Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A New Year Ahead...A Happy One!

Happy New Year!
 I hope you are blessed and happy.  I am so thankful for such a loving God and family. 
 This holiday was rallllly busy for me.  I had many things that needed to be completed and not only that but get ready for the holidays decorating and fixing dinners for friends and family.  I had a wonderful visit with my sister and her son, whom I haven't spent time with for awhile.  All of our family that are close by had time together the day after Christmas to share a yummy dinner from another one of my sisters and her husband.  Thank you Dani and Steve it was scrumptously good.
Thank you to my family and friends for sharing the holidays with us as well.
So glad to be able to share God's blessings with the ones we love.
We love you all.
Now that all the festivities are over I now am concentrating on the new year ahead.
I am working on getting my door pulls ready for wholesale.  I am still working on the details but hope to have it all together asap. 
I also have quite a few pieces of furniture to re-do,
and I am excited to get to work on all of it. 
Today I am working on a
jewelry box that is super nice
and it is looking great so far. 
We have freezing temps here so
 I am working in my art room to
get my work done. 
 I am glad I can.
Here is a sneak peek
at the before and a bit of the after. 
I will post more when it is completed.

I have taken the whole thing apart to make the
painting easier and totally
painted, even where you don't see. 
 I have made new knobs ( of course) for
the front where the old lion pulls were.  
It is themed in tulle and stripes. I chose
 Sweet Pickins Butter on most of the
box and will be using Moody Blue for the accent color.
I am wanting to finish this by this weekend. Fingers crossed.
Until next time....with more updates,
God bless you real good,

Monday, November 3, 2014

Kimberly Madson Art & Design and Sweet Pickins are ready to go...

Hey Everyone,
I received my Sweet Pickins paints this last week and they are ready for you.
I just finished my booth set up in Auntie Em's today.  I am really pleased how it looks. The paints and all the other products fit perfectly. All the colors of paints are available now, including the newest colors, brushes and other items for making a beautiful piece of furniture.  If you can't come by they are also available in my Etsy shop:
   Here are the paints available:

Take a look at some of the other pics of the booth on my Facebook page here....
"Like" my page and let me know what you think.  Love to have you there too.
 If you know of anyone who needs Milk Paints, these paints look awesome and go on great. Tell your friends. They will love you for it.
  I am planning on making Christmas Gift Packs for the holidays soon. Some of Kimberly Madson custom knobs and Sweet Pickins paint that will be sold at a discount.
Great for Christmas presents.
 These will also be available on my Etsy too.  I will post again to let you know when they are listed and ready to purchase, on here and my Facebook page.
I have some great new pieces that I have plans on painting and will be sharing with you when they are done. Until then... God bless and have a wonderful week!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

You Knobs Could's Exciting and NEW!

Hey Everyone,
This week I have been working on getting a line of chalk paint for customers to be able to purchase from our store and on Etsy. I decided on Sweet Pickins because their paint is non toxic and comes in some pretty FAB colors. Today I put in
my order and it should arrive soon. I have a spot picked out in my shop at Auntie Em's and we are a go! I am sooooo excited!!!
Here is the color chart from Sweet Pickins along with their new colors that are out now.
One more great advantage is that I will be offering all Sweet Pickins colors on my knobs.  So if you are painting that special piece and want the color on the knobs to be an exact match, all you have to do is ask! Yeah!
Browse through the charts to see the awesome colors that we will be selling and get ready for some fun!!!
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Roll Top Desk and A Vintage Letter

Recently I finished this plain
roll top desk in Shabby Chic. 
It turned out beautiful. 
I wanted to add the before
picture but I cannot find it. 
It was just a plain oak desk,
nothing specially painted. 
I love the letter on the front and top. 
 It was a bit of a task but all worth it. 
It is available in my shop at
Auntie Em's, take a look.

I used my knew knobs "Letters" from the "Books Series",
with a white base and white letters.

