Thursday, September 29, 2011

Oak Chest

Hey, Froggers. I've been busy getting more stuff ready for my NEW SPACE!!! Yup, I've taken the plunge. I've taken over some space in Lancaster, PA called Building Character. I am uber excited about it. My new business is called Howsewears- Wearable Art for your Home. I'll have pics of my space in a future post. Here's the newest item that will be placed in this funky warehouse:

She started out like this:

All in all, she wasn't bad looking.

She was a little roughed up.

She was missing the top key medallion, but never fear. I had a plan.

She needed some filling and sanding.

I started using some graphite chalk paint, having some idea of what I wanted, but I wasn't quite sure.

After much contemplation, a few sketches, several prayers, and some raw nerve, I started painting, using a dry brush technique and some old white chalk paint.

This was a lot of fun to do.

The key medallion was refashioned. I was going to just leave them off, but they added some character.

When I chipped off the existing 2 medallions, one of them was intact, so I used some mold n pour to make a mold, then I made 2 more out of Fimo clay. You can bake the clay in these molds, so that was incredibly useful. To unmold the clay would have distorted it too much.

Since the top didn't look too bad, I sanded her down, added several coats of mahogany Briwax, and buffed to a lovely luster. The top turned out so gorgeous, if I do say so myself.

The flaming is so lucious.

And here she is in her full glory. I'm kinda likin' her. But alas, she must take a trip to Building Character to find a new home. Do you like her?

Fondly, Tami
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  1. love it, the flowers make it special. :)

  2. wow! this is fabulous, esp with the dark base color.

    i also considered a spot at building character but it's an hour from my house. can't wait to hear how you do there!!


  3. Love this it is very unique and beautiful!

  4. found you on Tip Junkie. This chest is beautiful! nice work. :)

  5. She turned out beautiful , you did a great job!

  6. She is really a beauty. You did a fine job!

    Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday! I appreciate your participation!

  7. Hi Tami, you did a great job with that chest. Congratulations and thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  8. I love it! Creative and beautiful! I've pinned your masterpiece to my ASCP inspiration board on Pinterest! Thanks for sharing!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,

  9. that is so fun! i love the colors and the design!

  10. That is really cool! I think she'll make someone really, really happy. Deb

  11. Gorgeous, simply gorgeous! Love the color and your beautiful flowers! Really love it, I don't think I could give her away! So glad you shared your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – your creativity helped make the party a success!


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