…bistro set

I love working outside in spring! Of course March is that whole lion and lamb thing so I started this set in my house. No one seemed to mind.

Just a reminder about painting colored furniture, when you go to sand you will get that original color and then the raw wood. Some people hate that original color and others think it enhances the piece. If you do not want the original color showing through then don't sand instead you can use your dark wax to create a rubbed look. Here's what I mean:

Also, you will notice that the chairs are straw on the seat. I taped around this. Paint color is Country Grey.

Here's the end result.

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…spindled high chair

I recently worked on this cute, spindled highchair for a client. She bought it not to use for practical purposes, but for photos. Great idea! I am not posting a before picture because the difference does not read well. It was a shiny, white paint similar to what would be on a newer piece of furniture bought from a store. It had little personality.

Here’s how it turned out:

 

I agree! Great in photos!

 

 

…my vintage fair finds

I told myself that I was not going to come home with a large piece of furniture. I shocked myself by sticking to that. I just don’t have the space and something would have to go if I brought something in. I am happy with where my house is at the moment - although there are times that I wish I could rip out a few kitchen cabinets to fit in a weathered cupboard. I don't think DH is ready for that yet.

I let myself wander a bit at the market and picked up a few things I could carry myself to my car - albeit many trips. The thing with markets like this is that it is a gamble if you wait to buy a piece. If you hesitate thinking the next vendor may have a better price or you may find something cooler, you could lose the item...and be rather cranky about it. I had a small list in my head of what I was after: old cutting boards, a tobacco basket (even though I sold mine a few years back), chippy windows, and grain sack. I have to say, I stuck to this list for the most part.

Here's the cute canvas bag they gave to VIP goers.

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My grain sack purchases came from MMS. She had a huge line even 15 minutes in, but when I saw what I wanted I decided to wait regardless. Her tent was fabulous.

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If you compare grainsack pillow prices on Etsy to what MMS sold for you would find that she gives a great deal! I love little stools and I needed another pillow. I believe the pillow price was $44. Wow.

The cutting boards are probably mango wood and not antiques, but they still work for me. I found these and some French lavender at another vendor's tent.

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Here are the windows that I was after. I bought two smaller ones for $20 each and then found the large ones with the neat hardware two for $75.

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I must say that although I love the tobacco basket, I do think I paid too much. I paid $225. It was not until I went to the very next tent that I saw a few for half that price. Oh well. This one did have some great print on it. These baskets are so good for wall decor.

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The last two items are a galvanized bucket for $10 and a little, chippy stool for $20.

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Although I did not purchase the orange cat found in most of these images, I do appreciate his interest in my finds.