Thursday, May 22, 2014

Old Clock Cabinet Makeover with CeCe Caldwell's Paints

Unlike most of my other posts that require a pot of coffee and a day off of work to get through,
this is a short post.
(I promise)

One of the other vendors at Newport Marketplace where I sell my paint and furniture brought in this old clock cabinet not too long ago.

I thought that it had some character and only needed a little pick-me-up.
I used CeCe Caldwell's Natural Chalk + Clay Paints in Emerald Isle, Carolina Sun Yellow, Spring Hill Green, Santa Fe Turquoise, and Kailua Coral to give it a bit of a face lift.

I sealed the whole cabinet with CeCe Caldwell's Satin Finish. Then I used one of CeCe Caldwell's new metallic waxes in Sierra Silver to bring a little shine to the decorative aspects.

What do you think?
Fun little book shelf 
or curio cabinet 
or toy tower 
or doll house

This cabinet 
the complete line of CeCe Caldwell's Natural Chalk + Clay Paints 
are currently for sale at Newport Marketplace
7583 Main St.
Newport, NY

Stop on by.
You won't be disappointed.
(I promise)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Long overdue updates and random pictures

I'm back!
I haven't posted on here since February 6th. 
Can you believe it? 
I can.

I've actually had a little trouble focusing on writing lately.
Writer's block?
More likely just too many pots in the fire. I've been more than a little bit scatter-brained.

The snow is finally gone and everything around here is starting to green up nicely.
Shark spotted off the sandy beaches of Starr Hill....News at 11.

My daughter started her garden plants a little too early.
Cucumber plant blossoming in the house.
Plant update: several died before she got them out to the garden.
The ones that were planted in the garden ... drowned.

I've been concentrating mostly on my booth at Newport Marketplace (which is evidenced by the lack of clean floors, clean dishes, and clean laundry at home...sorry no photos).

My consignment store is FULL yet constantly changing (I take pictures of the stuff in my booth to post here but by the time I get around to writing about it (and actually hitting the publish button, the inventory is completely different).

My line of CeCe Caldwell's Natural Chalk & Clay Paints is moving along nicely. We have added 3 new metallic waxes, (Sierra Silver, El Dorado Gold, and Bingham Canyon Copper) and one new paint color (Enchanted Lilac).  I also offer painting classes if anyone is interested.... anyone?

I ran into a great friend the other day (Hi Kathy B. from the Fed). She mentioned that she missed all the pictures that I used to post.
Well, ya' know...
I miss posting pictures too.
Unfortunately, I really haven't been using my camera as much as I used to (especially while driving which was hazardous anyway).
I do still take quite a few pictures with my cell phone so I thought I would post a few of those for a change.
So... in no particular order (meaning some of these are from last year..and maybe the year before??) I give you ... Kim's cell phone pics.

My back yard at sunset last August

Lost geese in October.
They were headed north at the time.

I always love taking pictures of the massive clouds that parade over the valley.

Another beautiful sunset (just don't look at the snow).

Can you see the little baby Killdeer hiding in the grass?
Taken in June 2013 (randomness running rampant here).

There have also been a few new additions to the menagerie of critters around here over the past few months. 
Kitty and the chicks
(not their real names).

Looking for trouble
(and no, trouble is not the name of one of the chickens).

Duck, Duck ..... Goose?

And... a pair of "Billy Goats 'ruff"
who love to play king of the hill on MY rock.

Today I was busy trying to get some stuff planted in my garden.
Last year I experimented with gardening with mulch.
It was pretty successful if I do say so myself.

My raised bed garden filled with mulch.
See that patch of dirt in the background? 
That's my daughter's patch of deceptively solid ground. 
Don't let that quick sand fool you.
It's just an evil brown rectangle of mud waiting to suck you under (boots and all).
It's where her plants (pictured at the beginning of this post) went to drown. 

Last year I just had the 2 cement block raised beds. 
In the fall I expanded and put mulch down beyond the raised beds so I could add more plants this year. 
So far it's looking pretty good.
And...I can walk around in there without sinking out of sight (Ha HA ... Michelle).
I got my corn, peas, beans, carrots, and radishes planted today. 
Off to a good start.

Just because it's big and makes a lot of noise, it thinks it can park where ever it wants I guess.

And finally a sure sign that warmer weather is on it's way... 
The pool is upright and filling with water.

I'm planning on posting here much more often than I have in the recent past.
Since you know better than to believe that....
Have a nice summer.
See you again in the fall.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Big Honkin' Buffet in Vermont Slate

I just received a very kind email from one of my readers. She asked a question about a buffet makeover that I previously posted "before and after" pictures of.
This question made me realize that I never actually posted more than a simple "before and after" write up about this big honkin' buffet.

This, for anyone who may be interested, is a Thomasville buffet.
It's heavy.
It's big (a hair under 6' long and it just fit in the back of my Explorer).
It was in almost perfect condition.
It normally sells for around $1200 to $2500.
I bought it at the Salvation Army for $64. If you keep an eye out in those places, sometimes you come up with a true gem of a deal.

I removed all the hardware, doors, and drawers and gave it a good cleaning. Then gave it a couple of coats of CeCe Caldwell's Vermont Slate (one of my favorite of the CeCe Caldwell's colors).

Then I had to deal with the top. It's very hard to tell in the first picture but the top had scratches and a couple of small spots that were discolored. Because I wanted the top to be a natural wood color, I decided to try sanding.

No fun.
You can also see my Christmas tree from the year before still on the deck. Looks good for the middle of April don'tcha think? Of course we experimented by buying a potted tree for that Christmas and hadn't gotten around to planting it yet. For anyone wondering, it's now planted and were waiting to see if it's going to make it through the winter.

Anyway...back to the buffet.

I gave up on the sanding and decided to go for the liquid stuff. I was initially worried about using this stuff inside my house but it barely has a smell to it. I was surprised and grateful for that.

It took a few applications but I was finally making progress. You can see those funky discolored spots even better now (not sure if that's a good thing or not). After I was satisfied that I had all the original finish off and the funky spots under control, I hit it again with the sander to smooth the surface out. she be all sanded, stripped, sanded, and lookin' pretty good. Please don't mind what's left of the ratty flannel shirt ( was my favorite).

I used CeCe Caldwell's Clear Wax over the Vermont Slate and did some slight distressing.

I finished the top up with Minwax Golden Oak stain and 3 coats of Zar Classic Clear Polyurethane, lightly sanding between dried coats.
Just look at that shine.

Then came the challenge of taking a picture of it when it was seriously too big for the only spot in my house with a decent background (because no one wants to see my reflection in the dusty tv or the dirty dishes on my counter). On top of that I had serious glaring issues with all that shine and all the sun that comes in through my (cough, cough) dirty windows.

Other than clean a nasty build up of gunk out of them (I hate cleaning other people's gunk), I didn't do anything different with the hardware.

I took this down to my booth in Newport Marketplace and it sold less than 20 minutes after it was unloaded from my car.

So there you have it. The story about the Big Honkin' Buffet. I hope this answers my wonderful reader's questions (thank you so, so much for reading my blog).

For anyone living in or around the Upstate NY area, CeCe Caldwell's Natural Chalk + Clay Paints and Finishes are now available at Newport Marketplace on Rt 28 in Newport.