How To Use Glacage by Maison Blanche

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It was another beautiful weekend here in Texas…blue skies and 70 something degrees.  I spent a perfect Saturday afternoon out in Pipe Creek with the Burlap Junkies at their new shop.

Under the trees, a small group of us learned how to use a product called Glacage.  French for icing (which is exactly what it looked like), this product creates a raised design that allows you to add a rich detail to anything you can think of.

From the Maison Blanche Paint line which Burlap Junkies carries exculsively, Glacage is a fun and easy way to make any stencil pop.

For this project, we started with salvaged long leaf pine cabinet doors (swoon).

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We each picked our own paint color and put on the first coat.  Mine is Confederate Grey.  Let it dry completely.

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Next comes the fun application of Glacage in Turquoise (check with Burlap Junkies for additional colors).  Place the stencil with spray adhesive and apply the Glacage somewhat generously at an angle with a gift card, hotel room key or credit card.  Remove the stencil.

Mine came out a little gloppy in one spot, but Mrs. Burlap Junkie assured me it wouldn’t matter in the end.  The product will lighten up when it’s dry, which is when it’s ready for the next step.

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Apply another coat of the paint, painting right over your stencil.

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If you want a shabby looking piece, then go ahead and lightly sand your edges, avoiding the stencil for now.  Once you have the rest of the piece where you want it, go ahead and begin to gently sand over the Glacage.  The amount of color that you want to come through is completely up to you, so just sand until your heart is content.  You’ll want to use a piece of hand-held sand paper, as an electric sander would be to much for this application.

I guess i forgot the after-sanding picture, so on to the next step – the wax.  I opted for a dark wax to really give this piece an aged look.  The longer it sits, the darker it gets, so wipe off the wax whenever you’re ready.  Keep wiping until your piece is smooth.  Then deem it finished!

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Some hooks were added to created an adorable piece of hanging decor!  You could also use bent spoons on either end to create a serving tray.

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I love the subtlety of the detail and can’t wait to use this product on an upcoming project in my home!

I’d love to hear your thoughts and see any projects that you’ve done using Glacage.  Don’t forget to visit my friends over at Burlap Junkies to order your Maison Blanche Paint products!

Peace & Love,

Carrie

Sunday Blessing 1-31-16

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I’ve spent quite a bit of time this week crying out to the Lord for others. This life is so hard, and my heart gets heavy at the thought of people I love in pain. 

And then, there are the people I don’t know, but hear about through social media who are suffering from every kind of affliction possible in this earth.

It’s enough to bring you to your knees, and make you question the existence of a loving God.

In my experience though, the hardest times that I’ve walked through have brought me to a greater faith.

Each time that I didn’t know what was going to happen next, anxiety my companion, The Lord showed up in ways that could not be explained by  my human understanding.

Times when I should have needed pills to cope, I was instead given peace.

When my heart was to run away, my feet were steadied to stay the course.

These experiences, stitched together, have strengthened my ability to trust that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me and cares for me, and takes on my pain so that I don’t crumble in under it’s weight.

He knew we would have those days when we were anxious about all that we have to face in life, so The Lord left us with an invitation to cast it on Him.

Even if we’re unsure, it can’t hurt to try right?

Please feel free to share your burdens here – I’m always happy to pray for you.

Peace & Love,

Carrie

Sunday Blessing 1-24-16

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Today I celebrate the birth of my best friend, who has loved me for 31 years.  Sure, there were times when we were younger that we wouldn’t talk because we were fighting about something stupid, but we always made our way back to the friendship.  It’s easy to love someone that you know will love you no matter what.  It’s much harder to hand out that love to someone who hasn’t yet proven their trustworthiness,  and next to impossible to keep giving it to someone who has wronged you.

Loving our enemies seems fairly easy when the enemy is an abstract person.  When the enemy makes their presence known by intersecting your life in an impactful and often painful way, the real challenge of love begins.

However, loving your enemy is a sign that we are eternally focused.  It’s a sign of trust that the Father is working all things for our good and watching over the tiniest details.  It also shows that we understand that we too are the “unthankful and wicked,” yet have been chosen and loved by a good God.  When we give what’s undeserved, we display a gratitude for what’s been poured out in abundance to us.

