Sunday, November 25, 2012

Day 2 and writer's block

My excuses always were, "I don't have a website to post my pictures. There's no room to work. It's too cold. If I use my saw, I'll wake him up. My camera is not working. My drill battery is dead." Now that son, Peter, designed this awesome website, and daughter-in-law, Angie, took all these great photos, I have to ante up-today is all good!

Here is one of my latest projects.
No longer available.

I shabby chic'd it up with some taupe chalk paint (home made-but someday I'll try Annie Sloan's).  One of my favorite tools is my sander. In my next life, I think I'll try ice carving.


Herring bone shabby chic chair is no longer available.

The ladder back in the middle is the chair.  A friend I met on Craigslist (who calls himself "My Supplier")
gave it to me.  It previously had a broken caned seat.  Seeing as how I'm only learning one new trick at a time, I passed on learning how to re-cane.  JoAnn Fabrics came through with some nice trim braid on sale and re-stocked their brass upholstery tacks.  For a previous job, I had to settle for nickle tacks to finish an already brass started chair.  I got a piece of styrofoam and pinned them each to it. Then spray painted them all black and mottled them with a rag while still wet.  I grabbed a chip brush and dabbed brass metallic acrylic paint on and dabbed again.  Voila! Matching tacks.  Son, Andrew is pretty sharp and he couldn't tell the difference. The chair has a new hardwood seat and 1" foam.  The colors (I have to get a close-up for you) started with a nice, taupe-y gray, that g'daughter Ellie begged to paint.  She's painted basement steps for me before and done a fine job.  Anyway, the herring bone upholstery was going to be too monotone, so I started going at it with a beautiful turquoise color I had used on a bookcase. Getting there...then added some
burnt umber in the corners and on the slats. It was coming to life

The Windsor chairs on either side are kind of a sage color and one has a maize underlay and the other, a lavender. Each are $30.00.


I wouldn't mind bartering if you see something you like and would like to trade services.  Think SNOW shoveling.

Have to turn in.  Just got off dog-sitting duty for the weekend and want to settle in for a nice long sleep.

Angels on your pillow.

La Verne

1 comment:

  1. Nothing shabby about this site! Great job, La Verne, Peter, and Angie!!!