Hi there! I hope you had a great 4th of July. Ours was lovely, spent with our kids and some of their friends. We barbecued hamburgers and set off some outstanding fireworks, which were only recently made legal in New York. We had just returned from a family wedding held over the previous weekend, so low-key was perfect. Today’s project is kind of low key, too. I gave a small stand (I call it a “plant stand”) a simple paint makeover that ended up being pretty transformative.
With an added decorative stencil and some distressing, the project was complete.
It’s hard to imagine how this orange-y finish became so popular, but furniture and accessories like this certainly abound at many of the garage sales and flea markets I attend.
I only had to give it one coat of light taupe “oops” paint (looks very buttery yellow here due to the florescent lighting in my workroom), and that ugly orange finish was completely covered. Then I used a sanding block to distress all of its edges and curves.
I added a favorite stencil that I use when a piece needs just a little something extra.
And then I applied a coat of homemade dark wax to add some age and texture.
I placed a few plants to the top of the “planter.”
Including this one from a post I wrote about how to easily age terra cotta pots.
And then I stacked some vintage books on the bottom shelf.
Along with one of my favorite antique clocks.
It’s all ready to go up to my antique booth. priced around $30-35.00. Not a bad return on my $5.oo cash investment and less than an hour of work. [Plus the pleasure of the entire process. from purchase to the final buffing of the wax.] How about you? Painted anything fun lately? I’d love to hear about it 🙂
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