Monday, May 7, 2012

Breaking out the Paint~on a french gilded sofa!!

 This was a first for me~painting a sofa! 
But I love how it turned out~
this sofa is going to be a store prop
that I bought at an antique house~
the upholstery was in awful shape
as was the sofa itself~
 However it reeked of all things French Chateau 
(no French Country here~) and I had to have it!
Mr. MD thought it was awful and kept saying how it was falling apart~!
 I took Betsy Speert, the designer, to see it when we first met,
 and she told me it was awful too...but I couldn't forget about it...
and then the store came about and it landed where it belonged~
in a little french shop where it would be admired and loved. 
 I also added to my vintage tole chandy collection~
all of which will be for sale at Maison Decor.
But not the sofa!
 I did pick up this darling French settee in the most beautiful
 aqua and taupe silk damask~the cushions are 
overly plumped up with goose down~tufted to a fair~thee~well, 
and carved fruitwood frame.
 Perfect for one's bathroom or bedroom~
 The day all these treasures came to the shop,
 Dillon got to come along for the ride and visit the store. 
I got another set of old garden patio chairs and they weigh a ton! 
The new chairs you buy nowadays are light as a feather, 
but not the good old stuff.
 I love how this oak bookcase came out~
I painted it with a combination 
of Paris Grey and Country Grey and
 did the interior in Old White.  
 I distressed and waxed it in clear,
 and I love how it turned out.
 All the details showed up so nicely~
thats what happens when you paint furniture you know.
These are the colors I used~
Look at the big dark thing before~
nice but not a stunner.
 This would be pretty in a library for books, 
as a china cabinet 
or even as a pantry to hold canned goods
 I have been pricing all my linens, 
new and vintage~
toile draperies and irish and french laces~
 Pretty grey monogrammed linen hand towels
 make a nice gift to take home for oneself!!
 So anyway, as I was saying, I wanted to
 paint the sofa in Antibes Green, 
and finally got around to it today.
Crazy? Not really~wait til you see it!! 
And I broke out another bold color, Henrietta at the same time.
 Annie named this paint~
its a popular color in the south of France~
 Voila~its pretty chic~!
 Oh, yeah, and while I was painting the sofa Antibes, 
I had some help with the exterior!
 Henrietta to the rescue to brighten up that drab facade
 and show people at a glance
that something was happening at 50 Summer Street in Malden!!! 
 Oh it was a colorful day at Maison Decor alright...
My son lent a helping hand again, as he has done 
everyday since he has been home from college.
We get along great, so it has been a pleasure having him with me,
and I have really needed his help, so I am
 sooo grateful he wants to be doing this with me.
I spent the morning exchanging 
instant messages with Annie Sloan~
from start to finish it's been a great day!
 Tomorrow I have a sign review meeting
at 9 am to see if my sign passes muster~and then all I have to do is focus
on the bank loan thing~and my online store, and other stuff....
including a trip to Brimfield this week~
Colin will watch the shop for me.
I shipped out three custom clocks this morning, and some 
damask draperies and an angel pillar and two french mirrors~
now if only my first customer will walk through the doors 
and give me some money for something!! See you tomorrow!


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