We had a great group turnout for the milk paint demonstration on Sunday. They left me inspired and ready to tackle some of my own projects! As a result, I painted the day away yesterday using the new European colors. Everything is “in progress” so today I’m sharing a December project that I’ve yet to post.
This table was nearly a goner. The veneer on the base was chipped and needed some repair albeit not perfect. We needed new molding around the column to secure it too. It just needed TLC to inject some life into it again.
Empire style furniture dates back to the 1800’s. Often pieces are identified by that round, circular-like foot. I have seen dressers like this but this was the first table so I snatched it up. Those curved feet were what attracted me to it in the first place.
The wood was very worn and raw – a perfect match for milk paint without any bonding agent. I applied 2 coats of Lucketts Green followed by furniture wax with a little bit of antiquing wax to add depth to the color. This table has so many possibilities for its next life. A dining spot in a small kitchen. An entry table in a large foyer. You name it. It is for sale at The West End Garage.
And these arrows. I can’t get enough of them. The colors are so bright and cheerful. I’ll tell you, I become a real hoarder this time of year. Constantly editing and re-editing vignettes at home. It might be time to thin out this collection though.
Our holiday decorating is a wrap at this point. We’re enjoying the warm glow of the tree every night and we’re watching the pile of wrapped presents slowly grow. We went with a smaller than usual tree this year but propped it up on my favorite vintage card catalog table. As for the ornaments, we kept fairly traditional. I’ve been known to go all one color or theme in the past but not this year.
The only big curve ball I threw on the tree were arrows. I guess I should say I “shot” at the tree.
Since we had no specific color scheme, I thought these bright vintage arrows were a fun addition around the top of the tree. What do you think?
You may remember the arrows and antlers from my fall mantel. Yep, they easily transitioned to the next season…along with the cotton stems too.
Both have been a hit in the shop along with some other outdoorsy and almost season-less ornaments like the vintage style chairs, acorns & lanterns.
For garland this year, I simply used chenille ribbon. I love this stuff! It can go around your gifts or on the tree. We still have some available to trim your own tree with!
Tonight is Serendipity of Doylestown’s open house from 6-9. Check out all of these ornaments and more!
For the most part this season, I am decorating with elements inspired by nature. Rather simply too. I opted for a lighter, brighter color palette rather than the traditional warm, fall colors. This palette can also be found at the shop and many of these elements are for sale there. Typically I am decorating similarly at home as I am at West End Garage. It keeps things simple!
Cotton stems have been very popular and you can see why. They’re so easy to work with. Just plop them in a vase or in this case, a galvanized flower bucket. They really can be on display from late summer/harvest season through New Year’s. So many options! They look good alone or with an accent flower. I thought it was fun to pair them with twigs and vintage arrows for this vignette. I used just 3 stems in each bucket to get this look.
The other accessories include feather balls, mini pumpkins and antler ornaments. The antlers are small reproductions so they’re sort of guilt free for people who are into the antler trend but not a fan of decorating with animal relics. They’re available at West End Garage too along with a quickly growing collection of ornaments. Tis the season!
I got my wish of beautifully stacked wood after pining and pinning! Our wood burning stove has been installed and is ready for winter. I love how the seasoned wood accents this display and gives purpose to the mantel. And the faux bois planter certainly doesn’t hurt.
Peering past the mantel into the corner, you can see the Captain has something new over there and it’s not just the orange raffia pumpkin (also available at West End Garage). He’s perched up on a vintage 6-drawer card catalog which I am super excited about. I spotted this in an antique shop and spent a week dreaming about it for this space while fearing it would be gone by the time I got back. It was there waiting for me and it is the ideal fit for this corner. Plus the drawers are the perfect size to hold DVDs.
I am deciding where to go from here with it, aesthetically. It needs to be boosted up a few inches to true side table status. Probably with casters since I seem to put casters on everything in my home. Also, should I paint it? That corner seems dark and the wood isn’t anything spectacular. Linen seems like a viable option – maybe just the frame and not the drawers? Please do weigh in! Would you paint a vintage card catalog?