What to do with wicker when the cushions are bad

When we find things that seem like trash – but really are still structurally good it is hard to walk away. It seems like they still have something to offer.
Recently we found a wicker sofa and chair. The springs were still in the bottom.., but took my upholstery projects are currently on my plate, so that was not an option.
So instead, our lead carpenter cut old bed slats to fit over the springs. They are spaced so that water can drain through if left out in the rain. They would look great with or without cushions…, with or without painting…

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Poppy Dresser

We picked up this dresser at a Habitat ReStore in a neighboring town. It was already a version of this color, but painted with some kind of enamel finish. Today Shelby painted two coats of the custom Poppy color created using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Decorative Paint. The paint dried quickly between coats and got waxed…and is now ready to go home with someone. It is a Basset dresser…lots of life left…

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How to prepare furniture for painting

I get a lot of questions about what to do before painting a piece of furniture. Here is what we do at The Pink House to get ready. Because our furniture is for sale we want to make sure it is free of mold or mildew and that there are no dust bunnies or spiders living in the furniture – we do a good cleaning.

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After vacuuming and using bleach water we are ready to start. We want to make sure there is no old furniture polish laying on the piece. Usually the bleach water is able to do that. You could also use ammonia if you prefer that cleaning agent.
No sanding or priming is required when using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (TM). Sanding is only recommended when the surface has peeling finish or possibly deep scratches in the wood.
Occasionally we come across a piece of furniture that has polish or a stain finish that “bleeds” through paint. We never anticipate this but if we spot a pink cast coming through the paint, we stop painting, allow that paint to dry and then coat the piece with Zinser Clear Shellac. After that dries you are good to go….paint on.
When we start a project we usually turn over and start from the bottom and work our way to the top, turn over and finish the piece.

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Here is a picture of this completed project.

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Mixed Media Journals

Recently one our Pink House customers shared with us some of her talents. We sat down and created beautiful journals. My sister made one to use on an upcoming mission trip to Alaska and I put together a lovely wedding journal that includes memorabilia from a 1904 wedding in Weaverville, NC. We have put together kits for you to make your own. Our first class will be on Mondau, July 9 from 6-8. Won’t you join us?

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