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

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

Antique Mirror Makeover

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I had a major score today when I dropped by Habitat For Humanity.  Seriously, if you aren’t shopping there, you really should.  Not only can you find great treasures for yourself, you will also be helping out those in need of a home!  Sometimes it’s a bust, but today I spotted a hidden gem, just laying around amongst a pile of junk. Yes, there she was, an antique mirror that I quickly brought home and gave a makeover.  Take a look at the before: 

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It does have a piece of molding missing, but I don’t really care.  The structure and detail of this mirror makes me so happy.  You might be wondering how I can tell it’s an antique?  Well, you see, it’s very scientific.  First, I could barely carry it, so I knew it was well made, unlike the cheaply made things of today.  Next, it had remanence of the paper backing often found on old photos and wall art. Lastly, it smelled.  Like really bad.  You know what I’m talking about?  That old, musty, I’ve been living in a haunted attic, smell?  Yeah, it smells like that.  Now, don’t try these tricky, antique-detecting measures on your own – please, leave it to us professionals.

I decided she needed some turquoise paint, so I busted out my Maison Blance chalk paint in Riviera, and dry-brushed it on.  Here are the results.

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I’m really not trying to be artistic with my photos here, but photographing a mirror is hard!  It reflects all the crap you have laying around.  Not pretty.

Now, one last look at the before, and the “I could just die, I love it so much” after.

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gold-and-turquoise-antique-mirrorA light sanding revealed even more of the gold, and I could not be happier with the color combination!  This antique mirror makeover was the perfect project for this Fall day.  I  just love it – how about you?

Peace & Love,

Carrie

Oktoberfest On The Riverwalk 2015 – Win Free Tickets!

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Last night, my husband and I got an early taste of this year’s Oktoberfest!  Our friends over at the BierGarten on the Riverwalk graciously hosted a pre-festival preview, complete with beer, brats and sauerkraut.  This is one of our favorite spots on San Antonio’s beautiful waterway, not only because of the location, but the great food and atmosphere.

 

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In San Antonio, this is the only BierGarten you’ll find that boasts of European style and German Engineering.

Below is the Oktoberfest Bier Drinkers Platter, which includes:

  • Bratwurst
  • Knockwurst
  • Polish Sausage
  • Frankfurters
  • Krautwurst Balls
  • Sauerkraut
  • German Potato Salad
  • Royal Bavarian Pretzels
  • Bier Cheese Sauce
  • German Spicy Mustard

My mouth was watering as I typed that – there wasn’t anything on that platter that I didn’t love!

 

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If wieners don’t do it for you, how about a pretzel-bun burger?  Also delicious.

 

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Oh, and don’t forget the beer! Prost, Y’all!!

 

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 At the BierGarten, you’ll be welcomed to a taste of Bavaria and the historic Oktoberfest, right here in San Antonio!

 

Now it’s time for the giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a VIP pass to BierGarten THIS FRIDAY NIGHT to help kick off Oktoberfest on the Riverwalk.  The winner will be announced Friday, September 25th at noon!  The details are below:

Even if you don’t win, be sure to head down to the San Antonio Riverwalk and BierGarten anytime during Oktoberfest, September 25th-27th & October 2nd-4th.  Good Luck!

Peace & Love,

Carrie

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70’s Chair Makeover

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Welcome back to Makeover Monday! While out antique shopping a couple of weekends ago, I ran across a chair that I loved immediately.  It wasn’t cute as it was, but I knew I could turn it into a piece that fits my style.  So, for less than $12 I came home and gave it a facelift!  And since I had everything else I needed on hand, this 70’s chair makeover didn’t cost me anymore that.

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The before.

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The after.  I used one of the many coffee sacks I had at home to cover the seat, using some black fabric underneath the keep the white vinyl from showing through.  The seat was in good shape, so I opted to leave the vinyl in tact and just put the fabric and burlap over it.

I used Maison Blanche chalk paint to change the color of the wood, starting with a coat of Crème De Menthe.  Then, I followed that up with a coat of Sugar Cane from the same company, a light 220 grit sanding and a coat of clear wax.  I was very happy with the results, which aren’t quite magnified in the pictures.

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I haven’t decided where it’s going yet, but it’s definitely a keeper!

Peace & Love,

Carrie