Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Three passions in one!

I love old, wooden, neglected boxes. I have a house full of them. I also love the Union Jack and the color olive. I might love olive too much, but eh. I planned to paint this box in traditional colors but doing that gave me the screaming heebie-jeebies. I switched to olive. Ahhhhhh, so much better. So here's my latest Union Jack.

I used a combination of acrylic, milk and chalk paint at random, depending on what color I had available. Then I waxed it with clear soft wax. It is very rustic looking, much like the dresser i posted earlier. Straight to it goes!

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Chalk Paint strikes again!

Here is my tall side table 'before.' It is a cute little thing but someone didn't take good care of it.

I'm showing all the dings and wear because the awesome ASCP allowed me to dive into painting without any of that boring sanding and stripping. Using Duck Egg Blue I dragged the brush over the legs, not worrying about coverage, since I wanted a rustic look. It turned out perfect.

The next step was the checkerboard legs. I masked off the legs with automotive tape. It's more flexible than painters tape, I think. I used Old White for the checks and Aubusson Blue for the accents. When I pulled the tape off I got random patches of chippiness.

Next, the top. I covered the top and inside the drawer with Paris Grey, then Used Old White for the checks and Aubusson Blue for the accents. I'm loving these three colors together. For the feet and the border on top, I used Graphite.

A good, solid coating of wax and some spray sealer on top (for extra protection) and my little table was done!

Onto this one goes. I'll hate to see it go but I'm enjoying looking at it in my living room while I can!

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Ho boy. Sorry Doc.

Yesterday we had an appointment with my oncologist before I had infusion. Same ole, same ole, UNTIL he said 'No heavy lifting. You can't be moving heavy furniture. A bone could snap.' 

The h*ll? I was stunned. Heck, I move heavy furniture all the time. sheesh.

My doctor would have not liked to see what I did the day before .........

My new old card catalog - absolutely STUFFED into my car. Picture a sewing machine cabinet, lamp globes, boxes of odds and ends and the rear car seat also crammed in there. It's a good thing I had left one of the rear seats at home.

Five people shoved it in there, but there were only 2 to get it out. We removed all 60 drawers before attempting to budge the thing.

We finally got to use the massive old wine barrel hand truck I found earlier in the summer. My Honey wheeled it around to the front door. Bricks all the way people. We wrestled it inside where it will sit in the entry way until I change my mind. :-)

I need to clean the stickers off the wood, but that's all. I have to pinch myself - I never thought I'd have one of these.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Oh boy. Oh boy. Oh boy.

A girlfriend and I went north yesterday, on the hunt for used furniture. Now, I'm not the person who is in the right place at the right time. Those fantabulous Craigslist finds? Nope, not me. Awesome furniture out on the curb? Where the heck do you live?

BUT yesterday we wandered into a used furniture store and what to my wondering eyes did appear? One of these! (this image is from

My heart leaped! My heart SANG! I've wanted a card catalog forEVER. It was a bargain but I wasn't sure I should spend the money ....... so we left. And came back. The owner of the store was there and I asked him what his best price would be and he said $100. I was speechless. I only see these large pieces at $800 and up. He said for that price we had to haul it home - he wouldn't deliver. Well, home was 100 miles away, so whatever. We knew delivery wasn't an option.

I wish I had taken pictures of getting this thing into my car, which already had a stained glass window and a sewing machine cabinet in it. Holy cow. We actually stopped a young man walking down the street and asked him to help. Later this morning, when it is light, I'll take pictures of getting this behemoth OUT of my car. yikes

Stay tuned.