Another piece is finished and ready to wait in the wings until the Lucketts Spring Market in May! It seems so close, yet so far…
Anyway, the finished piece is this antique farmhouse table…
…and, though they are not 100% finished, these antique Hitchcock-style chairs I purchased last fall…
For the chairs, I decided to tape off the rushing and just paint the frames in MMS Milk Paint Grain Sack. Kriste worked on applying the coats of paint over a few days, since chairs are tedious! It’s best to work on them in doses.
(As an aside, a few people have asked about Kriste. Well, she is now six months pregnant and is expecting a boy! So, she is mostly doing computer work, pricing, etc. and not as much crawling around on the floor, sanding, etc. Jenn and my mom have come in a few times to help with that sort of thing and I’ve been doing more of it myself. Kriste’s due early May, so she won’t be helping at Lucketts this year. My trusty sidekick is growing up… sniff.)
Anyway, I then distressed the chairs and finished them in Hemp Oil, applying it to the rushing as well.
As I pointed out when I first shared them, the rushing is sturdy, but it has some cosmetic issues that can become more serious if it’s not protected. I’m planning to make a simple seat cushion for each one.
I ordered a huge lot of European tea towels and rolls of hemp and linen, so I’m planning to use some of that for the seats.
The table was a craigslist find. It was “married” to a really cool primitive bead board hutch top when I bought it, but clearly they didn’t go together originally. The hutch top was really too large for the table and is painted white with gray showing through the chipping and the base of the table was painted a very sad shade of brown.
I lightly distressed the base with 120 grit sand paper to show off the amazing texture.
The paint crackled, crazed, and chipped in all the right ways. It even pulled off the yucky brown to show what was probably the original minty green paint.
And the top? I would whistle at it, if I could, but I am a pathetic whistler. The Hemp Oil did just what I was hoping it would and it brought out a beautiful richness in the old wood.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have any photogenic food or flowers at the studio today, so I used some pieces from the Lucketts pile to style a kitchen of sorts.
You can find details on this step-back cupboard makeover HERE.
And I got in the rest of my Savon de Marsailles soap order this week. It was caught up in a snow storm, apparently! These blocks of soap flew out of the booth last year, so hopefully they will again this year.
If not, well, I won’t have to buy soap for quite a long time.
And I wanted to show the liner my mom put in the drawers and shelves of this piece. I bought the blue and white checked shelf liner at HomeGoods and I thought it would be a nice pop. The drawers, though cleaned, just looked a little grubby. Shelf liners are my favorite way to give drawers a “fresh start” for their life in a new home.
And this particular shelf liner just makes me smile.
It was fun to work on a photo shoot again. So much of my work this week has been on the computer or drafting table, so I enjoyed playing “big-girl-doll-house”, styling and photographing this “kitchen”.
And, you know? Sometimes when I’m doing a shoot like this, I just want to move everything over to my house. I felt like that a lot last year as I was preparing for Lucketts. I think that’s a good sign when you love and want to keep everything you’re curating for a sale!
More Lucketts prep to come over the next few weeks…