Everyone Wants a Beautiful, Cozy Home – Don’t They?

Find beautiful home accessories at The Whistling Elk…

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Home Accessories at The Whistling Elk

 It takes many bits and pieces collected over time to make your statement.  Create your beautiful, cozy home…start here! 

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Little Painted Tables Are Versatile and Add a Pop of Color to Any Room

image Just finished up another batch of tables…these are light and easy to move around…so you can have a little table almost anywhere on which to place a drink or a cup of tea! image Come by and select your favorite…or choose a paint color that works for you and we will paint it especially for you!

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Amusing Myself with the Latest Bling

It’s a new year, I have shopped like crazy in Atlanta for new merchandise and now it is just starting to roll into the shop…I  just love it!

These magnetic jewels arrived yesterday!

I have been walking around the shop and using them to embellish everything!

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Use the smaller jewels as wine glass charms!

They work beautifully on lamp shades

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This jewel is magnetic! So you can use it to embellish any lamp shade!

and they certainly made this shabby urn sing!

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Love the magnetic jewel on this urn…very rich!

and I love what it did for this little frame!

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The jewel hangs right on this little metal frame….amazing!

Below I have wrapped a strand of magnetic crystal beads around the base of a lamp and added a crystal to give the lamp a whole new look!

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Magnetic Crystal bead strand with dangling crystal added. These work great on chandeliers too!

With fun embellishments like these you can add charm to your home furnishings without spending a fortune!

Ooh, I think a truck is rolling up with some new art….gotta go!

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Painting Away the Winter Blues

Oh to have some summer warmth!

I’m getting to be such a sissy.  I think I used to enjoy the winter….now I only like it if I am skiing…

Well, at least it is good for getting those indoor projects accomplished.

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Chest painted with Baltic Black Paint Couture!™ and glazed with Black Walnut

I just finished putting the hardware back on this pretty chest.  It was a medium brown stain when I started and of course I forgot to take a “before” picture.  My client brought it in for refinishing…

We decided it needed to be black so I used my Paint Couture! Baltic Black then glazed it with Black Walnut.  It really looks very elegant and the hardware which was a rich brassy gold looks perfect – I didn’t even embellish it!

Sometimes refinishing a piece doesn’t call for a lot of fuss…there really is nothing like Simple Elegance!

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Simply elegant chest

Chase Away the Winter Blues…

Make plans to take a paint class at The Whistling Elk!

 

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It’s Never too Late to Say “Hello, Beautiful Artwork”

Well, today I received a much anticipated shipment of new art!  I have been waiting for it to arrive for about 2 weeks (chewing my fingernails off actually).  One of the pieces (the Lady in Black) is sold and I wanted it to show up for my customer who wanted it for Christmas…talk about cutting it close!

I am so relieved that it is here for her!

Below is a sampling of the artwork…the Lady in Red is a new giclee that I have not had before…she is beautiful and the red is vibrant!

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Lady in Red

Here’s the Lady in Black….she is sooo beautiful…but say goodbye because she will be leaving tonight!

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Lady in Black

The Lady in White in the photo below is another new girl…

She has the most beautiful crystals in her dress!  Gorgeous!

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Lady in White

Sorry about the reflection of legs in the photo…(heehee)….I took these in a hurry!  The background is actually a very lovely brown/gold haze.


I still love the Tuscan art….so there is some of that too!  This a a lovely earthy giclee that draws you right in to the alley…it’s quite large…35 by 47 long.

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Tuscan Alley

A set of two beautiful French Gates….here’s one.

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French Gate with Crystals

Quite a few smaller prints which are very elegant…

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Collage of French Symbols

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Recessed Print with Damask Mat

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Elegant Bath Scene with Tub and Chandelier

Enjoy! and come by to see it all in person…it’s much more beautiful than my quick photographs make it appear!

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Mark Roberts Christmas Fairies Still Make Me Smile!

