Saturday, July 21, 2012

A Quick Junkin' Fix and a LOT of Painting!!!

This morning was our local High School's annual community garage sale. It was the 9th one. I'm pretty sure I've been to all of them. I can remember when it was just 5 or 6 people in the parking lot selling mostly baby and kid stuff-nothing vintage or old to be found.

Last year was the best year! I filled up my car for little money and I was thrilled! This year, I got some fun things, but nothing like last year. This year there was a lot of baby and kid stuff and a lot of new garage sale junk.

My favorite vendors were back, and they remembered me from last year! I bought a green steel lawn chair from them last year, and they remembered the smokin deal I got at a couple seller's down the aisle on a vintage green wicker chaise.

This year, I bought a trunk from them, with a piece of glass to turn it into a coffee table. I also bought a giant white shutter-type  closet door. Once again their prices were awesome, and they were still super friendly, and enjoying seeing the people who were shopping.

My other favorites, two older ladies were back this year, but their stuff wasn't as fun as last year, and their prices were a LOT higher. I loaded up on stuff from their sale last year, so I was disappointed this year.

Another seller kept calling me darlin, and honey while we talked and she wrapped up my purchase. She seemed like a really sweet lady-it wasn't cheesy or weird the way she was using it in the conversation-it just seemed like she was the type of person who never meets a stranger.

After we went there, Kevin and I went back to the sale where I got the old glass syringe, but she had sold all of her vintage medical stuff and most of her old nursing books, so we just came home. I got inspired to pull out a bunch of my "projects" and get a couple coats of paint slapped on them.

I've been working on a gossip bench, 3 dressers, a sewing cabinet and an old toy high chair. I still  have an old vanity with a mirror, a china cabinet, another gossip bench, several tables and several chairs that need painting-I just hope this awesome weather holds out for a few more days so I can keep painting!!!

While I was waiting for paint to dry, I decided to try some super fine sand paper on the fuzzy, hairy ironing board from yesterday. It WORKED!!! No more fuzzy, dog hair covered nasty ironing board!! I'm glad I gave it a try-it worked great too!!

Tomorrow my brother-in-law and sister-in-law are coming out, to swim and to work on a project in the barn. She wants me to take her to the booth-maybe I can get something done enough to take it in!! I'm interested in hearing her opinion on my booth-I wonder if she will like it...

Here is what I picked up today...

 Sorry, I didn't get pictures before I packed it away in the basement. Kevin helped me unload the car and there was no picture taking. I really like this may have to be fostered for a little while!!

This is a much smaller trunk, but it has a tray insert and the inside still has the original paper.

All of these things were from the darlin' lady. She said the frame was her mother's and it was really old. She told me the funky retro flower cups were hers and she used to make and serve her kids pudding in them! Her son (whom she told me was 36) was there helping and he remembered that, but didn't want them.

These two tablecloths were also her mother's.

I'm thinking this will look good in the back corner of my booth..maybe I can figure out a way to hang stuff on it...

Here are a couple of shots of what I've been doing all afternoon...I made my own chalk paint from a recipe I found online. I don't think I'm that impressed with it...maybe it's because I am doing it in white, I don't know. I'll give it a try again in a color, but for white, it's not doing it for me. I will have to add a couple more coats tomorrow of just regular paint to each item.

It almost feels like a cross between painting and spackling. I'm sure the chalk paint you buy is much smoother and the results are much better.

Well...I'd better get out to the barn and try to find some tarps to cover it all up for the night! Hope you had a great Saturday-I'll come visit you soon!!!


  1. Hi! I am your newest follower from The Painted Pear blog ( I love your blog and looking forward to future posts!

  2. Wow, you've been working pretty hard, Kim! I haven't gotten my outside projects done because of the heat. At least that's been my excuse so far!