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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Vintage Find - Trash to Treasure

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).
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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.
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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.
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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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  1. Oh Jennifer this came out amazing! I just love it and the spackle job!!! Call me soon!

  2. Years ago I wondered if doing what you just did would be possible but never tried it! It works and it turned out beautiful!

  3. Wow Jennifer! Incredibly bea-u-ti-ful!!!
    I'm gonna try this for sure!

  4. Amazing job! I just love it and I love breathing new life into old things. I am your newest follower. Please follow me back for a chance to win a driftwood sailboat in my give-a-way this week. Looking forward to hearing from you. Sherron

  5. AWESOMENESS! LOVE IT! Please feel free to join my linky party going on now!!!

  6. you have a great eye
    for a diamond in the rough

    a little chalk paint
    elbow grease and
    something truly lovely

    thanks for sharing at fridays unfolded!


  7. I would have never thought of spackling a stencil -- it looks great! Thanks for stopping by. I'm your newest follower!

  8. I am so jealous. How come I can't find anything like that & at that price!!! By the way I'm your newest follower....if you got time come by & check me out :)

  9. I love how it turned out. Great idea. That should sell right away!

  10. Great idea to add a raised stencil in place of the shelves. That was a special find. For that price you can take it home and figure out later what the heck to do with it.

  11. Absolutely beautiful!!! Love the stencils!
    Signed up to follow you♥
    Have a great evening,

  12. Jennifer, you're a magician! This was an awesome idea with a fabulous finished product!!!! I'm tempted to try spackling a stencil myself!

    I'm your newest follower. Please stop by and say hi.

  13. This is such an awesome makeover...just amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  14. What a great transformation! Thanx for sharing with us for transformation Thursday! I am your newest follower! Hope you will follow back!:)

  15. great idea, very creative.

  16. Wow! It looks amazing! Thanks for the creative post!

  17. Wow, gorgeous! Never tried that with a stencil before - thanks for a great idea! I'd also love it if you'd share this over at Trash 2 Treasure Tuesdays on the Korner:

  18. Love it! I just got some paste and I hope to start trying this on some of my furniture projects, hopefully making a stencil with my Cricut. We'll see....
    Fondly, Tami

  19. Wow. Very impressive. What a great find and revamp. Thanks so much for sharing on Motivated Monday at BeColorful.

  20. Hi Jennifer, what a fabulous job you did on this piece. Did you ever figure out just what it was? It looks like the top of an old sideboard. Anyway, your hard work paid off. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  21. Soooo pretty! I love what you did to cover up where the shelves were.

  22. I looks beautiful!! So glad you linked up with us!



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