I had a couple of good quality bedsides in my stash and thought it was time for a quick makeover. They were solid and a good classic shape but very dark and sad. The wood was in good condition, so I decided to strip the top. I used an old brush and liberally applied the stripper to the top. The brand I used was Polycell and it hasn’t failed me yet, also I like the smell …. it smells like marzipan ! For health safety and common sense reasons, please don’t sniff the stripper! use in a well-ventilated area.
It only took about 20 minutes for the finish to bubble and peel, I then scraped it off and put the goo in an old paint can which I keep for this purpose. I cleaned the entire piece and once dry gave it a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in a custom mix. The colour was a very pale Linen/beige and was made up with one part French Linen and four parts Original.
I gave it another coat of paint and stained the top with Java Gel Stain which is made by General Finishes, it’s a dark stain but the top had come up fairly light from the stripping so I didn’t leave it on too long before I wiped it off
It’s been a busy couple of weeks at the shop, new stock in and out and lots of commission painting has been done. Although I love to paint I also love to refinish wood, and one of my favorite wood treatments is Gel stains, they are thick in consistency so don’t run or drip and are easy to use.
Running a small business is no easy task, but one of the areas which I don’t excel in is organization! The amount of paperwork which is required to keep the machine going is huge. So a designated area was needed for my overflowing inbox. I don’t have a spare room but I do have a large kitchen so after a little re-arranging I managed to clear an entire wall at the end of the room. I then went trawling for inspiration in the usual places and found some great ideas like this one on Pinterest.
Confessions and Crafts
I have a confession to make ….. like lots of people I am a bit of a hoarder (massive understatement), and I was going through my linen cupboard the other day and came across all my children’s baby blankets!
I didn’t want to throw them away so decided I should make something with them. Now I’m not really a crafty person as such but after much deliberation and thought ( a visit to Pinterest) I decided to try a rag rug.
I like things that give me instant gratification ( another confession ) so this was perfect, quick easy, and pretty.
I cut the blankets into rough 6inch by 1inch lengths with pinking scissors and poked (TECHNICAL TERM) through a piece of hessian and tied a knot! before I started used a felt tip pen to draw a pattern and followed the lines …..easy peasy.
This is what I ended up with how pretty is that?
It’s easy to wash and my grandson uses it to play on, all in all, I’m glad I didn’t trow them away.
We are busy here at Home Revival HQ getting ready to do a painting demo for a Miss Ivy Events in the Plymouth Guild hall next Saturday.You can check it out here 🙂 http://www.missivy.co.uk/events-diary.
As most of you know although I have been furniture painting for years, I have been trading for nearly two years and I’ve had the shop opened since the end of September!