EIA Magazine contacted me a few weeks ago with the opportunity to be included in the recent issue of their online and print magazine.
EIA Magazine promotes the arts and is based out of the New York City. They feature a wide variety of art and fashion and have interviewed artists like HGTV’s David Bromstad, and many other very talented painters, designers, and photographers.
Thanks to the EIA editors for the interest in my work.
Above is a picture of the cover of Issue 7 and my four pages are below.
These is a basic Kent Coffey dresser painted with a basic idea in mind. Do it solid, glossy, and neutral. So, when I paint a dresser like this one, I try to refine the paint technique and use new products that might improve the finish. I used two new products on this dresser: 1. Floetrol: added to the latex paint to keep it wet longer so that I can get a smoother finish. 2. Martha Stewart Metallic paint. Both can be found at Home Depot.
I usually leave a piece to cure for at least 5 days before sealing it if polyurethane is involved. It would probably be a better idea to allow for more curing time. When the time comes, I’ll seal it with Varathane Semi Gloss Polyurethane using the same criss-cross technique that I used with the paint.
Painted the four layers of black paint with a loose criss-cross technique. With this technique, the brush marks become an intentional part of the finish.
Benjamin Moore Aura Semi Gloss Carbon Copy
is available (SOLD) at Peg Leg Vintage, a great new store that specializes in mid century furniture and accessories with industrial touches throughout the store.
9600 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, Maryland • 301-477-3423 • email@example.com
This super sturdy tallboy was done for a client’s young son. It was painted the same yellow as was used on another MCM piece. This yellow has to be one of my favorite colors. It’s not too bright and easy on the eyes.
Artwork on the top was done by one of my kids when they were three.
Benjamin Moore Advance Spiced Mustard in Semi Gloss
Benjamin Moore primer (water based)
120 grit sand paper
Sealed with Varathane Poly Satin (this step wasn’t necessary since Benjamin Moore Advance paint is some of the strongest paint available on the market)
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Wish I had a before shot of this dresser. This one missed a close call when I resisted the strong temptation to toss it in the trash. The solid mahogany top saved it.. you just can’t throw away such amazing wood. Because one of the drawers was not salvageable, I inserted a shelf in its place. Actually, I cut two shelves so the buyer of this piece can decide whether they want the shelf or drawer.
Ideas usually come from my sketchbook. Not for this one. The entire thing evolved as I was painting it. I started at the bottom and worked my way up, stopping at the place where the the white stripe wraps around three sides. The top portion was randomly sanded and a white wash was applied with a rag to encourage the underlying texture to show through. If there is an underlying concept here, it’s my fascination with the melding of contrasting elements: glossy/matt finishes; old/new; dark/light.
The red square was an afterthought and I love it… in a strange sort of way.
If I had a large enough bathroom, I would put it in there.
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This dresser is a cousin to the other empire dresser in furniture style and design. The design concept was the same for both: Wrap the classic lines of a mid 19th century dresser with contemporary elements. It’s an attempt to strike a balance between shape, texture (the wood), and line. Months ago I sketched a dresser that was wrapped in bold black lines. The design finally found its way out of my sketchbook and onto a piece of furniture. By the way, that’s a Stendig calendar on the wall.
A glimpse into the mind’s eye
As artists (yes, you are if you paint furniture), we are inspired by many things. Color, texture, and line – which are a few of the elements of design – play an important part of my graphic design work and furniture design. I keep a sketchbook to catch all of my ideas. Here’s where the idea started:
Before & After and How I Did It
1. Stripped the upper portion of the dresser using a new product, Smart Strip from Sherwin Williams.
2. Cleaned that area according to the directions on the container.
3. Primed the lower portion with a Benjamin Moore oil-based primer.
4. Painted the lower portion using Benjamin Moore Advance paint in semi-gloss.
5. After taping off the areas that were to be left as raw wood, I painted the upper portion using a homemade chalk paint, soft white in color.
