From Trash to Glam

I have been wanting to create a shiny, glamorous finish on a piece of furniture.  I had this dresser in storage for a while and it seemed like a good candidate for my first silver foil finish.  I figured I could not hurt this poor thing any more than it had been.  It has lived a hard life and this finish if it goes well could give a new lease on life.

The before:

I first clean with TSP and then applied Graphite Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and let it dry.

Foil & Leaf Sizing by Artisan Enhancements.  After applying the sizing I had to wait about one hour for it to set up so it would accept the foil.

Applied a coat of Foil & Leaf Sizing:

After waiting approximately one hour the Sizing was ready for the silver foil.  Applying the foil was a simple process of laying the foil matte side down and rubbing the surface of the foil with a sponge to make sure the foil has good contact with the sizing.  Lastly, I pull the clear plastic type film from the foil.  Filling in the gaps was easy too.  The final step was to apply Artisan Enhancement Clear Finish to seal the finish.

This finish was amazingly easy to create.  I did change out the hardware with glass knobs to add more reflective qualities to the dresser.


  • Graphite Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan
  • Artisan Enhancements Foil & Leaf Sizing
  • Artisan Enhancements Silver Foil
  • Artisan Enhancements Clear Finish



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.