September 21, 2013

New Stools...

I have ordered ten new stools for the Creative Lounge worktables. They are industrial, sturdy and have a nice padded leather seat. We will be up and down a lot during the sessions and these will be easy to move if needed. They also are stack-able, which was a huge plus. Don't they have a slight Tolix vibe?

Mr. B. has been down with a bug, this week. He is very close to having the worktables ready. I have to let him rest a bit. So much of the studio work has been a grind, especially on him. It is physically demanding to get a space this large in shape. We have to remember that in time it will all get done.
The mind is willing ...but, the body is losing it!
I did manage to finish a petite French buffet/hutch this week, I will share the photos when it is styled.
My goal this week is to put down a checkered taupe and black floor in the large vestibule. It was painted a few weeks ago and it will be fun to accessorize this area for the autumn season. So, I need to get this done. It is a ten by eight foot space so it can handle a piece of furniture or two.
Here are my inspiration photos...



I am going the peel and stick should be fairly easy after the existing floor is cleaned well.
It will be a nice clean start to the fun part...(oh no, I am rhyming now)!

September 11, 2013

Cash/Wrap finished...

All eight feet of it! Slowly, checking off the items on the "to do"list. Mr. B. did a great job interpreting my vision (drawn on a small piece of paper), into this gorgeous piece. Bad photos, sorry.
They were taken after a long, hot day and really do not show how beautiful this counter really is.

 The center panels are antique tin ceiling tiles, the back has open shelving and the top is oak, stained gray. The base is painted in Behr "Sea Salt" and the glazing is General Finishes "Van Dyke Brown" glaze.  The glazing has photographed darker than it actually is. You can also get a peek, to the right, at the painting that was done over the weekend.

I could use that crisp fall air, any time now! Today is a sweltering 90 plus degrees accompanied with high humidity. YUK...
I am taking a break and working on some home stuff today and hiding out with my air conditioning on. I will also be working on projects for the Creative Lounge nights at the studio. It will be fun to get this party started! Stay tuned...XO

September 9, 2013

Old Desk refreshed...

I purchased this old oak library table to use as my desk at the studio. It was in rough shape and I didn't like the orange-y stain color that it had acquired over the years. The top was stripped and sanded, and given a coat of General Finishes walnut stain. Three coats of General Finishes water based poly, and it looked great. Lots of patina and a much better color. Although in my quick iPhone photos it still looks a bit orange. The drawers and bottom were painted in General Finishes Lamp Black milk paint. I love this stuff. It went on beautifully and covered completely in two coats.
Next, I taped off the legs about 8 inches up and sprayed the bottom of them with Rustoleum's Metallic gold. It was fun and easy and gives this desk an unexpected edge. The West Elm lamp I had is just perfect with it, since there is no overhead lighting in this corner. Lots of light from the windows though on bright days.
In between getting the studio ready, I have worked on some pieces that my husband has restored, like this map file drawer, originally used by the Department of the Interior. It was also painted in Lamp Black milk paint and waxed with Annie Sloan dark wax. It was originally army green. I think it is a lovey piece and can see it being used in many areas of the home. What do you think? It is available in my Etsy store and can be shipped or picked up at the studio.

The painting was done yesterday and I am happy with, no, ecstatic about the color choice for the walls in the front area of the studio. The paint was a color match from Valspar called "Muted Ebony" we had it mixed up in Benjamin Moore eggshell...the rest of the walls are done in a cool, bright white for maximum light reflection. Photos tomorrow!!