Friday, January 16, 2015

Philly Home Show and Preview Party- take ONE

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Hi y'all! :) Guess what?! I'll be going to the Philadelphia Home Show tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 17th, with two of my favorite bloggy friends, courtesy of the amazing Denise Sabia of The Painted Home! I am SO excited, I can barely contain myself. The best part is this awesome Preview Party that Denise has put together for us with some of her best brand friends! So thank you so much to Denise and the following vendors:


I am so excited to be rooming with my buddy Natalie from A Turtle's Life for Me. I've told you guys before that she is one of my blogging heroes and honestly, the person that gave me the gentle nudge I needed to begin this blogging journey! We've actually never met in real life, so this should be fun! :)
 
I'm also super excited to be meeting Meg from Nutmeg Creative Cafe who is a fellow Jersey Blogger! :) 

There will be some really awesome personalities "At the Show". The Beekman Boys, some sweet bloggers (including Denise on the Main Stage at 3:30pm Saturday), as well as several DIY and HGTV friends!

If you want to follow along on my adventure, make sure you follow me on Instagram and of course, on Facebook. I will be sharing pictures throughout the weekend and tagging them with the following hashtags:

#phillyhomeshow
#eveyinphilly
#eveynfriends
#denisesfavs

I would also LOVE it if YOU played along and showed me what you all are up to this weekend by sharing on Instagram and tagging me and using the #eveynfriends hashtag! 

If any of you will be at the Philly Home Show, PLEASE hit me up, I'd love to meet you! My cell is in my signature or you can message me via FB.  Also, though I will only be there tomorrow and Sunday, the Philly Home Show runs for two whole weekends, so you still have next weekend to get there!

xoxo,
Evey
Owner/Creator, Evey's Creations

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A pretty blue girl...Vintage Buffet Redo


Hey y'all! HAPPY NEW YEAR! I truly hope you enjoyed your time with your loved ones this holiday season! Congratulations to all of you winners for our 12 days of Christmas giveaways and THANK YOU to all you amazing vendors that participated!

Today I wanted to bring you a tutorial on this lovely beauty I restored and refinished for a client just in time for Christmas! Her story is a good one!

Here's what she looked like before:


Though she was still lovely, she was a hot mess! You can't tell from the pictures, she had some structural issues that needed to be addressed.

For starters, part of the right leg was missing the back part of that last spindle. Also, the veneer had seen better days and was starting to lift and warp on the top and one of the sides.

Here's where it gets tricky.  Since my workshop is very dark in the winter, and it's too close for me to open up the garage door, I don't have step by step photos like usual for this tutorial, but bear with me.  I promise to explain it in full detail.

First, I removed the veneer from the top using a damp towel and blow dryer. I hope to be getting a heat gun soon but in the meantime this is my trick! I get a towel damp and leave it on the top of the veneer I want to remove for  a few hours. Then I finish the job using a blow dryer on high heat and the veneer peels right off!

You can replace the veneer for the sides but it's not necessary. Veneer can be purchased at most big box home improvement stores and local lumber yards. Make sure you clamp well and use a good quality wood glue when replacing veneer.

Time for a pretty picture to break up all of these words...

 Sigh...isn't she dreamy!? Please note, the slight yet perfect distressing? She's gorgeous!

Back to the tutorial. :)

Next I replaced that missing spindle! Want to know just how easy it is to do this!? It's as easy as buying some Mold Builder Liquid Latex Rubber 16oz/473ml or silicone molding materials from Amazon!*

I prepared the molding compound according to the instructions on the packaging then pressed it to the other side's spindle, wrapping it around and fully pressing down to allow all the detail to be imprinted in the silicone. I let it cure as per the product's indications. Once it was ready to use as a mold, I began the layering process with wood putting. I let each layer dry fully before adding more until it was complete. You never want to fill it right away when it's such a thick spindle, but for small trim or detail it would be fine! I used some wood glue and more clamps to hold it in place once it was dry and popped out of it's mold! :)


I then gave this beauty a custom color using the following formula of Annie Sloan Colors:

3 parts Aubusson Blue, 3 parts Chateau Grey, and 1 part Old White.

This color matched some textiles in the room where this sweet piece will live out her days.

I decided to surprise my client and paint the inside of the buffet in Chateau Grey for a special two tone look when you open up the door!


The best part about this doing piece was that it was a sentimental piece. Most of you that know me, know that there are pieces I WON'T paint, but I told my client that if she wasn't going to be selling this piece, due to the personal story attached to it, I would go along with painting it. I have to tell you that I am SUPER pleased with the result and I would paint this baby again in a heat beat! :) My client extremely happy and that is ultimately ALL that matters to me!

 Isn't she LOVELY?

***Update! Someone pointed out that I forgot to add what she was sealed in! I used General Finishes' High Performance Top Coat in Satin. Three coats of it.****

xoxo,
Evey
Owner/Creator, Evey's Creations

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

12 days of Giveaways- BONUS DAY: DecoArt Inc and Consumer Crafts


MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! I decided that you guys deserved some Bonus Days even though our 12 day was officially yesterday! I have some awesome stuff up for grabs for all of you crafty folks! (you not-so-crafty folks should enter, too, because I will show you how easy it is to make something with the giveaway items tomorrow!)

