Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Creating Collections

Happy Tuesday morning! It's back to work and I've been waiting very patiently (ok, not so patiently) to bring you our newest collection, "The Veranda". Warm wood tones and antique shutters add character to any room. This collection will feature chests, dressers and beds. The choice is yours to use one or all of them in your space. You can also choose your finish, painted or stained,  since we build every piece in house. The moving men will not be happy - these pieces are substantial, heavy pieces. Solid wood, soft close drawers and antique shutters are just a few details which makes our pieces unique. Also, they are made in America- Foley, Alabama to be exact, so you can be proud knowing your furniture is made locally and you are supporting a Local Business. 

Reclaimed furniture
The Veranda Chest
* Hardware not shown to show versatility * 
Custom built by Saltaire Restoration
Side View- Antique Shutters
Reclaimed Furniture
Solid Antique Cypress Plank Top
Saltaire Restoration

If you would like for us to build an item for you, please feel free to call us to discuss your options and time frame. 


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I hope everyone has enjoyed their Memorial Day weekend. We have so much to be thankful for and we owe honor to the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our great nation. 

School has just ended here so, Dwayne and I enjoyed a little R&R in Seaside, FL with the kiddos where we turned off all electronic devices. It was great! Everyone had a blast taking in the sun, sand and surf. LG even tried a little surfing while AC was comfortable finding unique shells to add to her collection!



So Happy Tuesday and enjoy the rest of your week!


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

SaltAire Swing

Here at Saltaire Restoration we are constantly dreaming up new designs. We sketch and then file them away hoping to build them at a later date. Finding time to build new designs is hard to come by these days as we are booked solid, but I wanted to share a new design with y'all. As always, all our swings are custom made to order to your specifications and are comprised of Antique Cypress. 

Introducing the "SaltAire" Swing. 

Coastal Living, Front Porch swings

In our Showroom 

Cypress, reclaimed furniture

And here it is on display at one of our customers home. Our swings compliment their beautiful home and yard. I imagine many memories will take place here....

If you are interested in ordering a "SaltAire" Swing, please contact us and I will be happy to help you design a swing of your own. 

Stay tuned for our newest furniture collection, "The Veranda". This collection will consist of chest, dresser and a bed.


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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Paint Workshop 101

May 11th, 2013 was a great day for us. We held our first painting class and I am proud to say it was a Sucess! 

Not only did the ladies have a great time, they were an absolute joy to be around. See, my husband, Dwayne, teaches the class, while my objective that day was to pour the Mimosas. He teaches the basics and a few techniques needed for a customer to begin and complete a project on their own.

We provided all supplies, refreshments and a project for them to take home. This week it was a picture frame, which they completed in class.  

Here are a few photos from the class. 

If you and your friends are interested in reserving a spot for your class, please contact me and I can go over the details with you.



Friday, May 3, 2013

Hurricane Lamp Re-Do

Have I told you I really enjoy going to Estate Sales? I mean I really, really love going. Sometimes I drag my husband along because he has a great eye for furniture. {He's also good at loading all the goodies} I like everything! At this particular sale I only found a couple of pieces on my list; a console table and two hurricane lamps. The moment I first saw them, I knew they were a must! Lots of potential and they would be great for my first tutorial. 

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I'm going to show you how to transform these Hurricane Lamps using a 2-step distressing technique in only 10 steps! 

Here goes....

Distressing Tutorial

Step 1: Clean the pieces really well. I dismantled each lamp and wiped everything down.

Step 2: Have all supplies handy {CeCe Caldwell's Destin Gulf Green, Vintage White, Clear Wax and brushes}

Step 3: Paint entire surface using the base color you are using. 

Destin Gulf Green drying

Step 4: After the base coat has dried, apply Clear Wax to entire surface using cheesecloth.

Step 5: The Clear Wax makes the color appear darker but will lighten as it is dries. 

Clear Wax has been applied

Step 6: After the Clear Wax has dried just a bit, apply the exterior color of paint. I used Vintage White. And since this is my first tutorial, I forgot to take a picture of this step. Sorry :(

Step 7: Again, after this exterior layer has had a little time to dry, apply another layer of Clear Wax; this time using a Chip Brush. 

Step 8: This time, do not wait for the wax to dry. If you do it will make it more difficult to distress. Instead, using more cheesecloth, begin to wipe off the Clear Wax rubbing harder in areas you want distressed. 

Step 9: After you are satisfied with the amount of distressing, let it dry completely. The colors will lighten. 

Step 10: Sit back and enjoy your masterpiece while thinking of your next project. 
You will be hooked!


So, in just 10 steps, I have brought renewal to a time worn piece. 
I loved these lamps before, but look at them now!!

I hope you have enjoyed this post, please feel free to leave me a comment. 

Happy, Happy, Happy Friday!!

~ Rhea

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