I left University Pickers in July. It was a difficult decision but one that needed to be made. I was painting day and night and exhausted and burned out. I didn't feel like UP was the right place for me to be anymore. I stayed at home for the next two months and did custom work. I currently have a booth in a store called El Marie's in Hartselle, AL. I am still doing custom orders as well. I am not nearly as busy as I was but things are a lot calmer around here.

I will be sharing a few pieces I have done over the last few months. The first is a table I did in French Linen chalk paint. I did the bottom of the table and the chairs in an heirloom white color. I also built the bench and added nail head trim.

Those pretty flowers were from my garden this past spring. My azaleas bloomed more beautifully than ever! Too bad this was the last time my flower beds looked pretty. I neglected them the entire summer and now they are very sad looking.

This sweet French Provincial set was done in Maison Blanche silver mink and Franciscan Grey.

I am terrible at remembering to take before photos! Since I have had more time on my hands I have started working on my house. I just painted my kitchen last night. My husband is out of town and doesn't know yet. It's beautiful honey! I promise you'll love it! I changed from Cream Fleece BM to Revere Pewter BM lightened 50%. I can't even put into words how much better it looks!! I never thought I would say this but I do not like yellow or gold in decorating anymore. It feels so limiting. I am a blue and gray girl. This new color is going to allow me much more flexibility. I am actually painting my kitchen cabinets too! Don't worry I will be sharing pics and tutorials along the way. I'm off to prime!

Long Time No Write

Whew!! These past few months have been a blur. Let's just say my right hand is permanently enlarged and I have man hands. I think I hand-painted over thirty-something pieces since I started University Pickers. I don't have a picture of everything I have done. I would spend 10 hours painting something and forget to take a picture of it before I took it to the store. Then, I would plan on taking a pic next time I went back to the store and it would be gone. I hand-painted a gorgeous antique gate-leg table and six chairs while I had pneumonia and there is no picture to show for it. Anyway, I am going to share pictures here and there of what I have been up to.

The first one is of a solid oak secretary with hutch. This thing was huge!! I painted it with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Duck Egg Blue. Oh! how I love this color!

This is what it started out as. Notice all of the different colors I was trying out.

The inside is Aubusson Blue. I noticed when I bought the secretary that one of the doors did  not shut properly. No sweat, I thought, I'll just fix it. Well, the door was warped and there was no way it was ever going to shut. I decided to just leave them off. I think I like it even better open.

I rarely find out who buys my pieces. I happened to be working in my booth and a couple came up to me and said they were the ones that purchased the secretary and that they love it! The lady said she uses it for her craft supplies. LOVE that idea!

French Provincial China/cabinet Hutch

The first time I laid eyes on this baby I snatched her up! I love that the size was not too big. The piece is versatile enough to go in a dining room, breakfast room, or even put books in. It doesn't say "I'm only for china and a dining room." Know what I mean?

Three French Hens from University Pickers is now selling La Craie furniture paint from Maison Blanche. I have been dying to get my hands on this paint! I bought the Silver Mink, which is a silvery white color. I will be doing a more in-depth blog post on La Craie. I really love this color. It looks so pretty with dark gray. Of course, I had to use the Silver Mink on the French Provincial Hutch. It was screaming out for Silver Mink.

Here is the before

And here she is all made-up.
I replaced the glass with chicken wire because I just couldn't help myself. I think it gives it more character.

After painting a base coat of Silver Mink I did a Paris Grey Chalk Paint wash over the entire cabinet. I painted the molding edge French Linen and the interior as well. I want to paint everything this color now! Here are some close-ups.

 Have you tried La Craie furniture paint? If so, what do you think?

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