My first ‘binge painting’ in my new place is done, and everything is now stocked in my booth at Stars.
The three shelf spice rack. I debated painting a design on the back, but nothing really ‘clicked’, so I painted it the same aqua as the shelf. Lightly hand sanded along the edges to distress.
A reminder of how it looked originally.
In progress. This is what it looked like after the first coat of paint. You really don’t need ‘perfect’ coverage on the first coat. As you can see, I removed the backing; originally because I was going to paint a design on it. But even if I had initially planned to just paint it to match the rest of the shelf, I’d have removed it to make painting easier.
With the back removed you have far LESS little corners to paint and you can reach the shelved from the front and back. And the backing takes about 15 seconds to paint with a roller. SO, even accounting for the time involved in removing and replacing the backing; you have saved time overall.
First I spray painted it flat black, then two coats of aqua brushed on.
I intentionally avoided getting the aqua paint down into all the carved details for some contrast. Once dry, I hand sanded along the raised edges.
The little 3 drawer jewelry chest. I gave it different knobs . . . thought about painting the knobs to match, but decided not to. If it doesn’t sell like this I can always bring it home and paint them. I used a turquoise spray paint on this one.
The ‘to paint or not to paint’ conundrum strikes again! It was just TOO plain with nothing on the front. These resin medallions were all I could find that would fit with the non-removable knobs. Added them as an after thought . . .paint them?
After walking away from it and coming back later, I decided it was too much contrast o leave them ‘as is’. Opted to dry brush paint them to allow some of the black show through.
Just what it needed!
The inside is fully painted too . . . .
Because it HAD to be! If the inside had been white or any other complimentary color, I could have left it. I actually PREFER the inside a different color . . . just not when it means MORE work for me. (especially on such a small piece!)
This one ‘needs something’ . . . . but I failed to find that something. We’ll see if it sells ‘as is’ and if not I’ll re-address the embellishment conundrum.
The top had a few flaws that were still visible after painting, so I stenciled a fleur design in a darker turquoise . . . and hated how it looked! The contrast was TOO much. Grabbed my paint roller and started painting over it and . . . . . OH WAIT!! It looks better partially painted over . . . kind of a faded look. Old
Old dictionary pages glued to the bottom of the muddy brown drawers.
The before. The designs on the front were ‘papered on’, but sanded of pretty easily. The KNOBS were not removable unfortunately. Had they been, I would have filled the holes and added new ones, centered on the drawers.
The doll clothes wardrobe; just painted it, no embellishments.
Even though it was unfinished wood, it still required some ‘prep work’ before painting. Raw wood will really absorb dirt and oils from usage, so if it looks dirty or grimey; give it a good sanding before you paint. As with the spice rack, I painted the backing separately BEFORE attaching it.
The Cafe do Paris tray was a half-finished project from another time. It had been base coated black, so all I had to do was paint it and stencil the design on. The black ‘edging’ was done with the paint leftover on my stenciling sponge.
Not entirely sold on the color I used for the upcycled candle holder finial. It’s one of those little free samples that Lowes has coupons for every so often. It’s almost a periwinkle . . . we’ll see if it sells, if not I can always repaint it!
A quick rummaging through my stash of decorative curtain rod ends produced this piece which worked perfectly as a ‘topper’.
I just glued it on with tacky glue. The candle well was deep enough that I didn’t need to remove the screw.
I typically try to put the ‘new stock’ at the front on my booth when I restock. Reason being, most shoppers just ‘glance as they walk by’ as they walk up and down the aisles in the antique mall . . . until something ‘catches their eye’ and draws them in for a closer look. And for those who come in on a regular basis, you want them to see NEW things every time they visit.
I’ve still got some white and cream color furniture pieces. Some of those are grouped together down the back side of my booth.
I tired to ‘gradually’ phase into the new aqua pieces as you move around to the front of the booth.
Little gold grouping inside the doll wardrobe.
The little 3 drawer piece fit nicely tucked under a small table; the top piece in a stack of three.
I LOVE this little white shelf with a drawer! I have not idea what it is. My best guess is that it was used in the kitchen for cook books and the drawer for recipe cards. It’s been in my booth for quite a while. Might be time to bring it home and paint it aqua.
Layers! I always display in layers! So if the Cafe de Paris sign and little cupboard with doors sells; there is more product behind it so it I don;t have too much bare space.
Come on by and check out the new stuff!