This is one of my all time favorite Mark Roberts Christmas Fairies…

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Mark Roberts Peace on Earth Fairy

I just love him!

I was putting some of my fairies out around my home this year and realized just how much I still love Mark Roberts Fairies!

They are all adorable and make me smile which is a really good thing in this crazy world of ours.

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season with lots of smiles!

Happy New Year…and Peace on Earth!!!

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Gotta Have My Lipstick!

I really don’t like carrying anything heavy when I am shopping or even just strolling…

I love something small that will hold the essentials and will hang over my shoulders diagonally…It just feels safer that way!

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Small bags at The Whistling Elk are elegant and verrrry useful!

So when I found these little bags I fell in love…they are small but will hold a smartphone and there is a side pocket that is zippered to hold money, credit cards and of course the most essential…LIPSTICK!

We have lots of these fun bags at The Whistling Elk in colors that are bright and really…just plain fun!

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An Inspiration for Christmas Decorating!

I love decorating for Christmas…its all the little details grouped together that make a pretty vignette!

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Little Details All Together for a Pretty Picture

Shake up your decorations this year by grouping them in a different manner…

it will all feel new to you!

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Give the Air in Your Home a Scent-Lift!

We have a special promo going on right now at The Whistling Elk.

Now is a great time to jump in and treat yourself…or purchase some early gifts for the holidays and take advantage of this great offer.

I am always saying that Lampe Berger is one of my favorite products…and it truly is.

I love that it purifies the air and eliminates odors.  It floats on the air throughout my shop (and my home) and creates a delightful atmosphere.  Sometimes the scent will “hang” in the air in certain areas and when I  walk thru them I just smile!

Purify your air

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The Lampes themselves are so pretty!  Make a design statement with the Lampe you select for your home!

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Lampe Berger at The Whistling Elk in Chester NJ

The tortoise / leopard lampe above is very elegant!

So, you say, what is the deal?  Well Lampe Berger has provided me with Tri-Packs of scent to give away with the purchase of any lampe (excepting the entry price point lampes)!  The tri-packs are a $25 value for FREE and there are two different versions of three different scents.  Supplies are limited so don’t wait to take advantage of this offer.

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Special Promotion – Free Tri-Packs while they last

Oooh, and here is one more new Lampe that I Love…called Traditions!  Very Beautiful!

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Traditions Lampe Berger at The Whistling Elk

Already have a Lampe Berger?

Want a new scent?  We are fully stocked and have “testers” here so that you can sniff a new scent before buying it.  But if you are like me you already have a favorite scent…mine is Charleston – what is yours?

 

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Sometimes You Just Have to “Bite the Bullet” and Give It A Try

Or in this case the Acorn….(heehee)

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Mirror missing acorns brought in for repair…

You see a customer brought me an old mirror with a top trimmed with lifesize acorns hoping that I could fix it….hmmm!  She brought it all the way from Massachusetts!  There were a couple of acorns missing so being commissioned to make repairs I took the challenge.   Sometimes I wonder “what was I thinking”.  My customer was totally thrilled that I would even try because she said she had taken it many places and  no one would give it a shot!

 After she left I was looking over the situation and got the idea to try to find some small wood component that I could “doctor” to fit the shape I needed.  Ok the challenge was on!

First I went to Michaels and looked around and amazingly found some small pieces of wood that I could carve into the shape of an acorn.  This was not easy as I am definitely not a carver and do not have “carving tools”…I used a sharp box cutter and sandpaper and hoped for the best.  After I got the basic shape and size that I wanted…I used Paint Couture!™ Embossing Medium to enhance the shape and fill in where needed.

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Pain Couture Embossing Medium – the acorn in the middle is the original one that I was copying.

The Embossing Medium was fabulous because I found that when dry I could actually carve that too!  Great!  It really carves nicely!

Then I painted the acorns I made with Paint Couture!™ Pale Gold…let them dry and then sanded to smooth them as much as possible.  I put another coat of paint on, dried them then used Van Dyke Brown Glaze to “dirty up” the gold.

