Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Having Fun!

Oh my am I having some fun today! Can I tell you about it?

I have a two-piece highboy that I purchased approx. 15 years ago when I had my retail store. I ordered it without a finish so that I could apply my own custom finish. I have to even tell you it was still sitting in my studio - without any finish. Yes, seriously! Talk about major procrastination.
I recently moved my office to my lower level near my studio so that I could be more efficient (plus it was hotter than heck in my upstairs office - hormones???). I split the two pieces apart and nestled the top below my work table where it is soooo handy for supplies, tools, etc.
But, what to do with the bottom - which is now a lonely lowboy????

Guess what?! Today, I found some inspiration and started painting it. Yes, I did. I softened my favorite robin's egg blue and added some brown to it to ease the brightness. First I gave it an allover soft blue coating. Then I went back and added a bit of antique gold on the molding edge and in the carved shell motif on the center drawer.
Then I found a wonderful vintage print that I copied onto a couple pieces of onion skin typewriter paper that I have had stashed since the Flintstone days! If you know what this paper is, then you MUST be as old as me. =)

Now I'm letting that cure and I'll go back and do an antiquing process over the entire piece, put back the drawer hardware (changed the finish on that too) and I'll have myself a wonderful new piece for the living room.

Stay tuned and I'll post a few pics when it's finished.
...til next time....



  1. Carol

    Oh my goodness, I love it. A fantastic idea for storage and the bottom is going to be amazing. P.S. I know what onion skin is!

  2. That color is gorgeous! can't wait to see the finished project. Good heavens, I know what onion skin is, back when the dinosaurs roamed the earth and I was a secretary I used reams and reams of it! (and our multiple copies were made on the mimeograph-remember that horrible purple?) But back to the onion skin, what did you do with the images on there? I can't see it in the photo.
    Patricia Rose-A Potpourri of Fabric, Fragrance and Findings

  3. Carol, it looks wonderful, can't wait to see it all done and that goes for your new studio, too!
    ;0) Helene

  4. Carol...that is going to be beautiful....I can't wait to see the finished product! And, yes, I remember onionskin paper very well. :)