Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Emporer's Silk!!

Weird title, I know... but let me explain...  Renae & I decided last week to put in an order for more Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  With the holidays around the corner, we thought Emporer's Silk would be a fabulous color of red for some great pieces we have sitting in our garages.  Accent pieces are so fun to do in interesting, bright, bold colors!
This piece turned out amazing... I love it!  I wish I could keep it, but I won't do that b/c I'm sure someone who sees this will fall in love with the bold color choice & the great piece of furniture that it is.
The sky's the limit with this piece...  a bench at the entrance of your home, a bathroom accent piece, a short side table, etc.  It is stamped on the bottom with the words "bench", so obviously it is a bench, but who knows what else this great piece could be used for?
Thanks for stopping by & checking out all of our pieces!
dimensions: 22"wide x 15"deep x 16"tall

Sunday, October 28, 2012



Emperors Silk by Annie Sloan.  

This is a new color for us and I am in LOVE.  

I should have painted a big heart in the middle of the table...
that's how much i love it.  

I distressed is lightly and added an antique wax.  


20" square and 16.5" tall. 

Look for more pieces in this color. 


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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Map Of The World

  We "had" a big empty wall at the top of our stairs...
it needed something. But what?  

I was inspired this fall when I saw a large wall map from Ikea...
it was a canvas and had lots of details.  It looked like it would be perfect, 
but we don't have an Ikea within 500 miles from here. 

So, I improvised.  And I like it better. 


Big. Bare. Brown. Boring. 

I ordered a large, non-laminated map from Amazon.  It measures 48" x 77".  I rolled it out on the dining room table to let it flatten out.

My original plan was to cut the map apart and place it on these boards.  As I was laying it out, my husband suggested I use foam core.  He's brilliant!  

I dashed to Staples and bought 4 sheets of 30" x 40" black 
foam core board and started planning a layout.  

Using a sheetrock thingy and a sharp blade, I cut the core and the map.  Then, I sprayed the foam core with spray adhesive and smoothed on the map pieces.  

Easy peasy. Right?  

It was. Really!  

After. Love it.  
Our geography test scores will be off the charts!  

I used Command Strips to hang the boards with no issues.  

Isn't the spacing neat?  
I think it adds a little something.  
What?  I don't know...I just like it.  

Look at all the great details.  Hello Bismarck:)    

Enjoy your weekend.  


Friday, October 26, 2012

Holiday Entertaining would be fun with this Amazing Buffet!


beautiful in duck egg blue

 the distressing turned out so nice

the hardware is very unique

the large size of this buffet would make it perfect for holiday entertaining...

lots of storage inside for dishes/silverware/platters/etc.
Beth, from Not Too Shabby, called us up the other day wanting us to paint a quite oversized buffet.  We thought about it for a second or two & accepted this furniture challenge!!  The buffet is very large & has such a sophisticated look with the carvings on the doors & the beautiful hardware.
We met this morning @ Beth's store & got started.  Beth had picked Annie Sloan Chalk Paint's Duck Egg Blue.  Once painted, we let it dry, distressed it up, & applied a coat of antique, dark wax.  It turned out so beautiful.
If you are looking for a great piece that has lots of room for your holiday serving ware or just everyday kitchenware, this may be the right piece for you.  The amount of room to place holiday treats & meals is another important feature on this buffet!
If your interested in this beautiful, unique buffet or you enjoy looking for treasures, be sure to visit Beth's store @ the Gateway Mall & tell her the Green Briar Girls sent you!!
For Sale @ Not Too Shabby in the Gateway Mall
Have a great weekend & thanks for visiting!
Heather & Renae

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Gorgeous in Green

Shiny Tan.  

Gorgeous Green and White.  

Love the handles and the details on the drawers. 

Heavy distressing and tinted wax 
give this piece a nice aged look.  

Measures:  18" deep, 52" long and 32" tall.  


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Monday, October 22, 2012

Beautiful in Blue



lots of room for magazines on either side

small drawer for a little storage

This magazine side table is just perfect if your looking for a small accent piece in your room.  Put a small lamp on top, place it next to a chair & enjoy a cup of coffee while reading your favorite magazine!  I could even see this piece in a bathroom with folded towels on the shelf & a basket of toiletries on the top.  Last suggestion...  a bedroom as a nightstand/magazine accent table!
I painted this piece with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Ambusson Blue.  The top & the drawer front were coated with 3 coats of Antique, dark wax.  The painted portion was also coated with the Antique, dark wax to create a more antique, aged piece of furniture.
Hope you enjoy its charm!
Thanks for looking,
dimensions:  wood top measures 20"wide x 18"deep
overall width 28"
height 24"

Sunday, October 21, 2012


Love this paint (& the amazing color)

A wonderful friend of mine came across this piece (& another that will be painted soon) at a rummage sale a few weeks ago.  She tried calling me to ask if she should buy it for me, but of course, I never answer my phone.....  Thankfully, she bought it for me anyway, knowing that it was quite a beautiful, unique piece with LOTS of potential!!  Thanks again, Hannah!
This could've been any color of the rainbow & it would've turned out great!  I removed the back of it to get a nice couple coats of paint on it (& re-attached it when the piece was completed).  I painted it Annie Sloan Chalk Paint's Duck Egg Blue.  It was coated with clear wax & distressed to finish up.  I just love it.... I would like to keep it, but where to put all of the furniture???
If you like fun colors on furniture, check back often.  We put in an order for more paint yesterday & ordered a few colors that we haven't used yet.  We have quite a bit of furniture waiting to be painted & many of them being smaller, fun accent pieces which would look great with some funky colors!
Thanks for looking,
Thanks, Andrea
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Saturday, October 20, 2012

It's All In The Details

This desk came to us from Kensal, ND.  
Home of the Florhaug family.  

While cleaning out the Grandma and Grandpa Florhaugs basement, 
they found a few pieces for us to re-do...thank you.  

This desk has a wonderful detail on the top, carved wooden 
drawer pulls and the base has great curves. Love.  

I decided to keep the top wood and paint the body.  The top was sanded down and treated it with some dark wax.  The base of the desk was painted Provence by ASCP.  I left the carved pulls as they were.  I think it is amazing.  

Distressed...just a little. 

Look at that sheen! 

I even painted the backside. Those panels are great.  

Here is a photo of the base with all those curves. 

21" wide, 42" long and 30" tall. 

Thanks for visiting.  


Friday, October 19, 2012

Pumpkin Spice

before ~ dingy & dirty...

after ~ fresh & clean

light distressing on edges

lots of storage space for mittens, magazines, books, etc.
This storage bench was so cute to begin with but needed a little TLC!  The hardest part about re-doing this was getting the hinge off the back.... oh my....  whoever painted it before, did not take off the hinge (or the 30, yes, 30 screws which attached it) & instead, painted over the entire hinge & 30 screws.  It took me over an hour to get the hinge off!!
This bench was already snatched up by my husband's Aunt & she came up with the great color scheme!  She asked for ASCP Old White on the legs & ASCP's Barcelona Orange (muted a little with Old White) on the base.  The legs were coated in a white wax & the base in an antique dark wax.  It is ready for her entry way & is sure to get compliments!!
Thanks, Shelby!!