Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Yes, I Painted the Drop Cloth

blue chair before

I have had this chair for a century long time.  In fact, when I bought this chair, you could hardly find this type of Frenchie chair anywhere.  I kept thinking some day I would paint it.  So I put it in storage and guess where it stayed.  You can see why.
I finally decided to paint it and I chose Sherwin Williams “Jogging Path.”  It is the faintest of greys.

blue chair pillow 3
Don’t you love the detail on these types of chairs? 

I decided it needed a cushion.  So I made one out of painter’s canvas drop cloth.  I washed it, of course! 
And, I decided it needed a “look.”  So I took out my trusty artist’s brush and painted black stripes.  Well, I couldn’t actually afford to buy that kind of look!  European grain sacks (or whatever you call this look) = big dollars. 
blue chair pillow

This is the finished product. 
blue chair after 2
I haven’t decided whether or not I’m going to keep it.  I have thousands too many chairs, so my hubby says.  He’s told me a million times not to exaggerate.
seal of approval Rembrandt print
I just noticed the Rembrandt print lady is looking across the room at my new chair.  Is it just me or is she looking “all judgmental?”

Linking with Kathleen’s Faded Charm White Wednesday  (it is the faintest of greys), Power of Paint, Wow Us Wednesday, Share the Love, and Three Boys.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

To Keep Me From Painting It


I love lamps.  I have always loved lamps.  I have had quite a few antique lamps.  I have sold quite a few antique lamps.    This is beginning to sound like a children’s book.  See Spot Run.


I don’t usually mind painting lamps if I think I would like them better or if they would fit my décor or someone else’s décor better.  Everyone has been happy with the painted results. 


bird lamp 4

I like to paint them in solid colors, white, black, red, apple green.  I feel it modernizes them.

Unfortunately, I didn’t keep too many photos of all the lamps I have painted.

But you get the idea, right?


bagpiper lamp.



Anyway, my dilemma is this:

antique lamp 2

antique lamp 3


I bought this one at an antique store about 30 years ago.  It has the original Nicolletti’s shade.  I just can’t paint it.  I am selling it in its original glory.   I finally figured out why I can’t paint it.  All of the lamps I have painted were purchased with the intention to paint them.  Thirty years ago, I would have never thought of that.  I can’t paint it.  Sometimes you just have to walk away.



Linking with Kathleen’s Faded Charm White Wednesday.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Do You See Koala Faces?


antique ice trays 1

It is White Wednesday again over at Kathleen’s Faded Charm.  Why, yes, thank you, I would like to join the fun.  Hubby has been at it again and brought me something he knows I love—little metal drawers.  It’s all in the name of organization, of course.

antique ice trays 2

Maybe it is because I’m an animal lover.  I see a Koala face.






antique ice trays 3

What?  They were not really little drawers in the beginning?  Clue—see dividers?


antique ice tray frigidaire

Here is another one, but it is not white.  See Frigidaire?  They are all old ice trays.


antique ice trays 4

I’ll keep my icemaker.  But I do like to repurpose.  Don’t we all need ways to corral all those itty bitty things?


antique ice trays 6

I do believe that will work!  Do YOU see the Koala faces?

What kind of face do you see?




white owlsl (2)

They’re hanging out next to the white owls.