Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Look at these GREAT pieces that I was lucky enough to win at an auction recently.

Wouldn't they make wonderful photographer props?

Oh, and I found them in this catalog of late 1800 to early 1900 wicker furniture by  Heywood & Wakefield. 

A little history on this company:

The Heywood-Wakefield Company is a US furniture manufacturer established in 1897. It went on to become a major presence in the US and its older products are considered valuable collectibles.
Heywood Brothers was established in 1826, Wakefield Company in 1855. Both firms produced wicker and rattan furniture, and as these products became increasingly popular towards the end of the century, they became serious rivals. In 1897 the companies merged as Heywood Brothers & Wakefield Company (this name was changed to Heywood-Wakefield Company in 1921), purchasing Washburn-Heywood Chair Company in 1916, Oregon Chair Company in 1920, and Lloyd Manufacturing Company in 1921.

I was thrilled to win these pieces.  The chairs were still in nearly perfect condition and over 100 years old !!!!
You never know what you'll find at auction.
Just doing this post is giving me AUCTION FEVER.

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Monday, March 18, 2013


As she sat there, she looked so tired and sad and dark.  Sooooo, out came the white chalk paint, and two coats later she was all bright and cheery.  I even covered the leather seat.  But, then, since I was on that Robin's Egg roll, and since she just happened to get in my way.............
my brush couldn't resist.  Oh, I just dry brushed some of the Robin's Egg over the white, allowing some white to shine through.  Then a little more until it was just right.  Of course I had to go back and sand a little to shabby it up.  I didn't put any kind of finsh on, since I love the soft look of chalk paint.

For right now, she's decided to sit a spell in my lil kitchen. 
Lovin it.
What cha think?

For more projects done in this color, look here, and here, then here.  And, to see the Vintage China Cabinet makeover, take a look here.  THANKS.

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

on a ROBIN'S EGG roll

Okay, I know.  You're probably tired of my Robin's Egg Blue projects.  But, I'm lovin this color and since I've got a gallon of paint.........might as well use it, right?

The little side table and plant stand, I painted in the same way that I did this bed. 

The little table had problems on the bottom shelf, but I think it just adds character, right?  You're gonna lay your magazine there, just enjoy the character that these old pieces have.  No worry.  I could have taken this to my wood man and had him do an entire new shelf, but then the price of the table would have to be much more.  This was easier and cheaper. 

Now, the old wicker chair, I did a little differently.  Instead of trying to paint the wicker completely, I just dry brushed the paint on........leaving some of the original white showing through.  It actually looked much prettier in person.  I didn't want the chair to look NEW and this way we keep some of the old character.  There's that word, character, again.  Well, I truly do think the shabby, aged look is much prettier.  Don't you?

Oh, and I'm working on a dresser right now.  Guess what color it's gonna be??  Sorry, but yes, it's Robin's Egg Blue.  After it is finished, I promise I'll shift gears and find another color to use.
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Thursday, March 14, 2013


Here's another PRETTY.  Can you guess what it is? 

It had the perfect area to add this wreath applique that I had purchased some time back.

And, here it is, the foot board to my next project.
Since the last Robin's Egg painted bed turned out so well,
I decided this one would be the same color. 
I think I'm just longing for spring sooooo much that I have Robins on my mind. 
But, it is such a pretty color, don't cha think?  This precious little twin bed is waiting for it's new forever home........down at New Moon Antiques on the Downtown Lawrenceburg, TN Square.  Come visit our little town and take her home with you.

Here are just a few more projects that were done using the same color.  You can make your base color a little lighter shade just by adding white.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


When I saw this bed, I could just imagine it painted a pretty spring color.

Just look at all the detail.  I actually think it was hand turned.  It's an oldie but definitely a goodie.

So, I mixed up some homemade chalk paint in a gorgeous Robin's Egg Blue. 

After two coats of that paint, I shabbied her up using my Mouse sander.

Then, two coats of dark wax, and here she is.  I loved the way she turned out so much that I hated to sell her. 

But, after just a couple hours of  posting pics of her on Facebook, she had a new home.

Ain't she PRETTY??!!!

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