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If you know me and Blue Egg, you know Ollie and Owen aka my orange tabbies that are total photo-bombers. They just can’t help themselves. Take a look:

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You get the point. They can’t help themselves. So, yesterday I had to run an errand and because it was an absolutely gorgeous day I left a veranda door open because they were enjoying it so much. I even took a picture because they looked like old grandpas just lounging, living the life.

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When I walked in the front door about 20 minutes later I was starteled to find feathers spread all over my kitchen. I had to blink a few times to realize what they were and when I crept around the island, I was so distraught to find this. Brace yourselves, Friends.

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I know! It’s too horrible! I screamed into the phone, as I was on with Dear Heather, while I figured out what to do. I gently wraped him in a bag, dug a shallow grave in the front garden and said a prayer. God bless this little bird. 🙁

I have no idea how Ollie and Owen even accomplished it because they have never properly been outdoors. They somehow managed to snatch this bird off the railing or even in thin air and brought him into my kitchen. I know it’s a “gift” when a dead bird comes from a cat, but I haven’t quite forgiven them and am def. giving the silent treatment. Needless to say, when I searched for them after the funeral, this is what I found.

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Clearly not remorseful.

…dare i say topcoat?

DA DA DAAAAAAA. (Insert scary and intimdating music here.)

Was there drama around me discussing Rust-Oleum on my site? Yes. Do I still think discussing options for new products out there is important? Yes. So, if you have strong feelings about the topic and feel the need to balk at me for writing on such matters I would recommend closing this email. I’m about to say something provocative – I LIKE this topcoat!

And what’s even more provacative than this? YOU will too!

Bah-ha-ha-ha. (Sinister voice.)

I love painting furniture and have been painting for over 12 years now. What is my least favorite part of the process? Waxing and buffing. It is a lot of work. So, when Sue from The Treasured Hunt told me about this topcoat, I was very interested. Before you judge, let me show you pictures of what happens when it is used on a natural wood surface.

You will see the lighter, freshly sanded wood top here. The darker strokes are the wood with this topcoat applied.

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This is exciting, Guys. This topcoat will give you a protected, finished look on your stained or sanded down wood regardless of paint. It can clean up your dingy, stained wood too like it did on this table. No, the wood will not stay as light as it is straight after sanding, but it will bring out the beautiful worm holes and knots in your old wood.

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I was so pleased with the rich, consistent results that I decided to use it on the legs of this table as well. I had not touched the legs and base because I like the oldness of it, but at the same time I wanted to clean it up a bit. I am so happy with the results. You can see the difference below. I don’t think the darkening of the color takes away from its beauty.

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Here is the final result of my workman’s table aka, my new writing table. You can see that once the topcoat has settled the table still looks old and authentic. What is the difference between topcoat and wax? The application.

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Do I have your interest? Check in tomorrow and I will show you how to apply this liquid topcoat. Spoiler – it cuts your waxing time in half.

…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.