Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Before & After

Sometimes I think a coat of white paint is somewhere on the same order as witnessing the miracle of birth. 

Some things begin as objects that are perfectly fine as they are, but white paint still adds a little umph that makes them even better. 

White paint is like a can of "instant charm." 
Other times, things are almost right, but not quite right.

Like these vintage plaster wall-plaques.

They are painted white, which is good. But the dry brushed gold....hmmm...not so much.

That little crackle thing that's happening is pretty cool...
but not the gold in the crack. Not so much at all.
A nice coat of ASCP French Linen...

with a couple of latex off whites, and some homemade white chalk paint on top of that...much better to my eye.

The crackle texture still peeks through, and the detail on the edge looks much better!

This painted planter was kind of cute...

...but I prefer it de-cuted a bit. Plain works better for me.

Again, a base of French Linen ASCP with faux chalk paint made of plaster of Paris layered on top does the trick.

The inside gets a coat of the palest aqua - also made with plaster of Paris. 

If you happen to spy a vintage cheese dome in your thrift sure to get it.

Likewise, then the next time you see a nice chunky wooden  candlestick, grab it. These are great for SO many things.
They don't attract a lot of attention like this...

...but given "the treatment" of an old-world style layered chalk paint finish, it is almost instantly transformed.

And the two shall become one.

I finally got around to painting this - but I still have to glue it together. The inspiration came from Lauren at West Furniture Revival. Well, maybe not so much inspiration as blatant copying. Thanks, Lauren. :)

Word for the Day:
Mark 10:6-9
6 “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’

7 ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, 
8 and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one.
9 Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”

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lynn said...

great marriage of the dome and candlestick, revi:)

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Looking good! I feel some painting coming on today. Thanks for the inspiration, T.
xxx, Tina

~ Liz ~ said...

And waa, laa! Been looking for a candlestick like that to try and make a little table like I found in the trash. The cheese board idea is fabulous, copy or not... after all YOU did it! Wish I hadn't given my covered cheese tray to Goodwill all those years back. Ah well, maybe someone else will tire of it and return it to the Good will stash another day and I'll find it. Stranger things have happened, right? Great work on the painting. Love that you added some color to the inside of the one. Takes it a notch above!

sew sweet vintage said...

Lovely. Gotta try the ASCP:) New follower. Follow back at

Debra said...

White paint solves all kinds of problems, I always say. Everything looks so nice now. :)

Emilou said...

Hm, I too gave my cheese board and glass dome away, many moons ago. Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Stacey said...

Oh yes...white fixes everything!
Thanks for sharing with us!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Lilasesazuis said...


Revi, adorei o seu trabalho. Maravilhoso.



Jann Olson said...

Yup, simply amazing what it can do! Me, not a gold person at all. Covering it up was the right idea my friend. I am painting a desk for down stairs right now. Next, is my old light fixture I took down to hang a new chandy. Thinking I can paint it white and add vintage blue jars as shades and hang over the table in the farmhouse basement kitchen. Thanks for sharing with SYC. Love it all Revi!

Tammy said...

They do look lovely! Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend!