Archive for January, 2013
Posted in benches, mirrors, re-purposed furniture, tagged chalk paint, cutting up a dresser, dark wax, flea market hardware, image transfers, making a bench from a dresser, making a mirror, monograms, old windows, vintage hardware on January 27, 2013 | 14 Comments »
I hit “publish” prematurely on yesterday’s post ~sorry.
I forgot to show you what the mirrors looked like when they were finished –my’bad!
Click on pics for closer view!
~ and now ~
My newest “bench.”
If you remember–
my mother’s neighbor went into a nursing home, and his children have had to deal with his house and belongings. How sad to bear witness to this necessity–but they let me save a few things, including this dresser!
-SO busy with many other projects, I just haven’t had the time to focus on this art deco piece. But I DiD know I would cut it up for a new lease on life!
Now, cutting it up–
and putting it back together ~in a new form.
Sure, its Art Deco design and the turquoise paint gave it a juvenile feel. . .
But to me, it spoke of old Hollywood -and- sophistication! And made me think of this favorite old pair of shoes!
Two things of note~
1- I had two last sample pots of chalk paint to play with, and the colors happened to be exactly what I had in mind!
2- I hadn’t given up on image transfers ~yet! I tried the freezer paper method this time~better.
I only used dark wax~mostly to give more depth to the brown.
I’m pretty sure this dresser actually belonged to the neighbor’s late wife ~Kathy.
I like to think the initials in the transfer image are her maiden name initials, so I added the brass letters to reinforce the idea!
Oh~ here’s my store space reset!
I’m sharing with these incredible ladies at their linky parties!
Our visit with Gail netted a pair of great old windows!
I knew they’d make some fabulous mirrors and just had to have them! –But it was the start of our trip to Atlanta, and I prayed they wouldn’t get busted up so early on. Thankfully–they made it!
But I wanted to add a twist! And here’s the basics of what I did~
- I cleaned the glass,
- applied old sheet music,
- sprayed with silvering paint,
- and, coated the silvering with a protective coating.
The outcome is okay on one, better on the other, but, you know– Practice Makes Perfect!
I’ve got a few other pieces to try again.
I’ll try to get better pics next go ’round and be more descriptive!
But until then, if you remember this dresser. . .
It’s now cut down for another bench!
Construction is done–I’m busy painting now to get it to the antique mall.
I’ll show you pictures of this project (hopefully) tomorrow!
Posted in benches, re-purposed furniture, tagged chalk paint, Craig's list dresser, cutting a dresser in half, dresser to bench, flea market hardware, vintage hardware on January 25, 2013 | 6 Comments »
Remember this Craig’s List dresser?
Remember how I cut it “in half”~
~and how I had a 2-part plan for a bench and a console?
1st– I needed to reinforce the new bottom of the (now) bench. I created a frame and detailed edge using some very hard oak & the router.
And then I needed to give it some feet. Of course, I didn’t seem to have 4 of anything appropriate for this dresser- but I DiD have 2 pairs of complimentary bun feet!
-and chose a green paint-scheme to keep it perky!
Okay, I’m still trying to figure out this chalk paint– and I still didn’t get it “right,” so my game plan changed along the way.
Now, latex paints, I get. Tinting the color, the “feel” of it and manipulating the finish. Using glazes, dirty-ing it up with stains, aging it with waxes–I’ve been doing it a looong time.
I WILL conquer this chalk paint–in time. With patience. And obviously–smaller projects during this learning curve!
It’s strange to me how this paint DRIES LIGHTER, but changes dramatically when waxed! So I learned that I should’ve picked the fabric AFTER! And you can see that it was changed before all was said and done!
You can also see the change of hardware—from my flea market collections!
It’s BRIGHT to be sure–and this was NOT my intended outcome.
When the project started, I was thinking “teenaged girl!”
Yep~there’s a definite learning curve–you have to think differently with this paint. –I’m also still struggling with coverage and how far it’s supposed to go.
It was just ONE of the projects I took to the antique mall to refill my space today. I tore up the whole left side to clean and reset.
*ha~while I was re-setting my space–SOMEONE BOUGHT IT!
And I thought for sure it would sit, and I would have to RE-DO it!
I quickly snapped this picture before they took it away!
is divided by 2 locations.
I’ve been showing you pictures from the main building–
the part of the show that definitely says ANTIQUE market!
–And YES, they had some FABulous prices to go with their FABulous treasures!
-click on the pictures to see closer up!-
I’m not sure what the easle-styled item was (the middle picture). It was about 4+ feet tall–could it have held the day’s specials outside a restaurant? Did an artist use it for drawing or painting–?
That painting was large, clearly vERy old, and amazing– but it felt like it should be in a museum, not here!
My eye went right to that really cool, short, squatty picture frame~ and I apparently offended the vendor greatly because I didn’t recognize it was the BUSINESS SIGNage to her enormous space. Ooops. Really, lady??
I just luv tactile things~
and I’m a total sucker for beautiful linens– especially when monogrammed!
This sure didn’t feel like a space -a booth- in an antique market! I was completely transported walking around the corner.
