First, Riverfront Antique Mall is moving next door to the "big" side. (It used to be a K-Mart.) I will be moving the three of my booths over to the two booths I had previously when we were on the 'big" side. (The "small" side was an Old America Store once - like a Hobby Lobby.) Last year in January and February, we moved from the "big" side to the "small" side so they could complete some much needed renovations.
Those of you who are dealers know that it can be a vagabond life. Some travel from one antique show to another. Others like me are moved from one mall to another. I started this full-time in 1998. I have been in four different malls. In the one I am in now, I have been in several different spaces. I am keeping my same booth number which means I will not have to re-tag anything - just take down my old doors and pack up my items and hauled it about 50 yards down the sidewalk. Most of the dealers are extremely happy because the spaces are larger with wider aisles. I can't wait to start anew! And Chucks is so delighted that for the fifth time he will get to unscrew my six heavy doors to move and then screw them back together. (I use them for dividers.) Oh, also, 12 sheets of pegboard. All of this to say my blog might suffer a drought in the coming weeks!
Back to Big Bertha the Basket Tray. There is probably a fancy name for her, but I don't know it. You will recognize her from Happy Hunting. See that post here! She was infested with baby roaches. To wreak havoc on those critters, I first douse her with roach spray, put her in a black plastic bag tied tight, and placed the bag in direct sunlight. I do this with all my iffy pieces and always with pillows and other soft materials. It will kill even bedbugs. (I don't spray softs directly with insect spray - they might stain.)
For the next two days she was rigorously hosed down and put in the sun with a wash of white vinegar to kill the smell. Finally I spritzed her good with a mixture of eucalyptus oil and alcohol - rubbing, not drinking! Her nasty body odor and the vermin were vanquished!
Two coats of Rust-Oleum Ivory Silk Satin - all over front and back.
Just how big is Big Bertha? A whopping three feet long, two feet wide, and four inches deep. The bottom is wood. The basket part is tightly woven rattan. She weighs about ten pounds!
Okay, okay - I went to Hobby Lobby and bought not one, but four new stencils. The one for this project is by The Crafter's Workshop and is called Harlequin. I was looking for this pattern and liked this one because it was cut to resemble a distressed faded look.
I decided to use it down the center of the tray. One full sheet in the middle with two partials overlapping on either end.
First line it up and tape it down.
First coat Folk Art raw sienna. You can see the distressed-looking pattern.
Move the stencil up about an eighth of an inch and pounce on Folk Art Sea Mist.
Move the stencil up and very lightly pounce with a bright white for highlights.
Yes, I had to wash the stencil and dry it each time I changed colors.
I wasn't satisfied - it needed something more.
I retaped the stencil to fill in the design blanks. Basically I put the solid part of the stencil on top of the blue.
First, raw sienna
Second, sea shell pink
Third, highlight with bright white
(I have at this point stenciled this thing SIX TIMES!!!)
Was I satisfied? Not quite. It needed something else. Just a little decoration.
It needed The Graphics Fairy!!!!
I found a pretty pink rose on a blue background that matched perfectly. I Mod Podged it on and let cure before adding a top coat.
Next I took a fine grit sandpaper and distressed both the rose image and the background. You will notice that I really took it down. I like a lot of distressing.
Next a glaze of raw sienna - I wanted Big Bertha to really show off her age!
Then three coats of a satin varnish.
Here she is in all her new-old loveliness. She turned out much prettier than I thought she would. I now wish I had given her a better name than Big Bertha! Well, while I am watching the Olympics tonight I will print some lovely torn muslin ribbons to fill her up! I will wait to take her to the shop after I have moved!
So if you are in the neighborhood and have a strong back and a dolly, come on by to help drag my junk, er, treasures over to the "big" side.
A tribute to Sherman: "We're moving on up to the Eastside to that..."