Eye Candy… and Some Ideas
April 27, 2009
On the morning of the last Sunday in April, you will always catch me singing in the shower and doing a happy dance in my bathrobe. Why? Why it’s the annual Antique Fair, of course! Two blocks of antiques, salvage, and vintage finds on display a mere mile from my house = CG’s drug of choice. Vendors from all over the California Bay Area come to sell their wares, and Mr. CG knows it’s his day to watch the children, cause I’m going treasure hunting.
How about these ideas ?
Make a one-of-a-kind chalkboard by adding chalkboard paint to an old cabinet door:
Create a coat rack out of a salvaged cabinet door or shelf, brackets and vintage knobs:
Repurpose antique spoons as cabinet door pulls:
Spray paint an art frame and add a mirror for wall glamour:
Spray paint another art frame and add some wire netting to make a jewelry holder:
Repaint an old piano bench, and add decorative elements for a new kind of shadow box. A glass top would make this a very whimsical end table:
Paint a bucket, drill some holes in the bottom, and then add some flowers:
Make a planter out of, well, anything :
Remake vintage tea towels into aprons and little girls dresses:
Make a trendy “trailer park” with salvaged finds:
Create a coat rack out of an old iron post, some brackets, and vintage knobs:
Make a potting bench with parts from an old fence, reclaimed wood, and a cutout for an antique bowl (this local artisan was featured in Sunset magazine):
Hand paint a piece of coral with your color of choice:
Recover a chair seat with a coffee bean sack:
Decoupage (or just plain glue) scrapbook music notes paper to inexpensive craft store letters:
Don’t be bashful when choosing a color to repaint vintage furniture:
Hop on the succulents bandwagon (these are all the rage in CA):
Cover anything, not just tender plants, with a cloche:
With specialty paint for glass, make your own sign with French flair, and you’ll end up in the Pottery Barn Teen catalog like this vendor – can you spot the sign?
If I had a few thousand dollars, or a very wealthy client, I’d have purchased these beauties:
What did I buy ?
For less than $100, I will add serious decor to a ceiling, a corner, and a wall.
Tune in tomorrow !