Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Shop Updates: Custom Orders and My Latest Paint Project

Hello friends!
I hope you are all enjoying the season of SPRING...
Soon to be SUMMER!
We have been super busy. It was the end of school, Bebe
performed in her end of the year Ballet Gala, and we were
busy with the shop. 
They say when it rains, it pours, and it did.
In custom orders, that is! We had six pieces to paint.
I'm just sharing the last two, they were gorgeous!
This was a piece a really sweet lady from NJ found in another shop. It was a consignment shop so she wanted us to give this beautiful piece and updated look. Plus, some of the scroll work was missing from the secretary desk door.
After the Hubs repaired the scrollwork using wood putty, he painted it with Country Chic Paint in "Sunday Tea."
After it was all finished... of course I just loved it and had to start filling it with beautiful things.
And our client really liked it as well.

But we weren't done just yet.

She also had this piece for us to paint, from the same consignment shop.
Gah! I could have sold this sweet little cabinet about ten times over! So many customers were asking about it while it was in the shop, being worked on.
She is going to use it in her bathroom for towels.
Great idea!
And now, I'm working on this vintage French Provincial desk for a girl's room. It was a mess!
There were so many old stickers on the top,
scribbling, etc. I peeled off each sticker and attacked that baby with a spray cleaner.
Even though it was looking 100 times better, I still decided to paint the top.

What do you think?

I wanted it to be elegant looking in a Princess kind of way, without over doing it. I mixed Country Chic Paint in "Vintage Cupcake" with their "Vanilla Frosting" to achieve the light pink. I used gold metallic cream to highlight the hardware and around the desk. Then just a small addition of "Vanilla Frosting" on the edges.

So far I think I'm on the right track. I'm thinking minimal distressing, if any on this piece. Instead of a wax I may use the CCP "Clear Coat"  with "Tough Coat" on the top.

Thanks so much for stopping by and catching up with us!

Enjoy the day!


Monday, June 4, 2018

Our Much Needed Scenic Getaway

Hello friends! It is so good to be back to my Bella Blog...
it means things have slowed down enough
that I have time to write!

We took some much needed time to be together as a family to our scenic getaway in the Adirondack Mountains.

A place where we can enjoy the outdoors
and dine "al fresco"... 

Where we can see nature in all of its beauty...

And hear the call of the loons...

And enjoy the new crop of ducks and their ducklings...

Where the only important thing that needs to
get done is to go fishing...

Where we can feel right at home in this quaint little town that is right out of a story book set in the 1950's...
This is our favorite parade to watch, every year.

Where we can put all of the hustle and bustle of daily life out of our minds for a few days, or maybe even a week...

Hope you've had some relaxing days too, and if not, that you'll be still for just awhile...

We enjoyed our time at the lake. This year we took my Dad along. He loved it so I'm glad he was there. Alzheimer's is a difficult disease, the dementia and confusion are tough to deal with, for him, as well as for us, but we are getting through it day by day. Some days are better than others.

The weather is great now so we are working on a few projects for the shop, now that we are back! We picked up a couple of custom orders and in my next post I will share them with you.

Thanks so much for catching up on what we're up to! I'm trying to post at least once a month. After I get through the last days of school, Bebe's "Gala" dance recital, and a quick trip to the beach ... I'll have more time.

Summer is here! Yay!