Just a few more aqua tables . . .

Nothing new or different or exciting.  Just some more old tables that I repainted aqua.  Same old, same old!  But HEY!  They SELL!!

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I can’t even count how many of this exact same style of tables I have done over the years!  A very basic, simple style.  One of those put it together yourself ‘kit’ tables.

P1160364The top had a fair amount of warping from water damage.  I suppose I could have spent HOURS sanding it to a perfectly flat surface.  But the more time I spend on a project, the more I have to charge for it.  Sometimes it’s worth the ‘investment’ (of time and effort); sometimes not.  In this case it was not.  You just can’t charge that much for a little table like this.

P1160365So I ‘worked with’ the flaws and distressed the rest of the table accordingly.

P1160367Very similar to the previous one, but not water damaged; and this one had been base-coated (POORLY so! very splotchy) with white.  I thought about continuing with the white, but then I remembered how many times in the past I have had to haul white pieces back home from my booth, to repaint aqua, because they didn’t sell!

P1160371Just a few bits of distressing on this one as I didn’t want a lot of the white to show through.

P1160374BIG, oval Danish style coffee table with lovely curved legs, but quite a scratched up top.

P1160376I was dealing with ‘weather issues’ when I painted these three pieces.  It turned really DAMP out overnight and I found them COVERED with stuck on gnats the next morning!!!  ACK!!  And the paint was WETTER than the day before.  Had to wipe off the first layer of paint and finish painting them inside the house.  Turned the washer/dryer into a make-do painting station.

I REALLY got behind on my furniture painting last summer because it was SO dang hot outside!!  I just can’t handle working outside in over 90 degree temps; which we had for MOST of the summer.  Hottest summer on record for Oregon, I think they had said.

Consequently, no really BIG furniture pieces for me this year.  sigh.  Oh well, the small ones always sell better.  But the big pieces LOOK so fabulous in my booth!

P1160382All three of these tables have gone to my booth at Stars Antique Mall in Portland.

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50% off in my booth at Stars this Saturday & Sunday only

All three Stars stores are having a BIG SALE this Saturday and Sunday; 11am – 6pm.  Each booth owner chooses what % off they want to offer; and I am offering

50% OFF ALL REGULAR PRICED ITEMS IN MY BOOTH.

(This will NOT include ‘already discounted’ items with the ‘red sale tags’)

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I spent 10 HOURS fluffing and stocking my booth this week, and it is JAM-PACKED for this sale!

P1170230Lots of unique hand crafted gift boxes and gift items.

P1170224Why not give something they can really USE??  Small furniture pieces make great gifts too.

P1170226Classic white dishes are always in style.

P1170170Collectible tureens (filled with sweets or a gift card?!?)

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Cupcake stands.  Add a hand crafted ornament to the package instead of a bow.  Reduce and reuse!

P1170207Upcycled jewelry boxes.  Perfect for wrapping a piece of jewelry in!

P1170218Encrusted with vintage buttons.

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Topped with a little nest and a bird.

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Vintage finds; as found.

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I always add a handful of my own hand cut and hand mixed paper shred to gift gift boxes.  This year I bagged up extra ‘sheet music’ paper shred.  It is hand folded and hand cut.  Save it to use again and again!

P1170169Of course there is plenty of Christmas decor too.   Unique and upcycled.

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Classic gold.

P1170177Traditional Red!

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Green!

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Wall decor.

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Decorated vintage ice skate instead of a wreath for your front door.

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Paper rosette wreath ‘alternatives’ for indoor decor.

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Peace on earth vintage atlas rosette wreath.

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And ornaments.

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Lots ans LOTS of ornaments!

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One of a kind banners.

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Glass apothecary jars, big and small!

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Cloches and dessert stands make a great display for special treasures.

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Stack up several desert stands to display cookies and candies on.

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Decorative holiday pillows.

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Plenty of turquoise/aqua gifts, decor and gift boxes of course!

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Little birds with crowns, always a staple in my booth!

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Decorated mach gift boxes.

P1170200Even a simple vintage bottle brush tree looks special under a glass cloche.

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Vintage glittered gold stars, to top your tree or tie onto a BIG wrapped gift!

