Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Presto Chango

A girlfriend purchased this amazing vintage ceiling fixture off etsy. Isn't it awesome? It's perfect for her
1800s log house.

Unfortunately, this is the color it really was. It was rather garish, not even close to the picture on etsy. Plus, it arrived broken with more pieces dropping off as it was moved. Heartbreaking!

My friend asked me to repair and paint the light and even though I've never done anything like that before, I agreed to do it. In my box of lamp parts (I am a true junker) I found a cap and a finial that would work. We agreed on a patinated copper look and I got to it.

The first coat of copper spray paint was a little bright. (Yes, I'm using a Puppy Pad as a surface.)

 When the spray paint dried I did a few coats of black wash using black craft paint thinned with lots of water. I dabbed up the excess paint as I went, leaving little pools in the crevices. I wanted the build-up to be gradual.

 Then, when the black wash was dry I went over the entire piece with Plaid brand Glaze Vernis. Again, I watered down the glaze and did 3 coats, dabbing with a rag as I went.

And here is the finished light fixture installed in my friend's kitchen. I love it!

More importantly, my friend and her husband love it. And I got to learn a new technique!

ps. The etsy seller kindly paid for the repair and painting. Sweet!

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Friday, March 2, 2012

The Rural Life

I love living in the country. The quiet, the beauty and the critters all make me happy. The drawback? I've been snowed in since Tuesday night. Mr. Bad Rabbit was on a business trip so I was toughing it out alone. It really wasn't all that bad. The worst was lugging firewood through the snow.

My other problem was our electric gate froze shut. I was stuck even if I dared try to drive down our road, which I wouldn't because I've crashed twice in the past even before getting to the gate. Beyond the gate the road gets stupid steep, with deep drop-offs. It scares people even in the summer.

And my oral chemo couldn't be delivered because UPS claimed 'circumstances beyond their control.' I didn't think that truck was going to make it up here anyway. The driver would have been crazy to try. I'll pick it up at the UPS facility today. I hope.

When the snow let up a bit my neighbors made it down the hill to the mailboxes. They brought me the mail and put it just inside the gate. I got my exercise huffing up and down the hill to the gate, that's for sure!

Today is beautiful. The valley below is snow-free but we still have plenty up here. I am crossing my fingers I can make it down the mountain safely today. I'm supposed to be moving into a second booth at the antique mall, plus I have a doctor appointment. Ho boy. I'll be white-knuckling it until I reach bare pavement.

Here's what my world looked like this morning.

The snow is off the trees and cross my fingers, will be off the gravel road, before I have to head into town. I'm not looking forward to loading furniture in the snow, but a girl has to do what a girl has to do. Right?

Happy Friday everyone!