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Acorns sanded and painted with Paint Couture Pale Gold and Glazed with Van Dyke Brown.  The one on the right is the Real Acorn!

Since my acorns weren’t perfect I moved the acorns around on the mirror so that the original ones were all in the front and put my “replacements” in the back.  I think it turned out pretty good…here it is complete!  My “faux” acorn is the one at the far right!

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The acorn I made is the one at the far right…I put it in the most unobtrusive spot.

When you love something it is always better to paint it or repair it to make it “new” again!  My customer loves this piece so I know she will be thrilled to see it repaired…glad for her sake that I wasn’t afraid to “bite the bullet” and give it a try!

 

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It’s Time for Cozy

We are fully stocked for the cold weather with beautiful, colorful and luxurious throw blankets….it’s time!!!  Next week will be cold here in New Jersey (or so they say).

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Throw blankets at The Whistling Elk

I love to have these around all the time just because they look beautiful draped on furniture and add a touch of elegance to a room design.

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So many colorful throw blankets to choose from at The Whistling Elk

They make great gifts for the holidays or just for you!

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Gorgeous Giclee Artwork Arrives at The Whistling Elk

I love gorgeous artwork…the framed giclee in the background of this picture just arrived at The Whistling Elk.

I want to climb into the picture and sit at the table sipping wine…

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Provencal Maison

Come see this piece in person – its 48″L x 38″h and will make a design statement wherever you hang it..you will love the way the light plays over the front of the maison…beautiful!

We have lots of other artwork as we just received a shipment last Friday…hurry though because it goes fast!

Here’s another teaser photo…these two are smaller giclee prints and feature lovely soft pale watercolors…

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Giclee prints featuring soft pale watercolors

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Pretty Little Accessory Tables

Just painted some pretty little tables…they are great accents for any room where you require a little table to put a glass or book on but don’t have a lot of space.

These two will go anywhere!

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Pretty painted tables make great accent pieces.  These are painted and crackled with Paint Couture!

I have always loved little accent tables like this – adding them to a room design is like putting on gorgeous earrings – with your pretty dress…a finishing touch!

Design is all in the details!

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I Just Love Gorgeous Patina Finishes on Furniture

You know how you always have a lot of little tiny pieces of gold leaf that are left over from a project…I can just never bear to throw them away…

Well I was painting up a finish sample that had gold accents and I thought I would try to use the gold leaf to highlight the pale gold areas.  Wow I love it!

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Paint Couture French Putty, Pale Gold, Italian Ivory and Van Dyke Brown with gold leaf

The finish sample is Paint Couture!™ French Putty all over, then accented in three areas with Pale Gold.  After drying I applied a skant coat of Italian Ivory all over and then rubbed some of that off.  To further increase the patina of the finish I brushed on a coat of Van Dyke Brown and rubbed that off.  I love the way Van Dyke Brown looks in the cracks.  It darkens the crevices like black but in a much warmer way.

I wanted the gold areas to pop so I took some of my tiny gold leaf pieces and applied them strategically to enhance the finish…then reglazed them with the Van Dyke Brown.

Voila…loving this finish!  Hmmm I am looking around the shop right now to see what needs to have this finish on it…!

Join in the fun!  Sign up for one of our Paint Workshops at The Whistling Elk in Chester NJ and learn how to create beautiful finishes for your furniture projects.  We use Paint Couture! products and you will be amazed at the myriad of possibilities these wonderful products will make available to you!

 

 

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Don’t Just Paint – Create Unique “Signature Finishes”

I have decided to create “finishes” instead of “paint samples”.  Hmmm, what does that mean you might ask…

Well I have a lot of paint samples that I created using paint stirrers…I have posted these at the time that I paint them.  However, now when I “finish” something and I love the outcome – I paint a sample board too (for future reference).

