New Year, New Goals!!

Friday, January 19, 2018

A lot has been going on with Lovilee ReDesign along with my everyday life at home! I’m so excited to get back to blogging and connect with you guys again. My hectic home life over the past two years has kept me pretty busy since welcoming my daughter into the world. She will make two years old on the 29th and is gaining a bit of independence so it’s nice to have a little more freedom with my time to get back to the things I love, like sharing details of my work with you guys! I must say how blessed I feel going into this new year! So many wonderful things are happening and I want to wish everyone a happy and blessed New Year as well.

We have been having a pretty severe cold spell here in South Louisiana and it has forced me to bring my work indoors. Whatever it takes to get it done right?? Either way, my work has always been therapeutic for me so I’m just happy to be doing it. The latest piece that I’ve been working on is a French Provincial buffet. I really wanted this piece to look French so I decided to give it more detail and layering. As some of you know, I created my own chalky paint line so that I would have a formula that I loved to work with as well as colors that I would love in my own home. I always try to reference the paint colors I use when I share my work so that you can see what they look like. For this buffet, I started out with two coats of Lovilee’s Barnwood Grey,  then accented the front of the doors and some of the trim around the top with Lovilee’s Porcelain. I did a light distressing around the edges of this piece, then coated it with a layer of clear wax. I always use Briwax, Toulene Free formula, as this is my favorite wax! (Which is why I sell it with my paint line :-)) I have tried many brands of wax and have found that this brand is super easy and light to apply and dries pretty quickly. You don’t have to cake it on and a thin coat goes a long way. Here’s a picture of the buffet before I did the antiquing….

The final step for this piece was to apply dark wax to give it an old, antiqued look. For this look, I use Briwax, dark brown wax. I applied a pretty heavy coat and then wiped most of it off, leaving more around the edges and crevices of the piece. A trick that I use when applying the dark wax is to mix a bit of clear wax into the dark wax before applying it so that it gives the wax more movement and makes it easier to wipe off, leaving a good amount on the piece without it looking too “dirty.” I feel that the dark wax just takes the look to a whole new level of beauty and richness and makes the piece look more timeless like it has been around for many years…

Of course the pictures don’t allow you to see the full beauty of the hand painted application like you would get in person, but you can still see the contrast and layering a bit in this photo. I hope you guys enjoyed the sharing of my work and hopefully you might be inspired to try some of the tips I have given if you are a painter yourself! Looking forward to more sharing this year and hope you guys stay warm!!

Rustic Farmhouse Dining Tables!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

It’s no surprise that I LOVE a mix of old and rustic paired with new and elegant! That is one of the reasons I love the look of Lovilee’s Farmhouse tables! They are perfect for large family gatherings, dinner parties or everyday family use! I’m pretty much obsessed with them and the warmth they bring to a space. I love to pair them with different chairs or benches, depending on which look I’m going for. I recently dropped one off at Clayton’s and wanted to share some pics with you! I decided to pair this table with two benches and two wicker Captain’s chairs and I absolutely adore this set!

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I also often decorate with old doors/shutters or rustic architectural pieces. I think they add so much character and uniqueness to a space. Here’s an example of an old door that would look amazing as a headboard! I recently dropped this one off a Clayton’s also! It has chicken wire in place of the panels…so cute!!

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I use a lot of these same ideas in my own home and will share some pics soon just to show different ways to style your home using these types of pieces! Follow my blog or keep checking back to see new posts! Take care…

Ending the year with some new changes!!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hi Everyone,

I know it has been a while since my last post and that’s because I have been dealing with so much in my personal life these last few months! Life is in constant change and all of life’s ups and downs really make you appreciate the little things in life! Although I have been battling some tough experiences in my personal life (as many of us do from time to time), I always look forward to the time I get to spend doing what I love, which is creating and designing for my business, Lovilee ReDesign. I have had to slow down a good bit as I will be welcoming a new edition to my family early next year! I will be blessed with a daughter and I can’t wait to meet her! As the mother of two beautiful boys already, she will be a welcomed change 😉

In the meantime, I have been working on getting settled in to my new booth location at Rusty Rooster which is located in the Antique Village in Downtown Denham Springs, LA which is right down the street from where my former store location was! I have been focusing on creating some Christmas cheer in my booth to get everyone ready for the holidays! Here are some pics from my new booth location at Rusty Rooster…

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I have also been busy making deliveries to Clayton House Marketplace in Covington, LA. Here are some pics from my booth at Clayton’s….

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I will say that it has been tough for me to slow down because I’m the type of person that is always on the go trying to complete projects and such, but I look forward to being able to get back into the swing of things very soon! As for now, I plan on enjoying the holidays with family and I hope you are doing the same! Can’t wait to share more projects with you soon! Take care and Happy Holidays!!

Tips For Using Briwax

Friday, July 10, 2015

Since Briwax is our go to wax at Lovilee ReDesign, I decided to share some helpful tips as to which formula I recommend using for painted furniture. As some of you may already know, I LOVE Briwax because it is very easy to use and rubs on very smoothly. The consistency is not thick or cakey like some other brands tend to be. It goes on very thin, yet dries and cures quickly into a hard protective sealant.

You may not be aware that Briwax comes in two different formulas. Briwax is not only a furniture wax, but can also be used as a metal polisher and cleaner as well. If you are using Briwax to polish metals or seal stained wood, I would recommend using the original formula. If you are using Briwax to seal painted furniture, I would highly recommend that you use the Toluene free formula. This formula obviously does not contain this particular chemical which tends to be a little harsh on painted furniture. I’ve used the original formula to seal painted furniture pieces in the past and have found that it actually starts stripping the paint back off of the piece which we definitely do not want! You can avoid this problem by using the Toluene free formula. I only use this particular formula for refinishing all of my pieces. I love the consistency and the results that I get, so if you’ve tried Briwax in the past and have had not so great results, be sure to give the Toluene free formula a try!

We sell both formulas of Briwax in clear and dark brown at Lovilee ReDesign. Also, one thing to remember about Briwax is that it will liquefy if left in the heat, but will return to original consistency once it’s cooled off, so you may want to store it at room temperature. Hope this helps! Happy painting….

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