Super Heros Repurposed

Just finished up a repurposed toy project. Who doesn’t love toys? What could be better, toys and functional, who knew.

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Wish I had more time to tell you about this project, but I have to run. Enjoy and we will dissect this project later.

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Twinkle Lights and Canvas, Repurposed

Since I have been so short on time lately, I am reduced down to quick, but yet still awesome projects. I am having to be more selective and pick projects with a wow factor.

These are the projects that when finished will eventually show up at my space at Southern Crossing or if I ever get truly organized on my Etsy Shop.

I still have long term personal projects going on, that goes without saying. I find having a project or two or three going on is relaxing yet stimulating at the same time. Do you know what I mean?

Well, time is a wasting so let me show you what I have completed lately. I am a decorative painter and one of the things I like to paint on is canvas. I am not talking new canvas, although when I find them for a great price, I do get them. No, I am talking repurposing as in Thrift store canvases that already have something painted on them. See the one below. Not my style but once I paint over it no one will ever know

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I just put a new coat of primer on and voila, a fresh canvas ready to go for a fraction of the price. Now a word of caution, you do need to look at these canvases very carefully because sometimes they have lost some of the tightness of a new canvas or they have dents in them.

The two projects I have completed are both repurposed canvases.

First, I sprayed them with black chalkboard paint, yes you heard me chalkboard spray paint.
At this point you could just hang it on the wall and use it as a chalkboard. Did I do that, of course not that would be to easy.

Next step, get a string of white twinkle lights the ones that have 10 -20 lights on a string.

Use a piece of chalk and put dots on the front where you think you want the lights to poke through
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See where I have the dots in the left top corner. This is where I want my lights to shine through.

It might be a good idea to write on the canvas also, just to make sure you have room to write and the lights won’t interfere with your message. If you are going to really use it like a chalkboard then I would just keep the lights close to the edge. What? Well, yes you could use it like a chalkboard just use a damp cloth when you want to clean it.

Now on to adding the lights. Very carefully, use the smallest thing possible to make the holes. Remember, you can always make the hole bigger, but it is a bear to try make a hole smaller once you have pierced the canvas. I used a nail and very gently pushed it through the canvas.

 

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Here is the spray painted canvas with my saying written on with chalk. Now I can see where I want the lights. I poked the holes very very  slowly and carefully through the canvas. Slow down, take your time. You get really mess up your canvas at this point. Just saying. For this one I also went back and painted the words on with white acrylic paint. I wanted this to be a more permanent sign.

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Now I want to show you the back. I did take hot glue and put a little dab at the base of each light just to keep the lights from moving around or popping out. See on this one I didn’t get my paint on the back edges so you can still the colors of the original canvas.

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This project is great for almost any occasion that you want to add a little glitz and sparkle to. How about at a birthday party, Christmas, Wedding reception (you could light up the Newlywed’s initials in lights).  The possibilities are endless and as I mentioned you don’t have to paint the words on just use chalk and then you could change it as you felt like it.

Look at this chalkboard canvas from Drop Design wouldn’t it be cute with the lights added to the chandys?

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Hope you enjoyed this fun project. I am going to make some more hope you make one too.

 

 

 

Vintage Friday – Aluminum Patio Furniture

Big Breath, let it out slowly……It’s finally Friday. Now I don’t know how your schedule is these days, but we here at Three Painted Owls just do not have enough down time. It is Summer we are supposed to be laid back and lazy. Not.

Instead we try to grab every ounce of daylight, that is when we are not working our tails off. Ok, yes, we have been getting down to the beach, as evidenced by some of my recent posts, but not enough that’s for sure.

Since we are wanting to kick back what would be better for this Friday than some mid-century aluminum and wood patio furniture.

First, I want to tell you this funny little thing. To show you these pictures today I had to snap the shots, right? Well, I didn’t want to just take a picture, of course not, I have to stage my shot.

Ok, so I get home around 8 pm last night. You gotta love Summer, it is still daylight at 8 pm. Awesome.

Anyway, I get home and start taking things out to get my shot and I have to say, it looks really cute. I will show you in a minute. Hold your horses. So, I get it all set up take the shots and then I think, this is really nice so, I sit down and enjoy the sunset. Well, about that time who comes outside? Mr. U of course and what does he say? What are you doing with all that awesome stuff (read between the lines awesome stuff = junk) here in the front yard and why are you just sitting there?

