Friday, September 23, 2011

A Mixture of Paints

This little table was a flea market find in the spring that I'm just now getting around to painting.
It was a dirty white with some gold stripes when I found it, so I painted the
entire table with Caromal Colours Reclaim paint in the Mocha color, which
basically is just a nice brown.  I wanted to cover up the white and gold so I could
get it to a stage that I could work with.  I couldn't decide what color to put
over it until I was at the Springfield Extravaganza Flea market last
weekend and a vendor there from the Dayton area was selling the Annie Sloan
paint, which I had never tried.  Since it was available to buy on-the-spot, I
decided to pick up a quart and I choose the color "Versailles", which is
a soft olive green.  

These pictures aren't the best since my house gets such poor natural light in
the summer.  I didn't realize the color was so similar to my wall color
so the contrast here isn't the best to show you what this color really looks like.
I do like the way the chalk paint sands out when you distress it.  I have 
always liked chalky paints and how they sand so smooth, but it sure
did make a dusty mess.

Isn't this the prettiest little tray?  I ordered them to sell at the store and they
make the perfect container for small displays.  Well- off to the store
for both items.

Linking with

Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Miss Mustard Seed for Furniture Feature Friday
The Shabby Nest for Frugal Friday


Monday, September 12, 2011

A Long Time

It's been a long time since I've posted ~ almost a month.  I've been struggling to
find the words for why I've been absent.  Some of the reason is just being way too 
busy and overwhelmed, and part of it was health reasons.  To keep it brief, 
I had some testing this summer that required me to be off some medications for
a long length of time. So often we take good health for granted, until it isn't there
anymore.  It is a continuing journey to find the right medication to treat the diagnosis
that was made with the testing, and I feel like I've been on a roller coaster ~ all summer long.  
I'm ready to get off the long ride and find my way back to normal, both 
physically and emotionally.
Anyways, along the way, I was able to squeak out a few pieces of furniture
makeovers and I'd like to share one with you.
This is how I found this piece at a yard sale earlier this summer.

It is a reproduction oak icebox and was in excellent condition.  I was thrilled
to find a piece of furniture that I could take directly into the store and not
have to do anything to it.  But ~ it seems oak is not so much in style
right now, and there it sat for over a month getting no attention.
So, I brought it home and gave it a makeover and here it is all dressed
up for fall.

It has nice hardware and distressed out very nicely.  I used the
Caromal Color texture paint Peppercorn on it and it made it look truly
old instead of being a reproduction piece.

I accessorized it with a fall bittersweet wreath from JoAnn Fabrics and a
candle holder and candle that were Goodwill finds.

Linking with 

A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia  for Tuesday's Treasures

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