Inspiration: Dreams and Goals

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That’s right, you are never too old to have a new dream or set a new goal. Last year was a horrific year for me, I had to deal with so much loss in my life. Dreams and goals really helped me through my day to day struggles. (Yes #thestruggleisreal my son made me see the word struggle in a whole new light.)
We moved to my dream house last year…on my birthday! What a great present! I’ve set my GOALS to decorate this house, from landscaping to decor, it’s keeping me busy! When I’m having a rough day, I go out to my lab, aka the garage. No, it’s not one of “those labs” you know, from Breaking Bad? By the way, loved that series! My lab is where I paint! Painting is therapeutic for me and helps me clear my head. I grab a paint brush and my headphones and escape the outside world. I have really bad “chemo brain” and can’t remember things, it’s really embarrassing at times but we laugh it off as my “50 First Dates” syndrome. It’s a cute movie, if you haven’t watched it (50 First Dates) before, put it on your movie list.

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I sometimes think, why am I writing this blog? And, is it a waste of time? Idk, but it is my dream and I’m not letting it pass me by. This is my outlet to share my obsessions, from home decor to handbags, with you! I used to blog about designer handbags and fashion but that blog is lost somewhere in in the blogosphere… Doesn’t matter, this new chapter in my life needs a new name and a new beginning.

“Sometimes when the winds of change blow, you have to hoist the sails and enjoy the ride!”

– Kat Warren lowtidehighstyle.blogspot.com

Get out there, set some goals, and live your dream!

And…have a fabulous day!
– Sarah

Painting fabric with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®

Remember last week’s Fabulous Friday, the French Arm Chair? As promised, here is the transformation!!
The chairs belong to a dear friend. They were passed down to her from her grandmother and not really her style so she told me to take them to the lab (my garage) for a transformation.

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First, I cleaned the entire chair with Clorox wipes, then I sprayed the fabric with water. The key is to really saturate the fabric but not so much that it is dripping wet.

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For the fabric paint I mixed 50% water + 50% ASCP Old White.
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The mixture covered quite well, this is how it looked with only one coat. Mumsy and Stella were my assistants for the day.
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Always make sure to turn the furniture upside down to get all areas covered.
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This is how it looked after one coat on the wood trim and two coats on the fabric. I think it covered pretty well.
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After two coats on wood and three on the fabric. Let’s do a side by side…
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I really loved how the chair looked, all fresh and new but it was a bit too modern for my taste, so I added ASCP French Linen (my fave Annie Sloan color) to the wood trim.
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After the French Linen dried I applied ASCP Clear wax to the wood trim, seat cushion, and arms. (Didn’t wax the back cushion because I wanted to see the differences in the finish and durability) I then mixed a *wash. (Wash = mix water + paint until it is the consistency of milk)  I applied the wash with my brush, then wiped it off immediately with a lint free cloth. **You can leave the paint on longer before wiping off, if you want more coverage.
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The pic below shows before (left) and after (right) the wash. The wash really gave dimension to the wood and lightened the look.
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I clear waxed and buffed with and old sheet. Old sheets are the perfect lint free cloths!
This is the end result, think I am going to have to keep this one!
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Now what to do with the other chair? Maybe reverse the colors and do Old White on the wood and French Linen on the fabric?

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions about the process feel free to ask! There is now a “Questions?” widget on the right with my email: therusticlantern@gmail.com

Have a fabulous day!
– Sarah

Fabulous Friday – French Arm Chairs

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It’s Fabulous Friday! One of my fabulous favorites is the French arm chair. My parents had a set in their formal living room and I was always fascinated with them. I loved all the attention to detail; the carving of the wood, the tapestry, and over all look of the chairs. Being a child of the 80’s, let’s face it, furniture was ugly.  At least it was to me, so…not…my taste! I’ve always had a “thang” for French style decorating, maybe due to these chairs, IDK?

I lost both of my parents to cancer (horrible disease and a future post) so in a way, these chairs comfort me.❤️ On Christmas morning we would open our presents in “The Formal Living Room” (yes, I used air quotes when talking about this room because it was reserved for formal/special events.) naturally, I always had to sit in one of the French chairs! Photos of dressing up with your BFF’s, dance recitals, Proms, you name it, were taken with these chairs – happy memories. I now own them and they proudly sit in my “formal living room”.

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I don’t think I could ever paint my parent’s chairs, for sentimental reasons. I like the memories I have when I look at them.

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A couple of weeks ago my BFF gave me a set to restyle (stay tuned for their transformation) finally finished this one yesterday. I’m quite pleased with the result and love how you can change the look with something as simple as a lumbar pillow…
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I can’t wait to share the transformation process with you…next week my friends, next week! Hint: I used ASCP French Linen and Old White.
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Have a Fabulous Friday!
– Sarah