So I told you about the auction that I went to on Saturday (click HERE for post). And wrote about the buffet that I purchased there and refurbished in two days (click HERE for that post.) Here are some other items that I came home with:
When I attended last Saturday's auction (click HERE for post on auction) I repeatedly told myself I should not buy furniture. Do NOT buy furniture. DO NOT BUY FURNITURE.
Then this buffet came up for sale. Poor timing, at the very end of the auction. The van was already packed. But my husband managed to put it up on top of the van. And off the Beverly Hillbillies went once again.
I squirreled it away in the shed for the winter, like a big nut. A "to do" project for next spring. Then I received a phone call on Sunday saying that I had sold an unheard-of three pieces of furniture from my booth. So, the big nut was schlepped out of the shed after less than 24 hours.
I got a great deal on it because the dark brown paint (sorry, did not get a photo of it in this condition) disguised the nice lines of the piece. Thankfully, it was a nice solid piece that only needed cosmetic help. I painted it a light avocado green on the exterior as the "base" color (first two photos) (as always, the paint is all chalk paint so that I didn't have to do much prep work). I really wanted to leave the interior the dark brown, just to get the piece done faster...but I couldn't make myself do it. The interior was painted a darker avo green.
Then I painted a light coat of a creamy white paint on top of the base light green. That way I could do some sanding and have a good amount of the green peeking through, with a bit of the dark brown bottom layer. And did I mention that I added the decorative backsplash all by myself? I was lucky to have it stashed away for just such an occasion.
So, on Monday all I had left to do was the hardware (the original was SO ugly). I had a couple nice handles, but they were slightly smaller than the originals. So I had to drill new holes, and I bought cheapo ordinary washers to hide the holes on the outside. The washers were too shiny for the brushed nickel handles so I gave the handles, knobs and washers a spray of hammered nickel. Really am liking the results.
I named her Francis, because she looks a little old-fashioned and hard working.
My husband and I had a quick and thorough junking morning last Saturday.
First we hit a couple garage sales, which produced a couple of boxes of Christmas ornaments including these.
Then we went to a Tiny Town Saturday morning auction. Which produced 100 vintage battery oil bottles, all of which had been "dug". If you are not familiar with the term, it meant I had to hand wash each and every little bottle.
But they turned out well.
We also snagged several jars of buttons,
and a circa 1900 piano book with 12 full-page illustrations.
Click here to see some of last year's altered vintage Halloween pictures. I did not like this year's Dollar Tree faux Halloween photographs. So I started looking around for more inspiration and used some authentic old oval photos in frames that I had spraypainted black.
Maybe not as successful as other Halloween projects I've done,
A few weeks ago I picked up a slough of 1950s era horse show ribbons.
I sold a few, added a few to a chalkboard, and got inspired to transform the rest.
I started out by spraying them all a flat black. (Before you get all "How could you?" just know that many were discolored or damaged).
I used some narrow paper strips that I had purchased to make Halloween paper chains with my niece. (May need to purchase more of those...) I also purchased some foil rosettes and paper BOO coasters from Michael's. Otherwise I just used some stuff I already had.
I don't know how well they will sell, but I had a lot of fun making them.
I do not claim to be a great artist. But I sometimes get consumed by a creative force. I lose track of time. I can't get enough. Everything else (like time itself) not only comes to a standstill, it doesn't exist. So this is part 2 (click here to see Part I) but know this still is not all of them, just all that I paused long enough to take photos of.
If you were able to decipher the note:
the Apron Club was kind of a chain letter but with aprons.
This book I gave more of a masculine vibe.
I used all the different bits from a hinged paper
skeleton - just on different books.
Can you find all of the different parts after looking at my PART I post?
An actual page from an old book.
I was inspired by the "face"
I saw in the rusty metal piece.
You don't have to yell at me.
After I took this photo, I replaced the
doorknob plate with a less attractive one.
This photo had 1888 written in two places on the bottom.
So, I decided to have it's theme be numbers.
My favorite Halloween decoration this year has been