Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Now I Get It...

So, I've always been impressed with some of the outstanding photos that I see on other people's blogs. Now I get it... they are using much more powerful cameras than my ELPH. That said, below are some of my recent furniture reinventions.  The first is an end table that has already been sold.  I painted it in Annie Sloan's Duck Egg Blue and painted the original diamond carvings and the drawer in Annie Sloan's Graphite.  Added a bit of new hardware, and we were off to the races.  I love her clear wax and very sparingly used the dark wax to enhance the look and feel.  It turned out ADORABLE!

I literally fell in love with the bookshelf below.  I used Annie Sloan's Antique White (see a trend here?), clear wax, and distressed different bits here and there.  I've posted so many pictures because I can so clearly see that the piece will fit perfectly in a bathroom, living area, bedroom, and even a kitchen.  The original metal bordering on top just gives the piece even more personality.

Lastly, I purchased this adorable mirror and painted it Annie Sloan's Country Grey with a second layer of Antique White while applying the clear wax.  I've highlighted the beautiful woodwork on top of the piece with the Antique White, and I love how it stands out and really captures the eye.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Reinvent It For Yourself

I love the concept of reinventing and making something old seem new again. This quote from Mike Watt really captures the essence of Reinventing Mimi B:
The only thing new is finding out about something. Like nothing's really new, but you reinvent it for yourself and find your inner voice. - Mike Watt
As I'm out hunting for a new piece of furniture, I'm able to reinvent it for myself and for others.  I'm not always the only one with an inner voice.  More often than not, I really connect with the piece of furniture and it dictates what I should do.

Last week, I was painting an incredible chair that I found at an estate sale.  I originally decided to go for a light grey, so I mixed Annie Sloan's (AS) Paris Grey and Antique White.  I literally painted the entire bottom of the chair when I realized that the chair wanted to be a stronger grey.  I ended up stripping the whole bottom of the chair which turned into a long process because of all the nooks and crannies.  I've now primed it with a bright white and will be repainting it AS's Paris Grey.  What can I say?  If a chair that's been around as long as this one has talks to you, you listen!

I used to laugh a bit when I read posts where people were waxing poetic about their cameras.  Well, now those same people can laugh at me.  I take pictures with my Canon ELPH Powershot Camera, and you can really tell!  Regardless, I'll post some pictures of my current projects in the next day or so.

~Thanks for coming along for the ride. We've got the top down today, so be sure to wear something warm.