Monday, September 4, 2017

Desk Makeover

There was absolutely nothing wrong with this writing desk. Pretty. Practical. Great lines. But, boring!

When I looked at it, I immediately felt like it should be blue...
Bunker Hill Blue!
Bunker Hill Blue is one of the great colors offered by the Dixie Belle Paint Company.

I love the gold hardware next to the rich color of the blue.
The desk is still pretty. Still practical. But, far from boring!

All it needed was a chair!
I knew that this one would be a perfect mate for the desk...
The chair had great lines but was in bad shape.
Bunker Hill Blue gave the chair new life, worthy of sitting along side the beautiful desk.


What's your favorite shade of blue?


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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Sunsets And A Canvas Factory Giveaway

Is it just me or have the sunsets been especially beautiful the last year? Maybe, it's just because I'm getting older and I appreciate them more. Whatever the reason, I take a lot of sunset pictures. 


If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook then I'm sure you've seen one or fifty of my sunset pictures. I just can't help myself!
We live on a lake and our dock faces West, making for the perfect view of the show God puts on for us every evening.
If you look closely, you can see the tip of a fishing pole in a lot of my sunset pictures. Because while I'm fishing for the perfect photo, my husband is fishing for fish!



My husband is awesome and let's me sit in the front of the canoe with a glass of wine while he paddles us around...


Because my husband and sunsets on our lake are two of my favorite things, I had one of my favorite photos put on a canvas at Canvas Factory...
I simply uploaded my photo using Canvas Factory's easy to follow instructions and in about a week I had a beautiful 16 x 20 canvas that I will cherish forever!

Now for the good stuff!
You can win a free canvas from Canvas Factory!
There are several ways you can be entered into the giveaway...
1. Follow my blog, ArtsyVaVa
2. Follow ArtsyVaVa on Facebook
3. Follow ArtsyVaVa on Instagram
4. Share this giveaway via Facebook

Leave a comment telling me how you entered the giveaway. You will receive one entry for each way you entered the giveaway. 
The Canvas Factory giveaway will end on Saturday, September 16 at midnight. Once a winner is drawn, I will send you a coupon code for a FREE canvas!
The giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only.


I was given a canvas in exchange for this post, however all opinions of Canvas Factory are my own.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Red, Rust, & Blue

The Dixie Belle Paint Company recently introduced a
Patina Collection of paints & sprays. And, I have to say, "I'm in love!"
A few weeks ago, I shared a piece of furniture that I made over using the Bronze Patina Paint with the Blue Spray...
You can see that post HERE. If you haven't seen the before, you won't believe the transformation!

My favorite, however, is the Iron Paint with the Green Spray, because it creates rust. And, I love anything rusty!
I decided to add a little rust to an MDF cutout that I had of the USA. When you use the patina, you first need to paint your piece with Dixie Belle Paint. I wanted some red & blue to show along with the rust, so I used Barn Red & Bunker Hill Blue.


The patina paint has metal in it that can settle, so you need to give it a good shake before painting it on. I painted the iron paint on randomly, then sprayed the cutout with the green spray, which activates with the metal in the paint to create rust.

Now for the hard part... stepping away and letting it work it's magic! The process can take up to 6 hours to completion. If you like how it looks before the 6 hour mark and want to stop the process, you can do so by adding a sealer.
I left mine alone and checked on it the next day. I love the result!


The Patina Collection also includes a Copper Patina, along with the Bronze that I shared at the beginning of this post. 


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Monday, August 14, 2017

A Mid Century Marriage

My friend, Valrey, a.k.a. the Picker Chic, is my go to person when I'm on the hunt for furniture. If you need something, chances are she has it! I wasn't looking for anything specific, but stopped by just to see what she had. I was so excited to get 2 of these mid century chairs...
The original vinyl seats were in great condition. And I loved the color!
There were are few scratches on the wood and the caning on the back was faded.

I revived the wood and the caning with Dixie Belle Paint Company gel stain in the color, Espresso.
I love this stuff! It's the consistency of pudding. I just dip a rag directly into the can and wipe it on. There are no drips like with traditional stain.



It only took about 10 minutes to revive these beauties!

Valrey also had a little mid century modern table that I thought would go perfectly with the chairs.
The top was scratched and the drawers and sides of the table were missing some veneer...
I used Swamp Mud to fill in the missing veneer, let it dry overnight, then sanded it smooth.
 I painted the drawers with the color Peacock.
Then added black wax to make them match the vinyl seats of the chairs.
I used more of the Espresso Gel Stain to revive the wood and make it match the chairs.

It's a perfect marriage...
And, it's fitting that these pieces are now part of the decor at Mill Creek, a wedding venue in nearby Griffin, Georgia.


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Monday, August 7, 2017

Bleaching Around The ATL

It's evident that the apples didn't fall far from the tree in my family. My kids have traits, habits, & talents from both my husband and me. Thank goodness, they both got their father's math smarts! 

My daughter, Carrie, has my habit of not leaving anything well enough alone! So, when she got this ATL hat it had to get a makeover. After all, who wants something that everyone else has?

These ATL hats are so popular that the store that carries them can't keep them in stock. So, when Carrie bought hers, they only had black on black. She wanted the ATL to stand out and also wanted her hat to be different from any other, so she filled up a little squirt bottle with bleach, put the hat in the tub, & let the magic happen.

The bleaching started to happen immediately. The letters are synthetic so they didn't bleach, which makes them stand out.
It only took a couple of minutes until the hat was the way she wanted it. It got a good rinsing with water and was hung up to dry.
Bleached to perfection! And there's not another one like it in the ATL!

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