Saturday, August 2, 2014

Ok, here's the deal...'A Wild Thing' is born...

My daughter and I share a building
in our historic downtown, Candle Shed Effect,
where I sell my furniture and soaps out of...
well, it's been 10 years since I've had a
brick and mortar store of my own, but the other
day our landlord came in and said the boxing club
was moving to another location and wanted
to know if we wanted this space...HELL YES!


The building has totally been renovated
inside and out and goes all the way to the alley
as you can see from the next shot.

It's a very narrow store, but long
and has a full basement and garage...
hard to take a picture through the tinted glass...

 It also has an office or work area,
which will be perfect for me to set up
a studio for my lampshade biz and
my jewelry.

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It's also been a long time since I've made
or restored any shades or made jewelry...
so needless to say, I'll be busy, but hopefully
a happy camper too, as this will be an awesome
addition to our downtown. You can follow our
progress on our facebook page...The Wild Thing
Yup, this soon to be 65 year old is
A WILD THING, fer sure!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Pink into Spring...with faux chalk paint on the cheap...

Yes, again I've made my own chalk
paint for this project...
1 cup hot water
1 cup plaster of Paris
3 cups paint (flat)

This is the before shot, pretty but
it won't sell as is, stains, water marks and
broken veneer...sooo...

First I paint the whole piece with the pink,
two coats, then when dry I brush on
a wash of white paint,
water and a few brush fulls of white  paint...
stir...

Then when the wash is almost dry, I wipe off
with a wet terry rag, leaving this in some areas,
lighter in others...

 Then I run the sander lightly over the
 whole piece...

 Then wax with Johnson's paste wax...TAH DAH...

Proving again that you don't need an
overpriced paint to achieve the same effect...

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Annie Sloan style on the cheap...

 First ya take an awesome old, Victorian chest...

Then ya start to paint...no prime, no sand...
I used Pittsburgh Ultra paint~'Knight's Armour'.
1 1/2 C. paint, 1/4 C. Plaster Paris, 1/4 C. hot water
mix good, then paint, it covers great.

I wanted a faux zinc finish for this piece,
so in this process I completely waxed on a layer
of Johnson's paste wax, let it dry and buffed,
then lightly sanded edges to distress...
then I put on another coat of wax adding
a dab of silver latex paint to my wax brush
and painted it on all over the surface,
then buff when dry.

Kinda hard to see, but it has an uneven
metallic sheen sorta like zinc.

Love the look and the paint covered
marvelously, with an awesome satin finish.
Always work with small batches,
as the paint becomes grainy in a day or so,
but this one batch I made covered all this stuff!

Tools of the trade...
my cheapo version of the expensive
stipple brush...$2.00 on the cheap...lol!


 Then I painted a chair...

 and a parlor table...
Then staged it in the front window
of the shop...
I love to play with paint
and it doesn't have to cost you an
arm and a leg to do it...
JUST BE BRAVE...
AND CRAZY(it helps)

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Faux...fire...

 We're starting to get some really cold temps
 here in Iowa, but I'm gonna make it a whole
lot warmer...I made me a quicky fireplace...

 I had this really cool buffet mantel I thought
would be a great fireplace surround...
I also had two leaves from an old table in storage...
so I just stuck them behind the mantel, then
washed them with a tan paint wash to match the mantel.

 I'll be looking for a pair of corbels to attach to
the mantel to connect the buffet top to the table leaves.
I also had this old wood stove out in my shop
that I've been wanting to turn into a candle stand...

Putting three candles inside puts out quite
a bit of heat out of the flew hole,
plus gives that glow of a fire that we all love
in the winter...using repurposed junk and
a bit of ingenuity, I got me some ambiance...

Friday, November 15, 2013

Well...here we go again...

Phase one...
My friend Lorie has opened a new shop
in Davenport, Ia.
an historic, newly renovated building
right in the downtown, where multimillion dollar
renovations are being fulfilled.

Of course I'll have a presence there,
with soaps and candles(made by my daughter)
and of course...FURNITURE!

 Fun displays...

 oak and pine...

 YUMMM...

 primitives...

 stuff...

 and more stuff...

Now open...come one, come all...check out
Company 38 Antiques on Facebook...K

STAY TUNED FOR PHASE TWO...

Monday, October 21, 2013

Autumn...

 Out my kitchen window...
brrrrr, it's cold today!

 No summer colors,
only the shades of grey...

 Some new growth after the drought,
but a hard freeze will end the struggle.

 The scent of lavender lingers still...

 A last load of grooming towels,
not too many days left for laundry on the line.

Tattered and worn, the signs of summer
and my country...gone, America...

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

What am I doing in my world...


Still painting furniture for the store...

 Still making yummy soap...

 Enjoying Autumn at my lil' pink shack...

 Still pissed off at the aerial spraying
of the fields across from my house,
it's killing my trees...
 Creating settings at the store...
check us out on Facebook,
Candle Shed effect...

 Did I mention painting stuff...

 Still watching Scratchy just be a terrier...

And photographing chemtrails in Iowa...
DISGUSTING...
it's a very busy life
and I love it!!!

Sharon Richardson Wilson on Facebook,
it's how I roll...

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Transformers...

Finished product...
take a Good Will find,
paint it gold,
then paint it white,
wipe it off (distress)
then add brown wash,
paint inside black,
add love.......

It's cheesy origins...and a vision!