Wednesday, May 11, 2016

I Shot An Arrow ...

dictionary stand makeover, Krylon, Rust-Oleum gray paint, stencil
I shot an arrow into the air.

Where it landed, I simply do not have the energy to care.

As to what it hit, I do not have the time to spare!

I give a huge standing O to all of you who blithely travel from farm sales to antique fairs hauling your merchandise with you.

I am in a dither about the Magnolia Ridge Antiques & Arts Gathering.

Every time I think I am ready, I think of a gazillion things I need to do.

Believe me when I say, having a booth space is many, many times easier.

Back to today's post which is the makeover of the globe and dictionary stand from Friday Finds.

It was already quite sturdy and mostly clean.

Yes, you did spy my handy dandy grill brush - the all-purpose furniture cleaner.

I had two partial cans of Krylon matte gray I thought would be perfect.

I always paint the bottom of a piece first.

I was loving this color.

Flipped the stand over to paint the tops of the shelves.

Guess what?

I had put an empty can in the cabinet!?!

Many, many choice words later.

And those words were very colorful.

I found a can of Rust-Oleum Satin Granite to finish the piece off.

A perfect match.

I did have to lightly spray over the parts I had finished.

BUT I did not have to put on clothes to travel out to Hobby Lobby!

Since reference books and globes were once stored here, arrows seemed to be the perfect stencil to use.

I used a bright white craft paint.

The stencil fit perfectly.

Available in Booth W-10, Riverfront Antique Mall.

I know I am being a bit selfish by not answering your comments like I usually do, but I am reading both your comments and your blog posts. I promise to back to normal after May 21.

<Well, as normal as I can possibly be.>

See y'all!

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  1. So glad you saved the day with a similar color spray paint! Love the arrow stencils on the back. I just bought a very similar stencil and you've given me a good idea on how to use it. Make sure you take some pictures of your set up at the show--I wanna see :) (You're gonna be great--try not to stress out...)

  2. oh the having to get dressed and run to the store in the middle of a project is not fun. Glad you had some other paint to finish the project and it turned out really cute! Hold on May 21st will be here before you know it!

  3. I still haven't gone to the store to get more spray paint to finish one of my "quickie" projects!

  4. Put on clothes? I am confused.

    You're going to do fine!

    I love that your stencil choices are getting more and more adventurous all the time.

    Since I'm always at the Big Flea on the last day, I usually get to see the vendors start tearing down and packing up, ready to move on to the next show. I don't care what you sell, that's a helluva lot of work. I know I couldn't do it over and over and over again.

  5. Another winner! Hang in's almost here. I can't imagine all the work involved but I am tired from just trying to! Hugs, T.

  6. the image of you nakid outside spray painting the cabinet made me giggle, and i am sure you will be ready for mag ridge and will do very well xx

  7. Donna, I love this little cabinet and the arrows are perfect for it. I'm sure your space at Magnolia Ridge will be amazing!

  8. The arrows are perfect for this cabinet. Wishing you good luck at Magnolia Ridge. My cabin opens in three days....yikes!

  9. I love what you did with the stand. Still whining about not having a globe... Maybe we'll hit the local thrift stores tomorrow.

  10. Beautiful job Donna ... love the arrow stencil. Good luck at Magnolia Ridge. Take a deep breath ... you will do just fine, ready or not.
    Audrey Z.

  11. That shelf looks so cute now, I love the unique style of it!

    Shows are stressful and a lot of work but so fun!


  12. That shelf is the cutest! Love the different. The color and arrows are perfect for it! No worries about not replying. I always feel so guilty when I don't reply, but I just don't have time some weeks. Hope you have a great Friday and weekend.


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