Monday, March 5, 2012

Elbow Grease and Paint Pants--Robin's Egg Blue

I'm slowly finding homes for my fourteen auction finds.

I had a few people recently ask me why don't I start selling my finds.  My friend Kelly has a stall at Qcumberz, a local shop, and she and I talked about me sharing space and rent with her.

I thought about it for a few weeks, then Kelly discovered that she's been busy enough to keep her space filled on her own, but would I like my own space?  There would be an open stall starting February first.

After careful consideration, and selling my two fabric-backed cream shelves on Craigslist, I discovered that I really don't like to put all the work into a piece just to sell it to someone else. I gave Kelly my "no" answer, then later that day I headed down to Qcumberz to browse.

As I walked through the store, I knew I'd made the right decision.

Don't get me wrong--I'm happy to help anyone find what they want, attend an auction or go shopping armed with opinions and experience, but I don't think I'll be venturing into the retail market any time soon.

And with that, let me share with you a before shot of my latest project:
These shutters each measure 23x26" and weigh about twenty pounds apiece!  I loved all the details in the trim and especially the wooden keyholes.  I wanted to really bring out the detail work but still preserve their vintage feel.

First I tried to dry-brush white paint on the frames, and I hated how it looked.  It looked fake, in all honesty.  So instead of jumping right back into the project, I thought about it for a few days.  What color would I like them to be: a statement color, but one that wouldn't shout?  After considering yellow, I settled on a beautiful robin's egg blue--Behr's rain washed (500E-3) to be exact.

I gave them two coats of paint, then I pulled out the electric sander and gave them a heavy distressing.  They looked good, but I wanted to take them that extra step to amazing.  I pulled out the can of paint I had left over from the boys' dressers and dry-brushed a tiny bit of navy to give the paint some dimension, then finished off with a coat of clear wax.

Here's the finished product, anchoring my spring mantel display:

And a few close-ups of the details:

This may be my favorite project yet.
Until next week
Going once, going twice . . .
Linking up to Kristin's Tuesday's Treasures


  1. Oh, you've got that auction bug and you've got it bad!
    I like the Robin's Egg Blue you've used and will have to check it out at Home Depot. I'm looking for the perfect Robin's Egg Blue for our ensuite.

  2. These turned out beautiful Jen. Truly. I love the gold D alongisde of them. Perfect timing for Easter.

  3. I absolutely LOVE this! I wish I lived closer to you - I could use a little of your expertise, and auction know how!

  4. I love them!! I can't wait to see them in person-

  5. They are beautiful jen!!!
    Now I really want a new mantle.
    have a happy day

  6. I love the color you chose for them Jen...and your mantel display looks awesome!

  7. Beautiful.
    I wouldn't have been able to see that on those boards (that's what they look like to my eyes)

    Love them on the mantel.

  8. Jen, they are gorgeous! You truly are talented!

  9. Yep, reallllllly LOVE those! They look awesome! And I love me some Robins Egg blue!

  10. You are really good at this stuff, Jen. Really good.


  11. Wow...i love it too. Great job!

  12. Seriously, you are so stinking talented. They are amazing.

  13. LOVE these...Awesome...xo, Mariaelena

  14. Those are amazingly beautiful.

  15. These turned out beautiful!!