Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Little Stool That Could Repurposed 7

Last Thursday at the thrift store it was 75% off summer clothing - and what could be better than a stool dressed in a skirt and it was - FREE. 

After cleaning, painting, waxing and adding a stencil

Before the stool began its transformation

Removed the tacks and the skirt and sticky carpet from legs.

The little stool, made from 3/4" plywood, had a nice mid century fabric under that skirt.

The yellow needed to be washed then sanded especially near the bottom of the legs (lots of splinter edges).

The colour was refreshed with FAT Paint, a chalk-like paint - Tuscan Sun (blue tape to protect the fabric)

 then hand sanded and waxed.

It just wanted to be a cottage piece.

Stencilled Cottage then added ASCP clear and dark wax and polished. See the sequence of a stencilled Cottage sign here.

Added a few dahlia for a touch of fall.

 A small piece rescued and made useful and pretty again.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Hemp Oil Finish

Vintage washboard and Hemp Oil

After - evening under the porch light. 

Unusual to find an old and well used washboard as well as a vintage wire soap holder in the same week at different thrift sales. The apron is from my collection, bib style with poppies.

I like to add protection to old wood and Hemp Oil is my choice. It does change the tone of the wood and as it dries in it adds a good finish.

Before and After wiping with Hemp Oil

I buy my hemp oil from retailers for Miss Mustard Seed Paint and from Fusion Paint. I am guessing that ASCP retailers would sell it too. 

Another evening view with the porch light turned off.

I do use Hemp Oil to protect leather as well as wood and metal surfaces as well as chalk-type painted surfaces.

Here I used hemp oil on a leather purse 
below (before) above (after).

Another post here - using Hemp Oil to finish Coffee signs

Here is a post on using hemp oil on metal.

September Roses

The fires and hurricanes are foremost in our minds.
Here is a brief respite - a late summer rose. 

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Cecilia of My Thrift Store Addiction Sept 14/17
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Thursday, August 31, 2017

August Thrifted Finds

August 31st - Finds - Thrift, Polish, Share


Laundry Sign Tutorial

Part 1 - August Thrifted Finds

An eclectic collection of thrifted, church sale and garage sale finds this month.

A find from the past - folk art hand carved wood and cut tin fish on hand carved supports on base. Totally in love with it. The primitive wooden frame and straw/burlap and buttons wreath finished the grouping.


Remember the sheets? Wabasso Rabbit Bank and two brass swans.


Vintage Sundae glass, vintage clothes brush, brass candle holder, large turned and a carved wooden and marble pestle and mortars.

Decorator plate, cream and sugar, vintage decorator boot, small toothpick holder with rooster transfer, candy dish and silver plate spoons.

Northland Blue Dot teapot, cream and sugar, PEI bell and a Queen Anne teacup/saucer. The Lady in Yellow saucer is unmarked but the pattern is familiar.

Vintage Japan, long necked black cat with pink ears and toes - cold painted.

I love tin and copper, vintage metal well used tools. 

The washboard is from my own collection and the very heavy asbestos irons from garage sale finds. I love the green handled soap saver (and I remember my Grandma having one).

Part 2: August Project - Laundry sign 

After finding a few vintage laundry pieces...

I needed to make a LAUNDRY sign. Used a piece of wood picked up at an estate sale some time ago and painted it  CeCe Caldwell Simple White, made the word LAUNDRY on my Cricut (getting better with practice), stenciled, sanded and waxed. Check back here for an earlier larger Laundry sign.

This time I tried a piece of red scrapbook paper for the paper stencil (I have been using letter sized cardstock previously) and I am pleased with the results - less messing around and trying to fit the letters on the 8 x 11 inch paper,  the 12 x 12 inches worked well.

The sequence of making the Laundry sign is below. The board shape is somewhat like a sleeve ironing board shape, seemed appropriate.

Used supplies on hand to make the Laundry sign.

Filled in the 'sliced' letters with a fine tip brush and black paint.

A thrifting bonus this month was several pieces of packaged and in great shape 12 x 12 scrapbook cardstock - at 60% off at the thrift store. More stencils will be made.

Happy Dance happened.

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