I am so excited. My annual candle sale is almost here. Saturday December 5th from 10-4pm.
I love to make costumes and when I was a kid I loved being in the theater, doing plays and dressing up. Dude and I would put on a production every summer. We would make costumes and involve all the neighborhood kids in whatever play we were doing. One summer we decided to do the theatrical production/lip-synch of our Alice in Wonderland vinyl record ( I am sure some of you have no idea what a record is).
I feel like I’ve watched every YouTube video there is on it. There are so many paints now to choose from where do you start?
Here are just some of the techniques and products that I have used. This is just what has worked for me so use your own ideas and go crazy.
First thing… I know they say you don’t have to sand and they are right. When I do pieced for myself, I don’t sand. But when I do a piece to sell, I lightly sand it. I mean barely rough it up. It doesn’t need much. This paint sticks like crazy. After I sand I clean my piece really well with TSP.
Now the paint…
It took me quite a bit of research and trial and error to figure this out. I couldn’t find any bloggers or websites that really talked about it. They talk about waxing with clear before you dark wax but no one talks about varnishing and then waxing. I am telling you it is possible. I have done it a lot.
I found a guy that talked about waxing and varnishing his boat and he gave me more info than any chalk paint website I went to. I would give him some props but I can’t remember where he was.
This white Dixie Henredon French provincial set I picked up at an estate sale. I didn’t take many before pics but it is the set we all had if we were little girls in the 80’s. Dude had the canopy bed to go with it and I thought it was so cool.
I sprayed it with Americana. The color I used is called Vintage. I finished it with Soft Touch. I then distressed it with dark wax. Just a little in the cracks and creases to make it look antique. I custom painted these for a customer. When she came to look at my furniture she backed over the fire hydrant near the bottom of my driveway. It was pretty exciting. I think that might be a blog for another day!
Delaney liked to use this table for a lemonade stand. She really wants to keep it but I think it needs a new home. It is for sale. Contact me if you are interested. I used APC color Mama’s Kitchen for the green (I think I might have used some white to lighten it) and used a wet rag to distress it. I used Americanas Pink (mixed 1/2 with white) for the top and legs. I used sandpaper to distress it, then Soft Touch Varnish to seal it.
I can’t forget to show you my bathroom cabinets. Here are the before and after. I bought a wood appliqué at Lowe’s and attached it with wood glue. I then painted with Americana Vintage, then Soft Touch Varnish. I then used APC dark wax and buffed when it was dry.
I bought two kinds of drawer hardware. They didn’t match so I spray painted it all with an oil rubbed bronze spray paint and used a bronze acrylic paint to give the handles a vintage rub and buff look. The handle on the top is the finished product the gold and the one below the gold were the handles I bought on Ebay. I made a how to video but I have to figure out how to edit it before anyone can see it!
I also have known people who have made their own chalk paint. You can get a recipe on Pinterest. I think it is acrylic paint with plaster of paris or something. The trouble I have had with homemade is that you have to sand it smooth between coats. Time is money and I would rather pay a little more for a pre made paint. I don’t have the patience to sand. I don’t love sanding and that is one reason I love these pre made paints.
So there is my run down of paint. Happy painting! Sorry about the typos. I am exhausted and my friend really needed this info. I am sure my mom and Dude will let me know where I made mistakes and I can edit this later! ha!
Another day in my life.
Brad says it is a little over powering. Everything is made and set up and I think we are ready. The sugar scrubs are made, the bath salts are ready and the I have made lots of Crème Brûlée candles. I think my favorite this year is the Crème Brûlée sugar scrub. It smells so good you think you could eat it but please don’t! Eeeewwww!
I have been busy promoting on Facebook. My friend Raquel Ramirez has been helping me boost my business and teaching me about social media. Sometimes I feel like my grandpa when he couldn’t figure out how to program the VCR. I will figure it out and then they will change it! haha.
Please check my Facebook page for coupons. I have coupons on there for $1 off tart bars, if you spend $10 you get a free gift and buy 4 pillars ($25 each) and get one free.
You know what? Since you are reading this I am going to go ahead and post them here.
Thanks for supporting me and my many businesses and my crazy ideas and my creative A.D.D. and my family and and and! It is because of you all that I get to do what I love.
Another day in my life.
I am so excited. Saturday is less than a week away and I think I am almost ready. I tried to be ready early but you know how that goes. I keep adding stuff. Oh, I could do this or I can do that and the next thing you know I am up until 4 am the night before the sale! Not this year. I am going to be ready!
I have some new items this year.
Mason jars are so popular. So, I don’t want to disappoint. I made 3 sizes of mason jar candles. I even went so far as to hand paint a few mason jars. My friends have already come over and have staked their claim to a few of them so I have an idea they are going to be popular!
I still have a few things to finish. I am making up some gift baskets to sell and I have to pour some more creme brulee tart bars. Other than that, I am ready!
I can’t wait to see all of you at the sale. I always have fun catching up with people I only see once a year.
Please check Facebook for coupons. You can print them or show them on your phone.
Another day in my life.