Did I ever mention, he is so understanding? Well, I think to myself, doesn’t he remember my little ol’ blog that I love so much and doesn’t he see this beautiful sunset and doesn’t he know we are supposed to be trying to enjoy the Summer before it slips away? Nope, he just wants to know if I am leaving all that stuff out there? He is so understanding.

I would love to leave “the stuff” out there, but I am going to sell this awesome set so I don’t want it to get icky. That’s what happens when you leave stuff outside in Florida it gets icky. You know blazing sun, rain, sun, rain, sun…. get the picture?

Ok, enough said the first pictures are my things and then I found some more pictures and the only credit I can give on them are ebay and etsy. I did try to go to the etsy, but I guess their store is closed. Enjoy.

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Told you this stuff is awesome. Nice folding chair and a great fold up rolling cart. Perfect for a cook out and so light weight.

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The next ones are like I said ebay and an Etsy one. Bet you can figure out the Etsy.

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Yep, if you guessed this last one for Etsy, you are right. The prices that I have seen personally on this outdoor furniture is very reasonable, so if you are a mid-century decorator you should definitely indulge.

Now for that sunset I was mentioning earlier.

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No rain this afternoon so we had a great sunset and one more summer picture. I will show more of these on Sunday

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Summer flowers, love them.

Alright, one last tidbit. I am working on projects. Here is an almost before. I painted it before I thought about taking a picture. This is made out of metal. Lucky 7. I will show you the finished sometime next week.

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Enjoy the day and find somewhere to sit and relax for a minute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Damsel in Distress Before and After

What a day. Started at 4:00 am. Up to get the youngster off on a end-of-year field trip. It is now going on 8 pm and do not expect them back before 9 ish. I wonder if anyone will notice if I take a nap in the school parking lot while I am awaiting his return?  I want to tell you about this awesome transformation. Actually, I would really like to take that nap.

Just kidding, sort of. I know the title of this post is about a Damsel in Distress Before and After. I am getting to it..

This took place last Saturday morning. Continue reading

Vintage Friday – Look What We Found

Wow. Where has the week zipped off to? We had a garage sale this past weekend at a friend’s house (Jeno)  and today I am having another sale at my house. Last weekend was beautiful not to hot weather. Today it is stinking hot outside 90 by 11:00 am

Jeno got this out to show me but, said he could not part with them....yet

Jeno got this out to show me but, said he could not part with them….yet

Who is Jeno? He is a friend of mine. I took some of my treasures to his house this past weekend for a garage sale

Jeno and Christine. Christine was buying. She is another friend from Southern Crossing

Jeno and Christine. Christine was buying. She is another friend from Southern Crossing

Here is some of the great stuff she bought from us

oyster shell mirror

oyster shell mirror

vintage croquet set

vintage croquet set

Jeno also had this nice oak dresser.

It is old and the drawers were sticking a little bit. People kept looking at it and mentioning the sticky drawer but, you know your drawers are probably going to stick a little when you get old. We couldn’t get a buyer. What! It was only $75 bucks, what is wrong with people, I ask you?

oak dresser

oak dresser

Take a look at these vintage elf heads

No one could see the vision on these either.

wouldn't these look great in a large glass jar

wouldn’t these look great in a large glass jar

You know these elf heads could be used for two holidays, Halloween (gruesome) or Vintage Christmas (sweet)

It was a fun day so I decided, why don’t I have a sale at my house this next weekend (today and tomorrow)

got my signs out

got my signs out

some of my stuff

some of my stuff

I did have a DIY this week but, sorry I only took a picture when I finished. I will tell you how I did it so you can do it to.

Ok here is a pic of the DIY I did this week. No it is not a weddingDIY but, still pretty awesome if you ask me.

faux metal car wall art

faux metal car wall art

I started with a gaggle of matchbox type cars. Yes, more than 10 toy cars is a gaggle. Look it up:) Find yourself a frame. I got lucky this one had a torn up panoramic picture in it and was just the right height for the cars.

How often do you have something that fits exactly? Not often. Anyway, find yourself a frame and a bunch/gaggle of little cars

Glue the cars onto or into the frame. I used my favorite glue E6000. Wait for the glue to dry. This is the hardest part for me.

Once the glue was dry I gave the whole thing a coat of white spray paint. I then asked Mr. U and the youngster what did they think?

They both gave it a thumbs down. Said it looked unfinished. Said it should have some color. What, I just painted over the color. I am trying to elevate these little cars to art status. What do they know. Why did I ask them?

