Saturday, October 25, 2014

Mirror In Distress



Farragoz paint techniques, distressed mirror
If something is new, I make it old.

That would be my mantra.

Distressed is my name after all.

 
How to make a perfectly good mirror a primitive beauty






I have showed you this mirror before. (here)

I sanded the heck out of the finish.

Both sides.







Then I sanded the heck out of the back of the mirror.

I used a fine grit with my hand sander.

Be careful - you do NOT want to scratch the glass.

That's just ugly, not distressed!






Sprayed a light coat of Looking Glass followed by a light spritz of alcohol.

Repeated that step one more time.

Sometimes I do a third, but two turned out to be the look I wanted.

I painted the whole back - wood and glass with black paint.





I used techniques learned in my Farragoz course to paint layers and layers of paint followed by a light scraping and sanding.







She is a primitive beauty.

I was tempted to add a bauble or two at the top, but since she is going to the booth, I did not.













Maybe if my bathroom mirror was distressed, I would not be so distressed over what my hair looks like each morning!

 
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Finds

vintage finds, dental molds, art prints
Another round of Friday Finds.

A collection of things I bought during the past week.

A robin egg blue student chair.

A tennis racket with press.








This lovely old metal medicine cabinet with an aged mirror.
















Look at the blue, rusty patina.

This was not a bargain, but I was willing to pay real money for it.











A couple of yards of blue ticking.

Four linoleum blocks ready to be carved.















A big blue suitcase.

A green plaid Poloron cooler.

My inner Erica (The Thrifter Sisters) voice said to buy the cooler.

Wouldn't it look great with a Christmas tree on top?









A La Cross implement display drawer for tweezers and nail tools.














A pen and ink of a sailboat.

I can imagine a vintage yachting trophy next to it.


Obviously I do not know the difference between a yacht and a sailboat.












I now have a bunch of these shutters waiting for me to decide what to do with them.
















A new, but abused, wire dress form.  The stand had been bent and broken.

The bar is welded onto the frame. I am thinking light fixture.














An old painting of babies.

















A large round print of little girls.






















These two were so large, I had to lay them on the lawn.

A very old plaster frame.

A very long mirror harp - obviously for a large dresser.





THE DANNI SPECIAL SECTION


Danni who is on a break from the Silo Farm blog loves when I find body parts. 


These were sitting on the desk of the guy running an outside area of a thrift store and I convinced him to let me buy them.





No, they are not dentures, but dental molds for mouthpieces from Everlast.

I am not a forensic scientist but I play one in real life sometimes.

I noticed the same name "Rivira" on the back of each mold.

Even though the left one is smaller than the right, you can tell from the shape of the teeth they are from the same person.







Yes, Danni, I love these.

I have them sitting next to the snack tin in the kitchen.

They do make us stop before grabbing a snack.

Have a great weekend.

Find some treasures.

See y'all!




















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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mexican Sunflowers

gardening, sunflowers
All summer Mexican Sunflowers sit around and do nothing much.

Then in late July they start shooting up.







They grow and grow and grow and ...
















Bloom and bloom and bloom ...













Until there is a wild profusion of them all over the yard.











The bright yellow flowers continue to bloom and grow all the way through October.









Since I like a natural look, I do not attempt to corral them.

Though I must confess to digging them up by the dozens in the spring and tossing them willy-nilly around the yard.

The Mexican Sunflowers love hot, dry, sunny spots so I let them have them.

I have tried to convince them to grow in slightly shaded areas, but they outright refuse!






And what do the Mexican Sunflowers do during the dark of night?

Grow and bloom, of course!



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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tool Caddy Triplets



distressed painting tool caddies
Everyone on the planet knows I love to work with tool caddies.

Today I have triplets for you.

Quite a handsome group.








The black one started life as plain old wood.

Homemade, but not homely.

Unique, in fact.

Love that tall divider and the four compartments inside.






I showed you the gray one before - more about the mirror next week.

A dependable fellow divided into two compartments with a handle inside so he is stackable.

A good trait in a tool caddy.







I thought I showed you the blue one, but, oops, I did not.

So here it is already sanded down.

Love the shape of this one.





The gray one was sanded very heavily.










At this point I must admit to deleting the whole process of painting the wood one with Americana Chalky Paint in carbon which I bought with my own dollars, but you have seen painting before.

I also sanded the black slightly and coated with a spray satin varnish.

Just use your imagination.

Now back to the photos I did take.



I wiped the blue and the gray tool caddies with Mission Oak stain.

See the before and after of the bright blue toned down to perfection.

I spread the stain with a foam brush and wiped it off with a heavy duty paper towel.






 PATINA!


















 PATINA!


















PATINA!












 

The tool caddy triplets are over at Riverfront Antique Mall. 



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