Saturday, October 11, 2014

What a Little Paint Can Do....

It's truly amazing what paint can do.  We had this great 1980ish Thomasville bookcase in our space at Unique Antiques in it's raw form.  I was asked at the onset of taking this booth to not bring in painted furniture (other than old original painted), so I decided this would be a good candidate while serving as a much needed display piece. However, there it sat for months unsold. When we moved out a couple of weeks ago, there was no way that I would take it to our space at Through The Garden Gate Antiques unpainted.

So, the only decision I had was what color(s) to paint it.  No question, white is what sells at TTGG, but I really like to create things a little more interesting and give my pieces a bit of personality.  Wanting to keep this piece clean while showing off the great lines and cottage details, I went with an antique white with a khaki backboard and trim. 

What a transformation!!

Now it has a sweet cottage look and perfect for displaying so many things.  I think even the most die-hard painted furniture critics would have to agree with this one...

You can see a bit of another of my favorite new pieces in the "after" picture above....this repurposed frame with words to live by!

With that, 'til next time!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

French Gray Cedar Chest - A Primitive Twist

Happy Sunday!  I hope your weekend has been wonderful!

I'm on a roll!  Three posts this week...not bad for me. :)  I'm starting to get back into creative painting again, beginning with this awesome cedar chest.  In fact, I almost decided to keep it for the house.  

I didn't take a picture of the before...but just imagine it as a standard cedar chest.  Nothing fancy, but in nice shape.  I knew I wanted to do something different than the flat colors I've been using lately, so I pulled out my Real Milk Paint in French Gray (my all-time fav!).  

No prepping was needed....just a couple of coats of paint and a top coat of General Finishes Flat Top Coat after I sanded it to the time-worn look I wanted. 

The inside is super clean!

The sun was super bright during the time I took the pictures, but this really shows the soft grey blue that it is.

A little insight to it's history!

I just love my milk paint!  This entire project only took me about an hour (max).  I seriously appreciate the ease of the paint and the top coat finishes it off just beautifully.

This will be heading to our space at Through the Garden Gate Antiques tomorrow, along with a few other pieces!  

Now, off to painting a gateleg table....

'til next time!

Friday, September 19, 2014

A Vintage Fall Market at Snow Creek Farm

No doubt...this is my favorite time of the year!  This morning, my Mom and I made our yearly trip to the Vintage Fall Market at Snow Creek Farm just a few miles up the road from me.  Donna's shows are what I, and so many others, look forward to every year!

Using her own home and farm as the venue, it is nothing short of fabulous.  Every inch and corner of the downstairs living space is filled with so much goodness (and sweet goodies).  Not only is there so much to chose from, but her genuine hospitality is so welcoming as she takes the time to chat with each and every one that enters her home.

If you are in the Fredericksburg area, I highly recommend this trip!  Located at 4355 Fredericksburg Turnpike, Woodford, VA 22580 (look for signs), they are open this weekend only.  If not, please enjoy the pictures I took this morning!  You can also see my post from last year's fall market here.  You can also follow her on her FB page at

She even decorates the bathroom with lots of goodies!

I plan to make at least one more trip this weekend with the hubby. :)  

'til next time!