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Chalk paint takes very well to antique pieces when the old finish has lost its patina. Annie Sloan chalk paint was made for pieces like this. To tone down the Coco color and give it some depth, I used my typical staining process that has been used on so many other pieces. If interested in this process, check out Unobtrusive Buffet or Mammoth Red. This piece was delivered to a customer’s home in the late fall and I’m just now getting around to sharing it!
I’m busy working on a few pieces that I hope to link up to the Cottage and Bungalow Magazine feature contest. You can learn more about it at WhisperWood Cottage.
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What is the Liebster Award?
In the blogging world, the Liebsters Award is given by seasoned bloggers to a new blog with 200 followers or less. Now it’s my turn to bless a few other new bloggers. Here are the rules:
1. You must post 11 random things about yourself
2. You must answer the questions the nominator set for you
3. You must create 11 questions for the people you nominate
4. You must choose 5-10 blogs that you love (w/less than 200 followers) and link them to your post and let them know they were nominated.
5. No tag back.
11 Random facts about me:
1. I don’t wear lipstick or paint my finger nails.
2. I dream of owning a big truck some day… like a really big Ford F-150.
3. My favorite thing to do in the kitchen: saute fresh veggies!
4. I could eat pasta every day if I took the time to make it.
5. I’ve been known to “dance” in the car and sing loudly to my kids’ music while driving them around town.
6. Purple is my favorite color.
7. I dont’ mind my frizzy curly hair.
8. I’m impatient (working on that).
9. I don’t like to talk about myself.
10. Favorite dessert is homemade cherry pie.
11. Favorite part of a furniture project: coming up with new ideas.
Questions from Rachel and Kristen:
1. What enticed you to start blogging? After making my way to a Ground Hog’s Day antique fair last year, I came home and realized that I wanted to make my way into the world of buying, painting, and selling furniture. Blogging made it possible to connect and grow my small business.
2. What is your favorite, go-to furniture finish (top coat) and why? Minwax Wipe-On Polyurethane because it’s super easy to apply.
3. Where do you find your inspiration for your unique style? Various places: literature, nature, architecture.
4. Where do you love to vacation? Beach. Beach. Beach.
5. What is your favorite thing to drink? Coffee.
6. What does a typical Saturday look like for you? Soccer and basketball games, cooking, spending time with my family.
7. What is your greatest guilty pleasure? An extra cup of coffee.
8. What is your biggest pet peeve? Laziness.
9. If you could live anywhere in the world for 1 year only, where would it be? Italy.
10. What is your favorite flower? Iris.
11. If you could only watch one show on television for the next month, what would it be? Salvage Dawgs on HGTV.
Questions for my nominees:
1. What enticed you to start blogging?
2. Where do you get your inspiration to create (other than pinterest, other bloggers, etc)? Dig deep here.
3. What DIY or creative project keeps you up at night?
4. What is your biggest pet peeve?
5. If you could start a collection, what would it be?
6. If you were to start volunteering 5 hours of your time per week, where would you want to invest your energy and time?
7. What is your favorite, go-to furniture finish (top coat) and why?
8. If you were to add a room on to your house, what would it be?
9. What is your favorite era of furniture design (art deco, mid century, federal, etc)?
10. Favorite book?
11. Favorite color for walls?
Here are my nominations:
Wrap the classic lines of a mid 19th century empire dresser with something unfamiliar. It’s kinda like I was beckoning this piece to wake up, step outside, and breathe the crisp fresh air! Months ago I sketched a dresser that was wrapped in bold black lines. The design finally found its way out of my sketchbook and onto a piece of furniture.
This piece is for sale. If it doesn’t sell in the next few weeks, I’ll bring it back inside and dress it up in nice neat boring gray (no offense if that’s your favorite color). Update: It sold in my etsy shop before getting the boring gray… gets delivered to its new home soon! More of this type of design coming soon!
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Just a few minutes ago, I inadvertently published two posts that aren’t ready yet. I’ve removed them from my blog and will post soon…. I need another cup of coffee.