Monday, January 28, 2013

Before and After....THAT green set!!

I bought this set for $30 at a yardsale! I saw it and wasn't thrilled with the wood color or that lovely floral pattern, but the lines were beautiful! I knew that there was some promise after putting in a little elbow grease! 


AND After:

This was the usual furniture painting process. I removed the cushion and then sanded, primed, sanded, painted, dried, and painted again. I then decided that I wanted the grooves to stand out a little more and so I went back with a thin paint brush and white acrylic paint and painted the grooves!! I used a paper towel to smudge the acrylic paint a little. I didn't want a perfect look. It needed to look worn! For the fabric, I used good ole' drop cloth, $10 for a two pack! Can't beat it! 

 Here we used the chair as a prop for the photo booth at Harper's first birthday party. The color was great against the white sheet back drop!

Sweet Harper!

Happy Monday, Ya'll!
xoxo, Natalie

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Cardboard Deer Head & Gratitude

 It is an honor to have someone trust you with their hair, and I've found that once a client becomes a "regular"you become family! I value that trust!! I also value that friendship! More times than not, client's are blessing me with gifts. That was the case when I was pregnant with Harper. 

Over Christmas I was overwhelmed with that same generosity! Tiny Phillips is a kindred spirit; she and I both love to craft. She is also a loyal client! Her last appointment she showed up with this little dear deer for me! I ADORE it! I can't tell you how many times I had thought of making several of these, and it meant so much more to me knowing that someone put in the time to bless me with such a gift. I am full of gratitude! 

Here he hangs! 

(look at the vintage buttons she used for eyes)

Here is a broader view, the shampoo corner. 
I also had a sweet client and friend of ours provide the plexiglass behind the sink. I was so stoked about that!!! You have NO idea how many times I have already touched the paint up there. So, this really warmed my heart. Thanks Terri Smith!

This little corner also had some new art to the chalkboard.

It's the same font as the logo. 

Thanks for stopping in,


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

THE Red Door....glazing process.

I chose to name my business The Red Door Salon because with it being attached to my home, I needed a landmark to distinguish were customers should go. So, I knew when looking for a door that I was going to want to paint it. With that, why buy new? To Craigslist we searched and we found this Beauty; I'm pretty sure we paid about $125 for it. Not too shabby for an exterior door! 

Here are the steps for painting....
First, sand!! Just enough to rough it up. I used a palm sander with 125 fine grit paper.
2nd- Prime (not pictured). To make it simple I just used a can of primer spray paint to cut down on time! I had a well ventilated space. 
3rd-paint two to three coats of your chosen paint color. I don't have the name of the color I used on hand but if anyone is interested in the name, just let me know and I can provide it.  

After that has dried you start the fun part, the glazing!!

I've seen people use several different products for glazing. I wanted to go the cheapest route possible and therefore I found this MinWax Express color gel stain on sale for a dollar at Home Depot. Score!! I bought several tubes because of the price but I probably used less than a quarter of the tube. 
As seen, I used a fine painting brush so that I could easily get into any and all cracks desired. Just simply brush on and then with a paper towel wipe/smear off. It gives a worn, sort of, aged look!  

Lastly, seal with an outdoor PolyUrethane to protect from the weather! 

I loved the results so much that I decided to repeat the process on the interior of the door!

 I would love to link up with anyone else and their glazing victories!!

Thanks for stopping by,