Monday, July 30, 2012

Kid's Chalkboard Table - Is it a Keeper?

Since my grandson was born a few weeks ago, it seems I've got kids on the brain.  Everywhere I go I notice baby clothes and kids toys!  So when I saw these kids chairs at a flea market, they had to come home with me.

They're adorable but a little plain. And you know how well me and plain get along!

But first I needed a table to go with them.  Sometimes it takes months to find that perfect piece.  This time, just one day later I found a great kids table in an antique mall!  And it was already painted white!

I was so excited about it that I forgot to take a "before" shot of the table!  Go figure!  You've never done that, right?

Well, you know my affinity for numbers!  I've numbered things here and here and here and here.  So these little chairs needed some numbers, too.  I cut a stencil with my Silhouette and used black acrylic paint to fill it in.

Adorable, right?  Well I snatched up that little table and painted the top with chalkboard paint.

Here's the final product:
Now the question is, do I sell it or keep it?

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Paddle Up Some Oars

I've sold lots of canoe paddles over the past few years.  They make such great decorative pieces and can be used in lots of ways.  Kelly at Stylish Patina just did a post about ways to use oars.  She found such great ideas!

Anyway, I recently found these two amazing oars.

I loved the aqua color and the perfect shabby-chippiness!

They still have the awesome hardware attached!

Only problem is, they're plain.  They were just crying out for some attention.

So in honor of the Olympics, I thought I'd give them some stars and stripes.

I used my Silhouette to cut some stars out of contact paper.  Then I put some blue painter's tape on the other oar for some stripes.
Then I grabbed some red acrylic paint and went to work.

After two coats of paint, I took off the stencil. 

Did you hear them say, "thank you?"

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Quick Gate-leg Table Update

With the baby coming and furniture flying out of the shop, I needed to get some things ready quick so I had something ready in a pinch.  

I found this awesome table at a flea market.  It was already painted white so I didn't have to start from scratch!  

It's called a gate-leg table because two of the legs swing like a gate to support the drop leaf.

Only problem is, it was kinda boring.  I guess I'm just a sucker for a pretty color!

So I pulled out my favorite ASCP Provence and gave it two coats.  The legs were naturally distressed so I distressed the top to keep it in context.
 Two coats of wax and it's now waiting in the wings.  

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