P1170213White Christmas scenes, dessert stands and owls (with crowns, of course!)

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After dessert is done, just plop A Christmas scene atop your dessert stand for an instant centerpiece!

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LOTS of signs in stock for Christmas  giving!

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At 50% off this weekend, why not but one for yourself too!?!

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Like I said, my booth is JAM-PACKED!!

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Don’t forget to shop the OUTSIDE aisle too!  LOTS more product on the back side!

P1170229Vintage Madonna statues are a popular collectible.

P1170233This vintage French poodle is a decanter!  Very unique!

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White and silver decor works for New Years too!

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50% off sale, in my booth at Stars;  THIS Saturday and Sunday only

END of SUMMER SALE @ STARS

The big “End of Summer” sale starts TODAY at all three Stars locations; and runs through Labor Day.

As always, each vendor decides what type of discount they will be offering, and signs are posted in each booth telling you what % off items each booth are.

ALL “Regular Priced” (*) items in my booth are HALF OFF for the sale.

(*) Sale discount is NOT valid on already reduced ‘red tagged’ sale items.

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Vintage oval picnic basket

P1150081The SHAPE of this vintage picnic basket is what first caught my eye on the shelf at the thrift store.  Picked it up and noticed the meticulously painted Noah’s Ark design on the lid.  (and that it’s painted BACKwards!  This is the direction that the basket open from!?!?  oops!)

P1150079I really almost didn’t want to destroy this beautiful painting!!  And I COULD have unhinged the existing lid, traced out the size on a new piece of wood, and easily replaced it.  But then what would I DO with the painted lid???  Donate it BACK to the thrift store?  I’ve been donating MORE than enough stuff lately, so I sanded off the design.  ***(and you DO need to SAND it off, because the paint lines would shoe through otherwise)

P1150134Don’t forget to check for clean ‘innards’ before you buy!  I NEVER buy picnic baskets that have fabric linings attached.  How the heck do you CLEAN the fabric?!?!  Occasionally though, I have found fabric lined ones where the lining can easily be ripped out.

P1150129LOTS of sanding to completely remove the original painting, a couple of coats of paint, a stenciled on design (facing the correct direction!) and a coat of varnish and done!

P1150132Just cleaned up the rest of the wood and left it ‘as is’ since it had a nice vintage patina.

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P1150167Available in my booth at Stars for $32.00.

P1150168The ‘plain top’ split lid basket beneath it is $25.00.

Another step stool

P1150091This is the second one of these that I’ve found recently.  My intention was to keep this second one for myself.

P1150116Painted it aqua, distressed it and was going to call it good; but decided to add a design to this one since I had left the first one plain.

P1150119I use my orbital sander for all the distressing on pieces like this.

P1150117Since it’s going to be getting stepped on a LOT, I gave it  TWO coats of varnish to extra durability.

P1150136I liked it SO much more than the plain white one that I decided to put this one in my booth at Stars and bring the white one home for me to use.  Price is $ 24.00.

P1120169And it’s albino twin has come home to live with me!

Check THIS out!!

COUNTRY LIVING’S list of best colors.  Guess what the Number ONE color is?!?!?  That must have been the paint chip that was missing on the RL board a few weeks ago when I bought my paint.  Good thing I had another sample piece for them to match the color to!

Guess i was just a little ‘ahead of the times’ when I selected it as MY number one color eight years ago!

And speaking of color . . .  Here are a few newly painted items that I just took to my booth at Stars:

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Wood step stool with handle hole.

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Vintage oval picnic basket with painted lid.

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Painted carrier with Paris chic stencil.

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And two rounded corner shelves (back to back).

UPdated two drawer night stand

P1140879The previous 2 night stands that I took to Stars have sold already.  Just updated this one and took it in to my booth.

P1140880Not a terribly ‘exciting’ piece, but drawers are always a big plus; and these drawers were super clean to boot!

P1150012Avery light sanding and a coat of primer to prep this piece since the body of it was constructed of the ‘dreaded particle board’!  But the drawers were constructed of pine at least!  As always, I painted the backside.

