Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My First Chalk Paint Project

I am so bad about taking before pictures. I know I am not the only one who does this, but it is so frustrating.  Any way, this is all you get of the before pic, because I had already painted the drawers! My daughter and I found this lovely little desk at Sal's Army a few months ago. I originally was going to use it in my son's room that I was redoing, but ultimately decided it was too feminine. Plus, I found one that was perfect for him.
It has bow front drawers that make it so unique.

So here is after. I used Paris Grey Chalk Paint. It was so wonderful to not have to prime. Maybe even better was not having to sand like crazy before I started. I did love the chalk paint, but I already learned some lessons on the first piece.  When everyone says it gets
thick and you need to add water, they know what they are talking about. I just had a hard
time adding water at first, but once I did it was so much easier to work with.! It went on so
nice and smooth.
Of course I had to give her a matching chair. I just happen to have a few extras to choose from.
I love her simple but shapely legs.

The top side drawers are so interesting. They start out flat and bow out to match the lower drawers.

I used the original hardware and spray painted it with Krylon's Oil Rubbed Bronze.

So there she is! You can see her in person at Sentimental Journey Antique Mall
 in Olathe, KS. if you live close by.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Monday's Treasures

My week has been crazy, but this week I am getting this post up on Monday! Yeah!!
Back to my father-in-laws attic treasures I am taking you. We are getting down to the end of the great treasures until we can make another trip back up into the attic!

This sweet little vase pitcher is hand painted and came from Bavaria.

This is another vase I found. It has sculptured porcelain flowers and a fluted edge.
This little figurine of a gentleman helping a lady on with  her coat says it is from "Occupied Japan"
A cute salt and pepper shaker set that are replicas of a local grain mill.
Another set of salt and pepper shakers. These are also from 'Occupied Japan"
These sweet little porcelain boots are so dainty for display.
A pair of Ray Ban sunglasses from the 1950"s. Things don't change much, do they!
One of my favorite finds is these rooster salt and pepper shakers. One is sitting on top of a creamer and I am sure the other one is supposed to be on top of a sugar bowl.  I am praying the sugar bowl will still turn up.
Ok, that is sad, I should not be praying for a sugar bowl, but I love this set so much!

Once again, thanks for reading. I will be around more this week so watch for some great furniture transformations that I have finally completed.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Monday's Treasures

Again it is Tuesday and I am just now posting Monday's Treasures. Maybe I should start calling it Tuesday's Treasures. This weekend I lost my camera for three days. So today I finally found it at work. So tonight I finally took pictures of this weekends great buys. So you finally get this post. Oh my gosh that was so exhausting.

Well this weekend I went back to the new Major Thrift by the antique mall.  Major Thrift is pretty proud of their furniture, ir's usually more expensive than the the antique store. How sad is that?  However, they don't always know what they have and under price some of their accent pieces.  Plus, Sunday everything is 20% off, and you can't pass up 20% off!
I found this adorable little foot stool with fringe as big as the stool itself .

This very sweet vintage basket. This one is really old. I have a similar one that belonged to my great aunt and I believe it was from the 1920's.
I couldn't grab this glass cloche fast enough. It was marked $3.99 and then it was 20% off!
And it is huge, at least 8" in diameter.
I couldn't resist this adorable bear with it's holiday sweater.
I sort of have a thing for teddy bears, I will have to share more pics of those later.

From the antique mall, another vendor put this dated wicker sofa on sale for $95.
I am slightly obsessed with wicker and with some updating this can be really special.
And from my father-in-law's attic I love this candy jar with the eagle pressed into the glass.
I also wanted to share this very cool little puppet  from his attic. I wish I knew more about this,
so if anyone knows anything about these vintage paper toys, let me know!
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Friday, June 17, 2011

A Blue Denim Slip

This poor outdated chair was a hand me down from my mother's house. I had it for sale at Sentimental Journey for a while, really cheap, but nobody wanted it.  It's a really good chair, just not as pretty as she used to be.  It is so comfy I just couldn't bring myself to give it away.  So, I brought it home.  Some people bring home stray dogs or cats, I bring home stray furniture.
 She was missing her cushion in this picture. It was already in the slipcover and I didn't want to struggle getting it out again.
Her she is in her new blue jeans. Not too bad, huh? I am in love with this chair again! And my Home is Where The Dog Is pillow works perfectly here. I added a gold throw blanket for a little contrast.

Here she is without her accessories. This is the first slipcover I have done that was this complicated.  Ok, this is only my second slipcover.  It was really a lot of fun figuring out all of the different cuts and seams. I actually put the corners of the skirt on the outside first. Oh well, my seam ripper and I are quite familiar with each other.

I think she looks pretty special and I am showing her off at the following parties.