Friday, February 27, 2015

Project Challenge #2 With Thrift Store Find

Welcome to the 2nd Project Challenge--bloggers joining together and creating something new and wonderful from a similar item.  
paint, candlesticks, thrift store, beach decor, Beyond The Picket Fence,
This month's challenge item was an under $5 thrift store or garage sale item. I started with a set of candlesticks that I got for $4 on half price day and transformed them with paint.
Fusion Mineral Paint, candlesticks, fresh decor, shabby chic, Beyond The Picket Fence,
Here is the before:
thrift store candlesticks,
Recently when I showed a project that had some thrift store painted candlesticks in the background, people loved them and asked about the candlesticks.  I always look for candlesticks at the thrift store.  I look for wood or resin or brass ones, I leave the ceramic ones.  Some days I score some great ones, some days not.  I look for ones with designs or carvings because they looks so great with paint.  I knew this trio would be perfect.  They had a faux metal finish on them.
thrift store, candles, paint, beyond the picket fence,
Using Fusion Mineral Paint ( I will be sharing more about this paint soon, but I am in love!), I painted different colors and layers on the candlesticks.
fusion paint, colorful candlesticks, shabby, salvaged decor, Beyond The Picket Fence,
When each one was the final color I wanted, I let them dry and then distressed them with a wet terry cloth rag.
painted candlestick, shabby chic, decor, beachy, paint, mineral paint, mantle, Beyond The Picket Fence,
They are fresh and look like high end candlesticks rather than inexpensive thrift store finds.  
paint, shabby, distressing paint, beach decor, beyond the picket fence,
Oh, and I had to share this so not magazine worthy family room of mine.  Yes, that is a basketball hoop in my living room...sigh. They are only at home so long and if a basketball hoop makes them happy and keeps them in the family room playing and talking rather than in their bedroom, it is worth it!
beyond the picket fence, paint, shabby decor, mantel, fusion paint, candlesticks,
Enjoy the other under $5 thrift store find projects HERE:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Vintage Inspiration Party

Welcome back to the Vintage Inspiration Party this week!

This is the place to share anything old, treasured, passed-down or tattered, but you can also share projects that were made to look old, including repurposed and upcycled creations.

Monday, February 23, 2015

5 Decorating Ideas From a Store Merchandiser

antiques, decor, store,
So, you may or may not know that I work at an antique place called The Antique Barn.  I started in the back room, painting and sanding, repairing and fixing furniture.  I have taught Annie Sloan Paint Workshops there and I have worked behind the counter in customer service.  

But, after having to limit my time on my feet when I developed plantar fasciitis (which is slowly getting better), I settled on my favorite roll at The Antique Barn--store fluffer or merchandiser, if you will.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Spring Ideas, Are You Ready?

Spring?  I know, for half of the country that seems like a distant memory, a fantasy that will never happen, less likely to occur than the chance of winning the mega millions lottery.  
snow, spring, ideas, Beyond The Picket Fence,

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Vintage Inspiration Party

Welcome back to the Vintage Inspiration Party!
This is the place to share anything old, treasured, passed-down or tattered, but you can also share projects that were made to look old, including repurposed and upcycled creations.
vin-tage (adj.) 1.) used to describe something that is not new but that is valued because of its good condition, attractive design, etc. 2.) used to describe something that has the best qualities or characteristics of the things made or done by a particular person, organization, etc.
vintage home decor

Friday, February 13, 2015

Barn Wood Coffee Table and "The Change"

What do you do when life (or a good friend) gives you barn wood?  You build.  Earlier in the week I did so much building in one day that I had a blister on my hand from the drill. One item I put together was this coffee table/bench.
reclaimed wood, barn wood, coffee table, weathered wood, mossy wood, Beyond The Picket Fence,

Thursday, February 12, 2015

End Table or What to Do With an Ugly Table Your Hubby Brings Home

Ah husbands, they can be so helpful, right?  Mine is a great supporter of what I do.  He helps provide some muscle when I need it, he brings home pallets and other reclaimed wood, and sometimes he drags home furniture for me.  

And sometimes it is decent, but he has the style sense of well, of someone who has no style.  And sometimes what he drags home is less than desirable.  Such was the case with this little end table.
end table, repurposed, trash to treasure, wood table, paint, Beyond The Picket Fence,
He is a high school principal and as such he attends a lot of events, one being an auction for the choir group.  This was the first year they had an auction and I think they used garage sale type items for the auction.  He sent me several pictures of things that I said a BIG FAT NO to.  Finally he quit sending me pictures and apparently made the decision on his own to bid $1 on this end table.  He won it.
transformation, end table, wood table, paint, upcycled, Beyond The Picket Fence,