Black furniture binge

Recent batch of stuff that I painted all black.  Most of these have already sold at Stars.  Still playing ‘catch up’ on posts from time lost from that recent bee sting.  (how long can I milk THAT excuse?!?!?)  but seriously . . .

This big old pedestal came from a rummage sale in the summer.  It was originally medium brown.  Sanded it a bit, spray painted it black and sanded the edges to distress a bit.  Michael scrounged the round that I used for the top.

Now to find a top!  Michael ‘scrounges’ for a lot of the plywood we use to make stuff; and the place he gets the plywood frequently has big ’rounds’ of plywood.  Perfect for making a table.  Just add legs!  These tops however, are UNfinished.  So I have to be sure I can match the finish I creat on the top to the finish on the legs. 

Since this top was unfinished (AND had a big HOLE in the middle; which we filled with a dowel and some wood putty) I painted it with the flat black spray paint first.  Then sanded so that some of the raw wood showed through.  Then wiped on some dark wood stain, which only shows on ‘the sanded through the black paint’ parts.  Let the stain dry overnight and apply a couple coats of matte varnish.

This lighting (took pic at Stars) is better for seeing how closely I was able to match the top finish to that of the base. 

A cute little wood side table stained a medium brown(I think this is the ONLY before picture I have of the stuff I painted black!)  Sand first to prep the wood.  Quick couple of coats of flat black spray paint, (the CHEAP $.99/can stuff at Home Depot!)  sand, varnish, DONE!  Did the same with the little milking stool in the pic below.

It’s actually become a ‘tradition of sorts’ for me to paint a big batch of black furniture this time of year.  I’ll save up lots of dark stained items here and there throughout the spring/summer garage/rummage sale season; specifically to paint black in the fall.  For some reason, this is the only time of year that I LIKE to paint things black.  And because the weather is so iffy this time of year; being able to quickly spray paint a whole bunch of stuff all at once is a real necessity.

This oversized wall sconce/shelf had a black wrought iron bracket and stained wood shelf.  Again, just sanded and quickly spray painted the wood shelf part; sanded again to distress and slapped on a quick coat of matte varnish.  DONE!

This one is a variation on the theme.  It was originally GREEN (a very YUCKY green at that!) and the top was too damaged to sand smoothly.  (which is probably why it was priced so CHEAP!!)  So, no sanding to distress on this one.  Don’t want to show off that ugly green undercoat!  But I did still use the flat black spray paint, and then I used torn up pieces of old book pages to cover the top.    Dip your paper in liquid laundry starch* and place on the table.  Let dry overnight.  Add a coat of matte varnish. 

* If you can’t find liquid starch, you can use watered down Elmer’s glue or decoupage medium.

These little ‘half tables’ always sell really well for me.

This table is one we picked up on our daycation to the coast.  Pretty bad top, but the legs were in good shape.  Tops are EASY to sand and/or cover up; so there is seldom a damaged TOP that will deter me from buying something.  The LEGS however, would take a LOT of work to fix up if they were damaged.  Damaged legs are usually not worth bothering with. 

A BIG part of how profitable your business is depends on how much TIME you have to spend refinishing your items.  It’s only a GOOD bargain IF you can fix it up in a reasonable amount of time!  ‘Good legs’ is something I always look for.

This table was made using an old bar stool for the base, (dark green) and an unfinished birch plywood round for the top.  I spray painted the base and top; distressed the top just a tad, around the edges.  Then used some tan craft paint to sponge stamp the design on with.  I always start in the MIDDLE when doing such a design.  Less likely to go crooked when you are only going half way across.  I can usually get 3 – 4 imprints from each ‘loading’ on the stamp, so the darkness of the color varies.  (which I like to an extent!)  then to even out the color a bit, I sand over the whole top before adding a coat of varnish.

Most of this black furniture has already sold.  I’ll be taking in some new white furniture and Christmas stuff tomorrow.

Forgive me if posts are few and far between for the next few weeks.  It’s ”CRUNCH TIME” for the upcoming fall show and my to do list is dauntingly long! 

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Gaudy gold frames; from cheap to CHIC

Assorted dollar store frames with pretty detail, but cheap-o looking  metallic paint.

 Pretty details, but much to cheap and gaudy looking paint.

Just add some pretty aqua spray paint for instant CHIC!

They look nice left blank and grouped on a wall.

Or maybe clustered together on a little shelf.

Or add a pretty sheer ribbon hanger to one and hang it on a door instead of a wreath.

 I like using them like this, propped against the back of a shelf, to add a little POP of color.  (in my space at Stars)

I TOLD you I was already “Thinking Spring”!

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And here are a few pictures to prove it.

Putty and cream colored pottery; jute accents.

Balls of string.

Natural elements.

Pewter and tarnished silver. I HOPE I can find more pewter!)

A bit of Paris chic.

Lots of ‘twigs and twine’.

Blended in with sand and shells and beachy blues.

Birds and bee skeps and bears.

Earth tones and fabrics with lots of texture; like burlap. I bought this homespun and the brown burlap on two different shopping trips and didn’t even realize how well they matched until I put them in my fabric stash. The homespun really looked OLIVE GREEN and turquoise in the store. But next to the yummy cocoa brown burlap, it’s most definitely brown!

Some lighter tan burlap and onnasburg for upholstering chairs and making pillows.

This lamp will probably end up with the shabby Paris stuff. I love the ‘squareness’ of both the lamp AND shade.

So, what trends are ‘grabbing your eye’ for spring? Or are you still knee-deep in Christmas?

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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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