Sunday, August 29, 2010

Golden Books

I found this little golden book at the mission. I just love the old pictures of these kids and nature.
I plan to paint these on an antique bed I just bought. I will post the how to in a later post.

Virgin Mary

Among other things I love collecting statues of the Virgin Mary. She is truly a beauty to behold. I found her this weekend at a thrift store. She is old but I don't know how old. I love her colors. To me the vintage pastels are the prettiest!

Vintage Gnomes

These cute little creatures are from a retired vintage mold. I've painted them in true garden colors. These are my garden gnomes. They protect my garden from all that lurks in the shadows. They tend to my plants to keep them heathly and green. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Rain, Rain, Go Away...

It's been raining for three days now so have not been able to paint anything. Then a power outage last night so gave up and went to bed. Perhaps today I will at least get my living room clean!  I did get some real good buys yesterday inlcuding two lamps that look like miniature lamp posts. I can't wait to get the all painted and shined up. I'll be posting photos of my finds later today.  I'm hoping to get ideas and suggestion for creating one of a kinds from you!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Open House at Mixon's Antique/FleaMarket shop

Don't miss this open house on September 2nd from 4pm to 8pm at Mixon's Antiques and FleaMarket. Sales start then and go on through Labor Day! Great fun and great deals for everyone. They have the friendliest staff and the most uniques items - it's my favorite place to shop for vinatge stuff!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Project 3: By the Sea Gnome

I just love this gnome. He is listening to the ocean in the conch. I decided to use the same soft pastels of greys and beige and of course pink for the shell.

Project 2: Shell Mask

Since I'm on the beach theme right now, I thought I'd share two more projects I recently completed for my home. I recently started painting bisque for the first time. What a fun project that is to paint items and not know exactly how the colors will look until it is fired!  I also love gnomes so I had one of a set of three shown in the picture.  I'll save those for another post.

I saw this mask and had to have it!  I love pink so decided to use pinks and blues and bieges to complete this beauty.  I hope you enjoy her as much as I do!

Project 1: Folding Wood Table

Great flea market finds yesterday! A cute little white shabby folding wood table which I painted one shear coat of alternating pink and sage green, two small pillows and matching lamp shade on opposite ends of the store no less! and a great little iron magazine rack (although my sister found one similar and thought it would be great to put in the guest bathroom with towls.

I just need to find a small white lamp to put the shade on and a small coordinating comfy chair to slip cover and add the pillows to and wella ~ a great little seating area for reading a good book and sipping some yummy lemonade!

Lesson 1 - Part 1: Paint a Kitchen Table Vintage Flamingo

I started a new project tonight. I had this great solid wood kitchen table that is white on pine. A bit shabby from years of use and abuse but very good solid wood piece.  The legs have lots of grooves and great shapes for painting. I was inspired to paint it for a beach condo being so close to Pensacola Beach, FL. I found a great pair of vintage flamingos recently in a thrift shop so I decided to use those colors for my inspiration.

1st step, clean the legs. Scrubby with a bit of dish soap and water. Dry and that's it! Now onto the paint. I use acrylic paints that can be found at Michaels or Hobby Lobby even Walmart carries a few colors.
I chose to mix two of the colors so I had to be sure to mix enough for 3 coats so as not to run out. Too much is better than two little. I usually have a few small things to paint nearby so I can easily throw a couple coats on those with the left overs.

I added the paint to the legs and will put a polyurathane coating on top when thoroughly dried. I like to wait at least 24 hours or more to be sure it is completely dry. Next I will tackle the top of the table.
Take a look at my progress so far...

Check back for complete video instructions when the project is completed!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Welcome to my blog!

I'm very excited to be starting this new project.  I have so many people who ask me "How did you do that?" so I thought it best to put it out there so every one could learn at once!  I have so many projects that I've done in the past and lots to share. Keep tuned as I add new projects and how I did them so you too can enjoy Painting it Vintage!