Sunday, 21 January 2018

Online Shop Now Open

I hope everyone has caught up with family and friends over the festive season and now at the start of January you will be looking forward to a bright shiny new year streched out ahead.

I have been very busy with getting our online shop all go, Painting classes underway and Christmas and New Year, so blog posts have been lacking the last couple of months, but now we should be back on track.

Our online shop is full of Vintage Paint, Vintage Stencils, Lots of Love hearts and crosses and now a great range of furniture knobs. To visit our shop click the "SHOP" tab or this link 
Happy to post anywhere in New Zealand.

Some of our furniture knobs now available at our Gallery:

My first New Years project, piles of sewing machine drawers in soft colours

Happy projecting for 2016!!

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Now Stocking - Decor Furniture Transfers

We are pretty excited to be stocking Decor Furniture Transfers and have our first shipment of the smaller ones just arrived. Larger ones are due in November. Here is a video to show you how we use them. Transfer Tutorial

Contact us for more info or go to our online Online Shop

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Free Chairs are Good Chairs

Friends of Friends were moving and hubby was helping them move some stuff. They were going to a smaller place and had a bunch of stuff for the dump. He spied this chair and bought it home for me, it was a bit sorry in the beginning.

She sat around for a while as it had this stick on vinyl on the seat and I had no idea how to get it off. Once I got to her I sanded and cleaned and decided for a more rustic finish in case I could not get the seat perfectly flat.

Painted up in Annie Sloan Graphite and stencil in AS Pure White, she turned out lovely.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Wooden Printing Blocks

One of my more unique Friday Finds that I thought was worth sharing. I found these old hand carved wooden printing blocks. I will be doing some research into them as they are most unusual. Obviously once well used and made, aren't they amazing?

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Aquamint - Current Favourite Colour

Don't you love it when you try a new colour and then seem to have a roll of wanting to do everything in it?
So true for vintage paint colour Aquamint, it is a soft neutral with just a hint of mint. I started off doing an old homemade rimu piece in it as a display cabinet for paint in the gallery. 

The starting place

All loaded up as our paint display

Aquamint Swatch

Then I came across another Hutch, this time pine and very battered and unloved at the Sallies. This also got the Aquamint treatment. Different woods and starting colours will always change the look of a piece. One was on raw wood and the other I painted over a horrible dark stain. Both now have their own unique hint of mint look.

Antique Market - a new favourite stencil too!

Check out that dark "before" stain

Church Pew - Favourite Custom Job

I love any church pew, they have so much character and such a beautiful history coming from such a peaceful place as a church.

Here is the pew that my lucky customer had come across abandoned in a storage shed.

My client had a clear idea of colour for her pew and went with Annie Sloan Country Grey. A beautiful deep dirty cream once painted. We then added a moulding to the top, distressed it to show wear over time, clear and dark wax. The dark wax really highlighted the original marks, dents and details that you didn't notice beforehand. 

This was a massive piece, just over 3metres long and to date my biggest custom job. I loved working on this vintage piece and my client loved the finished result, so a great outcome.

Monday, 11 January 2016

2016 Workshop Dates

Dates set for New Year workshops are:

23rd January 2016
Saturday 10:00am to 3:00pm

13th February 2016
Saturday 10:00am to 3:00pm

Come and have some fun and learn something too!

Link HERE for more info.