Before and After

Monday, May 9, 2011


It was a lovely Mother's day weekend and I hope all mother's out there had a good one as well.  I had a little treasure run on Saturday and found another table to redo.  So, Saturday afternoon I was busy refinishing two tables.

 Picked up this ugly brown table full of scratches and dents at Goodwill for $9.00.  Removed the glass from the top and then sanded the wood.

Gave it 4 coats of white paint and decided that I just didn't like the old caned matt under the glass so I punched it out.  LOL.  Followed the white paint with a burnt umber wash and then a final steel wool and the table is done.

Not too shabby for a shabby or cottage look.  I also like the open glass top so you can see into the bottom.  Perfect for a pretty plant or arrangement, favorite photos or whatever you like to display.

Table two.  Nifty 50's table was a bright pale yellow with little brown spots and lovely "real" gold leaf trim.  I sanded it down but kept the gold leaf.  Painted this white as well and used the burnt umber wash again.

I love the way this second table turned out as well. Perfect for an impromptu tea party.  The original gold leaf really shows up nicer with the white finish too.

Some of the treasures I found on my early Saturday run.  

 A marvelous Maley, England transferware mug honoring Poor Richard (Ben Franklin) and his words of wisdom.  Circa 1930s.

A cool planter pipe, perfect for the Tobacciana collector and of course, the delightful Shawnee corn mixing bowl.  Both from the 1940s.

Purchased this a few months back and finally obtained a replacement part for the swivel.  It works fantastic and I love the rich, patina shine the cherry seat has obtained from all of those musical bottoms sitting on it.

I am crazy about silhouettes.  These are signed and dated 1929 and are of a lovely woman named Nedaye, Asheville, North Carolina, 1929.    Don't you just love the Depression era clothing and pearls and sweet bobbed hair?

I found these wooden blocks with neat words for a party on them.  From "cocktails" to "shower" and "save the date" and other party words and connectors, these are fun to mix and match.  I have them marked three blocks for $1.00.  These would be fun to pair up with scrabble tiles. 

Darling little Nippon lidded creamer.  Lovely hand painted daisies with gold lustre trim.  Another cast iron, Victorian frame.  I will put an old cabinet card in that one two and take the two in next week.  You know how I love Quad Plated items, and this Victorian condiment carrier (missing the condiment bottles) is perfect as a cupcake server or fill it with votives or tea lights for a pretty patio light.

It was a lovely weekend and my honey had grilled steaks and camp potatoes for dinner one evening.  I did a little last minute grocery shopping and I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw a 6-pack of Kalik beer at my local Krogers.  Kalik is the beer of the Bahamas and seeing the bottles brought back so many wonderful memories of when we had our little sailboat their.  When my honey saw these cold, bad boys he grinned like a Cheshire cat. 

It's true, it's the little things that make life a joy.  Wishing you joy and blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch

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