I have a laundry list of projects that I would love to complete this winter. One of them is painting some of my great finds from all of my treasure hunting over the past year. I tend to collect these special pieces and hold them for a rainy day when I really need a good project. What better time to get things done than January when it is time to refresh and renew.
This chair is everything! I really mean it. I spied it at the Blue Butterfly shop in Concord a few weeks back. The owner of the shop, Danielle, gave me a tour of her workshop and her storage area where she has some incredible finds tucked all around. We poked around a bit and I saw this gorgeous arm peeking out under piles of furniture and my heart skipped a beat. The chair looked like a musical note. We pulled it out and Danielle offered to sell me the piece. It needed love but everything was there that needed to be: a gorgeous shape, beautiful bones and it was solid. I reupholstered the piece with a new cushion and some new batting but did decide to keep the old horsehair in place and then I covered it all with a natural linen scrap that I had in my studio. There were some minor repair spots on the chair so it did need to be unified with a coat of paint and for that I popped up to Danielle’s shop: The Blue Butterfly and picked up some Paris Grey chalk paint by Annie Sloan and some clear wax. I also finally splurged on a chalk paint brush for painting and I’m now a convert – amazing!
While I had my painting supplies out, I figured I should cross another project off the list. This mirror was a beauty; heavy and old. It is stamped on the back “Old Meetinghouse” with a church as it’s emblem. It was in rough shape when I found it. My friend Anne-Marie and I fell upon it when we were poking around the Sage Farm Antique market in New Hampshire a few months back. We did rock, paper, scissors to see who would get the piece. (I won)
This was a fun and easy piece to work on. I needed to do a little bit of sanding once I had it on what looks like my operating room table (cue the mad scientist laugh)… but I have to say, “that new brush!” (thank you Annie Sloan) It made short work of my mirror project. I wanted a bluish grey color that would translate well at the beach house so I mixed up one part old violet to 3 parts old white. The color is gorgeous and so is the mirror.
Sometimes it’s fun to turn your attention to something different than what you are used to. Whenever I am in a creative rut with my art, I love to poke around old dusty antique shops,flea markets and vintage stores to find some long ago creative inspiration. Giving new life to old things opens up new ways of thinking for me and I get the added benefit of having some unique piece in my home. This month if you are looking to feed your inner creative why don’t you stop by The Blue Butterfly in Concord to load up on paint supplies and maybe Danielle might let you take a peek at some of her Brimfield finds. Better yet, bring your own and take advantage of one of her workshops to paint your own treasure. If you are in the mood for hunting down your own finds – Sage Farm Antiques has a Cabin Fever show happening in New Hampshire February 5 thru the 7th.
More to come but now I think I’m back to painting canvases,