April 17, 2019

Weathering Raw Furniture & Palazzo Reale Napoli



Feast for the eyes! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ŠCheck out the grand entrance to Palazzo Reale di Napoli! The royal palace was built in the 1600's and housed the famous Bourbons, relative of the conquering Napoleon. The exterior was okay, with it's orange stucco...but the inside! Wow!

April 10, 2019

Achieve the Perfect Rustic Brown & Palace of Caserta


Today was just amazing! Caserta, Italy is the tiny town my great grandmother immigrated from. Touring Caserta Italy, I got to walk the streets my great-grandmother walked, when she was a child. It was like falling back thru time! 


I don’t think that much has changed! Maybe the types of stores & cars, but Italy is still Italy. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Today we got to visit the Royal Palace of Caserta in all its glorious splendor. 

April 3, 2019

Dreamy Wood Ceiling & The Sistine Chapel


Now that we are in Rome, the art and architecture is coming hot and heavy. For example, we've spent several afternoons in the ginormous Vatican museum, which is a total dream for me. If you haven’t been to the Sistine Chapel, I can share my impressions. You enter and you’re taken aback by just how much is happening — all the walls and every inch of ceiling is covered in frescos.





Then, you looks for the most famous scene- God ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป giving life to ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐ŸปAdam. 




Next, you dive in, ready to see it all! 
The 3 Noah scenes, the 3 Adam Creation scenes, the 3 creation of the world scenes ๐ŸŒŽ. All the Bible figures encircling the room. It’s a magnificent feat and unbelievable to witness. We sat there for two hours, jaws agape. 

March 27, 2019

Stripped and Stained Piano & a Trip to La Boca Veritas


We made it to Rome and our first day we strolled around our Trastavere AirBNB. One of the closest tourist stops is calledthe Mouth of Truth (Boca della Veritร s). Originally the disc’s from the temple of Hercules, but now people travel from all over the world ๐ŸŒŽ to put their hand in its mouth. The story goes, if the statue does NOT bite your hand, than you are true of heart! ๐Ÿ‘„๐Ÿ’– Somehow, we made it!





One of our favorite clients, Chelsea from Apple Blossom Way, created this ombre masterpiece and I thought we would enjoy the inspiration. She is ALWAYS sharing free paint and stain tutorials, so you will want to follow her for sure!

Materials


  • Unstained furniture piece (can be new wood or stripped.)
  • Sand paper and palm sander or chemical stripper
  • Brush
  • Chalk Paint- you pick color!


Directions

1.] STRIP: First you'll want to apply a thick layer of Citristrip to the table. Citristrip has a tendency to dry out before it can eat away at all the layers of stain and lacquer. So covering the wet stripper with a garbage bag helps keep the moisture in while it works.
 
2.] SCRAPE: When the stripper turns white, it's ready to be scraper off. Remove the bags and scrape as much of the mixture off, as you can. You'll want to try and get down to the raw wood if you can. But being careful not to scrape or damage the wood itself. 

3.] CLEAN: You will want to wipe the table down with mineral spirits and a rag to remove any existing residue. This should remove any sticky residue from the tabletop. 

4.] SAND: Use a palm sander and 80 grit sandpaper to make sure the wood is completely down to raw. 


5.] STAIN: Select your Weatherwood stain colour from the color chart {link}, this was stained with Relamation Stain. Just brush or spray on product and allow it to air dry naturally. You can apply a second coat for darker shades.

6.] SEAL: We used Flat Varnish from Weatherwood to seal the wood. When you seal the wood, the color will lighten slightly. Be prepared, but isn't the effect just great?!





Make sure to pop over and meet Chelsea! And don't forget, all blog readers can save 10% on Weatherwood products with discount code: WELCOME10! xo

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