A few months ago, I fell into a mine of sewing treadles. A friend who owns a vintage store found a plethora of the things and was willing to let them go at a very, very reasonable price, mostly because she had no room for them and she had no idea what to do with them. Lucky me!!! I was elated until I saw them all in the backyard standing around like leftover skeletons from a cyborg war.
To be honest, they looked rather awesome like that.
But I didn’t want a post-apocalyptic warscape in my backyard. So I lined them up and began to plan what to do with each one. In the end, all but one were going to be table bases (the last was going in the garden to hold an old basin with flowers). And so, I started with paint stripper to remove the old paint, then rust remover and a wire brush. Once my whining and crying and drying was done, I primed them with rust proofing primer. My favorite to use is automotive primer, because it’s designed for metal and the spray paint adheres better. Sometimes it is all I use, because it’s a matte black and looks great on metal items. But I want the treadles to stand out, so I used different colors depending on the setting. The one I use for my vanity is a rose copper color. It’s so feminine!!! The one in the guest bedroom is a pearly color.
This is the one in the living room. I used Rust-Oleum Heirloom White, my go-to, when-in-doubt color. The tabletop I got for free in a garbage pile. I stripped the old stain off and applied a couple of coats of Minwax Polycrylic to seal it. The lamp is an antique I found for a dollar at the thrift store. I didn’t care for the brass stem, so I spray painted it in a rose copper. The architectural findings I literally found in a pile of rubble at an old house that was being torn down. That gorgeous teal green vase I got at Ikea after I saw it on an episode of Property Brothers.
I can’t rely on thrift stores for everything.
Anyway, I hope this has inspired you to rethink old things and make them new again. My vintage store friend liked them so much that she commissioned me to do two more. But those are for her. Not for me. For her.
I have to keep telling myself that 😉
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A few days ago, I had the pleasure of giving an old vanity bench a makeover.
Ok, I started this bench months ago, but wasn’t motivated to finish it because I couldn’t decide on upholstery for the cushion. Enter my friend who loved the size of the bench and asked for something “girlie” for her daughter. She opted for a fuzzy fabric resembling a poodle’s fur. It was a nightmare to deal with because it is not very opaque, so I had to cover the bright green foam cushion before I could upholster it, and also because cutting it meant a ton of fluff flying around the house competing with the vast amount of dog hair.
I have yet to figure out how it got in my socks.
Anyway, I was left with a scrap of poodle hide and was sorely tempted to toss it. Actually went so far as to put it in a bag and tied it up and put it out in the trash bin. But my conscience was nagging at me. I hate, hate tossing anything out that can be of use later, even as a cleaning rag. So… I dug it back out and put it in the scrap basket thinking to use it later in a pillow, or as a hairshirt. And as I was walking outside to organize all of my spray paint, I saw the cane back chair and an idea was born. Meet Gilda!!
A few months back, I found an old sewing machine at an antique store. The machine and stand were in excellent shape, as were the drawers. But the table was beyond repair. I repurposed the stand into a glass-topped table, and shined up the sewing machine to display. But the drawers were stumping me. I thought of a recipe box, or a make-up station, but nothing seemed to fit in my head. Until I looked at it from a different perspective and placed it on the wall.
For this project, I used:
- sewing machine drawer (or similar)
- old music sheets
- Modge Podge™
- glass jars or vases
- embellishments such as doilies, flowers, pebbles for the vase, etc.
I am in a frenzy to redo and flip a lot of my garage stuff because a friend would like to see about taking it on consignment. Her stuff is more vintage and shabby chic than mine, but she is willing to entertain the idea of my eclectic style. Here’s hoping!
Two weeks ago, I found an old night table at the thrift store. It was only $10, but it was solid wood. I looked it over and figured the dents and scratches would stand out if I went in a shabby direction, so I snagged it.
See the dings and dents? I didn’t worry too much over them, since I was going to distress the piece after I painted it. I did three coats of Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg and then distressed it with sandpaper. I sealed it in dark wax, and then went back and removed the extra dark wax with clear wax.
You can enlarge the photo so you can see the distressing. I also painted the inside of the drawer in Old White. It came out so pretty. I love the color for bed and bath, and I think this is a nice piece for either room. I can even see it in a living area, with a comfy reading chair and a bunch of books inside.
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My grandmother had a beautiful vanity made from mahogany. It had a very large round mirror and a set of drawers on either side of the small vanity chair. I loved it, and have wanted one similar for a very long time. Unfortunately the ones I have come across tend to be very pricey or have been painted. Fortunately, a few weeks ago I came across a piece that was similar in shape to my grandmother’s vanity. It was just one set of the drawers and very cheap, but it had enough space to store my unmentionables while being small enough in profile to fit in my closet.
