MCM & a GREAT CHARITY!
When the Toronto Home Show Challenged me to take part in the 6th Annual Upcycle Challenge I, of course, said yes! It raises money for the Habitat for Humanity Restore Programmes across the GTA and raises awareness of the exceptional work they do.
So, for you to enjoy, here is my entry.
Of course, I was honored to be asked, and said 'Yes' immediately!
For those who don't know, the Home Show folks invite emerging Decor & DIY experts to take part in the Annual Upcycle Challenge. See who else is participating here.
For 2017, the challenge was 'From Runway to Home'. Sounds simple right? WRONG!
The pressure was on - each piece will be on display at the Toronto Fall Home Show and available for a ‘buy it now’ price in support of Habitat for Humanity GTA. Oh my!
Well...this is what I started with!
So here is what I did. First I decided on my FASHION INSPIRATION:
The classic Coco Chanel quote, 'Simplicity is the key note of all true elegance'.
These words were my starting point.
Now you may think - that isn't 'RUNWAY' - well guess where the runway started? Yup!
I looked for a beautifully made piece of furniture with clean lines. I found just the piece at North York Restore.
BEFORE: This very heavy, solidly built dresser was covered in grungy yellowish varnish. There were a number of surface issues and needed a lot of repairs.
I knew that colour was going to be key, and what could be more stylish or elegant that the little black dress? Cate Blanchet, to me, an icon of elegance, came to mind.
Isn't she lovely...hmmm turquoise...gold...copper...
Her beautiful 'LBD' with turquoise accessories was the one - stylish, simple and showcasing her natural beauty. The perfect inspiration for this challenge!
Time to get to work!
I started by giving the dresser a good clean, then removed the brass handles. Next it was time to sand those drawers. I had no idea what lay beneath...and WOW was I amazed!
Next was adding the 'LBD' part of my design. I opted for 'Coal Black' from Fusion Mineral Paint - it is a true black and one coat is usually enough!
I actually added 2 coats - simply because I noticed a spot where I had not sanded my repair smoothly enough.
What a difference a Black Dress makes to classic lines!
Next it was on to the drawer fronts. I LOVE a bit of interest on these dressers and I knew that if I could achieve a mottled finish on my Brass Handles (thank you Heinz Tomato Ketchup!) I would be adding some Azure and Gold and Copper Leaf - to mimic Cates Necklace.
So out came the Frog Tape and the Azure Fusion Mineral Paint. Check out my little video and watch the tape come off!
I LOVE using tape to create a straight line! My top trick is to seal the tape with water. You can see on the video where I didn't let it dry. Never mind!
As well as taping off the Azure areas, I created triangles using a custom stencil.
I filled the triangles with Martha Stuart Leaf Size (glue). After 20 minutes it was ready for me to apply the Gold and Copper Leaf. I bought mine at a craft store. You can get fantastic leaf flakes HERE
Next it was a simple case of applying the liquid gold that is Hemp Oil to the wooden drawer fronts. I used Homestead House Hemp Oil.
The wood, hidden under the yellow varnish, took my breath away and finishing it with Hemp Oil really brought out the beauty. Solid brass handles were given a treatment to create a riddled Gold and Copper Patina.
Adding Azure paint and a mix of Gold and Copper Leaf completed the look.
Perfectly inspired by the LBD! Classic yet fun!
Have a great day!
Yes I did! I could hardly believe it. Thank you everyone who voted for me!