Have you ever used oil based paint before? I only had experiences working with latex paint. Latex paint washes off with water and generally doesn't have a bad odor. The oil based paint that I was just using is about the exact opposite of latex based paint. If it gets on your skin there is no washing it off with water and the smell, oh my, the smell!!
The reason for using an oil based paint was to paint a pair of chests for our bedroom. I know it will hold up and brace yourself, you can buy a small can of Rustoleum at Home Depot for about $9.50. They have some great basic colors.
Here is the finished product:
My Tips for Using an Oil Based Paint on Furniture:
1. Even when the surface is smooth, use a soft roller brush, not one of those tight super smooth ones
2. Wear gloves and if you get it on yourself use olive oil with sea salt to scrub it off. Follow up with dish soap to remove the oil.
3. Let it dry for a few days if you can. The smell is incredibly strong so let the furniture piece dry for a few days before you bring it inside the house.
4. Be prepared for your brushes to get totally ruined, unless you dip them in the paint remover before you begin painting. Remember this paint doesn't just wash off.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Portland Spring weather is finally here, and that always puts me in the mood to wear dresses. Wearing vintage pretty much guarantees a few dresses in my closet, and if you don't have one yet for the warmer weather, that is a perfect excuse to try out a vintage one! Specifically the shirtwaist dress.
One of my favorite styles of dress, a shirtwaist is pretty cut and dry. They borrow a little from menswear, while staying feminine. The tell-tale sign is a "shirt" like bodice featuring a buttoned front, cuffed sleeves, and sometimes a collar similar to a men's button up shirt. They have a tailored waist and always a full cut skirt that accommodates any size hips. Undeniably cute and extremely easy to wear. I own about a dozen!
Shirtwaist dresses are insanely versatile. Depending on your mood, they're easy to dress up or down for a more casual look. They look fantastic with flats, pretty sandals in the summer time, small heels (for dressing it up), or even cowboy boots! Throw a simple cardigan over one to keep it looking vintage, or a solid colored blazer and oxfords for an updated look. Many vintage ones you can find with their original belt, if not no problem. A skinny belt for the waist is readily available anywhere from Target to mall stores, in any size and color. I find that a belt subtly accents the shape of the dress on any body type, but it's not required. These dresses are all about your comfort zone, a big reason that I love them so much. You can find them in any size and just about any fabric too.... cotton, polyester, wool.... and any color or pattern. So fun! You'll find many for sale online (try Etsy & eBay), and I have never been in a vintage clothing shop that did not have a few to choose from.
These are some of my favorites that I own and wear all the time. I particularly love the 1950's novelty print one with little Daschund dogs!
They were popular in the 1940's, 50's, early 60's, 70's, and most recently, a couple of seasons back. Easy to wear and classic. Go ahead, try one. You'll love it! - Christine
Christine is the co-owner of Living Threads Vintage, a vintage clothing shop in downtown Portland, OR. Each week she brings her talent for wearing a vintage modern mix to Nicole B Vintage.
All photos by Travis Taylor
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
|The Craigslist Photo...|
I remembered a blog post by my DIY guru over at Little Green Notebook for applying gold leaf to a picture frame. So I used that to get me up and running. Check out that post here.
I picked up these supplies at my local craft store:
(2) Packs of 25 Gold Leaf sheets
(1) Pack of misc. brushes
(1) Gold Leaf Adhesive
(1) Gold Leaf Sealer
Step 1. Clean the surface you are going to apply gold leaf to. IMPORTANT! If you have an old surface with lots of paint layers be sure to use a paint remover and take them off. If not, you will have a lot of problems with the product adhering to the surface. Fill in any random holes with wood filler. Sand and make sure the surface is dirt free. Mirrors are really easy to clean up with a little razor blade. I was able to get all of the paint and Lord knows what else off of these guys with a tiny little razor blade.
Step 2. Use the smaller blue handle brush above and apply the adhesive to the whole frame all at once. Allow to dry for 5 minutes.
Step 3. Start to apply the gold leaf sheets to the large flat surfaces while allowing the leaf to fall into the nooks and crannies. Use the black sponge brush to gently push away the excess gold leaf. Be sure to overlap the gold leaf so you don't end up with strange lines.
Step 4. Do any needed touch ups. I had to do a lot. I just applied more glue where needed, let dry and added more gold leaf.
Step 5. Dust off all excess gold leaf with black sponge brush.