P1150010 Distressing along the edges really brings out the detail.  Didn’t ‘heavily distress’ the top, sides and drawer fronts because the white primer coat showed through.  Had to sand extra hard to get down to the brown.

P1150008Those dated handles HAD to go.  Fortunately I had a thrifted pair that fit the existing holes.  (otherwise I’d have to fill the holes with putty and drill new ones and somehow disguise the old holes because even though they have been filled and painted over, then still ‘show’.)

P1150009The detail on the bottom shows up a lot more with distressing.

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P1150013These drawers were SO clean that they didn’t NEED to be lined; but just for fun I put some old Atlas pages in them.

P1150030Available in my booth st Stars for $62.00.

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UPdated vintage night stands

P1140876Found these two vintage night stands at a big rummage sale.

P1140877Both had quite a bit of damage to the tops, one was missing a knob and had two pretty deep burn marks; lots of ‘stickers’ to scrape off.  But they were well made with dovetail joined drawers and still very sturdy.  Nothing a lot of elbow grease can’t cure!

P1140892Lots of pretty detailing on the drawers and base to distress.

P1140891I’ll save the three knobs that came on them for another project another time.  I gave them these new knobs with a skeleton key design on them.  I ‘purposely’ positioned the keys facing opposite directions on the drawers.  Michael thought they should be facing ‘up and down’ and both the same.  I liked them better sideways and facing opposite to each other.  It doesn’t REALLY matter though as they can easily be loosened and positioned however the new owner prefers.

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And as I’ve mentioned before, I like to paint the backsides on vintage items.  They usually use a cheap grade of wood that just doesn’t weather very well.  An extra minute of painting just makes it look ‘top notch’ all over.

P1140904It’s a nice ‘added touch’ to line the drawers with some pretty paper.  On these I used some vintage wall paper.  Old book pages, scrapbook paper, pretty wrapping paper, old maps . . . . anything will do.  Again, it only takes a couple of minutes to do, but really enhances the quality of the item.

P1140903I got these on Thursday, worked on them Saturday and Sunday and took them to Stars today!

P1140902I wasn’t entirely certain that I’d have room for them just yet.  But the bit Expo sale was this weekend, and Stars had a sale for that.  So I loaded them up in my car ‘just in case’.  If there hadn’t been room for them, I’d be driving by my storage garage on the way home anyhow, and could have dropped them off there until I needed them.

P1140901Turns out that I WAS able to make room in my booth for them after a bit of creative rearranging.

P1140900The other night stand I had, sold over the weekend.  These are $65.00 each.  (it’s always best to price things ‘individually'; that way if someone only wants to buy ONE, you don’t have to re-price and re-tag them.  And if they want both, it doesn’t really matter if there’s one or two price tags!

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Antique show at EXPO this weekend and BIG SALE @ STARS!

It’s time for the summer Antique show at the Expo.  You can go there and pay $15.00 just to walk through the door and then pay premium prices of vintage and collectibles.  OR you can come to Stars and shop the BIG SALE!!

P1140843I just restocked my booth and it is seriously jam-packed with goodies!

P114084450% (yes, FIFTY!) off all regular priced items in my booth during the sale.

P1140842The sale runs Thursday – Sunday; July 10 – 13.  11am – 6pm

P1140813Each individual vendor selects their own sale %, so look for the bright orange signs in each booth to see what % off they are offering for the sale.

P1140822Come on in and enjoy the air conditioning and big savings!

Updated vintage wood canisters

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Only three canisters in this vintage wood set, but they are in pretty good shape. P1140230They needed a good sanding to remove the existing satin finish.  A couple of coats a aqua paint and a ‘fleur’ designs stamped on one side of each canister.  I decided to NOT distress these.

P1140232Remember, that by adding the design to only ONE side of the item, you expand your potential buying audience.  Those who might not like the design; or for whom it just doesn’t ;go well with’ their decor, can always display them with the plain side facing front.

P1140236This is a slightly newer old wood canister set, and has plastic inserts.

P1140235And a rubberized seal around the lid for a snug fit.

P1140237A hold in the bottom makes it easy to ‘push out’ the plastic liners for cleaning.

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P1140238They even STACK nicely!

P1140664Available to purchase in my booth st Stars; $34.00 for the set.

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