Turquoise Corner

I'm fighting the urge to go shopping for more "stuff" (that I do NOT need), so I decided to give this tall candle stick a makeover.  I found this some years ago at Kirkland's, and it had a little piece at the bottom that had been broken off, so instead of $49.99, it was $10.00.  It started out gold, then I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Olde White, with dark wax for the first update.  Well, it was looking kinda blah, so I painted it with Green Water by Valspar.

 Olde White


 Green Water


I brushed the paint on, not trying to get it into every crevice, because I planned to distress it.  While the paint was not quite dry, I gently rubbed a sanding block across the areas where I wanted the white to show through.




This made it very easy to get a distressed look.  While I had the paint out, I painted this little angel plaque.


It was drying quicker than the candle stick, so I had to rub a little more to get the distressed look.

Where did I put them?  Why in the sun room of course!


They sit on the vintage table painted the same color, and below the picture whose frame I painted with Green Water too.


So here is my turquoise corner!







So what do you do to fight the urge to shop for more "stuff"?

(I still might have to go look through some consignment shops)!  That's what Saturdays are for!

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The Deeper Hues of Fall

I'm not ready to go all out for Fall, just yet, but it's getting harder and harder not to bring out all the oranges and rusts.  I finally gave in, somewhat, and made a spray for the green lantern/ bird cage in the sun room.  Since the colors in there are green, white, and pink, I chose plum colors for the spray.

Here is the lantern without anything attached to it.

I dug through some of my bins in the basement, and found a few scraps of faux florals that were deep plum in color.  I fastened them together with metal and plastic ties.



The spray consists of a piece of vine with small lavender flowers which I cut into 4 pieces to make it shorter and easier to work with.  Then I had two small sprays with the berries, and the deep lilac looking flowers, and one huge bunch of grapes.  Once I got everything tied together, I attached it to the handle of the lantern with the burlap ribbon without tying a bow.




Once the spray was attached, it was easy to bend the vine the way I wanted it.

I think the colors and burlap give a subtle hint of Fall, without going all out with the oranges and rusts.  In addition, it blends in with the greens and pinks in the room.


The inside holds a brown candle that smells delicious!  If I can find a string of white lights in all my bins, I am going to place those inside the lantern.  Maybe this will suffice until Autumn really arrives, and the pumpkins and leaves can be displayed.  Are you ready for the deeper hues of Fall?

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Breakfast Table Vignette

I changed up the vignette on the breakfast table recently.  I had been using a small trug to hold S/P, napkins, and other table essentials.  I had painted the pink trug white, and applied graphics to it.

It had been on the table for quite some time.  It was time for a change.

 I gathered some colorful objects together and filled this basket.
All items were consignment finds with the exception of the hen which I bought at Ross.
Isn't she so sweet?
The colors blend well together.


While in the breakfast nook, I made a quick addition to the pie safe.  This lovely plate is also a consignment find.
I'm liking the gold, green, and red tones in the vignette, and on this plate.

Painting Grain Sack Stripes on an Old Table & Trunk

Lots of folks in blog land are adding stripes to furniture, tables, fabric, and all kinds of things.  I have added stripes to a couple of items that I want to share with you.

This table belonged to my paternal grandmother.  I barely remember her.  I do remember using this table like a desk as a little girl.  It was dark brown.  Years later, I started sanding the top and went through multiple layers of paint.  Even an old newspaper sheet was underneath all the paint.  I had used a stripper though, and the paper was ruined, so I don't know why it was there.  

When I first started blogging, I was introduced to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  This table was the first item I painted with it (Olde White).  I was getting the feel of the paint and dark wax, and ended up waxing it very heavily.  I decided I liked the "stripped" look that the wax brought to the table, so I left it that way.

Here is the table before the stripes were added.  I love the khaki color the Olde White, and Dark Wax left on the piece.


The paint is a Valspar sample, Polar White.  First, I taped off the area to paint the stripes.  I just eyeballed it.  I'm much too impatient to measure!  



Here it is taped off for three stripes, one large center one, two thinner stripes on each side of the center stripe.



I quickly painted over the tape and bare areas between, being sure not to go past the edges of the outside edge of the tape.



Here are the stripes after allowing the paint to dry for a while, and removing the tape.


I added the same vignette back to the table so that some of the stripes would show.


 
 I recently shared this old trunk that belongs to my husband.  I covered the inside with fabric, painted the outside, and added fleur de lis designs.  I decided it needed some stripes as well.  The same process was followed on the trunk.



Have you painted grain sack stripes on anything?  I think it adds a lot of fun to these old pieces, and it's really easy.  Give it a try.

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Going Vintage

I love old things!  Old pictures, old furniture, old bottles, anything old....things with history!  For example,


 OLD BABY SHOES

 OLD WATCHES

 OLD SEWING DRAWERS

OLD TOOL TRAYS

OLD SILVER


OLD BOWLS

OLD PICNIC HAMPERS
 
OLD QUILTS


OLD BREAD BOXES

 
OLD SHUTTERS AND OLD TABLES

 
OLD WICKER


  OLD LADDERS, AND OLD GLORY
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OLD LINENS


OLD SILVERWARE, OLD VASES & KITCHEN TOOLS

 OLD BOOKS, OLD BASKETS, & OLD CRATES

OLD DRESSERS

 OLD DOORS

 OLD CHOPPING BOARDS WITH KNIFE MARKS

 OLD LAUNDRY ITEMS, PAILS, BLEACH BOTTLES, CLOTHESPINS

 OLD INSECT CATCHERS

 OLD JELLY CUPBOARDS

 OLD HOOSIERS (OR 1/2 A HOOSIER)

 OLD PLANT STANDS

What do you love?  Most of these items are heirlooms, or things I purchased for very little!  Do you decorate with these things?  

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