Friday, January 25, 2013

The Tin Man

I snagged this dresser at a great sale this past week at St. Vincent De Paul in Seattle. My mother in law went for me as I was in Pullman. She was a trooper, putting up with the crazy thrift store crowd! The original dresser was oak, and though it was beautiful, it had it's flaws and unfortunately I could not fix them with stain or oil. I love how oak looks deeply shabby chic-ed, though. the grain still comes out when you sand it.

The best part of the dresser is the rivets I later added down the front and on the top, and the hammered tin. I hammered every ding in that, thank you very much! Took me forever and I had to stuff my ears with cotton. I'm very pleased with the outcome!!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Gold Princess

Believe it or not, but I'm painting in Seattle now! Splitting my time between here and there, there's always room for an upcycle, and this is my very first Seattle outcome! For a while now I've dreamed of metallic, ever since my project on the large French dresser. I found this once drab little gem at my local St. Vinnies and snapped it up. I used gold and copper on this, adding contour with the darker copper around the edges. Such a gem! Imagine this piece in a room of white, a gorgeous lamp, and a romantic read.... ahhhhh.

For my Seattle customers only!