Saturday, September 15, 2012

An Afternoon of Vintage Blessings

There are times when I visit blogs where the author has posted their weekend finds and my heart is a little envious (shh! don't tell anyone, as a jealous heart is not good, so you see why I used a envious, as it just doesn't seem to relay the same connotation that jealous does, at least in my mind). I know that the commandment says not to covet thy neighbor. (Good thing I am not in Mr Swem's math class or he just might whack that ruler over my knuckles for not behaving like a proper lady!) Aren't we glad that our children don't go to school in the early 70's.

I decided that I would go to a couple of garage sales after I was done providing therapy. On the way to the garage sales, I drove by our local St. Vincent DePaul and the reader board said 1/2 off housewares, hardware and furniture. Oh boy, must stop. Found a few things - ironstone coffee pot, brass colored metal finial, ormolu cherub lipstick holder, carte posta wall hanging, metal floral picture frame and wire pedestal basket with braided jute trim.

Then on to the two garage sales. First one, nothing. The second one, well what can I say...... my heart was aflutter. A Royal glass keyed working typewriter with its own tweed case, 

a family scale with a large amount of patina,

  a small glass cloche and gray, brown and tan decor balls with a Frenchie type design, just perfect for the jute topped wire pedestal bowl that I found an hour earlier at St. Vincent DePaul.

 Oh boy! did I score today or what? I can no longer be envious, because today I was blessed. In addition, I actually think that this display makes a nice vignette, double score. All purchased for less than fifty dollars.


Thank you for visiting. May your day be filled with joy and beauty!

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

From Country Cabinet to French Cabinet

I picked up this slim cabinet at a neighborhood's annual garage sale. The adult son was staying with his mom recovering from surgery and accidentally bumped into the cabinet with his wheelchair. The faux stained glass broke, the better for me, as I am always on the hunt for a piece to doll it up with chicken wire.

As you can see by this picture, someone cut out a piece on the backboard, so off came that piece. Not an easy task and to boot I got a couple of slivers, OUCH!

A coat of Annie Sloan Ambusson Blue topped with clear wax and hardware got a spraying of Rustoleum Hammered Silver.

Monday, September 3, 2012

French Demilune Table Created From Dining Room Table

I found this lonely beat up dining room table at a thrift store and knew exactly what it needed to be a well-loved center of attention treasure. Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of the table before my friend's husband cut it just as I wanted, shaking his head the entire time because he could not wrap his head around my vision.

When he was done I had two ends (as well as four legs, not seen in pictures) like the one above and would create two demilune tables, one for my enjoyment and one to add to my web store. Boy was I excited to get started. I chose French Linen and Paris Gray Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I used Amaco Rub-n-Buff in Gold Leaf for the indented trim on the table skirt and legs; I finished this table a couple of months ago before Annie Sloan gilding wax became available.

I love the way that French Linen, used on the table top, and Paris Gray, used on the legs and table skirt compliment each other.

The gilding wax puts an icing on the cake so to speak.

I had a hard time taking pictures of the full table, as the only drawback on this table is that it does not have a supporting leg, so the table back will need to be attached to a wall using "L" brackets. Therefore, my overgrown boxwoods serve as the table support wall. Here is another picture with not so great lighting, as it makes the table top look bluish gray.

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