Fire In the Soul

Fire In the Soul
"Fire In the Soul" From the Merka series in The Elves of the Woodland Realm

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Vintage Redo

Remember the last post of this fantastic find from Queen of Hearts Antiques and Interiors? I finished it and it is fantastic I must say.

It was covered in rust and some paint splotches, which I was fine with. I like the old rusty look. However, the rust was getting on my hands when I touched it and messed with the drawers.

I took all of the drawers out. 99 of them to be exact, 10 rows of 10. I pulled out the crusty papers that were in some of them and started cleaning up the dirt and some of the rust. As I pulled drawers out to clean them I found some interesting things.

I found some jewelry molds from the 1930's. Most of them are unusable as they are dried out and not flexible anymore. But a fun find non-the-less.

I even found a jewelry key that had the date on it. Which is how I knew what era they come from.

Some of the drawers had some major damage from the rust. The rust had eaten away at some of the metal leaving "lesion" type marks over the entire front of some of the drawers. So I had to come up with a way to cover the bad damage without covering the entire piece in paint. What about a checkerboard pattern? I fell in love with the idea becasue it would be a reminder of my LOVE for Alice in Wonderland.

I didn't want to have to go buy more product to finish this piece. I am on a budget. So I went through the paint I had and decided to use the grey paint I used on the cubby bookshelf piece from my last post.
I sorted through the drawers to pulled the ones with the worst damage and dry brushed the paint on. After the paint dried I put a layer of sealant over every drawer and the shelving that houses the drawers.

Here it is finished and in place, in my almost finished studio. It was missing 1 drawer when I purchased it. Which is probably why I got such a great deal on it. I figure I could have a drawer made, find one in an antique shop, or make one out of wood myself and paint it to match. Either way this piece is fabulous and I just adore it. I will use it to hold all of my bits and bobs for my art and jewelry.

I am now one step closer to having my studio done. I have 2 more furniture pieces to finish and then I can unload all of my boxes and fill my little drawers and shelves.

In my next post I will show how I used gel stain to update a 1980s handmade hutch from a honey oak to an espresso finish.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Starting Over In Georgia

If you haven't heard already, we have moved back to the Atlanta area. Since we have moved lots has been going on and things have been busy with personal things like doing some remodeling in our new home, birthdays, and getting ready for the next school year at new schools.

As for business and creativity, well, it has been crazy there as well. 

I have been photographing random things to practice my editing skills, since my studio isn't up and running yet. I have been working on trying to get it in order as soon as possible becasue busy season is coming soon.


I have been working with digital add-ons, overlays and textures for my photography. I think I still like to make the actual items for my photo shoots, but I know if I can't get it in real life I can add it later.  

Digital wings added

Now onto the good stuff. Here is this fantastic, vintage, bookcase? Shelving unit? Whatever it is, it is fabulous. I know it is at least as old as I am because it was in my closet when I was a child. My mom was an extreme couponer before it was a thing. We are talking the 1970's couponing here people. She had boxes FULL of proofs of purchase from all kinds of food items, to send in for coupons. Every cubby had a box and every box was full, and organized. I told her if she ever wanted to get rid of the bookcase, I would take it off her hands. Now I will use it in my studio. But before I use it I wanted to fix it up some.

The piece has several coats of brown paint on it, several layers of dirt and dust (from being in a garage for 25 years, after being in my closet for 10), and several screws and nails in it. I patched up the holes and cleaned up the dirt and dust. 


I really didn't want to paint the entire piece and I wanted to keep some of the original color so I decided to dry brush a medium to dark grey over the entire piece to blend the browns and hole fixes. I also added some bun feet to get it off the floor for easy cleaning of the floor. This is how it came out. I love it and it goes perfectly in my new studio. Which, by the way I will do a post on my studio reveal when it is finished. 

Beautiful, right? I put a coat of clear furniture wax to seal and protect the finish. I have several pieces I am repurposing. The next piece I am working on is this amazing piece. I found it at a local antique market while shopping with a friend. I had started pulling out all of the little drawers when I remembered I needed to take a "before" picture. There are drawers that fill the entire piece. I'll be posting soon on what I did with this piece and the fun things I found inside some of the drawers.


I am also happy to say that I have some space at Woodstock Antiques. Located in the metro-Atlanta area Woodstock Antiques and Consignment has some great finds that now include my Lily Mairi line of jewelry. I have other exciting news that will come later too! Follow my blog and like my Facebook pages Lily Mairi on Facebook and Jennifer Griffin Fine Art Photography on Facebook to keep up with all of the new adventures and projects happening.