Limed Oak

Aug 19, 2014

Chalk paint. Can we just talk about it for a second? I know it's not new to the blogging world, but having never used it before I was little skeptical. Some things just can't be as good as everyone says, right? But this is one case where what everyone says was definitely accurate. 

It was last year at BlogPodium (which ps, you're coming right?? There's still a few tickets available for this year!) that I was given a copy of Annie Sloan's book, Color Recipes for Painted Furniture, but it wasn't until we were debating what on earth to do with our old oak buffet that I really flipped through it. There are a ton of gorgeous ideas, but the one that really stuck out to me was the 'limed oak' project.


The buffet is old. And had seen some better days. But it's still a solid piece of furniture that we wanted to keep. We debated painting the whole thing a solid colour, but both me & my mom loved the idea of 'liming' the oak with chalk paint.

Our ever helpful assistant giving it one final inspection :)

We emptied the drawers, moved it onto an old sheet and started painting. No prep, no sanding (thankyou!!), just paint. The whole idea of limed oak is that you 'push' the paint into the grain and then wipe off the excess. We didn't remove all the excess just because we wanted the whole thing to feel a bit lighter, but you can really see it in the grain in the next few photos.




After painting, which took barely any time to dry, we gave the whole thing a coat of clear wax. It gave everything a 'soft' finish and made the wood look really good. I buffed in a little extra wax on the main top area just because it gets so much use.



I did tape off the keyholes, which helped keep them from getting too gunky with paint/wax. The pulls I removed and painted separately.




So happy with how the whole thing turned out! And super pleased with how easy chalk paint was to use. I'm already planning what to paint next :) Every surface is going to be covered in Old White soon haha

We purchased our Annie Sloan Chalk Paint & Wax from Painted Out, which has tons of great products & ideas. I chose not to purchase a 'proper' wax brush from them, and instead bought a pointed round brush from the hardware store. I was really pleased with it and was glad to have saved quite a bit!

What have you used chalk paint for? (or if you haven't tried it, what do you want to use it for??)

xo,
B

Artist Feature: Stephanie Creekmur

Aug 14, 2014

I hope you guys are feeling Southern today! Or should I say 'y'all'? :)

I'm so thrilled to have Stephanie Creekmur here talking all things Southern & lovely. Her shop is full of Southern charm and I can't wait for y'all to see...


What inspired you to open your shop? 
I started my business in 2009 and back then I started offering custom design. After a couple of years I realized that wasn't the route I wanted to take my business and I had a desire to create products to be used in my own home and studio. I'm passionate about creating beautiful things and I know the greatest joy is found when you show love to others. I hope that passion is evident in everything we do at Stephanie Creekmur

Bless Your Heart - Rose Gold Foil Print
Goodness gracious, I adore the southern charm of your shop! What is your favourite thing about the South? 
It's hard to pick only one thing, but I think I'll go with the hospitality that's found down here. While I know firsthand it's not singular to the south, having grown up in a small farming town in southwest, Ohio, it definitely is present below the Mason Dixon in a big way. Someone is always baking a casserole or offering a glass of sweet iced tea and it's nearly impossible to meet a "stranger". And I think I'll cheat and add that I also love the old fashioned, southern sayings. They are SO fun and I can't get enough of them! Which is pretty evident if you take a look at my products!

SC Manifesto No. 6
What is the process of creation like? 
I love words and uplifting phrases/quotes. I have journals and notebooks everywhere and when something comes to mind - whether I come up with it on my own or I hear it in a song or at the grocery store - I write it down. I hand letter just about all of our products and when I sit down with my sketchbook I flip through my journals until I come across something I want to letter. I'm also very inspired by nature - specifically flowers!

Hey Y'all Print
Is there a cool back-story behind one of your prints or other items?
This isn't about the creation of a product, but how it helped me get on people's radar. A little over a year ago I was contacted by Atlanta based, interior designer, Kristin Jackson. She was working on a project that was designing a room for girls transitioning out of the foster care system. She asked if I was interested in donating my Hey Y'all print and without knowing what a rockstar Kristin was, I said yes! It turned out to be a major turning point in my business. The day she posted the room reveal just so happened to be my last day at my part-time job. My orders tripled that day and while I would still be happy to have contributed had it not helped my sales, I can't thank her enough for asking me to be a part of that project! It truly was a game changer.

Southern Sayin' Note Set
What is your favourite item in your store? 
It’s hard for me to choose a favorite because truthfully the products I design are born out of a need or want in my own life. I really love everything and it covers my desk and walls. But, if I have to pick a favorite I’d say my gold foil Hey Y’all print. I’ve been blessed with some pretty huge online press and I think it’s been really crucial in getting my shop on people’s radar.

Love One Another
You recently unveiled a new website & rebranding! What's next for you & your shop? 
We're gearing up for Christmas (I know, I know! It's still summer!) and working on expanding our wholesale line. We are also working on a few collaboration projects to debut a Stephanie Creekmur wedding collection as well as some fun graphics to spruce up your photos!

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Thankyou so much Stephanie! I loved hearing the story about your 'Hey Y'all' print, and I'm seriously crushing on that rose gold 'Bless Your Heart' print!! I've never seen rose gold foil prints but they look gorgeous!

Stephanie has so kindly offered you guys 20% off with the code 'GALLERYNO8'!

Be sure to check out her shop for more Southern goodness :) And stay in touch on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram

xo,
B

On My Bookshelf: People of the Book

Aug 13, 2014

I've been on a bit of a reading kick lately :) I wandered into a bookstore in Stratford the other weekend and picked up several books they had on sale. Once I was home I promptly started reading them, then I finished them, and wanted to keep reading. I wandered over to my 'unread' books pile and this one, People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks, which I've been meaning to read since Christmas!

Amazon.ca, Amazon.com, Good Reads
From the publisher:
   In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding - an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair - she begins to unlock the book's mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book's journey from its salvation back to its creation.
As with many books, there were a few bits in this one I didn't love (the mother-daughter relationship was a bit annoying), but I did really enjoy reading the 'history' of the book in the title, the Sarajevo Haggadah. Brooks has taken the few facts known about it and embellished upon them to create a sweeping story that covers hundreds of years and thousands of miles. Overall, I enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend.



You should read it if:

1 // You love knowing the history of things. This book traces the history of another, ancient book and the stories it has to tell are fascinating.

2 // You like stories that span across time/space. Jumping back & forth between the 'present' of the book and it's history, Brooks successfully weaved them together in a way that told the story so well.



What are you reading lately?

xo,
B

Visiting: Vineland

Aug 12, 2014









A couple weeks ago, we went up to Niagara-on-the-Lake for an afternoon. Couldn't head up that way without stopping at Vineland, where my best friend is getting married in just a few weeks!!

Had to complete my maid-of-honour duties and scout out all the recent renovations :) It looks beautiful (not that it wasn't lovely before!) and I cannot wait to stand up beside my best friend when she gets married.

Any tips for a maid-of-honour on a wedding day? :)

xo,
B
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