I've just returned from the Tucson Gem Show this past week. I've spent the weekend shopping for the very best and most beautiful gemstones. Stay tuned for many new items and my new stone options...I will posting the new stone chart very soon! With over 40 different shows going on in the city of Tucson this week, it was difficult to pick and choose which to attend. There would never be enough time to see them all. If you are lucky enough to be in Tucson this week...Enjoy!
Friday, February 8, 2013
Saturday, November 17, 2012
When I wasn't busy making jewelry this summer, I took on a little furniture refinishing project. Now that I have finally gotten everything together, I wanted to share the tutorial with all of you! It is actually very easy to complete this project. As long as you can set aside a few hours over a long weekend, you can complete this look with any old piece of furniture you have been meaning to bring back to life.
This piece in particular has been in my family for many years. It was actually a piece of my great grandparents bedroom set. It was passed onto my grandfather, then onto my mother. The memories I had of this set of drawers is from my early childhood. It sat in my grandfather's garage, filled with tools, junk and motor oil! I knew I had a lot of work to do because of the dismal condition it was in, but I am known to see the potential beauty in the discarded...so, I went to work!
I have broken this down into (10) TEN Easy Steps because I wanted to make it as simple as possible for any beginner to accomplish.
YOU WILL NEED:
● A cleaning Rag
● A tack cloth
● Sand Paper
● Wood filler
● A putty knife
● Good Paintbrushes
● Paint in a variety of colors
● Floetrol (optional)
● Spray paint
● New Hardware (optional)
● A well ventilated area
STEP 1: CLEAN YOUR FURNITURE
Depending on how grimy your furniture is, you will need to clean it. Use a damp cloth to remove any dirt or dust from the wood. Let dry.
STEP 2: SAND YOUR FURNITURE
Once cleaned, sand your furniture with a coarse grit sand paper to remove any rough spots along the wood. Sanding also helps to loosen any chipping paint if your furniture had been painted in the past. Since this piece had been painted and used as a junk drawer in the garage, sanding was a very important step to ensure that the wood became smooth. You can also use a hand held, motorized sander for tougher jobs.
STEP 3: WIPE WITH TACK CLOTH
Now that your piece is completely sanded and smooth, you will need to remove the dust that has been formed on your furniture. Use a sticky tack cloth to complete this step. Make sure you remove all the dust from your furniture with the tack cloth or your paint will not adhere properly.
STEP 4: FILL HOLES WITH WOOD PUTTY
Next, you will want to fill any holes or scrapes on your furniture with wood putty. Use a putty knife to fill in the holes. Let dry.
STEP 5: SAND AGAIN!
Use a finer grit sand paper to sand the filled-in holes. You will want to make sure the holes are filled completely and the wood is smooth. Don't worry about the way this looks, your primer will cover it!
STEP 6: PRIME
Now it's time to prime your furniture. I used Zinsser's Cover Stain Primer. It is an oil based primer. This primer will cover everything, even if your furniture is dark. Paint your furniture well and let dry according to the directions on your paint can.
STEP 7: PAINT
Once primed, you are ready to paint! To achieve the look of the OMBRE, you will need to choose six colors, starting with a light color and descending into a darker color within the same color family. The easiest way to do this is to go your local paint store and choose the color scheme that you like. Pick up a paint strip and use the gradient of colors on the strip. You will not need much paint to achieve this look. I purchased sample sized cans since each drawer is painted a different color. Since the piece of furniture I was refinishing was divided into a top half and bottom half, I choose to do a very light green gradient on the top three drawers and a blue gradient on the bottom. The sides and back of my piece were painted white. Use a really good paint brush to apply your paint. Don't skimp on the brush! You do not want to be picking tiny hairs out of your beautiful paint. It is optional to add something called Floetrol to your paint. Floetrol will slow down the drying time of your paint, but will help to minimize seeing paint strokes left on your furniture as the paint dries. Let dry according to directions on paint can.
STEP 8: PAINT AGAIN!
Once the first coat has dried, you will want to give your furniture a second coat to ensure the paint has been evenly applied. Let dry.
STEP 9: PROTECT
Once you see how beautiful your "new" furniture looks with the new paint, you will want to protect it. Use a good clear polyurethane to protect your finished furniture. I used MinWax semi gloss. Polyurethane comes in different finishes. Depending on the type of look your are going for will depend on the finish you choose: Satin, Semi-gloss, Glossy or High Gloss. Apply the polyurethane to the entire piece of furniture. Let Dry.
STEP 10: CHOOSE HARDWARE
The final step is to choose hardware for your finished piece of furniture. I kept the original hardware, but gave it a new look. Hardware can be easily spray painted. I choose Rust-Oleum Metallic in "Oil Rubbed Bronze". If you want to bring newer life to your furniture with hardware, you can purchase new knobs and pulls from a variety of retailers. My favorite place for knobs and pulls is Anthropologie. They really have the most unique selection that I have ever seen.
I hope I've explained everything clearly and concisely and inspired you to breathe new life into something old. Overall, this was a time consuming project but definitely worth the effort. I am happy that I could put some life back into a family heirloom that would have otherwise been forgotten. The OMBRE paint is a fun and vibrant way to modernize an old piece of furniture. Thank you to Mary and Ray for their help and for allowing me to take over their garage while I was consumed with this project. Happy Painting!
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
The gorgeous Treasury can be seen here!
And you can see the Moss Aquamarine Necklace here!
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Give a gift to your bridesmaids that they will love and cherish! These necklaces will come in sterling silver or 14k gold fill. With over 30 custom stone colors to choose from!
Visit my Bridal Collection to see availability, and as always, Brides receive a discount on all bridal party sets!
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Various colors of birthstones and semi precious stones are available to add a pop of color to your custom necklaces. A great choice for a gift for mom or your sweetheart! Perfect for a bridal party gift too....a personalized keepsake to wear again and again.
Visit the shop to see all the custom initial necklaces!
Birthstone and Semi Precious Stone Colors
Custom Initial Script
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Typically, I find that cloudy days are best to photograph. There is enough light, and no glare from the sun. I like to set up right near a window. I place a couple sheets of scrapbook paper (usually a gray tone) on a steady surface, bring in a couple props like a photo frame and tea cup and I am all set. I place my camera of Macro Mode. This allows me to get close enough to show detail of the jewelry. However, because the Macro lens magnifies the items, it's important to show relative size reference so the customer gets a better idea of the true size of the item.
My Basic Photography Set Up
Etsy has some great photography tips. To read about how to achieve clarity and crispness in your photos, read this great article.
Photography is so important when selling items online. A customer doesn't have the ability to touch or try on your items. You have to create a feeling with your photos if you want your items to get noticed. Being featured on the front page of Etsy is always a wonderful surprise. Your photos must be perfect! Here are some great tips from Etsy about getting the items in your shop featured more frequently. Good Luck!
The finished Products