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Zinc Table Top

This handy serving cart didn't fit into to my client's new decor,  so she asked me to paint it for her.  Knowing her style, I suggested a shabby effect with a faux zinc top. 


Here's how I did it.
First I did some on-line research and looked for examples of authentic zinc patina.  I prefer to paint what I see, rather than follow a prescribed "recipe". This photo became my inspiration. The darker portion of the photo is oxidized zinc. The lighter side is zinc metal without any oxidation or patina.
 The first step was to paint the top black.
Then,  I added three different colors of grey and applied them in order of dark to light: 1. medium grey - Black + White 2. Martha Stewart Metallic Paint - Thundercloud 3. light grey - Black + White + White Zinc is a very reactive metal.   Exposed to air, it begins to oxidize, turning dark. Food placed on it surface will cause it to turn brownish,  and zinc develops a powdery white color (white rust) in reaction to moisture.
Zi…

A Dreamy Nursery

I love working with expectant mothers as they plan their babies' nurseries. Each mother has a unique vision for their little one's room,   and they find their inspiration in unexpected places.  This nursery was inspired by a card attached to a gift received at a baby shower.  The wall where the crib will be is painted dove grey, while the remainder of the room is pale blue-green.
We decided to keep the design very soft and dreamy. First, I sketched the cloud and moon on the wall.
Then, washed around it with a watery mix of color.
 See the cornice at the ceiling?
That's where drapery panels will hang.
The sheer fabric is flecked with metallic thread and will drift around the crib. I glued Swarovski crystals across the background to give the effect of twinkling stars.  If you're going to do this, I can recommend E-6000 glue.   You can find it at Target, Walmart and Michael's. Tho' they don't show well in the photo,   the crystals catch the light from the win…

FLEA MARKET SIGN - Getting the words onto the wood

I've been asked how I made the FLEA MARKET sign in last week's post about tiling our fireplace. I'm glad to share with you how this one was made. Making signs is fun and easy.   Plus, they make great gifts for your shabby-chic friends!
The wood came from my favorite antique/salvage shop. I bought it because of the shape, but you could easily make this sign with a new board and it would be just as interesting. The shopkeeper told me that this wood originally was part of a fireplace mantle, but it seems more likely that it was once part of an oak dresser. At 42" and with a routed profile, it was perfect sign-making material.  Oh yes!  I snagged this!
Because the wood had so much character, there was no need for extensive sanding and painting.
I loosely brushed on white paint, leaving it heavier in some places and lighter in others.
Then I took a little black paint and accented the routed edge.

HOW DO YOU DO THE LETTERING?
If your computer doesn't have the font you l…

Fireplace Up-date with Herringbone Tile

Several years ago we added a fireplace to our livingroom.
 At the time, I couldn't decide what to do around the firebox,  so I plastered the area temporarily until I could figure it out.
Somehow, tiling the fireplace was low on my to-do-list   until one day it was time for a change.
Then I saw this herringbone tile at Home Depot and knew it was just right for the fireplace.

Here's how we made the change:   First, in order to hide the raw edge of the tile,
we added a metal channel at the edge of the firebox. While I measured, Dearly Beloved set up the wet saw.
Normally cutting tile is fairly straightforward.
However, this tile, with its raised profile was a challenge.  The small triangles wobbled during  each cut, so it took a bit of finesse to get it right.
But oh my!  Seeing the change taking place was exciting!

Little by little, the new tile went into place.
I'm lovin' it! The tile's profile made it impossible to grout with a rubber float.  Doing it by hand was …

Another Oak Kitchen: cabinets painted black

Shawn likes everything about her home - everything thing except her kitchen! She's planning to update by adding granite, new lighting, a tile backsplash and a new wall color.  Custom cabinets weren't in the budget, so I was asked to paint the old ones.
Although these are builder-grade, standard cabinets, they have two things going for them:  they are in great condition and they have Shaker-style doors.
The cabinet bases were brushed, but I sprayed the cabinet doors in the workshop. However, finding an efficient way to dry all of them at one time was a challenge.
The problem was solved with ladders and lengths of 1x2. We set up several stations in the workroom,  and found we had ample space for all the doors and drawers.
I've shared tips for painting Kitchen Cabinets before.  You're welcome to read more HERE
We decided to lightly distressing the edges of the cabinets.
Distressing gives the doors brings bit of personality,
plus it will camouflage any wear-and-tear that …