What does one do when they go to an auction for one item and come home with a truck full of items that they didn't really intend on buying.
Well.... you get to work making them beautiful.
I picked up a gorgeous gentleman's dresser that upon closer inspection (also know as, after i bought it and brought it home) it needed a WHOLE LOT OF LOVE!
It was so banged up, damaged, definitely showing its 100+ years of age.
On the next nice day, I dragged it out of the garage and into the daylight to see what I have to do.
After sanding, cleaning and repairing, the next big hurdle is always what colour wants to go onto a piece. (and if I want to keep it for my own home)
Once it was brought into the store I went through all the colour options and settled on Rocky Mountain by Country Chic.
Initially I was going to go darker like a black but decided on a moody dark grey with a hint of blueish undertones.
I enjoy painting at the store on quiet days. One, I don't get dog hair in the finish and it's a great way for customers to come in and see how the product works. Even more importantly, it makes the days go by faster too.
The paint totally transformed the dresser and brought out all the small details that were hidden under years of abuse and grime.
Once the dresser was painted, I sealed the paint with a natural wax and then followed with a black wax on some of the detailing and side panels.
You can really tell the difference between the original paint and the clear wax.
Applying the black wax to the side panels to deepen the richness of the paint.
To spice it up a bit more I had some wrapping paper that I had, instant drawer liners!
I painted the inside of the top part in Simplicity to brighten up the cabinet.
I debated painting the mirror, but after some consideration and polling the neighbourhood, I decided to keep it original. The contrast between the warm wooden tones with the dark grey... makes the piece stand out.
Here is the dresser in all its fabulous glory!
I absolutely love how it turned out.
It still has dings and notches in the table top, its original hardware and intact beveled mirror.
This would look wonderful in a bedroom, in a guest bathroom, a foyer or anywhere else!
Over the weekend I felt the need to freshen up a piece of furniture. I looked around the store and my eyes caught on the small wooden bookcase.
It sat in a corner for a couple of weeks and no one really paid any attention to it.
It was a great candidate because it would be simple and the in store sanding would be at a minimum. Plus... I felt that the two dressers that I currently have are a little bit too precious to put paint on... for now!
I removed the backing of the bookcase and set it aside.
With some 120 grit sand paper in hand I got to work. 30 min later the piece was sanded, cleaned and ready to be painted.
I decided to spice things up with this one and do a two tone scheme. I painted the main body in Country Chic's Crinoline and the interior of the case in their Tropical Cocktail.
Once that was painted and dried, I felt like it need a bit of something more. I bought some super discounted wallpaper months ago and I got to work applying the adhesive. After smoothing out the bubbles, it was looking pretty good.
Once everything was put together I quickly distressed the cabinet and she is all ready for her new home.
You can find her at 13 Main St for $65.
Earlier this summer 13 AND 1 ran a contest for a pint of Counrty Chic Paint. Customers and visitors were asked to fill out a ballot with what their ideal colour of Warkworth is.
Reading the responses was an amazing experience. Colours were picked that never crossed my mind and once I thought about it, all I saw was that colour.
The name that I drew, chose "Lilac" as a colour of Warkworth. Lilac/Purple was a very close second to the winning colour. Lilac was a hit because of the Lilac Festival, the purple haze of a spring sun rise and my store colour might have influenced some votes.
The number one colour that was chosen was YELLOW!
Many people had conversations about why they decided upon their colour with myself, my daughters and other customers. Some say it is because Warkworth is so cheerful and happy. Even on a rainy day, store owners and visitors are a ray of sunshine.
But.... an overwhelming amount of people say it is because of the local coffee shop, OUR LUCKY STARS! A local landmark and a daily stop for many each morning.
Our Lucky Stars facade is painted black, the window signs are black, but once the awning is open, vivid yellow greets you. Definitely a perk-you-up kinda colour.
So there you have it. They story behind the new colour that will be coming soon to 13&1! It seemed only appropriate to call the colour "Mornings on Main" when so many people start their days here.
Don't forget to sign up for sep. 28 create a crate workshop!
Create a Crate!!
You asked for it and it is here!!
13 & 1's first WORKSHOP!
September 28th from 7-9pm at 13 Main St, Warkworth.
Space is limited so please register soon to avoid missing out. ...
We will learn paint techniques, how to prep your work surface, wax vs glazing options, wet vs dry distressing too!
Your $65 includes a 9.5 x 12.5 crate, paint, lessons and light refreshments while we watch paint dry!
Thanks and I look forward to seeing you there!
Bought this chair at an auction.
I didn't know if I was going to keep it in its original state or re-do it.
This Eastlake was in excellent condition, super comfortable and the fabric wasn't too garish.
