Saturday, May 24, 2014

Before and Afters & A Stunning Bride

 I'm getting ready for a show in June so I've been working nonstop to get projects ready.  I've been blessed to have friends who often "gift" me with things they no longer want and this basket was one of them. (Bless you Sharon!)
I gave this one coat of homemade chalk paint inside and out.  After a light sanding I decided I didn't want to wax this piece -- I like the rustic, worn look and feel.
A little antique key adds a little extra charm, I think.
This chair was purchased for $4.00 at my first garage sale of the season.  Solid, clean lines made this perfect for adding a simple quote.  One coat of homemade chalk paint, some distressing and it was ready for the quote detail.

I printed out the words on my computer and then using graphite paper, traced them onto the chair.  I used a fine tipped brush and black acrylic paint and then sanded and applied a coat of wax.

Another bonus from my friend who gave me the basket . . . isn't she stunning?!  I believe she will be AT the sale as "eye candy" but she will not be PART of the sale.  I just don't think I could part with her.
But wouldn't this chair make a wonderful wedding gift?  Hopefully someone else will think so :)  Now back to the mountain of projects and furniture . . . at least the weather is warm and I can work on things outside which makes it even more enjoyable.  I definitely think the sound of singing birds makes the work go faster!


  1. Oh, that is a beautiful basket and looks very old! Looks so nice in her new coat of paint! The chair looks nice too. The Barbie is gorgeous all ready for her wedding! Thanks so much for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. Your basket and you chair look wonderful! Excellent work!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

  3. Love your basket and chair! Great Job!

  4. Your transformations breathe new life into the chair and basket. Nicely done!
    Mary Alice

  5. Isn't it wonderful the difference a little paint can make? You have awesome friends! Great projects.


  6. Love the changes! Putting a quote on the chair is so cool! Great job~~~


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