August 18, 2008 ~ Here’s what’s new in our space at Stars Antique Mall

 

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I LOVE ‘rub n buff’!

I’ve seen what other bloggers have done with it, but not tried it myself until now.  I an usually able to get the multi-layered colors effect I want simply by painting and sanding.  Old gold frames (wood OR plastic) are really easy to do that way.  Just paint them black and lightly sand for the gold to show through.

But recently I decided to paint these little resin urns black, to go with the Paris apartment look I am trying to create in our antique mall space.  They just didn’t look ‘right’ when I sanded them.

I love black and white, but these just weren’t doing it for me.  Time to break out the tube of Rub n Buff!

It really takes only the TINIEST bit.  Spreads on like SILK, but you have to work fast because it dries almost instantly.  I just used my finger and smoothed it over the raised areas where I had sanded. 

This was EXACTLY what these urns needed!  Love they way they turned out. 

I added some moss and a robins egg blue egg to a couple of them.  NOW, what else can I use this Rub n Buff on?!?!?  It’s rather addictive!

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~ primitives ~ trash to treasure ~ shabby chic ~ cottage ~ Paris apartment ~ repurposed home goods ~ repaired ~ restyled home decor ~ reused ~ recycled art ~ handcrafted gifts ~ one of a kind ~ artist originals ~ second hand style ~ junk market style ~ flea market style ~ beautiful junk ~ beach cottage décor ~ unique home décor ~ vintage home décor ~ unique gifts ~ custom made gifts ~ custom made home décor ~ personalized signs ~ Sophie’s Cottage ~ grubby candles ~ how to craft books ~ Shabby Paris apartment ~ baby gifts ~ personalized gifts ~

Shabby cottage pedestal candle holders

This is how these came.  They’re OKAY, I suppose, but I felt they needed more OOMPH!  There were two sets of these three.

Gave them some prettier colors for starters:

Then decided the square based ones needed some more ‘weight’, so I added an additional base piece ( a beveled wood plaque)

That smaller black one (an orphan; not part of this set) needed some additional weight too.  It got TWO more pieces on the base and ended up being painted red.

I added some metal candle plates: some painted, some not.  Sanded and distressed them so some of the white showed through, and of course, added candles!

OUR WEBSITE: www.cscrafts.com/aj.html

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  ~ primitives ~ trash to treasure ~ shabby chic ~ cottage ~ Paris apartment ~ repurposed home goods ~ repaired ~ restyled home decor ~ reused ~ recycled art ~ handcrafted gifts ~ one of a kind ~ artist originals ~ second hand style ~ junk market style ~ flea market style ~ beautiful junk ~ beach cottage décor ~ unique home décor ~ vintage home décor ~ unique gifts ~ custom made gifts ~ custom made home décor ~ personalized signs ~ Sophie’s Cottage ~ grubby candles ~ how to craft books ~

Next on my to do list . . .

Spring break project marathon progress report part II

Forgot to post the before picture of this first little chair when I posted the finished one a few days ago:

It was really in near perfect shape to begin with, just ‘dated’ and needing some OOMPH!

Sorry about the UGLY silver tarp and painted table backdrop for this picture!  At least I am remembering to take pictures!  All I did to this child size chair was spray paint it flat black, then sand to distress.  Now it’s nice and primitive!  And the perfect style for hanging on a wall in a bathroom.  Hang your hand towel from the bottom rung and stack washcloths or a basket of toiletries on the seat!

This table came with this drawer:

I popped off the handle (it was stapled in), sanded off the topiary picture and painted it soft pink and added a ceramic rose knob.

Photo layout assistant, kitty Spike thinks that fabric I laid on the rug for a backdrop would look better rumpled up.  He’s a GREAT rumpler!

Well dang!  You still can’t see the pretty knob very clearly!   I’ll have to hunt down the picture of them from the store.  I just LOVE them!

Aren’t these great for a shabby/cottage look!?!?!

This bar stool was a ‘quickie’.  Been sitting in the workshop for AGES.  I distressed the black legs but couldn’t decide what color to paint the seat until now.

I had two of these sweet spindle legged tables.  Base coated them with spray KILZ (faster than sanding for paint prep!)  Then painted them a soft white.  (two coats)

I only distressed the edges and legs, not the top.  I figured the top will be covered with stuff anyhow.  An important part of making your crafting of trash to treasure business PROFITABLE is having procedures and techniques that are time effective.  Why spend the time (which IS money!) on something that really isn’t going to show?

Here’s another creative re-do of the very same table by Tracey of ‘Notes From a Cottage Industry’ (her blog is in my favs list on the right)

Doesn’t she STAGE her pictures just beautifully????  I SO wish I had time to stage every picture as nicely!

Well, it’s day 5 of my six day Spring Break project marathon.  Woke up to 33 degrees and sleet.  But the sun is starting to peek out, so it just might warm up to 40 today!  woo~hoo!  I better get busy while the sun is shining.  This time of year the weather tends to change every 15 minutes!  I’ll post more pics later!

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Trash to treasure shelf

This is a lousy before picture, I know!  It’s such a loooooooooooooong shelf that I didn’t have any place in the house to set it for a good picture where I could get far enough away.

Basically it came to us as a long, badly scratched up shelf (probably 8′) with three brackets.  I’m thinking it must have been part of some sort of ‘built in’ because the brackets were not evenly spaced.  Michael had to remove all the brackets to re-attach them evenly.  And as long as he was taking the whole thing apart, I had him cut a back splash out of plywood to attach. 

Then I just painted the whole thing ‘vintage cottage green’.

And there she is, all dolled up in the store!

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