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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Va Va Voom Bordello

Hello there Friends!
So on Monday I met with Cheryl she is the proprietor of Deep Creek Vintage. Cheryl is opening a new super fabulous shop in Spotsylvania, VA. I mean this place is to die for ~ pure beauty. It is circa 1850 a plantation house complete with drop dead gorgeous fireplaces in practically every room, glorious worn wood floors, super high ceilings that just scream GRAND, windows, details and moldings that will make your jaw drop. It was truly stunning. While I was visiting my mind was just a spinning seriously I was wondering after I left if I was even speaking in complete sentences. To come across a place like this for an antique shop is really just a dream. You'll probably have to hear me yap about Deep Creek Vintage a lot because I wish  Cheryl and her new adventure the best of luck and plenty of success! 
Deep Creek Vintage is also a retailer of American Paint Company. They produce a clay/mineral/chalk based paint. You can check out their Facebook page here to learn more.  Cheryl graciously gave me some to try, so you better believe as soon as I got home I was a dippen my brush In the paint can. So without any further ado let me show you what I created...
 Let me present to you Bordello  ~
 A deep vibrant rich hue ~ scrumptious isn't is?
 A beautiful secretary/desk/ what not shelf dated back to 1905? at least that is what is marked on the back of the mirror. To me, it was just a really cool piece of furniture that needed a lot of love and that I knew once I got a hold of it , it would be a showstopper! 
I highlighted some of the details with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White. And the inside cubby area is painted in a custom mix of a Frenchy Grey.
 After 2 coats of American Paint Company Paint in Bordello and the highlights in ASCP Old white I sealed it with a bit of clear wax and then went over in certain spots with the dark wax to add drama and to age it a bit. And then later buffed and buffed some more to give it that shine. 
Yes my knew favorite thing to do is to add a bit of crackle!
Wow the more I look at these pictures the more I love this Little Victorian Beauty. But unfortunately as you probably know by now I'm moving and I just can't keep hording all my stuff! However I think I will get to enjoy this piece for another month. Before it makes its fabulous Debut at
And just so you know im also working on a settee that goes swimmingly with this secretary.
I'm sure I'll be writing up a post about that later because it will be the first piece of furniture that I've painted the upholstery.
Hope you enjoyed my latest creation
Have a Spectacular Day ~ everyday!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

mirror mirror....

Happy Mothers Day!

And a beautiful day it is! A big huge thank you to my wonderful mother for being such an inspiration to me. You are a beautiful person inside and out and I love you with all my heart!

So Ive been crazy busy lately there is so much going on right now in my neck of the woods ~ and I wish it was all happy fun stuff but its not... Ive been horrible with my blog posts lately, but if you do follow my blog then ya know that my house is on the market, which is completely draining and a very exhausting process and not to mention probably the most stressful event I've gone through in my life.  So many of you have express your thoughts and have sent me such sweet e-mails and I just want to say thank you. Soon this chapter in my life will end and a new brighter one will begin. I'm excited to see what the future holds for me and my family.  On that note I do have some fantastic news but I'm gonna have to leave you hanging for a while ...but stay tuned cause your gonna love it!

Ok done with the personal mambo jumbo ~ Now onto the Fun stuff****

Habersham Mirror

Can a girl ever have to many mirrors!!?? I think not.  I absolutely adore vintage mirrors especially the really ornate carved Victorian ones. And apparently you love them too they are one of my biggest sellers and it makes sense ... a mirror adds so much drama to a room it can be a statement piece a real eye catcher.  I have in fact decorated a whole room solely around a mirror.

You simply must hop on over to my Pinterest board, Mirror Mirror on the Wall ~ you will be in awe and you'll completely understand what I'm talking about.

I have over 15 mirrors in my home and I love each and every one of them.
I thought I would share a before and after of one of my favorites.
It was love at first sight ~ I wasn't really to concerned how high it was going to go at auction because I knew it was coming home with me. Luckily I did get a good price on it. I could already envision just how lovely those roses would be after I saturated them with some chalk paint.
 I used Annie Sloan Decorative Chalk Paint ( of coarse). I chose French Linen, which has become a staple in my home, for the base of the mirror and Old White for all the raised moldings. It was distressed and got some dark wax applied to age it a bit. Hard to tell from these pictures but that gold gilding peeks through where I distressed and looks really stunning in person. For now its finished and hanging in my Foyer so its one of the first things you see when you walk into my home.
I may eventually add a touch of gilding wax ~ we'll see.
what a transformation Huh?
Here is just a peek at another mirror I recently painted. Anytime I find these extra tall super detailed framed mirrors I snatch them up ~ they are so versatile ~ you might not think so because they are so big but really they look incredible on the floor propped against the wall behind a petite side chair.
As you might notice I also just recently painted the Victorian Server ~ it was painted w/ ASCP Florence and then Pure White over top ~ its been waxed but I still have to distress so the Florence will shine through and I also need to add the handles. It funny how projects for my home always get the back seat to projects for clients or for the shop.
 I just had to share this gorgeous hand painted Iris Vase ~ it was a Yard Sale Find! Score!! Love it and I love Iris' <3

Thanks for allowing me to share bits of my world with you!
Talk to ya tomorrow!


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