Ok, so the next step was to give the whole thing a coat of aluminum silver spray. Now it looked a little to shiny for me and I did not want a showroom new look since these are “used” cars.

What to do, brush on a coat of black acrylic and then start rubbing it back off. Adds a nice depth to the nooks and crannies.

Voila. I did not ask Mr. U and the youngster this time. I like the way it looks and after all, I am the artist, aren’t I? Ok, let’s see if the customers of Southern Crossing think it is as awesome as I do.

 

Messed around at my booth a little bit this week

Looks like I must be having "beach thoughts"

Looks like I must be having “beach thoughts”

Oh, I went to a salvage sale and bought 4 seven foot tall “good bones” library stacks. I am so excited, I can’t wait to show you this project. I am bound and determined to have my built-ins. I think this is a great start with the stacks. And the best part, I got them for $1 each. That is not a typo. One American dollar for each one. Next step, get them painted.

$1 each Woohoo

$1 each Woohoo

Did some cooking

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Yum

and do you know I must have been punished for the great buy on the stacks, because I spent 4 hours of my week waiting on one train or another.

I can’t get to the other side of town without crossing at least 4 busy train tracks. It would not be so bad but, they stop and off load cars which means you just sit and wait. I tried to get around one this morning by taking a “short cut” but because the train was stopping to let the bridge down over the river my so called short cut was backed up to.  Grrrr. I need to remember to bring along a book.

waiting, waiting, wai.....

waiting, waiting, wai…..

And to round the week off the youngster has reinjured his knee and is going to have another MRI. 😦
Enjoy whatever you do this weekend.

Projects In the Works – Chalkboards and Mirrors

I never start one project at a time. No, I have to start 2,3,4….why, it’s just the way I work. I guess one project feeds off another. It drives Mr. Understanding crazy. It goes something like this, Him- don’t start another project, you already have this other stuff going. Me – it’s only going to take a minute to get this stuff done and….. on and on it goes. He is so understanding and did I mention he is a carpenter too!

I have been picking up drawers lately. Usually, they get a nice paint color and the inside is painted with chalkboard paint, very sweet.

Drawer repurposed into chalkboard

Drawer repurposed into chalkboard

Well, that is great and I like the look but, I thought what else could weI do with the drawers. Bingo, how about a mirror? To bad we didn’t  have a mirror lying around that would fit in the drawer. Oh, how about if we cut a mirror to fit?

No, no, no. Guess who said that? Right, Mr. U.

First, he said we don’t have a mirror and second we don’t have the tools.

Voila, I said as I pulled out a huge sheet of mirror. I saved it from when we changed out the mirrors in the powder room.

He wasn’t ready to give up yet. We don’t have the tools he said.

I pulled up good ol’ youtube and guess what? All you need is one little cutting tool. Next thing you know we are in the parking lot of our home improvement store and Mr. U is loading potting soil, fertilizer, paint, plants, and one little glass cutting tool into the back of his truck.

Well you know you can’t burn gas to go get just one little thing.

Anyway, you should have seen us out there. It was about 100 degrees the mirror is blinding us and we  no just me is trying to figure out which way is up on this cutting tool. Did I mention Mr. U had gone back in the house shaking his head muttering something about, people starting projects that don’t know what they are doing? He is so understanding, just saying.

I got him back out there. After all I needed someone to get the correct measurements.

So, this is where the project stands

got the mirror cut

got the mirror cut

got the mirror cut, (it is dirty not cracked) Now I just need to silicone it into the drawer after I give the drawer a little dry brushing with some paint. Then I am going to use some cording to go around the cut edge of the mirror. One thing about this drawer, it stands up very nicely.

Show you the finished one later.

Well, I saw one of my thrifting pals yesterday and was telling her about the drawer and how I need some cord to edge it.

She said she had a stash of cord and I should come check it out.  So I did. Why am I telling you this? Because, I want to show you some mirrors she embellished with vintage buttons.

Now be warned, I only had my phone so the pictures are good but, not stellar

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Pretty cool, huh? I thought so. She also edged a chalkboard she made

vintage metal buttons

vintage metal buttons

As soon as I got home, I pulled out a mirror I have been wondering what to do with? Now I know.

Pretty dusty but I am so stealing her idea

Pretty dusty but I am so stealing her idea

I did make another chalkboard when I was working on the mirror drawer. I know I said I wanted something besides chalkboards.

