Paris chic nesting tables

P1170790Except they don’t actually ‘nest’!?!  What’s up with that??

P1170792They DO however, stack quite nicely; although not very sturdily!

P1170793When I found them at the thrift store they were STACKED inside one another; but the decorative trim goes down too low for them to ‘nest’.  Not quite sure HOW I will use them when I take them to Stars later.

But I like them anyhow, and I am trying to work my way towards more of a “Paris chic” style in my booth at Stars.  So, I thought these fit that bill.  (and the price was right, of course!!)  Was thinking that I’d need to freshen up the paint, but once I scrubbed all the grime off they looked brand new!

One bad surprise – they don’t nest.

One good surprise – they don’t actually need to be repainted.

I call that a ‘win’!

I broke it!!

See the tallish nekkid statue in the middle of the two stools there?  It’s one of my all time favorite finds!  It’s actually a lamp base, with a hole in the top and one on the back side for lamp works.  I liked it as a just a statue though.

She was a little scuffed up when I found her, so I gave her a good dose of satin white spray paint.

She originally went to the Junk Salvation show.   Didn’t sell there, so I took her to Camas. Didn’t sell there either, so I packaged her back up for a trip to Stars.  Upon arrival at Stars I discover she’s got a broken arm!!!  I was crushed!

The entire left arm, snapped off at the shoulder!  I tried just gluing it back on, but you could REALLY tell it had been broken.  Alas, it was destined to go where ALL my good but damaged stuff goes . . .into my personal collection!  Then I was working on some faux finials and the light bulb went off!!  Why not cover up the repair line with some drywall compound?!?! 

Initially I was thinking that I could just plaster over the repair line, but it was too noticeable.  So, I just lightly plastered over the WHOLE THING, as if that was how it was meant to be, and freshened up the paint job.

I actually think I like this raw and rustic look MORE than the original smooth finish!

And here she is, awaiting her new home at Stars!  (with a lower price, of course!)

Filthy old hat box / carrier

Found this GRUBBY old hat box a few weeks ago at Salvation Army, on half price day.  Honestly, if it hadn’t been half price, I’d have passed on it; it was THAT FILTHY!  But the inside was surprisingly clean.

It was in pretty good shape, other than all the grime.  Seriously, it looked like it had been stored in a car mechanics workshop!  I spent a good two hours trying to get it clean.  sprayed it with 409 and scrubbed.  Sprayed again and let sit, then scrubbed again.  Got out my handy-dandy bleach pen and ran it along all the stitching and let it soak for a while and got out an old tooth brush to scrub some more!  Managed to remove several layers of gunk, but it was still fairly grubby.  Time to bring out the SPRAY PAINT!

After several coats of spray paint, it was ready to go to my space at Stars.  Next time??????  From how much work it took for me to clean this baby up, I’d probably PASS on one that grubby in the future.  If I spent that much time on ALL of our purchased product, we’d never make any money!

But it really does look GREAT with all the other white stuff I currently have in our space at Stars.