Thursday, June 30, 2011

$5.00 Purchase & Chalk Paint

I can hardly believe it has been so long since I last blogged, but I have been busy both creating and securing a new job. On the job front I will be teaching full time next year in the Science department of our local public high school. It is a great position and I am anxious to once again spend more time in the classroom.

At the same time my mom and I have been busy going to estate sales and repurposing vintage finds into beautiful items to sell at Viva's Vintage Market on July 9th in Sister Bay, Wisconsin. This great little flea market features the best vendors and was named in the latest edition of Flea Market Style Magazine. Do stop by and check it out.

After spending the last three months reading about the wonders of Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint for restoring furniture, we decided we needed to get on the band wagon as well. We ordered our paint from Delucca Designs in the Chicago area. The owner Michelle is so helpful. I wanted to order all of the colors, but my mother restrained me and we selected colors that would micmic the colors of the Door County waters.

This was our first project with Chalk Paint. I picked up this little telephone stand for $5.00 at an estate sale. The little chair was in need of some wood glue so it was thrown in with the table. I selected Provence for the table and then just had to try my hand at mixing Old White with Provence for the chair to create a bit of variety.

The pieces were distressed and waxed with clear wax followed by a coat of dark wax. The dark wax brings out the detailed ribbing on the legs and helps to add just the perfect aged appearance.

Either piece would be charming in a bedroom as a bedside table. I could see the chair sitting alongside a twin bed with a pile of books for bedtime stories on the seat.

I made the felt pinwheels using "beachy" colors and vintage glass buttons as the centers. They add a bit of whimsy to the displays for the Vintage Market.

The little cherry demitasse cup was from my Grandmother. It's a perfect accent for this table because Door County is noted for its cherry trees.

We have been painting up a storm. I even have dreams about painting. Check back to see what I have been working on over the weekend.

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