Addicted to two toned furniture?

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You’re not alone! It’s everywhere. And it’s such a fun way to quickly bring some life to something a little staid and dated. This summer I got my hands on a piece of furniture my mother gave me when I was in highschool. I can’t believe how long it took me to admit I loved all things vintage! We had never updated it. It had sticky drawers that were difficult to slide (try rubbing the tracks with wax paper) and chipped veneer in some places. After milling it over for a while, I decided to skip patching the veneer and to just let those places add to the flavor and age of the chest.

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For this project, I just wiped the piece clean and waxed the shell of the chest where I was keeping the wood natural. For this type of work I usually use Howard Feed-N-Wax. Just rub it on in a light coat and leave it for 20 minutes (if it’s thick and hard to spread, warm the bottle under a little warm water from the sink or let soak in a bowl of warm water). Then buff off the excess with a soft cloth.  This is not a sponsored post, I just love this stuff, it is all natural and it even smells good!

The drawers each received 2 coats of DIY chalk paint made from a pale blue latex paint I had leftover from painting the walls. DIY chalk paint is not chalkboard paint, it’s a paint you mix yourself that has a chalky texture that goes on without sanding or stripping the furniture before painting. It’s also great for pieces that you may want to sand a bit to give a more antique roughed up look.

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There are plenty of recipes for this on the Internet, I use: 2 cups of paint, 4 tablespoons of Plaster of Paris, and 2 tablespoons of warm water. I have a paint stirrer attachment for our drill (get one, they cost around $2.50 and are life changing!). I usually mix up the Plaster of Paris and warm water, then add in the paint and mix some more. Try it out and add ingredients as needed…

Too thick or gritty (it will be thicker and grittier that normal paint)? Add water. Too watery and way too thin? A little more Plaster of Paris and paint.

And this paint will thicken as you paint, so just keep a little water near you.

The drawers all received 2 coats of paint and some light sanding to bring out the details of the piece and then I finished them with the Howard Feed-N-Wax and the original hardware.

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Loving this look? Check out the two-toned pieces at Painted Lark, I’m sure they’ll be more coming soon!

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Gorgeous Vintage Cake Stands

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Last year, the kids and I decided we’d make homemade gifts for the holidays. After much pinterest and google searching we came up with a few things, but one of our favorites was the Vintage Dish Cake Stand. So easy, affordable, and they look absolutely fabulous when given and used! I made some extras and we often use them at parties using them for various appetizers or desserts. The repetition of the same serving dish at various heights and colors is totally charming. Not to mention the height, means you can fit other low platters on the table so they actually help with a tight space, too.

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Supplies: I found etched glasses (I’ve also seen these made with candle sticks for the base) and plates at a local thrift store. You’ll also need a crazy strong glue. I used E6000. It’s industrial and it stinks, so open the windows.

Instructions: If your dishes are clean and dry, you can just glue them together. Lightly spread the glue around the glass rim. Less is more, but you do want to make sure the space between the plate and glass is totally sealed. Do another coat if you need to plug any gaps once the first layer of glue dries. You’ll want to hand wash these and you don’t want to get water or spots in the base that you can’t clean out. And no ones going to see the glued part, so don’t sweat it if it’s a little sloppy.

Tip: If you are a perfectionist though, try using an old credit card to get a smooth line where the pieces are attached.

Let dry, host party, enjoy!

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No time or tolerance for stinky glue? Pick up one of our cake stands at either Painted Lark Lewes, Delaware. No two are alike!

On my last morning in Lewes after opening our shops, I took the kids to Nectar Cafe for a celebratory breakfast and we were delighted to see their cake stands on the counter as we walked in.

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Nectar Cafe’s Cake Stands

Any crafts on the horizon for your holidays?

Turning Summer Nostalgia Into Holiday Decor

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I know, it’s only November 1st. But I’ve been hearing about holiday decor, and I’m not talking Halloween decor, for weeks already. So… I’m going with it, besides my painting partner, Carolyn, and I have 2 booths that will need to be holiday stocked up by mid-November, so time to push through and get the projects done!

Today I really wanted to write up some furniture and home transformations, but also had to just go with my children’s plans and the reality that I was not going to be sitting at a computer. Instead I painted a mini-barn in various shades of pink and urged them to try our homemade sushi (one of them bravely licked a cucumber roll).

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So, while I was looking for something active to do with them. I pulled out a project that had been percolating in my head. Sea glass candles! I just happened to come into a large amount of sea glass in a thrift store last month and really wanted to do something beautiful with it. Last week I hit a thoroughly picked over large church yard sale and only left with 5 small glass globes and a bag of books. One Pinterest inspiration search later and an idea was born!

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Sea glass-what I had actually looks more like the glass I pick up on the banks of our creek with my kids. It isn’t sharp and it will be sea glass one day if it keeps heading downstream, but when we get it it’s a little chunkier. But hey, it’s gorgeous in the light and free with a bit of searching! No creek near you? You can also buy sea glass online from a number of sources.

Medium sized clear glass vases or globes-I know you can buy the ones like my thrifted ones at craft stores very inexpensively. Also, you really use any little glass container you had around the house or at the local thrift.

Small votive candles-I had empty votive glasses I had saved from citronella candles we used in the summer and just added tealight candles I had on hand from IKEA.

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Instructions: Simply place the small candle in its container in the center of the larger candle and surround with sea glass. Light and enjoy!

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So simple and so elegant, we’ll be carrying these at the Painted Lark Boutiques at The Barn Shops and Magnolia Street Antiques in Lewes, Delaware later this month and throughout the holiday season. I’m picturing them on my mantel surrounded in greenery. What would you do with yours?

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