Thursday, February 24, 2011

Only The After

I know for certain that I took pictures of these two little chairs before I painted them, but they are nowhere to be found. It could be that this is one of those memories I imagined. I tell you this getting old is a little scary. I can't remember what I walked into a room for until I go out and come back in again. Anyway, imagine these two chairs in a very dull dark oak stain with a dingy blue seat cushion. They needed a little glue to tighten up their joints and a lot of tlc. After a couple of coats of Krylon Satin Black paint I added a layer of padding and recovered the seats with this adorable black and cream swirl fabric.
Pretty cute now, huh! I wish you could have seen the before pics !
They are waiting for a new home a the antique store. Linking to:
Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

Pretty In Pink

This sweet little rocking chair was waiting for me when I walked into Saver's one day. I was immediately drawn to it because I have a weakness for rocking chairs. They just keep calling my name. Maybe it comes from rocking my own 5 children as babies and then 6 grandbabies. Its such a sweet wonderful memory.
It was so cute in its own right, but as usual I can't leave anything alone so
I grabbed a can of Kilz Spray paint. After it was primed well, I sanded it lightly and then used a can (ok it really took 2 cans) of Krylon's Ballerina Slipper Pink.

Now I can picture it ending up in a sweet little girl's room or

a beautiful vintage floral room.

For now it is hanging out at the antique mall.

Update- today I realized it has sold.

What do you think?

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Weekend Without Thrifting

I didn't get a chance to go out thrifting this weekend. I always get withdrawal symptoms if I don't get into at least one thrift store over the weekend, but I did find something in my own basement that filled the bill. I had a box that I kept putting off opening that my mother had packaged up several years ago. It was marked linens.I thought it was old sheets and didn't really want to go through it. But, I was truly surprised when I did open it. It was really linens!
It looked something like this after I rummaged through it a little.
There were tablecloths, napkins, tea towels and dresser scarves, oh my!
I was in heaven with all of the vintage goodies,
all made by my great grandmother.
Take a look at some of my favorites after I washed and pressed them.
This beautiful little tea towel has hand embroidered flowers inside the outline of a tulip.
Another tea towel with a floral spray.
Satin stitched laurel wreath on a linen tea towel.
Hand crocheted edging on a pillowcase.
A pair of cross stitched tea towels with a basket of flowers.
A monogrammed tea towel with a subtle yellow border.
Can you imagine drying dishes with towels like these?
I can't, but I know there are plenty of people who would love to
have them in their Shabby Chic kitchen,
so watch for them in my Etsy shop.
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Monday, February 21, 2011

Beautiful Blue Table

My mother picked up this table at a garage sale a couple of years ago. It was in pretty bad condition on the top. The veneer was splitting which is too bad since it had such a pretty inlaid top. I actually put it in the booth for a while as is, to see if anyone would overlook its faults and take it home anyway.
You can see that peeling veneer. And it had some brass
embellishments on the top and bottom of the legs.
I started out by using wood putty to fill in the areas where the veneer was peeling.
Originally I taped off the brass sections and was going to paint that a darker color.
I started by painting it dark grey, I had some porch paint from
Walmart in a deep grey. I was going to go with a light grey on top, but decided to do the light grey blue instead. I added some of the blue to Valspar Glazing Medium and painted it on in sections and wiped off a little with a damp paper towel until I was happy with the coverage.
I am really happy with how it turned out!
As you can see I ended up completely covering the brass sections.
The darker color just didn't do it for me.
It is now sitting in my booth, waiting for a new home.
I would love to hear what you think of her new color.
Thanks for visiting!
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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Friends Are Like Sunshine

New friends are like sunshine. They just brighten your day. I had a new follower today and I went to her blog and followed back and thanked her for visiting. I just happened to be her 130th follower and didn't realize that she was featuring every 10th follower. So much to my surprise, she contacted me at told me to check it out here! How sweet was that! I am constantly amazed at how thoughtful other bloggers are out there in blogland. Be sure to check Leslie out at 'Tranquil Acres of Alexandria' . She has great recipes and many makeovers and a love for flowers and gardening. Thanks again Leslie!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Don't Forget The Ice

I keep finding these sad little ice buckets at thrift shops. They must have been intended to look like intricately carved wood, but they're not quite able to carry it off. They are just plastic and look pretty cheap. I thought they deserved a second chance at life and I didn't have an ice bucket. I actually took this photo after I had removed the antique brass knob on the top, but it was dark and dingy also. Kind of boring, huh! Look what a coat of Krylon Spray Paint can do. I used Ocean Breeze on the bucket itself and the lid. On the knob I used Krylon Satin Nickel.
Isn't she adorable?
Look at those little quatrafoil designs on the sides!
And to top her off, her shiny new knob!
I couldn't be happier with her now. Linking to:
Funky Junk Interiors
A Marvelous Mess Photobucket