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First time trying IOD Stamps - Iron Orchid Designs

  How did I get FRESH PRODUCE on my antique crate you ask? Why I pulled out my Iron Orchid Design stamps for the very first time. I am not sure why I waited so long but this old crate seemed like the perfect project to try them on. Subscribe to this  Blog   ~    Follow me on  Instagram   Follow me on  Pinterest  ~ Follow me on  Facebook Follow me on   Hometalk   ~  Visit  my  Etsy Store Email me This is the IOD typeset stamp set . Mine only had the capitals and the numbers included when I ordered years ago. The IOD website has lots of great tips I read and videos I watched before giving the stamps a go.  Step 1: peel off the plastic backing Step 2: using fine sandpaper rough up the back side of the stamps going in both directions. Step 3: peel off required letters Step 4: place on your project to get the spacing of the letters. I thought I would use the stamp holder but my word was too long. Step 5: I opted for the thin backing plastic on an angle to fit the word PRODUCE. Press the

Dresser in Shades of Teal Blue




If you have followed me for awhile you know I LOVE any shade of teal blue so when a customer called a dresser from my stock to paint album and wanted it in shades of teal I was ecstatic. Now the problem arises in the fact that there are endless shades of teal and blues. She had a certain color in mind and after sharing all the colors I had on hand I directed her to a local Dixie Belle retailer.


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A lovely combo for sure don't you think?


Step one was to scrub the entire piece well using Dixie Belle white lightening cleaner then rinse and dry before filling the dings and damaged areas and power sand smooth with my Dewalt orbital sander.


Antebellum blue was brushed on using Dixie Belle's oval brush perfect for the staggered edges and flat surfaces.


Here is coat one drying


and dry but the lighting is goofy to get the right color


To add highlights and an ombre effect around the edges, DB peacock was brushed on, misted with my spray mister and blended in.


It gives a soft subtle color effect shown right with left just the solid blue.


The edges were lightly distressed to keep the vintage feel.


The rest of the dresser with peacock being added...


and blended all in.



The customer originally wanted the hardware painted silver but after I showed her the original antique gold with the blues she chose to keep it. Hardware was scrubbed ready to go back on when complete.


Dixie Belle easy peasy spray wax was applied on the body followed by a clear paste wax.


The top was given a coat of Dixie Belle satin clear coat before the wax layer for additional durability.


The scrubbed original hardware in place was given the OK


To give even further dimension to the piece


ageing wax was added along the edges and in all nooks and crannies.


All the hardware was put on and it is complete!











UPDATE here is a photo the customer sent of it in her home, lovely right?



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