This one is from an old cabinet door. Hinges still on it, great. I ran a wire through the screw holes on the hinges for a hanger. Then I glued on a scrabble tile tray to hold the chalk. What do you think?

made from an old cabinet door

made from an old cabinet door

Guess I better get back to work. Enjoy.

I do want to show you one more thing.

Almost bumped right into this

Almost bumped right into this

Mocking bird eggs. I almost banged my head on her nest. Pretty cool.

Paper Daisies – DIY Wedding Wednesday

We just finished up our Mother’s Day Photo Shoot. The whole time we were working on it I was trying to think what I could do for today’s DIY.

We did use daisies this morning and I thought “how pretty” let’s blow those things up to giant size.

Here is the inspiration for today’s DIY

Pretty awesome

Pretty awesome

If you are having a boho themed wedding or just a sweet backyard outdoorsy affair then these DIY daisies are just the thing

You will need:

  • small paper plates your choice of color(s) – I got mine at Walmart (24 pack for .97) this is a few pennies less than the dollar store.
  • tissue paper your choice of color(s) – the dollar tree is the best place to get this ($1 for 35 sheets)
  • bread ties – do those different colors really mean what day the bread was made? Just asking.
  • scissors
  • glue gun

Ok, once you get all your supplies together you are going to cut the middle out of each paper plate.

How nice that there is an indented circle already there, at least from the Walmart ones.

I used 5 sheets of tissue for each flower.

Fold the tissue using the “fan fold.”

Tie the middle with the bread tie – you could also use pipe cleaners

round off each end with your scissors (see the picture)

Gently, separate and puff out the layers of tissues

Heat up the glue gun and glue the paper plate cut out to the center of each flower

Voila. Repeat a again and again…… We made about 45 of these for a recent event

If you are going to make a lot of them, find some friends to help

Here are the pictures

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Sorry, I don't have a bride to reflect in the mirror. Wouldn't this be a pretty idea? Ring the mirror with the flowers and take a picture with the reflection of the bride in the center

Sorry, I don’t have a bride to reflect in the mirror. Wouldn’t this be a pretty idea? Ring the mirror with the flowers and take a picture with the reflection of the bride in the center

Very easy project that adds a wow factor for the DIY event

Very easy project that adds a wow factor for the DIY event

You could do all colors of mix and match. This would be pretty for a birthday or Mother’s Day. Better get busy.

Saturday, I will be posting our Mother’s day photo shoot. It turned out pretty awesome, can’t wait for you to see it.

Enjoy

 

The Mission – Turning Wood into Metal?

The Mission - Change Wood into Metal but hey, what are the army men for?

The Mission – Change Wood into Metal but hey, what are the army men for?

 

Why would I need Army men to change wood into metal? I don’t but, they look interesting so, why not? Ok, not completely truthful. I made a lamp and I will show it to you after I get done changing wood into metal. Satisfied?

 

Alright, I found another one of those outdated pine pieces that were so popular in the late 80’s and this one has the ever popular heart motif too. Can’t get better than that, right? I love these pieces. They are built very solid (no wobbles) and they are perfect for repurposing/updating.

With further ado let’s get started. Here is the little beauty

How could you not love this? Friendship, what could be any better

How could you not love this? Friendship, what could be any better

The first thing I did was pull out the insert. Yes, I kept it. I will shred it and use it for ties for my price tags. Show you that on another day.

Looks better already

Looks better already

Next step. I gave it a coat of white paint. One thing I love about these pieces is there is not usually any heavy stain to bleed through which makes it much easier to paint.

then I painted it with silver metallic spray paint

then I painted it with silver metallic spray paint

See what looks like speckles in the paint? I sprinkled it with water before I sprayed the paint this gives it a corrosive pitted look to the “metal”

I decide to push some thumbtacks into the corners for "metal brads"

I decide to push some thumbtacks into the corners for “metal brads”

After I added the thumbtacks I sprayed again

see the thumbtacks

see the thumbtacks

The next step was to paint black acrylic on the piece to give the metal an “aged” look.

Just slap it on

Just slap it on

After you get the black painted on wait a few minutes, do something else don’t stand around watching paint dry 🙂 Once it sets a few 5-10 minutes get a damp paper towel and wipe some of the black paint back off

See I wiped most of it back off. The black tones down that super shiny look

See I wiped most of it back off. The black tones down that super shiny look

I decided to add a black board to fill the space where I took out the “Friendship Girls.” You could insert a cork board, string wires across, or just leave empty.  I happen to have a piece of board to use for the chalkboard insert.

