Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Second Verse Same As The First

bookshelf makeover, distressed painting, Krylon Chalky Finish Paint, Maison de StencilI felt the French Love Song washstand needed a companion piece.






So second verse same as the first!

Except this time it is a bookshelf.

Read about the French Love Song Washstand HERE! 





I bought the bookshelf on the same day as the washstand.

Hence the same blooming hydrangea behind it.

The paint was a bit scratched and lumpy. 





So I sanded the heck out of it.

Put it in the living room and used it for my ever-increasing book collection for several months.









After  completing the washstand I used the leftover Krylon Spray Chalky Finish in ivory.

Great coverage.







Used the same French Love Song stencil from Maison de Stencils as the washstand.

In the same French blue craft paint.






It is an easy stencil to use.














Then did the same to distress the song lyrics - sand the heck out of it.












Rather like this size bookshelf so I am already on the lookout for another victim, er, project piece. 










I'm Henry VIII
I'm Henry the eighth I am
Henry the eighth I am, I am
I got married to the widow next door
 

She's been married seven times before
And every one was an Henry (Henry)
She wouldn't have a Willy or a Sam (no Sam)
I'm her eighth old man, I'm Henry
Henry the eighth I am
Second verse same as the first
I'm Henry the eighth I am
Henry the eighth I am, I am
I got married to the widow next door
She's been married seven times before
And every one was an Henry (Henry)
She wouldn't have a Willy or a Sam (no Sam)
I'm her eighth old man, I'm Henry
Henry the eighth I am
I'm Henry the eighth I am
Henry the eighth I am, I am
I got… 


So maybe I need to complete eight of these!?!


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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Quickies

quick makeover, Rust-Oleum Universal Hammered Rosemary paint
Or how a little shelf unit got hammered.

I forgot and deleted my before pics, but it was a brass-painted chrome shelf with Masonite shelves.




Used Rust-Oleum Universal Spray Paint in Hammered Rosemary after removing a few rust spots.

The paint is great for all types of surfaces and covers very well.





After the paint dries, the texture look appears.

Like magic.








I have used similar shelves like this in the bathroom hanging on the wall.






It was quick - most time spent waiting for paint to dry.  

It took 30 minutes.

To get hammered.



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Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Finds

vintage finds, old bottles, vintage books, vintage photography
As I gradually became human again from the creeping crud leaving my body, I decided to go through some collections and downsize. 

I started with two bins of bottles.

Here are a few I decided to sell.

Brown Clorox bottles, mustard, and olive jars.





More mustard jars and a few ketchup bottles.

Vinegar dressing bottles with little handles.








I went through the bin of books I have been saving back and read through all of them.  

I could only stand to part with these.

 
The sweet blue French textbooks had to have vintage French ribbons tied to them.




American French textbooks.














The red Water Babies is the third impression of the first printing.

Dorothy's House Party has a lovely cover.








The Hoosier poet, James Whitcomb Riley.

My students loved to recite his poetry - they called him the first rapper.

HAH!


The book in back is filled with his poetry.

The Reader is designed to help teachers celebrate James Whitcomb Riley Day which I did not know existed.

Of course it was written way back when!



As I became able to drive, I went shopping.

I wanted to dig through other junk.

Found more vintage baby cabinet photos.




A set of Buffalo small restaurant plates.

I may have to keep these for awhile.









Chucks actually found these.

I walked right past them. 

Must've been effects of the creeping crud.

Cages for poultry.

Fowl.




And last, but not least, this watercolor of cliffs and sea.

Love, love, love.

Keep, keep, keep.

Look at the frame.


I will be working to move thousands of books for the AAUW Book Fair this weekend, but hope to cram in a shopping trip.

Still in the seventies here and for the next week.

Spring has sprung.

Which means Old Man Winter is lurking in the background to strike us down.

And strike us down hard.


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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

French Love Song Washstand

French Love Song

I love her to death, I love her to death
I was nothing before, still I stand here today
As a keeper of dreams 'till the night fades away
I love her to death, I love her to death.

-Francis Cabrel









I started with an old washstand - white with stenciled country roses.

Well-made and quite sturdy.

Nothing to do but decide how to redo this beauty in the rough.

Yes, you do spy a blooming hydrangea behind it.

I am ashamed to say this was taken back in August.

<gasp>




Sanded her down and stored her in the living room awaiting inspiration.

Around about September, I started painting her Vintage - that Americana Chalky Paint color.

Finished the top and drawer.

Stored her in the living room.

Awaiting inspiration.

Around about the middle of December I had to move her from the living room to put up the Christmas tree.

Stored her in the dining room.

Awaiting inspiration.

Around about last week, the weather turned quite spring-like.

Inspiration struck.

I would finish painting her.

Alas, it was Sunday.  Hobby Lobby was not open, and I had no Vintage paint.

However I did have Krylon spray chalky paint in ivory.



So I sprayed her and sanded her smooth.

I had ordered some new stencils from Maison de Stencils.

One was a French Love song.

How perfect for Valentine's Day!

Notice how crisp the stencil is cut.

The stencil is created from thick sheets.

I love them!






I used French blue FolkArt craft paint.














Then sanded the heck out of it.















Looks great with the Vintage color inside of the drawer.











A pretty piece suitable for the bathroom or bedroom or wherever.














She came with the tempered glass top.















The glass is slightly blue.

She has been delivered to Booth C-23.

You can buy her for your Valentine - $125.



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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

There're No Pictures Like Snow Pictures

It's the first month of the year.

Snow was promised and did not come near here.

So I spent the time dragging out all my snow paintings to remind me what snow is.






My all-time favorite.

Signed by Ralph Booth - primitive - acrylic on board.

I found it covered in hay in an old barn years ago. 





An oil painting of a barn in snow.
















This one is not a painting, but a calendar page found in a shed.

I love the distressed-ness of it.








A colorful watercolor.

I know you are getting the idea here.

I love barns in snow!








Another oil painting.

Yes, there is a barn behind the house.











Acrylic on board.

More like a shed behind the house than a barn.

I especially love the frame.






 
The red barn is front and center on this acrylic on canvas.

Except for the first one, they are NOT signed.



Folks, if you take the time to create something, sign it, please! 




My den mantel.

The other paintings scattered around the house.













I always place the favorite right across from the sofa so I can see it every night.









A little concrete polar bear smiles at the world.

He is a happy fellow.





I have been away with the creeping crud that seems to be infecting everyone I know.

Hope your new year has begun with health and wealth.

If not, at least there is junk.

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