Molly Susan Strong

Friday, May 13, 2011

Market Monday - THIS is a decorative artists dream project...

AFTER teaser
BEFORE a blank canvas!
I got two of these bad boys....
 Curvey end boards, yummy details...
 W.R.Hathaway Co. 1869!  WOW!  New York
A bit of glue and filler....
Chalk paint and a mix to match the "old white" chalk paint color
in Behr with primer. 
Saves me time!
(I can work faster with this as chalk paint is, well, different. 
Little fussier going on for me.) 
Also, Behr is cheaper and so I use it on places it does not matter,
inside side boards etc. 
Chalk paint is perfect for the detailed areas
as sanding off is easy as pie
and the wax just settles
so nicely into the chalk paint. 

Already looking fine...
Tools of my trade...
Mouse sander, wood glue, wood putty,
my studio...HA,

So lots of sanding to reveal lovely details.

Decorative painting in soft browns...

And wax...stain and Feed n' Wax combo...see earlier post.
Waxing formula post!

Remember...this technique,
 the wiping off is essential!!!
It stains sanded area and nooks and
seals the surface
while changing the tone of the paint slightly.
 I love the results too.
Very soft browns...

A bee of course! 
 Footboard gets some deco too.
THIS is  why I use chalk
 Mmmmmmmm, the patina is perfect.

Why and How to Market Monday??

1. Follow here
2. Leave a little note
3. Go visit someone new
from the comments here
and say hello.

Share the love, meet someone new!


Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Dittle Dattle for Amaze Me Monday
The House in the Roses for Show Off Your Cottage Monday
Smiling Sally for Blue Monday
Life Made Lovely for Life Made Lovely Monday
 Between Naps on the Porch  for Metemorphis Monday

Transformation Thursday
Furniture Feature Fridaysfreckled laundry
Funky Junk InteriorsPhotobucket
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  1. Your 'studio' looks a lot like my 'studio' ;). That piece is gorgeous!!! Well done!

    Happy painting,

  2. Such a lovely piece! Smart idea about color matching the cheaper paint for the unseen areas!

  3. OMG!!! Molly that is awesome! I'm going to have to find a cool piece for you to paint for me!

  4. What gorgeous pieces! Beautiful!

  5. Magnificent! You truly brought out all of their potential. Gorgeous work!

  6. Shabby style.... MY kinda style ! Very pretty and nice work :)

  7. I have the honor of being your "linky neighbor" over at Freckled Laundry. What an honor it is to see such a wonderful post too! Molly, these beds are beyond beautiful, and I wish I were the owner. You did a super fantastic job, not only with your paint treatment, but the gorgeous whispy vines too. I'm going to become a follower so I won't miss a thing, xxx tami

  8. How do you get the crackle on the finish, did it already come crackly from age? I think that is smart to do the behr primer in the same color as old white in places not so special or seen. I find the chalk paint hard to paint the second coat. It is very grabby and not so easy to apply.

  9. Glad to see you're loving the chalk paint, too. It's awesome stuff, right. I love the bed and what you did with it. You're right. It's a dream. See you at the fair!

  10. Stunning!
    I would like to try using the chalk paint. I love how you sanded and then added the decorative painting to the bed frame.


  11. Oh I love the decorative painting you are very talented. What a beautiful piece!

  12. What a gorgeous piece! You are very good at this!!! Love it! Diana

  13. love the finished piece you did a great job I would love for you to come visit me at

  14. Wow! what a gorgeous transformation. I love the handpainted details.

  15. wonderful piece
    what a transformation!

    barbara jean

  16. This bed is gorgeous! I love the finish you gave it and the hand painted detailing. I have been wanting to try Chalk paint too. That is a great idea to match the Behr paint :)

    I am your newest follower!


  17. Awesome!! New your inspiration!

    Margo @

  18. I've heard of this, but I've never tried it. Thanks for sharing your blues. You can find the BLUE MONDAY button on my sidebar.

    Happy Blue Monday, Molly.

  19. These are simply beautiful!!! Way to go, girly! They are just stunning!

  20. Just beautiful, Molly! I was loving it just painted with the chalk paint but your artwork just brought it up a full notch!

  21. Oh My! I do love this. Just a beautiful result. I admire your talent!

  22. GORGEOUS. You do such fine work. I've never used chalk paint. This post makes me really want to give it a try!! I would love it if you would link this up to my Marvelous Mess party!! Every week I pick one project to feature on my sidebar!! Here is the link:

  23. Love the bed. The chalk paint is wonderful. Looks amazing!

  24. Simply stunning, Molly! You are quite talented, girl! :) That bed left me breathless!!!!! I MUST try that chalk paint.....! :)

    xoxo laurie

  25. I am so excited you mentioned colored chalk paint...I am so going to have to look into it! It'd be the perfect pop of unexpected! Thank you for you tips and can't wait to see more of your talented works!!

  26. Great idea about using the Behr on parts of your projects.

  27. That is gorgeous! I adore the hand painted detail. I am in love with chalk paint too. Did you do both of the beds the same?


  28. This is so darling!!! I am in LOVE with the handpainted detailing~you did a wonderful job!! Would love for you to come share this at Feathered Nest Friday - it's absolutely charming! :)

  29. Another fabulous transformation, Molly!!! :O)

  30. completely DROOOOLING over those curved beds!! GREAT find!!!

    New Follower!

  31. This post really inspired me and I featured it on my blog today!! Thanks for linking up to A Marvelous Mess......feel free to come by and grab a featured button!! Here is the link *and* this weeks party:

  32. Hi Molly, These beds are gorgeous! The result is so beautiful. Love them!

  33. Hi Molly - I remember you from the faux message boards (MuralsPlus etc). I just starting using the Chalk Paint - and I love it. I absolutely love the bed you did - and of course, your signs and other things on your blog. Linda

  34. As a decorative artist myself I just want to say very beautiful soft artwork. Lovely job!

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