Sunday, July 13, 2014

Holiday Boutiques + Nomination for Martha Stewart American Made

Here's what UP has been doing this past week:
I submitted a couple registration forms for Fall/Holiday boutiques, can't believe it's time to start planning for holiday sales! {I, myself am not rushing summer, but I guess it is time to get started on holiday crafts!} Stay tuned for more details on dates and locations once I get confirmations from the event organizations.

And secondly, I'm beyond excited to share that Urban Patina has been nominated for the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Awards! What is American Made? "American Made spotlights the maker, supports the local, and celebrates the handmade. The program is made up of people and communities that have turned their passion for quality craftsmanship and well-designed goods into a way of life." -Martha Stewart American Made

You can view my nomination here:

Martha Stewart - American Made 2014 - Nominee Badge

 The more shares that my nomination gets on social media the better chance I will have at being selected as a finalist. So if you like the works of Urban Patina and love supporting local businesses and artisans, please share my nomination on your social media outlets and with your friends and families!

Thanks so much for all the support these past few years...without the great customer response, this couldn't even happen. So far this has been an amazing journey and I look forward to continuing for a long time!


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Drexel Sideboard {Napoleonic Blue}

 This week's project was a Drexel Sideboard makeover. Have you ever had the pleasure of moving one of these beauties? Well if you have then you know they are made really well and are heavier then they look. Good thing this one has handy wheels tucked underneath to make the job a bit easier!

The newly refreshed piece is painted in Annie Sloan Napoleonic Blue, distressed and antiqued with dark wax. {the actual color is a bit darker then it photographed} The original hardware was a really yellow brass so I opted to paint all of it in a blend of Napoleonic and Graphite chalk paint. The reason I didn't paint it straight up blue like the rest of the piece was because I wanted a slight contrast between the body and the's not too drastic just enough of a variation to create some depth. And finally, in my typical style, I sanded and stained the top to complete the project.

As always, thanks for stopping by to take a peek! Have a fantastic day!

Linking up:
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Lane Cedar Trunk {Old Ochre]

This traditional Lane cedar trunk was so average in it's natural state, but after a two tone treatment and an unexpected crackle effect, it's ready to serve as an uber functional storage trunk, chest, bench, coffee table, toy box and on and on and on!
Overview on this makeover:
As usual, this story starts with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. This time I picked Old Ochre, a creamy warm neutral color. After I completed the first coat of paint, some crackling occurred...initial thought was pure panic! What was happening? Instead of freaking out completely{which might happen sometimes}, I gave it another coat of paint and it crackled again...but this time my reaction was quite different! The crackling looked so natural and unique. My panic was instantly transformed into pure love! My only regret is that I will likely never achieve the same effect on another piece.

Thanks for dropping by today!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Antique Dresser {Old White + Dark Walnut}

I rescued this charming dresser from a south Minneapolis house last week. It is incredibly well made, but had extensive damage to the veneer on the top. So I broke out the heat gun and started prying, scraping, chipping the veneer. Holy tons of work! Aside from breaking a sweat and a crazy big blister that on my hand, I was ecstatic that the wood underneath was gorgeous!

My original thought had been to paint the entire thing but that plan was aborted when I discovered the beautiful treasure underneath! After a heavy coat of Dark Walnut stain and satin poly, the top is such a looker! I painted the body ASCP Old White, lightly distressed the entire piece and sealed with clear wax. And don't miss those fantastic teardrop pulls--how cool are they!

Dimensions and price are posted on the FOR SALE page.

Have a safe and enjoyable July 4th holiday weekend!