Thursday, January 24, 2013

French Enamel Cabinet

I'm crazy about Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint colors.  They are so vibrant and fun.  The French Enamel was my latest choice for a little cabinet-like buffet piece we had.  The vibrant blue transformed the little thing and gave it a new life.

I've lightly tattered the cabinet, and sanded the top to smooth it out. Besides that, It has a coat of Miss Mustard Seed's wax.

This piece has wonderful alligatoring of the original varnish in parts. Because of this, I may add antiquing wax to it later.

This is the before picture.  It had a very dark finish. 

These pictures were taken on our trip to Paris a few years back. They were taken at the Rue Cler Market. I thought they were just to pretty not to use somewhere. The kitchen seemed like the perfect place.
This is the antique cart that I usually have in this spot.  I added this so you can compare the wood to the pop of blue from the French Enamel.  Some people are afraid to use color in their home.  I'm tempted now to add a splash of color to this spot permantly. 

If you are interested in this piece, stop by the shop this weekend and see it in person!

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tattered Tique's Chalk Paint® Classes

I wanted to share with you some of the pictures we took before the last Chalk Paint™ class, last week.  To set up for a class, we clear room in the middle of the warehouse, and set up a large antique table, and surround it with antique wooden chairs.  Take a look.  Maybe you'll be tempted to take a class if you haven't already.

Down the center of the table, we use old Chalk Paint™ cans and fill them with flowers.

During class you are surrounded by inspiration from all of the antiques and other chalk painted furniture in the shop.

Each person receives a bag with everything they need for class.

In each class we use small trim boards to teach different techniques, using the Chalk Paint™.

Tattered Tiques has been formally trained on all the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ techniques.  We have also been using Chalk Paint™ for two years now, and use it on almost all of our furniture.   We really do enjoy teaching these classes, and have so much with all of you. Thanks to all who have joined us for one.  If you've already taken a class and would be interested in learning more techniques in a second class, email us and let us know.

Our next class is Tuesday, February 12 from 6:00-9:00.  Check our website for more info.  Shoot us an email if you would like us to sign you up!

Monday, January 14, 2013

New Purpose for Old Drawers

We picked this piece up this summer in Ohio.  We got it to the shop and put it under a table and kind of forgot about it. I grabbed it on my way out this weekend determined to clean her up and give her a new life.  

Here is her before.  We're not sure what she was used for, but her top is mesh and the inside of her drawers are all galvanized metal.  Some sort of drying rack??

I know...pretty gross.  

Here she is with a fresh coat of Old White Chalk Paint™.  

I sanded her down quite a bit to rough her up.  She was so rough when she came in, so I thought she should retains some of that authenticity.

I think she looks great as an end table.

Come check her out this weekend at the shop. 

We're open this weekend!

January 17th, 18th, and 19th
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Shutter Gray

Many of you haven't tried Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint yet, and we'd like to change that.  Hopefully with more inspiration from us, you'll be more apt to give it a try.  This dresser is done in Shutter Gray.

I love the color. It is such a pretty blue gray.  I used bonding agent on the surround, and went without on the drawers.  So far I've had luck with the chipping. I didn't use a scraper this time to help the chipping along.  Instead I just rubbed it with a cloth to remove the chipped paint. 
Well, now it's your turn to give it a try! 

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Monday, January 7, 2013


As some of you know...I'm(Anne) due at the end of the month with my 4th.  I have 3 boys and am finally being blessed with a little girl(YAY!!!).  Well, I have gone into full on nesting mode.  No, I don't mean I'm getting everything ready for the baby, my nesting has taken a more selfish role...I've been cleaning and decorating around the house.  And by "around the house", I mean every room, but the babies.  Anyway, I decided to share some pictures of what I've been up to.  I've been getting my bedroom in order.  I've decided to de-clutter a little bit. I'm very pleased with the results.

We recently took a trip to Ikea where I purchased all the drapery panels.  Beautiful linen white.  And only $25 for a pair!
Some of you may recognize the insanely beautiful antique armoire from the shop.  She was for sale at the shop for a while.  Somehow, I finagled my mom and sis into letting me have her.  I am honored to have her in my home...easily the most fabulous piece I own.  Her best feature? She completely breaks down to almost nothing...making it an easy move for my husband.

Another favorite of Tattered Tiques is the vintage dress form.  

I keep my shop apron on mine and all my long necklaces.  I love this particular dress form, cause she isn't the usual.  She is covered in a beautiful vintage silk instead of the usual tweed fabric you usually see.

She also didn't come with a stand.  My son, found this old chippy step ladder at the bottom of my back yard(we have a couple acres that we purchased from a crazy lady...we find lots of oddities on our land).  He dragged it all the way up to the house and was so excited to show it to me...."Mom!  Look, I found a tattered tique at the bottom of the hill!"  Too cute....I'm so glad I have a place for it cause I love that it was his first "find".

The iron piece I use to hold extra blankets is from a vintage shop in Chicago. I bought it probably 8 years ago and I'm still not sure why. Just one of those pieces that spoke to me.

I love it's character.  I'm still not exactly sure what it was originally used for....I guess some sort of garden piece.  The pink blanket on top is a souvenir from a fabulous linen shop on Rue Cler in Paris.  The quilted blanket on the bottom is one of the very first quilts I ever made.

This is the view from my bed.  We found the mantel on one of Tattered Tiques first road trips together. It was on the Worlds Largest Yard Sale probably 6 years ago??  I think it was $40.  We cut a hole in our wall for our flat screen and added a gold frame around it.  I love the way it looks.

Love mom's cable knit throw she made me. The blue blanket is strategically placed over the gaping hole in the caning of my settee.  Thanks to my son.

This is my bedside table. Some of you may remember it from this post.  It originally was going to be sold at the shop, but I determined that it just wasn't in good enough shape to sell.  Funny seems to work perfectly for me. I'm sure my mom and sister think I just said that so I could keep it. Maybe I did, maybe I didn't.  I'll never tell.  However, you can tell in the picture that the top drawer doesn't fully shut properly...anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

This amazing piece of artwork was a gift from my parents.  I LOVE and cherish it.  The artist is local and does the most amazing work.

I'm not a fan of my dresser, so I have purposely omitted it from this post, but here's a peek.  I'm on the hunt for a new one, so I'll share it when I find it's replacement! And yes, I do use these old jewelry boxes I found on ebay.

The one thing I'm missing?  A chandelier.  I know the ceiling fan is awful, but I only allow my husband a few comforts amid my decorating, and this happens to be one of them. that I've finished my room, I'm off to start sewing for the baby.  I'm making her a vintage chenille crib blanket...I'll share pics soon!

Looking for a nightstand? Dressform? Chandelier? Fun vintage find for your room?? Stop by this weekend!  We're open!
January 10th-12th
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10:00-3:00
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