Back from Brimfield – Part I

It was a fun but very hot week at the July, 2012 Brimfield Antiques Show.  I must say I prefer the heat to the torrential rain we experienced last Fall!

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the Brimfield Antiques Festival is really a collection of shows.  I participate in the New England Motel Show.  The field opens at 6 a.m. sharp on Wednesdays of the show weeks scheduled for May, July and September of each year.

I was still pricing and tweeking my space at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning after doing most of the set up on Monday and Tuesday.  After the work was done my space looked like this…

I set up a wall area to display some Annie Sloan product and sample finishes.

For seating, I brought along my restyled wicker chair painted in a mix of Provence and Old White Chalk Paint™.

My friends Robyn and Mohammed from Kingston Krafts are my nearest neighbors in the co-op tent we rent for the show.  They are the sweetest couple who do fabulous painted and restyled vintage and antique furniture.

They have a gorgeous Etsy Shop and a Workshop/Studio space in Providence where they do custom furniture refinishing.  A number of their pieces are finished with Chalk Paint™ so our spaces are very complementary and visitors flow freely between them.

The star of the show was their amazing zinc top table!

Since most of my booth consisted of antique and vintage smalls, and my friends had some large furniture installations, I opted to share part of my space for the July show.

Just shortly after the show opened, my largest piece–a rustic white farm table –found a new home on Martha’s Vineyard along with a folksy hand made boat and a dotty 50′s era glass ice bucket.

This vintage aqua bottle is going to be used to house a sea glass collection — only the very smallest fragments.

One of my gothic cabinet doors (salvaged from a former Newport Mansion) was sold to a sweet couple who are making an old church their new home.

The pre-1940′s carnival wheel will be gracing the walls of a family game room.  The yellow Abington Acanthus art pottery vase (directly below) is now in the home of a collector that was admiring its rich color and near mint condition.

 The Daniel’s Auto Radiator sign was happily carted off by another ‘Daniel’—no doubt!

One of my favorite finds was a pair of vintage green and yellow water skis.  I just love the color and the slightly worn finish.  They were purchased by a sports collector.

I also, love-love-love this sculptural deco watering can!  It came home with me from the show so I get to enjoy it for a little while longer.  The pair of candelabras in the background were purchased by a Connecticut photographer to be used as studio props.

I didn’t get a great picture of the vintage yellow and red Royal Crown Cola cooler, but it had spectacular color and just screamed nostalgia. The couple who bought the cooler were not collectors, they just loved the color too!

As things get sold (or not sold!) the space is rearranged multiple times before packing up and heading home.

By the end of the show, it is hard to even remember the initial set-up as items are re-grouped, moved to a more prominent location or set aside as ‘sold’ to be picked up later.

All in all, it was a fun and successful week.  Thanks to all for coming by to visit!  It was great seeing all my old friends and meeting some new ones, talking antiques and vintage-and of course Chalk Paint™.  Now off to unpack–and then luxuriate in some air conditioning! More to follow…

Repurposing Old Chart Maps

As you may know from an earlier post, I love green-ish blue-ish.  The color catches my eye wherever I see it.  I particularly love the aqua color that is found in nautical chart maps.

Actually, I like all the colors on the map and all the markings land and sea.

After seeing Miss Mustard Seed’s magic with sheet music (including her sheet music dresser and sheet music wreath),  I thought it might be fun to do something similar with old nautical maps.  My first attempt was a paper cone wreath…..

 

I did several of these until I got the hang of it.  I thought I’d try something on a smaller scale–paper ornaments since you can do multiples in much less time.  While the possibilities are endless, I found one version that I liked at Under the Table and Dreaming and just followed the instructions.

 

Now on to furniture!  My friend found this simple side table at a yard sale and thought it might be something I would be interested in painting.  He was right!

I decided to paint the table in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Duck Egg Blue.

To add interest to the plain table top, I added a Compass Rose.

I painted the Compass Rose in ASCP Country Grey and Old White highlighting the table edges  in Country Grey.

I used decoupage medium to secure the map to the dawer front and added a monkey fist drawer pull in place of the original.

I finished the piece with Annie Sloan’s Clear and Dark wax, slightly distressing it in the process.

If you happen to have any out of date chart maps that you no longer need, please send them my way.   I can certainly put them to good use!

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