My father-in-law gave me this little stool a few months ago. He's always finding this and that to pass on to me - I love it! I absolutely loved the top, so I knew right away it would not be painted. I decided to start working on it at night, so I brought everything inside. Mistake, see that little dog? He had other plans for my paint...like, knocking it over and leaving a nice blue stain on our carpet.
I grabbed this blue paint at an estate sale. What you don't see here is that I painted white over the blue, didn't like it, and painted it back blue.
Come on, I can't be mad at that sweet face!
After heavily distressing the stool, I coated in polycrylic.
I love how this one turned out because it really looks like the paint is chipping off.
And wow, that top. I just love paint splatters. See why I couldn't dare mess with it?
I don't think I shared with you that I had this project laying around - in fact, I think I bought this chair before I started this blog, earlier in the yard sale season. When I saw it, I knew I had to have it. The red was beautiful, the fabric on it was also beautiful. I bought it and in my garage it sat.
I finally decided that it did need fresh fabric, so I stripped it. Then, I remembered to snap a picture of it. Want to know what was underneath the fabric? Old pantyhose and long johns. Not being one to waste, I ironed them out and back they went.
I had picked up some vintage pillow ticking at another yardsale and thought the blue would complement the red well. Apparently, I'm not good at hammering in upholstery nails, but lucky for me, my husband was! I think she turned out well. I have another chair like this to do in teal. Any ideas on a good fabric color to go with it?
I also bought an already stripped chair to give reupholstering a whirl. I've got the fabric, now I just need to patience to sit down and do it! One day all of these projects will be done!
Have you recently finished a project that's been sitting around forever?
Would you believe me if I told you this was a clean garage? I got in there this weekend and rearranged, making a side of "ready to gos" and a side of "needs to be fixed." I sawed my work table in half to give me some more walking room. My husband and I worked on the farm table I mentioned here. It just needs to be repainted now. But yes, this, in my terms, is a clean garage.
This pick is an accumulation of the last two days and last weekend. The time change makes it a little harder to get pictures since its dark when I come home from work. But, here it all is!
So what we have here is three benches, coke crates, a lot of frames, black and white crock, a creamy yellow writing desk, 2 old chippy windows, some rusty plant holders, an old colander, yellow bowl , hanging plant baskets, and a birdhouse. All for sale and your enjoyment! Did you find any good picks this week?
Need a quick project? Try making a hydrangea wreath!
These dried hydrangeas have been sitting on the bush for quite awhile to get the dark purple and green tint. I'm very lucky - the owner of the antique store I sell at has given me a ton of hydrangeas this season - my apartment is full! So full, I ran out of places to put them, so I made a wreath instead!
This wreath is SUPER SUPER simple. I had an extra grapevine wreath laying around. First, I tied some burlap around the wreath in a knot and left some excess to hang the wreath. Then, all I did was shove the stems down into the wreath in a circular pattern. The trick is to kind of shove them in in the same direction as the grapevine and try and stick them behind a secure piece of grapevine in the wreath.
If you notice that the hydrangea falls out, just keep trying to cram it in there. I finished this wreath in about 8 minutes, but if you're patient enough, you could probably try securing the stems a little bit more with hot glue. Finish off with some hairspray to help keep the flowers intact and you're done!
Hello! I'm attempting to create a more "mature" look in my painted pieces. I think I achieved that with this one!
Of course, I almost forgot to take a before picture! It was late when I started working on this one, so below is what I got. After this, I went to sanding the top off. I didn't bother with legs, since I was using ASCP in Arles. I'm pretty sure I put about 3 coats on this before the table was yellow enough to satisfy me.
I then distressed around all the sharp edges and decorative parts of the leg. I stained the top using Cabot Dark Walnut Stain and used a cheap foam brush. Have you tried this yet? I used to use a rag for wax, but I'm never going back. You have so much control with a foam brush. I used the same brush to lightly apply the wax all over the yellow paint. And then, just because I love foam brushes so much now (Really, I am a HUGE fan, converted for life), I used a clean foam brush to apply Minwax Satin Polycrylic to the entire table.
This one looks pretty in my apartment, but will be making its way to the booth soon! Thanks for checking it out! Have you got a special fall table?
Don't you just love weekends where the pickin' is plenty? I always go out by myself on Saturday mornings, but this weekend we went back to my hometown to visit with family - so I got to go out with my mom Saturday morning. She has a Jeep, so I got to haul a lot more. The question is - how do I get this home now?
After we finished up our route, we found one more sale right around the corner from my mom's house. I picked out the metal table, red toolbox, and some other small knick knacks they had just pulled out of the utility closet. I asked the lady if she minded if I went and looked around back there. She said sure, and asked me what exactly I'm looking for. I said I usually just have to see something. Then, I got invited to the attic - SCORE!
Apparently, they had to rebuild their attic entry and it was smaller than the original. She thought we'd have to rope stuff down through the window. I wish I had a cool story like that to tell you, but we managed to take everything down through the stairs - the two file cabinets that were from an old Kress Five & Dime, the wooden tv stand, the window cornice, and a pink suitcase, an old film canister, an old photo developing machine, and some keys from a '66 Chevy Corvair (didn't get the car though!) The house belonged to the husband's parents. They didn't throw away anything! I even found his I.D. from his Freshman year in college, and I know this guy had to be in his 60s.
After that, I got to go dig around the back, where I found some cabinet doors, a rusty shelf, and some other rusty goodies. Oh, and some black widows. I really could have kept digging. And, honestly was contemplating bringing back a ladder so I could climb up into the crevice of their house for a piece of rusty barbed wire. No one else was down for that though.
But, man, was I just jumping up and down with happiness for this junk!
As always, what you see is for sale. Just contact me if interested!
My creativity is running low tonight - I couldn't come up with a better name for this piece other than Blue Over Brown. I think it's because I'm writing my post out of order. I usually edit my pictures first, copy them into the post, and then write. That way, I can look at them and know what I'm writing about. But, my trusty eye for editing pictures is out walking the dogs.
As usual, I forgot to take a true before picture. This was your standard wooden piece, with a glossy finish. It was a bargain at goodwill, because the drawer slide wasn't attached on the front end. I'm pretty sure they would have sold it for twice as much or more, had the drawer slide been in place. All I did was tack it down with a finishing nail and it was as good as new.
So, my first before picture is the brown base coat. I mixed Valspar (a brown color and I painted over the label for some reason and I can't find my sample card, so I can't tell you the name) with Zinnser Oil Based Primer. After letting that dry for about 2 hours and sanding it, I painted back over it with just the latex paint (no primer mixed in). This helped deepen the brown color since it was mixed with white previously which made it more creamy. Next, I grabbed a candle from the Dollar Store and sliced out the wax with a knife. I've never tried the wax distressing technique, but I've read about it so much I had to try it! Honestly, I couldn't see where the wax was on the piece since it was clear and the paint was already kind of shiny. I just went with it, though and waxed to my hearts desire.
Then, came the coat of blue. (Valspar - Beach House WV37008). I used the dry brush technique, as I did on the Picket Fence and 30 Minute Chair. For this, you get a small tiny tiny amount of paint on the brush (you want your brush to stay dry, not be wet with paint). Move over the piece quickly, you can repeat over areas if you need to.
Paint dries quickly using this techniques, so I was able to take a rag and wipe off the wax almost immediately. I love the wax technique, I think the distressing looks pretty natural. I may have over distressed. Also, there were a few places that definitely looked like a finger had run across it. So, to fix the places that I didn't like where brown was showing, I dry brushed the blue back over.
I wasn't done there though. I wanted to give a shot at the painted drawers too, so after debating between the same blue or white, I painted the inside and outside of the drawer white. Mistake, it looked terrible. I painted back over the outside in the Beach House Blue, left the inside white, and the look was complete.
Final step, was to coat the piece in waterbased polycrylic.
Recap Primer - Zinnser Oil Based mixed with Brown Latex Paint Base Coat - The Brown Latex Paint without Primer Top Coat - Valspar Beach House (WV37008) Distressing Technique - Candle Wax Protective Coat - Minwax Waterbased Polycrylic
Here is today's small haul. I was in my husband's small car - it doesn't carry as much as my Hyundai. That, and it's liable to break down at any moment. It's a 1994 Chevy Caviler and it's so loud, I couldn't hear the lady talking to me at the pharmacy window. But, it's still getting us from point A to point B and that's what matters.
I started at a yard sale fundraiser for a local animal rescue group, where I grabbed that huge piece of salt glaze pottery for a ridiculously low price and a broken table. I'm working on a salt glaze collection like my Grandma has, so this piece will stay with me. I plan to rip the top off the table and replace it with barn boards. (Again with the plans women, get to work!) The grate came from an estate sale yesterday. I had plans to go back, but ran out of moolah!
But, it would of course be a day like today that I can't fit things into my car and I go to the BEST yard sale last. It had nothing but vintage items. I grabbed what I could (of course by this time, I had limited funds as well), which amounted to a typewriter, letters, and that gorgeous blue dresser (which a very nice man delivered for me!)
Closeup of the letters - these would make an awesome craft project! I choose to spell out "Pickin'" because it's what I love to do most!
And finally, today I sold these signs! It's always a thrill to see something you made and invested time with find a home! These are going to a local girl's kitchen!
Forget, Fall. I'm ready for Christmas. I bought this gorgeous enamel top table at a yard sale this morning and am so excited to fix her up and use her. (Two tables in one week!)
I think this table will be the perfect working desk. I usually just leave my laptop on the coffee table, but a table would be much better. She's missing a drawer, but I have ideas in mind.
Speaking of ideas, I have a lot. I have a lot of projects too. So, tomorrow I'm doing the unthinkable. I will not go to yard sales, I will stay home and work. (Also, my garage is full. I have no where to put anything else.)
Hopefully, this long weekend will give me more finished projects to share with you next week!
So, the gate I posted about here on last week's Saturday Junkin', is now this.
I used the same yard sale find paint and technique that I put on my 30 minute chair. Now, I think this can of paint has the recipe for it on top. I really need to get that to y'all because this color is AMAZING! This fence is just another piece I'm in love with. I think I have a thing for white.
Speaking of white, I bought a farm table! I have been searching and searching for one. I don't know why, I have one waiting for me in my grandma's shop when we move into a house and I really have been trying not to by stuff for this apartment. But, it was calling my name.
The lady was selling it with three ladder back chairs, but I'm pretty sure I have about 25 chairs in between my garage, my house, and my mom's. I'll have to show you the chair wall I made in the garage. I should have learned this table wasn't meant to be mine when I got a reply that the lady's inbox was full. I was persistent though, this table was mine. It, of course, would not fit in my car. So, we broke it and pried two legs off and one of the aprons. Part of the top is split and the legs are slightly rotted on the bottom. Well, looks like we have another fun project!