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When I first saw this beautiful Art Deco secretary, it was love at first sight. I am always a big fan of pieces with interesting shapes and gorgeous grain. My original plan was to do a full restoration, but unfortunately much of the veneer on the bottom was damaged beyond repair. Well, damaged beyond my skill level of repair. Although it pained me to paint this beauty, I am thrilled with the results. I share all the details on creating this finish below, and I will let you in on a little secret - it is SUPER simple!  Supply List:Autentico...

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Lately, I have been on a quest to create the perfect patina finish. Or - faded grandeur as one of my favorite artist Jonathan Marc Mendes calls it. The perfect patina finish may not exist, but I am pretty happy with how this Regency style chest of drawers turned out. I share all the details below to get you started on your own perfect patina journey.Supply List:Autentico HerbsAutentico PoeticAutentico Troubled WatersAutentico LavaAutentico ChocolateAutentico Dark ChocolateAutentico Clear WaxAutentico Dark Brown WaxAutentico Craquelure Autentico Decoupage MediumRoycycled Art Deco Decoupage Peacock TissueBronze MetallicoAutentico Rust In A JarAutentico Base for Rust Prep Work: The work you put...

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As a furniture artist, I love incorporating bold colors into my designs. White or light colors are most certainly never a front runner when selecting paint colors, but I had a vision for this beautiful Jacobean buffet - paint it white. After a brief identity crisis, I settled on Autentico Vintage Neutral and the results were STUNNING! It's the perfect white that's not too warm and not too cool. It's well, neutral. I share all the details on priming, painting, waxing, and bleaching wood below.

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Do you ever have those pieces or projects that just feel so good to create? The whole project, start to finish? That's how this piece was for me. This weathered, old world, grungy gal turned out just the way I had hoped. It's super easy 2-Step process to create this finish, and I share all the details below.

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Let me start by saying that I absolutely love vintage Mid Century furniture. The craftsmanship, clean lines,  and beautiful woods these pieces are built with make classic, versatile statement pieces in any home.  Anytime I welcome an MCM (Mid Century Modern) piece into my shop, I always try to keep it in its vintage condition - especially if it’s solid wood. These oversized nightstands are well built, but they have Formica tops and that made them perfect candidates for a makeover. When I redesign Mid Century pieces, I tend to prefer solid color matte finishes - my favorites are white, black, gray, and green - on the drawer fronts and casing and leaving the tapered wooden legs natural. These colors pair great with gold and bronze metallic drawer pulls and toe caps

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