Step 6. Clean off blue handle brush and use to apply the sealer to all of the gold leaf. Allow to dry for at least 20 minutes.
|A close up of the mirror, you can see my little imperfections. This was not an easy project.|
|The backside of the mirror with the hardware that was used to attach the mirror to the frame.|
Finally, I had to go into Michael's for help with this frame as the mirror was not attached to the frame and there is a large space in between the two. $25 dollars later I learned that I could have just gone to a hardware store and picked up these brackets myself. It needed those metal brackets screwed into the frame. That was the only thing that would hold it in place. I added the wire, used a 50lb nail and hook and up they both went.
What happens when you have the right style, the right price, the availability, but the wrong finish? You change it. It's so simple, I just had to share.
|Photo from Home Depot|
Let's get started by sanding the smooth finish so it's a little rough. Here is the sanding tool I used.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Things have been very busy around here, it has been project on top of project. I am loving it. Nothing makes me happier than to pull together something I have been designing in my head. This week I will be sharing with you a pair of mirrors that I gilded, changing simple pulls from pewter to gold (it's easier than I thought), using oil based paint (holy cow! so different from latex paint) and I think I'm going to make all my pillows from now on using the envelope method (why haven't I done this before?).
The above bookshelf is one of my favorite pieces in our house. Mostly because I can do so many different things with it. I found that big globe on top on our trip to Lincoln City. I found it at the local Goodwill. I can't believe how many silly comments I received while I was walking around with it. I found some vintage post cards and I put them in little Ikea frames. Such a simple and cheap way to have some fun art. Then to keep things clean and modern, I stacked the books and added a mini vintage globe and coral. Finally, I picked up that white yarn hippopotamus at Target. All done! Now, I have a new look for my favorite piece of furniture and a design element that I enjoy seeing every day. See how easy that is?
Friday, April 26, 2013
I started wearing vintage clothing in the beginning of high school, when my mom let me dig into her saved garments from the 60's and 70's. Platform sandals? Bell bottoms? Leopard print lurex pants suits? Yes, my mother saved these things and yes, I wore them proudly as a teen. Rest assured, however, that along the years my wardrobe has tamed.
While I still love a good 70's piece, what you will find me focusing on here is a blending of "classic" vintage garments and easy to find modern essentials. Similar to home decor, a good outfit (like a good room!) is often made by the extra little details.... so watch for lots of accessories too.
Thank you, Nicole for inviting me to be a part of your blog! I will see you again next week!
Content by Christine Taylor
All photos by Christine and Travis Taylor
Thursday, April 25, 2013
I'd like to introduce you to the life and style of Christine Taylor. A fellow vintage lover and collector, I have the privilege of calling her a friend and beginning tomorrow, the honor of having her as a weekly contributor here on Nicole B Vintage. Christine is the co-owner of a fabulous vintage clothing shop called Living Threads Vintage in downtown Portland.
When I first met Christine she waltzed into the vintage shop I was working at with her signature red hair and statement jewelry (that I couldn't take my eyes off of) and blew me away with her kindness and charm. Christine's style is effortless, collected and original. I am so thrilled that she is going to share that here with us.
This is a tiny peak into her pre-war apartment that she shares with her uber talented husband and business partner, Travis. Original works of art abound in their stylish apartment. I just love the way Christine pulls it all together. Their bedroom is a mix of oranges, reds and black, yet it is so light and airy.
Christine's bucket o' bangles kept in her mid-century glass collection.
Christine has an amazing two drawer vintage jewelry box set aside her collection of vintage purses. The kimono is purposely hung on the back of the door, as art. Do you notice how your eye goes from the red in the art, down to the red in that amazing rug then up to the red in the kimono sleeve and back around again?
A vintage purse that Travis brought home for Christine from a recent trip to Wyoming. The detail in this purse is stunning. And can we just talk about how lucky she is that her husband can just pick up something like that for her?
Christine's stylish collection of jewelry contains pieces like a Victorian red coral pin (bottom photo), a lion door knocker necklace (photo above)and a Victorian bog oak pin (photo below).
And if she ever gets sick of that stunning blue and gold ring peaking out of the back up there, I'd gladly take it off her hands.
What do you think? Pretty special huh? I think so. I can't wait for what Christine will inspire us to do with our vintage modern wardrobes.
Thanks to Christine for agreeing to share your talents with us here at Nicole B Vintage. Don't forget to check her out online at her Etsy shop and in her downtown shop located at 1008 SW Taylor. Across from the library.