Monday, October 16, 2017

Painting A Buffet For A Friend

I went to an estate sale a few weeks ago and saw this funky little buffet. ( I know what you are thinking....she is not supposed to be buying furniture.  And you are so right!)  I actually didn't buy it, but it was the $100 price tag rather than clear thinking that saved me.

 I was attracted to the color and the art deco design on the doors (which I had already sanded off somewhat at the time of this photo.) But remember, it doesn't belong to me! Long story short, a friend of mine ended up purchasing it and didn't like the color or the art deco design as much as I did.  She had me to paint it for her.  After sanding the design down, I painted the doors and top a light green to cover any stains or dark colors.

Then I did two thin coats of white with a paint that she had supplied.

A little distressing that brought out some of the green underneath.
What a cute little piece she turned out to be!
I've christened her "Hettie".

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Selling Vintage Typewriters

I am getting ready to list three vintage typewriters on ebay.
They are beauties. 

 These first two pics are of a Remington.

 All three typewriters are fairly small and "portable".
But all seriously heavy.

 This is a Wanderer-Werke
(I think the "W" logo looks alot like Wonder Woman's).
It was made in Germany, about 1940.

This is a Royal Arrow.
After I took these pics I found that I had yet another Royal Arrow
(someone has a serious typewriter fetish) ,
but this one is two-toned and has "tombstone" shaped keys.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Vintage Framed Chalkboard Bible Verse

My SON and DIL (daughter-in-law) visited a couple weeks ago.
We managed to fit an amazing amount of activity in one little weekend.
When she mentioned that she was interested in making a chalkboard Bible verse,
we were all in.  Let's squeeze in one more activity.

 First we had to shop for the vintage frame.  
The right size and right amount of raised ornamental detail.
I had DIL paint two coats of an off-white on frame.
I came back at the end to do the fun part of dry-brushing
on a little gold highlighting.

 SON was in charge of cutting a piece of fiberboard to size
and giving it two coats of black chalk paint.
Then we coaxed my talented husband into doing the
chalkboard art that she wanted with a Chalk Marker.

One awesome family project.
One happy (and sweet!) DIL.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Freaky Friday Halloween Shadowboxes

I upcycled two of my upcycled Halloween books
 (a double upcycle!) from the last year to make two shadowboxes.

Click here
 to view my Halloween Book Assemblages post from last year.

I adored the decorated Halloween books, 
but they were not a big seller.
I am hoping the shadowboxes will do better.

I didn't have to buy a thing for these, 
I am not quite yet at the bottom of the Halloween decorating stash.  
But close.

"For The Eye" is my favorite creepy element.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A Lemon Of A Cabinet Furniture Redo

Do not buy furniture.  No furniture needed.  No room for furniture.  Furniture not selling well.  Stay away from furniture.  Furniture is on the DO NOT BUY LIST.  Why, oh why, don't I listen to that inner voice?

So then last weekend I came home with this monstrosity.  I paid $50 for it early in the morning while it was barely daylight, and went back to load it late afternoon.  With clear vision I saw:  the glass doors weren't shutting snugly, the two bottom drawer fronts were warped and unusable, the top had a piece of fiberboard nailed to it for whatever reason; the bottom legs had been cut off (so the cabinet looks more like a hutch top than a cabinet);

and a section of wood had been torn off the left side.  So....not only was this a large piece of furniture, but basically it was a lemon.  I beat myself up for an appropriate number of days while I let it lay dormant in the back of my van.  Then I took action.

Day 1:  I took the shelves out to powerwash them at the carwash (after peeling off the faux wood shelf liners.)  I replaced the screws on the door hinges, and the doors actually closed.  I took out the offensive drawers and threw them away.

I selected a piece of wood to attach over the gaping openings (choosing this piece of wood made me commit to painting the entire cabinet.).  I decided not to remove the offensive fiberboard from the top since I was painting it (who knows what hornets nest that would have uncovered).  That was enough mosquito bites and mental anguish for one day.

 Day 2:  I used a paint stir stick (which I whacked to size with a paper cutter), plastic wood, and a few screws to "repair" (I use the word loosely) damage on the side enough to be able to paint it. Should have done a "how not to" video here, HA.

Cut and attached the piece of wood over top of the drawer openings.  Painted the fiberboard top with an oil primer (so no chance of bleeding through the paint.)

 And lastly custom mixed the two shades of green that I had decided to layer on the exterior.  I added a plaster of paris mix to these to make them into a chalk paint that would adhere well to the cabinet.  (You can find a "recipe" for this anywhere on the internet.)

Day 3:  Sanded down the "plastic wood" so that it was smooth.  Painted four layers of paint.  Gold (dry brushed it on, only hitting "high" areas.  Very dark green (same as gold, except hitting all "low" areas). Dark green all over cabinet.  Medium green all over cabinet.

 Day 4:  Sanding to distress cabinet.  Of course my elderly orbital sander died in the middle of this.  So I had to spend the morning at a hardware store.  More sanding to distress.  Some hand sanding, which I hate.

 Then I got out the Minwax Early American stain and did a quick wipe on - wipe off over the whole piece.  It aged it a bit, and I liked the overall color better with the stain. In above photos I had used the stain on the right door and bottom, you can see the big difference.

 The lemon turned out pretty well, I am naming her "Geraldine". 

