Chivalry sideboard!

I can't believe I haven't shared this one with you yet! 

Just look at this sideboard:

If you made it out to our 1 year anniversary celebration (thank you!), you may have noticed this stunner of a sideboard loaded up with sweets and treats from Cocoa Lane Sweeterie.

Well the party is over and sadly all those delicious treats are gone - but the good news is that this beautiful sideboard is now available for purchase! 

This sideboard has been van Gogh painted overall in a soft beautiful grey called 'Chivalry' and just lightly distressed. The use of both natural & french caffeine beeswax creates a gorgeous finish that subtly highlights the details. Oh - and the top is super durable thanks to 3 coats of our extra durable 'Table Top Finish'! Check out these details:

Right now this piece has adorable purple glass and gold floral knobs, however these could be easily switched out for any of the hardware in our studio selection! Endless possibilities!

Stop by our studio to see this piece soon - I'm sure it won't be around for long! (price $575)

Cashmere, Morning Mist and a whole lotta wax.

If you've been by the studio recently you may have seen these pieces on display in our front window. . . the only thing is, they didn't look like this:

The sideboard as displayed in our window, looked like this:

I honestly had a  great time working on these pieces. The customer who brought them in to be custom restyled was excitable and enthusiastic. We collaborated together to come up with this look and I think they turned out great! It was my customers idea to leave the top in the solid wood and to enhance it using our van Gogh beeswax in french caffeine . . . and I think she made an excellent choice! I love how the dark wax enriches the colour of the wood.  

Here's how we did it.

First we sanded down the sideboard top to expose the bare wood, which as you can see was quite a light colour to begin with. 

Next I got out my van Gogh French Caffeine Beeswax and my medium wax brush - which I never wash by the way (I just wrap it up in a small plastic bag so it's always ready to go).

This part gets a little scary. I started brushing the dark wax all across the top of the sideboard. 

Once I had covered the entire surface I took a clean lint free rag and began to wipe away the excess. Whenever I apply the dark wax I keep buffing and keep moving to a clean area of my rag until almost no wax transfers onto the rag at all . . . the results - beautiful!

Here's a closer look at the before and the after.

In addition to the beautiful top, this sideboard also had some really great details! After painting and lightly distressing overall I applied van Gogh's Natural beeswax overall. Then to really make the details stand out, I went back and applied the French Caffeine beeswax to all of the nooks and crannies. After buffing the entire thing the look was complete.

Here are some more of the details: 

Oops! Let's not forget, there was also a beautiful hutch restyled to match!

These pieces were both painted with van Gogh's 'Cashmere' overall and 'Morning Mist' on the drawer fronts and interior of the hutch cabinet.

The inlay inside the hutch was not removable without potentially damaging it so we left it in place in its original colour - I think the dark inlay actually ties together the dark top of the sideboard and all of the original hardware, don't you?

A few more details:

Thanks again for tuning in! If you have something you would like us to custom restyle, send us an e-mail with some pictures of your furniture to: [email protected]

Studio driveby & another successful workshop.

If you've driven across Wentworth St. in Whitby recently - you may have seen us from the road. We're on the north side just east of Thickson Rd. . . I just love how our string lights make the space feel so festive!

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A few details from inside the studio.

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Hard to believe it looked like this less than two months ago . . . we sure have come a long way!

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Stop in and say hello if you're in the area! Check out our hours and location here.

 

In other news we had another great workshop on the weekend! Students learned about painting techniques and got to work hands on with all of the products in the Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint collection.

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Milk paint comes in powder form and can be mixed different ways to create different looks (it can be mixed as a stain or wash, or mixed as a paint). Sample boards were made while we covered various ways to mix the paint as well as distressing and finishing techniques. Workshops are a great opportunity to try out colours and layering before you tackle a larger project at home - plus it's a nice way to spend an afternoon and an opportunity to tap into your creative side.

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This last picture sort of sums it up - we learned, played, let our creativity run wild, made a mess, and had a great time doing it.  Thank you to the students who came out this weekend - I love sharing my space and knowledge with you!

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Info on our upcoming workshops is here. We will soon be adding plenty more workshops for the new year so check back often.