I have so many pictures -Eye Candy- to share,
and I’m totally taking advantage while I work on several projects to refill MY antique mall space! Hope you don’t mind.
I can’t wait to share the Other Half of their market–
where could actually afford to buy things!
On this inaugural day,
I especially wanted to share this
I saw at Scott.
This vendor specialized in these beautiful pieces of history–they were ALL amazing, but I was particularly drawn to this one!
~More eye candy from the Scott Antique Market!
Well, you know my love of mirrors!
Madonna and child,
the man said,
dated from the late 17th century.
I wish you could have seen it personally –it was truly beyond awesome!
Ah, You know I can’t pass up silver!
So let me preface this next bit with how fun it is to take pictures to share ~and get to see it all again! I laugh thinking how many vendors scurried out of the way to NOT be in the picture, a few even volunteering to move things for the best possible shot!
But one [crabby] lady chastised my taking pictures of her silver ware (in the pictures below), sighting it “was impolite not to ask her first,” and how she “doesn’t like people copying her stuff.”
Hmmm, I don’t THINK I know how to make silver ware–?? When my apology did NOT seem to please her, I had to bite my tongue from saying something smart-alecky like, “should I delete the pictures?” She may have said YES!
*My sassy-self thought her $225 for 12 forks kind of matched her attitude! ; D
If the roll of pictures is any indicator of how big and incredible this market is, just wait! There’s more!
Sure~we had more things on our To Do List
than time to do it, but,
~We gave it a gOOd try!
1st–we stopped in Louisville to meet up with Gail, from My Repurposed Life! She had us meet up at one of her favorite junque’in spots, where we saw a whole lotta cool stuff! *We should’ve been traveling in a van–or a truck!
It was so fun to actually meet and talk to her face-to-face ~ and I was totally distracted from taking pictures–sorry! I DiD get this one of a great art deco sofa that I think could be fABulous reupholstered in some combo of grain sack, linen, hemp! Of course, with painted wood to play up the carvings, a button-tufted back, & one looong down-filled bench cushion! Can ya see it?!
Our plan was to visit for a couple of hours, I think we were there for 4! I’ve been reading Gail’s blog for just more than a year now, and was eager for the opportunity to meet her. May I say, she’s even more fun in person, and I’m so happy we stopped! I’d love to make another trip her way ~ and so look forward to catching up with her again at Haven!
Having so much fun with Gail meant we missed those antique stores in Murfreesboro–darn. And we got to my cousin’s house at almost 1am–oops. Mind you ~ in late, up early, we lost an hour with time zones, and I took my cousin’s dog for a morning walk,
but we were still at Scott as it opened!
And this is the first dealer we saw coming in!
A great start, don’t you think—CHAIRS!!!
as always ~ click on the pictures to enlarge!
I LUV alabaster lamps–there were mAny to be found, but pricey.
Someone converted incredible piano legs into lamps too!
More interesting lighting, and the vase or urn–depending on your thoughts–was made of pine cones!
I fell head over heels for the table and shield-back chairs!
This was such a cLEver idea ~ I want to do this!
One last outdoor vendor pic~
It was crazy-madness before leaving for Atlanta!
Several things sold in my antq-store space, and now I’m hustling to get things put back together–
I needed to break this post up anyway~~I have a LOT to share!
~The first leg of the trip~
~Head to Ashley’s house, and let the shopping begin!
Even before we left, we went to a really fun monthly french-styled flea market called Confectionique!
She had some pretty incredible things–of course it seemed like I wanted all her props! But I did buy a couple of cool things!
Here’s a sample of the beautiful things we saw~
on our prelude to Atlanta!
I’m crazy in-luv with the face she added to this chandelier!
~ Now I’m looking for one! ~
I bought the little sign, and that beautiful pink beaded necklace
Anastasia picked up on one of her Paris shopping trips!
*Wouldn’t that wicker vanity be spectacular with a pair of vintage sconces mounted on each (in)side, but painted more white for a young girl -or- placed in a cottage-y styled guest bedroom!
Omg, soooo much more to show you!
And wait till you see MY treasures!
You know that feeling~
the pressure and angst of things -time- just moving too fast on you–??
Yea~that’s me, today.
Is it because I don’t feel like I’m where I should be at this point in life–??
*I still LUV birthdays! ; D
How much FUN it was–
Atlanta, and back now!
While I sort and edit pictures to show you,
and recover from the little bug I picked up traveling -dang it-
“Emma” traveled home!
-It was planned that the cabinet would be placed in Emma’s room, but a pair of Big Brothers intervened with another arrangement!
My cousin asked that it have a combo of hooks and shelves.
I thought small, simple, corner shelves would be cute!
Since she mostly wants to put books on them–I created “book stops.”
B.U.T. Ultimately– I didn’t quite like the “visual balance.”
–The final REvision and design.
I grabbed more wood, duplicated the side contours (with a few alternative cuts), and routered in the bead detail–
closing in the shelves!
*None of these cabinets have exceeded 48″ in height– until creating this arch. This cabinet tops out at 55″. Yikes!
I’m sharing “Emma” with these linky parties!