Summer Sale!

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Ok, it’s technically not summer. But it is HOT. And maybe I’m a little woozy from the heat, who knows, but I went through and lowered the prices on all of our current Etsy stock AND added a coupon code (SUMMER13).Your head is going to EXPLODE from savings. Click through to go directly to our Etsy, and peruse the items I’m just dying to move to make room for my ever growing build up of custom orders that seem to keep coming in!

Where in the World is Clementine Vintage?

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Clementine Vintage Summer

Oh man. Now that theme song is stuck in my head. Better call the chief.

…anyway. It’s been all quiet on the Vintage front, at least as far as our web presence goes. This has been due to a variety of things, not the least of which is me having nothing to write about. But after spending the last few weeks trying to clean house, move some old stock, finish some static projects, and tackle oodles of incredibly fun custom-ordered requests, I’m back.

To those of you sending us messages about all varieties of vintage goodness, keep it up! We love feedback, we love questions, and we love to help. Good work, gumshoes.

Color We Love: Orange!

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We’ve made no secret about our love for bright colors. Our emerging trademark seems to be bright finishes with rich, old-world texture. One of our favorite colors for Spring…Summer…heck, year round…is ORANGE! Bright and inviting, it’s an excellent accent color for almost any room. Even just a couple of cushions can change the entire vibe of your living room. And depending on the shade, orange can be appropriately incorporated into any design scheme, be it contemporary modern or retro. We’re always on the lookout for another project we can do in this exciting, juicy bright, from Vermillion to Titian to Peach! What colors do you guys like to use in your DIY projects? Share in the comments!

Help Us Get To 500 Likes!

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We’re getting so close to 500 likes on our Facebook page! Squeal! If you haven’t already “liked” us yet, click through to be taken directly to our Facebook page, where you can link to our shop, browse the site, peruse the Etsy, and get all the latest in Clementine Vintage news. Help a little business out!

Did You Know…

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…we do custom work? WELL WE DO! If you are relatively local (DC Metropolitan area) and have a piece you would like painted or refinished, email us at clementinevintageetc@gmail.com to inquire about a custom treatment. Prices are on a case-by-case basis, depending on the size of the item, the amount of work involved, and the necessary materials. But isn’t it just so much better when someone else does the work for you??

Wait, Where Did Spring Go?

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I don’t know about you guys, but I must have slept through “spring”! It’s about a million degrees here, which is only exacerbated by the metal warehouse our workshop is in. I’m quite literally sweatin’ to the oldies (if you consider Madonna on an iPod “oldies”). Nevertheless, we’re forging ahead with LOTS of refinishing projects, so be sure to check back often for updates, tutorials, pictures, and perhaps in the future…video? Thanks for the support everyone, and get outside and paint something!

Harvey Has a New Home!

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Looking good, mate.

Looking good, mate.

Oh man, Harvey, you’ve really made the big time. Our gorgeous little antique drafting table has been acquired to decorate the halls of the historic Long Branch House. If you are not familiar, their website can be located here. The Executive Director even told me the table will be featuring actual historic architectural records! I couldn’t pick a better place for this piece to end up, even in my wildest dreams. Thank you, Long Branch!

Angel Tables: The Road to Bad Design is Paved With Good Intentions

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It’s all fun and games until someone decoupages an angel calendar onto vintage furniture. And that’s literally what someone did with the Angel tables. These two tiny, adorable, stacking snack tables have such a cute, mid-century design, and they were totally fading into obscurity with this fairly heinous DIY. The previous owner (bless their can-do attitude, but…wow) cut up pages from an angel-themed calendar and decoupaged them onto the table surface.

Using a razor, I scraped up all of the paper and glue, making sure to get right down to the actual table surface, so my paint would adhere cleanly. I took a fine sanding block and further scuffed up the laminate, again so nothing would interfere with the new paint.

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I decided on a sunny, warm yellow. Yellow, to be honest, is hard to keep bright. It’s easy to accidentally slip into school bus or industrial yellow, or worse: mustard. But this color came out spectacular, just the right balance of softness and warmth, and the satin finish goes great with the glossy legs. These would be absolutely adorable in a bright bedroom or living room, so click through to be taken directly to the Angel tables on our Etsy. Keep checking back for more projects and future how-to’s, the house specialty here at Clementine Vintage!

Bon Printemps!

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Happy Spring, from everyone here at Clementine Vintage!

Meet Frankie!

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I’ve described the Frankie table as “a table who wants to be a bookshelf when he grows up”. This little table functions as both an end table (possibly a nightstand) and a small bookshelf, perfect for displaying your favorite books, the ones you really want people to see. I loved the shape of this piece, but the drab finish always rubbed me the wrong way. I had initially planned to paint Frankie a glossy, cherry red, but when I came across this neon green paint, I changed my mind completely.

As a special project for spring, I went forward with the green. The current finish was sanded down to allow the new paint to stick, and then three (yes, three) coats of the green were added. As I do with almost all of my paints, I added 1 part Plaster of Paris to 2 parts paint, with a little bit of water to smooth out the texture (stay tuned for a homemade “chalk paint” tutorial). The Plaster of Paris creates a matte finish, and also makes almost any paint at least somewhat more opaque.

After I was satisfied with the thickness of the coats, I went through with coarse sanding blocks to smooth any lumps or inconsistencies, and followed through with medium and fine grit sanding blocks to bring the surfaces to an even, almost gleaming, finish. I also used them to add my “distressing”, focusing on the detailing of the wood, to give the table a more lived-in look.

Once the distressing was complete, I coated the table in a clear finishing wax, which seals the paint, darkens the exposed wood, and protects the piece from general wear and tear without the mess and difficulty of polyurethane.

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I am so pleased with this little makeover, I’m literally hesitant to sell it. If you want to beat me to the punch, click through to be taken directly to the revamped Frankie on our Etsy, and as always, keep checking back for tutorials and other little projects here at Clementine Vintage!