Thursday, November 21, 2013

Pretty Little Cabinet in Gray and White

While I was grazing through Etsy to look for possible images I could use for tags for the flea market, I came upon some fabulous gray tags with delicate soft scroll work in white.  I fell in love with the tags, but unfortunately I thought they would eat up too much ink and toner.  My next project to paint happened to be this lovely cabinet in forest green that probably hearkened from my newlywed days, and I won't tell you how long ago that was, but let's just say it's been awhile.  
I sprayed the outside of the cabinet with primer gray and the inside with heirloom white.  I watered down some gesso to soften the harshness of the primer.  I'm not sure I would have used the gesso in hindsight, but it added a little texture to the finish.  For the delicate scroll design I used part of a stencil that I had.  This was a rather large stencil and I needed to fit the design to the scale of the piece.  Then I used one of my Maison De Stencils in the middle.  This was a quick and easy project.  I took it to the Little French Flea Market.  Many people commented on the cabinet and loved it, but they had no place to put it.  Such is life.  It's now in my space.  The day I put it in, two people immediately went over to look at it, but it's still there.  
I hope this little cabinet finds a good home very soon.
Thanks for stopping by.

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                                    Common Ground      The Charm of Home 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Recent Projects

I missed posting last week because I was feverishly getting ready for The Little French Flea Market last weekend.  Although I didn't get to snap photos of my space this time, I thought I would share some of my new projects that I took with me.
One of my fellow dealers at Aubergine Emporium did a grouping of glittered paint brushes which I instantly fell in love with.  While it wouldn't be fair to take my version to the shop, I put my own spin on them and took them to the flea market.  They were a big hit.
I found this cute wire shelf at a yard sale.  It was hot pink and I do mean hot!  Ya gotta love those teenage girls and their love of pink.  I toned it down with heirloom white and had my husband cut some scrap wood so the shelves were more solid.  This went fast too.
I found a new source for some specialty stencils that are very economical and good quality.  I will be sharing the source soon.  I did a lot of projects from this stencil, but never got them photographed.
I had a stash of tiny old bottles that I attached some simple vintage style labels too.  I sold quite a few of these.  This whole label thing might be my newest addiction.
My friend gave me some round mirrors.  I ran some fabric through the copier to duplicate my bird prints, attached them to a burlap backing and trimmed them out with some black twine.  What?  You don't have black twine?  I spray painted some green twine with flat black paint.  Worked like a charm.
One of my followers, 20 North Ora did some cute bottle brush trees with some spools and some tart tins.  Here is my spin made with some large wood pieces (you could use wine corks too) and some silver stars and a whole bunch of glitter.
Here are some bird statues I found at another sale.  They were a bronzy color.  I painted them white and silver and added glitter.  These are great for the holidays.
Last but not least is my Paris tray.  I did two of these trays in reverse mod podge and I have to say they were a near disaster.  In a future post, I will tell you how I turned the negative into a positive.  I love the result.

Thanks for visiting.  Tomorrow I will share a small wall cabinet that I did.  My inspiration was a gift tag of all things.

I may be partying at...

Mondays          Le Chateau des Fleurs       The Graphics Fairy   
                                      Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday

Tuesdays          Knick of Time       Coastal Charm  
                                      Boogie Board Cottage    A Stroll Thru Life   
                                     Cozy Little House Tweak it Tuesday
Wednesdays     Savvy Southern Style
Thursdays        The Shabby Creek Cottage    No Minimalist Here 
                                     Between Naps on the Porch Tablescape Thursday    
                                     Rustic Restorations Homespun Happenings
Fridays            French Country Cottage       My Romantic Home        Miss Mustard Seed
                                    Potpourri Friday     Common Ground
                                    The Charm of Home    Rooted in Thyme
Saturdays        Funky Junk Interiors