Monday, March 2, 2009

Painted Ladies

We’ve been so busy, but this weekend I buckled down and finished a couple of painting projects.

The thrifted mirror is now ready to hang in my six year old daughter’s room. I thought it would have looked awesome painted black, but white works best with her light pink & green girly space. Not bad for $1.00.
And the vintage china cabinet is finished.

I am pretty pleased with the results. Originally it was intended for the family room adjoining the kitchen. I was thinking a blue color a shade or two darker than robin’s egg blue, with antiquing. It would have been beautiful, but it was a little too large. We had temporarily placed it out of the way in the living room for the painting process. I loved seeing it in that space. It brought light into the room and every time I walked down the hallway I was just happy to see it there. My plans quickly changed.
After two coats of primer, I painted it white, and boy was it ever white.

Then I conservatively added antiquing glaze to enhance the groovy (literally) details. My husband says when he looks at it he wants to get out an old toothbrush and scrub the dirt out of the crevices. OK, he’s right. It does look a little bit like dirt, but isn’t that part of the vintage charm? I LIKE it. And as a bonus, it will be excellent at camouflaging dust. :) So if you too are a fan of the aged look, the secret is in this sauce:

7 comments:

Beth at Aunties said...

vattsomeBeth at Aunties said...
The mirror turned out so nice. It will look pretty in the Princesses room:)

Your china cabinet turned out exquisite looking and liked what the antiquing glaze did. Too funny what Mr R said about the tooth brush.
I really like how you your new platter looks inside it:)

Des said...

I'm just sure if I keep reading you, i will eventually paint SOMETHING! Great job!

Janelle said...

I think white is perfect for the mirror--if only the thrift store ladies could see it now! Very lacy effect, I love it.

Thanks for the tip on the glaze, I've got several projects upcoming that are going to need something like that.

Deb said...

That's amazing! looking at all your lovely recycled pieces, makes me want a bigger house so that I can have more furniture!!

Southern Lady said...

Hi ...

Your china cabinet is absolutely beautiful and I know it wasn't an easy project. I love the glazing and think it really adds "character." Thank you for sharing the kind of glaze you used ... I'll look for it. You never know when you're going to want to add "character" to something!

I appreciate you visiting my Southern Lagniappe blog recently. Your mom's blog is one of my favorites ... she is such a gracious person.

I'll be back to visit your "Home Sweet Hideaway" again soon.

Sincerely,

Janie

Deck The HALLS of HOME with JOY! said...
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Deck The HALLS of HOME with JOY! said...

I love the antique glaze! My husband would probably say the same thing! It all looks great! Good Job! Toot your horn!