I am going to have to cut the board to fit.  Mr. Understanding is going to have to cut the board to fit. He doesn’t know that yet so, let’s see what can I fix him for dinner that he would really like? Just saying. Got to grease the wheel. Did I tell you, he is so understanding and a carpenter too.

Ok, once I get the board cut to fit,  I will be done. Here it is before the board gets cut – by you know who.

Not bad.

Not bad.

Now that I am looking at it, I might slap on some raw sienna acrylic to give it a little bit of a rusty look. Once I get the aged look finished I will give it a clear coat and it will be ready to go up to Southern Crossing.

Oh yeah, I did mention a lamp with Army men didn’t I.

My customers love these lamps and so do I

My customers love these lamps and so do I

Fun. great for anyone who loves army men

Fun. great for anyone who loves army men

I couldn't resist staging this thing

I couldn’t resist staging this thing

Hope you enjoyed this repurpose project. Don’t throw that old stuff out, update it.

 

 

 

 

I’m Telling You it’s Like Magic – DIY Chalk Paint

I love painted furniture I hate painting furniture, that is until I discovered how to make chalk paint. Yes, I know there are many sites out there giving you the recipe for DIY chalk paint but, I feel the need to put in my two cents.

This simple recipe makes painting furniture well, fun. Painted furniture is still a hot trend and the customers at Southern Crossing can’t seem to get enough of it.

I started off painting furniture with a paint sprayer that Mr. Understanding bought for me as a Christmas present. What? Well, I was not pleased… and so the thing sat in the closet for about 4 maybe 5 years. I mean would you want a paint sprayer for Christmas? All I could think was gee thanks, just what I wanted. My second thought was how could he buy me something that is just going to make a big mess and you do know you have to clean those things after you use them.

Well, one day after sanding and painting and sanding and painting and brushstrokes all over the place….I decided I would give the stupid sprayer a try.

Oh my, that thing was wonderful. Nice even coats, no dripping, beautiful. I was hooked, at least until I had to clean up. Now, it wasn’t so bad but, I am the kind of person that wants to do as little clean up as possible what can I say, it’s just the way I am. Making messes equals fun. Cleanup equals work.

I have used that sprayer now for about 3 years and I still love it but, I like to change it up and so I went to spray paint. Yum, the new spray paints out there are really nice. They dry quick, don’t seem to run and the colors are lovely. The turquoise and ocean blue colors are very popular along with orange or red and of course black and white.

As much as I like my sprayer and the easy spray paints, I absolutely love DIY chalk paint. This stuff sticks like glue.

Materials you will need for this project:

  • Any color flat latex paint
  • unsanded tile grout
  • or plaster of paris
  • paint brush
  • stirrer
  • small plastic containers
  • tablespoon
  • sand paper
  • paste wax

You can use any flat latex paint.

For the lighter colors I have been using plaster of paris instead of the tile grout.

You can find plaster of paris at Lowes and it is less expensive than buying it at a craft store. It comes in a container that looks like a paper milk carton.

For the darker colors paints I use the black unsanded tile grout.

The recipe is one cup of paint to 2 tablespoons of plaster of paris (PoP) or grout.

  • Pour a cup of paint into a small plastic container (I use 9oz plastic disposable cups)
  •  Stir the grout/PoP into the paint. Don’t worry if it has any little lumps you can work those out when you paint
  • If the paint doesn’t look thick enough, just add a little more grout/PoP. The consistency you are looking for is that of a nice thick milkshake

Once you get the consistency, start brushing it on. You don’t have to be perfect.

Because of the grout the paint will start drying pretty quickly.

Why only make a cup at a time? Because it drys up quickly.

Let the paint dry and then put on another coat. You may have some little lumps and bumps but that is ok.

Once the second coat is dry get out your sander and yes, Mr. Understanding gave me one of those for some other holiday/birthday. Got to love him.

Ok, now sand using 100 grit sandpaper. Just sand til it is smooth or if you want the shabby look sand down to the wood on the edges, your choice.

If you like the look, stop if not paint on another coat, dry and then sand again.

Once you get it like you want, You will need to put a coat of wax over the paint to keep it from getting scratched. I just use a Johnson paste wax that I get from Lowes.

