Saturday, September 4, 2010

On Vacation in Chicago

Won't be posting for a bit. I'm in the lovely Chicago area.  This area is so full of culture I can't wait to get out there and see it all!  Billygoats, Andys, and possibly the architectural boat ride today. Miracle Mile tomorrow. I love it here!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Don't forget the Open House Tomorrow

My fave Antique Shop, Mixon's, Open House is tomorrow from 4pm to 8pm. Lot's of sales.  I dropped by this afternoon and it looks so nice in there. There is something for everyone. Very unique stuff and very good prices!  The sales will continue through Labor Day just in case you can't make it tomorrow.

I'll see if I can get some pics to post so you too can see what a great place it is!

Hope to see you there!

What says Vintage like Wicker

This really isn't a project like the others but a repurpose. I found this great wicher rocker and ottomon and loved the lines and the color.  I had some floral pillow shams at home that worked well with the striped pillow I found at the flea market. Wella, repurposed pillows makes a comfy rocker for the porch!

Project 1: Follow up

I was really trying to come up with a little vinette to match those cute little pillows and lamp I found that reminds me of the 60's and I came up with a little dresser so I decided to paint the drawers to match.  I also found a good sturdy white chair to pair with the painted table. I'm attaching a photo of the painted drawers and once I get it all set up I will post the final picture.

Lesson 1 - Part 2: Paint a Kitchen Table Vintage Flamingo

Finally got the table top home to paint. First I sanded it to knock off all blemishes and make it smooth. I also like the shabby look so I exposed some of the wood beneath. Then I washed it down with soap and water and a good scrubbing. I'm not afraid to use water on wood as long as it does not sit on it for long and the wood is solid.

Then I prepared my paints. I used the same colors as the legs but really wanted a more subdued look so as not to take away from anything that would be placed on the table such as a centerpiece or dishes.I found a great picture of a clam shell on Google Images and I referenced it to draw the basic shape on the table using a drawing pencil.  I used a palete with each cup filled with water. I used about two drops of each paint in the cups and stirred them up good.  I used a wash to lay down the foundation of the shell and then went back with just paint to do more detail. 

When it was done, I was not quite happy with the starkness of the design so I waited until it was dry and took a damp wash cloth and scrubbed off what I could to make the design look faded and chippy.  I love it! It has that vintage look and matches the legs now.  I also used a grey sealer/primer over the paint to give it a wash effect and also used it on the legs for a uniform look.

Once I get the table and legs all put together I will post the finished look as well as post the video with the how to do it!