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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Love my job

Hello there Friends
 
I absolutely love painting furniture.  I love the relaxing state that it puts me in. I love bring out my creative into a tangible reality. I love the feeling I have when I've completed a piece. Even though I've been painting for years there is still that feeling like wow I did that?! A sense of pride that can just elevate my mood every time. Yes the experience may be there ( I have been painting for about 17 years)  but really its all these amazing products that are out now. I mean its hard to screw up.  Back when I was just starting out there was (at least it wasn't well known) no furniture paint, Latex was the old school way to go. Now the process for making over your cherished furniture is easy its the creative aspect that sets apart a furniture artist and just a furniture diy painter.  The hardest part for me is trying to figure out what kind of technique and colors I am going to use. Sure sometime the piece just speaks to me and I know right away how I am going to go about its makeover but other times its a fun but difficult decision. and honestly they haven't always been the best decisions embarrassed to say I've had to repaint pieces because they just wouldn't sell.
its been a while since I've posted so today I thought I would share with you a handful of the projects that I've finished the last couple of months.
Enjoy...

Here was a custom piece that I did for a client for her sewing room. I hand painted dress form silhouettes on a pine cabinet. This was such a fun piece! The inside is the beautiful bright Bordello by American Paint company and the outside was painted in a taupey grey called Rushmore.


 
Another hand painted beaut
*coffee table*
painted in American Paint company 100 % all natural clay , chalk and mineral paint
in the colors of Lincoln Hat a smoky black and Dawns early Light pale soft purple

 
 This beauty didn't last long in the shop... Lovely French Provincial 9 drawer dresser
in a stunning shade of lavender with mica and silver highlights and decoupaged door insets. What a stunning piece.


 
Wouldn't this be a lovely pop of color in any room!

 
 
Super fun Gypsy Boho Chic Bookcases
a metallic gold faux finish inside and a vibrant distressed green on the outside ~ love!


painted in American Paint Company's Waistcoat and Wild Horses

Hand painted Harlequin Pattern on an antique drop leaf table ~ which If you follow my work then you already know im a sucker for stripes and diamonds
 

 
 
and I'll leave you tonight with this sweet Antique Victorian Eastlake Bed that I painted in a creamy white (Home Plate by APC) and then glazed for an antique look. I will never tire of the Shabby Chic look and an all white bedroom

 
 
Thank you for stopping by and allowing me to share my photos with you!
Until next time...
Erica

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Sweet Lil China Cabinet Redo

Hello Friends!
 
Just wanted to pop in and share a quick post.
I was just so anxious to show off this recent furniture redo that I did for my lovely client , Sharon.
Sharon gave me free range to work some magic on her sweet petite cabinet. I love that, being able to just go with it! The only guidelines that I had were to stay within the Frenchy blue grey color and to use book pages from one of Sharon's childhood books, The Mystery at the Ski Jump a Nancy Drew Mystery Story.
So check out these pictures and let me know what ya think.
 
Here is the before and after
what a transformation, isn't it?
 
 
 
I first painted the entire piece in a custom mix of Annie Sloan's decorative chalk paint in Napoleonic Blue, French Linen, and American Paint Co.'s Home Plate to come up with a pale bluish grey. Then I covered the entire piece with a wash of American Paint Co. Rushmore ( which is a taupey grey).
 
Next came the fun part. when I really make this piece unique.
 
 
 I added a stencil to the painted doors . And also crackled the drawer.
 
  Highlighted some of the Cabinets details by painting it Navajo White by American Paint co.
 
 
 
The decoupage book pages  on the side panels and also on the backboard behind the shelfs in the inside of the glass door.
 
 
  I also added thin 1" stripes down the sides for extra pizzas!
 
 
Distressed all the edges and applied a clear wax to complete the cabinet.
 
 
Isn't this china cabinet so super sweet!
It was a joy to paint.
 
 
oh how I would love to put this in my room at Deep Creek Vintage in Fredericksburg!  But it already has a home and I can't wait to deliver it to Sharon, hope she falls in love with it like I did!
I better go back to work , I've got lots more furniture to paint! If your local to Richmond then you should come visit me at The Vintage Home Market in 2 weeks!
 
Photo: Don't Miss This Exciting Holiday Show! Please share with your Facebook friends!
 
hope you enjoyed
thank you for visiting
until next time
Erica
 
 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Spooky Halloween Mantel

Hello Friends!


It's Halloween Eve! Tomorrow is the big day. Its pure excitement around here, this is the first year I will actually have trick-or-treaters and boy are they in for a treat! Bah ah aha ah ah  ( that is my spooky laugh) Back in June we moved to to the mouth of Virginias northern Neck from Southern Maryland. Currently renting until I find my forever home so for the next year home is in a neighborhood, for the first time in my adult life. And honestly I couldn't wait until October this just might be the only Halloween that i'll get to participate, as I sure do miss living deep in the woods and having my privacy. So to all you Trick-or Treaters BEWARE!

Ok onto some spooky shop pics....

My Halloween Mantel



As you know I have the most awesome Mantel to decorate at Deep Creek Vintage. It gets refreshed with the change of every season or holiday so you'll probably be seeing a lot of blog post of Mantel Décor.




This is the second set of Altered Vintage Apothecary Bottles that I've made this year the first batch disappeared!
Its a great craft project ~ I simply decoupage scrapbooking Halloween labels to the bottle fronts and even embellished a couple with festive trims.

