Piorra Maison

Piorra Maison est le fière distributeur de Chalk Paint™ une peinture décorative par Annie Sloan à Montréal, Québec.
Piorra Maison is the proud Stockist of Chalk Paint™ decorative paints by Annie Sloan in Montreal, Québec.

Monday, October 29, 2012

CLEVER Things I love!

I just love, love when people reuse things that would normally be discarded. Globes that are outdated is a great example. What a neat way to recycle this object. Perfect for a boys room. 

Source: Pinterest. 

Light bulbs recycled to look like hot air balloons, how sweet.  It just amazes me,   how people come up with such great ideas. Oh and it gets better!

This can be used as a wind chime or chandelier. Dig through Grandmas old cutlery,  or how many times have you  seen a bunch of mismatched forks at a garage sale? 
Source: Etsy.com

A little bit of industrial chic. Waste basket up-cycled into a chandelier, clever.

This I just love. Vintage light globes as hanging planters. You can hang them inside or outside. 

Now here is something whimsical!! Must I say more? 

Here's a cute little project.  This could be embellished for the Christmas tree.  A teeny tiny birdcage made out of a bottle cap. How sweet. 

Now this one is "friggin clever" !!! This is made from an old file cabinet. How many times have you seen one of these in the garbage heap? A little Chalk Paint™ love and voila!!!!

How about this!!!! Old TV? Give Pooch a castle! Design it to go with your décor. 

A little Retro Chic!  Common..we all got some of these lurking around at the bottom of some box of photos that Aunt Millie passed on to you. Display your Grandma's vacation from 50 yrs ago! 
Source: etsy.com

Oh I have so much more to show you but I will save them for another post. So have fun and look around you and let your imagination run wild. I hope this inspires you to up-cycle. 

My Quote for the day:
“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” 
― Albert Einstein


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Chalk Paint™ Peinture à la Craie par Annie Sloan - Paloma avec Cire Foncée

Chalk Paint™ Decorative paint by Annie Sloan - Paloma with Clear & Dark Soft Wax. 

A lovely piece transformed. I will keep this short and sweet. I no longer have the time to blog. Which is a love of mine. Eventually I can combine it all together. The Boutique keeps me so busy, but I cannot complain because I love it equally! So here we go with a custom finish for a client. Please bare with me, these are all iPhone photos. I seem to have misplaced my charger for my digital camera. 

The dark wax can really change the character of the original Chalk Paint™ colour. We started off with a base of Paloma on a surface that has seen better days. This commode was a gem to work on. great lines, curves, and details, not to mention the original drawer pulls.  

We found this written on the inside of the top drawer. Someone certainly has issues with Mother! The consensus at the boutique is..." this will take years of therapy to remedy". 

 On to our project: We applied a quick & thick coat of Paloma using a thick Bristle brush - Annie's Brush is excellent for this project. 

Her brushes are amazing to paint with. If you are a serious furniture painter (or not) I highly recommend it. It holds a lot of paint and allows you to paint a piece in record time. The soft bristles also allows you to get into those nooks a crannies. 

With Annie's brush we are creating texture through our brush strokes. We want texture... this will later be enhanced by the waxes,  adding that extra shabby chicness. 

We then applied a very thin coat of soft clear wax. Immediately followed by a coat of dark soft wax. I mixed my dark wax with a bit of mineral spirits to get a smoother look. One more coat of clear wax was applied the following day. 

Our next step, hardware; Yes, you can paint metal (brass) with Chalk Paint™, in other words you can paint the ugly brassy hardware. This piece had the original drawer pulls, a gift on older pieces. But the original brass did not suit the style we were going for. We painted them a mix between the Paloma and Graphite. No wax necessary!  

Drawer pulls on a grand dresser, is the one good piece of jewelry you will add to your outfit just before going out the door to give a fabulous look and the finishing touch. The knobs on your piece can make or break the style you are trying to achieve.  On this piece it really made the style. I get asked persistently,  where did you get those lovely drawer pulls?  Most are surprised when I tell them they are original to the piece. It is a sad reality, most want to remove them to update their pieces, when all they need is a coat of Chalk Paint™.

This lovely piece is sold. It breaks my heart to see pieces go out the door, but that is the point right?  I know it is going to a lovely home and will be appreciated.

My quote for the day
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
Walt Disney


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