Hi everyone–I hope you all had a great weekend and a blessed Easter. Ours was quiet–church in the morning followed by a simple dinner with just the four of us since my son had to work. My sweet husband and I did some vintage shopping on Friday, hitting a couple of mediocre estate sales. If you’re like me then I bet you sometimes run across things that are interesting, but not quite vintage enough for you, whether to decorate with or, if you’re a dealer, to sell. But the vintage and antique market is so much more open these days than it was, say ten years ago, to merchandise that has been given a little [or big] face lift. That’s where paint comes in. Today’s project is a perfect example of a piece that dramatically benefited from some TLC involving paint.
I found this firkin–a covered wood stave bucket–at a garage sale, priced at $4.00.
I’m fairly certain by the orange-y stain and type of staples used (not handmade) that it dates to the 1970’s when colonial revival furniture and accessories peaked in popularity due to the celebration of the nation’s bicentennial.
I decided to give it one coat of what I considered a realistic paint color, kind of maroon (it looks a little fuchsia in the photo). I wiped it down with a damp sponge and then painted right over the slightly crumbly varnish because I didn’t want to invest a lot of time and energy in the piece.
Then I lightly sanded the edges and curves to give it an aged appearance and lastly, applied a coat of clear wax.
Still looking a bit too fuchsia in this photo, but I’m pleased to say that it sold within a couple of days of being in my antique booth (for $35.00). Not bad for such a quick, and I must say, satisfying, project. When I paint or stencil vintage items, I always mark the tag something like, “Vintage Firkin, new paint,” so people know exactly what they’re buying. So the next time you see a nice solid vintage-y piece with an unattractive finish or paint job, don’t let it stop you because sometimes, paint can be miraculous!
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