I’ve got a good old-fashioned ‘before and after’ to share today. Here is a 1960’s barrel back caned chair. I love the shape of these chairs and the upholstery is in excellent condition. The problem was the dark, shiny finish. It was muting the pretty blue fabric.
With the addition of lighter paint, the texture and colors of the fabric pop and give this chair a fresh look for 2014.
First, I applied a coat of Artissimo (navy) with bonding agent while carefully getting the paint in all of the crevices of the caning.
Next, I used the wax puck in a few places around the edges and raised areas to create a resist between layers of paint which is evident in the final distressing.
I brushed on a coat of shutter gray over the entire chair carefully applying it lightly over the caning so the navy would really peek through.
The final steps involved lightly sanding back the wax puck to reveal the navy blue under the gray followed by topcoating with furniture wax.
The upholstered back of this style chair is one of my favorite features. Such a great shape.
I’m not usually a glitter and gold kind of gal but I’m loving these pinecone branches which are popping up in our holiday displays and juxtapose rustic accents well. They’re festive and easy to mix into a vase arrangement, mantel or wreath. What do you think? Love ‘em?
Here’s a look at how the Circa Dee holiday window display is evolving at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown along with the barrel back chair. Speaking of Serendipity, I’ll be conducting a Milk Paint Demonstration there on Sunday at 1 pm. Be sure to join us as this will most likely be the last one of the year.
The Sleigh Rides sign did not last long so I’m off to paint more! Hope to see you at the demo this weekend.
I’m completely smitten with this floral patterned ottoman. It is equal parts fall and spring. Well the flowers are probably more spring than fall but those orange hues seem to match the November foliage so well.
It was love at first sight when I spotted this floral number a few weeks ago. It seems to have an Anthropologie vibe, doesn’t it? The vintage linen fabric is in fantastic shape. I considered removing the skirt for a more modern look but didn’t want to jeopardize tearing the linen. After a thorough shampooing, it is right at home paired with the solid hemp armchair. A keeper for sure…at least for now.
What treasures have you found lately?
With the fear of frost looming at the end of October, we had to come up with a suitable winter home for our plant collection which was taking up residence outside and our deck.
They’re now sitting pretty in our living room amongst my favorite pair of vintage chairs.
We came up with a game plan to extend our sunny bay windowsill in order to accommodate the plants and my favorite vintage pots, bowls and vases. We started with fantastic weathered old 1×6 lumber that has almost a barnwood-like quality. We needed 6 – 5 foot boards in total. The boards previously made up a section of simple post and beam fencing in our yard. Each was stripped down to expose the worn grain. Two boards were paired together to make a 12 inch deep shelf. Three sets of boards were attached vertically to one another to create a 3-tier shelf system.
Plumbing pipe shelving is not a new concept but we came up with our own simple plant stand version using pipes and fittings to connect the unit. There are 2 connecting points on each shelf therefore we used a total of 4 – 9 inch plumbing nipples and 8 flanges which screw into the wood. These also double nicely as book ends. The plumbing materials were the most expensive part of this DIY project.
We decided on a set of simple 7 inch turned legs for the bottom which cost less than $5 each at Lowe’s. The raw wood of the legs and shelves received an application of hemp oil for a durable water repellent topcoat which also left a subtle stain highlighting the wood grain.
The plants have happily been relocated to the new plant stand where they are enjoying the expansive window and, normally, bright light.
These snaps are from this morning during a dreary, cold November rain. I love the mix of terra cotta amongst the saturated colors in the kilim rug and mohair chairs – all vintage finds of course. Such a cozy new space!
About a month ago I crowd sourced facebook for some feedback on what to do with this little night stand. I’m not usually a crowd-sourcer. Typically I just follow my instinct but this one initially had me stumped on what direction I wanted to go. I really love the shape and style.
Thank you all for your feedback. It was very enlightening! Ultimately I decided on a soft black with light distressing highlighting the brown stain underneath. Typewriter (black) also happens to be the Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint color of the month for October.
I achieved this look in a very controlled way. Although the top was a little scratched up, the finish on the edges was in great shape so I wanted to highlight it. Before I even started painting I rubbed the wax puck over those high points to preserve that nice finish. Normally I use the wax puck to create a resist between layers of different paint colors. This seemed like a good time to try the same technique on the original finish.
After the wax puck was applied, I painted on 2 coats of typewriter milk paint with bonding agent mixed in. The finish on the veneer was pretty shiny and I didn’t want to risk major chipping on this mid-century piece. The bonding agent worked like a charm.
Once the paint was dry, I carefully pulled away where the wax puck had been applied using a putty knife. There was no need for sanding as that would have scratched the bottom layer. Also, no dusty mess!
I finished the entire piece with furniture wax for a protective topcoat. I love the original brass knobs against the soft black.
Pictured are also a pair of apron strings candlesticks finished with lots of antiquing wax for a warm fall look.
The typewriter nightstand is new at The West End Garage. Check it out! We’re open everyday through October and move to a shortened week in November.
In the meantime, our Fall Furniture Sale is still going on with mark downs on select pieces!
Fall brings out the nesting instinct in so many of us. Definitely me. I found myself pulling out all of my favorite cozy wool throw blankets. Too many really. Although they do all get snuggled up against throughout the season. But still I have quite a stack of them.
The issue of too many wool throws combined with a corner begging for height and color brought about the idea of a repurposed ladder blanket rack. The paint splattered aqua ladder is one of my favorite treasures. I could have sold this ten times over but always knew it belonged with me and now, here as a blanket rack.
That corner is really shaping up to be my favorite, stacked high with vintage treasures. The captain lamp on top of that desirable card catalog table framed by those blankets and ladders. Yes, please! I think that the introduction of aqua in the corner has saved the card catalog from the white paint job that I was contemplating.
Have you scored any new vintage treasures lately?
Vintage Trunks are the best, aren’t they? Clearly they provide storage as that was the intention in the utilitarian object to begin with. However, they also lend an aesthetic appeal to a space.
A few years back I scored this large vintage ammo trunk as part of a lot of trunks. It was a WWII US Navy trunk. In fact, the shipping labels are still in tact which indicate that it was sent to the US Air Force in New York. The trunk, overall, is in great shape.
I have a soft spot for World War II memorabilia. It is probably the least feminine thing to collect but there is something visually appealing to me about the army green, type fonts, rivets and brass details typically associated with the items. It generally leads me to wonder about what our country was like at that time with women headed to work while men were at war; what my grandparents were doing; what technology was in play and so on. It is also the era that my collections date back to. I don’t really gravitate toward many pieces earlier than 1940’s.
Naturally I loved this green trunk although I did initially try to sell it but had no takers. When that happens it is a sure sign that it is meant to stay with us…at least for now.
Over the past year it has lived a double life after receiving a set of casters on the bottom so it can easily be pushed around. First, it made a fantastic window seat when covered with a thick, tufted cushion and pillows.
The problem was that it simply wasn’t getting enough use beyond its storage abilities. A few months ago, I pushed it into play as an extra long coffee table where it seems to have a more fulfilling life. Plus, this made more room for vintage chair hoarding.
You can do no wrong to it. Drink rings cause no damage. This thing was in war after all! And brass always looks good with army green.
What is your favorite way to use a vintage trunk?
P.S. Don’t forget about the upcoming milk paint demonstration at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown on Sunday!