The finish is a very soft smooth look.
What else? This is a very simple process and the finished look is outstanding.
The chalkboard in the top picture was painted with black flat latex mixed with black unsanded tile grout.

 

Here are some pictures of furniture and things I have painted with this DIY chalk paint

This old vanity was painted with several coats of DIY chalk paint and then waxed

This old vanity was painted with several coats of DIY chalk paint and then waxed

That is one thing I want to tell you. This paint will cover up that old dark stain that is on a lot of this old furniture. It does not bleed through. Love it
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Sweet little side table. I think this was a handmade table from the 40's or 50's had ugly dark stain

Sweet little side table. I think this was a handmade table from the 40’s or 50’s had ugly dark stain

 

Mirror painted with white DIY chalk paint. I didn't even take out the mirror. Just used a razor blade to easily scrape off any paint on the mirror.

Mirror painted with white DIY chalk paint. I didn’t even take out the mirror. Just used a razor blade to easily scrape off any paint on the mirror.

Remember this project? DIY chalk paint

Remember this project? DIY chalk paint

If you want to try something new, DIY chalk paint might be the way to go.  Enjoy

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Vintage Friday – Avonlea Antique Mall and a MidCentury Before and After

I had a few minutes to spare the other day so I took a little field trip through a local Antique Mall. This place is huge and I mean huge, 40,000 square feet worth of huge. They told me they have over 200 dealers. Avonlea was opened in 1995 and is open everyday. They have an awesome café for lunch. They make great chicken salad and the desserts are enormously good. Sadly, the café was already closed for the day when I got there.

There is something for everyone to look at in this place. Yes, I said look at because just my opinion the prices are how do I say “a little pricey.” I think and maybe I am biased but, Southern Crossing Antique Mall has equally awesome stuff but, the prices are much easier to deal with. Ok, and I have a booth at Southern Crossing.

I think I am getting off track so, let’s take a look at what Avonlea has:

Rustic goods, not sure how much of this is antique, but still nice

Rustic goods, not sure how much of this is antique, but still nice

This person had some very unique shell creations

This person had some very unique shell creations

Again rustic, little blurry I took this with my phone. I like the shelves made with the shutters

Again rustic, little blurry I took this with my phone. I like the shelves made with the shutters

Looking down an aisle. Actually this place is so big the aisles have street names

Looking down an aisle. Actually this place is so big the aisles have street names

For you midcentury modern lovers, I thought this desk was pretty cool.

For you midcentury modern lovers, I thought this desk was pretty cool.

Lots of heads. I know these were popular collectors items. Are they still? Not sure since there are a lot here

Lots of heads. I know these were popular collectors items. Are they still? Not sure since there are a lot here

Trains this booth had a lot of vintage things wish I would have taken more pictures

Trains this booth had a lot of vintage things wish I would have taken more pictures

The staging in this booth was very pleasing. I really like the garden chair

The staging in this booth was very pleasing. I really like the garden chair

There were lots of these glass cases just full of stuff.

There were lots of these glass cases just full of stuff.

There were two of these awesome pink chairs. I could never have anything like this in a house full of men. sigh...

There were two of these awesome pink chairs. I could never have anything like this in a house full of men. sigh…

This is more like what would fit in at my house. The upholstery was wool

This is more like what would fit in at my house. The upholstery was wool

Look on the floor, they have to tell you which way to the front door!

Look on the floor, they have to tell you which way to the front door!

This is a bit blurry, sorry. cool display for hats

This is a bit blurry, sorry. cool display for hats

big section of vintage fashion

big section of vintage fashion

More fashion

More fashion

So this is just a sampling of what this place has. If you want to know more about them the website is  http://avonleamall.com/

Ok, if you have a couple more minutes I want to show you a before and after of a Mid Century modern piece. Remember the desk at Avonlea, well if I had that desk I would probably paint it. I just love to paint everything. It  drives Mr. Understanding crazy. You know he is a carpenter by trade and so he is not a real fan of painted wood. Sometimes these old pieces are just begging for a facelift.

Here is a dark and depressing little night stand I found at a thrift.

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and yes, I also painted the piano bench (bright red) I have tried to sell these pieces without painting them but, I have much better luck when I paint them.

Here is the after of the night stand

Now don't you think this is much better?

Now don’t you think this is much better?

I decoupaged the top because the paint doesn’t always adhere nicely to the laminate tops

Music sheets decoupage to the top

Music sheets decoupage to the top

Happy Friday. Enjoy.