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World travelling, north of the 49th living, Caribbean born, Barcelona dreaming makeup artist. A motionless perpetual motion machine.
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Everything New Is Old Again

I get haunted by ideas. If I am lucky enough and act upon impulse I often get to turn these ideas into realities. Sometimes it's grabbing myPad and losing myself to hours of sketching. Other times I am haunted by words dancing in my mind or by a design idea or a makeup look. Lately, however, it has been ways of making my apartment a lot more like my dream space.

I have been spending my down time repainting the various pieces of home furnishings I have culled together through the years. Some great pieces and some transitional pieces which I have as stop gaps.

One of the pieces I have become obsessed with is a diningroom hutch. I have yet to find the piece dancing through my mind so I have taken to buying pieces to fill the need until the day I do. Recently, read yesterday, I found a small, inexpensive piece at Home Sense. I rushed it home and started immediately (weekends always feel rushed and I really wanted to get this painted, dried, and set in its new spot before work on Sunday).

my Home Sense purchase

I did a light all over sanding. Had to be careful as this piece is not the sturdiest of items.

after light sanding, applying 4 coats base colour

I applied 4 coats of base colour. Actually, I used two colours, 2 coats of a rich yellow orange followed by a quick coat in an orangey yellow which I ragged off to make it translucent. I then added a ragged coat of the first colour touching up here and there with the other.

The next bits I did not get pictures of as it was a little dark to get good shots and I do not like using a flash. I used a turquoise, a lime green, a tan, and a dull black to give a weathered appearance to the piece sanding and ragging off random places to allow the previous layers to show through.

after various colours and aging


faux graining and aging

I did weather the top of the piece more, gave it a stronger yellow-lime tinge and the odd cup water ring.

Behr Turquoise Gem and Goldfish, CIL Golden Amber and Limeade

comfortable in its new home

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