I Tried Something New

I really like to paint a simple vintage finish.  A basic one color, clear wax and rub off the edges.  I decided to stretch a little so when I first saw this little set I knew I wanted something more rustic feeling.  I headed down to my local fabric superstore and found this wonderful fabric which inspired my color choice.  The thin duck egg color stripe just wanted to be paired with Duck Egg Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.

The before; she is a little sad but the lines of the chairs are so wonderful.

I painted on relatively thick coat of Duck Egg Chalk Paint, heavily distressed and then applied a couple of coats of Soft Clear Wax by Annie Sloan.  I usually wax first but I knew I wanted to remove more paint than usual.


This was my easiest project of this size in a long time.

Gastonia’s Restore Restyle Designer Showcase 2014

The Vintage Nest was one of the designers for Gastonia’s Restore Restyle Designer Showcase 2014.  We where provided a 8 x 10 foot room to design a theme room and we had access to any items on the sales floor at the Restore Store.  Twelve designers with various backgrounds accepted the challenge.  The event raises money for Habitat for Humanity’s many projects.

These are some of the pieces I selected.

I transported all the pieces back to my shop and began the transformation.  I used Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan in Old White and a simple vintage finish with light distressing on the edges.  All the pieces where hand waxed with Annie Sloan’s Soft Clear Wax for furniture.  The after pictures….

Our design challenge was to create something out ceiling fan blades.  This proved to be a greater challenge than I originally thought.  The LOVE garland is actually plan B the night before our room was to be completed.  Plan A just went south really quickly.

Painting home décor items is a great way to update a room without having to purchase new items; or finding those new to you treasures at stores such as Restore and customizing them to fit your interior.

I was excited by the end of the ticketed event on Thursday evening the bed, dresser, chair, silver tray, and comforter sold.  I can’t wait for next year’s event.

Repurposed Framed Art into a Chalk Board

I found this wonderful framed art piece at one of my favorite thrift stores.  It was love at first sight; the art work was dated but that big, chunky frame made it worth snatching up and it even  had a thrift store price.

I began painting the chalkboard paint over the art work before I remembered to take a before picture.  As you can see this ”find” was very dated.  After applying the chalkboard paint to the art work I painted the frame with Old White Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, applied Annie Sloan Soft Clear Wax, distressed the edges with 220 grit sandpaper and touched up the wax where I had sanded.  I used the same hanging hardware just moved it so the frame would hang vertically instead of horizontally.


Now I just have to wait for the chalkboard paint to cure some before I can write on it.  I am going to use it to post my workshop schedule in the shop.


Chalk Paint® Paris Grey Chairs

I could not resist purchasing these chairs at barn sale.  I knew as soon as I saw them they would look much better painted in Chalk Paint® Paris Grey.  The process was so easy.  Here is the before:

I painted the entire chair Paris Grey including the fabric.  I moistened the fabric by brushing on water then applied the paint.  It take approximately 24 hours for the first coat to dry.  The second and third coats toke a few hours each.  The following day I applied Annie Sloan’s clear wax on both the fabric and wood areas.  I mixed the clear wax with low odor mineral spirits about half wax and half mineral spirits and brushed the wax onto the painted fabric.  Finally, I applied Annie Sloan’s dark wax on the wood portions of the chair to give them more definition.

After photos:

Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Projects

To change things up this week I have been painting with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint.  I completed 5 pieces of furniture this week in a chippy, heavier distress farmhouse finish.  Here are a couple of pieces that I finished this week. I was so excited to get started on these I forgot to take before pictures.  They where in rough shape and I added new legs to each along with glass knobs.

Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Flow Blue; I was so excited to see all of the chipping on this piece. 

The next piece I painted in Lucketts Green by Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and added some glass knobs to this piece too.  I painted the mirror frame to in Lucketts Green.



Chalk Paint® Featured in the Gaston Gazette Newspaper!

I am so excited the Gaston Gazette (our local newspaper) published a great article on the front page of the Life section about the “Greatest Paint in the World” and featured The Vintage Nest!  Here is the link and if you are local pick up a copy of the paper and support a locally focused business.



A Change of Direction

I began painting this china cabinet months ago and I thought I had the perfect vision of what it was going to look like somewhere in the creative process I lost the creative direction to finish it.  I let it sit in the shop and I looked at everyday just knowing I would be inspired to finish the cabinet finally one day I entered the shop to open and was inspired to go a completely different direction.  Here is the before picture at the point I lost the inspiration.

The beauty of painting with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan is you can change directions quickly for this piece I did not sand or remove any of the paint from the first attempt but instead just painted over the first coat.  The paint and color palette work so well together. The finished cabinet in Old Ochre exterior and Duck Egg interior with some beautiful chippy, creamy white china.

The hardware was painted in Old Ochre and waxed.  The edges of the piece are slightly distressed to give it some old world charm.

Seeing the completed piece and adding the “Nest” bunting and creamy, chippy china display makes me smile every time I walk in my shop…of course she is available for purchase and ready to move to her forever home.