Ask the Lord to show you today how you can better love and trust Him by loving your enemies.  I know I will be.

Peace & Love,

Carrie

The San Antonio Symphony Performs The Music Of Queen

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When I was in high school, I found a cassette tape of Queen’s greatest hits laying around my house.  I popped it into the cassette player of my Chevy Citation (don’t be jealous), and my love affair with Queen began.

As a singer myself, Freddie Mercury’s vocals blew my mind.  Then you add in the sheer genius of the band’s song arrangements and musical abilities and the whole sound becomes pure magic.

When I got the opportunity to exchange a blog post for 2 tickets to The San Antonio Symphony Performs The Music Of Queen, I jumped at it!  The best part, is that I get to take my 16 year-old who is also a Queen fan!  Proof that their music can stand the test of time, making fans with each new generation.

Freddie Mercury is sadly no longer with us, but Vocalist and performer Brody Dolyniuk, will provide Freddie Mercury-like sound to the show.  He’s also known for providing vocals for the video games “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock,” and “Rock Revolution”

 

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Bridging the gap between rock n’ roll and classical music, conductor/arranger Brent Havens takes the podium on October 23, 2015 at 8 p.m., as he channels the music of Freddy Mercury and Queen into a symphonic experience unlike any other.  According to Havens, “The band is reproducing what Queen did live, as closely as possible within the constraints of personnel, and then having an orchestra behind the band gives the music richness, a whole new feel, a whole different sense of color but still preserving the wonderful music that they originally produced.”  Familiar songs will entice rock fans to the Symphony for a new appreciation of Queen’s arrangements and Mercury’s vocal style.

 

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This awesome event will be held On October 23, 2015 at 8:00 P.M. in the beautiful and historical Majestic Theater of San Antonio!

Tickets start from $25. Rock concert fans can purchase tickets online at ticketmaster.com, by calling (800) 745-3000, or visiting their nearest Ticketmaster location or the Majestic Theatre Box Office.   Use code ROCK for a 20% discount!

If you’re going, let me know so we can meet up for a selfie!

Peace & Love,

Carrie

Using Gel Stain On Already Stained Wood

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I have been dying to try out the gel stain sold by General Finishes for quiet some time.  I needed something small to use it on, so that I could see how well it works.  So often people want to re-stain their cabinets, but that can be an extensive and tedious job.  My hope was that the gel stain would prove to be the perfect solution for bringing outdated cabinets to life, as well as other wood treasures.  I love the idea of using gel stain on already stained wood instead of sanding down to the naked wood.

My sweet (and very trusting) friend had a unique magazine rack that she wanted updated, and gave me carte blanche with it.  Said friend and her husband have a beautiful home and exquisite taste, so I spent some time thinking about how to refinish it.  Here is what it looked like when I picked it up:

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It’s such a unique piece, I was excited to revive it.  This was the perfect piece to try out the gel stain on, so I headed down to Woodcraft here in San Antonio, and picked up the supplies.

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I decided on the Candelite color.

 

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Part of the success to using stain over the previous stain is sanding.  After a thorough cleaning, I gave it a light sanding all over using 220 grit.  I wiped it down again, making sure to remove all of the dust from sanding.

I then began applying the gel stain with a lint-free cloth.

 

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The great thing about stain is that you don’t have to be an expert to apply it.  The only thing you need to know is use a clean, soft cloth and don’t stop moving.  If you leave it sitting for too long without rubbing it in, you will have weird marks that you won’t be able to get rid of without sanding.

The gel stain takes a little longer to dry, which worked to my advantage.  I started to apply the second coat while the first coat was still sticky, creating a more aged look.  If you prefer an even tone, then wait for the first coat to dry before applying a second one, if a deeper tone is desired.

Be sure and rub the stain into all of the blemishes so that it adds more character.

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To add a little interest to this piece, I decided to add a some color using General Finishes Milk Paint in Basil.

 

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I put a couple of light coats on the bands of the magazine rack, and then sanded it once it dried. 

 

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I love the detail on the back…

 

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I’m thrilled with how this product works, and can’t wait to use it on some bigger projects!  And I’m really excited to deliver this refinished magazine rack to my friend.

Peace & Love,

Carrie