This way when I talk to someone about painting a piece I can show them boards of more complex “finishes” rather than a sample of a color with a glaze.  This may sound intimidating because the sample boards are usually combinations of more than two processes.  But if you are going to paint a piece of furniture or an accessory dont’ you want that piece to be out of this world beautiful?  Maybe its just me but I want something spectacular if I am going to spend the time – something truly unique - a signature piece!

so with that in mind….here is a white compote that I decided use as my first victim for this new philosophy…:

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White distressed compote that I decided to give an elegant new life to!

For my Signature Finish on this piece I decided to use Paint Couture!™ Pale Gold, Vintage Flair and Brilliant White paint and  Amber Honey Glaze.

This was a 4 step process – Below is the compote after the first two steps.  First I painted the whole compote with Pale Gold.  When dry I painted portions of it with Vintage Flair.  The Vintage Flair coat of paint was what I call “skant”…a very light coat of paint that did not cover the gold entirely.  I chose accents to leave completely gold (arms and the decorative band on the base).

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Compote painted Pale Gold and then paint with a skant coat of vintage flair

Then I put a dry brush coat of Brilliant White over everything.

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Brilliant White Dry Brushed over Vintage Flair

When dry I glazed the compote with Amber Honey Paint Couture Glaze as shown in the picture below I glazed heavily over the gold and then only wiped some off strategically here and there to give a gold highlight effect.

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Amber Honey Glaze – The Compote is complete!

On the portions of the compote that were painted with the Vintage Flair I wiped off a lot of the glaze.  On the inside of the compote I used a swirling motion to apply the glaze.  The inside reminds me of the Universe…!  Only there are no planets…hahaha.

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I used a swirling motion when painting and glazing the inside of the compote to mimic the shape of the piece

Here is a side view of the finished product!

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Compote is now finished with a complex “signature” finish!

Voila! A beautiful, rich complex Finish!

Attend one of our Paint Workshops at The Whistling Elk and learn techniques to help you create your own Masterpieces!

 

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It’s Snuggle Time at The Whistling Elk

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It’s getting to be that time of year when you want to snuggle in your bed!

I don’t know about you but there is something about this beautiful bedding that makes a bedroom soothing and peaceful…just what you want where you are going to sleep!

Bedding is an essential design element for the perfect bedroom.  In the Paris Boudoir at The Whistling Elk we have created that peaceful yet elegant look with our bedding.

Our cotton organdy embroidered drapes in the background add another dimension to the whole picture!  And of course a pretty crystal chandelier completes the picture!

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Just added another duvet to the bed…the ivory with the ruffle – one of my personal favorites…so pretty

When I snapped the first picture I was thinking the bed was finished…but decided to add another duvet…the ivory  with the ruffles at the foot of the bed…

Come in to The Whistling Elk and design your own bed.  The bedding is very well priced and you can create your own luxurious haven of comfort by layering the looks that work for you!

Our new bedding is so pretty….don’t you just want to jump into the middle and have a little nap?

So Lovely!

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There Are Two Sides To Every Door! Duh!

I have a door in the shop that leads to a little foyer and the back door.

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Before I got my hands on this door…it looked like this!

The door is in my little “Paris Boudoir” so you can see that it just wasn’t making it in its “silly brown” color…

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Paris Boudoir at The Whistling Elk

I like to show my customers what they can do with Paint Couture!™ but I keep selling the pieces that I paint so I decided to paint the door…my landlord would not like it if I sold his door so I figured it was safe to paint it with Paint Couture!™ in order to have a ready sample at all times!!!  P.E.R.F.E.C.T.

So the door got a very light uneven coat of Italian Ivory with Dream in the area around the raised panels of the door and Pale Gold on the moldings around the raised panels.

  Remember the movie Romancing the Stone when the smuggler says he’s going to get his “li’l mule” and smiles…well I feel that way about my li’l hand sander.  So yup I got it out and beat up that door!  I did get a little carried away on the “back side” of the door.