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Last Weekend's Vintage Finds

We had a very fun and family oriented weekend, during which I intentionally ignored auctions and garage sales.  EXCEPT ONE.  I drug my son to one early Friday morning, and we were rewarded with some good junk.

 This little doll was probably a tea cozy.
She has some age to her, and has the cutest apron. 

 Pepsi chalkboard from the 1970s and decorative star. 

Vintage confetti mixing bowl, not Texasware -
but still very collectible.  Heading to ebay.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Freaky Friday Framed Creepy Halloween Dollar Tree Portraits

For the next four Fridays I will be featuring
some of my Halloween projects on what I like to call "Freaky Fridays".
Today's Freaky Friday feature is Dollar Tree Halloween Portraits.

 I do not receive any compensation from Dollar Tree,
but I love DT and don't mind tooting their horn.
All scary portraits in this post came from DT (and of course were only $1.)
The outside pics I just trimmed to fit metal frames that I already had.

 This was my fave, I had this ugly 1990s oval frame
with a floral print.  I spraypainted white directly over the glass to cover the flowers.
That provided a nice base to apply the clear adhesive portrait to.

 I cut the zombie pic out of it's plastic "frame" and glued inside this
actual frame.  It makes it look so much more authentic.

This bride and groom pic was leftover from my DT stash last year.
I loved the old fashioned look to it, I am not sure

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Last Weekend's Vintage Finds -- TWO 1920s Maxfield Parrish Prints

I picked up TWO 1920s Maxfield Parrish prints last week.
I will be putting them on ebay, so I did a bit of research on them
and thought I would share some of it.

 In the 1920s an astonishing one out of four American households
had a copy of this Maxfield Parrish print "Daybreak" hanging in their houses.
He was known for using gorgeous blues in much of his artwork.

The standing girl was Parrish's own daughter,
the reclining girl is "Kitty" the granddaughter of William Jennings Bryan.
Kitty is also the model in the next print.
While you occasionally can find this print (because there were so many!)
many are faded and it is the vibrant color that makes them hold their value.

 This one is called "Wild Geese".
I don't know why.  These were 
considered a fantasy genre, and he never volunteered a "story" behind any of his artwork.
He had a hard time being taken as a serious fine artist, so in later decades,
 he said he would never again paint "female figures or rocks".

I love that this little paper tag has survived almost 100 years
on the back of this print.

Both prints miraculously stayed in their original frames.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Actually Using Vintage Wallpaper

A quick disclaimer -- I am using vintage wallpaper in this post, but not on walls.

I have had this roll of vintage wallpaper for over a year -- waiting to list it on ebay.  

Then I pulled out this teatray project.  The center of the teatray had rotted out, so I had to replace the bottom with some fiberboardish stuff that I had.  And wanted it to look vintage.  So I thought of the wallpaper.  I glued it directly to the fiberboard.  The glue kind of bled through and I thought I had ruined it, but when it dried it was perfect!  (I did lay a bunch of books on it to keep it from wrinkling).

I put the fiberboard inside the teatray frame.  Nice, but what if someone actually (gasp) uses said tea tray for tea? (Yes, I could have had a glass piece cut for it, but did not want to mess with it.)  I took another chance and brushed a poly over the whole thing.  It had just enough color to turn the project a little gold, and I LOVED it. If I had been super serious about waterproofing, I may have added another coat or two.

Next day I bought this little old cabinet.  Great little antique piece for $17. 

 Nasty looking shelves inside that someone had GLUED horrible paper to.
  I needed a quick fix.
Vintage wallpaper to the rescue!

 Same technique. Glue with book weights, followed by brushing on a coat of poly.  
At this rate there may not be any wallpaper left to list on ebay.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Garden Windmill Repair

I bought this little beauty at the same estate sale that I bought so many other treasures from last weekend.  The windmill was leftover for the 50% OFF day because it was so damaged.  Many of the crossbar supports were dangling loose, which I had to bolt back into place.  All four horizontal ground supports were bent and twisted (I didn't do too much straightening, because I didn't want to weaken the metal.)

The tail and wheel were not original, but they were homemade and cool looking.  They needed to be reattached to each other, and then to the windmill stand.  I hope no one looks too closely, because now there is quite a hodgepodge of hardware holding it all together.

My favorite part of the windmill is the little wire ladder running all the way up the side of the windmill.  I can just picture a little tiny man scaling the side of the windmill to do some repairs.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Last Weekend's Vintage Finds

I went to a farm house estate sale last weekend that was organized by a friend of mine.  I have done estate sales before, and I know what a daunting task it was.  This sale was HUGE, and encompassed the house and several sheds.

 I got three of these magazines from the 1920s.
I am going to frame them and hang them in my future chicken coop.
(Doesn't everyone decorate their chicken coop interior?)

 Speaking of chickens -- I also bought two large egg baskets,
one folding egg basket,
and a great scale.

I already had the basket, but purchased the 
"grocery cart" and owl #1.

 Owl #2 inside a milk crate "cage".

+ 6 more metal milk crates.

Giant ball of twine....

and the cutest little birdhouse.

 Bird nests.... they are a weakness of mine.

 These had sat in box in the barn for years.
 I also bought a garden windmill,
but had to make some repairs on it.
You will have to check back in a couple of days to see it.

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