Just your every day old wood cubby shelf . . .with stickers on it of course! GRrrr!! I hate scraping stickers off!
This old birdcage scored pretty high on the ‘ick’ scale when I bought it.Not sure WHY??? but at some point, its previous owner had decided that it would be a good idea to paint the base of it orange. Not sure why they didn’t paint ALL the base orange? Maybe they realized it was a big mistake? Or maybe they just ran out of orange spray paint?? Very mysterious!
THIS was the ‘ickiest’ part! At first glance (and without my glasses on to really SEE what it was!) it kinda looked like all these ‘blobs of goop’ along the edges of the base were, um, ‘droppings’! (which I didn’t notice until I got home!) I took it out of my car, doused it AND my car with Lysol, then washed AND sanitized my hands. And I let it sit out in the rain for a couple of days to see if any of it would wash off.
After a good scrubbing with a sanitizing cleaner, I could finally tell that this ‘icky stuff’ was not what I had thought it was at all. Rather a very bad welding job to repair what must have been lots of loose bars. But STILL . . . . even after it was painted it LOOKED icky!
The big aqua birdcage is $99.00 at Stars. The pedestal birds are sold separately.
Mostly because of the pretty turned pedestals and elegant feet.
Will be putting these items in my etsy shop in the next day or so, in the newly added ‘BEACH COTTAGE DECOR’ section.
This ‘ole thang’ was actually the middle table from a set of three nesting tables that I ordered from a Spiegel catalog about 20 years ago! Back when I was into a country style and Hunter Green decorating style. (ACK!)
I can’t even tell you how many times they have been painted, sanded and repainted over the years. On the largest of the three I had painted an american flag to go with my red, white and blue Americana decorating theme. I remember selling that when we had our store and I had a ‘primitive estate sale’ at the store, to get rid of ALL my primitive decor.
Can’t even remember what became of the smallest one. This one had been STAINED hunter green. And that stain would NOT sand out. So painting it black was really my only option. If you look really close, you can see a few bits of that green showing through in the spots where it’s been distressed. I stenciled a design in the center to draw the eye away from that green.
The white drop leaf lamp table sold before I even had a chance to post the before and after! If I don’t do it now, I’ll forget about it!
Here is what it looked like when I bought it. And yes, that IS laminate on the top! Contrary to what many believe, laminate CAN be painted. It just takes a little more work. A little sanding to remove the sheen, and a GOOD primer. (I use KILZ.)
Don’t forget to check the drawer innards to be sure they are clean! (Do ya like my ‘painting shoes’?)
You don’t want to ‘overly distress’ the non laminate areas of your piece either. Since the top of furniture usually get the most wear, lightly distress your laminate top and you that as your gauge as to how much to distress the rest of it.
A drop leaf takes nearly twice as long as a regular table to paint because of the extra leaves. Typically I can paint an entire table ‘all at once’. Flip it upside down first and paint the lags and undercarriage. Then stand it upright an paint the top and apron. Let dry and repeat.
With a drop leaf, you have to paint the undersides of the leaves when you do the legs; but then you have to let all that dry before you flip it and paint the top because you can’t put the leaves down when they are still wet. AND you have that little ‘notch’ on the top that the leaves lift onto, so you need the leaves down when you paint the top. I hope that made sense. The moral is, you’ll need more time than usual to paint a drop leaf!
Took these two cottage chic white drop leaf tables to Stars last Monday, and they called me yesterday to let me know they have both SOLD already!
So, the two ‘focal point’ pieces in this vignette are now gone, which means the vignette needs a complete do-over and will not look like this if you go to Stars now . . . . but I really liked how it turned out, and wanted to ‘show it off’ anyhow!
I did this drop leaf coffee table a while ago, and was actually planning to keep it for myself.
Drop leaf tables are MUCH more time consuming to sand and paint than a regular table. So I was kind of ‘hoping’ that if I really priced it to reflect how much TIME I spent on it, that no one would buy it and I could take it back later after I finally get moved. I SHOULD have learned by now that that ‘game plan’ NEVER works!
For now though, the white furniture IS selling better than the aqua.
Now to figure out what to do when I go to Stars tomorrow to re-work my space?!?!?! Usually I stay two steps ahead of the game and always have ‘what I want to do next’ all figured out. Since these two pieces sold so quickly though, I’m just going to have to ‘wing it’ this time!
It has gone to my booth at Stars.
This one is light green and white. These wreaths take take several days each to make. Each tiny piece of glass has to be carefully hand selected to fit together just right, and is then glues in place. Once one layer is full, I have to let the glue dry for 12 hours before building the next layer on top of it. There are approx 12 layers of glass on each wreath.
I make my sea glass wreaths on FLAT wreath forms instead of the tubular looking styro wreath forms. But they are NOT flat once I’ve built up all the layers of glass. I just think this way they are a bit more ‘organic’ looking. Although it does take a LOT more glass this way! The one made using the styrofoam wreath forms just look to ‘perfect’ to me.
Once I’ve added all the layers of glass, these beach glass wreaths are VERY big and full. I even partially cover the back with glass so no bare spots will be visible when they are hung.This one is a brighter green with bits of aqua.
All these items are available to purchase in my etsy shop.