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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Summer Reading, What's on Your LIst?

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According to our weather man, this weekend is supposed to be the hottest yet this year.  I know I live in the South but I just don't do hot.  So you will find me hibernating in my nice air conditioned home doing what I love to do - and one of those things is catching up on my reading.  I have had to set it aside while I was getting some other more important things done.  But, I now have the time and I intend to take advantage of it.   So, I thought I would share my summer reading list with you.

Vintage, Paint and more... four books for your summer reading list

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Vintage Dining Room Makeover Done on a Budget

Last year I took a long hiatus due to some health issues that I needed to tend to.  While I was recuperating I was able to work on a few projects around our house that I hadn't had the energy to tackle before.  I was able to take my time and some of the projects actually took several months to complete.  Today I want to share our dining room makeover with you - taking it from beachy to vintage on a budget. This actually took me about 5 months to complete. But I think it was so worth it.  I am totally in love with the new room. Let's see what you think.

Vintage, Paint and more... dining room makeover done with black chalk paint , fabric and a new gallery picture wall

Thursday, July 6, 2017

DIY Vintage Kitchen Sign

Summer is here and with that comes the beautiful sunny days, blue skies and warm ocean breezes you find at the beach but it also brings the hot temps which I am not so fond of.  When the heat indices start climbing toward 110 I hibernate inside with the air conditioning, a nice glass of ice tea and a fun project.  Today is one of those days so grab your glass of sweet tea and come join me as I share how I made this cute DIY vintage kitchen sign with you. 

Vintage, Paint and more... a diy vintage kitchen sign made from a thrifted frame in a vintage vignette with two ironstone pitchers, splatter ware  pot, and blue stripe tea towel.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Starting All Over

It has been some time - 18 months- since I last blogged and you may have forgotten you signed up for emails from Vintage, Paint and more... I hope you enjoyed the newsletter when you were receiving it and will continue to enjoy all the great things I have planned to share with you in the future.  

What a beautiful summer day we're having here at the beach.  I love these days  - beautiful blue skies and warm ocean breezes make for just lazing around - reading or finally getting back to writing. It's been a while since I last posted. 

Vintage, Paint and more... beautiful sunny day at the beach

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Spring Market Basket Remake

Hi everyone.... can you believe it's been almost a year since I last posted.  I've been meaning to write something for a while now but it just didn't get it done. During  my hiatus I worked on lots of great projects to share with you and will be doing so in the next few weeks.  But today I would like to share an easy spring project that can be done in an afternoon. 

a plain market basket painted to look vintage then filled with beautiful faux flowers

I made a pretty little spring basket for our dining room table out of a plain old market basket my DIL brought home with fruit in it this past Christmas.   

a plain straw market basket

I found it sitting around in the garage taking up space this past month and decided to put it to good use. 

So I painted it.  I used Valspar's Gravity Gray to base paint it - inside and out using a craft brush.  Then when it was dry I simply used a dry brush of white craft paint and brushed lightly over the entire outside of the basket to make it look aged and vintage.

end result of faux vintage paint technique on spring market basket

Here you can see how the white is just lightly brushed over the gray - the effect is wonderful.

a plain market basket made into a vintage basket with hydrangeas for a table centerpiece

Then I filled it with "faux" blue hydrangeas, white stems and some variegated ivy I found at Michael's at 50% off.  I then tied a black check wired ribbon around the top of the basket.  I love this look - it goes so well with my "new" dining table I will be sharing at a later date. 

remake of a plain market basket into a spring centerpiece with hydrangeas and a bunny

I placed it on a vintage doily my Mother crocheted many years ago.  Then placed my vintage ceramic rabbit next to it.  I now have a pretty little Easter/Spring centerpiece.  I'll just take the rabbit away after Easter and leave the basket for a few more weeks.  I love versatile and effortless decorating.

faux vintage market basket with black check ribbon and blue hydrngeas

I also love how you can take a plain ole basket and turn it into a lovely one of a kind centerpiece in just an afternoon.  

That's it for me today - what have you been up to?  Would love to hear from you in the comments below.  

I will be sharing this with the link parties listed on my Where I Party page.  

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a wood burned pallet tray made vintage with stains filled with spring flowers, birds and seeds
                      DIY Vintage Pallet Tray

a spring mantel done with a yellow rag wreath, books covered with pastel scrapbook papers and flowers in ironstone pitchers
                                                                        Pastel Spring Mantel

a diy spring wreath made with grapevine wreath and faux flowers, burlap ribbon

                                                             DIY Spring Wreath