Hello from Texas!
Where it is still 90+ degrees outside and the thought of pulling out my fall décor just doesn't seem right even though we are almost halfway through September already!
So I spent the last week whipping up a painted buffet with a lot of sunshine and happiness! Who says we have to prepare for fall RIGHT NOW? I sure didn't get that memo.
The owner of the adorable shop Salty Dog Gallery and Gifts asked me to revamp a few pieces of furniture for her to offer in her store. The shop is located right on the beach in sunny Ft. Myers Beach, Florida. She offers one-of-a-kind items made by local crafters and artists, and only stocks items made here in the USA! She requested I use bright colors on her pieces….and I was MORE than happy to use my Dixie Belle Paint (all products listed below) do that as they are FULL ON FUN COLORS!
Introducing….(might wanna grab your shades)…..Hello Sunshine!
A drastic difference to the dark piece of furniture before! It was sad…but it really wasn't "crooked"…LOL! I honestly have no idea why this photo loaded like this…but it makes the after look even better! It is crooked right? I've not had too much wine??
Let's talk color….
This entire painted buffet has been glazed with Dixie Belle Grunge Glaze AND distressed quite heavily. Let me tell you….. underneath that aged glaze is a WHOLE lotta color!
The top harlequin pattern was done with….
The front of the painted buffet is coated in this gorgeous sunny yellow….also known as Daisy.
The top drawers are painted in my absolute favorite name of the four that she offers in her store….Flamingo!!!! LOL!
Now let's gaze toward this side panel…..the photo above does not capture the brilliance of the colors…but this photo below is spot on! I chose to layer mermaid scales….because we all know I love mermaids…and they are beachy….and two of my famous mermaid chairs are going to this boutique too….and because I did a wall art in tin foil painted mermaid scales earlier this year and always wanted to do it on furniture…so why not now?!?! I used Flamingo, Peony and Liquid Leaf Gold. Just check out how that gold shimmers even THROUGH the Grunge Glaze! I'm super pleased with the outcome of the side panels.
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Here is an up-close look at the layered-yummy-distressed-glazed-goodness going on! I really love this photo! Nothing about it is perfect! There are brushstrokes…uneven lines….drips and smears…but it is still eye candy for me!
And can we talk about this checkerboard? Look at it! Is it perfect? NO! Not in the least! I did this completely freehand after drawing off my lines with a pencil and a ruler. And then I just start filling in the squares. I LOVE how long it takes me! I really do! There is something about having to force patience and concentration on myself for long periods of time that just makes me feel like a champ when I'm done!!! I almost always use Caviar and Drop Cloth for my black and white patterns…both of which are by Dixie Belle Paint Company. Watch my video in this previous post for my dirty little secret for painting black and white patterns, and even harlequins.
I sealed the entire piece in Clear Coat in Gloss. Lately…I've been on a "bright color highly distressed glossy finish" look….and I really really like it! I want to distress and high gloss everything! And maybe I also want to put metallic gold on everything…and maybe leopard! Or maybe even paint metallic gold leopard on the drawer front of this painted buffet!
Thank goodness Salty Dog Gallery is already full of color! This piece had no choice but to be bold and bright and crazy in order to hold its own in sunny Florida!
Say Hello Sunshine one more time….because FALL is setting in!
Thank you Carla (Salty Dog owner) for giving me full freedom to do as I pleased with this piece….and for opening your store to my funky style!
Thank you Dixie Belle Paint Company for making such a fabulous product that I can't stop sharing it with everyone weekly!!!!
AND most of all…..thank YOU for being here….in my space…in my blog land….and supporting my art….no matter how crazy I get with it!
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