It turned out so sweet.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Continuing the 3 Piece Set with Chalk Paint

Today I am continuing on with the 3 pc. set that I started sharing with you earlier.  But before I start I would like to share some of what has been going on at Kimberly Madson Art & Design. 
I have opened a new shop in Auntie Em's here in Tehachapi.  It is an Antique, shabby chic sort of shop.  Great owners and the store itself is one of the best in this little town. Here is a link to their Facebook page.
Check them out and see the inside of the shop.  Come a visit if you are ever in town.

I had been working on getting everything in the shop set up and then after it was complete I was offered a larger space and decided to take it. I have moved into the larger space and I have been working on getting it set up properly.  In the mean time I have found some pieces here and there that I wanted to re-purpose and also use the chalk paint on.  I have used Anne Slone's paint and I have made my own.  Annie's is a bit thicker but mine works just great for me as well and it is a lot easier on my pocket book.
Here is the recipe I used:

1 cup paint
2 1/2 Tbl. Plaster of Paris
2 Tbl cold water

Mix the plaster into the water until there are no lumps and it is smooth. Let it thicken a bit.  You don't want it watery. The thicker you let this set the thicker your paint will be. Just don't wait too long or you may have a plaster brick.
Mix with paint and stir until smooth.
You are now ready to paint.

For 1 Quart:
4 cups paint
10 Tbl. Plaster of Paris
8 Tbl. cold water
Follow directions as stated above.

You can use the waxes on this paint as well.

An Old Piece

I began with the little case that I shared last time and then I found this Martha Washington Sewing Cabinet at Auntie Em"s, bought it and then painted it to go with the first case.

It was pretty bunged up with scratches. 
It had these delicate little flowers
on the front of the drawers and the top
that I really hated to paint over
 but they were not in good shape either.

Such a cute piece.

I removed the drawers and the knobs. 
 I made new knobs to match the design I was
going to use.
(That is a great opportunity for me
to get to making knobs :)


Painting begins...

I needed a creamy white to start with so
I headed down to Home Depot to
see what I could find.  I chose Honeysuckle
White and then made it into
chalk paint. I painted the whole top of the case
with white except the inside of the drawers and the
rounded sides.

I used Annie Slones Coco on the drawer fronts and the legs.

Next I added vintage looking post cards 
on each drawer front. I found them on
At this time they have been sold and
are in transition to the new owner.
You can still go to the site to find out more.
I love them.

I then took it outside and distressed it by
sanding it down to look worn out. 
 Funny how the other worn out wasn't good enough. Huh!

Finally sanded and ready for the most fun part.

Placing the Designs on...

I decided to use this print,
which I found on Graphic Fairy.
It reminds me of my Grandmother
who is now passed and I miss so very much.

I began by mod podging it on each side.

I think it is lovely. So vintage.
(The top photo has the wax already applied)
the one on bottom is with no wax)
I had a bit of trouble when I wanted
to tie things together since I was using
old vintage post cards.  So I search
through my treasure of saved files
and thought these butterflies
would be a good match. 
Not my original intent but
I liked how they looked so they
were the next things I added. 
They were only applied to
the top along with more post cards.
I am not sure where I got these particular ones
but Etsy has many to chose from.

This is the top without the waxing.

After Waxing...


I used Annie Slone's clear wax
first and then used the
dark wax to age it.
I  then added the knobs. 
These will be available
soon in my Etsy shop.
 If you like them and
think you may need
them right away
let me know and
I can get a set out to you.
There are
so many awesome
designer knobs to chose
from here.

 I sanded these knobs to match the
white on the rest of the piece.
They don't come sanded.

The finished Set

I did not do a picture by picture
of the smallest box. 
 It is painted the same white and
then waxed and
custom made knobs were applied. 
The knobs for the small box
are the letters and they
can be found here:

I have a treasured keepsake now.
So happy with it!
I hope it was worth the wait for you.
It takes time and I am glad you waited!
Please let me know what you think.  Thank you for looking.
Until next time...
God Bless,