Monday, July 26, 2010

A favorite Yard Sale Find

Okay, so I need to get better at "before" pictures.  Better as in remembering to take some.  I picked up this cute little bench at a church yard sale recently.  It caught my eye right away, although I wasn't sure exactly how I wanted to use it.  My first thought was that it could be used to hold cook books on the counter top.  But, I also love the look of my Ball jars on it.    The large jars are 1/2 gallon jars, just to give you an idea of the size.   It was a wood stain when I got it, and in need of some TLC.  I painted a white coat first, then the blue-ish color.  My daughter did the distressing.  I LOVE it.  But, I may not use it for myself.  Pam and I are cooking up a prospective adventure and if it works out, I'll be posting the details a little later.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Kitchen Table Makeover

This was the oak table and chair set that seems to be so popular.  I've seen this set in many homes.  Pam painted her set several different colors, with a final coat of white.  The distressing allows the other colors to show through.  Doesn't everything look better with some chippy paint?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A Stop In Chapel Hill, TN

On our way to Alabama last Saturday morning, I kept my eyes open for any yard sales along the way.  None. Zip. Zilch.  I couldn't believe it.  I did recall a little thrift shop along the way in Chapel Hill.

We pulled in the parking lot of this place and my son exclaimed "Oh Great.  The House O' Crap!".

Well, he wasn't completely wrong.  But, I did find the milk glass dish and 2 mason jars at this store.  There were also some interesting windows out front, but we didn't have the time, or room in the car. 

Just a short distance down the road we spotted this place.  The side and front porches were filled with some interesting pieces and I was sure there were more inside.

I was disappointed to find this sign on the door.  Closed on the particular weekend I happened to stop by.

This place is only about 30 minutes from my house.  It just happens to be in the opposite direction of my day-to-day life.   But, I'm still wondering if there is some reasonably priced treasure inside waiting for me.  So, I'll definitely be making a trip back there before long.

Friday, July 9, 2010

The Chair

I really wish I had remembered to take a before picture of this chair.  I noticed how nice and sturdy it was while my son was sitting on it as Pam, my daughter and I were checking out everything in an antique store.  The chair was just screaming "paint me".  Okay, so maybe that was my 16 year old son screaming because we forced him to hang out in antique stores for more than an hour one early Saturday morning.

At my daughter's suggestion, we carried our supplies and projects and set up under a nice shade tree last weekend.  What a beautiful day!  There was a wonderful, steady breeze the entire time.  Anyway, we played around with the color process on this one.  We started with a base coat of white, then green, then we hand mixed the final blue.  Pam did her master sanding and distressing and ta-DA. 

I felt like the blue needed an earthy color for balance, so I grabbed my sewing machine and made this burlap pillow.

Okay, so the lighting is a little different in this one and the chair color looks a little more green here.

We have to make a day trip to Huntsville tomorrow.  We're leaving a little early because I'm really hoping we will spot some garage sales along the way.  The first hour of the trip is through little rural towns.  My favorite place to be!

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