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Paint Couture on the Paris Boudoir Door at The Whistling Elk, Chester, NJ

Yesterday I stenciled the front side of the door with Pale Gold…but I couldn’t decide if I was really done…that happens a lot when I paint.

Sometimes when I am not sure about how I feel about something – I go home and sleep on it – it never fails that when I wake up I have the answer…actually it came to me before I even got to sleep…A Door Has Two Sides…who said they have to be the same?

This morning when I came in I glazed the back side of the door with Light Brown Sugar on the raised panels…lightly rubbed in.  Then I glazed everything but the raised panels in Champagne.  Ha! I used some different stencil designs so it looks completely different than the front side.

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Paris Boudoir Door Front

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Back of Door with light brown sugar on the raised panels and champagne glaze on the frame.

So now I am having one of those moments where I am thinking, Yah, you can  have your cake and eat it too!!!!

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The Versatile Mirror

Mirrors make such beautiful design statements…now take this one for example….the top is just breathtaking.

And the finish is wonderful because its a champagne metallic….a little gold…a little silver.. and just the tiniest bit of black.

You can put it almost anywhere (that it will fit – it is tall at 63″) and it will blend into almost any color scheme.  It will add an architectural element to your room.  Of course the “old world elegance” makes it look like you carried it back from les puces de saint-ouen.   Mmmm let’s go back!

Beautiful Iron Scrollwork makes this mirror extra special 63"h x 43" w

Beautiful Iron Scrollwork makes this mirror extra special 63″h x 43″ w

There little ovals are perfect for powder rooms….at 31″ L x 25″ w but they will make for a pretty collage too mixed in with some great artwork.

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Pretty Oval – simple clean lines with just the right touch of embossed decoration

Oval Mirror in black with a little gold accent

Oval Mirror in black with a little gold accent

 

This last mirror is one I have blogged about before.  It is so elegant and versatile.  You can lean this 73″high mirror or hang it.  You can hang it vertical or horizontal – design your room around it!  Simple.Beautiful.Elegant.  Perfect!

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Versatile and Elegant – The perfect Mirror

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Lollia Fragrances Elegantly Displayed at The Whistling Elk

We have a nice collection of LoLLia products at The Whistling Elk.

LoLLia is beautifully packaged so it adds an elegant touch to the décor of your dressing room or bathroom.
My favorite is the Wander…its a soft fragrance and I just love rubbing a little of the hand crème on the back of my hand and sniffing it!  So nice!

The Whistling Elk stocks Lollia personal products

The Whistling Elk stocks Lollia personal products

I also love the Wander Perfumed Bath Oil…it is amazing. It leaves your skin soft and fragrant and no small matter it leaves your tub clean! That’s a wonderful bonus!

Of course our best seller is still the Relax…

Lollia Relax fragrance is a combination of Lavendar and Honey

Lollia Relax fragrance is a combination of Lavendar and Honey

Which fragrance is your favorite?

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Gotta love that little hand sander!

You may remember that I wrote a post on November 12, 2013 called “Mantel Madness with Paint Couture”.   I had a lot of fun painting that mantel and it was beautiful…but I always knew that it would take on a new personality yet again some day…well that day has arrived!  Here it is after I finished it the first time…

Mantel Painted with Abundance Paint Couture!™, Brilliant White and Verde Glaze Couture!™

Mantel Painted with Abundance Paint Couture!™, Brilliant White and Verde Glaze Couture!™

I watered down some Paint Couture!™ Italian Ivory  and brushed a thin coat all over the mantel…effectively whitewashing it.  After it dried I got out my hand sander and beat the whole thing up!  Gotta love that little hand sander.

Mantel after whitewashing with Paint Couture!™ Italian Ivory and distressing with my hand sander.

Mantel after whitewashing with Paint Couture!™ Italian Ivory and distressing with my hand sander.

So now I have a “new” mantel…again!  The Paris Boudoir is looking verrrrry nice!

Mantel refinished again with Paint Couture Products!

Mantel refinished again with Paint Couture Products!

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