SK Featured by The Graphics Fairy

Featured by The Graphics Fairy.

Thanks to The Graphics Fairy for featuring my pretty little black buffet.


The soft sound of sadly murmured blues. The whisper of black silk against white satin. An era of early 1900s prohibition and strong industrious men. Lovely women who loved the feel of fur and soft silks.  The scents of fine illegal brandy and a slight scent of cuban cigar wafting into the still air.
Secrets and cleverly hidden valuables, clearly meant for a rainy day. Never discovered.

SK's Plums and Petticoats

SK's Fun with Shades of Pantone 2014 color of the year, Radiant Orchid and Plum Homemade Chalk Paint.

SK's Hidden 1920's Gem


The soft sound of sadly murmured blues. The whisper of black silk against white satin. An era of early 1900s prohibition and strong industrious men. Lovely women who loved the feel of fur and soft silks.  The scents of fine illegal brandy and a slight scent of cuban cigar wafting into the still air.

Secrets and cleverly hidden valuables, clearly meant for a rainy day. Never discovered.

SK's Black Rust and Zinc

Black and Rust with SK

UPDATE: Modern Master has invited SK to feature her work on their very masterful Cafe Blog
In January.  
A quick post in time for the holidays was a fun little gift from Modern Masters. Thanks.
Yippee! How Fun. Love, Love this stuff. If you have ever been serious about creating unusual work, these are the experts to turn to. Thanks Modern Masters. sk

If She could talk, the tales She would tell! 

Because of the size and details, it is obvious this piece started out in a royal home.  My ancestors at one time were noble men and had every comfort which life could afford them.

Wars happened.  Secrets.  Deceit.  Whispered stories of jewels sewn in hems of coats.  Food wrapped in quilts.  Furniture mysteriously disappearing before the siege.  Only to appear in my families possession later.  And through all these generations, this piece remains.  A reminder of what my family cherished.  Once a gift given to a wife, by a beloved husband, to contain her wardrobe.  Later it became a lauder, to store food.  And now 200+ years down through time, it now sits in my humble cottage.  With all of it’s tales to tell, she is saying nothing.

What is it about old pieces of furniture that draws us to them?  Why do we feel a connection?

I propose to you it is family.  We all long to belong.  To know about those before us.  To know we have ancestors which bore their lot in life with dignity and beauty. 

Having an old piece reminds us we are part of a greater plan than just ourselves.  We are part of a beautiful chain, called family.

What if you long for this, but you have no lovely piece of furniture?  You have no jewelry.  No legacy handed down generation after generation. No pictures or photographs?  Is there anything you can do?

Absolutely.  In steps “ faux.”  Faux is the art of making something into what it is not.  And why not?  Why shouldn't you surround yourself with pieces which make you feel connected and surrounded in time tested beauty and practicality?

True confession… I've only been acquainted with this piece for a month or two.  We met at a Goodwill store.  My poor piece had suffered the humiliation of being a bedraggled piece that had been marked down, and marked down and marked down because she had gone unsold, unwanted for too long.  I picked her up for $7.  That is seven dollars.  Yes, a ridiculous price for her!

I studied her for a bit.  She is solid wood, except for her two side panels.  She is so tall, we had to remove her crown molding to get her into my cottage!  I studied her, trying to decide what I should do with her.  I received lots of suggestions… but none quite fit.  I finally just began…and she evolved.  Once she was a TV Armoire.  Now she is a piece of history….History I never in my wildest imaginings or dreamed I could ever have.

I have put in hours upon hours into this girl.  I have had a love/hate relationship with this piece.  But I would have to say, coming out on the other end, I have learned a lot.
I have learned I like taking leave of traditional and creating a piece of history, as I dream it could have been.

I learned it’s a great opportunity we each have to create in our home, the atmosphere we want, by using our talents and creativity.  Our connection with our past can be enhanced through our creativity.

Create your own personal dream history.

The beginning. $7.99 from a sad little thrift store. 7'5" tall x 4' wide, 2' deep. Heavy and solid wood doors and crown.

Little Black Dress Chairs and a Little, Ohhh Shiny

These solid oak chairs had seen many years of red velvet and were begging for a facelift. We found them at a thrift store for twenty nine dollars. Score!

With thousands of brass nail heads the dismantling took forever. The fun stuff found under the fabric was disgusting.

The foam was in great condition so I didn't need to replace, which was a gift in itself.

They look like they could have come out of a boudoir in the red light district.

I painted the wood with a Hammered Bronze spray paint from Rustoleom.  As I started the silver leafing process I found I liked the random cracked effect better than a solid silver. This cracking shows the bronze undercoat.

Before starting the re-upholstering I painted black canvas with several different diamond black on black coats. After this was dry I began the damask process.

The pretty broaches were a final little flirty touch.  I outlined all the white graphics with a silver liner pen.

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As Fall Falls

First of all, I as SK Sartell am not a witch. But certainly have fun with the season of All Hallows Eve. Here is my contribution to this fun Fall season.
I just took an old pair of pointy toes boots and added tape and glitter. I then used metal painted washers for the shoestring holes and painted the heels white with a chocolate dot.

I searched Pinterest for several different variations to this fun little craft.

Chef Darcy at Silver Spoon Cake created these cuties just for fun.

Fall apple harvest and juicing weekend. I had such fun painting faces. Even the adults participated.
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Wild Horses with SK

A thirty year old spring horse was my latest challenge. My client didn't want him to look original. She gave me free reign (get it?) to create a one-of-a-kind piece.

After this pretty pony was sanded and bonding primed, it was time to add a few details in sculpturing.

 With the help of Modern Masters Metal Effects Paint I was able to rust his mane, tail and hooves. His saddle is patine d copper. The blanket is a deep warm Burgundy red.

The body is painted a deep chocolate and then glazed with a crackle medium. After these coats are dry, I painted him in an antique cream and after the crackle has cured, I glazed him with a deep chocolate glaze and varnish.

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Before The Red by SK

This spacious kitchen was very utilitarian but lacked a bit of color and flash. I am here to fix that...We had remodeled this kitchen taking the 1945 kitchen space into this century.

The counters are now a chocolate concrete and the cabinets started out as white off the shelf storage. The pantry is a custom built 4'x6' country style cabinet which I designed and built for the space and then painted green. Dated...It needed a face lift and a exciting spot of color.

Cabinet Before Painting:
 Pantry Cabinet After Painting and Sculpturing

Kitchen Before Painting:

Priming the concrete counter tops

 After the base coat of deep chocolate was dry I began to stencil a damask pattern in several different colors of cocoa and light  cream. When this was dry I glazed the entire counter top with a deep chocolate glaze.
 The finished counters were given four coats of Spar varnish for durability. Sanding between each coat of varnish.  This will be as durable as a granite counter at a much lower cost. The once a year coat of varnish will take this beautiful counter into the next century.
Kitchen After Painting:

The cabinets were from several different decades and quality. We sanded and primed them with a bonding primer. These took four coats of high quality paint in the same red as the pantry.

When they were cured I sanded the edges back for a worn look. I then glazed them with a chocolate glaze and varnished.

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