The HC - furnishings and such

by brae  

Here is where we left off with the kits.

I also started a French side table kit by Art of Mini (shown on the right below; the corner cupboard is for Watson Mill).

For the trestle table, I opted for a stained finish. After filling in any minor gaps with wood putty, I stained the piece Minwax Dark Walnut. I touched up any glue/putty areas with brown paint and then added a coat of Delta Ceramcoat Satin Varnish.

I painted the birdhouse green, but then I thought, "Why is just about every birdhouse I make green?  I'm sure birds like other colors."  So, I painted over that with Battleship and painted the roof Bittersweet Chocolate, both by Americana.  Now it's a house suited for the unassuming bird who doesn't like to draw attention.  :D

For the French side table, I started with a coat of Bittersweet Chocolate by Americana. I want this to be an old table, perhaps once stained and lovely then re-purposed with a coat of paint (or three).

The Folk Art Vintage White paint I had was very thick for being rather old, so I added some water.  With the dark undercoat, it took several layers to even out.  That added to the refinished look unexpectedly, so a nice happy accident.  I rubbed the paint with a piece of brown paper bag to remove the high spots.  Then I used a light grit sanding stick to bring out some of the dark details from underneath. 

I added metallic detailing with Taupe by Folk Art.  I used a rubber stamp and the same paint on the top (technique detailed here).  I rubbed the piece again with a piece of brown paper bag until I had a nice sheen.

The legs warped a little, but that adds to the antique feeling...at least that's what I tell myself.  :D

The tiered server started with a coat of Basil Green by Folk Art.  I had to paint this since I always get glue everywhere when putting together any three-legged stand. I used one of the small rubber stamps with the same paint as the French side table to add some detailing.

This piece was also prone to warping, but I like the way it turned out.  :]

I have a few more furnishings in mind, so more on that to come....

6 comments

Comment from: Debora L. [Visitor]
The pieces turned out great. I like the green you used for the serving table.
11/28/18 @ 23:39
Comment from: ann [Visitor]
This furniture is so perfect. I really appreciate you detailed description of how to finished the pieces. I especially like how you use a stamp to add beautiful detail. Now I have to figure out where you found the furniture kits.
11/29/18 @ 07:00
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]
I love your unassuming bird house! And the antique table came out so well. I can't wait to see more!
11/29/18 @ 07:04
Comment from: Anna [Visitor]
What a fabulous collection of furniture... Can't wait to see it all come together :-) Anna
11/29/18 @ 17:43
Comment from: ann [Visitor]  
You are teaching us so much. I've never done much to customized furniture, probably because I didn't know how. I have also check out Art of Minis.com. OMG. That site is so very dangerous. I am developing my wishlist. Can't wait to see how you decorate the interior of this project.
11/30/18 @ 21:01
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you!! :>>

I completely agree Art of Mini is dangerous, but oh, so wonderful! It's hard to not buy up the whole table when they are here at the local show.
12/02/18 @ 19:55


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