Thursday, October 17, 2013

Versailles Night Stands

Hey guys!

Check out this set of night stands/ side tables that Monique and I painted last week!

We painted them with Annie Sloan Versailles.  Versailles is like a khaki green and I LOVE it!  We did two coats.  (I mention the number of coats because sometimes we only use one to get more of a rustic look)

Once the paint was dry we sanded them in spots where they might wear naturally.

I think they came out gorgeous!  I want to keep them but Monique won't let me!  Hahaha!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Damask Table

Hey guys!

Today I want to show you a super cute table that I revived.

It's a little Bombay Company table that I picked up at a local charity thrift shop for $6!

I painted it with Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue, and sanded it to show some of the wood color underneath.  I added a white damask pattern using a vinyl stencil that I made with my Silhouette Cameo.  You can see how to do this here.

Isn't it cute?


Hey guys!

Eventually Cottage is going through some really exciting ch-ch-ch-ch-changes (cue the David Bowie music).

I've brought on a partner in bff, Monique!  We are having so much fun!

The blog will be undergoing some cool changes to make is more suitable to both Monique and I and what we are doing.

We will be bringing you super cute craft projects, fabulously re-invented furniture and other home decor inspiration.

We home you'll come along for the ride!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Because Chalkboard

Monique (BFF/ biz partner) and I will be doing a vendor event on November 9th at a local restaurant to benefit Ronald McDonald House of the Hudson Valley.  It will be our first event as a team so we're pretty excited!

I picked up a bunch of unfinished wood frames at Michaels for $1.  I knew I could do something with them!  I also picked up some unfinished wooden rectangles that fit nicely over the opening of the frames.  My head is always swimming with creative ideas (it's an illness really lol).

I decided to paint a couple of frames with Annie Sloan Versailles (my current fav).  I painted two coats on the frames.  I then painted my rectangles with black chalkboard paint.

I sanded the frames (my fav part of working with Annie Sloan paint) just a bit.

I made three rolled roses out of muslin and hot glued them to the corner of my frame.  Then I hot glued the chalkboard pieces to the frame.

Lastly, I printed out the saying "I love you because..." in black vinyl and applied that to the frames.

I think they came out cute!  They will definitely be making an appearance at the vendor event!

Antiqued Wine Rack

Hey guys!

Today I want to show you another piece that was destined for a landfill.  It's another piece that a friend rescued from the trash for Monique and I.

The potential of this piece screamed at us!

Monique painted it with Annie Sloan Pure White.  I then took some 100 grit sandpaper and did some sanding to the piece.  Monique only did one coat of paint because we want it to be really rustic and antique looking.

I made some stencils with my Silhouette and used some black acrylic craft paint to create the writing on the top and the fleur de lis on each side.  Once that was dry, I did some more sanding.  You can see how I use vinyl as a stencil here.

To age the wine rack more, I used Annie Sloan dark wax and applied it with a rag.  I'm not going to lie, this step scared the crap out of me!  I wiped this wax on and used fine steel wool to sort of buff some of the wax off.  I used the steel wool immediately, I don't advise you wait for it to dry.

The last step is to coat the entire piece with some finishing wax and buff it.

This wine rack is going to be very hard to let go of!  I absolutely LOVE it!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Vinyl As A Stencil

Hey guys!

Today I'm going to show you how to use vinyl as a stencil.  It's easy peasy!

First cut your desired design on your Silhouette.  Next, remove the inside of your design leaving the negative portion of the design.  You can see what I mean here...

Apply your stencil to your piece.  Once you remove the transfer tape (this step not shown) take a minute to make sure that all edges of the stencil are adhered to your surface.

Now, using your desired color of acrylic craft paint and a sponge brush, lightly apply paint to your stencil.

Allow the paint to dry completely.  Once dry, carefully peel away your stencil.

I chose to lightly sand the area that I stenciled onto the tabletop.  The choice is yours. 

This table was destined for a landfill, until a friend rescued it for my business partner and I.  We painted it Annie Sloan Old White, and distressed it.  The last step will be to apply some finishing wax to protect the piece.

P.S.  My BFF/business partner and I have come up with a name for our furniture restoration biz, ShabbyChic911!  We are both 911 dispatchers so adding that to our name was a given!  Follow us on Instagram @shabbychic911 and on Facebook!

Monday, September 30, 2013


Yeah yeah...I know I'm a little late on the whole celebrate fall thing.  Whatevs!

I love this time of year!  The colors, the scents, apples, pumpkins, FOOTBALL!

What do you love most about fall?