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Martha Leone Design. A furniture redesign company specializing in turning each piece of furniture into a sophisticated statement piece with the use of paint and design. This approach produces versatile pieces that are relevant, even as your taste evolves over time.


Martha Leone Design: The blog is where I share thoughts on the creative process and share lots of pictures of each finished piece of painted furniture. Critiques are always welcome!

Blue and Hepplewhite. A Classic Combination.

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After taking a necessary break from painting and sharing my work on this blog, I'm starting up again. I'll write a bit about my family's recent move in another post and share lots of before/after shots of our house. For now, here are a couple of night stands.

This blue is an amazing color. The choice was made because I wanted to contrast the cool blue against the warmth of the raw wood underneath. Two toned pieces are some of my favorites when I'm giving a piece a traditional treatment. The night stands remind me of the first dresser I painted when I started my business.

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The white specs come from the plaster of paris I mixed into the latex paint. Even after lots of sanding, those white specs still show up... a texture that I personally like.

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Materials  Top: Annie Sloan Dark Wax Body: Valspar latex paint mixed with plaster of paris Drawer: Valspar latex paint mixed with plaster of paris Hardware: Original

Disadvantage of homemade chalk paint While homemade chalk paint is inexpensive and adheres to furniture like Annie Sloan and other chalk paints, I can't get the same smooth finish with homemade chalk mixes. So, although I save money, I spend more time sanding the painted surface.

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