Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Flea Market Junk of the Week

I went to the flea market this week and turned up just a couple little treasures.  On Sunday I found a $5 pair of cute white leather ice skates which I will use in my Christmas decorating, as well as a pile of doilies for a quarter each, and a little tarnished silver tray for $3. 

Wednesday I found a $15 white pitcher and bowl to add to my white pottery collection in the downstairs hutch.

I also repurposed some junk this week... this little shelf got a makeover.  My dad helped me by cutting the wood and drilling the holes, since I am power tool challenged.  It went from this:

To this (and I may paint it again because I'm not in love with the Old White finish on it):

An old green box with some engraved advertising that was an auction find years ago got a paint job in ASCP Duck Egg with dark wax, going from this flat John Deere-like color:

To this muted, shiny finish that lets the advertising stand out a bit better:

To illustrate how dramatic the effect of the dark wax is on old wood, here is a side-by-side of waxed and unwaxed in Duck Egg Blue.  When I got the dark wax and initially played around with it, I sort of thought I wouldn't end up using it because I like a cleaner finish, but on something old like this it just brings out all the character of the rustic wood.

And my auction find picnic basket got a whitewash from this:

To this:

That is my junk of the week!  Partying at Beautiful Junk Saturday.  Thanks for coming by!


Lisa @ akawest said...

More magic! My favorite transformation is the basket. That photo is magazine page pretty.

Blondie's Journal said...

Great finds, Tracy!! I love the color of the box with the dark are right, there is a big difference! I really love the picnic basket and those skates are going to look wonderful jazzed up for the holidays!


Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

I like your junk of the week! That's a great makeover on the shelf. I really like the basket painted white, too.

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Very smart how you saved that 80's shelf!! your basket makeover and vignette are really pretty!

Debbie @ said...

Love your post and all your wonderful finds. Especially after you painted them. You did such a great job!

Mel said...

You find the best stuff! Genius what you have done with that shelf.

I haven't tried the ASCP and am very surprised at how the colour changes with the dark wax. Thanks for sharing that.

So glad you were able to join in at Beautiful Junk Saturday.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Nice finds Tracy. Great transformation on the shelf and basket.

Sarah, Three Boys said...

You did well! I really lover that basket makeover. I hardly recognize it. Beautiful!!

Steph said...

I thought you got ice skates to go ice skating. :/ The box and basket look awesome!

shmooy girl said...

I love how you can turn junk into something beautiful. Good work. I feel like doing that kinda stuff now. lol i enjoyed your blog.
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