Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Cat's Meow

I tried several times to get a good picture of this table I painted but black is so hard to capture.  This table has three shelves for books in the front and a magazine rack in the back. I painted it black and then painted on a sassy black cat with polka dots.

 On the top I also hand painted a French sign I got from "The Graphics Fairy" that you can see down below.

               I love "The Graphics Fairy" and love to paint their designs all over my projects!

Sign Language

I painted three new signs last week.  The first one is the doors off from the dry sink I painted last summer. I took them off because they were too warped to close evenly. However, they were perfect to make into signs! I painted the two of them up (only showing one of them) off white and then glazed them with a dark brown.  I hand painted the key onto the top using a design I got off "The Graphics Fairy".

This sign started out with the purchase of the crown hook from The Hobby Lobby for 1.89.  I got out one of my door panels and painted it up and attached the crown hook, easy peasy!

This one is my favorite of the three, it is an old painter's tool I bought for a dollar a year ago.  I got 2 but only painted the one to see how it would look.  I painted the top off white with a dark brown glaze and then stenciled on the letters.  I an anxious to paint up the other one now!

Got the Scoop

I bought this set of scoops for 2.99 at a thrift store.  They were stained and dated looking so I gave them a make over.  I painted them black sanded the edges and then stenciled numbers on them.

I like their new look. Number art is very popular right now and I think these will fit in with a primitive or a shabby decor.


The owner of the shop where I sell my goods came up to me one day and said, "Catherine I am always thinking of you, could you use this old cut up bed post?"
I think I should have let more time pass before I blurted out, "OF COURSE!"  I took it home and paired it up with an old cutting board I had on hand and some vintage flags. 
I painted the bottom black and the pole off white and gave it a dark brown glaze.  Doesn't look like a free cut up old bed post anymore!
I love free stuff!!!!!!!

Patchwork Chair Rescue

Last summer I was lucky enough to pick 3 Parsons chairs off a free pile.  One was unrepairable and the other 2 needed work but I felt they would be a fun project.  The chair was stained and dirty so I cleaned it up and painted the under body with a coat of fresh paint. I painted the legs grey and then a coat of black.

 I took off the original chair cover, ripped it apart and used it for a pattern. I found a vintage wool quilt that was sitting in my sewing room and decided that it would be cool to make a new chair cover from it.
                             I like the back flaps and way the cover fit the chair and the muliti-colors.
I think I still should make a small accent pillow to sit on the chair to finish it off.

Painted Chairs

I found some old children's size chairs at a thrift store last week and just had to paint!  I decided on three separate designs.

I hope these inspire and challenge you to paint and have fun with the things you find along the way!