Weekend Finds…

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I grabbed my assistants and headed out early Saturday morning for some “picking”, as the DH likes to call it.  Picking, junking, garage sale, Goodwill rummaging… Whatever you want to call it.

My Saturday morning assistants:

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Our neighborhood had their annual Yard Sale on Saturday, I had high hopes for some furniture to paint, but no luck.  My lovely assistant, on the left, scored a trunk load of Stephen King hardback novels!  She was more than thrilled with her find!  I’m still shocked they assisted so early on a Saturday morning.😱

After a major freak out moment, assistant on the left forgot her ATM card in the machine so I had to drive like a mad woman to the bank. SUCCESS, they were able to recover it!  On the way home, we headed over to the local Farmer’s Market and left with some delicious Kenny’s Cheese and a Mason Jar bouquet of fresh flowers.  Then we busted a “U” after seeing a YARD SALE sign!!  So happy we stopped because we met a dear Vietnam Veteran who was a hoot.  “Hoot” is fitting because we scored this adorable owl mug that I turned into a planter.  Just added some potting soil and a succulent and he was good to go!
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The table is super heavy and quite unique!  It is the size of an end table but the top turns to the side and opens to make a coffee sized table.  How cool is that?!?  The sweet salesman told us the story of when he purchased the table many years ago from a large, old farm house in northern Ohio.  He shared a few more stories while peddling his wares, quite the comedian!  I am happy with my finds and can’t wait to get started on their transformations.   My paint shelf is low so I must go get more paint tomorrow, I might even purchase a COLOR!   Annie Sloan has some beautiful blues in her Chalk Paint® color chart. What??  Maybe I need more coffee…

Thanks for reading, have a fabulous day!
– Sarah

Vintage Keys…

I finally finished this set of vintage keys.  They’ve been sitting in the garage, waiting, for me to decide just what to do with them.
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They were kind of boring and dated, huh? Like most of my pieces, they had to “evolve”.

After:
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I used a wash of Annie Sloan Chalk Paints® in Old White and Florence. *To do a “wash” add a little water to your paint, if the paint starts to cover too much, just add water to your paint brush and wipe off the excess.* I think Florence gives a lovely patina!
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I then added a little gilding wax to the Fleur de Lis and finished with ASCP Clear Wax.   They are for sale on my “Shop” page!

Like always, if you have any questions email me at therusticlantern@gmail.com – Have a fabulous day!

– Sarah

Annie Sloan Coco…

A dear friend picked up this sweet mirror for me at Kirkland’s.  It was a steal, ONLY $22!!  (Thanks Anna) I really liked the shape and style but the color just didn’t work in my home.   It was a soft, creamy yellow, like the color of butter, pretty, but not for me.
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This little beauty had to be painted!  The frame is metal but I wanted the look of weathered wood so I opted for Coco.  Plus, I really wanted to give it a try.  New color, new mirror, new adventure!
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Yes, I used wax paper!
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After the paint dried (about 20 minutes) I waxed with ASCP Clear Wax then dry brushed with ASCP Old White.  It really gave it that RH weathered wood look, I love!
Coco with Old White dry brushed on the outer frame:
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You can see how Old White softens the brown tones of Coco:
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I love the finish and see more Coco projects in my future…🔮  This little beauty now looks like it belongs with my decor.

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Like always, if you have any questions about the process, feel free to ask. Have a fabulous day!
– Sarah