First up, we have DecoArt Inc. which is my favorite paint company. If you are a long time reader, you know I will only work with brands that I believe in and use daily, whether I buy them or they are given to me. DecoArt is one of those brands. I am honored to be one of their Bloggers and love working with them. They make a plethora of paints and products; their acrylics are my favorite. You can search for more DecoArt projects here on the blog when you have some free time. :) Today, they have been awesome enough to provide you with a gift basket that will include some acrylics in fun Holiday colors, (including one named "Gingerbread") as well as some of their Chalky Finish paint and varnish. I chose the colors and there is a reason behind them. Check back tomorrow to see a full tutorial of a holiday sign using these products. DecoArt was awesome enough to send me two sets, one for a lucky reader and one for me to do the tutorial with! Thank you DecoArt! I will also throw in the piece of wood for the project as part of this giveaway and ship it to the winner in a cute holiday basket!


Next up we have Consumer Crafts who I have worked with before as well. If you check out my crafty hangout videos on YouTube you will see some fun tutorials there. My fellow Crafty Hangouts crew also have a slew of videos up so feel free to check them out for inspiration! CC has bee awesome enough to provide us with a $50 shopping spree over on their site! They have tons of crafting supplies, even dollhouse miniatures to choose from. I know you will have a blast shopping there! 

Thank you Consumer Crafts! We are super happy to have you!

Before I close this post, I wanted to take a moment to THANK ALL OF OUR VENDORS and friends that participated in these 12 Days of Christmas posts. I am so happy to have been able to host these giveaways, but I couldn't have done it without them! So a HUGE thank you to all who offered up opportunities for our awesome readers to win. I also wanted to thank my readers for making this such an awesome and fun time. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Now, the rules for the giveaways.  Please enter below via Rafflecopter widgets, and one winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter in 4 days.  The winner(s) will then be notified via email and the name will also be visible here in THIS post.  Please respond to the email (vendor) with your information within 48 hours of the announcement, or else someone else will be chosen.  It is up to YOU to contact the vendor to claim your prize.  You can earn entries by following the instructions in  Rafflecopter, some are optional extra entries, some are mandatory. Thank you and good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

xoxo,

 
Evey
Owner/Creator, Evey's Creations

Tel: 201-281-6696 
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

12 days of Giveaways- Day 12: HomeRight and Cutting Edge Stencils


MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE!! You guys, we made it to Day 12! Want to know a secret? ;) I've added a Bonus day for Christmas Day, too!

I'm SO excited for today's giveaways!!! I have used both products and both companies are two of my favorite brands!

First, we have a Finish Max Pro paint sprayer up grabs! Can you believe it?! HomeRight is such a great company, I truly love this product! 

 Here's some info on the Finish Max Pro:

"The NEW HomeRight Finish Max Pro Fine Finish Sprayer is a step up from the HomeRight Finish Max, meaning more power allows for a finer atomization of paint or stain. It lays down a professional grade finish with minimal overspray and is ideal for larger projects like kitchen cabinets and furniture. The two way spray pattern setting on the spray gun ensures precise control for horizontal and vertical spraying. The lightweight spray gun connects to the turbine with a 15-foot locking hose allowing the user to move around their project easily. User controlled paint regulator on the spray gun, allows for a 1" to 6" spray pattern. Plus the Finish Max Pro comes with an extra paint or stain container and a lid."

Here's a sneak peek at a project I recently did, where I used it! I loved how easy it was to use and I also love to use in on furniture pieces! I have always been a brush girl but meeting this lovely changed that! 

  
I sprayed the inside of the cabinets and it was so easy!

Thank you HomeRight for being here! 

Up next is a company I LOVE. If you are new here, you will see quickly how much I truly enjoy working with this company. If you have been here for awhile you know Cutting Edge Stencils constantly comes through with awesome giveaways over on my little corner of the Internets. 


Janna and Greg, the two owners are so awesome and kind, too! They have so many incredible stencil designs to choose from and they are so easy to use, anyone can make a room amazing with their product. I have several rooms and pieces of furniture decked out in their designs. :) You can click through the blog and see them when you have some time. 

They are being awesome enough to offer up a $50 gift certificate to their website store! 

Now, the rules for the giveaways.  Please enter below via Rafflecopter widgets, and one winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter in 4 days.  The winner(s) will then be notified via email and the name will also be visible here in THIS post.  Please respond to the email (vendor) with your information within 48 hours of the announcement, or else someone else will be chosen.  It is up to YOU to contact the vendor to claim your prize.  You can earn entries by following the instructions in  Rafflecopter, some are optional extra entries, some are mandatory. Thank you and good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

xoxo,
 
Evey
Owner/Creator, Evey's Creations

Tel: 201-281-6696 
http://sweetsongbird.eveyscreations.com
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