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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Goodnight Sweet Prince

I have not had a chance to finish the chair I have started but did want you all to see what I have been working on. I got sidetracked by a project requested by my sweet DIL in LA, who is due to have our sweet grandson next month. These are two of four paintings she requested.
She has decorated the nursery in Owls so she wanted Nanna to paint some for her. I can't wait to meet the new little one. She is not the only DIL who is expecting. We will be having another sweet grandson born to our son in Seattle. The cousins will be born within days of each other. What are the odds? And at different ends of the country too. Poor Nanna won't know which direction to go first.

 Good Morning Sweet Prince.
Good Night Sweet Prince.

So what do you think? Will the sweet prince like his new owly pictures?
Sorry for the bad display of said pictures but I was in a hurry to get this up.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Antique French Chair Part 1

Like everyone I am busy, busy, busy these days. I am not as good a blogger as most, but I am trying to post more often but don't always have a project finished. That is why I thought maybe I would post a half finished project. I have had this French chair in my garage for at least three years awaiting her turn to be made over. Unfortunately the person I bought her from had already removed the fabric so I won't have a pattern. I think I will be able to figure it out though with the help of some great blogs out there.
Pretty huh?
This is one very old chair, no staples anywhere, only tacks. Even though at first glance you may have thought she was ready for sanding and painting. NO not so. Two hours and some very sore fingers later, the tacks were out!
 Here are a few of the many tacks I pulled. They were so old and rusty some of them came apart and I couldn't totally remove them. 
Already looking better after a good coat of DIY off white chalk paint.
And a coat of DIY teal chalk paint.

Some dry brushing of off white.

And a bit of distressing. 
Next up antiquing and recovering. But she already looks so much better. Not sure if I am going to rip off the ugly covering there or just cover it up with more padding and some muslin before I put on her pretty dress. What do you think?

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