Monday, February 3, 2014
It's been a busy, busy last three weeks for me. My "real job" has been busier then ever and the "Snowmageddon" that hit the south last week had us all in shutdown mode. On top of that I have been prepping to begin my taxes for the year, sigh. Still, it was a beautiful weekend and having weather in the 50s was terrific following the extreme cold temps we have had for the last three weeks. Spent Saturday at the auction and then a quick trip to Vintage Village to pick up some chalk paint wax. I have been wanting to take a chalk paint class from one of our local artists, Dawn Fischer, of Fragments at the Buford, Queen of Hearts. So I signed up for her one day course and last Saturday, I spent the afternoon at A Vintage Styled Life learning some great chalk paint techniques.
This was a goodwill find that someone had spray painted high gloss black enamel. It was a mess but had such potential for a chalk paint piece. The beauty of chalk paint is that you don't have to prep the piece and I was anxious to see how it adhered to the glossy enamel.
It painted up beautifully. I used Paris Cafe color which is a taupe shade and then mixed a dark stain into clear wax to give the entire piece an aged look. Additionally, the wax provides a protective coating which will repel water.
The finished piece and I love the way it brought out the carved flowers. Working with chalk paint is very easy, provides great coverage and cures very quickly. If you are local and want to learn how to use chalk paint, then Dawn's course is an excellent investment in time and money. This is now in my Victorian booth at the Buford Queen of Hearts.
A goodwill find, lovely bisque, porcelain Dove by Andrea Sadek, these pieces were highly popular during the 1970s.
Pretty Beellek vase was another win at the local auction.
Gorgeous copper scrollwork flourish is huge and another auction win.
Pretty sets of mid century salt and pepper shakers.
Vintage ice cream soda/malt glasses are from a midwest sweet shop. These are too cool for school.
I filled these two glass pieces with faux hydrangeas and love the look.
Antique chair has been painted with a brilliant turquoise.
Colorful, antique sheet music has lovely illustrations on them.
Pretty bone china teapot and stoneware ladies wash bowl pitcher (small in size) seem to be popular items right now.
Nice selection of Washington Irving books from the 1860s.
One of my favorite photographs is this dapper gentleman in his best suit with rolled cuffs.
Now, for the SeaWitch score of the new year. Be still my salty heart. I had gone to Vintage Village to pick up some clear chalk paint wax and Carla, one of my gal pals and favorite dealers was restocking her booths. She couldn't wait to share that she had an unusual item that had my name on it but it wasn't my style. She knows I'm a purist when it comes to antique pieces and although I enjoy kitsch, it is not my decorating/collecting bally-wick. Couldn't wait to see what she had and boy was Carla right...it did have my name on it. Right up front and center...Seawitch. Mermaids, did I say mermaids and pinups of seawitches riding fish?
As they say in pinball lingo, for me it had all of the whistles and bells that I need to bring something home. I mounted it over my bathtub and it looks fantastic there. I'm in the middle of redecorating the master bathroom which is pretty big with lots of wall space and a high ceiling. The original builder put this in and it always amuses me because my house is what is considered a first time homeowners purchase. Nothing big or really special about it and yet he installed a large bathroom. Since I am going coastal Mexico with brilliant snatches of color against cool sand walls and coffee brown chalk painted cabinets, this piece really brings color and joy into the space.
This image is of what the original back looked like and I will eventually have it framed in a simple setup with brilliant ocean blue paint to give it a just yanked from the pin ball machine look to it. Interesting pinball machine info, the Seawitch by Stern Electronics, produced between 1977-1980, is a sought after machine by pinball collectors for its fast play, colorful lights and pinup images. Only 2,000 were made and many have been destroyed or damaged over the years. I am just delighted with this neat glass pinball backboard and so glad that Carla thought of me when she brought it in.
So on that note, wishing everyone a gentle week and as always, blessings to you and those you love. SeaWitch