Just an update on a couple of my painting projects — I know some of you were interested!
Here’s a pic of the “new” side table — Alas, I cannot find the “before” pic! But, trust me, it was old and ugly… I used some homemade grey chalk paint — then I projected the image onto the table top, painted it out, and “Voila!” — I finished it off with some dark soft wax… I’m not 100% wild for the results here —- I must admit, but it’s done and I’ll live with it for a while before I change anything. I still have to do something to the top of the “blah!” coffee table — I’m thinking of the NYC skyline or the Eiffel tower… we shall see 🙂
Here, though, is something I am far more proud of…. let me give you a little of the “back story” on this old doll… she belonged to my friend’s mother — “Miss Marge”. I really enjoyed any time I spent with “Miss Marge”… she was a cool old gal! Since her passing, her daughter has been going through her home, tagging things to be kept, things to be sold, and things to be given away. In the midst of this extremely difficult job, my friend thought of me. She kindly invited me to come over and have a look around. She wanted me to have a piece of “Miss Marge”. I was moved and delighted. I found a couple of things that I am planning to update. One of them is this old one-armed vanity chair. The minute I saw it, I fell in love with it — much as I did with “Miss Marge” all those years ago.
Who could resist the lines or the gams on this old gal? Not me. That’s for sure! She needed a bit of cleaning, some paint, some white glaze, a bit of distressing and, of course, a new “frock” — I was up to the challenge! I think she came out great. She will now occupy the coveted spot in my front hall — where she will reside below one of my all-time favorite photographs — V-J Day in Times Square (Alfred Eisenstaedt, August 14, 1945) — I think they look great together (sadly, my limited photographic skills did not allow for a pic that shows them together)!
And now, for the “after” pics — and, believe it or not, I chose the fabric — kind of folk-arty, right? — and when I got home discovered a can of “oops!” paint that I had purchased for about $4 was an almost perfect match — it was destiny!
Now, of course, I have to figure out what color to paint the metal pantry (also courtesy of “Miss Marge”) that lives across the corridor from this baby. My husband suggested “off-white”, but I’m thinking more along the lines of an “apple green” with a red rooster graphic — Of course I am!