Archive for the ‘painting’ Category
Posted in Antiques/Vintage treasures, antiquing and thrifting!, building green, flea markets, garden, my antique mall space!, painting, salvage, tagged The Vintage Market on September 15, 2016 | 2 Comments »
Posted in Antiques/Vintage treasures, antiquing and thrifting!, Craig's list, my antique mall space!, painting, TIPS -construction and finishing, tagged antique ceiling tins, cartouche, ceiling tin, framing a ceiling tin panel on August 30, 2016 | 5 Comments »
Suddenly, I’ve stumbled onto lots of tin at good prices!
The first I found off Craigslist, and have sitting up by the garage door.
Until Now—but it’s my 2nd project and I’ll share that next time!
The second is a large singular panel with a featured center cartouche!
I found it exploring Simply RePurposed on Water St!
I’ll be participating in their Vintage Market in September! And all this tin is getting worked on for that show as well as another in October!
But, I digress. . .
I was really anxious to jump on the large fancy panel 1st!
I started by ripping wood on the table saw to build a mounting frame, then applied the awesome 4’w × 2’h panel!
You also see I painted, distressed, and waxed the panel!
I know a lot of mounted panels are left like this for the finish—NOT mine, oh no! Where would the fun be in THAT?!?
I wanted to frame it! I toyed with salvaged woods (like I’ve been doing with my plaques), and with some actual picture frame molding I have but—nope. I pulled some coved molding and very small profile crown molding. But whatever chosen, it made me realize I’d need to create a fillet to help make the transition from the rough panel edge to the frame.
You can see how it makes a cleaner transition on the front, and how it’s sandwiched in from the back.
The long part is sandwiched between the mounting frame and the actual frame. The short part covers over the rough edge of the tin. Make sense?
I puttied and sanded my frame, then waxed it and let it sit overnight. In the morning, I “painted.” Gave that a few hours to set up, sanded, and dry brushed for the FINISH. DONE.
I just need to add hanging hardware and it’s off to the antique mall!
Posted in Antiques/Vintage treasures, antiquing and thrifting!, flea markets, painting, TIPS -construction and finishing, tagged architectural windows, Elkhorn flea mrkt, my Gothic Window on August 27, 2016 | 5 Comments »
I bought this super cool architectural window frame at Elkhorn, oh~like 4yrs ago now. I was madly in LUV with it—but it had to go directly to my treasures-stash. Awww.
I pulled it back out last Christmas for a particular vignette in Mom’s living room, but I HATED the painted finish. Unfortunately, there was no time to do anything about it right then so I had to just deal with it.
I know the very nice lady who painted it. In fact, I know~and can recognize her work at 50 paces. She paints for hire for other vendors. No matter the color or finish, her work always looks “dehydrated,” TO ME. I do apologize if that sounds snarky or disparaging.
Well I pulled it off the wall yesterday to give it some looooong overdo LUV.
I was thinking about the 1898 door I just worked on and how beautiful the wood turned out to be underneath its dilapidated old paint. I repeated the same actions—the belt sander to aggressively knock down the initial paint, careful not to damage the wood. Then I used a stripper in areas to soften the transition of “worn” paint to raw wood. Then fine sanded, and lastly~clear wax.
I LUV it now!
*click on the pictures to see the finishes closer up!
Posted in Antiques/Vintage treasures, antiquing and thrifting!, building green, flea markets, my antique mall space!, painting, REpurposed/REinvented furniture, salvage, TIPS -construction and finishing, tagged table from balusters, table from salvage on July 18, 2016 | 2 Comments »
I need some “smaller” projects for an upcoming flea market.
Things easy for someone to carry off and fit in a car.
Hmmmmm. . .
I’ve got some scrap boards,
I’ve got some balusters (from a Victorian porch). . .
to make a- s o f a table ?
Well– something architectural!
I actually needed a bit from a few other boards to build this table, but I did have stuff on hand—so no store-trips involved! Use what you have, right!?!
I ripped and mitered some old pine boards to make a simple frame, then covered it with salvaged boards.
I played with the placement and spacing of the balusters- pre-drilled, counter sunk and screwed the parts together.
Making the top was essentially the same exercise, except that the “frame” is wrapping the outside edges of the boards to stabilize the form. I used 3″ long screws to attach the top (again~ pre-drilled and counter sunk).
It’s pretty sturdy~unless someone tries leaning hard on it.
This is truly a very basic construction project—
it’s really all about having the architectural parts and salvage wood. Of course it IS made easier by having the right tools to cut it all!
NOW the problem is trying to figure out the finish—I would have LUV’d raw wood but the balusters were beyond stripping. . . bummer.
I gave it a general white-wash and distress-sanding, and now I’m playing with some gray in areas, but—I don’t know yet.
I have a week to sort it out.
And I have 2 more balusters to play with!
Posted in Antiques/Vintage treasures, antiquing and thrifting!, Craig's list, mirrors, my antique mall space!, painting, REpurposed/REinvented furniture, tagged old window mirrors on July 15, 2016 | 1 Comment »
Say W H A T ?
I had to rub my eyes and look at that again. I clicked on the posting expecting the description to clarify that it was $25 PER window—nope. I read right—what a shock!
I also called immediately and headed out the door!
Except that one window had a broken pane— O M G!
they have ARCHED tops,
and they’re MINE!
OLD windows with their wavy glass make FABulous mirrors!
I added graphics to 2, left 1 plain & hustled them to the antique stores!
. . .fingers crossed for quick sales!
And check out these items that are getting my attention next!
Posted in Antiques/Vintage treasures, antiquing and thrifting!, Craig's list, dressers and beds, my antique mall space!, painting, salvage, TIPS -construction and finishing, tagged Hudson's Bay Blanket, Hudson's Bay Dresser, Pendleton Nat'l Parks blanket on July 12, 2016 | 4 Comments »
It would seem I’m caught up in “themes.“
This time, it’s found in a Hudson’s Bay blanket
crossed with an Adirondack twist!
First to go—the Asian-styled base/feet and that hardware.
Then I flipped the carcass upside down and added some small Industrial wheels.
Next up—lay out the remains of my split log boards across the drawers. I did need to run a few of the boards through the table saw to get the best fit on the drawer faces. AND~I may have enough leftover end cuts -and 1 whole board- to clad a good side table/night stand!
The boards were super rough and splintery -just like on the REclad bookcase project- so I had to get the sanders out again which ruined the cool look of the raw boards.
I’ll spare you the gory details of how-where-why my initial plans fell apart—I just seemed to be having a B A D day. I waved the white flag and called the long day quits. Annoyed with myself AND project, I headed for bed problem solving instead of to sleep. I’m a problem s o l v e r.
And I came up with a solution!
It all hinged on a fellow vendor’s Hudson’s Bay blanket still being available. Alas, it was sold—but there was “another.” One that had “faded” colors? Or was it a knock-off? I put it on hold to do a little research first.
I don’t think it’s the real thing because it doesn’t have a label, but did you know that Pendleton makes a National Parks blanket look-a-like?
Also 100% wool, also very pricey.
I think that’s what my blanket is—YES, I bought it and am moving forward with my “salvation” plan.
I stripped the nasty-streaky paint off the top to discover a really beautiful wood—why would someone cover such a beautiful top?
Yes, yes—hideous ugly and getting worse with everything I tried! UNTIL NOW!
I mixed up a dingy white and started painting—everything but the top! Then I marked off what colors would go where—after I
played planned it out on the computer.
I customized each color to go with my blanket instead of the true blanket colors (which would have emphasized that it wasn’t actually a HB).
*I think someone may have put this wool blanket in the washer, fading the colors.