Wow! I found this little jewel while I was on vacation. I have to laugh at the memories of it…we almost…almost drove passed the “yard sale” – imagine someone so excited they’re unable to speak and just started pecking on the window and motioning to turn/look over there…well that’s what my friend Buff did! She’s so fun! It turns out the yard sale was a fundraiser for the local humane society - an extra bonus! On a tight time schedule that day, we limited ourselves to 20 minutes of searching through what looked like an acre of stuff. I spotted the antiqued mirror and carved wood piece – no price so I asked how much. I snatched it up when she said “oh, how about $2.50?”! Wow!! With a good poker face I said, I guess I’ll take it. I wasn’t sure if it was a headboard, a back piece to a sideboard or buffet…or what?! But for $2.50 it was going to be mine! Along with two crystal lamps and a huge picture that was going to become a chalk board – all for $20.
Here’s the before…it had these funky shelves, and one was broken off and actually had a large hole where the screw went. I knew some spackle was in order if I was going to save this one (without a carpenter on hand).
I decided to spackle a stencil on the areas where the shelves were (after I filled the one side with spackle to fix the hole and peeling veneer). I used a thick layer of spackle on this stencil because I really wanted the texture to show up and it was a small single design (unlike the all over texture in the Country Desk Facelift). Of course I used ASCP - Paris Gray with a little Old White underneath in areas where I knew I would sand, and clear and dark waxes. You should be able to click on any of the pics below to enlarge them.
Here’s where I added the Old White…
And this is the Paris Gray over the Old White, but before the waxes.
I just love the mirror – it’s got that nice aging on it!
And here it is after waxes…and this is the side that had the hole and veneer issues. It’s a little more lumpy than the other side, but I think it adds to that vintage / antique look.
I think it turned out great! How did you think the spackle and stencil did in place of the shelves?
I have it above a mantel in my space at the Gaslamp. I’m working on the mantel…trying to figure out how to shabby chic it more. I added a stencil and am trying to decide if I want to paint it, white wash it, or just add a glaze on top. Suggestions?
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