Thursday, 22 November 2012

Vintage browsing


I love looking in the vintage markets and charity shops locally - you never know what treasures you will find, and with stock changing frequently you have to keep popping in to look. The items for sale are so well displayed it's always a pleasure to browse.




The other day I came across this table and knew instantly that it would look great in our home, with a little make over!


I have painted furniture before but this time I decided to try the recipe for chalk paint that I have seen from Bec from Two worlds in Australia using plaster of paris. I managed to track some down in the " The Range" and chose the lightly set version.  See the recipe on her blog. It worked well - I just painted it directly on to the table and didn't bother to rub it down. The coat was thicker than normal paint and I didn't need too many coats, it also dried quite quickly.


What do you think of the transformation? I was very pleased with the result. The carving on the table stands out so well in the painted version. I am always dangerous once I have a paint brush in my hand as I suddenly find lots of other things to paint. This time I ended up painting a shelf, the utility cupboard doors and two other doors!


Do you notice the lovely wooden heart hanging on the wall? I won it last week in a give away from Petra De moeite waard.. It felt like Christmas had come early - just look at all the goodies I received. I feel very spoilt and the wooden heart goes so well in my refurbished corner. The homemade items are so lovely too, so thank you again Petra.


That wasn't the only give away I have won. I also won the book "Getting things done - how to achieve stress free productivity from Freda at Live simply by complete co-incindence we both won each others books - what are the chances of that happening! We are just about to launch a new computer system at work, so I think I need to learn some stress free ways of doing it! Thank you so much Freda.

As I finish this post the wind and rain are lashing outside and many places around here are flooded again! I hope no one is suffering in this horrible weather.
Sarah x

28 comments:

  1. SARAH! That table has a new life and I love it that way! I did the same thing with a little table I rescued from a neighbor's trash in our ally! Now it graces my living room in gray.

    BRAVO! Happy day and hugs to you and little Daisy! Anita

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  2. What a lovely job you have made of that table! Care to come here and paint whatever you like?

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  3. Lucky you, your table looks great, it's amazing what you can do with a little imagination! :)

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  4. I'm glad you've tried the recipe as I'm tempted to do that with my bookcase, what is 'the range' and where did you track it down to so that I can get similar and did you wax it afterwards? It looks fab. Shame you live so far from me as I have one of those tables in the garage which you could have had for free! If it's easier to explain 'the range' you can email me at rusticvintagecountry@hotmail.co.uk. I do have the recipe by the way, just curious about 'the range'

    I used an old puzzle book I had to make the xmas trees and distressed the pages.

    Suzy x

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    1. Hi Suzy,
      "The Range " I was referring to was the big shop selling DIY home leisure and garden www.therange.co.uk. I already had the paint I used, I think it was some homebase eggshell paint.
      Sarah x

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  5. Your table looks stunning Sarah. I would love to know about this chalk paint! I think Suzy mentioned it too!
    It looks so professional ..well done.
    Nice giveaways you won..
    xx val

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  6. A brilliant make-over, it looks lovely. good luck with the new computer system! Juliex

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  7. Dear Sarah - I am relieved that I live on a very high hill, but I feel for those who are flooded and apparently there is more to come at the weekend. Love your table, it looks great and is a lovely colour. Is that the colour it naturally turns out or did you have to add something else. I suspect it is a lot cheaper than Annie Sloan's chalk paint which I used earlier in the year.

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    1. Hi Rosemary,
      The paint was a basic eggshell paint from homebase with a tint of grey. It was obviously much cheaper than the Annie Sloan paint.
      Sarah x

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  8. sarah, that's amazing...I'm so glad you tried the chalk paint..it sure is addictive. your table is stunning..well done and great to spread the word.
    have a great weekend.
    Bec x

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  9. I so love the table transformation, it's excellent. When I think of all the pieces of occasional furniture I've got rid of over the years I could cry. Have a super weekend.
    Patricia x

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  10. What a beautiful table, it looks so different and so much more beautiful than the before table and your arrangement of shells and plants is gorgeous. You did a brilliant job.

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  11. Dear Sarah,

    the little table, in Germany we call tables like this Konsole, looks beautiful after the anti-aging treatment. Even the carving is much more plastically, very well done, little mermaid!
    Oh, I love antique shops too. You can find so many treasures there and I always ask myself, why give people such beautiful things away. Everything could tell a little story, has it´s own history.

    Wish you a wonderful time, warmly Babsi

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  12. Hello Sarah, thanks for your email sorry for doing this so late but I have had now time to do this before. I'm very happy that you like your gifts I love it to do something like this. It is so nice to make some people happy, and I can see you like the things I send to you. Your table is very nice and I like the color of it. And I like also the first picture the teapot is lovely and the list with embroidery work is beautiful I like the lovely colors. I wish you a very happy weekend and I hope the weather is a little bit better now, I hear at the news that it is very hard at your place. Take care and enjoy your weekend.
    Greetings Petra.

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  13. Your table looks wonderful, what a transformation! I love the vintage shop pics too.

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  14. Hello Sarah
    Your table looks amazing I shall have to track down the recipe!
    The photos of the shop are delightful.. full of treasures, I would love to have a sift through..you are right they change all the time.. sooo keep looking..(or is that dancing)
    The weather looked dreadful in lots of the UK yesterday..brighter today thank goodness
    Fingers crossed for the weekend
    Thea x

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  15. That table looks great, nice color now. I love the china with the light blue rim in the basket. So gorgeous

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  16. Thanks for stopping by. I also love vintage shops! Thans for sharing this and have a great weekend!
    xo
    Sharon

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  17. I love vintage browsing too! Love the little tour you have taken us on. The table is really prettily done, I like the new version much better!

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  18. What a lovely find the table was, and painted it looks fabulous! Your Dorset vintage markets look to be far better supplied with goodies than ours in North Wales.

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  19. Ooh you have been treasure browsing Sarah!! Love doing this and would have loved a 'mooch' in that shop too!
    Such lovely bits and bobs in your parcel from the give away, it's the best post to receive from Mr Post man any day....
    Sending kind thoughts love Maria x

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  20. The table looks really lovely! I am a bit jealous that you have such great vintage shops where you live. The thrift shops where I live are nothing like your pictures.

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  21. Your table looks beautiful. Wish we had places like that round here, but sadly not :(

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  22. I am sooo jealous! Wish our second hand and charity shops looked even half as "vintage' and pretty! Great how you express your creativity and feel the soul of the treasures you find....lovely post:~)

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  23. Dear Sarah, What a lovely find! The table looks beautiful in your hallway. I see lots of beautiful porcelain too :-)

    Wish you a happy Sunday!

    Madelief x

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  24. SARAH! Oh how lovely of you and Daisy to come visit me! THANK YOU ! AND YES, I am learning what sells and what I am willing to put my work into. I am learning and that is what is necessary to forge ahead.

    Have a great day! Anita

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  25. Thanks so much, Sarah, for being my first commenter! And how lovely your table looks now it is painted and in your home. x

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  26. Hi Sarah, I've just found your great blog. I absolutely love what you've done to that table...I'm going to look up the technique and try it on two bedside tables I have. Look forward to dropping in on you on this site! :)

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