. . . aww heck, let’s call it what it really is—
Bought it at TJMaxx when I first came back to work on mom’s house. It’s been sitting in storage with all my other treasures—waiting for my life to resume.
But, in the end, I decided to cut it loose and took it to the antique mall. WHERE IT SAT. So I pulled it to make way for other stuff.
Although I’m looking at it -once again- I’ll stick with the plan of selling it—after I’ve REworked it a bit!
AND– I need to correct the hinges. Someone installed lift-off hinges—I have no idea why-?? They are for doors—usually found on an antique china cabinet so that you can lift off and remove the doors for moving without unscrewing at the hinge plate. Super convenient—should STILL BE IN USE—IMO!
◊ I removed the caned lid, then the hinges and chain (stored the “parts” in a zip lock).
◊ Primed everything with a stain blocker to cover the glazed finish,
◊ then got busy painting! Lightly, wiping away some, stippling some, and thick in key areas.
◊ Before things set up I grabbed the heat gun to stress select areas, then scrubbed those areas with a wire brush—all to create AGE!
◊ I lime waxed everything for its finish. The white is now embedded into the pits, and chips, and nooks, and crannies!
Below- you can see the results of using a heat gun, then scrubbing away the bubbled and stressed paint. Click on the picture to see the effects closer up.
. . .wish you could see the texture in person!
I saw a CURB ALERT notice on Craigslist, old windows on the curb—I dashed out the door! But there was only one I wanted from the stack~plus an old window screen with fabulous patina in the mesh! No doubt that will become a future cabinet door!
Anyway- back to the window I liked. It was the only divided light window, 2 over 2. And it was truly old with hand made wavy glass that I didn’t notice till after—beautiful! I probably should have taken all the others just to save all that glass—sigh.
These were my chosen images—from the Graphics Fairy & just generally online.
Now~I may suck at transferring images to anything else, but I usually have no issues with glass.
If you wrap heavy card stock paper with plastic wrap (tape it down on the backside), the printer ink has some open time before setting up so you can literally just press/touch your image against the glass to transfer, you don’t even have to rub it! And, in fact—you can usually get 2 or 3 impressions from each printing. The 1st being GOOD, the 2nd is decent, the 3rd is a ghost—which makes it more fun –I think!
I’ve learned not to clean the glass unless it’s awful~it adds to the “old” look. I also like to spritz either rubbing alcohol or vinegar before spraying the silvering paint~it too adds another layer of “old.”
Below you can see the beginnings of spraying the silver Looking Glass paint.
. . .to protect the silvering,
but also because the silvering does seem to be more reflective with it. *Dark brown seems to be most commonly found on the back of mirrors, but I’ve never learned why.
I did ultimately paint the back a white’ish color –for aesthetics– to meld in with the front finish, which is a “messy,” mottled, and distressed finish.
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The first thought that popped in my head was, “These would be amAZing as outdoor seating on the deck!”
I text an offer,
they were still available,
and my offer was accepted—$15!
I chased off to get them—at this incredible house to boot!
Check out the front doors!
I got boards –deck boards– so it would “blend” more and not detract from the vintage patio table (another story) already there! Deck boards would be rigid, meant for the outdoor elements, and hold up to the wider span of the bigger seat without a center support.
I cut the boards down, had to rip one, ran them through the router, dry fit them, stained them—then applied them!
Perfect extra seating when needed—and the seats flip up out of the way when not needed! Perfect! And this whole project only cost about $35.
◊ I think I’m going to create a wood arm-rest too!
◊ Ugh- the deck needs to be stained again too!
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It’s in good condition, but for the drop-down part, and that should be a fairly simple repair!
Now to figure out a color scheme.
I taped off for over-spray using Paper Tape. I bought a generic brand to save some money~and make a comparison from the one I usually buy. Not bad, but not quite as sticky a hold in the humidity. All in all, I’d probably buy this generic again (save some money). Plus- painters tape gets really expensive and this works well for many projects…TRY IT!
I liked the chartreuse green color—good for a girl or boy, & a young, fresh feeling!
Once I removed the divided insert, I kind of preferred the clean open interior. It leaves more room for today’s uses (computers and all). So I left it out—less work to do too!
But with some dimension. I painted 2 coats of a very pale blue-gray, THEN I painted a top coat of white. I did a little distress sanding to reveal the base color and some wood—then I burnished it with a razor blade to a fine hand and a slight sheen. The finish feels almost like a waxed piece. Oh, and, you can create some interesting distressing!
Again, that’s from burnishing the finished paint with a razor blade.
Tomorrow will be 6 weeks since I sprained my ankle so badly. I’ve had ups and downs trying to heal, and our recent tornado scare was certainly no help—but all in all, it’s “better!” I’ve been trying to work on small, non-stressful things, and was finally about to jump back into a big furniture project when the storms hit, so once again, things got side-lined for clean up. However—
the deck step lights died and needed replacing, and since that was a pretty low key project~I jumped on it!
I found white·clear rope lights seemed to work well for this project.
So I bought them & installed them AT DUSK—so I could see where I was putting them, but also, how I wanted to REadjust the lighting layout this time around!
And- instead of using the included mounting clips (same issue of projecting out more than I wanted), I used cable staples. I could secure the lights in more places and tighter to the deck! I just had to hammer them in place one at a time—really easy!
Mom snapped a couple of pictures of me working on it as the sun set (it was not as dark as the picture would have you believe).
Thought you’d like to compare—with lights & without!
Btw—those are outdoor floor lamps on each side of the porch swing! Totally portable, except that I did screw them in place after a few wind storms knocked them over. And, they have built-in dimmers!
◊ Sunday evening my second brother and s-i-l brought the girls for some much needed “Auntie” time. Let the g a m e s begin! (Their parents FLED to the car, locking the doors, to escape soaking wet good bye hugs!) We played in the pool, danced around, acted goofy, watched a movie, and finally– headed for bed- late.
◊ The wind chimes woke me about 3:40. Instincts said to check the Local Weather Chanel—was just looking like a severe thunderstorm with high winds, and I stood at the deck door praying hard for the Box Elder tree to be kept safe.
WoW, it seemed really bad—and another check of the TV was now reporting a tornado NW of us heading our direction. I sprinted up the stairs (on a bad ankle) to grab the girls from the alcove, the library, and mom in the Master. My phone app started screeching out an emergency alert as we hit the LL, and the city’s emergency sirens finally sounded off closer to 4:30 (someone was asleep at the wheel for the late alert).
When all seemed clear and we headed upstairs, we could see the tree took another hit, but we’d have to wait for day break to see all.
the tornado moved more North, but even from the fringes, this town took some damages and lost power in multiple areas (not us thankfully).
The only thing I could really think to do -until guys with chainsaws come- was to DE-leaf the tree. I think it will all be more manageable now, and all the small branch-leaf debris is stacked neatly to be hauled off.
◊ We cooled off in the pool,
◊ I rested and soaked my ankle—again,
◊ and I showed them how to do The Electric Slide!
* Learn the steps -so you can join in next wedding you go to!