Hi y’all… if you have been around for a while… thanks for stopping by from time to time… even if we have been boring and unchanging…. If you are new, hang with us, we are working on being regular… but we are old, and you know us oldies have trouble with regularity… and that is a different blog.
First lets clarify something…. We are not really a we! When trying to come up with a name for our booth at Antique Marketplace, I had hoped my sister would join me… we are Kay & Kay in Northgate and I thought a different name would be cool at AMP (Antique Marketplace). We are older and love vintage stuff, cause we are older and grew up using that stuff when it was not vintage. So since we are ladies and older, The Vintage Dames fit! Well the sis did not join me at AMP, but I am ever so hopeful another old lady will join me… so the name sticks! I am just one vintage lady, trying to sell junque, paint everything, and then turn all you diyers onto this great paint by selling it and teaching workshops…. I am the book-keeper (and they are seriously in a bad way), house-keeper (I do get a little help there) re-purposer, shipping clerk, production force, I am the social media service as well as the blogger and web-page publisher…and the reason I don’t just work a full time job, Grand-baby sitter. I freelance for farmers, help with their database, represent them at sustainable events throughout the year & publish their newsletter. WAY TOO MANY FIRES! Oh yea I am the wife of a wonderful hubby who puts up with my hording and a plate that over flows!!!! Now you know why it has been sooooooo long since updating this blog!
Ok now that I shared all my excuses… lets get down to the blog post!
This summer I took on a few custom paint jobs… one with no deadline… very bad idea… the other projects were for a family who moved to Pittsburgh. So I had 10 days to get a ceder chest, bucket bench and shelf painted.
First up was a cedar blanket chest. I painted it with CeCe’s retired Cottonwood Sienna and topped it with Young Kansas Wheat. I used CeCe’s Waxing Cream and loved the finish… I really was pleased with the outcome. For the metal straps, I used Martha Stewart’s metallic paint…. and hubby suggested mixing white with it to give it a softer look and not so stark… did I tell you all… he sells paint too! Car paint… so paint runs in the family. After mixing white with the metallic paint, I covered the straps… then using a little glaze aged them.
At this point I did not like the look of the gray mettal straps… so I played around with some metallic paint and used a pair of vintage bronze baby shoes for inspiration!
Check out the rest of the photos in the gallery below!
I really enjoyed this transformation… and my customer loved it. The cedar chest belonged to his mother and had seen some better days. Using CeCe Caldwell’s Paints and finishes, I was able to maintain the integrity of her age but give her a new dress. It still has a vintage look that will bring light into any room!
Let me know what you think? Next I will share the beauty that is now our background!