Updating and adding some ‘oomph’!

This post is about the little green thrifted pinecone finial on the left.  A classic design.  Probably never really go out of style.  Just needs a little oomph and an update.    Perhaps something as simple as just a new paint color.

First we’ll address the oomph, and add some bulk and visual weight to the base by adding a couple more layers of beveled edge wood pieces.  The black piece is a little craft store 4″x4″ plaque.  The unfinished piece is an actual fence post topper that Michael scrounged.  I always have spare parts and pieces like this stashed away.  Another option is to use old chunky pillar candle bases.

Glue all the parts together with e6000 adhesive and let cure overnight before painting.

You can’t go wrong with basic black on such a universally appealing decor item.   Since I’m usually painting stuff that will be sold to other people (as opposed to something to decorate my own home with) I lean towards neutrals a lot on stuff like this.

This finished finial has gone to my space at Stars, for sale. 

Pathetic little thrift store chest

Had been very BADLY repainted, and was missing one knob.

 The underside had been PEACH, and the drawers had different designs on them under the black.

Since I couldn’t find an exactly matching knob, I’d have to replace all of them.  Just ‘tapped’ them off with a hammer.  Then sanded down the fronts of the drawers so the design undercoat wouldn’t show through.

Painted the whole thing black.  Glued on (using e6000) some little wood blocks for handle bases, and then went rummaging for a way to ‘pretty up the knobs’.  This was a hard one because it’s a very SMALL piece.

Ah ~HA!!!!!  Look what I found!  Perfect little fleur-de-lis cut outs to glue atop the the wood block knobs!

Paint up the knobs, sand the edges a little and VOILA!

Perfect little accompaniment with the other little black shelves and such currently in my space at Stars.



Primitive table do-over to shabby Paris chic style bistro table

This table has been around for YEARS. It’s one of the very first things I made when we opened our store. We bought the metal base at a yard sale; painted it black. Michael scrounged the plywood top and attached it.

Back then, ‘ black and mustard’ were my go to colors, but I was just learning to use latex paints (as opposed to acrylic craft paints) and the table just never was ‘quite right’.

It looked ‘splotchy’ instead of aged to me. I had always intended to just take it home and repaint the top. But it was such a PERFECT size and shape table for creating a focal point display on, I ended up just throwing a table-cloth on top and using it until we closed the store a few months ago. Now I HAD to do something with it!

So I gave it a good sanding, and repainted it a nice creamy soft beige. Then gave it some oomph with a fleur-de-lis foam stamp. I use a SPONGE to apply paint to my stamp. It’s quicker and easier than using a paint brush. And an old grocery coupon book makes a perfect paint palette!

I can usually get 3 imprints from each loading. Of course, I am going for a faded look and will be sanding off some of the ‘heavier’ prints. (First print is usually the darkest, then lighter and lighter. By sanding over them all at the end though, I even it out a bit.)

I always use a hand-held orbital sander, but you could sand by hand if necessary. If hand sanding, I recommend a COARSE sanding block.

After ‘evening out’ my stamped print, I decided I wanted to distress the entire table a bit, so I sanded some more all over.

That line on the left of the table is a shadow.

A couple of coats os satin varnish for protection and we’ve gone from ‘mustard BLAH’ to OOoo00oo~ la~ LA!  (sorry about the flash glare!)

This little beauty is just waiting for our bigger space to become available at Stars.  (hopefully within a month!)  And I just finished three more smaller round tables to complement it.

Here’s what’s new in our space at STARS Antique Mall September 5, 2008

No, we aren’t moving OUT, we are just moving.  To a different space.  A NICE CORNER space!  And we just don’t want to have to lug ALL this stuff across the store!  Everything in our space is 20% off through the end of September.

Love, love, LOVE! This shabby chest of drawers!!!  (I’ll show the before and after in a later post)

This shabby blue ‘trunk’ served out the first part of it’s life as a bread box!

Old table legs and spindles for the ‘dp it yourselfer’.  Some great old windows too!

Frames and white metal display stands with glass domes.

Little black shabby table.

Pretty vintage hankies.

Sign made on old fence board.

‘love potion no. 9’ and “je t’aime” tags.

Shabby Paris lamp and candelabra.

A nice stack of vintage suitcases.

Little gold crown on a display pedestal.

Black with gold glitter bottle brush tree.

Handpainted frames and trinket box.

Shabby screen cabinet made using a vintage screen for the door.

Vintage enamelware pans.

Vintage picnic box.  In EXCELLENT condition!

Shabby purple vintage magazine box and basket.

Vintage child’s ROLLING (not rocking!) horse.

White wire birdcage and black pedestal table.

Vintage market basket.

Shabby urn.

Embossed wood boxes.

Vintage pink with white polka dots wall paper.

Vintage costume jewelry in a sweet little vintage comsetics case.

Black wire basket.

Turquoise oval wood frame and cornice shelf.

Wall baskets.

Paris sign made on old fence board.

Black and gold candleholders.


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