Another little ‘cook book’ shelf

P1220094I like this one much better than the first one I did a while back.  That one only had one drawer and a niche.  I painted this one aqua and distressed the edges, and decided to leave it ‘unadorned’.

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This is the other one I did a while ago.  Not sure if it’s because of the French wording on it, or the white paint, but it has not sold yet.  Might have to bring it home and repaint it aqua!  We’ll see how quickly the new aqua one sells.

P1220043Not too bad ‘as found’, but I don’t like knotty pine.

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And it was a bit worn along the edges.

P1220044Clean drawer innards? Check.

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 It has little holes drilled in the back for mounting it on the wall.  I decided to leave those instead of fill them.  But you could easily fill them with putty, sand and paint over them if you wanted to.

P1220097I didn’t have any other knobs that looked better than the original ones, so I cleaned them up (were a bit greasy from being in a kitchen) and put them back on after painting and sanding.

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Maybe I should have painted the knobs to match??

P1220096Some vintage dictionary paper in the drawers, just because, and it’s ready to go to my booth at Stars.

Pretty little frame make-over

P1190770Interesting small wood frame; holds a 5×7 photo.  Actually not too bad, as is; just a little too ‘uniformly’ distressed for my taste.

P1190785I covered the opening with a piece of paper.  Spray painted the whole thing black, then bushed on two coats of aqua paint.

P1190799Instead of sanding to distress this time, and because I wanted to bring out the creases more; I cracked open my beloved Ralph Lauren tobacco stain.

P1190801I ‘scrub’ the stain on to be sure it gets into all the crevasses, then ‘pounce off’ the excess stain with a cloth rag.

P1190800And you know I have to put ‘something pretty’ inside all my frames before I can sell them.  I opted for a replica of a French post card.

P1190861I really do love how it turned out!

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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Outdated / Updated Jewelry box

7.13.13 Both + finds 200Rummage sale jewelry box, still covered with dust!  The MAIN thing I look for in old jewelry boxes before buying them to update is CLEAN INNARDS!   I’d say about 90% of them that I look back are not clean enough inside for me to buy.  No one wants to store their jewelry in a fabric lined and very stained drawer!

7.13.13 Both + finds 201The doors open up to three more drawers.  Opening the bottom drawer activates the music box. This one was considerable more elaborate than I had ever worked on before, but it had clean innards and the price was right; even if it didn’t turn out ‘good enough to sell’.

P1080050I’m actually quite pleased with the way it turned out!

P1080054I even painted the back!  There’s the crank for the music.

P1080051This was a more labor intensive project than I thought it would be.  Painting the metal grating on the doors took more time than anything else.

P1080053I was however, able to do a fair amount of the sanding to distress with my orbital sander.  Only had to supplement a little bit of hand sanding.

P1080052Lots of ridges and raised details make for great distressing.

P1080076It went to my booth at Stars.

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And has already SOLD!

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Seaside Picnic Basket

But first, and because someone asked how I had displayed the recent white bust I repainted; here she is:

P1070564I’m actually not certain that she won’t get repainted a cream color.  I really don’t have much bright white in my living room.

P1070563So, for now, I’ve got her sitting on this chest in my living room; amongst my angel and Santos collection.

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I’d really like to find (or MAKE!) some kind of pedestal to set her on.  Until then . . . this is where she shall reside.

P1070540Recently thrifted picnic basket.  Notice how the lid is hinged on the lid?  I’ve discovered that this kind of lid has proven to be the sturdiest and longest lasting.  (as opposed to one that is hinged on the edge)

P1070542Nice and clean ‘innards’!  Clean innards is really MORE important than the outside.  The outside can easily be painted.  Innards are harder to clean and/or paint.

P1070541The only think I didn’t like about this basket is the eagle painted on the lid.  But that’s easy enough to remedy!

P1070647A couple of minutes of sanding with an orbital sander removed enough of the eagle so that I could paint the lid.

P1070650I dry brush painted the body of the basket.

P1070649Then completely painted the lid.

P1070651After the paint dried (about five minutes in this heat!) I sanded the lid to make it look weathered and faded.

P1070655I stenciled the word ‘SEASIDE’ on the lid.

P1070652And glued a big white fingerling starfish (using e6000) to the front of the basket.

P1070653And there it is!  All set to be filled with goodies for a trip to the beach!

P1070722It is available to purchase in my booth at Stars Antique Mall in Portland; $29.00.

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