvy legs with ornate carvings I decided to paint with Annie's Country Grey.  It's actually not grey at all, more of a tan color.  I love the color, so warm and rich.  I also love that this little table has a sweet little finial to set it apart from other tables.   

After painting it, and the coat of clear wax to seal it, I applied the dark wax.  Love how that stuff clings to the crevices enhancing the detail!  I also applied 2 coats of the dark wax over the walnut stained top.   

THE "BEACHY" ROCKER
This had a bad sponge paint technique done to it.  BUT, I do rescue ugly furniture so....

I love the beachy look of furniture and with the weather warming up, knew this was the piece to try it out on.
I painted a first coat of Annie Sloan Louis Blue, and yes it covered in ONE coat over the glossy sponge paint finish!

Then I applied Country Grey (the tan/sand color) on as a color wash. I just wanted a hint of the color to show through.  The last part was my favorite part.  Pure White was then painted on in the dry brush technique.  It ended up looking "BEACHY" just as I envisioned.  I can see this sitting on a beachfront cottage porch, overlooking the ocean.  I can almost feel the ocean breeze and smell that wonderful serene ocean air!  Can't you?

Enjoy the pictures below, be sure to click on each to see them full size!
 
Boy it was hot, and was gone 5 hours and only found 5 pieces.  :(  But that's better than nothin'.  One town was having a city wide yard sale, but it wasn't that great.  Not for finding furniture anyway.  The good thing about looking for furniture is that often you can tell by just driving by if they even have furniture.  That way you don't need to bother getting out or finding a parking place! ;) 

So after you look at the new stuff, please check out the last picture at the bottom and give me some advice, ideas, input, miracle cure, whatever it takes!  :)
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Cute little wash stand!
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Sweet little windsor rocker!
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Solid, sturdy rocker.
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Cute little plant stand or whatever table. ;)
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I don't know why, but I love wall shelves. I can just see the potential to make it all purdy and everything.
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Now this is where I could use some help!  I love this chippy ole' rocking chair, and have had it for awhile.  My dilemma is that I'm not sure what to do with it.  The paint continues to flake off fairly easy. Must have been white then painted black, and the wood that is exposed has weathered into a wonderful gray! But when it was in the house, it chipped all over the place!  The wood is in good shape and solid and the chair is sturdy and not loose at all.  Just the paint doesn't want to stay put, lol!


shabby chic, annie sloan chalk paint, upcycled accent furniture