You can see the sad state it was in. I must have found at least 50 spider sacs and insect carcasses in the drawers and inside the cabinet, not to mention years of grime and dirt. The veneer was very rough and the knobs didn’t match, though one of the knobs was made of bakelite and I shall be using it in another project. Continue reading
And I mean that in the coolest way possible.
A few weeks ago, I was driving through the neighborhood next to mine when my eye was caught by a stubby leg sticking out of a trash heap. It was a plant stand. I snagged it, thinking to use the spindles for some other project. Upon inspection, it only needed a few new screws and some wood filler to make it sturdy again.
I love the spindles. They give it such character. I was tempted to use a simple whitewash and distress it, but decided to use chalk paint in a light turquoise color, because I want it to stand out. I have to admit, most of the pieces I flip I redo as statement pieces (the red and gold accent table comes to mind), because they are small. If this had been a shelf unit of a dresser, I would have whitewashed and distressed to make it blend into the background.
A few weeks ago I was picking up some chalk paint at a lovely antique place, when my wandering magpie eyes were caught by a lovely iron gate fragment.
It had a lovely patina, but it was very rusty and the green paint all flaky and chippy. It was a lovely piece to hang on a wall, but mindful of lead paint, I had to try and sand it as much as I could before cleaning and sealing it.
This is where the comedy of errors began.
Try saying that really fast!
Not long ago, I got a call from the local thrift store (AKA my “dealer”) about a vintage telephone table he received. I hightailed it over there and turned out he had two of them. As much as I want all the thrift things, I picked the more stable of the two to redo. I had seen several telephone tables flipped on my fave TV show, so I was a bit familiar with the process.
Forgive the mess, but it’s my garage and the only place for me to work. The table had a piece of wood veneer that curved around both table tops to conceal any telephone books placed on the lower section.
But I hated it and took it off. I used some wood filler, then sanded, and sanded, and sanded some more, cleaned it up, and primed it.
But not in anger, I assure you. I have really, REALLY enjoyed using chalk paint lately. So much so that every single frame in the house is looking like a viable candidate for a makeover. Instead, I decided to try my hand at furniture, as you saw from the previous blog post. This time I went in a different direction, using vibrant color and glaze to update a decrepit old Florentine table that had seen better days, way back in the 50’s most likely.
I found her at a thrift shop for about $20, and just had to have her. Her lines were perfect. The gilt was flaking off and it had several scrapes and scratches, but nothing that sanding wouldn’t repair.
Those legs are soooooo sexy, no? But as much as I liked the flaky gilt, it had to go. The restoration would have been fruitless considering the damage:
A friend has a liking for the Far East, so I thought this would make a nice addition for his man cave. Sure, the table screams GIRL!!! but the right color and treatment will make it scream EMPRESS.
Some of y’all who read Sithy Things know I have been on a crafting/upcycling binge. I should be posting my projects, but most are for Christmas gifts so I can’t. I hope to post my Christmas ornament soon, though. It’s easy to make and so pretty!
Anyway, I decided to explore the wonderful world of chalk paint. I have used it on small projects like frames and even vases, but I really wanted to try it on furniture. Unfortunately, all of the furniture I have collected is in really good condition, so I was loathe to cover any of it with paint. But finally I got lucky, and found a cheap little table on which to work chalk paint magic.
And it was so easy!!!!!
That’s the table before the transformation. It is particle board and veneer, and also has a decorative drawer pull in 80’s brass. It wasn’t bad but the veneer was beginning to chip.And here is the after:
Isn’t she a beauty???
I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ in Paris Grey for the legs and Graphite for the top. I painted three coats of each and let it cure for a day. I then followed with an application of clear wax, buffed and let dry for a day, before doing an application of dark wax to enhance the graphite and age the grey. Then I used Rust-Oleum™ spray paint in Oil Rubbed Bronze on the drawer pull. And all I did was follow the directions on the paint cans.
A better photo of the top. It looks a slate blue in the photo, but it’s a beautiful dark grey as it is. The dark wax brings the color to a very soft black.
Chalk paint is very forgiving and best of all, you don’t need to do a lot of prep to use it. No sanding or priming is necessary. All you need to do is clean the item you wish to paint well, and go from there. I splurged on the paint, but there are lots of recipes for homemade chalk paint on Pinterest that are far more thrifty and enable you to use any leftover interior paint you may have laying around.
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