After leaving this chair alone for weeks, I thought I would "investigate" how hard it would be.
Let's just say, 3 hours later it was stripped down, all fabric was removed and I was trying to figure out the best colour scheme for it.
I finally decided on Country Chic's "Crinoline" for the body of the chair. It is a nice warm white and it paired perfectly with a blue and white material that I had.
**I will state that I should have primed certain areas of this chair as there was some bled through of the original stain and wood. Luckily for me, I was planning on using a glaze and distressing it, so the bled through added extra character.**
Once the paint was applied, I allowed it to dry for 24hrs. I then used a scrub sponge and wet distressed it to give the chair an aged look. This went well, but the details in the top of the chair were not showcased as well as it could be.
I opted for Country Chic's "Graphite" glaze for the chair. This is a dark grey colour and it truly added that perfect touch. For most furniture such as tables, dressers and buffets, I would use an antiquing wax or natural wax to highlight the nooks and crannies of pieces, but with a chair where people would sit in it, rub up against it, the likelihood of pigment rubbing off is greater. With the glaze, it dries and hardens. No worries of transfer. Just make sure you work in small sections and wipe off excessive glaze before it dries.
I also used the crackle finish on the chair. With the previous stain and sealer, some of the new paint began to alligator and I loved the effect. Happy accidents! :) On parts that did not alligator, I added the crackle, waited for it to dry, then added a layer of paint. Due to the fact that I used crackle over the crinoline then reapplied crinoline, you couldn't see the effect. Out came the graphite glaze that got right into the cracks and made it visible. Absolutely wonderful!
Once she was all painted, glazed, crackled and distressed, I upholstered her in a classic blue and white floral motif. I added a contrasting blue trim to hid the unsightly staples and the odd crooked line. Its amazing how you can find a rhythm and everything is going smoothly and in alignment, then taking time to help customers, talk to people, run for a coffee only to come back and every staple is off.
**yes, I saw that staple in the above picture and I removed it. **
Here she is all finished and waiting patiently for the perfect owner to take her home.
PS. She didn't last long.....
Soooo.... I need help!
Eventually Gary will be moving all his "garage" stuff into our new garage and I will have 1/4 of the basement back. Ok, WE will have that space back! 😉
I need to purge (also known as get rid of shit as Gary so poetically puts it) BUT..... I don't know where to begin!
This just isn't belongings I'm hoarding for my kids... (like all the boxes of baby books!) but items that I will never use but have guilt over getting rid of! Things that were my mother's, grandmothers, mine as a child.... beautiful "shit" that holds memories! Antiques, heirlooms, baptismal gowns, wedding dresses, sport trophies, incomplete baby books, so many stuffed animals! Even if they are locked up in Rubbermaid totes, catalogued and items listed on lids.
Christmas bins are going to be hit hard this year!
We have three trees! 3! Granted, one belongs to my 13 year old as she won it a couple of years ago at the Stirling Tree display at Farmtown Park. Our older one will come to the store for the holidays. With these trees come bins and bins of decorations too.
Handmade by myself when I was just married with a newborn. Money was tight and we had a homemade Christmas! Love those ornaments. Then we add all the school projects the girls made, or friends, friends children's.... not to mention ornaments bought as gifts and even ones that I bought because, well damn it, I'm an adult and wanted a small tree that was just mine to decorate!!
I'm rambling....a lot and I apologize!
I get overwhelmed, which turns into frustration which in turn eventually becomes acceptance as I will just keep everything and move stuff around.
NOT THIS YEAR!!
It will be a Christmas Miracle on 8th Concession! 😁
And yes... I can't believe I was already talking about Christmas! Must be the cooler weather!
Thankfully, I'm not hosting it this year. This year we make the trek to Chatham for my sister!
One worry off the list lol
Which reminds me, we need to decide a day, a hotel needs to be booked, draw names for gifts....
Official GRAND OPENING celebration!!
Come out on Friday July 21st at 11am for a ribbon cutting ceremony and light refreshments in celebration of our opening.
We will have a ballot box for the communities suggestions for "What Colour is Warkworth?!" Is Warkworth a steely blue, a vibrant green, a cheerful pink? Let us know your thoughts next Friday.
A name will be drawn from the colour that has the most votes to win a pint of their choice of Country Chic Paint.
Winning colour choice will become a custom colour named "Warkworth" and will be available to purchase in September!
Well, it has been two weeks since I have officially opened.
Hi, i'm jodi!
I am a wife to a railroader, mother to two daughters, caretaker of two Golden Retrievers and a Himalayan cat. I live in a small town with a big heart. I enjoy antiquing, furniture re-habbing, D.I.Y's and painting.