Sunday, July 20, 2014

Gustavian Inspired Desk Reveal!


At last, I can say it is finished! Painted and waxed on all sides. 

Of course things never go as quickly as I imagine...
But finally, I have a finished desk, and I love it!


I don't like to point fingers, really, but I totally blame it on the drawer. 


You remember, the middle one with missing molding pieces...


When I tried to pry off the other pieces, it wrecked the top layer of veneer - at least I think it was veneer. 


Anyway, it peeled, and I had to fill and wait to dry, and sand and fill and wait to dry and sand and you get the picture. 

I wish it still had the molding, but I can live with it this way...


Maybe if you didn't know it was there, you might not miss it...so don't tell anyone!


The finish was actually pretty easy to achieve...


I mixed two gray plaster of Paris paints - one warm like ASCP French Linen, and one a bit lighter and cooler like ASCP Paris Gray. I mixed a grayed down white for accents. 


I painted the darker warmer gray on first, then the lighter cooler gray, and finished details in white. The architecture shows much better now...see the feet?


Then, a bit of sanding, a coat of clear Johnson's Paste Wax, and then some Johnson's Paste Wax mixed with brown paint used as a dark wax in certain places.

I was so glad to not have to do anything except deep clean the once NASTY top! Here's a photo to jog your memory...


And another from the day I brought it home...


And this morning, in my living room...


I am glad Julie and I went out to garage sales. I'm glad I asked how much the desk cost. I'm glad it was only $5. I'm glad I know how to mix plaster paint from .50c mismatched paint samples from Lowe's. 

All in all, this desk revision didn't cost a dime. I already had all the stuff I needed for the paint and wax. I kept the same hardware, though painted some of it white since it would not come off! I like it white, anyway, so that is another thing of which I can be glad!

These pieces were my inspiration:

Halse Chest of Drawers on OneKingsLane.com The gently distressed painted gray finish, the antiqued hardware, the fluted legs, and the ornate carved detailing give this two-drawer chest a Gustavian elegance.

18TH CENTURY DANISH GUSTAVIAN CHEST OF DRAWERS in from Georgia Lacey

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Via right here at Revisionary Life! 

Word for the Day:
1 Chronicles 16:31
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice, and let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!”

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

More Vintage Ironstone and Silver Plate Finds...


If you go to garage sales in the summer, sometimes it gets really hot. People tend to close them after noon, at least around here. 

Hannah and I went to several last Saturday in Oklahoma City. It wasn't unbearably hot, but it was pretty warm and humid. We found a few odds and ends at the first few, and then ran some other errands.

We'd had a light lunch and no breakfast, so we were going to eat an early dinner.

On the way, we passed several garage sale signs, and the sales were still going strong at 4 p.m. We couldn't pass up the opportunity to at least drive by for a look. If they had things on our list, or if they looked interesting, we would stop. Dinner could wait.



At the first sale, we found a great chair for Hannah's living room. It had great style, a cushion that needed nothing, and it looked new. On closer inspection, we found a hang tag from Kirkland's with a price near $400. It was a steal at $20.



The next place had "leftovers" from an estate sale. There were estate sale prices on everything, but the nice man running the sale said to ask if we were interested, because the prices were really much cheaper than marked.



The first thing I asked about was a nice, heavy china platter. It was marked $3 and when I asked the price, it was .50c



My heart beat a bit faster when I saw the deep discount, so I asked about some silver plate; first, a tarnished oval platter for Hannah.


I think it was .50c, but it may have been a dollar.
It's the one on top in the photo above.

Feeling bolder, I asked about a couple more pieces...pretty pierced trays. 



I love the art nouveau-ish sort of design in this one. There are no markings.



This tray is also pretty. It is marked "MERIDIEN S.P. CO. INTERNATIONAL S. CO. 757"



I think it was $1.50, but it was a little confusing. 



The last piece I spotted was an ironstone "topless tureen" Donna would like. 



It has a chipped handle, but that didn't stop me from buying it. It might have at one time, but I am learning to embrace imperfection - especially imperfection that comes from age and experience.



It has a mark on the bottom. I think it might be pre-1870.



I found an interesting web site with ironstone and prices HERE

"Jacob Furnival, the maker of Furnival Ironstone is shown in the 1871 census records as Jacob Furnival, age 69, "Retired Manufacturer".  This makes this piece no later than 1870..."


The couple who had the estate sale were friends of the man who had the garage sale, and he said they were in their 90's. It could have belonged to their parents.

At the end, he bundled my ironstone and silver plate and said I could take it for $5 for all. It worked out to $1 per item.

On my way out, I bought really old books - 3 for $1. 

Bottom line, I don't really care if my ironstone tureen is chipped. I think it is beautiful, and I admire it for being around so long.


I suppose there are TWO morals to this story; sometimes the LATE bird gets the worm...at least at garage sales. And even very old, imperfect things can be beautiful and loved. (People, too.)

Word for the Day:
Psalm 51:17
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

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