Thursday, July 31, 2014

Jewels Traded For a Jewel - China Cabinet

I'm not really in the market for new furniture, because Edward (my hubby) and I need to move within 2 years........but then I'm always in the know what I mean?  I don't paint furniture to sell per se, but I know I want to improve my painting skills - so I'm always on the lookout for something I like that I can get pretty cheap.

 Like this piece I found on Craigslist.  It is not an antique or fine furniture, but it is mostly wood and I thought I could Country French it up enough to look nice in my Dining Room.   The price was reasonable enough, but when I asked the lovely lady who was selling it if she would like to trade for some jewelry I had for sale......She Did!  What a fun way to acquire furniture!!!

First I added some decorative embellishments from

Then, I Annie Sloan-ed the cabinet in Old White,

Distressed the edges with a wet cloth,

And finally waxed with Clear Wax, followed by Dark Wax.

It was missing one of it's glass shelves, but I'm fine with that because I was looking for something to hold large platters.

I don't know that I want to keep the original hardware, but I'm using it until I find something I like better. 

I think I might still add black chicken wire to the doors, but I want to live with it a bit first.  What do you think?  Chicken wire or no?

I now have a lovely place to store my china and fancy silverware in the Dining Room, which has freed up some much needed space in the Kitchen.  Yay, for Craigslist finds!!!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Naked Ladies!!!

Here in the South we have the most amazing flower.  It is the Belladonna Lily, but everyone in these parts just calls them Naked Ladies.

The reason we affectionately call them Naked Ladies is because of how they grow.  In the spring, the first greenery many of us see comes in the form of long, slender-leaved fountains, similar to those of daffodils - only larger.  They pop up from the ground all over town and seem to bring about spring almost instantly.  

But then the greenery all withers away....
and you forget all about them......

Until late July, when like magic the entire town is covered in the most gorgeous, pink bouquets!  The funny thing is though, the flowers have no leaves.  No leaves at all!  Just tall naked stems.....

And thus, we call them Naked Ladies.

Have you seen these lilies before?
Aren't they interesting and fantastic?

These particular lilies are growing in my backyard.
I want to bring them in the house, but I so love looking
out my windows and seeing them - I just can't.

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