Sep 21, 2014

French Gray Cedar Chest - A Primitive Twist

Happy Sunday!  I hope your weekend has been wonderful!

I'm on a roll!  Three posts this week...not bad for me. :)  I'm starting to get back into creative painting again, beginning with this awesome cedar chest.  In fact, I almost decided to keep it for the house.  

I didn't take a picture of the before...but just imagine it as a standard cedar chest.  Nothing fancy, but in nice shape.  I knew I wanted to do something different than the flat colors I've been using lately, so I pulled out my Real Milk Paint in French Gray (my all-time fav!).  

No prepping was needed....just a couple of coats of paint and a top coat of General Finishes Flat Top Coat after I sanded it to the time-worn look I wanted. 

The inside is super clean!

The sun was super bright during the time I took the pictures, but this really shows the soft grey blue that it is.

A little insight to it's history!

I just love my milk paint!  This entire project only took me about an hour (max).  I seriously appreciate the ease of the paint and the top coat finishes it off just beautifully.

This will be heading to our space at Through the Garden Gate Antiques tomorrow, along with a few other pieces!  

Now, off to painting a gateleg table....

'til next time!

Sep 19, 2014

A Vintage Fall Market at Snow Creek Farm

No doubt...this is my favorite time of the year!  This morning, my Mom and I made our yearly trip to the Vintage Fall Market at Snow Creek Farm just a few miles up the road from me.  Donna's shows are what I, and so many others, look forward to every year!

Using her own home and farm as the venue, it is nothing short of fabulous.  Every inch and corner of the downstairs living space is filled with so much goodness (and sweet goodies).  Not only is there so much to chose from, but her genuine hospitality is so welcoming as she takes the time to chat with each and every one that enters her home.

If you are in the Fredericksburg area, I highly recommend this trip!  Located at 4355 Fredericksburg Turnpike, Woodford, VA 22580 (look for signs), they are open this weekend only.  If not, please enjoy the pictures I took this morning!  You can also see my post from last year's fall market here.  You can also follow her on her FB page at

She even decorates the bathroom with lots of goodies!

I plan to make at least one more trip this weekend with the hubby. :)  

'til next time!

Sep 18, 2014

Fall Is In the Air! Lucketts Flea Market and an Open House.

Autumn is my MOST favorite time of the year!  The weather is starting to get cooler, the leaves are starting to change and the endless variety of Pumpkin Spice everything is amazing!  I've loved this season since I was a young girl...getting back into the routine of school, football games and hanging with friends after classes was what I longed for every summer (I was one of those weird ones. :) That part's all changed, but now I have our wedding anniversary in October to look forward to, the annual family trip to the mountains and the holidays close on its heels.

To kick off the season this year, we did our first Lucketts Flea Market at the Old Lucketts Store and Design House a couple of weeks ago.  These are smaller than the Spring Markets held there in May, but still SO much fun!  I have a blast putting together displays for shows and this one was no exception.  With this one, I focused on fall decor and colors. 

I used white as the base color...

...then added pops of color throughout to draw the eye in.

We brought in some great vintage finds...

and fluffed with handmade decor.

I adore these old church seats!

These pictures were taken on the 2nd day and for some reason, I didn't get a wide shot of the space.  One of these days I'll get it all together. :)  We had an awesome weekend regardless of the extreme heat (almost 100 on Friday).  We also made some new friends and can't wait for the next one in November!

This past weekend was the Fall Open House at Through the Garden Gate Antiques.  We sold a lot at the market; however, I managed to whip up a few other things for the Open House like this sweet burlap and drop cloth rose grapevine wreath.

The Minnie Pearl shot...

I brought in some Boo Y'all burlap pillows - which sold out at the Market.

And more burlap pumpkins and wreaths.

I think this will be the last burlap wreath of the season.  My mom grabbed the last one right before the open house, so I stayed up all night making this one...along with a couple of blisters.

The cooler air is starting to put an extra spring in my step and bringing along with it some self motivation I haven't felt in a while.  Yay! We have a lot planned over the next few months, along with Fall Ball and Soccer with the grandsons.  I really love this time of year!!

'til next time!
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