Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Have you heard? The Painted Chest has moved!

That's right, The Painted Chest has MOVED to a NEW location!!

We are now located inside The Turquoise Door at 220 West Main Street, in Ava, Illinois.  We are so pleased to a part of Kasey's wonderful store.  We will have available, our hand painted vintage and antique furniture, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, and farmhouse style home decor.  We also have the old formula of DIY Paint on clearance.  It's almost gone so get it while you can.

Besides our great items, The Turquoise Door also features many handmade and upcycled items from local artisans.  Those items include home decor, garden art, jewelry, children's boutique clothing, and all natural soaps and lotions.

Make a day of shopping in Ava and have a great lunch while you are there!  Visit The Brick Wall Boutique for ladies clothing and have lunch at Brunzeez Cafe or sit out on the patio at Gabby's for lunch and drinks.

I hope to see you in the shop soon!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Apron Strings and Dried Lavender Retiring

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint is retiring the colors Apron Strings and Dried Lavender.  Get these lovely colors before they are gone for good.  

Friday, February 12, 2016

Shop DIY Paint Online!

You can now shop DIY Paint by Debi's Design Diary by clicking HERE!  Shop from the comfort of your own home and have your paint shipped directly to your door.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Antique Buffet Painted in Mermaid Tail DIY Paint

You guys, I am SO excited about this piece!  The pictures do not do it justice!

This antique buffet was a family heirloom for one of my clients.  It has definitely seen better days.  It had previously been painted and stripped and left sitting for a long time.  It was very wobbly and the doors were broken and warped.  My hubby went to work right away making it sturdy and taking the doors completely apart and gluing and clamping them back together.  Then it was my turn to work some magic.



My client wanted a very rustic, worn look in turquoise and I suggested a stained top.  If you've been following me long, you know that a stained top on any piece is my signature look.  I will say, that this was a little out of my comfort zone.  I don't typically do a lot of heavy distressing and I very rarely use dark wax.  It's just not my personal style.  However, I wasn't doing this piece for me or to sell, I was doing this for a client.

Since the wood was so light in color, I stained the entire piece in Java Gel Stain first.  When that was dry, I painted 2 coats of  DIY Paint in Mermaid Tail.  It's a bright turquoise/aqua color...but it wouldn't be for long.

When the paint was dry, I started distressing using a damp old sock.  DIY Paint is so easy and wonderful to wet distress.  No sanding dust in my house!  WooHoo!

The next day I applied dark wax directly to the paint.  No, I did not use clear wax first!  DIY Dark and Decrepit Wax can be applied directly to the paint without using a clear wax first.  Simply brush the dark wax on and immediately wipe away the excess wax.  You are then left with a gorgeous aged patina.

I love how the dark wax settle into all of the gorgeous details and nooks and crannies.

I have to say, this is probably one of my favorite pieces to date.  I wanted to keep it for myself.  :)  I ended up really loving the heavy distressing and dark wax.  Mermaid Tail was made for dark wax!

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