A few fun finds

The warm and sunny weather is in full force as well as the flurry of activities and festivals that mark this special time of year.

Growing up I always looked forward to the warm weather and to our end of the school year celebrations.   The class picnic, the long awaited trip to the amusement park and the arrival of the local carnival signaled the beginning of summer (regardless of the official calendar).  To this day I still have a penchant for Skee Ball, Candy Apples and the occasional Tilt-A-Whirl ride.

No doubt I was feeling a bit nostalgic when I took a chance on a few fun finds this week.

 Now all I need is some fried dough!

Off to Brimfield! Shop closed Friday & Saturday 5/11 & 5/12

We are heading out to the Brimfield Antiques Show!  The shop is closed this Friday and Saturday May 11th & 12th.  Please visit us at the New England Motel & Antiques Market, 303 A & B from Wed-Sat May 9th -12th.  Contact information at the show (Tel: 401-297-7232).  Learn more about the Brimfield Show here .  Hope to see you there and happy hunting!!

New Workshops Posted at Sea Rose Cottage!

New workshops have been posted at Sea Rose Cottage.  Register now to learn how to restore and restyle your own vintage treasures with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (TM)!  No need to bring your furniture, all the supplies and sample surfaces will be provided in this fun and lively workshop.  Class size is limited to 6 participants, spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Photo by Christopher Drake

What will you learn?  For a full workshop description follow the “Register now” link above.  I’m also linking to Chris Glynn (Tuttichic) and Danielle Driscoll’s (Finding Silver Pennies) blog posts about their workshop experience at Sea Rose Cottage.   These very talented ladies captured their experience much better than I ever could with a workshop description.  While you are there, check out their wonderful work!

Painted Wicker Garden Chair

To paint or not to paint?  This is a question I often ask myself.   I love chippy old finishes on furniture and the characteristic dings and scratches that make them unique. Regardless, I’m almost always tempted to paint them.

When I found this vintage wicker stool I wasn’t quite sure what to do.

Then I came across this old green skirted wicker chair.  The chippy finish seemed busy and distracting in comparison.

 You can barely detect the woven diamond pattern centered on the back of the chair.

I decided to paint the chair in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint —a mix of Old White and Provence thinned with water.

I didn’t attempt full coverage of the paint over the wicker.  I like how the original green color peeks out in places.

To paint or not to paint?

Sometimes the answer to that age old question is an emphatic “Both!”

If you are lucky enough, others will agree!

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Ship’s Wheel Mirror Makeover

When I found this old ship’s wheel mirror, I thought it would be perfect for a fun makeover.

The frame was in fair shape but the mirror was desilvered in sections giving it an antique look. While I find that appealing with many old mirrors, it didn’t match my plans so I removed the mirror from the frame.

The paper backing was date stamped–Valentine’s Day 1949 to be exact.  I love to find out a little history about furnishings…even if they are of a newer vintage.


The plan was to replace the mirror with a chalkboard.  First, I used the mirror to outline a circle on a piece of MDF that had a similar thickness as the mirror.  My husband cut the MDF to size using a jigsaw.   I painted the MDF with three coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (TM) in Graphite and let it dry overnight.

For my other paint colors I chose Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (TM) in Greek Blue, Old White and Primer Red taking cues from this fishing boat for my color inspiration.

  When the paint was dry I applied one coat of Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax to seal it…

 and christened the new chalkboard for its maiden voyage…

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