 
Another craft project I did for Halloween are those cute crows on boxes.
Dollar store crows now boasting their party hats ~ (made from scrapbooking paper) Even the skull in the jar has his party tophat on!





 
 So Spooky!
 
Have you seen those pictures that change when you look at them from different angles? I've seen them at the dollar store but if you take them off of their plastic frames and put them into a real frame the spooky factor goes way up! they look like they could actually be someone from your family :)
The picture of the girl below is one of those zombie prints
 
 
 
 
Skull Princess
 
 
 
 
Paper bats added ~ I tried to make it appear like they were flying out of the fireplace.
 
 
Hope you enjoyed!
Next week my mantel will be transformed into a Shabby Vintage Christmas!
Have fun trick-or-treating
Erica
 
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Sunday, October 27, 2013

End of October Shop photos

Hello Friends!

Wow a month since my last post! I've been very busy with the new shop Deep Creek Vintage, which is a very good thing :)
We had our Grand Opening and Vintage Therapy Marketplace on October 12 & 13. and I am extremely happy to announce, despite the horrible rain it was a huge success. Please follow me on Facebook ~ im so much better at updating my Facebook page and you can see all of the pictures of the grand opening on my page.

Today I thought I would share with you some pictures of my room at Deep Creek Vintage. These were taken last night and the sun had already started to set so the lighting is not the best quality but it kinda goes with my eerie Halloween décor. Speaking of Halloween ~ You might get some sneak peeks of my Spooky Halloween Mantel today but... for tomorrows post, I'll show you lots of goolish pictures of how I decorated my Antique Mantel at the shop.


 
Starting on Saturday when we have our Spooktacular Event at DCV all Halloween and Fall Décor will be 40% off!
 
 








In case you missed the post on that Art Deco China Cabinet you can read all about it here ~ http://tatteredelegance.blogspot.com/2013/09/so-elegant-vintage-china-cabinet.html


Isn't that Server above so cool!? It sold the first day out on the floor ~ its just waiting to be picked up to go to its new home, but no worries I've already got one to replace it. So if your in need of a new server/buffet for the holidays Deep Creek Vintage has got ya covered, whatever your style is painted or not!

A lot of picture I sure hope you enjoyed them and i'll see ya tomorrow!
Have a fantastic day ~ everyday!
Erica

Sunday, September 22, 2013

So Elegant ~ Vintage China Cabinet

Hello Friends and Happy Fall!

Today is the official first day of Autumn ~ doesn't that just put a smile on your face. :)

I'm very anxious to show you the China Cabinet I recently finished. You may have already scene it via Facebook, Pinterest or on the American Paint Co.'s blog ~ I was featured last week on their Facebook Friday post.




Painted in American Paint Company's wonderful Chalk, clay and mineral 100% natural paint. I used a creamy white named Home Plate and one of my new favorite colors a soft sage green named Liberty.



 
Stripes grace the sides in two shades of green. A tip to adding interest to a piece but still keeping it neutral, try adding tone on tone stripes.
Stripes can give instant drama to a piece of furniture.


 
 
  Embellished with Gold accents. I used Rub n buff ~ Grecian Gold, for all the raised moldings/ trims. Gold and Metallic are so HOT right now and im loven it. It really can make a piece so elegant , so chic!
 
 
 

 





I loved the original hardware it only needed to be cleaned up a bit and polished with Gold Rub n Buff.


 
I also added Vintage Music sheets from an old Hymn church book. I simply decoupage the sheet music onto my cabinet. These were already "yellowed" but I did decided to go ahead and scuff them up by sanding them and applying a dark wax along the edges. I was trying to achieve a look of old torn wallpaper.
 

To see this beauty in person ~~
you can go to Deep Creek Vintage
we are open 7 days a week


 
Have a glorious Fall day!
Erica

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

French Provencial Dining Chairs

Hello Friends!
 
 
 
 
3 consecutive days of blog post ~ I'm on a roll!
 
You may have already scene these if you follow me on Facebook , but I wanted to share some more detailed pictures ,especially if your not local and can't make it to Deep Creek Vintage to see them in person.
 
French Provincial Dining Chairs
 
 
 
Painted in American Paint Company's Home Plate, slightly distressed and clear waxed to a gorgeous shine.
 
 
 
I used a trio of  coordinating fabrics and embellished with plenty of rich elegant trim.
 
 
 
A coral color Burlap, a multi colored strip consisting of soft greens, yellow, pinks, and a luscious cabbage Roses mixed with other florals in a Waverly Fabric, complete this pair of French Arm Chairs.
 
 
 
Even though there are 2 different sets of arm chairs they work well together. They are both French Provincial style with canning and I painted them all in the same color and upholstered them in all the same coordinating fabrics.
 
 
**And here they are looking fabulous in my Room at Deep Creek Vintage**


My room at Deep Creek Vintage located in Spotsylvania, Virginia


 
Tomorrow I plan on showing you some detailed pictures and even a before picture of that Art Deco China Cabinet you see in the above picture ~ so be sure to check back tomorrow
 
Also If your local to Virginia ~~~ Mark your calendars now!
 Deep Creek's Vintage Therapy Market and Grand Opening Celebration!!!
October 12 -13
 
Cover Photo
 
Have a wonderful day ~ Everyday!!
Erica

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