Sunday, January 27, 2013

Thrifty Finds

I am so excited to share some thrifty finds with you today!

I haven't been out thrifting in ages and when I finally hit the fleamarket this morning, look what I brought back! I've only been wanting one of these like FOREVER!
And to think I almost stayed home because a fierce wind is howling again today!
This little cabinet is the perfect fit for my niche next to the livingroom window. Its badly banged up with blemishes from a life long lived. But at $44 and with good bones, I could not pass it up! The mirror on the inside is cracked, but I will replace the broken mirror with old book pages or sheet music. I can't wait to get cracking with my CeCe Caldwell paint that I got from Shelly of Shizzle Design.
Some time ago I bought 2 of these numbered bath house caddies on a local online auction! I love the history of this piece. It belonged to the 1908 Long Street Bathhouse.  These were handed to patrons to store their personal items while they enjoyed a bath.
You can find a similar one at Old Friends Antiques on Etsy. Mine only cost me $15 each. This one on Etsy is a whopping $165. Here is another one for only $75 from Thevrose.
I am waiting for inspiration...any ideas?
And then this lovely gate with such awesome patina and of course a little rust...(smile!). I love the heart scrolls. I would like to incorporate it in my kitchen re-model somehow....not gonna happen very soon though!
This gate cost me $40.
I hope you found some cool junque this weekend!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Its a beautiful morning here in Walmer Estate, Cape Town. The howling wind of the past couple of days has died down, just a soft breeze is blowing. The sky is clear and the normal hustle and bustle of a Saturday morning is in full swing. Even the birds are singing a happy song!
I feel in good spirits today and decided a leisurely stroll to the post office to collect some parcels would be a great way to start my day. I grabbed my camera and thought I would take some pictures while I'm out and about.
So here we go, I am sharing some sights and scenes from my neck of the woods!
Walmer Estate is nestled between the magnificent Table Mountain and Table Bay!

Table Mountain 

Table Bay

Typical architecture from around here. These folks are not shy to paint the exterior of their houses with a bright pop of colour!

Typical architecture

Which was once a tailor's outlet is now converted into living space. This building dates back to 1903 and this old lady shows her age!

Park Terrace 1903

The corner view of Park Terrace. This used to be the entrance to the tailor's shop.


Some beautiful decay against the backdrop of Table Mountain!

Many of the houses around here shows the ravages of time, but they sit quite happily amongst their 'cousins' who has been restored to their former glory. Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder!

I hope you enjoyed this little tour of the place I call home! create a -new!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Blender pen transfer method

I knew that I had some much needed 'me' time coming up with the hubz spending 2 days in hospital for treatment and little Miss Muffet (my granddaughter, Ghanaan) due to go with my sister for a holiday at the coast. So I hauled out an old wooden chair from the garage and started prepping it for a re-do.
Here is little Miss Muffet helping to get the first coat of paint on the chair! Luckily my sister picked her up shortly after, so she did'nt get a chance to do too much damage get too creative!

So when the house was quiet on Tuesday evening, I really pushed to finish this project. I used normal latex paint, but did not fancy the glossy finish. I whipped out my milk paint that I bought from The original milkpaint co. I used the colour Lichi to tone down the bright yellow and to get the chalky effect. I am too cheap skate to use only the milk paint. I am saving it for bigger projects like my hutch dumped sitting in a corner of my living room badly in need of a face lift!

Next I distressed the heck out of this little chair, all along the edges to give it that worn appearance!
 Then I typed an inspirational quote in Microsoft Word. I found the font over at The Graphics Fairy. All I had to do was click on one of the links to be taken to a download site where I found the Lavanderia font. I then pulled the quote into Paint and used the horizontal image rotation to reverse the image.
Here is the image applied to the back of the chair using painter's tape.

I used a clear blender pen to transfer the image!

I just went over the words with the blender pen until I could see the words showing through the paper!

I carefully removed the paper and went over the words with my paint pens!

I distressed through the letters and then applied some antique glaze all over and..... Wala!

My milk paint, mellow, yellow farmhouse chair with inspirational quote!

What is your inspirational quote for the day? create a -new!

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